I have not written much about my experience at Hood To Coast, other than to say it was AMAZING. Why? 

STILL feel like it was all a dream

I have a mental block. My mind does not want to admit it is over. That the race I was looking forward to for months came and went.

I am not sure why my mind works this way, but it does. My 16th marathon, Potomac River Run, was amazing as well – yet I did not write anything about it. When I had a NOT so great run like at Freedom’s Run Marathon, I had NO problem blogging away for days.

Why is it easier to talk about the negative but harder to find the right words for the positive?

Race morning at the hotel – I don’t know yet that in 48 hours I will literally love these ladies!

Does this happen to you?

Then I wonder, does anyone even want the mile by mile account of what happened? Multiple other bloggers have said it better than I even feel I can. [Sweat Once A Day, Health On The Run, Enthusiastic Runner]

What I do know is that spending so much time in VERY close quarters with people makes you MISS them like WHOA.

Still in race mode despite saying I was just going to run for *fun*

I pretty much feel like I hit the lottery when it came to my vanMates. I mean honestly in what kind of dream did it happen that the president of nuun was our van driver?

Pretty sure I was about to start crying – thanking Mason & nuun for giving me this opportunity

One would think that people at the top are snotty, think highly of themselves and are unapproachable – okay maybe that’s just me. I’ve worked for companies before where the president did not even really know my name. Mason is different, nuun is different. This man had me laughing so hard on multiple occasions, that I literally almost peed my pants. I said ALMOST.

Mason making me laugh yet AGAIN

I believed in their product before but after visiting their office, getting to know some of the employees better, and spending a weekend promoting the brand, I love it even more.

My teammates were the BEST cheerleaders

Every time I drop that little tablet in a bottle of water I find myself with a little smile on my face. A smile that reminds me of the fun times I had with some fantastic runners and people who I truly consider friends now!

My team – how did I get so lucky?

So you tell me. What do you want to know about my Hood To Coast experience??

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  1. That is so cool that the President was your van driver! I have never even heard of nuun until your blog so I'm going to check it out & see what it's all about. Thanks!


  2. thethinksicanthink says:

    Hmm have you done other relays and how/why is HTC different? It gets a lot of hype!

  3. Jessica K (@irun26at8) says:

    I think the second hand observation that Sweat Once a Day documented in her blog was so sweet and shows just how inspiring YOU are…even after running sub 7 minute miles!

    "As each of my teammates left for their first legs, I got increasingly jealous and increasingly excited for it to be my turn. ESPECIALLY after Dorothy finished her first leg. After she ran into her exchange, or flew in to be more accurate, she immediately turned to Mason, the president of nuun, and started to excitedly thank him over and over and over again for giving her the opportunity to do this. Her excitement was contagious, and I wanted nothing more than to start my leg and learn for myself just how incredible it would be to be running one of the legendary Hood to Coast legs."

  4. jillconyers says:

    Awesome. I love reading all the details about H2C. Still trying to get a team together for next year!

  5. Another way to look at it is documenting this for your own sake. Like a "scrap book". Who cares if people don't want the mile-by-mile play book. If it's something you want to document and refer back to and express, then go for it! I love reading pretty much anything you write.

  6. I fight with the same issue of remembering negative things more vividly than positive things. My husband asks me a lot if I ever remember his compliments. I have been trying to make a point of being more positive and remembering the good stuff that happens in my life. I think you’re AWESOME and FAST and I love hearing from you on your blog. You inspire me and I want to hear about your incredible 6 min miles of the legs you ran.

  7. I am going through the exact same thing. Notice I've written part 1 and nothing else? I'm having a tough time accepting that it's over and finding the words that do the experience justice. PS I miss you!

  8. breathofsunshine says:

    Hood to Coast is on my running bucket list! one of these years will be my year! I'd love to hear it all :)

  9. Yes, I love nuun! I am one who can't really handle sports drinks well so I prefer electrolytes in my water and using hammer gels or dried fruit for fuel. Just want to say you are awesome! I would love to hear anything about your experience!

  10. I read this post and completely understand your point about not wanting to admit it is over. While I did not do H2C, I recently did a HM where I crushed my PR. It is now a month later and I am still riding on that "high" and cannot think about any other event. BTW – very cool that you got to know the nuun team/president. I found their product this past spring at a fun run, and have not used anything since.

  11. You are not alone! I wrote about my first leg and still haven't finished the series. I hate admitting that it's over. But on the other hand, I'm afraid I've stretched it out to the point where it's gotten annoying. Do people REALLY still want to hear about it so many weeks later??

    But seeing as I was there – I want to know everything. I love reading the recaps of everyone just so I can relive the experience all over again :) Miss you!!

  12. {lifeasa}RunningMom says:

    I think this is a great post of the HTC coast experience because I can really feel the impact in has made on you. Thank you so much for sharing your "mental block".

    I started using nuun after hearing (okay, reading) so much about it and love it! I think I love it more knowing what a wonderful experience all you ladies had!

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