The Hood to Coast relay was a logistical nightmare; fun, but insane... This "experience" transpired back in March when I got an email from Steve Dekoker, a Brooks Sports Marketing guy, and talented runner. His emailed explained how Brooks has been putting together a team every year at this NIKE Hood To Coast relay in Oregon. This relay is "The mother of all relays", as it says on the back of the corny T-Shirts. Well, Steve had invited a few Brooks athletes to be on this team, as well as local Brooks guys. And with the lure of gear incentives, travel and free food, why wouldn't I take this opportunity. Not to mention that the entire relay covers 198 miles from Mt. Hood to Seaside, mostly done at night. It was a nightmare, but fun! Our team, the "Brooks Beast" won in a time of 16 hours and 55 minutes, an average of 5:09 miles. Two years ago the Brooks team took 3rd to 2 Nike teams, Last year they were 2nd to the Nike team and finally, this year we won. So, needless to say, it was a great experience!
Now, its roughly 2 1/2 weeks till the marathon. Last week I tapped out at 124 miles for the week, which was the most I've ever done. Hopefully I can post as much as possible leading up to the marathon.