Far too much time has passed to write a race report that details all of the awesomeness of this year's Hood-to-Coast. But since the primary purpose of this blog is to capture the athletic side of my life so that I can look back on where I've been, things I've accomplished, and lessons learned, I'm going to memorialize it anyway. The most important thing to remember from 2011 is how much FUN we had. I need to remind myself of that next year when all of the planning and hassle inevitably leaves me thinking "I'm never doing this again."
We really had the perfect mix of people. The right amount of crazy, responsibility, teamwork, and personalities. We had some difficult adversities to face (thunderstorm, outrageously hot weather, broken down van, record traffic issues, etc.) but still managed to end up in Seaside with sore cheeks from ridiculous amounts of laughing. And after more than 30 hours of no sleep, we still managed to rally for another 12 hours of post-race festivities. Which, of course, were just as fun as the relay itself, but perhaps not suitable for this audience.
|4:15am race start at Timberline on Mt. Hood.|
|One of the Van1 windows. Inside joke.|
|No explanation needed.|
|Note the strategically placed door seam. The runners of this van also had authentic molester-staches. And cutoff jean shorts.|
|Coming in from my 2nd leg. Way overheated.|
For posterity, my run data from my Garmin:
Run 1 (leg 4) - 7.22 miles, 1:16:10, 10:33/mi pace
Flat/slightly downhill, easy even though a bit long, sun just coming up, really awesome.
Run 2 (leg 16) - 4.50 miles, 58:03, 12:54/mi pace
Mostly flat, super hot, horrible horrible hydration and electrolyte planning, suckage.
Run 3 (leg 28) - 4.05 miles, 46:02, 11:22/mi pace
Better than leg 2 hands down, mostly unmemorable, beautiful scenery but it was pitch black.