6:05 am Sarurday, back in cell phone range. David, our 2nd runner, is enjoying his final leg, running through the misty sunrise just outside Mist, Oregon!
12:05 am: Friday became Saturday during my second leg, a 7-mile stretch through the outskirts of St Helens.
The midnight hour captures both the absurdity and the magic of Hood to Coast. Absurd to be running, to exhaustion, on some remote road at an hour when most sane people are enjoying pleasant dreams; magical to see the sea of runner headlamps dancing in the darkness, runners and walkers of all shapes and sizes united in their all-night coastal quest.
Our 6th and final runner, Jim, is wrapping up his 2nd leg and the blog will be going dark for a few hours as we sneak two hours’ sleep - and head into the no-cell-service area of the coast range.
10:25 pm - just ran into Bob Applegate of the Dead Jocks. He and the Jocks were one of the four teams featured in the Hood to Coast movie that premiered this past year. He is tweeting at #djox.
We are both running Leg 5, rated the hardest of the 12 legs, and had fun whining about the fact that half of the 3 extra miles in this year’s race were tacked onto the (impending!) middle leg of Leg 5, lol.
9:34 pm Friday - we’ve escaped the city lights of Portland, and out here along Hwy just outside of Scappoose, a canopy of constellations is filling the night sky, keeping us company.
Collette is out running on leg 15, we are halfway done with our second leg!
Refueling at Chez Andi! I’ve been on HTC teams that hit the fast-food drive through between legs. Our KGW team is so fortunate to be hosted by Andi Arellano, who creates two dining masterpieces - one seating for each van - in her NE Portland home. Complete with hot showers, coffee to go, and even leftover bags. Thanks Andi!
6:30, off to OMSI to meet up with Van 2 to start our second legs!
??? It was like Christmas at the Safeway at the major exchange in Sandy as teams loaded up on ice and water. Our checker told us he and three others were brought in from ‘the city’ (Portland) to staff up for the HTC deluge. But the oddest thing was the sight of these runners packing the magazine aisle. Were they looking for training tips? Motivational articles? This photo needs a caption!
If you are going to run 5-6 miles, three times, all in 24 hours…you better get your rest in between!
So a curious feature of Hood to Coast is, if you finish leg 1 at 3 pm - like we just did, you find yourself trying to sleep in the middle of a sunny, hot Portland afternoon.
Most of the team is crashed, resting - but Justin and I are just chatting our nap time away. we will see if we regret that on Leg 3 tomorrow!