It seems that East Nasty newcomers come to find us by one of two ways- word of mouth or The Google. After moving to East Nashville, this week’s East Nasty of the Week just so happened to enter “Nashville Running Club” into Google and has been running with us since June 2013. Allow me to introduce Lindsey Jeltes!
As an active child growing up in Northern New Jersey, Lindsey was involved with soccer, basketball, cheerleading, and softball. Eventually Lindsey realized she wasn’t a fan of hot summer days and polyester softball pants, so she traded the softball field for the track. With the gentle nudge of a coach she realized she was much better suited for distance races than sprints and she ultimately became a pretty fast miler and even helped her team to a 3rd place finish in a large invitational meet in California. Lindsey ran the anchor leg of the distance medley relay which is a 1200, 400, 800, and 1600. She ran a 5:05 mile and helped to set a new school record for the event!!! After successfully running cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track in high school it’s no surprise that Lindsey was recruited to run at the University New Hampshire.
While at the University of New Hampshire Lindsey was a glutton for punishment. To get her workouts in and complete her nursing major course work, Lindsey would often get up at 4 AM and sometimes her day was not done until 2 M. Talk about dedication!
After college Lindsey wasn’t ever sure she would race again, however after persuasion from fellow East Nasties Matthew Drewes and Margaret Jones, she signed up for the Country Music Half Marathon this year, just two days before the race!
In addition to running Lindsey also enjoys traveling, backpacking/hiking, kayaking, and wakeboarding in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Lindsey vowed there were two things she would never do- move inland and move South. But when she was accepted to Vanderbilt’s Nursing Residency Program, she found herself in the South and hundreds of miles away from the closest ocean. Lindsey we are so glad you broke your promise. I swear, the Cumberland is just like the Atlantic (sort of!). Congratulations East Nasty of the Week!