Hey there! Just received the following comment on my Hood-to-Coast blog entry.
So, I thought I'd give it a bump to a full post, since I enjoyed the movie so much and I'm pretty impressed that the director took the time to seek out my blog to post the info:
Christoph Baaden said...
Was sent this link today. Can't wait to unveil all the information about my Women's Sprint Tri coming in August!
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|Blue toes for the pool|
2.4 miles - 85 laps. The furthest I have swum to date is 60 laps. Crazy? Maybe. A huge mental boost? Abso-freakin'lutely!
I had missed a couple of lunch time workouts due to work functions this week, so I used some of that time to get this swim in.
It went awesome! I was lucky that there were a couple of decently good swimmers that came and went during my swimming time- thank you gentlemen for swimming with me when you didn't know that you actually were... The laps went by fairly quickly. I started to feel a little slow at around lap 70, but then I realized that there were only 15 more to go, so I got my head back in the game. Especially when I knew I was going to finish faster than my conservative guesstimate swim time of 1:30.
I finished in 1:24. Looking at the swim pace, I think I may have double counted a lap or two, but I'll take it. When I finished, I was alone in the pool. I kind of wished I had someone there with me, because I really felt like I did after I finished my first marathon. A little on the emotional side - because I had just accomplished - what was to me- a big goal. So, yes, I shed a couple of tears. Only a couple - and only out of the left eye. It probably had more to do with the pain that the goggles had caused from sucking to my face for that long, but nonetheless, I was excited. For someone that had only learned how to really swim 2 years ago (for my first sprint triathlon), achieving a 2.4 mile swim was a big deal.
Can't wait to get a few more of these done and especially some in open water.
This movie is awesome. It had moments that made you laugh, made you cry and made you shake your head - with the "I know exactly what that person is feeling" moments.
The editing was well done and the music was great. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I think what I liked most about it, was that it wasn't "acting." There was not one moment in the movie where I felt that the camera crew prompted a person to say something so that it would look good on film. No directional persuasion, of sorts. The reactions, the moments caught are real. Of real people. And, I think that's what makes this film so good.
Definitely give it 9 stars out of 10. Would have liked to see a little more of the runners being followed throughout the course than the interviews/ van scenes.
While traveling to Oregon seems like fun, Texas has it's own relay, the Texas Independence Relay, which takes place in March. This is a 40-leg, 203-mile run. The little video below is cheesy funny. Sung to "Don't Stop Exchangin'" it's a musical montage of different teams and the course.
A group of folks from my work have done this the last few years and looks like a lot of fun, but with a little one at home and tri training, it hasn't worked out to be a part of it. Maybe, one day.
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Is anyone going to see this?
"Hood To Coast is a feature length documentary that captures the spirit of the runner like it’s never been seen before. Following four teams on their epic journey as they try to conquer the world’s largest relay race, we realize that winning isn’t everything in a documentary that takes a celebratory look at personal motivation and attempting the extraordinary. For 30 years, thousands of runners from across the country have gathered for this running world favorite, and now you can feel the pain, relish the camaraderie, and get a taste of the runner’s high in a movie theater near you. Even if you’ve never run a step in your life, this documentary will make you want to push yourself farther than you’ve ever gone before."
For N. Texas people it's playing at:
6100 NORTH FWY
FORT WORTH, TX 76137
Tinseltown Movies 17
911 W STATE HIGHWAY 114
GRAPEVINE, TX 76051
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|Our little snowman! :)|
|My mom & me|
|Marcy & Me Pre-Race|
The race was mostly on a very scenic trail which part of followed the shoreline of Lake Grapevine. It was gorgeous. There were enough rolling hills to keep the course challenging.
One of the best parts of the whole morning? My mom ran the 5k race! It was the first time that both of us had competed at the same race together! And, with no training... she kicked some major boo-tay! She placed third in her age group! THIRD! She got an awesome medal and I couldn't be more proud of her!
|Me, Jason & Allison|
Marcy's mom ran the 5k as well and placed 2nd in her age group! Whoo Whoo! And a big congratulations to Jason for placing 3rd in his age group! He averaged a 7:21/min mile! En fuego!
Here's my stats on the race:
Total time: 1:19:18
8:23/min mile pace over 9.3 miles.
5/29 age group
100/302 total runners
|Marcy's Mom & My Mom with their 5k Age Group Win Medals!|
77 seconds separated me from taking 3rd place. There were 13 seconds between me and 4th place. Not that I'm obsessing over the details. I am very happy with my 8:23 pace, it's faster than what I would have even guessed I could do for that distance and shows some serious progress in my running.
I feel like I'm really learning how to "race." Normally, I'm in my own little world just ticking away the miles. Today, I hunted down ponytails (in the nicest possible way, of course), but if I could see another girl in front of me, I was going for the pass. My 10k runs at lunch with the hills paid off big time today.
Overall, I loved this race and enjoyed the course. I thanked every volunteer that I passed and had a smile the entire time.
|Post-Race Pancakes! Yummm!|
A very good day!
|Lunch Run Paradise|
The picture to the right is one I snapped the other day of part of my lunch time running trail. It's a pretty quiet country road that has some nice winding turns and a couple of "wake your quads up" hills. There's even a sweet Lab that comes out to greet me pretty much every run. I remembered to bring a dog treat today for him, too.
Hope everyone has a great training day! :)
Today is the year anniversary that one of my close friends decided to take his own life. These aren't the types of posts that I want to share, but suicide affects so many people and families and can be something that no one saw coming because they hide their pain down to the very last minute.
Brandon's decision to end his life that night took away a friend, a son, a brother, an uncle and so many years of memories that were yet to come and left so much hurt, tears and emptiness for those of us he left behind.
If what the world sees on the outside... is different from what you see on the inside, please talk to someone or visit:
For now, I will remember the good times. This is a video that I put together for his memorial. Miss you, Brandon.
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