When we were first asked to pick what legs were preferred to run at Hood To Coast, I didn’t do any research. I looked at a chart that told me which of the 12 runners had the longest and hardest rated legs and picked the top 3. When I was told that I was not runner #5, who had the hardest legs, I was a tad upset. I felt like if I was going to run Hood To Coast, then I wanted to GO HARD. I got my 3rd choice, runner #2.
My last mile was a 6:08 and then a sprint .4 into the finish. My overall time was 32:50 for 5.4 miles. Faster than I have ever run in my life on a leg that was rated HARD.
Here I am dead tired, recounting those hot, hard, downhill miles to my teammates, who would soon become my friends!!