Hood to Coast for newbies: some primers

Week 2 of my training for Hood to Coast.  I was supposed to get a good night’s sleep so that I could hit the track first thing in the morning and stay on schedule despite the summer travel coming up tomorrow.  Instead, what do I do?  Spend hours researching the Hood to Coast legs online.  I have been given the privilege of selecting my leg (instead of picking one out of a hat at a white elephant party, then stealing someone else’s if I don’t like what I get). Meanwhile I have no frame of reference, having never done this — or any other — relay.  I needed to get the scoop.

The good news is that there are tons of really great Hood to Coast race recaps on many people’s blogs.  The bad news is that I stayed up until almost 3 a.m. and now cannot fathom getting my butt out there in the damp cold to run intervals around the track, given the 4 paltry hours of sleep.  Then again, that would actually be good training for H2C, since the word on the street is that you pretty much don’t sleep for more than a couple hours between your legs.

Among the most useful summaries of the H2C legs are these primers by Jason Effmann (part of his On the Road to Hood to Coast series) that deserve special recognition because they had me just about falling off my chair laughing despite only 4 hours of sleep.

HOOD TO COAST PART I, VAN 1:
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs068/1106633098899/archive/1106892221297.html#LETTER.BLOCK9
Don’t miss this hilarious video at the bottom of the post:
http://youtu.be/EL1hLU_LBvs

HOOD TO COAST PART II, VAN 2:
http://www.ohsusportsmedicine.com/2011/08/on-road-to-hood-to-coast-jason-effmann.html?m=1

Now, off to get me a cup of coffee.

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