Nashville or Bust!

Well, it’s about that time …

nashville rock and roll


… time for another race! Thumbs up

This afternoon, Brandon and I will be heading to Nashville to meet up with some of our Ohio friends …


… including those two lovely ladies to my right and their husbands!

We tried to convince Nichole (on the left) to participate in the half-marathon with us, but she had some lame excuse of being pregnant with her third kiddo.  Nice escape, Nichole. Smile with tongue out

Nashville holds a special place in my heart, so I’m really excited to be returning.

Nashville is one of the very first places where Brandon and I met for the weekend when we were first dating!  He had to travel there for work, so I flew up to meet him.


As you can see, we spent most of that first day playing dress up in downtown Nashville.


And the first night, we explored the Opryland Hotel (which is super cool, by the way … you need to check it out if you’re ever in Nashville).

The following summer, we returned to Nashville.  But by this time, we had transitioned from a “dating couple” to an “engaged couple!”



And about a year ago, we took one more trip to Nashville … as a newlywed couple! Smile


Notice we’re sitting on the same bench at the Opryland Hotel, wearing the same outfits from when we first started dating.  Hmm … I wonder whose idea that was … Angel

And now we’re headed back one more time.  This time, as a much older and wiser married couple.

OK, maybe we’re not that much older or wiser, but it’s amazing how much can change in just a year!


Wish me luck, everyone!  This will be the first race I run without Brandon.  He and the rest of the guys are going golfing, while Ali and I conquer the half ourselves!

For those who may be somewhat new to my blog, I’ve only been running for a year now, and Brandon has always been my running buddy.

We did a 5k in June …


… a 10k in September


… and a half-marathon in November.


But sadly, Brandon didn’t quite catch the running bug the same way I did.  He apparently prefers to spend his Saturday mornings on a golf course, rather than running for two straight hours.  Go figure. Winking smile

Have a great weekend, everybody!  I’ll be back on Monday to fill you in on how the race went!

Question for ya …

What are you up to this weekend?

Anyone ever run in one of the Rock and Roll races?  How was your experience?

Ever been to Nashville?  If so, have any favorite attractions or restaurants??

We usually hit up Jack’s Bar-B-Que at some point during our visits.  It’s so yummy!

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35 Responses to Nashville or Bust!

  1. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    Good luck on your race! I’ll definitely be praying for you! We are looking forward to sunday!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yay can’t wait!! :)

  2. Christi McGuire

    GOOD LUCK!!!! (And I hope Brandon has all boogies on the golf course since he’s not there cheering you on–haha!) :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hahaha thanks, sis! ;) Love you. We prayed together for MA last night. Please keep us updated!

  3. Amy

    Good Luck Kristen and to the girls on the right who are also running :) Gary is golfing today –lucky him he gets to golf with customers and get paid for it.

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha Gary has a pretty sweet gig! ;)

  4. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Good luck this weekend Kristen!!!!!! And have so much fun in Nashville! I’ve been there once and loved it, but I didn’t really get to see much of it haha….I would love to go back someday! You and Brandon are seriously so cute together. If only Chris and I loved near you…I think the 4 of us would get along fabulously :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      I know!! I think you need to move south. If y’all are in Florida, there’s a much better chance of us getting together haha!

  5. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen

    I’ve never been to Nashville, but I’ve always wanted to go! As for running, have fun with that one! I’m happy that you like it so much, it’s just not for me. Luckily, I have a good excuse too. I’ve got a very bad back that prevents me from doing anything high impact…like running. SCORE! I wouldn’t run anyway…unless of course I was being chased by a plethora of acromantulas (the giant spiders in Harry Potter). That would definitely make me run ;
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha I never ran in my life until a year ago, so never say never. ;) But if you have a bad back, then that’s certainly a different story!!

  6. Kat

    Good luck lady!! I know you are going to do great!
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  7. Theresa

    yay!!! good luck and i hope you have a blast! i love half marathons! :)
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  8. Meg

    oh my gosh you are going to rock this race! you don’t need any luck sweetie ;) but I give you LOVE and strength instead ;) You seriously are going to do so good :) I BELIEVE IN YOU
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  9. Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie

    Good luck!! Have so much fun in Nashville! And, super adorable that you wore the same clothes from when you started dating. Love that!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Laurie!! :)

  10. Corrie Anne

    Good luck!! That looks like a blast!
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  11. Yellow Haired Girl

    Good luck! And have a blast in Nashville. I love the timeline photos :)
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  12. Cristin

    Good luck! You guys are too cute! I loved your pictures.

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Cristin!! :)

  13. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    ok the fact that you guys are wearing the same outfits on those different days is hysterical! I love it. I’m so excited for your run!!! You are gonna rock it!! Can’t wait to hear all about it. :-)
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  14. kaceyt

    Good luck on your race! I’ve never been to Nashville before…may have to add that location to the list:)

  15. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Yeyyy!! The best of luck to you on your first single-lady race! And Nashville is beautiful– quite the place to run it ;)

    By the way, the matching outfits is SO something I would force Will to do with me too HAHA!
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  16. Liz @ iheartvegetables

    Good luck at the race!!! I’m sure you’ll do fantastic :)
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  17. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    Ahh Good Luck at the race! I know you will do so so well.. no worries at all and I can’t wait to hear of your successes!
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  18. Baking Serendipity

    Enjoy Nashville! And good luck in the race!
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  19. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    Good luck! I’m sure you’ll do great!
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  20. Angelica from UF

    Good luck on your race! I’ve done a couple of 5ks, but a marathon or even a half-marathon still seems out of reach for me right now!

    Have fun in Nashville!

    • notsodomesticated

      If I can do it, you can do it! :) But maybe don’t do this particular race … those hills were a killer! ;)

  21. Kelly @leafynotbeefy

    Yay for your race! That’s amazing! I’ve been to Nashville once a few years ago, and agree that the Opryland Hotel is pretty nice!!
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  22. Presley @ Run Pretty

    Have fun in Nashville!

    I ran the Savannah RNR half in November… pregnant and under-trained. haha I’m ready to try again!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh my goodness!! Good for you, Presley!!

  23. Shannon from Healthiful Balance

    Nashiville sounds like such a fun place!
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  24. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    Good look for your race!!!
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