Wednesday Nov 14 – Flying Monkey Week!

November 13, 2018

Route #7

This week we run through one of East Nashville’s most eclectic areas: Route #7: Little Hollywood. Lots of turns on this route. For everyone’s safety, PLEASE always stay on the left and cross the street ONLY AT INTERSECTIONS. Don’t run in the middle of the road or cross the road before you get to an intersection! Please obey the traffic signal and cross in the crosswalk at the traffic light at Eastland and Chapel (near Rosepepper Cantina)! After the traffic signal, stay on the far left and stay single file over the bridge in the bike lane and then back onto the sidewalk after crossing the gully. ANd, of course, don’t forget your lighted and reflective gear.

We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine, hot or cold. You can READ HERE for more details on how our Wednesday night runs work. If you are a run/walker and/or want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join our Lasty Nasty Group.

Flying Monkey Marathon and NRC Aid Station

The infamous Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon is this Sunday and lots of Nasties are running it! As always, Nashville Running Company will have an aid station at the Luke Lea Scenic Overlook which will aid racers at miles 6 and 19. Come help hand out water, gels, snacks, and cheer on your fellow Nasties! If you’ve never been to an NRC aid station at Monkey, then -TRUST ME- you have been missing out! It’s really something special! Check out the Facebook event for details and directions: https://www.facebook.com/events/318272485636134/

Holiday Party

Our annual Holiday Party is set for Wednesday December 5th. We’ll have our normal run, then immediately afterward everyone is invited to join us at Smith & Lentz Brewing for some food, brews, and fun. We’ll have complimentary chili/soup and S&L will be offering a discount on pints. Smith & Lentz is kid friendly. This is also a time where we get a list of our “members”. East Nasty is organized and recognized non-profit status under the umbrella of the Road Runners Club of America, and there are costs associated with that along with our operations. So, if you consider yourself a part of East Nasty, we ask each of you to bring $$ to help us offset these costs. This allows us to keep doing all the things we do – such as offer free half and full marathon training, a free couch to 5k program, our big Post-Marathon Party, insurance for the club, etc. We may also have some East Nasty gear for sale if you are looking for Christmas gifts!

2019 Half and Full Marathon Training

Mark your calendars! East Nasty Half and Full Marathon training begins January 5th at 8:00 a.m.  This is a free training series designed to prepare you to run the Rock’n’Roll Nashville half or full marathon in April. Training is free and all paces are encouraged to join. Watch for registration information coming soon…


Wednesday Nov 7 – New Bike Lanes on Riverside

November 7, 2018

Route #6

This week is Route #6: Riverside. The way we run this route has changed due to the repaving and restriping on Riverside Drive. RUN IN THE NEW BIKE LANES on the right (inside) median – NOT ON THE LEFT shoulder where we usually have run. When running on streets with bike lanes but no sidewalks, runners may take the bike lane running into traffic when it is safer. But be prepared to yield to bikes – they have the right of way. Riverside also is one of the darker routes we run, so please remember to wear something that creates or reflects light!

We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine, hot or cold. You can READ HERE for more details on how our Wednesday night runs work. If you are a run/walker and/or want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join our Lasty Nasty Group. No Pint Night at NRC this month, so bring a change of clothes (or not) – and head over to 3 Crow or one of the other local establishments for a drink and/or some dinner after the run.

Safety!

ur Wednesday night runs can be a blast! Last week was a great example with all the kids and families out for Halloween. But when runs turn into parties, we all tend to get distracted and careless, and we do what the rest of the group is doing. EVERY runner must remember to respect traffic. This means using crosswalks, and each and every runner looking both ways for himself or herself before crossing. Shouting “car right” or “car left” helps keep other runners safe, too. Last week, crossing 5th was a problem. This week, we cross 11th from Holly to end the run. We’re all so happy to be done, that many times we forget to actually look before crossing 11th to the yellow house. Remember that is still a busy intersection and we do not have the right of way. Please be safe!

2019 Half and Full Marathon Training

Mark your calendars! East Nasty Half and Full Marathon training begins January 5th at 8:00 a.m.  This is a free training series designed to prepare you to run the Rock’n’Roll Nashville half or full marathon in April. Training is free and all paces are encouraged to join. Watch for registration information coming soon.

