Wednesday April 26 - Race Week!

This is a big week for a lot of East Nasties - it's Race Week and the culmination of a lot of hard work! Enjoy this week and everything associated with the race, because you've earned it. We've got a lot of things going on over the next 4-5 days. Read on for what you need to know...  

Route #5

First things first - this Wednesday is one of our most popular runs: Route #5: Walking Bridge. We meet at the corner of 11th & Holly at 6pm. We run every Wednesday – rain or shine, bitter cold or blazing heat. If you are a run/walker and want to get a head start, meet at 5:45pm and join the Lasty Nasties. You can read here for more info on how our Wednesday night runs work.

Shirts and Tanks

If you ordered one our 2017 race shirts or tanks, your order is now ready for pick up at Nashville Running Company! If you missed out on the order, we *may* have a very small number extras to sell later this week. Keep checking the blog for updates - we will announce any available extras here.

Race Week Details!

This is a lot of info, but we don't want you to miss anything...

1) Tapering

Some classic Coach Mark Miller tapering advice: "There is nothing you can do between now and race day to run faster, but there is a lot you can do to make yourself run slower! It takes your body 7 to 10 days to gain any benefits from a hard workout. So, if you feel like you "missed" too many runs, don't try to make them up this week. You'll experience all the fatigue that comes with a workout but get none of the benefits by Saturday's race. In other words, be smart this week. Allow your body to absorb all the work that you have put in over the last 16 weeks. Don't do any hard/long running this week and don't eat anything new or different. Just rest, relax, and pay attention to your hydration and nutrition - and hold back on the celebrating until Saturday night..."

2) Race Start Time Change and Heat

Because of the forecast of higher temps on Saturday, the Marathon and half Marathon race start time has been moved up to 6:45am (the 5K now starts at 6:15am). You can get more details and a lot of good warm weather race prep info on the race website HERE. Basically, sign up for text alerts from the race for any further race day schedule updates, be drinking lots of fluids this whole week, have a salt packet at the race start, and make use of shady spots and aid/medical stations along the course if you start to feel over-heated.

3) Half Marathon Corrals

East Nasty Half Marathon training pace groups (based on finish time goal) are set to meet up in the following corrals:

Sub-1:40 - Corral #2 1:45 - Corral #4 2:00 - Corral #4 2:15 - Corral #10 2:30 - Corral #10

If you didn't get assigned the corral you need to be in, you should be able to get your corral assignment changed when you pick up your race packet at the expo.

4) Cheer Station

If you're not racing on Saturday, of if you have friends or loved ones racing, then please join our official East Nasty Marathon Cheer Station! Half Marathoners please join us after you finish your race! Stop by for a few hours that day or spend the whole day cheering - any amount of support you can offer is greatly appreciated.

Facebook Event link: Location: At East Park on Woodland St between 6th and 7th Streets. It's the perfect spot to support runners as they come thru our neighborhood on the lonely marathon-only route. Plus, this location is close enough to the finish line that half marathoners can easily join us when they finish their race. Time frame: Approx. 7:30am to 2:30pm. Show up in your East Nasty gear!

Volunteers: We could still use some help with set-up, tear-down, and a few other things! Sign up to help out here: Cheer Station Volunteer Google Doc

5) Annual Post Race Party

And finally - after running or cheering in the morning, get in a nap and then join us for one of our biggest events of the year- our annual post-race celebration! (Whether you ran or not.)

What: East Nasty Post-Rock n' Roll Race Celebration Featuring: Local Taco, Yazoo, Awards, Friends, and Fun! Facebook Event link: Who: Everyone  - even if you didn't run. Where: The Pavilion East When: Saturday, April 29th.  6:00 - 10:00 pm How much: $10 suggested donation

Volunteers: Putting on the party is a lot of work and we can always use help! We still need a few volunteers to help with set up, clean up, and a couple things during the event. Sign up to help out here: Post-race Party Volunteers Google Doc

It's race week, Nasties! ENFL!!