December 30th, 2009

I have always found it both strange and enjoyable that most runners like to run when it is cold outside. What’s not to love, cool crisp air, quiet empty streets, and all of your East Nasty friends out there with you. Sure, we may complain a little at the beginning, but after it is all said and done we are still out there facing the elements and keeping a good base for our winter/spring training and upcoming races. Which reminds me, no matter how hard you party this Thursday night, remember that East Nasty’s Country Music Half-Marathon training begins on Sunday, January 3rd, 9am at Shelby Bottoms Park Greenway. For all you new East Nastys out there here are some tips on running during the winter:

Rule number one: never wear cotton, or as my brother likes to say, “cotton is rotten!” It retains sweat and will make you freeze. Wear layers – one to pull sweat away, another (if it's very cold) to insulate the body, and something reflective or flashing (only when it is dark out).

Also, remember that whatever the temperature is outside, it will feel 20 degrees warmer once you start running.

Tonight, Drew has decided to post-pone run #12, the Nasty, until Mark Miller gets back, and until they decide to punish all of us East Nastys. Instead, we will be running the walking bridge route in reverse. Here is a link.

See you there tonight!

Rod Jones