 

 

 

 


Wednesday Oct 31 – Halloween!

October 30, 2018

Route #5

This Wednesday is Halloween! It’s an exciting night to be around East Nashville. Five Points and many of the streets and sidewalks in and around the neighborhood will be PACKED with trick-or-treaters and parents in cars. It’s fortunate Route #5: Walking Bridge is scheduled for this week – to help us avoid the busiest parts of the neighborhood during peak trick-or-treating time. That being said, we need you to be extra careful this week – watch out for little ghosts and goblins along our run. Be extra courteous to pedestrians on the sidewalks and motorists in the streets that we share the road with. Wear your lighted and reflective gear!

We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine, hot or cold. You can READ HERE for more details on how our Wednesday night runs work. If you are a run/walker and/or want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join our Lasty Nasty Group.

Pace Leaders Needed! 2019 Half Marathon Training 

Yes, it’s time to think about Spring Half and Full Marathon Training! Mark January 5th on your calendar and please consider signing up to help out as a pace leader. We need three more pace leaders for 2:10 and higher half marathon finish times and one full marathon pacer of any pace. Training runs will take place on Saturday mornings, and we do ask for an attendance commitment. For volunteering your time, East Nasty will cover your race entry fee, throw a bangin’ party the night of the race, and rumor has it that there will be additional swag just for pacers this year! It’s a great way to give back and make some new friends. Please email Patrick Sullivan at: sullivanp73@yahoo.com  for more information or to sign up to pace.

If you are looking to train with us, watch this blog for details coming soon!

Save the Date

Our annual Holiday Party will be immediately after the run on Wednesday December 5th! Beer! Food! Fun! Stay tuned for more details…

 


Wednesday Oct 24 – Crisp and Cool

October 23, 2018

Route #4

The weather for running doesn’t get much better than this. Join us this week we head back into Shelby Park for Route #4: The Big Shelby Loop. 99% percent of the time we need you to run on the left side of the road against traffic, but on this route it’s safer to run on the right side on Davidson Street once you’re in the park. When you make the right turn from Davidson to head up the Sevier/Naval hill, get back over to the left side of the road. One last time for the year we will be running near the East Nashville Farmer’s Market – please be extra courteous and share the roads and greenway with the families and kids that will be out there. It is important for us to be good neighbors so we can continue to use the park.

We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine, hot or cold. You can READ HERE for more details on how our Wednesday night runs work. If you are a run/walker and/or want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join our Lasty Nasty Group.

Why We Start in Pace Groups

The primary reason we leave in pace groups is the gaps it creates between groups of runners. This helps with traffic flow at intersections and crossings – allowing cars and others to get through between our pace groups. We don’t want to be a parade! So, listen up for the your pace and start with that group, or wait for the next one. Please don’t start in between groups on your own. Our pace groups start at sub 8-min per mile and go in 30 second increments all the way to plus 10-min per mile.

Reflective and Lighted Gear

If you didn’t wear your lighted gear last week, you will for sure need it this week – parts of Shelby Park get pretty dark. Please wear something that creates or reflects light on Wednesday evenings. Nashville Running Company has several options you can purchase if you’re in need of some gear.

NRC Brew Swap

In lieu of a Pint Night in November, our friends at Nashville Running Company will be hosting a Beer Swap this Monday, October 29, 2018 at 6 PM. One great thing about Fall/Halloween is all of the festive beer. What better way to try them than with a Beer Swap! Bring two bottles of your favorite Fall-inspired brew(s) to share with others. Halloween treats provided.

2019 Half Marathon Training: Pace Leaders Needed

Starting each January, Spring Half Marathon Training is one of the largest undertakings for East Nasty. And this year we’re bringing back Full Marathon training, too! To pull it off, we need your help. We’re looking for pace leaders for all groups between 1:40 and 2:30 half marathon times, and an additional full marathon pacer. If you feel comfortable pacing one of those groups, please consider volunteering your time. Being a great pacer involves not only leading your group at an assigned pace, but also helping your group achieve their race goals. It’s a time commitment, but is incredibly rewarding to see the folks you’ve worked with cross the finish line, many for the first time. Training runs will take place on Saturday mornings, and we do ask for an attendance commitment. For volunteering your time, East Nasty will cover your race entry fee, throw a bangin’ party the night of the race, and rumor has it that there will be additional swag just for pacers this year! It’s a great way to give back and make some new friends. Please email Patrick Sullivan at: sullivanp73@yahoo.com  for more information or to sign up to pace.

