I LOVE country music. Like seriously, love.
This was my first ever trip to Nashville, and it did NOT disappoint. It’s warm. It’s musical. I dig it. It’s like a mix of Southern Charm and Las Vegas – and if you know anything about me, I LOVE Las Vegas.
Below are my recommendations based on my race week. These are the places I stayed and had success with, but let me know if you find better deals or have a different experience worth editing for!
Hotel: The great thing about Nashville is a lot of the hotels provide a complementary shuttle to Broadway (the main drag of bars and restaurants – and the race start line). Granted, Uber is always an option, but free is for me…soooo. I stayed at the Millenium Maxwell House and that was absolutely the case. The shuttle ran every 15 minutes or so, and at reasonable hours (so no worries if you’re trying to catch a late live band). I’m a snob about where I stay – I want the utmost comfort if I have to run 13 miles in the morning, and I also have an irrational fear of bed bugs. Don’t ask. The MMH exceeded all expectations.
Flights: Nashville tends to CRUSH the flight deals category. I find them MORE than reasonable on Southwest Airlines. Even JetBlue is impressive if you’re headed to the Music Capital is cost effective. As much as I’m a snob about hotels, I could care less about the airline. If it’s affordable and I have a seat to sit in, I’m down. Southwest is a budget airline, so they don’t have some of the amenities that others do (i.e. a lounge, free beverages, etc). BUT, I usually sleep anyways, so whatevs. Also, I’m only 5′ 0″ so if you’re looking for leg room I got nothing for ya.
Things To Do: If you love Country music, this destination race will be heaven for you. Even if you don’t, I feel like something about any live music makes bars more fun. A great part about Rock & Roll races is that there’s always a concert to attend (whether it be before the race or after). We actually went to the post-game concert inside Bridgestone Arena. It’s typically a country artist (obviously) – our year, it was the starts of the t-show Nashville. This year, looks like Hunter Hayes (I love him)!
Race Course: This was way hillier than I expected! Who knew Nashville was so roll-y (is that a word…?)” You do get to see some cool sights though – Country Music HOF,
Weather/Temperature: For April, I was surprised how moderately temperate Nashville was. It was beautiful the day of the race, but fairly warm (don’t forget sunscreen…I did).
My only complaint about this race is that there were little to no bands along the course. I felt this way about when I ran Vegas too. However, I read that this is a focus of R&R this year – to enhance the number of bands! This is SUCH a relief because this was by far the biggest downfall – looks like I’ll need to sign up for another! Which one should I run next?
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