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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