Dec. 1: 1/2 Marathon Training, Christmas Party and other stuff...

Wednesday December 1 This week we will be heading round the Titans Stadium with Run #9.  (Check out the link on the side bar...)  6 p.m. corner of 11th and Holly.  We run year round even if it is cold (see below) and dark.  So bundle up and remember your reflective gear.

Last chance to order a hoody!   Come this week to try it on, Rod Jones will be taking orders.  If you know what size you want, just email him at

As you are planning ahead for this busy month, just wanted to give you a couple of dates to keep in mind:

December 12:  1/2 Marathon Training Meeting.

Where: Margaret Maddox YMCA on Gallatin Road.

When: December 12, 9 a.m.

What:  Every year, East Nasty provides free 1/2 marathon training geared toward the Country Music Half.  Interested?  Come to the meeting to get all the details.  Be prepared for a 4 mile run, brunch and a short meeting (it should be over at about 10:30).  If you can't make it on the 12th but are still interested, send me (Mark) an email (  Note: this year, there may be some full marathoners as a part of this group.  Nothing is going to be structured, but you my be able to find some folks to join you for longer runs if this is your plan.

Wednesday, December 15: East Nasty Christmas Party

Our third annual East Nasty Christmas party will be hosted by Lee & Angela Wilson: 817 Fatherland StreetMargaret Jones is organizing volunteers to bring food, so email her if you are willing to (a) make a pot of chili, or (b) bring a side or dessert.  Then please grab something to drink (cider, beer, wine etc...) and come join us after the run on Wednesday the 15th!  Everyone is invited and this is a great chance to get to know the Nasties a little bit better.

Running: the gift that keeps on giving the whole year...

I am probably preaching to the choir when I extol the value of a lifestyle of fitness.   But there are lots of folks who look at our ability to run longingly...  East Nasty wants to help these folks get their foot in the door!  Starting January 3, we will start our second couch-to-5k program.  Inaugural ENOW Chuck Hargrove will be leading the charge, and we'll meet 3 times a week culminating in the March 12 Tom King 5k.  If you have any questions or interest, here are all the details, then email Chuck at

Cold Running

Over Thanksgiving, I went for my first sub-40 degree run of the winter.  And since Channel 5 forecasted, "another cold blast" for this Wednesday, I thought I would give you some tips.

1. Your lungs will not freeze.  The only way for your lungs to freeze, is if the rest of your body is frozen as well:  for example, say you froze to death attempting to summit Everest.  When/If it ever gets below zero here in Nashville, wrapping a scarp around your mouth is a good way to prevent your throat from getting dry, which is actually what you're feeling when you think your lungs are freezing.

2. Don't over dress.  Here is a rule of thumb that I once heard: dress as if you are outside in weather that is 20 degrees warmer.  In other words, if you are running in 40 degree weather, dress as if you are hanging out in 60 degree weather.

3. Wear layers, and don't wear cotton against your skin.  "Cotton is rotten" as Drew always says.

4. Hands, feet and head.  Wear a hat, good socks ("Cotton is rotten") and keep your hands warm.  I actually wear old socks on my hands, that actually seems to work the best for me...


Girls on the Run Nashville is Looking for Spring Coaches!! Girls on the Run Nashville ( is an after school program for 3rd through 8th grade girls that uses the power of running to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.  We are looking for coaches for our spring program starting in February.  We have several programs set for the spring at a variety of schools.  Each program meets twice weekly after school for 10 weeks culminating in the Girls on the Run 5k at Shelby Bottoms in May.  If you are interested in coaching (all running abilities welcome!!!), please contact Jennifer Kimball at

See you on Wednesday!