*Disclaimer: I thought I was going to be able to recap this whole trip in 2 posts, but I just have too much to say! I’m not going to change the way I write or the way I want to post these recaps because people get annoyed by multiple recaps. These posts are for me too, so this is just the way it’s going to be.
The van 1′s were on schedule to leave at 8am Friday morning and luckily all of my roommates were also in Van 1! So we all got up around 7am and finished packing up our stuff and headed downstairs to the lobby to meet the rest of our teammates.
Also, notice our pretty sweet Nuun HTC jackets?! They are Nike jackets that were provided to us by Nuun and I LOVE them! I wore mine all weekend and I may still be wearing it all this week took too (and without washing it). Don’t judge.
We piled into our respective vans and set off for Mt. Hood, but not without stopping like 6 times for bathroom/food breaks. I was very glad I wasn’t the only one who had to pee every 3o minutes. TMI?
Once we arrived at Mt. Hood, it finally hit me that the RACE was actually here. We were about to race the ‘Mother of all relays’!
Seeing the top of the mountain was breathtaking! It was beautiful and I felt like we were so close to the top. Like, I could literally just go run to the top and touch it. Also, crazy that it had huge patches of snow. It was definitely the perfect picture opportunity.
We hit up the “Honey Buckets” (best name ever), got ourselves tatted up, took group pictures, including this amazing one of all the van 1′s; Team Morning, Noon, and Night ready to go!
Probably my favorite picture of the trip!
Team Night started at 2:15 and we all cheered as Caroline took off on their first leg. Team Morning (my team) was next at 2:30 and we screamed our lungs out as Tricia set off representing our team! Team Noon was next at 2:45, but before they started, we jumped in our vans so we could make it to the first exchange in time.
Corey was jumping out of her skin because of how excited she was for her first leg! She could not wait for Tricia to get back, since she was up next. We sent her off with a giant smile on her face! Her enthusiasm definitely rubbed off on me and I was a mix of nerves and excitement while I was waiting for my first leg (Leg #3) to begin.
I almost forgot to put my bib on! Jay ran back to the van to grab it for me! I put it on and anxiously stood on the sideline waiting for Corey to come in. I had no idea what to expect! I just wanted to be running and in some sort of groove, so I could put these nerves to the side and be on my way.
Ready to run!
I loved the Team Sparkle Skirts! I’m not ashamed to admit it, but of course not everyone has to like them, but they totally helped us spot our runners coming in for the exchange and they of course unified us as a team. We also got some really great socks from Thorlo and they were super comfy and were way better than the socks I brought and my awesomely bright shirt is from Target that I bought like 2 days before flying out to Seattle.
I’m literally cheering as I took off on my first run. Such a fun picture!
Not sure who took this picture, but I stole it from Corey‘s blog, so thanks Corey
My path through the exchange was very narrow and there were lots of people walking in it, which was weird and made me feel like I was going the wrong way. I had to kind of yell at one lady because she wasn’t paying attention and was walking right towards me as I was flying down the mountain. Once I got out of the exchange area, I felt much more relaxed.
I was literally flying! It was all downhill, but an easy downhill, so it didn’t destroy my legs. Maybe about a mile into the run, Laura passed me and we both gave each other a shout of encouragement. I was hoping to run this leg in under 8 min/miles and after the first mile, I knew it was more than possible!
If you read my blog, you know I don’t run like this! Here are my amazing (for me) splits:
Mile 1: 7:28
Mile 2: 7:29
Mile 3: 7:36
Mile 4: 7:48
Mile .26: 1:56 (7:21 pace)
- Leg #3
- Distance: 4.26 miles
- Time: 32:20
- Avg. Pace: 7:35!
Elevation profile from my Garmin
I finished my run feeling like I was about to puke, but I still had a huge smile on my face! That was literally the fastest I’ve ever run, EVER! Yeah, it was all downhill, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t pushing and fighting to hold that pace till the end.
I handed off to Jess and we were off to the next exchange. Jess handed off to Caitlin, who was the rockstar #5 runner with the hardest legs overall. Nicole was our last runner in the van, she waited for Caitlin with a brownie and she handed it off as she grabbed the slap bracelet and took off on her first leg.
Then we arrived at the first big van exchange. We saw the rest of our team (van 2) and they were pumped to actually start running. We hung there for a while before we decided to head into Portland for some much needed dinner.
Up next: Dinner, and Leg 2!