Leg 33..For me it started somewhere around 2:30(?) I think. We were getting close to Seaside but you wouldn't know it. Nothing of what we were seeing looked beachy. All we saw were hills and lots of them. Elizabeth, ran right before me and she might have taken a little spill so our trusty Nuun supporter and van driver Tyler jumped in and finished her leg for her. I was so worried about Elizabeth when I started my run that I didn't even think about the soreness and pain that had set in.
The description on leg 33 had scared me just a little. I mean who wants their hardest and longest leg to be their last? Not me really but that was my fate.
When it says "Rolling Hills" they weren't lying. My problem was I was under the impression that what goes up must come down...HA! Turns out that wasnt true on this leg. I'd tackle one hill, only to look up at another. Awesome, huh?!
Once I just let it go and started running I realized just how gorgeous my surroundings were. I settled in to a 9:30 pace which, for me, after running 12 already was good. I was really happy with that.
I even got snapped by the Hood to Coast Photog. I almost had to tell the paparazzi to back off.
Finally by the last half mile, I was starting to realize this entire adventure was going to be coming to an end real soon. It was kind of sad but I wasn't about to get all bummed out. I handed off to Amanda and just enjoyed the moment. Knowing I had not only completed my first relay but I did the longest set of legs was an amazing feeling.
I can't tell you how much I loved this entire trip. Nuun treated us like royalty from the time I got off the plane to the time I left. The only thing I can tell you is that I will be supporting this company and I'll ask you to do the same. If you haven't tried Nuun, you should. Not only is it a fantastic product, but it's a fantastic company that employs amazing people.
The rest of the sponsors were just as amazing. GoSportID sent each one of us a hand written note with our IDs. That's just awesome!
The girls all leave me speechless. Never once did I feel out of place. I formed so many amazing relationships. I can't wait to see them all again.
Ok, that's it. I promise, no more Hood to Coast talk but you can't blame me. I mean really...can you blame me? Don't forget to check out the Recap page for all the other girls stories. There are so many that you don't want to miss out on!
Thanks for humoring me! Hope you enjoyed the stories!