- Stick with what you know. Whether it's food or clothing or shoes, treat a relay like any race when it comes to new things--DON'T DO IT. There's a chance it might end up fine, but when you're going to be stuck in a van for about 30 hours with no sleep and don't know when you'll see another store for supplies, you're better of sticking with what's tried and true. You want to be as comfortable as you can, both mentally and physically, because a relay has so many more variables than a regular race.
- HAVE FUN!!! Having fun is why we do relays, right? Remember this, even when it's dark and scary, or the porta potties are extra stinky, or when you're tired and cranky and your feet are blistered--THIS IS FUN! Every time I've done a relay, I swear and curse and wonder why I run at all, and question my sanity for running a relay... and yet I just manage to get sucked back into the FUN year after year! :)
Hood to Coast is just twoooo days away!!! Can you believe it?! I made a list a few years ago, but this has been revised as I've run more relays :) Before we get to the actual packing list, a few caveats and bits of advice:
I'm excited to be running Hood to Coast for the fourth time this year. I'll be running with a few of my Solemates sistahs! WOO HOO!!! Another bit of news: belVita Breakfast Biscuits, crunchy biscuits that provide steady energy all morning long, has partnered with Runner’s World to sponsor Hood to Coast, which is THIS WEEKEND!!! belVita will be handing out samples during the HTC weekend, so keep your eyes peeled. If you've never had belVita before, they're a nice little snack.
─ Carefully baked to provide nutritious steady energy all morning long
─ 18-20g of delicious whole grain per serving
─ Good source of fiber (3g per serving)
─ Part of a balanced breakfast with fruit and low-fat dairy
─ Available in the cookie/cracker aisle at retailers nationwide for $3.69
─ Available in five flavors—Blueberry, Golden Oat, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, Chocolate, and Apple Cinnamon
In celebration of the HTC-belVita partnership, belVita is doing a #MorningWin Running Bundle giveaway for one fabulous Lipgloss+Spandex reader! This Running Bundle includes:
─ belVita branded backpack
─ Variety of crunchy belVita Breakfast Biscuits
─ Workout towel
belVita was nice enough to send me a Running Bundle too, and let me tell you, it's AWESOME! :) All of these items are awesome to have if you're a runner (you can never have too many snacks, pairs of headphones, or socks for sure!) I received one box of Blueberry biscuits and one box of Cinnamon Brown Sugar biscuits. I like that they're not super sweet, they have a nice texture, and they have plenty of fiber. One pouch of four biscuits is 230 calories. I'm not much of a dried blueberry fan, but I really like the Cinnamon Brown Sugar ones! I have eaten them prior to running, and didn't have any problems digesting them (but every body is different).
I definitely believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day--even if I don't always do it, I know I should! Whether I'm at the office during the week, or doing a race on the weekend, I feel my best mentally and physically when I start my body off with some legit FUEL! I had great runs this weekend, on both Saturday at the Clackamas County Fair 5k (3rd female finisher and 11th overall!) and on Sunday at the Solemates group run at Lacamas Lake (ran 8.25 mi at a decent pace!).
AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAYYYYY! Just use the handle GiveawayTools widget below :)
I received the belVita giveaway package in exchange for doing this post and giveaway. One for me, one for you! xoxo
Race name: Clackamas County Fair 5k
Date and time: Saturday, August 17, 2014 @ 7:30am
Events and cost: 5k $29
Location: Clackamas County Fairgrounds; Canby, OR
Number of runners: 143
Beneficiary: Not specified. The event website says: "A portion of the registration fee will support kids . . . a college scholarship, PTO organizations, or a Kids Health program at a hospital."
Join us for a group run like no other this year! On August 14th come and walk the red carpet, enjoy local food and drinks, kick back with some popcorn and enjoy a short movie premier featuring the launch of the New Balance 880v4 shoe. We will head out for a short group run at 6pm with 880 demo shoes available then come back to socialize, eat, drink and watch the magic happen. Plus, no premier event would be complete without a raffle for some free swag! Hope to see you there! Come dressed to run (3 easy miles).
I'm a sucker for the words "free" and "group run" and "catered snacks" and "beer" and "swag" and "shop local" and "raffle," especially when they're all used together to describe one event!!! Yesterday, Fit Right NW had a release party for the New Balance 880v4 at their Vancouver store, which is awesome because usually these types of events are held at the Fit Right NW Portland store (YAY for events in the Couv and NOT having to deal with P-town traffic!!!) Also, I love New Balance and have gone through several pairs of the 870v2's and 870v3's, and needed to get in a run anyway!
