6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Around the Hood to Coast

Title inspired by the before and after category on Jeopardy??

Moving on... Yesterday I met Tammy for a run AROUND MY HOOD, well the hood I grew up in, well not really a hood a very nice little town called Bonney Lake. We met at Allen York Park for a 7 mile run. I have run this route a few times, I keep coming back because it is BEAUTIFUL, each time I forget how HARD/HILLY it is. I really should do a Map My Run for this one because it is a quad builder..

I felt like a tour guide as I showed Tammy all the lakes in Bonney Lake, we started with Lake Tapps, passed by Emerald Hills Elementary, went past Tall Grandma's house (Mom you were on the phone, I will come pick up my sweatshirt soon), then past Lake Jane Park, on to Lake Bonney, from Bonney Lake Blvd to Old Buckley Hwy, and back to the park 7.02 miles of hilly/lakey goodness. It is green, it is quiet, very few cars to worry about, but MAN!! I asked leading questions because I could not find my breath. I am very proud of our pace for such a TOUGH route.

We said a quick Goodbye because it was 5:05PM and we would reconnect at 7:05PM.. You see Jill HERE had an extra ticket to "Hood to Coast" the movie HERE how could I pass up a chance to see OUR SPORT on the big screen. Yes it started at 8:30PM, there was potential for a snow storm and I would not get to bed until after 11PM....BUT....it was only showing for one night and I NEEDED to be there...
And WOW am I glad I went. This Movie is WONDERFUL!! Funny, sad, entertaining, real, off color, and INSPIRING. I loved it!!
  • What is Hood to Coast?
For all the FAQ's go HERE

Event Date: August 26-27, 2011

Known as "The Mother of All Relays", HTC is the largest relay in the world, hosting a capped team limit for the past 20 years, and has filled on "Opening Day" of registration for the past 13 years! HTC is also the longest running relay event in Oregon , and hosts the largest beach party on the west coas
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The race spans 197 miles, from the top of Mt. Hood to the Pacific Ocean at Seaside. Consists of thirty-six (36) Legs. Each runner is required to complete three (3) of the 36. Each Leg ranges in distance from 3.7 to 7.4 miles. Legs vary in difficulty, from easy to very hard, due to the varying Oregon terrain. Each running team has between eight and twelve runners. Due to the popularity of the race, they have had to limit the number of teams for the Hood To Coast Relay to 1,250 teams. Selling out on "Opening Day" for the last 13 years.

Interested?? Well get your info in early next year because Registration took place in October!!!


  • Would Tall Mom ever attempt the Hood to Coast? FOR SURE!! It has now been added to my bucket list. I think Muscle Man would be a great driver/navigator and Tall Grandma would be an awesome packer/race crew/support. I wonder if motor homes are allowed?? because Tall Grandma has a sweet one, we would get loads of sleep.. Although we have missed the cut-off for 2011, the wheels are turning to TRY for a team in 2012. With such amazing interest and a lottery system it may be a few years...
Back to the movie....

I don't want to spoil anything because the movie will come out on DVD and I think every runner should own it in their collection to pull out for inspiration the night before a BIG running event. This is BY FAR the best running inspired film I have seen. The filming was pristine, musical score matched to each scene, and the characters were both endearing and funny. I had to fight back the tears one scene and was in giggles the next. It helped that I was surrounded by my running buddies, Jill, Jamie, Tammy, Janna and little Janna.... and I got to meet a few new friends!!

Hood To Coast was in theatres for 1 Night only 1-11-11... I am hoping that it will re-release soon. If not, here are a couple recommendations for Running movies you can own and watch now...
Spirit of the Marathon HERE:
The premise of the film is runners from elite down to newbies preparing for the Chicago Marathon.

From the website
"As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, Spirit of the Marathon is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph; a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike."

I bought this movie and watched it prior to my First Marathon. The SPIRIT has hit me in different ways each time I have watched it since then. The filming is very documentary shaky and not always clear, parts of the film are a bit SLOW, but it is a GREAT movie to watch especially for those who are thinking of tackling the CHALLENGE of the Marathon (26.2 miles). UltraMarathon Man HERE:
The running community has mixed feelings about Dean Karnazes, many think he is a business man using running for fame... Well I say GOOD FOR HIM!!! I have read all of his books and watched this movie many times. This film follows Dean on his Quest to complete 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days sponsored by North Face, with the support of his family and amazing team.

From the website: The inspirational film UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days, features renowned endurance athlete and best selling author Dean Karnazes, in his attempt to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days to raise awareness for youth obesity and to get America active. A beautiful and epic journey across the United States, during which Dean pushes the limits of human endurance, inspiring thousands across the country to join him along the path while uniting people of all ages and abilities to take "the next step."

The amazingness (is that a word?) of this feat give me chills. As an Event Planner I could not stop thinking about all the logistics that had to be put in place in order for this to be a success.. I am in awe of people with seemingly superhuman strength and endurance. His passion and drive is inspiring, makes my 7 miler at lunch seem not only possible, but easy :)

  • Movies that do not make the cut: I bought a couple Prefontaine inspired movies to get to know more about the Running culture in Eugene, OR...those are a bit dark and focus more on short distance and competition. We also own "The Long Run" I have watched it once and will never again. It was slow, did not seem very real, and overall is a poorly made film. The Director of this film does not appear to know a thing about running...

