Hood To Coast

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

Missing out on running with Nuun here…

…means I get to run with Nuun here.

 It’s hard to be {too} disappointed.

More to come.

“Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf.”  ~ Jonatan Mårtensson

(thanks Mel for posting this today)


Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

Nuun tells us Tomorrow!

It’s only a day away!


Team Nuun HTC Applications Index

Time’s up! Pencils down! If you didn’t get your Hood to Coast application in to Nuun by the time you’re reading this it’s too late. Applications were due by the end of Monday.

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This should happen again!

If you applied like I did you are probably on pins and needles and wondering how you’ll ever make it to April 24th. Please tell me you aren’t super calm about this – I don’t want to be the only nervous wreck… The more I read blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, the more worried I get! There are some spectacular entries out there.

In order to while away the hours while Nuun has the unenviable task of narrowing it down to three teams I’ve decided to provide a space for you to link up your own application. Since there isn’t a way to influence the outcome everyone could probably do with a little moral support right now!

Either email me at alanna @ lovemyrunners . com or post the link in the comments and I’ll move it to the master list in the post.

We ALL Wanna Run:

Alanna – Love My Runners (alumna)

Amanda – Runninghood

Becky – RunFunDone

Caroline – Canadian Runner In Exile

Corey – Schnoodles of Fun

Dawn – Running At Dawn

Dorothy – Mile Posts (alumna)

Falon – Falon Does Marathon

Harmony – Keep On Keeping On (alumna)

Holly – Leaps of Faith

Jess – Blonde Ponytail (alumna)

Jessica – Pace of Me

Jocelyn – Enthusiastic Runner (alumna)

Kerrie – Mom vs Marathon (alumna)

Laura – Absolut(ly) Fit

Laura W. – Girls Gone Sporty

Lindsay – Lindsay On The Go

Mattie – Comfy & Confident

Meggie – The Thinks I Can Think

Melanie – Tall Mom on the Run (alumna)

Melissa – Melissa Runs

Rachel – Running in Real Life

Ricole – Ricole Runs

Sarah – Once Upon a Lime

Sarah – Running Starfish

Susan – Nurse On The Run (alumna)

Tasha – Healthy Diva

The MF Dre – The MF Dre

Tonia – Racing With Babes (alumna)

Tricia – Tricia Minnic (alumna)

Vanessa – Gourmet Runner

XLMIC – Taking It On (alumna)

Please mention this, RT it, send up smoke signals or let carrier pigeons do the work for you – I’d love to get as many links up as possible.


Coming Soon: Team Nuun Hood to Coast Application


It’s On Like Donkey Kong!

It’s here, it’s here!!  

Jump up in sheer excitement and put your thinking caps on! 

Nuun is now accepting Hood to Coast applications!

You must be:
Female

You must have:
An active blog

You can find out all the details HERE.

You have until 9 April 2012 to get your submission in.

Go.  Do it.  Now.



BREAKING NEWS: I Wanna Run {Again!}

HUGE {semi-secret} announcement from Nuun

They are sponsoring team(s) for Hood to Coast 2012!


Application process to be announced mid-March.
Be sure to follow on Facebook {here} and on Twitter {@nuunhydration}!

Just a reminder of how truly awesome it was:

* I would have loved to have kept this to myself, but it’ll be out soon enough (and everyone else is talking about it, too).  You can bet that I’ll be applying again – not sure how I’ll up the ante this time!

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If you watched the Hood To Coast video yesterday (if not, go do it NOW) to the very end you saw that we had a lot of support from other companies.  It’s amazing how many connections some of the other ladies have!  I totally benefited and got awesome goodies – loot, really – so it’s only fair that I thank them, especially since I’ve thanked Nuun more than enough (well, probably not, but you get what I mean).

Team Sparkle:

Not only were Kelly and Carrie amazing teammates – unfortunately not in my van – they also gave us each a wicked skirt.  

I chose “gunmetal” since I could wear it with most of my tops.  Two reasons these skirts are awesome: 1) easily identifiable – we could pick out our runners in crowds and from far away and 2) you can wear them over your own bottoms as they aren’t lined.  This is excellent when travelling in a van and not wanting to wear the same bottoms each leg.

Check back next month: you could win your own Team Sparkle skirt.

BuildASign.com:

We were fortunate enough to have BuildASign.com on board with us (literally).  They made us fantastic car magnets that held on for more than the 200 miles.  We didn’t lose a single one during the entire trip.  They were well made (strong) and went so well with our van.

Endorphin Warrior:

I LOVE my bracelet.  I’ve known about them for awhile, but never had the chance to order one for myself.  So when Kelly asked what saying we wanted on ours I knew right away: FOCUS.  I chose it because that’s what I fight with the most in my running.  I think it’s come off a grand total of 3 times since August.

Made of metal and leather… pretty hard to ruin it running.

Barney Butter:

Almond butter in handy single serve packs.  I know I got a packet – I had to claim one before they were all gone, but don’t remember eating it.  Now, this isn’t because it’s forgettable.  I was told it was excellent.  But either I ate it when I was too tired to notice or I brought it home and have promptly lost it.

  
GU:

It amazes me that we had a box of Raspberry Chocolate Roctane in the van the entire time and we forgot about it.  The bonus to that, of course, is that there were lots of leftovers when we got back to Nuun HQ.  Even better (for me), most of the people who were around either didn’t like it or couldn’t eat it.  I now have a dozen of them to use once training starts back up again.  Hooray! 


I received a great towel from Inperspire.  I’ve read about them on other blogs, but they are way better (larger and better made) than I expected.  Unfortunately I didn’t get my first choice, but I like the one I got.  Now if I ever get the guts to try a spin class I’ll have something to soak up all my sweat.

Having these stopped me from stinking like a polecat.  ‘Nuff said.


Not only did I receive another water bottle – to add to my miniscule collection of about 10 – I also got a pink drawstring bag.  I personally love Saucony’s slogan “Find Your Strong” that is printed on both.  



Psychedelic headbands to go with our rainbow themed costumes and van.  I used mine while I was recovering from my runs.  After my first leg I’m not sure if the ponytail ever came down, so it was nice to have something to hold my hair back.



I have to admit that this is another brand I didn’t get much of a chance to use during the relay.  I got lip balm, sunscreen and a face stick.  Of those I only really used the lip balm at HTC.  I chose the cherry over the vanilla.  I like it because it smells like cherry, but doesn’t really taste like it.  

I ended up using these when I went to my in-laws a couple of weeks ago.  I love the face stick.  It’s a little thick, so I had to rub it in, but it barely smells (a little like cinnamon, maybe).  The sunscreen worked well on Spud.  If it can keep an 4 year old from getting burned then the it’s good for adults too.


This is traditionally a men’s skin care line, but I really like their stuff.  The Industrial Strength Hand Healer is great, the lemon and chamomile lip balm smells like candy and I can’t wait to try this one:


Bring it marathon training – you’ve got nothing on a product containing Dragon’s Blood.