I'm running the Hood To Coast Relay Friday through Saturday as part of the Runner's World Team. 12 runners each run a relay leg, then you do it again, then again. So each person has three legs to run. Teammate Bart gave me a choice: Run Leg 1 (and each subsequent 12th leg from there) or run Leg 4.
Leg 4's okay, but rather plain. But Leg 1 caught my eye. I like to look for certain places for me to get a little outside my comfort zone. I'm probably the slowest runner on the team, so what's more nerve-wracking, especially with a famous runner as a teammate, than to make yourself be the VERY first to go?!? I did the same thing when Steve and I went ziplining in Hawaii. With control issues and fear of heights, Steve was surprised when I volunteered to be the first to go on the very first zipline in our group.
|Ziplining: A major getting-outside-the-comfort-zone moment for me|
Aside from the whole going first thing, it is also considered a very hard leg. As you saw above, it drops 2000 feet down the mountain of Mt. Hood over just 5.64 miles. And as you can see below, it's not exactly a straight road we're on either.
How exhilarating! Scary, but I did some pretty good hill training during San Francisco Marathon training, and I saw it pay off at that race just 4 weeks ago. And that training included running downhills. It's funny to me people who CHARGE the uphill and then walk or lightly run the downhill. I go for even effort. Yeah, that often means walk the uphill, and then sprint the downhill. :-)
So yeah, why not take the challenge? Keep me in your thoughts, sending safe and healthy vibes, as I careen down a mountain Friday morning at 9 am. I can't wait for this experience of a lifetime!