Ragnar Northwest Passage relay in 2008 with a bunch of complete strangers, and you know what? It was still a blast. Which leads me to one conclusion: the type of runners that want to run relays are awesome. It doesn’t matter who they are or where they’re from. If you put 6 of them in a van together, it’ll be great.
Which means I’ll pretty much jump onto any relay team that’ll take me. I may not be the fastest, but I’m consistent: I’ll get out there and run my legs like a machine, regardless of how much sleep I’ve gotten or what hurts or what the weather’s like. And, most importantly, I’ll do it with a smile on my face. I’m well-educated in important relay skills like making PB&J sandwiches in the back of a van, changing on the side of the road, and laughing like crazy and whatever nutty inside jokes we come up with on the road. And, most importantly, I know that some of what happens in the van, stays in the van.
Of course, the big daddy of all of these relays is Hood to Coast . I never really seriously considered running it until I lived on this side of the country, but now it’s an absolute must-do. My friends and I put together a team for it in 2009, but then failed to get through the lottery. I dragged my husband to see the movie in theaters, even though that was very nearly torture as I was stuck with a knee injury that had kept me out of running for 2 months at that point.
But that was a year and a half ago, and the knee is back to 100%. I’m running a half marathon in June . In short: I’m ready to relay this year. Which is why I’m asking Nuun to include me on one of their all-female HTC blogger teams . It’s the weekend before I return to classes for my final year of grad school, and what better way to top off my last summer break ever than to spend it in a van with a bunch of other awesome women?
Seriously. Ask anyone I’ve ever spent quality time in a relay van with. They’ll tell you that I am always a valuable addition to the group.
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