My 6th: Hood to Coast 2016

30 Aug

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!

IMG_5664Van 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.

IMG_5654Van 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!

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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!






13 Responses to “My 6th: Hood to Coast 2016”

  1. Erica August 30, 2016 at 9:09 PM #

    Best one yet! Such a great weekend. Best memory you yelling at people from the back with all the windows closed. “That’s Darrel, Hey Darrel, roll down the window!!!”

  2. Kecia August 31, 2016 at 1:11 PM #

    So much fun! I participated in a relay this year for the first time and had a blast, although I am still out for the long ones…I don’t do well on little sleep 😉 Way to finish strong for your team! 9:15s are a great finish!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats September 2, 2016 at 7:12 PM #

      I think you would be surprise yourself doing a longer relay!! I don’t do good without a lot of sleep either and somehow I always have fun!! 🙂

      • Kecia September 3, 2016 at 4:12 AM #

        I’m sure I could suck it up for a bit 😉

  3. Liz September 1, 2016 at 9:38 AM #

    Great job Leslie!!

  4. Lee @ Tri*Inspired*Life September 3, 2016 at 12:38 PM #

    Sounds like another fun event! One day I want to do one of these crazy team running relays. The sleep factor would be tough for me, but I still want to give it a go sometime. Can’t believe IM is just around the corner. BTW…..I read in one of your comments that you got a promotion at work….congrats!!!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats September 8, 2016 at 10:42 PM #

      Yes!! You definitely need to do a relay! They are so fun and there are a bunch on the east coast that sound awesome!
      You are telling me. I can’t believe its 3 days away!!! ahhh!!!!! very excited though!!!
      Thanks!! I’ve had the new job about 3 weeks and its been great!! 🙂

  5. Kristen September 8, 2016 at 12:55 PM #

    It looks like you had a great time. There must be something pretty special about this race that keeps you coming back for more each year. At least the weather was better than last year!!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats September 8, 2016 at 10:37 PM #

      It always is!! Not sure what makes us come back for more every year!! Definitely something to experience!! 🙂

  6. Kristen L September 9, 2016 at 8:52 AM #

    Fun! Glad you got to do HTC again. Ryan really wants to run it sometime. Glad you had good weather this year. I like the medal this year too — awesome!
    Have fun this weekend at IMWI! 🙂

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