Saturday, August 24, 2013

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

Monday, August 5, 2013

Friday the 13 (miler)

We're tapering for our big run around Mt Hood. This week we had 13 miles on the schedule: just enough to be a long run, but not enough to be quite satisfying. We planned to run it on Friday afternoon  to have the rest of the weekend free.

Then a friend of ours was going to join us, for the longest run he'd ever done. We joked about doing hill repeats except for the fact that he would be there. Then he bailed, and I was stuck with the thought of hills.

To make up for the shorter distance, I planned a route to hit all the big hills, especially Pittock Mansion. And that's how our 13 mile taper run turned into a harder workout than the previous week's 22 miler.

Up again. And again. And again!

  • Holman- WW (5.93): .76mi
  • WW (5.93) to Pittock (ww 3.84): 2.09mi (2.85 total)
  • Pittock (ww 3.84) to Wild Cherry (ww 7.88): 4.04mi (6.89 total)
  • Wild Cherry (ww 7.88) to Leif (.31): .56mi ( 7.45 total)
  • Leif (.31) to Alder (le 1.49): 1.18mi (8.63 total)
  • Alder (le 1.49) to WW (9.4): .84mi (9.47 total)
  • WW (9.4) to Wild Cherry (ww 7.88): 1.52mi (10.99 total)
  • Wild Cherry (ww 7.88) to Dogwood/53rd: .31mi (11.3 total)
  • Dogwood to WW (8.47): .66mi (11.96 total)
  • WW (8.47) to Birch (ww 7.49): .98mi (12.94 total)
  • Birch (ww 7.49) to 53rd: .22mi (13.16 total)