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?
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 coast
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...
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.