  • What Running Movies/Books do you love?

  • Tell me about your favorite route in your "Hood"?

  • Have you ever participated in a Relay event? Did you blog about it? If so, please post the link in a comment so others can check it out.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!

21 comments:

Marlene said...

I will definitely look for this when the DVD is available! Sounds fantastic. And I would looove to run a relay!

Spirit of the Marathon is amazing!! I read Dean's book but have yet to see the flick... have to look for that one too!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I JUST FB you about HTC! So glad it was worthwhile! Ijust recently learned about his relay and would LOVE to participate one day. I hope you get to too!

It's the "team" aspect that gets me with the relays! :D

I haven't read or viewed many running themed books or movies (I am currently reading Run Less, Run Faster), so I am comng up short here!

runsinthefamily said...

Have you heard of Saint Ralph? It's a fictional story of a boy trying to run the Boston Marathon because he believes if he wins it, his mom will come out of her coma. It's cute, really, really funny, and very inspirational even though far-fetched!

Jamie said...

I have yet to see any running movies (ugh what's wrong with me, I know!) And I'm currently reading Born to Run.

I am signed up for ragnar relay in feb! I will update you on that! I would love to run hood to coast just from hearing all the amazing things about it! However I doubt if anyone in arizona would be willing to fly up there with me! If you plan on running it one day, let me know because I would definitely need a team! :)

nikeathena said...

Hood to Coast is awesome! I captained a team last year (there's a recap on my blog), sadly we didn't get in this year and it's only going to be harder from here on out. They don't allow motorhomes (I know, boo), but you can get a pretty sweet set up with a Sprinter van. =)

Laurie said...

I'm running Hood to Coast this year and am super excited. I managed to work my way onto a team that had automatically qualified from their division place last year. I think it will be a blast!

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

I loved the movie, too!! I now want to run a relay one day :)

Talitha said...

I second the runsinthefamily's recommendation of Saint Ralph. Really cute!

Also, I have Run for Your Life in my Netflix queue. It's a documentary about Fred Lebow, who founded the NYC Marathon. I haven't watched it yet though, so I don't know if it's any good!

TNTcoach Ken said...

I love the movie where the robot kills the guy running, oh wait... They all end the same with people crossing the finish line. I've done relays and it is fantastic, I love the team atmosphere and bonding with your team.

Catey said...

I am excited to see this one. I watched Spirit of the Marathon and loved it, though I made the mistake of watching it while pretty darn pregnant when my runs were tapering off. Horrible timing!! I need to watch it again now. :)
Someone else mentioned Run for Your Life about Fred Lebow-it's an interesting story. Worth a watch.

I am hoping to do my first relay in a few months if our would-be team is able to pull it together. I am anxious to do one so I hope it works out!

The Running Mama said...

i love dean! he is the whole reason i ran my marathon. 26.2 is easy compared to him!

Lisa J said...

can't wait to watch Karno's 50/50. I did a ragnar relay back in november. Its same exact concept as hood to coast, just not in oregon. Since it was over 28 hours- I have 2 links to my recap- prepping for the race, and my legs as well. I HIGHLY recommend anyone trying a Ragnar Relay out while they wait for the HTC lottery :) An experience you surely won't forget

http://runacrosstheus.blogspot.com/2010/11/beginning-stages-of-ragnar.html

http://runacrosstheus.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-legs-of-race.html

heather said...

I like Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man. It is a short series about his quest to run around the UK.

Tricia said...

I LOVED Hood To Coast. Going to do my best to make it on a team for 2012

thefitacademic said...

Wow - that movie sounds amazing, I'll have to see it when it hits DVD! My favorite route is a trail that runs along a (usually) dry river bed. The only time there's water is when the snow in the mountains melts in the Spring. When the water is flowing and the air is still crisp but not freezing - it's one of my favorite times of year (and should be coming within the next month or so hopefully.....)

Wifey said...

Glad you liked Hood to Coast. Looking forward to seeing that and Dean's movie, too! Great recommendations!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Richelle said...

I saw Hood to Coast too and my fiance and I both loved it. We definitely want to do HTC someday. If you're looking for teammates, let us know. :)

runnersami said...

I love hearing about new running movies and books - thanks! I actually just finished Ultra Marathon Man this past week and loved it. I have The Long Run and Bowerman and the Men of Oregon to read as well. Great post - I'm glad I found your blog. :)

runnersami said...

ps. Have you ever seen Saint Ralph? It's a must see for every runner - about a fourteen year old boy who thinks that winning the Boston Marathon will be the miracle he needs to help his mother.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

If you ever get picked up for H2C I am SO in!! We tried all three years I was up there and never got in. =(

My hood here sucks. I miss my T-Town hood seriously.

I ran Ranier to Ruston and Mt. Si relays. Both totally AWESOME and you should do them! They are right in your back yard! 56 miles of fun!!!!!!! I did them both two years in a row but I wasn't a blogger yet so there is no recap. Sorry.

Meredith said...

I did HTC in 2010. My 1st time and it was quite the experience. Here's my blog about it...

http://therapeuticrunningsofamom.blogspot.com/2010/08/what-i-did-hood-to-coast-2010.html