Well, here we are.. less than 60 days from Hood to Coast with the Nuun team. It seems like a long way away, but in the scheme of things.. it’s just around the corner. Part of me is so shocked that I willingly will climb into a van with 5 strangers, but now I am beginning to realize just how much I love getting out there and having these crazy experiences with people I don’t know. If you aren’t familiar with how a relay works, you have a team set up of 12 runners, split up into 2 vans, so there are 6 runners in each van. You essentially leap frog down the boulevard, or in this case, a mountain, with each runner completing 3 legs each. We have 2 teams of Nuun Ambassadors, for a total of 24 runners…. only one of which I have met. (Hey Jim!!) Haven’t met the team? Here’s more on the other crazies who drink the Nuun-aid.
I am runner number 8, which means I am in one of the second vans. I’m not looking forward to my second leg, as it is described as “very hard” with what appears to be a man climbing a mountain and gravel falling down a mountain. Maybe I will look into some elbow and knee pads for this leg, since Grace is not my middle name.
My running lately hasn’t been as high a mileage as normal.. with J being out of town, I wasn’t able to run a whole lot, so Coach Ann and I are building it back up. Runs these days are ridiculously tough due to the heat and humidity, which I am hoping won’t be a big of a factor on the other side of the country. I’m hoping that introducing trail running and weight lifting are going to help me on these hills, er, mountains. And as per usual, I’m starting to wonder what to pack and what to wear for the race. Which reminds me, I am little excited/scared to be flying solo across the country.
While I may not “know” these people in real life, I’m getting to know them via social media and our group FB page, and let me tell you, they are incredible. I can’t wait to spend time getting to know each and every one of them!