One week from today I will be hanging out in Seattle, with my favorite hydration company, getting to know some amazing bloggers. And one week from tomorrow, I will be running down Mt. Hood, participating in the “Mother of all Relays”!
I know, I know, most of your are probably already sick of me talking about Hood-to-Coast (and I haven’t even gotten to Seattle yet)!! But I am over-the-moon excited so I can’t help but torture you all and indulge myself a little more here to talk some more about the race.
I already went into all kinds of detail about what my runs will look like, but now I want to talk about how fast they will be (predicted) and what time I will be running!
Team Morning start time is 2:30 p.m. which is exciting because we won’t have to get up at an absurdly early time to get to Mt. Hood from Seattle on Friday morning, but I am told that it also means that we will be getting to the beach well after the party is in full swing Saturday evening…I guess you can’t have it all right?!
My awesome and hilarious teammate XLMIC put all of Team Morning’s runner information into the race calculator so we have some idea of how the race should play out. So here is a little summary of what this means for me:
As you can see I have a little bit of everything in my leg: running in the heat of the day, the middle of the night and one seriously fast time prediction.
I used my most recent race (my 5k PR from July) as my pace submission, as they suggested. The race peeps then take those times and make adjustments based on history of the leg in the race. I know leg #1 is straight downhill, but YOWZA, I have never run that fast for longer than a mile?! Much less, almost 6!!
I can say that I am going to try to be as conservative as possible on that first leg, without holding myself back so much that the downhill hurts worse. But I hope the predictions are spot-on with the other two legs, because I would love to leave Oregon having run all sub-8:00 miles!
But never having run a relay before and not knowing how my body will react to running 17+ miles in 24 hours after being cramped in a van for a majority of that time, I won’t be too disappointed if I am slower than that. In fact, all I truly care about is doing my best for my team, spreading the Nuun love all over Oregon and having the time of my life.
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