Hood to Coast - Van 2

Oh Hood to Coast, how I love to hate you. I really have mixed feelings about Hood to Coast, but Susan loves it so being a good friend and running partner I agreed to do it again this year. Besides running on the road, getting no sleeping, sitting in traffic jams and inhaling exhaust, Hood to Coast is awesome! Seriously the thing I really love about Hood to Coast is getting to be part of an awesome team of your friends and family and all sharing the running experience together. Unfortunately vans 1 and 2 don't get to spend a lot of time together, so make sure you get all the good people in your van. ;) 

I started to get anxious about not sleeping and being in charge of the van a week before Hood to Coast, so to help my anxiety I created daily memes and posted them on Facebook.







I was in van 2 this year, the previous time I was in van 1. I prefer van 2 because you get to run on more back roads, van 1 you run more on Highway 26 and 30. 

Everyone in our van got along great, Rick even serenaded us! Sally switched a leg with Rick when his calf started to hurt, she traded my longer leg with me when my stomach got upset. I traded my dad's "hilly" leg with him, since I love hills and he doesn't. I know this is against the rules, but I thought it was awesome as a team we were able to make adjustments to make sure everyone was comfortable with what they were running. 

Running on the roads isn't too bad when you average an 8:20 pace. 

Maybe next year I can convince Susan to do the Cascade Lakes Relay , if not we better be in the same Hood to Coast van. 

Me and Rick in front of the Honey Buckets - Our team name is Honey Bucks and Buckettes



Relay hand off with Dad


Susan and Melinda doing a hand off. A rare moment between van 1 and van 2.

Run Susan!

Sally

Josh and Melinda

Rick and Sally hand off


Melinda and Josh hand off

Rick singing - Home Sweet Home
Van 2 beach "after party"

Rick and me and our beach photo

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