Here at ENA, we believe that cardio workouts can be an excellent opportunity to bond with teammates. That’s why we created our very own running team—Smokey and the Bandwidth!
We sat down with ENA Project Manager Jamie Johnson to learn more about Smokey and the Bandwidth, as well as her own passion for running.
You are a big part of this team. How long have you been running, and why do you run?
“Personally, I can’t remember a time I wasn’t running! I’m happier after a run. I have clarity, and sometimes, a better tan! And the running COMMUNITY is something else. You might not have anything in common with someone, but then you see they have a pair of Asics or Brookes on, and BAM. Instant connection. No one is wearing those shoes unless they’re a runner. Or want to be one.
“Plus, running is the one sport where your competitors are also your champions. I ran the Boston Marathon a few years ago, and it was the worst run I can remember. I was in tears for half the run from pain and feeling like a failure. I didn’t know any other runners there, but there was always somebody by my side giving me a pep talk, helping me through it. It’s a hard feeling to describe, receiving that kind of support from strangers when you’re feeling pretty sorry for yourself. Or. how empowered you feel after struggling through something and coming out the other side. But it happens everywhere and all the time in running, not just on the big runs.”
How did the Smoky and the Bandwidth team form?
“Smokey and the Bandwidth was here long before I started at ENA, and it’s continued because we have a group of people that are committed to challenging and bettering themselves, and because it’s fun! It’s made of incredible teammates that like to push themselves as well as form friendships here at ENA.”
How many races does the team run in a year?
“This year, our team is participating in six races. Most are 5Ks, though there is a 6K and 12K at the end of the year. These typically take you through the streets of Nashville and some neighboring communities.”
How does this build relationships among ENA team members?
“We are all in different roles and don’t necessarily interact with each other on a day-to-day basis. Running with the ENA team provides you the opportunity to learn more about each other’s goals and celebrate them. On the flip slide, we can also commiserate and pick each other up when we fall a little short. Being able to run the same streets and same hills, in the same wind with the same sun and cross the same finish line the same day…well, this is a hard feeling to describe.”
What is your favorite Smokey and the Bandwidth memory and race?
“My favorite memory is when fellow project manager Angie Veach’s mom won her age group. Total domination! And I’d say the Titans 5K is my favorite. The Titan’s cheerleaders, football players, drum line, and finishing in Nissan Stadium definitely make you feel like a rockstar!”