I joined a Hood to Coast team a week before the race. Because I was an alternate for another team, I already had plane reservations and an extra couple days on the Oregon coast planned. All I needed was a team (although I seriously considered showing up at the start line with a sign). I checked the Portland Craigslist ads and replied to the three posting looking for runners. I quickly received a reply 'Hi. I'm Jan and I'm from Arizona too. I recognize your name as a client from the law firm'. What a small world that I join a random team and I knew (knew used very loosely because we had no idea what the other person looked like).The team met for dinner Thursday night and I met some of my van mates and soon to be friends. It turns out everyone in van two (my van) was added within the last 3 weeks. The final runner was added earlier that day and she wasn't well trained but at least we wouldn't have to run 4 legs.
|Robin, Debbie, Ryan, Bryan (with spirit stick sans lights) and me. Check out barbie as a spirit stick.|
|Spirit stick in the making|
For my night time leg I brought my lighted hair for all the girls to wear. I bought the lighted hair from flashingblinkylights.com a couple years ago and it's always a big hit. Wearing the hair makes it super easy to find teammates and the vans driving and runners passing or being passed comment on the hair.
We finished our night legs around 5am and went to Mist, OR and got snuggly in our van. It was a 15 passenger van so for a 24 hour relay, it was quite roomy. I chose to sit on the floor and rest my arms on the seat and actually fell asleep until 8am.
My third and final leg was 4 miles and downhill. I usually don't run with people but on this leg there was someone running my pace ( I actually had to try and catch up to him) and we ran together the 4 miles. Dave was getting married the next week and his fiancee was also running the race. He told me he was the over contributor to the relationship coming in with 5 kids to her 1. Like the Brady Bunch...but he had most of the kids.
|Bryan does his morning stretches after sleeping cramped in the van.|
|I loved this guys legs. UR G8T. I'm Just Fast|
|I really liked this sign.|
|Robin exchanges for the final time with Bryan|
|At the Oregon Coast...Cheers|