So, I arrived with Ardara and Ron at Fit Right around 5:30 and there was a red carpet and velvet rope, and NB backdrops, and a DJ playing music as you walk in! Ardara and I totally took advantage of the sweet photo op. Around 6:00 they played a video from New Balance discussing the new 880v4 shoe model... It did have some cool info, such as the fact that the 880v4 is only being released in running specialty stores--you won't see it in big box stores or online discount retailers. I think it's really cool that New Balance is supporting local running stores by doing this. The video was kind of long though, and we all were antsy to just get our run on. They had a short 3 mile course set up and even had mile markers. It was kind of muggy and I didn't have a particularly great run, but I was excited to hang out and eat snacks!!! There was plenty of food from Shut Up and Eat PDX: green salad, pesto pasta salad, a bunch of different kinds of sandwiches, and cookies. It was all very delicious, and there was also a nice variety of beer and wine as well. People hung out and chatted, and there was a raffle for lots of fun prizes (Fandango movie tickets, Fit Right gift cards) and it was a great time! I thought there was a really great turn out (and I'm always happy to see tons of my running friends!!)
Fit Right has lots of events coming up at both locations (Portland and Vancouver)! Click here for a list of FR events on Facebook :) This event was totally free to attend, and it's awesome that Fit Right hosts these events for the local running community.
I haven't done this race yet, but am hoping to run the Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash for the first time the Sunday after Hood to Coast! I love doggies, running, and beer, and I've worked with kids with Autism, so this is an event I'm very excited about and hope to be able to participate in!
Race name: Mt. Tabor Doggie Dash 5k and 8k
Date and time: Sunday August 24, 2014
Events and cost: Register online or at packet pickup
$40 5K run/walk* at 10:30 am
$40 8K run/walk* at 10:40 am
Shirt sizing and availability not guaranteed to those who register after August 12th
$8 Kids' Half Miler without a shirt
Location: Mt. Tabor Park; Portland, OR
Number of runners (capped?): Not known.
Beneficiary: Autism Service Dogs of America
Packet pickup: Saturday, August 23rd from 10:00am-3:00pm at the NE Foot Traffic location (4020 NE Fremont)
Swag: Tech t-shirt (not guaranteed after 8/12); beer, snacks, live music!
Course: Click here for details.
This 8k, 5k and kids half miler is a great event for everyone! No dog necessary, just bring yourself or some friends and take part in one of the coolest events around, in one of Portland's most amazing parks! Enjoy great food, cold Lagunitas Brewing Co beer, tasty food and live music! Have fun with friends while benefiting Autism Service Dogs of America. Bring everyone for this fun, family-friendly event!
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So...there was this one time that I thought that running a 10k, and then a Spartan Race in the same day was a good idea. It wasn't.
Race name: Spartan Race - Pac West Sprint
Date and time: Saturday, August 2, 2014. Various start times.
Events and cost: $70
Location: Washougal Motocross Park; Washougal, WA
Events offered: Sprint, Kids' race
Number of runners: 4611
Beneficiary: Challenged Athletes Foundation
Race name: Crawfish Crawl
Date and time: Saturday August 2nd, 2014 @ 10:30-10:50am start times
Events and cost: Half Marathon, 10k, 5k $55
Location: Tualatin Commons Lake; Tualatin, OR
Number of runners: ~500
Race name: Huckleberry Half Marathon & 10k run/walk
Date and time: Saturday, August 9th, 2014 @ 7:30 and 8:00 am
Events and cost: Half marathon $52-69; 10k $32-39 *use code GOTEAM for $5 off
Location: Welches Middle School; Welches, OR
Number of runners: capped
Beneficiary: Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp
Swag: T-shirt, free pictures with Sasquatch, tons of delicious post-race food (donuts! fresh local berries!). Half marathon finishers receive a rustic wood Big Foot medal.
If you love to run and admire Oregon's natural beauty, you won't ever want to miss the 2014 Huckleberry Half marathon and 10K! A quintessential Mt. Hood experience, the route is mostly a large loop on all-paved flat and rolling hills. Six miles of the half marathon leads runners beyond the border of the National Forest road to the turnaround at the Green Canyon trailhead—with scenery of the Salmon River, campground and bridge all along.
It's time for the second annual Huckleberry Half & 10k run/walk! I participated in this race last year, and thought that it was really well done and very fun (although a few 10k speedsters were misdirected by volunteers, and ended up running extra miles, they were offered free entries to this year's race). Last year all participants received a wooden Big Foot medal, but it looks like this year only half marathon finishers will receive one. There will also be a BEER GARDEN this year!
I really love that this year's race will benefit Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp, a cause that's near and dear to my heart! My high school (Jesuit H.S.) required that all students did two weeks of community service prior to graduation as part of being "men and women for others", so I decided to two weeks volunteering at Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp as a junior counselor for kids and young adults with disabilities. It was two of those most challenging and most rewarding weeks of my life. I am so incredibly impressed by the work that Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp does, and am so happy to see a race that I love benefit a charity that I love!