For those who don't know ... I take part in a race every year called Hood to Coast ... a scenic relay race that starts atop Mt. Hood and ends at the beach (Seaside, Oregon). I run for the
North American Distance Sprinters or the N.A.D.S., captained by Brett Davis or "Head Nad."

This year, Film for Thought, Inc. is making a documentary film about the race ... much like "Spirit of the Marathon" for all those who had the chance to see that film in theaters.

We have a shot at being part of the film ... but for now, we'll settle for being in the trailer. This is my way of plugging Hood to Coast ... it's by far the best race out there!

Atlanta Half Marathon

Brian and I completed our first race together- the Atlanta Half Marathon, on Thanksgiving Day. My brother, Jordan, and two sisters, Emily and Claire, also ran with us. I wish I could say we did our best but, it didn't exactly start out perfectly...

To begin, we were 45 minutes late to the the start line! Yes, you heard right. We had to ride the Marta up to the start and the trains took alot longer than planned to arrive. Then, we couldn't find the start line once we got there b/c it was so late, so we ran at least a half mile all over the place looking for the start. Once we reached it, we realized that they had moved the mats back to accomodate the marathoners' split times. So, we don't know how far we ran, but it was much more than 13.1 miles. On top of all that, it was pouring rain- not sprinkling, not just normal rain, torrential rain. We had to wipe our eyes just to see in front of us. Kind of crazy. The one good part was that it wasn't cold. If it would have been, we might have just turned around and gone back home. Brian and I finished in great time, but you would have never known it since we were hanging with the fast-walkers by the end. It was decent to roadkill the entire race though! To explain my low-hanging clothing, I must remind you that I was carrying at least 2 pounds of water around with me on that clothing. Brian did an awesome job on the race, especially considering that about 4 weeks prior he got hit with bronchitis and couldn't train for 3 weeks. He really pulled it off and trained twice as hard at the end just to make up for it and pulled off an impressive time, all things considered.

Brian and I ran together until about mile 9 when I decided I was ready to be done, so I took off and tried to finish as quick as I could. I even sprinted in the last half mile. I felt great until about 10 minutes after the race and my stomach decided it had had enough. I didn't realize until several hours later that I was seriously dehydrated and I paid the ultimate price. We had to stop a few times on the way home to accomodate my little condition. Some "magic pills" and liquid helped me get better by bedtime. One of the other side effects of dehydration is loss of appetite- of all days! I had to FORCE myself to eat Thanksgiving dinner.

Here are some lovely pics...

there and back again ... Brian finishing another Hood to Coast relay race

Brian completed his "boy-outing" for the year...Hood To Coast Relay Race in Oregon. 197 miles in a day and a half and Brian did it all by himself! Just kidding- its a relay race and he's one of a 12-member team. He loves this event and this was his fourth year to do it. As you can tell, the scenery is incredible along the way (not a bad way to run a race)...starts on Mt. Hood and ends at the ocean. Gotta love it!