If you are looking to train with us, watch this blog for details coming soon!

 

 

 


Wednesday Oct 17 – (Run) Walk Bike (Drink) Nashville

October 16, 2018

Route #3

This week is Route #3: Musica and features a good stretch on the (tricky to pronounce?) street named after Nashville’s ‘first citizen’: Timothy Demonbreun. This is an out and back route, so you can choose your mileage. It’s about 4 miles if you turn around right after crossing the pedestrian bridge. It’s about 5 miles if you turn around at Cummins Station. And it’s about 6.3 if you do the whole thing. This route is a great way to see downtown, but there are lots of intersections and traffic on this route. Please be especially courteous, use crosswalks, and obey traffic signals – don’t dart out into traffic!

The sun is setting as we begin our runs now, so you each need to be wearing something that creates or reflects light every Wednesday evening. Nashville Running Company is nearby and has several options you can purchase if you’re in need of some gear.

We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine, hot or cold. You can READ HERE for more details on how our Wednesday night runs work. If you are a run/walker and/or want to get a head start, meet at 5:30pm and join our Lasty Nasty Group.

Bonus Pint Night! Beer and Sidewalks

After the run this week, head over to our neighbors at Walk Bike Nashville for a (free) cold beer! They’re just a few doors down from NRC at 934 Woodland and have invited us to come over and get to know them better. They’ll have information about upcoming sidewalk and bike lane initiatives – specifically, proposed changes on Woodland that will affect us all.  Walk Bike Nashville is a non-profit organization working to build a more walkable (and runnable!), bikeable, and livable Nashville. On this week’s run, you will take advantage of  some of the improvements that Walk Bike Nashville lobbies hard to protect and improve, so stop by and hear what’s in store for the future. And don’t forget to lobby them to become  “RUN Bike Nashville”, at least for one night!

Cup Cleaning Volunteers Needed

We still need a few more volunteers to sign up for cup cleaning volunteer raffle slots for this quarter!
Volunteer to help wash the cups!Everyone that signs up for a week to clean the cups will be entered to win $100 gift card to NRC. The more you volunteer, the more chances you get to win. We will draw a winner at the end of every quarter – so you have a 1-in-13 chance to win if you volunteer, a 2-in-13 chance if you volunteer twice, etc. Big thanks to Schaffer Law Firm for sponsoring this program! Here’s how it works: 1) Sign up on the Google doc. 2) Take the cups home. 3) Wash them. 4) Post a pic on social media showing you washed them and tag our FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. 5) Bring the cups back to the run the next week.


Wednesday Oct 10 – “Remember, Red, hope is a good thing.”

October 10, 2018

Route #2

This week we continue our 12 week cycle with Route #2: ‘Round the Bird. We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine, hot or cold. You can READ HERE for more details on how our Wednesday night runs work. If you are a run/walker and/or want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join our Lasty Nasty Group.

This run takes us into Shelby Park and is a figure-8 route that crosses over itself. Be sure to high five each other at the intersection! Shelby Park is our local treasure and it can get pretty busy with lots of groups and events making use of it, including the Farmer’s Market. Please be extra courteous and share the roads and greenway with other runners, walkers, cyclists, and park goers. It is important for us to be good neighbors so we can continue to use the park.

Cup Cleaning Raffle

Sign up for cup cleaning volunteer raffle slots for this quarter! We need need volunteers! You can win $100 gift card from NRC!
Volunteer to help wash the cups!

