Ahh, it’s hard to believe that Hood To Coast starts in less than 48 hours. At 10:30 Friday morning, Van 1 of our team will start at Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood and start running towards the coast. There are 12 of us on our team and we will each take turn running 3 different legs over about a 30-hour period of time. There are two different vans, each with 6 runners in them. We have spent almost a year planning for this event, and its crazy to think that it’s almost here.
Like I have said before, our team was a fundraising team. Hood To Coast is the largest of all running relay races in the country. While the mileage is long, the number of people who run it is what makes it the largest. Because of the high demand to get a team entry, they installed a lottery system. So in order to get a spot in the race, your team name has to be pulled out of the lottery. Every year tons of teams don’t even get a chance to run this race. Because we signed up to be a fundraising team, we gained automatic entry in to this year and next year’s race for Hood To Coast.
Our team pledged to raise $18,000 for the American Cancer Society in order to gain entry. While this was definitely not easy to do, we have already surpassed that goal! It’s excited to be a part of such a huge event, and its even cooler to give back in the process! Our team name is Proud to be Roadkill, and we each have different names of different types of road kill. I am a chipmunk (since Chipper was my favorite baseball player, I figure I can be Chipper the Chipmunk), and Dan is a beaver (since we are Oregon Duck fans and NOT Oregon State Beaver Fans). We aren’t running to break any records or win any titles, but are all excited to be a part of such a big event & to help raise so much money.
I thought since this week is filled with the final prep for the event, I would share some of the things I plan on packing for the race. This will be my first time running Hood To Coast so I’m sure there will be things I learn from participating this year that I haven’t thought of yet, but here’s what I’ve packed so far.
- Three Running Outfits each in its own zip lock bag so it’s easy to find, especially in the middle of the night. It’s also nice to be able to put your sweaty clothes back in a zip lock bag to keep the van smelling as good as possible.
- Two pairs of running shoes, one to actually run in and one to wear in between legs. I have also heard it’s helpful to bring an extra set to run in incase it rains, but I don’t have an extra pair so one will have to do.
- Sandals to wear in between legs or in showers if we get the opportunity to shower at all
- Comfy clothes – sweatshirt & sweatpants to wear between legs in the van
- Clothes to wear at the finish line and the after party at the beach – Our team made team t-shirts so that will be part of my finish line attire
- Baby wipes & face wipes to help clean off a bit once I’m done running
- Deodorant, tooth brush & toothpaste, and hair brush to help feel as normal as possible during the race
- Shampoo, soap and a towel in case I get a chance to shower
- Sunglasses, bandana, sunscreen, chap stick and hat to help deal with the elements while running
- Reflective Vest & Headlamp for the night time runs – My legs are at 4 in the afternoon, 2:30 in the morning, and about Noon the next day so I have all sorts of different weather to prep for
- A pillow, blanket, earplugs & tarp to use for trying to get as much sleep as possible. I will use the pillow and blanket in the van but have heard that it’s nice to have a tarp incase you stop in one of the sleeping fields to sleep so you don’t get all wet.
- Fun stuff for the van – window paint, squirt gun, ipod player, phone charger, and other decorations to help make the event even more fun.
- Food & Drinks: we are bringing water, Gatorade, protein shakes, recovery drinks, bananas, peanut butter, bagels, crackers, and protein bars. I have to be careful cause I can’t eat gluten so the bagels will be for other teammates and ill stick to the fruit and protein bars.
- Bengay/Sombra, disposable ice packs and a leg roller to use when my muscles get tight from sitting in the van
- A first aid kit just in case someone gets hurt (and my husband being the firefighter/paramedic he is bringing a first aid kit from the fire department along with an AED just in case)
- And last but not least, toilet paper in case the port potties run out, which I’m sure they will.
This all sounds like a lot of stuff, but not every team member is bringing all of this. We went over the list at our last team meeting and have designated different teammates to bring different things. I will let you know after the race if there was anything we wished we had or anything we didn’t really need. I really can’t believe it’s in less than two days. I really hope I am ready and am pretty nervous about my run in the middle of the night (being that I am afraid of the dark). I will post pictures and updates along the way in Instagram if you follow me on there. If you’re a runner or have any suggestions please send them my way!!