My Hood to Coast Legs
|August 24, 2011||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
I’m officially back in DC for a whopping 24 hours before I leave again. While I’m extremely sad my vacation in Vermont is over, I’m beyond excited to be flying to Seattle first thing tomorrow morning to join 23 rockstar women to run the 200 mile Hood to Coast Relay with Team Nuun.
I was assigned to be runner 5 and I am both terrified and thrilled about the legs that I
have get to run during the relay. Though, if we’re being totally honest with each other, I’m mostly terrified.
Here is a very humerous (and hopefully exaggerated) account of the legs I’m running from a post on the OHSU Sports Medicine blog.
Leg 5: Thirteen miles of rolling hills are a mere warm-up to what awaits you at the end: the gnarliest hill you’ll see outside of a Swiss Miss ad. It just keeps effing GOING, and there’s nothing you and your little split shorts can do about it to make the pain stop. Do your team a favor: throw some absolute bad-ass on this set of legs, then do the honorable thing and look the other way when he’s crying at the 3-mile mark.
I think when I offered to run this leg, I was thinking “I am going to be an Ironman, I can do anything” but I’m pretty sure being an Ironman does not actually equip me to scale epic ascents. Me thinks me and my split shorts are in for an interesting ride…
My first leg (leg 5) is 6.08 miles long and rated “Very Hard” by the official Hood to Coast peeps.
It is described as “long in length” with “very challenging rolling hills”
I don’t know what they call “rolling hills” out in Oregon, but that last bit just looks like it goes up, up and UP.
My next leg (leg 17) is ranked a “moderate” leg and is 7.13 miles long.
It’s rumored to be on basically flat terrain along the highway.
This time, I think HTC might have actually described it accurately. I’m excited to try and get a little speed going on this leg since I can’t imagine my feet will be carrying me all that fast as I try and ascend the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
Last up, it’s Swiss Miss time.
You know when “Crest of hill” is written onto the map, you’re in for a real treat of a climb.
My third leg (leg 29) is described as “very hard”, though I imagine if HTC were to employ a “very, very, very hard” ranking, it would earn it.
It’s 6.11 miles of hills, hills, and more hills.
The last time I did one of these running relays, I had a similar leg that ran straight up one of Vermont’s many ski mountains.
And while it may not have been my prettiest running ever, I survived.
And believe me, survival will definitely be my strategy for climbing this weekend.
In total, I’m running 19.38 miles and my collective legs earned the most difficult ranking among all the HTC legs. So even if I run less than stellar paces, I’ve still got that going for me…which is nice.
Have you run a relay before? And even if you haven’t, would you want the fast and flat legs or the crazy challenging?
I must be a glutton for punishment because I always fight for the toughest of the tough legs.