For a woman with a 4-hour, 27-minute marathon PR, Sheryl Emery took the slow route along the St. Jude’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon. With her friend and business partner Cory Claeys hobbling along the course nursing a knee injury, the pair finished in 5 hours, 51 minutes.
“I held her back,” said Claeys. “She hung around with me.”
It figures Emery, who lives in Aliso Viejo, Calif., would stick it out with Claeys. He’s the guy who lured Emery into running, covering the entry fee for Emery’s first half marathon back in 2012. Now she’s a running junkie, Nashville being her fifth 26.2-miler.
Claeys and Emery are regulars on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, running San Diego, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Nashville in the past year.
“It’s the entertainment, they’re affordable and they’re well organized,” said Claeys.
“And the bling,” added Emery, showing off her Nashville medal, a replica of the Tennessee flag, the three stars highlighted by a guitar, musical note and microphone. “Girls like bling.”
For the 38-year-old Emery, the highlight of the trip was sampling some serious barbecue. She and Claeys stopped in Jack’s, ordered a meal that served four or five and needed no help wolfing it down.
“I walked in, took a whiff and I was hooked,” said Emery. “Nashville, I love this city. It’s awesome.”