Apr 25 2015
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Eat Hills For Breakfast! | By Kristen

Hey y’all!

My name is Kristen and I blog over at The Smith Summary!  I am super excited to welcome all of you to my home state in April the St. Jude Country Music Marathon and ½ presented by Nissan!  If you have never been to Tennessee, well you are in for a real treat!  I have run several races in Nashville and you are in for some beautiful sightseeing and some awesome music to listen to along the way!

Being from the Volunteer State, I love to help people out and I figured what better way to help you folks out as you prepare to #RunCMM than to give you a heads up on the course!Hillsforbreakfast

Did you see the course for this year??  If you haven’t taken a peak yet, check it out here!

If you hop on over to the Course part of the site and select your distance, an elevation chart will pop up at the bottom. Even without that, I am here to warn you now:  Nashville has HILLS y’all!!!  OH the hills! 

Tennessee is known for its gorgeous rolling hills and Nashville has its fair share, let me assure you!  But never fear, with the proper preparation, you’ll eat those hills for breakfast.  Here are a few tips:

  • Set realistic goals.  If you typically run on flatter ground, you might not want to set your eyes on a 30 minute PR.  I personally will be running for what I call a “Nashville PR” – or better than my previous Nashville time.
  • Be prepared for the mental challenge.  The last time I ran in Nashville I walked through the first big hill and immediately became discouraged – this is no bueno!!!  If you listen to music, put some really powerful, uplifting songs in your playlist to help you push through the times you want to give up.  Have family waiting on you at the finish??  That will help too!!  Or, if you’re a parent like me, imagine how your kids will look up to you when you’re sporting a gorgeous medal at the end of your race. 

With proper preparation you will OWN this course, y’all!  Anyone else have any tips for training for hills??  We’d love to hear it!!

To learn more about Kristen, read her bio here!

Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Race Day

Marathon Wheelchairs*: 7:00am
1/2 Marathon Wheelchairs*: 7:00am
Marathon Start: 7:00am
1/2 Marathon Wave Start: 7:00am
5k: 6:45am
Event Details | Course Information

Sunday, April 26, 2015

KiDS ROCK Nashville – Time: 2:00pm
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Thurs. – Fri., April 23-24, 2014

Health & Fitness Expo

Nashville Music City Center

April 23rd & 24th, 2015

More information to come!


Friday, April 24th

St. Jude Heroes Pasta Party Songwriters Night

Music City Center

Sunday, April 26th

St. Jude Heroes Post Race Brunch

John Rich’s House