Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hood to Coast Preview ...

Unless you live in a bubble, you probably know that this Friday and Saturday, I will be running Hood to Coast (a.k.a. the Mother of All Relays) with Nuun Platuun (and our sister team, AfterNUUN Delite). I'll be joined by 19 other amazing blogging runners and 4 Nuun staff members for a 197 mile, two day adventure.

To say that I am excited would be an understatement.

I know that running this relay, while being sponsored by Nuun, is pretty much a once in a lifetime chance (Yes, I am trying to make you jealous). And considering I live 3,000 miles or so from Oregon, it's probably the only time I'll ever run this race. Thus, I plan to make the most of it.

So, here's what I have in mind ...

1. Have fun.
2. Spread the Nuun love.
3. Take lots of pictures.
4. Look fantastic.
5. Run strong, meaning stick as close to those prediction times as possible.

And speaking of those prediction times, here's what I have ahead of me:

Leg 11: Leg on Springwater trail over relatively rolling to flat terrain
Distance: 4.84 mile
Predicted Times: 40:34 (8:22 pace)

Leg 23: Basically flat terrain on narrow country roads with minimal shoulder
Distance: 4.18 mile
Predicted Times: 33:52 (8:06 pace)

Leg 35: Gently rolling terrain on a combination of paved and gravel roads
Distance: 8.09 mile
Predicted Times: 1:13:58 (9:08 pace)

Needless to say, this is going to be interesting. I'm not really sure how they figured out those paces (OK, they used my 10K time), but if they say I can, then I guess I can, right?

And because I know you want to track the Nuun teams all weekend long (both teams start at 12:30 on Friday), I'm going to give you about a zillion (or five) ways to do that.

1. Follow me on Twitter (@tmbrunnerfirst) HERE
2. Follow Nuun Platuun on Twitter (@NuunPlatuun) HERE
3. Follow AfterNUUN Delite on Twitter (@AfterNUUNDelite) HERE
4. "Like" Racing With Babes on Facebook HERE
5. "Like" Bloggers spreading the Nuun Love on Facebook HERE

Let Operation Hydration commence ...

25 comments:

irunyourun said...

Am I missing something? 8 miles in 40 minutes? Is that right?

Regardless, kick some ass and good luck! And please take pictures :)

Jamoosh said...

Have fun. It looks like your last leg is your hardest leg.

Rachel McPhillips said...

Have fun and good luck!! That last leg looks killer!

Lisa said...

um.... something isn't right with the prediction for the last leg. 8 miles in 40 minutes would be 5 min miles.

that math issue aside, HAVE FUN!

Running Ricig said...

Good luck! I'm jealous of you and the ladies you get to hang out with :)

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

You are going to LOVE the relay!

Everything goes crazy, you make instant best friends, and um.... it's running!, a lot of running.

Marlene said...

AGHHH so exciting!!! Nice legs (hehe) - own it!

Laurie said...

You'll be awesome! I think you're going to love our great state too... so much you might just want to make it an annual adventure. :)

Wym said...

You are going to be great! I know it will be a blast. I just wanted to let you know I changed blog formats and hope I can get some eyes on. Come check it out when you can!

MCM Mama said...

Have fun! And yes, I am so very very jealous. But in a good way. ;o)

Jen said...

You will do awesome! But are you sure your last leg is right....8miles x 9 minutes = 72 minutes not 40:34.

I hope you all have a blast!

SupermomE12 said...

have so much fun! Relays are a BLAST! Love them. :) Hope it is crazy fun and all goes well! Can't wait to hear all about it!!

Casey said...

so exciting!!! good luck!!

track coach and adorable wife said...

Don't worry, i am plenty jealous! But I do hope you have a great time and kick some Hood to Coast butt!

oh, and since I have been out of the loop so long, I never got to tell you congrats on being a fashion superstar and top notch model in RW! That is so awesome, i bragged to Jesse that I knew two people in a magazine!

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

Really, really excited for you!!! This is soo awesome!!!!!!!

DEM said...

You can definitely run those times - have a fantastic time, stay safe and good luck!

Lisa said...

SO exciting! We are going to have so much fun!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

That just made this whole adventure seem less enticing to me. Why? Because it's one thing for me to want/expect a pace of myself but a whole different kindo'pressure when someone else is expecting it from me.

But I know YOU won't have any trouble with those paces, easey-peaszy! I can't want to read everyone's reports to remind me that it would be crazy fun to be able to do something like this.

Is everyone okay in your fam' with the EQ in VA?

Kittee said...

So So Jealous! You are going to rock the relay. Enjoy every minute.

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

Have a great time! Will def. be following along!

XLMIC said...

So freakin excited! You will be passing off to ME :)
see you soon!

Molly said...

that last leg looks a bit harder than the rest, but I'm sure by that point the adrenaline will carry you through!

Good Luck : )

Colleen said...

You girls are going to have so much fun! And I'm sure the whole weekend will be filled with laughs and memories! Enjoy every minute!

Stacie said...

Good Luck, T!!!! You will do amazing. Can't wait to see pics.

Fruit Fly said...

I am so excited to get home and stalk all of you lovely ladies! I have MAJOR HTC fever today --- it's like Boston but BETTER!!

Best of luck, rock that race like I know you will!