2019 Half & Full Marathon Training

16 Week Training Program
Starts on Saturday, January 5th at 8:00am

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.

Join this 16-week training program, 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*. Once you register, updates and the weekly training specifics will come to you by email, Facebook, and through your coaches.

If you’re interested in the full marathon distance, please register for that distance . Most full marathon training runs will start early and then meet up with the half training group for additional mileage.

*You may be asked sign an injury waiver form at the first workout to participate.

Don’t forget to register for THE RACE! The 2019 discount code for East Nasty is “enasty19”.

More Details

The Program

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. Half training will start at 8am. Full training start times will vary by distance

TUESDAY NIGHT SPEED WORKOUTS (beginning February 5th). Speed training is optional, but you won’t regret participating. 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.


COACHES AND PACE LEADERS with lots of support and advice.

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER updates, special events, and a brunch or two!

Training Requirements:
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.


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.


Download the Training Plans

These training plans include 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.