2018 Half Marathon Training

Nashville hosts a big Half Marathon in April of every year, and each year East Nasty turns out in force to train and run the race together. In fact, training for the half marathon was how East Nasty began 14 years ago! The training program is FREE and open to anyone. The only requirement is that you are able to run 5 miles without stopping on the first day of training.

Beginning Saturday January 6 and continuing through race day on April 29th, our training program consists of:

  • Long runs on Saturday mornings led by volunteer pace group leaders,
  • East Nasty Wednesday night runs, and
  • Tuesday evening speed workouts (beginning on February 6th).

As with any training plan, the more mileage the better. Your pace leaders can provide guidance and information as you go along, but get as many additional runs in as you can on your own!

The 2018 St. Jude Rock ’n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon is set for April 29th, so that gives us 16 weeks of training. To join, just sign up for the training using the link below and show up on Saturday, January 6th at 8:00am in the parking lot under the train tracks before entering Shelby Park Nature Center for the first Saturday run. Plans are in the works for an informational meeting beforehand, so watch this East Nasty blog for additional information. Rumor has it that there may also be free injury screenings and a brunch or two involved. Once you sign up, updates and the weekly training specifics will come to you by email. And don’t forget to register for the race!

Here is a link to the 2018 Training Plan, which includes a schedule and description of the Saturday runs, Tuesday night workouts, and pacing definitions and workout details. Update emails will come out periodically, but check the training plan each week. Nashville is a busy city, so occasionally a location needs to be adjusted. Plan to arrive with enough time to park and be ready to run at 8am.

Concurrently with the half marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville also hosts a full marathon. This year East Nasty will not be offering formal full training. If you’re interested in the longer distances, buddy up with someone and knock out a few miles before each Saturday run, then feel free to meet up with the half marathon group for the additional mileage.


Patrick Sullivan and Kevin Howard will be coordinating the training program and are available to answer questions. Email them at training@eastnastyforlife.com with questions and for additional information.


Schedule Details

Saturday Morning Run details:
The half marathon group will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the locations listed below:

Jan 6: 8 a.m. Shelby Park (parking lot under the train tracks before entering Nature Center)

Jan 13: 8 a.m. Nissan Stadium Lot R (at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge on the Nissan Stadium side)

Jan 20: 8 a.m. Nashville Running Company, 1105 Woodland Street

Jan 27: 8 a.m. Shelby Park (parking lot under the train tracks before entering Nature Center)

Feb 3: 8 a.m. Percy Warner Park (Percy Warner Golf Course, 1221 Forrest Park Drive)

Feb 10: 8 a.m. Percy Warner Park (Percy Warner Golf Course, 1221 Forrest Park Drive)

Feb 17: 8 a.m. Shelby Park (parking lot under the train tracks before entering Nature Center)

Feb 24: 8 a.m. Harpeth River Greenway at Edwin Warner Park Nature Center

Mar 3: No organized long run.  Find a race of any distance and race!

Mar 10: 8 a.m. Nissan Stadium Lot R (at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge on the Nissan Stadium side)

Mar 17: 8 a.m. Stones River Greenway at Wave Country

Mar 24: 8 a.m. Nissan Stadium Lot R (at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge on the Nissan Stadium side)

Mar 31: 8 a.m. Stones River Greenway at Kohl’s

Apr 7: 8 a.m. Nissan Stadium Lot R (at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge on the Nissan Stadium side)

Apr 14: 8 a.m. Nissan Stadium Lot R (at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge on the Nissan Stadium side)

Apr 21: 8 a.m. Nashville Running Company

Wednesday Night Runs: Our regular Wednesday Night Run. 6pm at 11th & Holly.

Tuesday Night Workouts: These structured workouts will consist of hills, tempo runs and intervals. Similar to the Wednesday schedule, we will meet at 11th and Holly at 6 p.m. This is a great way to improve your fitness, speed and running IQ through structured workouts. Led by Bree Block, these workouts start on February 6th and will run for 12 weeks.

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