East Nasty of the Week: Sarah Shearer

June 2, 2011

The first time I remember meeting this new East Nasty of the Week, she was just returning to our camp site after completing the Warrior Dash course 12 hours before the rest of us. She showed us the cuts on her legs, and told us all about the dangers and thrills that awaited us the next day. We all came to the consensus that this new girl was pretty badass! The next day the rest of us put on our war paint, camo shorts, and East Nasty tank tops, and headed out for the course. Little did I know that Sarah Shearer would be doing the course one more time, thus solidifying just how badass she was indeed!!! Say hello to our new ENOW, Sarah Shearer!

Sarah was born in the countryside of western Pennsylvania. In her early years, she bounced around a good amount, from Laurel, Maryland to Parkesburg, PA, and then finally settling in the tri-cities of east Tennessee. She was very much a child of nature, spending almost all of her free time outdoors, roller-skating around her neighborhood, and spending summers at the local pool. When she was 17, she became a lifeguard at the pool, and on occasion she would run a little 3 mile trail loop close by.

For college, Sarah headed off to Jackson, Mississippi, to attend Belhaven College on an art scholarship. Sure, she had never been there before, but she saw the opportunity as an adventure. In her freshman year, she was convinced to join the cross-country team, but after a year of it, she got burnt out. She graduated from Belhaven in 1999 with Fine Arts degree, and a day later, she moved to Nashville.

Sarah moved to Nashville with her fiancé, Jon Shearer. They meet while camping in North Carolina years before, and Jon being the nice guy that he is, moved to Jackson while Sarah finished college. After graduation, they decided to head back to where Jon was living before his move, and they have called Nashville home ever since. Sarah holds down two different jobs here, one as a commissioned artist and another as the Assistant Director to Community Education at Watkins College of Art and Design. For those that did not buy a running calendar this year, you missed out on some of Sarah’s remarkable artwork. Here is an example of a dog that she was commissioned to paint.

Sarah began training with the East Nasty Running Group in January of 2010. Her co-worker, Channing Quinn, convinced Sarah to train with the ½ marathon group. Once she started meeting other East Nastys, and after her great performance in the 2010 Country Music Half Marathon, she began looking for other opportunities to run with the group, thus the previously mentioned Warrior Dash. Since then she has also participated in a couple of triathlons, the Bourbon Chase relay, the Tough Mudder, and the Nashville Half, which she set a new PR with a time of 1.56.24. And now she is in training for her first full marathon, which will take place in Chicago this fall.

Finally, it needs to be mentioned that Sarah and Jon will be celebrating their 11th year of marriage this weekend!!! Congratulations to them and all that you two have accomplished together. But one last note, that many of you probably don’t know about Sarah Shearer…she is a natural blond! And for the very first time on the world wide web, here is a picture of Sarah 11 years ago at her wedding. ENJOY!!!

Congratualtions Sarah! We at East Nasty wish you the best of luck in your training and completion of your first marathon this fall. For those out there reading this, be sure to add a comment below, and check out Sarah’s blog here.


Wednesday Night Run: Feb. 2nd

February 1, 2011

ENFL  !!!!

That’s right – I am starting off the blog with that wonderful chant this week.  For those of you who may have been living under a rock for the past 2 years – those four letters are short for East Nasty For Life.  East Nasty continues to grow each week in both numbers and clout.  Now I may be a little biased but in my opinion East Nasty is the best running group in the continental U.S. and over the next couple of weeks and months you are going to see some proof.  There will be more time for that down the road though. For now lets focus on the present.  Tomorrow we will be running route #5 which takes us into downtown Nashville for a bit and it is a favorite route of many of the nasties.  So please plan on joining us for a run tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m. rain or shine.

KIPP donations

We are still collecting clothes for the KIPP track team.  They are looking mainly for clothes the kids can wear during practice. Any clothes that you have for running outside and are willing to donate please bring with you tomorrow night.  They will take anything they can get – shirts, shorts, pants, gloves, socks, sports bras, etc … – This a great time to clean out your closet anyway so get to it and donate some clothes you never wear anymore.  And yes they are taking cotton clothing as well.

Speed Sessions

Would you like to improve your speed or become a more efficient runner?  Well if you can run 2 mies without stopping then this is just the thing for you.  Fleet Feet Sports has both winter and summer speed session programs.  Starting February 15th, winter speed sessions will begin.  Speed sessions are coached by THE Mark Miller and yours truly, Drew Jones.  Speed sessions last for 10 weeks and consist of interval workouts every Tuesday morning and evening.  Fleet Feet speed sessions has become very popular over the years.  Winter speed sessions are more geared towards those training for a half or full marathon.  However, speed sessions is open to all runners of all levels.  As Mark and I tell people each year, if you come out to speed sessions and do 10 weeks of interval training, it is pretty much impossible to not be a faster runner at the end.  You can sign up for Fleet Feet winter speed sessions at www.fleetfeetnashville.com Please feel free to contact Mark or myself with any questions you may have about speed sessions.

Thought of the week

To go along with last week’s thought, which was try to run slower sometimes, my thought this week is this.  Make sure your running is filled with variety.  Runs can be slow, long, short, fast, flat, hilly, roads, trails, or even the occasional treadmill.  Our bodies are very smart.  If you do all your runs at the same place and at the same pace, your fitness level will plateau very quickly.  One of the best things we can do for our bodies as runners is mix it up.  The more our body is guessing, the more fitness gains we can make.  There are many east nasties that run fast every Wednesday.  There are also east nasties that run slow and easy each week.  Our routes change from week to week.  Changing our pace and effort levels we run at each week is a good idea.  In other words, try to change up your running like JP Cowan changes his blazers… plenty of options 🙂

See everyone tomorrow night –