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.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Trouble in 3's

The wonderful folks at Nuun HERE gave my Hood to Coast Teammates HERE and I the choice of which 3 legs we would prefer. The week we were asked to chose I was a little busy, distracted, etc.. so I look at the ratings for half a second and picked my 3, one of which included my favorite number 33. If you have read Tall Mom for any amount of time you know I am a Numbers DORK and I love 3's...

So what did my Favorite number get me????

Leg 9= 7.04 Miles- Moderate
Long leg over relatively flat terrain primarily on Springwater Trail.
Look for HTC/Springwater Bike Patrol on trail. Runner on Springwater Trail for over
5.5 miles with nearly no access by vans. Water will not be provided. Plan ahead and pack your own if needed.

Leg 21= 5 Miles- ModerateFlat slightly downhill terrain near a creek on gravel back roads.

Leg 33= 7.72 Miles- Hard
Rolling Hills on narrow country roads.

And the Overall Ranking of my Legs??

Total Miles= 19.76- Ranking #1 Most Miles
**Chart is not correct as Leg 9 is now 7.04 miles.

Relative Difficulty= Ranking #2
Really?? Guess I should have looked at the difficulty ratings, huh??

One of my Teammates posted this humorous information HERE. Below is what Jason says about my journey:

Leg 9: Ladies and gentlemen, the set of legs that needs no introduction! 7 miles, 5 miles, 7.72 miles. The longest distance covered by anyone, in either van, this spot is normally reserved for your fastest runner—unless that person also happens to be a notorious wuss. No matter how talented, no matter what incredible time they can run for a mile, wusses should be kept as far away from Leg 9 as possible. No one wants to hear their wussy sobs coming from the back of the van, their wusstastic pleads for someone else to take the last run, their hyperventilating as they’re about to take the wristband for the last time, or the high-pitched screams about their cramping calves and glycogen debt upon finishing when, really, everyone feels that way. No, no, no. Far better to give Leg 9 to the marathoner, and watch them silently grind both the course and their own kneecaps into a fine powder.

Wow!! OK what have I gotten myself into? I am not a Wuss, but I also do not feel like having my "kneecaps into a fine powder."

BREATHE MELANIE BREATHE!!! I am reminding myself that while training for Boston I ran back to back long runs capping at 33 miles in 2 days. I CAN do this!!! But I do think I need a new lucky number :)

  • Got up at 4:45 for the first Leg of my Tuesday Triple... Details tomorrow..

18 comments:

Tricia said...

well you are FAST and NOT A WUSS and you're going to ROCK it (and look good doing it!)

see you in 16 days (yes,I'm going to count down every day lol)

Michelle said...

You're going to do fine! You're going to rock it! No worries here! I actually like the parts of the relay where there are no vans. It's less congested. Enjoy! And remember, adrenaline carries you a LONG way!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Oh wow, how could that 33 backfire on you so badly?

You're going to do great...

Sweetie said...

Think of the bragging rights when you kill those sections!

DEM said...

You will do fantastic!! Much more prepared knowing the legs and their details than I was for my relay...woopsie! BTW - my favorite # is 33, it was always my choice for any team I played on :)

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

That description is sooo funny! But I don't think I recall your post on backing down from a good challenge so I think you are up for it. Just remember after all the fun, you'll be the one who can brag the most! ;-)

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

You are going to ROCK it. I have no doubt about that.

Evan's project said...

Thats so hilarious! You will be fine, don't worry one little bit!

Elizabeth said...

Lol. I love the description. You'll do great!!!

Marlene said...

Okay, that looks intense... but run (and recover) smart and you will be FINE!

Good luck on today's triple!!!

Amanda@runninghood said...

I think this is my husband's leg. And I'm leg 10. YOu'll do fine!

Casey said...

you will do fantastic, mel!

Laurie said...

I'm doing leg 9 too!! I got it because as the newbie on our team I mistakingly said, "I'll run whatever leg you need me for". Ha ha. See you out there. :)

kimert said...

You are a rock star! You're gonna do fabulous. :)
Grinding knee caps into fine white powder...that made ME hurt. Ouch.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

No doubts from me either. YOU have this. Your mental toughness is your biggest weapon and natural athleticism takes you the rest of the way!

Thomas Farrell said...

Best of luck. You'll do great.

Kathy said...

You will do great! I've run leg 9 many times including last year. If you have any questions about it, feel free to email me! The good thing about it - it's NOT very hilly. As long as you are distance ready you will be fine...

Deb said...

You'll have to forgive me, but I found this post awesomely funny.

You will do great. Then you can post about how awesome you were on #33.