Before I start..
I got to say that I think it is pretty sad that the women (me included) who were a part of HTC-NUUN 2012 feel like they have to "apologize" for writing about their experience..some are loosing followers because they write "too much" about it. Really...? As a follower of MANY blogs I can say that I don't enjoy every single post people write...but I don't un-follow them because they put a picture of a PB & J sandwich with carrots on the side for the 1245 times this month...I just skip and come back the next day and I don't put in the comment that I am tired of their food pictures because at the end of the day nobody is forcing me to look at them and read what goes with them.
This will probably not make me popular...I am OK with that. I am just tired of the nastiness..is that even an English word...let's check spell check....yep looks like it is! I am tired of websites -I will not name here because I don't want to give them free publicity- that offer forums to put people down ...the jealousy..the "let's be mean just because I can and I am hiding in front of a computer" attitude. Life is way too short so I am asking you, nice folks who read my little blog, don't be mean to the 30 bloggers who ran HTC with NUUN...just skip the posts if you have had enough. Last year I read all the Hood to Coast posts that the people I follow wrote. I could not get enough. The reason is because I had an interest in that event. I wanted to do it one day. I had an interest in how they did and if they had a good time. The gals I follow who were on the team last year made me believe that I could do this. I hope that by writing about my own personal experience at Hood to Coast I can do that for at least one of you who will read my words. Yes there's many of us who are writing about the same race this week but in the end only a maximum of 3 bloggers ran each of the 36 legs and I can tell you that I am pretty sure it went down differently for all 3.
OK are you still here....well I thank you...merci beaucoup!
So Childless in Seattle....that was me the first couple of days.
This adventure was huge for me in many ways. One of them being that it was the FIRST time I had ever left my kids.......that is 8 years people! It was so strange at first. Let me take a moment here to thank the person who invented SKYPE.
I arrived in beautiful Seattle Wednesday morning at 9 am. I got up at 4 am and Sandy who blogs at Boston Bound Brunette and could not be nicer, came to pick me up to take me to the airport. I owe her big time!
So I got to Seattle and Casey from NUUN was there to pick me up. What a nice guy he is! We went to get 5 other girls who arrived the night before and we staying at a hotel near the airport. I met Jocelyn, Stephanie, Lauren, Laura and Susan, all super nice young gals. I am not just saying that in case they come and read this. THEY ARE. Not once did they make me feel like the "old married with kids lady". They decided to go for a run before the baseball game but I was good and followed PT order and I walked. It was hard to resist the temptation watching them taking off BUT in the end the best decision because I am 100% convinced that taking 2 days of running rest is what led to almost NO groin pain during HTC runs.
I love Seattle. I could move there today. I can take rain over heat any day. That city reminded me of my hometown a lot. One big difference was the number of homeless people...I was surprised to see so many in the city. Really sad situation.
I walked to the Pike Place Market and met the girls there as they were headed back.
I saw the very first Starbucks. Lots of people were standing in line to get in..I did not get it..really you get the same coffee you would get at any other Starbucks and trust me in Seattle those are not hard to find. They are EVERYWHERE!
For the 2 days leading up to Hood to Coast, NUUN had planned activities to allow the team members to meet and get to know each other before being put in a stinky van for hours. That was such a great plan I think. The NUUN group made us feel welcomed and took great care of all of us. Look, I could be a lot smarter here and say that it was horrible and the NUUN team was rude and not friendly and invent all kinds of lies..because well less people would apply next year right.... Right...but the thing is I hate liars so I am a truth teller like my Team Night van 1 teammate Robyn would say, and those people were the best. I cannot say thank you enough for all that they did for us. On the schedule was a Mariners baseball game, dinners, a visit to the Oiselle office, an "Amazing Race in Seattle a la NUUN", visit to NUUN office of course, Van decorations and hanging out with everyone on the team. That gave us the chance to get to know everyone not just the 5 others who would be in the van with us. I loved meeting everyone in person and having time to say more than just "Hi". Many were just like I imagined them to be (in a good way of course). It is a bit surreal to meet people for the first time that you kind of already know...I know you know what I mean. Now do that 30 times in the same day!! I could tell that we were all happy and grateful to be there. I know I was. I don't know how many times I told myself or others "We are so lucky". We were all different..single, married, moms, superstar runners, average runners, really young, not so young anymore (hmm Hello over here), first time at Hood to Coast, 6th times at HTC, some have been running all their lives, some like me had just a couple of years of experience. We all love to run.
|Tricia, Tonia, Jess, Marjorie and me.|
|Breakfast at Starbucks at beautiful Green Lake Park: Katie, Kelsey, Megan, Tonia and me.|
After that we headed back to the hotel for some Jamba Juice time!
It is there that we got the "swag". OK I am like most of you, I do like to receive free gifts, of course I do. For me, not even a small part of this whole thing was about getting free things. It was all about getting down Mt Hood, having a good time, sharing this with others who also love running.
|We were spoiled. I will mention the items through out my posts.|
Thursday afternoon was the "Amazing Race in Seattle a la NUUN". We were put in teams that were different than our HTC team and were given a list of stuff we needed to find in the city. It was a great way for people to see the town and get to know each other. It was a lot of walking though and I got worried. My leg started to hurt pretty bad, all I could think of was "Tomorrow I am runner 1, I have a VERY HARD leg to run, I am going to die"
Team 1 (a very creative bunch with a name like that):
Sarah, Katie, Tricia, Robyn, me and Amanda
|Famous Gum Wall: So So GROSS|
We came back for dinner pretty tired and I was so grateful that in the swag bag we had a TIGER TAIL. It saved me. I love this thing. It is so much better than the foam roll and the stick I think. Easy to use and to carry and it gets the job done. I rolled and rolled so much that I ended with bruises!!!
We had one last thing to do before trying to sleep before heading to Portland for the main event: Decorate our van!!!!! My van was TEAM NIGHT Van 1.
|Robyn, Vanessa, me, Lauren and Susan (missing was Shanna)|
To be continued...
I hope you will come back..for the running part of this adventure...all in one post...
I thank you for reading
Thank you for the comments on my first post on this ...
What? you missed one HTC post...how could you....
(it is still here.)