amidst all the girl talk, a rousing game of would you rather & getting-to-know-you, spontaneous dance parties, potty breaks, tattoo applications, nuun sample distribution, picture taking, tweeting (which ultimately resulted with me landing in twitter jail on more than one occasion), CARaoke & a “pumped up kicks” sing-a-long or two…
i almost forgot we were there to RUN a race. & not just any race – the biggest-longest-on-course-party-of-a-race, the hood to coast relay, otherwise known simply as htc.
being in van two means you miss the actual start of the race, but you have a couple extra hours to sleep in & prepare.
hood to coast leg 11
approximately 8 hours after our team started the race, it was my turn to run. wearing the required night-time reflective vest, a headlamp & my super-sparkly-no-reflective-vest-was-even-necessary team sparkle skirt i was ready to rock & roll.
it was nearly 8 pm at night, dusk was quickly setting in & i found myself running along the springwater trail through portland. the evening was beautiful, the weather was perfect, but considering i didn’t encounter a single soul during my 4.84 mile jaunt – it made for an incredibly lonely, & road kill-less run. (road kill is hood to coast jargon for someone you pass.) luckily i had twitter to keep me company.
* 4.84 mile, easy run
* total time: 37 minutes & 32 seconds, with an average pace of 7:45/ mile
* road kills: 0
after a quick power nap (we slept no longer than one hour), it was time for van two to once again be under way. again, i donned the required reflective vest & headlamp (i had yet to take off my super-sparkly-no-reflective-vest-was-even-necessary team sparkle skirt), & started my second hood to coast run, leg 23, in total & complete darkness.
running along the shoulder of the narrow country roads surrounding mist, oregon was practically a spiritual experience.
there are no words to describe the beauty that surrounded by as the sun slowly rose during my journey. as i ran along the rolling hills, the river babbled on one side, the trees towering all around me, & the mist (that i can only assume the town is named for), surrounded & practically engulfed everything around me.
hood to coast leg 23 results
* 4.15 mile, easy run
* total time: 31 minutes & 34 seconds, with an average pace of 7:36/mile
* road kills: 15
hood to coast leg 35
after driving all morning, in traffic that would definitely rival LA rush hour, i barely made it to my third & final exchange in time. having run my previous two legs in almost total & complete darkness – i was worried i might melt in the heat of the day.
my third & final leg was 8.09 miles. not only would it be my furthest run of the adventure, it was the longest leg of the entire race. described as a hard 8.09 miles of “gently rolling terrain” – a description that held true for just the first four miles.
the sun was beating down on me, & while trees lined the beautiful mountain road – they provided little to no shade. there definitely was some uphill, but i was always rewarded with a nice little downhill, enabling me to add even more road kills (or people i passed) to my list.
but then i encountered the hill. yep – a four mile hill that just kept going & going & going up. & while i never walked, i definitely slowed down quite a bit – but then so did everyone else…
hood to coast leg 35 results
* 8.09 mile, hard run
* total time: 1 hour, 13 minutes, with an average pace of 9:01/ mile
* road kills: 62
in the end, i ran a little over 17 miles total in just over 2 hours & 21 minutes, averaging 8 minutes & 17/ mile on the whole. not too shabby.
read about the ENTIRE totally-awesome-completely-fabulous-epic hood to coast adventure.