The last full weekend of August you can usually find me and 11 of my friends running Hood To Coast. No exception this year. I had applied for a team before I decided to do Ironman Wisconsin. I thought well we got a team last year there is no way we will get in again this year. I was wrong. We got in. That wasn’t my favorite conversation with my coach but he “allowed” me to take part!!
I decided to run leg 12 this year. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with work so I thought the later the better!! We had a late start time this year. BUT it probably benefited me the MOST because it got into the high 90s on Friday!
Van 1: Shawn(2), Dan(4), Christa(3), Kat(5), Alana(1), and Doug (6)
Team Fanny Pack was off and running at 10:15 Friday morning.
Van 2: was a little anxious to get on the road because of traffic but we managed to get to the first major exchange early enough to stop and get coffee. I decorated the suburban a bit. We sat in the shade and waited for van 2’s arrival.
Van 2: Rollin(10), Stephanie (7), Me(12), Laura(11), Erica(8), and Nik(9)
Erica and I were the only ones with duplicate fanny packs. Everyone was pretty creative with them. They definitely come in handy!! Phone, gum, credit card, chapstick!! Hello!
We met up with van 1 and all of a sudden we were off and running!!! It was HOT!!! Everyone did awesome in the heat!! I couldn’t have been happier being leg 12. I didn’t run until about 7:30. By that time the sun had gone done. It had cooled off but still a bit humid!
I ran a pretty flat leg of 6.4 miles and averaged 9:45s. I didn’t want to get crazy. I was running on tired legs anyway since I was getting ready to start to taper for Wisconsin! Not ideal but it decent! No pressure. :)
Van 1 took back over and we headed for food, showers, and a few hours of sleep!
We took back over the running at about 3am. We all felt relatively good and ran good!!
My second leg started about 7 so the sun was up. It was a nice crisp morning. It was a treat since I have been trying to run in the heat of the day for the last couple of weeks preparing for WI! As you all know the night leg is always my favorite leg. This was no exception except it wasn’t nighttime. It wasn’t even early morning!! My second run was awesome. Felt awesome!! I averaged 9:31s for 4.87 miles. Flat-ish.
After sitting in traffic for about 2 hours(that is the problem with van 2) we finally got to the next major exchange to sleep for a bit. I always feel like it’s the hardest to sleep at this exchange because we don’t really know how the other van is doing because there is no cell service. We were about 20 minutes ahead of the spreadsheet when van 1 took over for the 3rd legs. But we didn’t know if they would keep it about 20 minutes or if it would be faster or slower you never really know!
About 40 minutes before we were due next (about 20 minutes ahead of the 20 minute ahead of schedule) Erica and I went to use the port-a-potty. While we were standing in line, Erica was like oh no is that Doug(at the exchange point). It was! Erica ran to get Stephanie and I ran to tell Doug she was on her way. Luckily enough he had just gotten there and Steph was ready to roll!! So now we were about 30 minutes ahead of schedule!!🙂
We ran back to the van and we were off again!!
This was exchange 32 and Erica was getting ready to run!! We look so delirious!!
The last legs were good. Everyone was still feeling strong and right on pace.
I was the caboose. I was finally going to finish this relay off. I had a 5.2 mile run into Seaside. I averaged 9:51s. A few rollers to start and then flat. There was some headwind and it was cool.
It was fun to run into the finish line. It is a little anticlimactic at HTC because they make you wait for your whole team. We get our finish time but once everyone is there we can run through the actual finish line.
First a selfie:
We still didn’t get everyone in when the volunteer took the picture!!
We had an awesome time!! Fantastic team!! We came in 30hours and 52 minutes. We were 30th out of 107 in the mixed submasters(everyone had to be 30) division. Until next year!