Hope and Possibility Race

Amy Harris, Executive Director for Achilles Nashville will be sharing about the upcoming Hope & Possibility 5 miler on Saturday, 10/20. The Hope and Possibility® is the signature race of Achilles International, an international 501(c)3 that brings together able-bodied runners with athletes with disabilities, welcoming all to the wonderful world of athletics. There’s a 5 mile and 1 mile race. The race is coming up on October 20th! East Nasties Can get $5 off registration by using the code EastNasty18. Register at: https://goodtiming.enmotive.com/events/register/2018-achilles-nashville-hope-and-possibility-5-miler-and-1-miler

Walk Bike Nashville Open House / Keg Night

Walk Bike Nashville, our neighbors on Woodland, would like to get to know us better, so they’ve invited us to an open house just for East Nasty. After the run on October 17th, Come by 934 Woodland for a cold beer or two and to hear about upcoming sidewalk and bike lane initiatives – specifically, proposed changes on Woodland that will affect us all. Walk Bike Nashville is a non-profit organization working to build a more walkable (and runnable!), bikeable, and livable Nashville. If you’ve been to Tour de Nash, Open Streets Nashville, Golden Pheasant Triathlon, or have used new sidewalks or bike lanes, then you’ve benefited from the work done by Walk Bike Nashville.

Spring Half and Full Marathon Training

Prices are already going up for Spring races, so it’s not too early to think about committing. East Nasty Half and Full Marathon Training will begin the first week of January. Yes, FULL marathon training is back this year! Look for registration information soon for both distances. If you’re planning to run the Rock’n’Roll Nashville race on April 27th, be sure and use the East Nasty discount code ENASTY19 for $10 off all distances.


Wednesday Oct 3 – Back at One

October 2, 2018

Welcome to the fall quarter of East Nasty! Brian McKnight reminds us “If ever I believe my work is done, then I’ll start back at one.” So after crushing The Nasty last Wednesday, we start our cycle of 12 runs all over again this week with Route #1. Board members leading this quarter of Wednesday nights are Kevin Howard, Donica Elliot, and President Jeremy Taylor. Look for them each week making announcements and getting the run going. With the days growing shorter, it’s time to start wearing lighted and reflective gear on our evening runs.

Route #1

Back to the beginning of our 12 week cycle with Route #1: One Hilly 5(ish)K. (It’s actually not quite a 5K, but just 3 miles. Thus the “ish”) We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine. This is a great week to invite someone new! If you do, encourage them to READ HERE for info on how our Wednesday night runs work. Remember to park smart – don’t leave anything valuable in your car, don’t block any driveways, or park too close to fire hydrants or corners.  After the run, it should be a great night to recover with…

Pint Night at NRC!

It’s the first Wednesday of the month – which means it’s Pint Night at Nashville Running Company! Free beer and 10% off everything in the store located at 820 Woodland Street. There’s often some cool vendors set up there with info and/or treats, too.

Cup Cleaning Raffle

We will have our Q3 Summer Quarter Cup Cleaning Volunteer Raffle before the run this Wednesday. Our Fall Quarter Volunteer Raffle sign up is open and we need volunteers!
Volunteer to help wash the cups!Everyone that signs up for a week to clean the cups will be entered to win $100 gift card to NRC. The more you volunteer, the more chances you get to win. We will draw a winner at the end of every quarter – so you have a 1-in-13 chance to win if you volunteer, a 2-in-13 chance if you volunteer twice, etc. Big thanks to Schaffer Law Firm for sponsoring this program! Here’s how it works: 1) Sign up on the Google doc. 2) Take the cups home. 3) Wash them. 4) Post a pic on social media showing you washed them and tag our FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. 5) Bring the cups back to the run the next week.

Doing Your Part

As we start a new season, It’s important to remember that running with 200 people is different than running on your own. We need you to pay attention during our brief announcements. We need to you to be safe, courteous, and MINDFUL during the run. Leave one ear open if you run with headphones. Run on the sidewalks or to the far left side of the road – never in the middle of the road. Cross the street only in crosswalks and intersections – never in the middle of the road. Stop at stoplights and to slow down and use caution at intersections. Be respectful and courteous to other runners, cyclists, and motorists that we share the road with. We need you to do these things for your safety, the safety of your fellow runners, and to help the club maintain its mission of being a positive force in the community and not a burden to it. Our club’s safety, reputation, and standing in the community is a responsibility you share in. If you see someone out of line on the run – call them out on it! Veterans, remember that new people are looking to you – be mindful of that and set a good example.

East Nasty is a 100% volunteer run group. No one gets paid. We are all here for the same reasons you are. To have fun, stay active, and get in a great run with friends. We love our neighborhood, and we exist to make East Nashville a great place to live and run, and to make running accessible to everyone in our community. We must each do our part. ENFL!