Wednesday night, instead of working out, I decided to eat cinnamon and sugar graham crackers dipped in milk. And blog. So, really. I did it for you.
On Sunday, me and four other crazy blogger-runners will pile into my minivan (I was going to call it the relay-mobile, but that sounds dumb — any good ideas for a relay nickname for my minivan: it is navy blue, really dirty, and has stickers on the back that say, “I love my boxer,” “13.1,” “26.2,” and one is the Nuun logo), and begin running at 6:30 a.m. around a mountain not too far from where I live. Well, that’ll be the day in a nutshell. I’m sure there will be many inside jokes that won’t be funny to share, and running stories to tell after it is all run and done!
Here are the four awesome ladies I will have the pleasure of stinking up a van with ALL day Sunday as a part of team Bloggers Do It Online:
Nicole AKA Ricole Runs (Sometimes)
She gets to go first because this whole Mt. Si Relay team was her idea (so we all know who to blame if the whole ordeal goes South on Sunday, right?). Nicole is funny, injury-prone and training for the Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll FULL (ack, flashbacks to last year, ack!). Does this sound like a running single’s ad to anyone else? I have not met Nicole in “real” life yet, but I think we’ll be able to get along even though she’s a Husky. I may have to wear Cougar gear…
Lindsay completely amazes me. She is a distance runner, and a duathlete, who also happens to have Type 1 diabetes. I had the opportunity of meeting her in person as a part of the meet-up to run for Sherry back in February. She’s fun, funny and inspiring, and I’m excited to get to know her better. What better way than locked in a minivan, right?
Superstoked to meet Lauren in person! Another FUNNY person; how did I get so lucky to be on this team?! Lauren is also an experienced “relayer” as she pointed out in her Nuun Hood to Coast Relay application, so we’ve got that going for us…which is nice (name the film of the movie quote I’m referencing — hint: the first part is about achieving total consciousness on his deathbed!). Lauren’s also training for the Seattle RNR Half, like me…and basically everyone.
Zoe is subbing in for poor Tiffany who has been suffering from the world’s worst cold for weeks! Zoe and I are regular running buddies, even though I haven’t seen her in what feels like AGES. I once tried to make her kiss a slug on an 18-miler. Zoe and I also ran our first marathon together last year. Zoe, if you can’t tell, is my running security blanket, so having her on a relay I’ve never done before makes me feel, probably, way too relaxed about Sunday. She’s also training for the Seattle RNR Half.
The plan for this relay is to dress crazy and be silly. I CANNOT WAIT. Oh, and it is supposed to be sunny and 70! (Well, not at 6:30 a.m., but you know, later…when we are STILL running.) And we’ve all submitted applications to be on the Nuun Hood to Coast Relay team in 2012, which we’ll find out the results of two days after the Mt. Si Relay. This should be a good distraction.
Have you ever done a relay before so close to home? Is that why I’m not nervous AT ALL? Should we paint up my minivan windows with quirky running quotes? What should I nickname the minivan? Or is that just dumb?
I am doing a relay this weekend that practically runs by my house. The course does go right by my kids’ school and one of the exchange points is a church where my friends are members and church leaders. I am WAY too relaxed about it. I haven’t even started packing really and it starts tomorrow! I plan on packing today.
Good luck in your relay! It sounds like fun.
Have an amazing time! I’d nickname the van, it deserves it. Although I can’t think of a name.
WOOHOO!! I actually have window paints from Ragnar last year if you are serious about decorating your van ;)…”blogmobile”? That might be too cheesy!
I have window paint too! We’ll chip in for a carwash! 🙂
I’m GETTING SO EXCITED! Except not for the part where I have to get up at like 5am. But for everything else! Technically this idea all spanned from Alma’s post about loving relays, she deserves some credit! 🙂
Have a blast, of course now I want to go to the outlets in Northbend. 🙂
I love your write-up; it sounds like you are going to have an awesome weekend! So what are the logistics, are there different legs planned out?
Awww, you’re making me blush …. and become slightly concerned about being locked in a van with you 😛 Just kidding. It’s going to be so much fun.
I think it just hit me today that I will be running first. :-S I’m going to be packing coffee along. Too much if I carry it in my hydration pack during the run? 🙂
Sounds like a blast!! I’ve never done a relay and hope to in the future 🙂 yes deck out your van and make it a “driving inspiration”! I think you could name the van “Re-Van” or “Re-mobile” haha but when I think of “re” it makes me think of Johnny Knoxville in “The Ringer” Good luck all of you I’m sure you’ll have a fantabulous time!!
“Boxers, not Briefs” ??
No, that’s stupid. Sorry. Dumb suggestion.
Hmmm, I’ll have to think about that one.
I hear this was your idea! I feel like we should do more relays around here with the giant group of runners we have. Let’s sign up for more!