running {hood to coast}

by @according2kelly on September 24, 2011

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.

hood-to-coastour teammates started the race (without us) at exactly 12:30pm, near timberline lodge on mt. hood.

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

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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.

hood to coast leg 11 results

* 4.84 mile, easy run
* total time: 37 minutes & 32 seconds, with an average pace of 7:45/ mile
* road kills: 0

hood to coast leg 23

hood-to-coast-leg-23after 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-23

hood to coast leg 35

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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

hood-to-coast-leg-35running hood to coast {recap}

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.

 

 

12 comments
Ciry
Ciry

Looking good Kelly ! What a FUN race! I want to do this! I was going to put a team together for next year but I believe the application needs to be submitted by Oct this year. I don't have time :( Perhaps in 2013,

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

Definitely one of the best races out there! If you can't get a team together this year, you HAVE to do it in 2013. Just be prepared - even if you have a team, you might not "win" the lottery. But just keep trying.... you HAVE to run this race.

Linda
Linda

I have to do this race when I move back to the West. (right now I'm in NYC and I am making a list of all the things I want to do when I move back "home" to the West. This is definitely on my list!)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

most definitely! EVERYONE needs to do this race at least once in their life!

Cherie G
Cherie G

WOW! You are amazing! I am not a runner, so this story is incredible! Loved that you tweeted while you ran!! Enjoyed reading about the adventure!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

it has been such an amazing adventure! i can't stop talking, writing & blogging about it! hope everyone doesn't mind coming along for the ride!

Jenny
Jenny

That sounds amazing... even to this non-runner. Way to go, Kelly!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

what?! a non-runner! hopefully i've inspired you to lace up your shoes!

Melody
Melody

You are amazing and speedy! I love this recap (which, of course, made me miss you *again*)!! :) I think you are seriously the BIGGEST rockstar for tweeting & running - I will never forget that!!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

miss you too! you'll have to come out west for a race one of these days!

XLMIC
XLMIC

You ran so fast, Kelly! Wowza! And while tweeting! You are totally amazing :)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

the only thing that is impressive about my speed (or lack thereof) is that I was tweeting. hehehe

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