2019 Half & Full Marathon Training

2019 Half Marathon Training

The St. Jude Rock’n’Roll Nashville Marathon and Half Marathon has become not only a tradition but also a Nashville institution. Every April, East Nasty turns out in force to train and run this race together. In fact, training for the half marathon was how East Nasty began 15 years ago! The training program is FREE and open to anyone. The only requirement is that you are able to run five miles without stopping on the first day of training for half marathon training or eight miles for full marathon training.

Beginning Saturday January 5th and continuing through race day on April 27th, our training program consists of:

  • Long runs on Saturday mornings led by volunteer pace group leaders in different locations throughout the city
  • East Nasty Wednesday night runs
  • Tuesday evening speed workouts (beginning on February 5th). Speed training is optional, but you won’t regret participating.
  • 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!

To join this 16-week training program, sign up using the link below and show up on Saturday, January 5th at 8:00 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 the East Nasty blog for additional information. There are also plans for free injury screenings, lots of advice, and a brunch or two. Once you sign up, updates and the weekly training specifics will come to you by email, Facebook, and through your coaches. And don’t forget to register for the race! The discount code for East Nasty is “enasty19”.

Here is a link to the 2019 Half Marathon 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.


If you’re interested in the full marathon distance, register below and check the training plan here: 2019 Full Marathon Training Plan. Most full marathon training runs will start early and then meet up with the half training group for additional mileage.


Patrick Sullivan, Michelle Allen-Parker 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 and full marathon groups will meet at at the locations listed below. Half training will start at 8am. Full training start times will vary by distance:

Jan 5: Shelby Park (parking lot under the train tracks before entering Nature Center)

Jan 12: Nissan Stadium Lot R (at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge on the Nissan Stadium side)

Jan 19: Nashville Running Company, 820 Woodland Street

Jan 26: Shelby Park (parking lot under the train tracks before entering Nature Center)

Feb 2: Percy Warner Park (Percy Warner Golf Course, 1221 Forrest Park Drive)

Feb 9: Percy Warner Park (Percy Warner Golf Course, 1221 Forrest Park Drive)

Feb 16: Shelby Park (parking lot under the train tracks before entering Nature Center)

Feb 23: Harpeth River Greenway at Edwin Warner Park Nature Center

Mar 2: No organized long run.  Find a race of any distance and race!

Mar 9: Nissan Stadium Lot R (at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge on the Nissan Stadium side)

Mar 16: Bicentennial Mall, 600 James Robertson Pkwy

Mar 23: Nissan Stadium Lot R (at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge on the Nissan Stadium side)

Mar 30: Stones River Greenway at Two Rivers Skatepark, 2320 Two Rivers Parkway

Apr 6: Nissan Stadium Lot R (at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge on the Nissan Stadium side)

Apr 13: Nissan Stadium Lot R (at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge on the Nissan Stadium side)

Apr 20: Nashville Running Company, 820 Woodland Street

Wednesday Night Runs: Our regular Wednesday Night Run. 6 p.m. 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 Andy Van Landingham and Bree Block, these workouts start on February 6th and run for 12 weeks.

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