We left off just before dinner…
I think we were all getting a little cranky because of how long it took us to get food! I guess, in retrospect it wasn’t actually that long, but we ended up driving into Portland and we were all more than ready for a real meal by that point.
We also drove by Voodoo Donuts, but unfortunately the line was 40 minutes long So sad, I got so excited when we stopped by it, I thought just maybe I could go in and grab a Maple Bacon Donut. Must. Go. Back.
We ended up at Portland Sports Bar and Grill and it was surprisingly empty inside, so all of us took over the tables, while Jocelyn and I started joking that the waitress was probably so annoyed and ready to go home at that point. I ordered the Ranch Chicken Wrap with a side of spicy Tater Tots.
The tots were the best part! The wrap was okay, it was dry and falling apart, but it did the trick and it settled well, so that’s a win.
Oiselle #Stripey twins with Sarah.
We headed off to another major van exchange and some of us settled in a bit to try and sleep, but it didn’t end up being very successful.
Tricia ended up rushing out on her leg since XLMIC ran her leg way faster than we thought! We then rushed to the next exchange since it was a short leg and Corey was up next. All of these legs happened so fast! I was starting to get a bit nervous because my longest and scariest leg was coming up quickly!
Corey before leg #14 with Molly and Sarah.
Luckily, our van driver/swimmer extraordinaire, Jay, agreed to run my leg with me I was so happy to have some company, I was definitely a bit nervous to run in the dark for over 7 miles.
We got all geared up with lights and reflective vests and I went from dreading this run to excited in a matter of 2 minutes. I don’t know where my adrenaline came from, but I tried to share some with Laura because she was not looking forward to this run. It was a bit chilly, but I was trying to channel all of the hot and sweaty days I had been running through back in NYC. I made myself appreciate the cold and before I knew it, I was off…without Jay.
I thought maybe I left before anyone realized it, but I wasn’t sure where he was. I saw a police car up ahead and it pulled over, flashed it’s lights, but I just assumed it was pulling a car over or something. The police car pulled away and as I ran to that same spot, I saw a green sparkly skirt hiding behind a sign and right then Jay emerged wearing his Team Sparkle skirt and ready to run with me! I had no idea he had ran up there!
It turned out to be an amazing run! I tried to keep a steady pace, I didn’t want to start out too fast, especially since I knew there would be a lot of rolling hills. Jay had never run more than 10 miles before, but this run was just the start of his miles for the race. He also ran about 10 more miles with Caitlin during 2 of her legs!
Anyway, I had some minor stomach issues, like I was going to puke or something, it slowed me down a bit, but I pushed through and was happy with how it went overall. This ended up being one of my best runs! The miles ticked away like nothing and it was over before I knew it.
- Leg #15
- Distance: 7.28 miles
- Time: 63:xx
- Avg. Pace: 8:40!
I discovered these at some point during the night.
Caitlin was eating them and I asked what they were. Nicole couldn’t believe I had never had them. She described them as being similar to Starbursts. After a mini search party, they found some more, so I could have some! And um, yes, these things were really good, even better than Starbursts! I’m not sure if they are available on the east coast (?) so Seattle-ites, please send me some!
At around 3 or 4am, we all started becoming delirious! We had a laughing fit over Nicole massaging her butt with Ben Gay and we created the #dontshityourpants hashtag, which was probably due to all of those dried mangoes.
Also, Nicole had busted out all of her fun glow stick “weapons”, she had an axe and a trident! I don’t know how I didn’t get a picture of these, but they did warrant this amazing quote that had us giggling for a good half hour.
This was a great bonding moment for our van! I couldn’t have asked for a better van, I love all of you girls (and Jay) and I can’t wait for the time when we can all meet up again. Tricia, Jess, Corey, Caitlin, and Nicole.
Up next: the final legs and the Nuun/Nike beach party!