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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


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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.

Hood To Coast Video

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.


Hood To Coast – The End

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.

      
We got to enjoy the scenery:

I must have taken this shot – note the slightly skewed horizon.
And the food (anything was good at this point):

Mason, Jocelyn, Emily, Lauren, me – it’s hard to pretend to eat penne…

There were lots of things to see:



And people to meet:

A bunch of us with Hood To Coast founder Bob Foote, left in blue, and random dude (behind me).
Lauren with Bart Yasso of Yasso 800s fame.
We got to cheer for our teammate: 

Megan running to the finish
And for ourselves:


We wrapped up the day knowing we’d gone through an amazing experience with new friends:

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.


Hood To Coast Leg #25 – And The Ugly

Saturday 27 August 2011 – Very Early A.M.


Before we get to the “fun” that was Leg #25 let me tell you about our driver, Mason.  You have to figure that any guy who is game to drive a bunch of strangers around for 3 days is going to be great.  Factor in a willingness to don a sparkly pink skirt, allow photographic evidence of it, run 17 miles (yes, you read that right – 3 legs of the relay) with our runners to keep them company and feeling safe in the dark, and you have an amazing person all around.  Oh, and I seem to have forgotten to mention that he’s the President of Nuun.  Yeah.  Had you asked me if I thought a) I’d be hanging out with him and b) that he wouldn’t be a stuffed shirt before the race I probably would have said no.  Not only is Nuun a great company, but (and I know everyone else on the team has either mentioned this or they would agree) they have a superstar staff. 

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.  

At this point all I wanted to do was get what little sleep I could before my run and make my stomach not hurt.  I got one of the two.  We crawled into the parking lot sometime after 5am.  Since only a few of us were awake we pulled out the necessary sleeping bags and all crashed in the van.  I think I went to bed at 5:45am and got up again at 6:30am.  That was the first sleep I’d had since 5:30am Friday morning.  Not entirely enough to feel ready for my run.

Upon waking I was hoping my stomach would feel slightly better. No such luck.  I ate half a banana, gathered myself as best I could and waited for Megan to literally appear from the mist in Mist.  As I started my knee felt much better.  I’d been able to get some insoles at Safeway at one of the exchanges.  Thankfully they were a sponsor and were open at 2am.  My  pace was decent and I had the start of “Let’s Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas on repeat in my head: “and runnin’ runnin’/and runnin’ runnin’/and runnin’ runnin’.”  It really is a beautiful area and it was the perfect temperature – just cool enough to need a light long sleeved shirt.  My groove was short-lived.  Between my stomach (a nice way of saying GI issues), the start of chafing (sleep deprivation = no Body Glide), and my shin starting to act up I’d slowed down to a walk.  When our second van drove by I just pointed to my shin as they drove by as an excuse for why I was walking.  There are some things that just don’t need admitting.  Except that they turned around and came back to check on me.  I can say after the fact that it really was appreciated.  However, at the time, I was more than mortified about my issues.  Jen, Mel and Kelly hopped out to see how I was doing and I promptly fell apart.  They were extremely understanding.  In fact, Mel sacrificed let me borrow a pair of capris.  Now that is teamwork.  

Eventually Tricia caught up to me and passed me.  I was pretty much done by then, had no idea how far I had to go and the little hill at the end didn’t help.  As much as I wanted to chick the guy that was even with me at the bottom of the hill I just didn’t have it in me to push it.  Handing off the baton was relieving.  It just sucked that I’d once again made my team wait for me.  I was 12 minutes over the expected time.         

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