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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.|
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.
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!
Remember how I mentioned that we had a videographer following us for 200 miles? Well, here is the finished product. It’s amazing and captures the essence of our experience in 4 minutes. I love that I get to see the other runners since we rarely saw them on course.
Did you spot me? Because I’m a huge dork you can find me at 00:36, 00:46, 00:49, 00:51, 01:01, 01:39-01:41, 02:58, and 03:08.
I must admit that this last recap of Hood To Coast is going to be a little picture intensive. Not sure how much there is to say about spending an afternoon on the beach! I don’t remember what time we actually got to Seaside. Thankfully we didn’t have to sit in traffic for very long – if you’ve read other recaps you’ll already know that it turned into a major parking lot. As Van #1 we were able to get to the beach with plenty of time to get settled and wander around.
|I must have taken this shot – note the slightly skewed horizon.|
|Mason, Jocelyn, Emily, Lauren, me – it’s hard to pretend to eat penne…|
There were lots of things to see:
|Lauren with Bart Yasso of Yasso 800s fame.|
|Megan running to the finish|
I’d love to be able to tell you that this is the absolute last post about HTC. Unfortunately I can’t do that just yet. I have at least 2 more and they’re important: a huge thank-you to all of the companies that supported us (no, it wasn’t just Nuun) and what I learned during what can only be described as a whirlwind trip.
Saturday 27 August 2011 – Very Early A.M.
Much of the evening after my second run is a blur. Mostly because I was fading fast. The longer it was dark out the more I wanted to go to sleep. Unfortunately my body didn’t want to let me. I would have been chugging Pepto sooner – yes, the now infamous pizza strikes again – but our other van needed it too. I had to wait until we could steal some out of Nuun Platuun’s van. My dinner was sitting like a lead weight in my stomach and there was nothing I could do about it. At one point I seriously considered making myself throw up just so I would feel better.
Once we got to the van transition (and after finding our keys) we decided not to spend the night there, but drive on to the next one and catch a few hours there. A good idea in theory, but not in practice. Once we were close to Mist – the site of my 3rd run – we hit traffic. Yes, in a relay there is the possibility of a traffic jam at 3 in the morning. It took us 2-1/2 hours to go about 31 miles/50km. It should have only taken us an hour total. Thank goodness we didn’t sleep at the last transition. We would have been S.O.L. the next morning and most likely would have missed our exchange.
Once we moved along I was finally able to get a little sleep. I think I was out for about an hour during Kimberly’s leg just curled up on the back bench. It was nice to both sleep and sleep off the disappointment of my run. After that I was able to enjoy the rest of the legs and once we were all done we were off to Seaside!
Next: Saturday 27 August 2011 – P.M. aka Things Are All Good Again