I can not believe that in less than 2 weeks I will be on a flight to Seattle to meet up with all my nuunMATES for Hood To Coast! I am beyond excited but I would be lying if I did not say I am a tad stressed.

If you aren’t into relays and do not know what Hood To Coast is, I will tell you. It is a relay that is held once a year where 12 runners complete 3 legs each, finishing 195 miles as fast as they can. It is considered the mother of all relays, basically it’s the Boston Marathon of relays. It was one of those things that was on my bucket list [which I sort of just decided I had one] but that I never really thought I would get to do, because let’s be honest I live in VA — Oregon is a long way to travel for a race.

Your start time is based on how fast you predict you can run, this way all the teams will be finished by Saturday night. The relay starts on the top of MT Hood and finishes on the beach where there is a GIANT party. I would be again lying if I told you I was more excited for the party than the running. I love running and getting to RACE three times on one weekend is my idea of HEAVEN on earth.

The long and short story of what runner I am is is that I am RUNner 2. This means I will be running leg 2, leg 14 and leg 26. Being the numbers geek that I am you can imagine that I was excited that there is 26.2 in my numbers.

When nuun was deciding the teams they asked us to list our three top running positions we would like to be. Most of the lady bloggers did research into what each leg looked like. NOT ME.

I went to this nifty little chart, looked for the legs that said they were the hardest and put the 3 hardest legs down. typical.dorothy. I wanted to be runner 5, but that’s okay – I got my 3rd choice :)

My 1st leg it turns out is straight down the side of the mountain. lovely.just.lovely. Yes that mountain in the background.

Okay enough complaining. I really did not care what leg I got, other than I wanted to run lots of miles, surprise, surprise and that I wanted to be with some other really cool bloggers – I got both of my wishes.

Are you running Hood To Coast? What is your start time? What runner number are you?

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  1. Our start time is 2:30! Latest it's ever been. I'm pretty sure I'm the slowest on the team… I'm running 3/15/27 – should be great! My advice for leg 2 – start out easy on yourself… the air is thinnish up there! I bonked pretty hard going out too fast on that one.

  2. Average A says:

    Funny! I wanted leg #5 as well, and also got leg #2 like you! We're twins, but in different vans! :)

  3. Twins separated at … but you will be rooming together, I think :)

    I put down the easiest and most glamourous legs 😉

  4. I just completed our relay this weekend! It was a TOTAL blast! http://carpcorner.blogspot.com/2011/08/s2s-relay.html
    I know you will have a wonderful time! :)

  5. breathofsunshine says:

    Oh I'm so jealous! Hood to Coast is on my bucket list too! I'm hoping to get a spot next year (when I'm not pregnant! VA to Oregon for me to (I hope!)

  6. I'm running Hood to Coast for the first time this year!! Super excited! I'm runner #9 on my team… being the newbie on a fairly established team I said, "put me where you need me". :) We aren't starting until 5:15. Hopefully all you Nuun runners are still partying at the beach when we finally stroll into town.

  7. Sounds fun! I had never heard of this until a few months ago and up until now I still had no idea what it was! How long will you be gone? Is anyone from your family going? I know you will have a lot of fun and this will be a great running experience. Looking forward to hearing all about it!

  8. hee hee…leg 5 was also on my list. I originally put the 3 hardest, but then skipped #2. The downhill was a little too extreme 5 weeks before my BQ attempt. I ended up listing #5, #9 and #6 (1st, 2nd and 4th in difficulty. I'll be running #6.

    I am so happy that our teams are starting at the same time. I can't wait to meet you!

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