The bad news is that I wasn’t selected. In all honesty, I wasn’t entirely shocked. Tons of women applied, and most (by which I mean “all”) of them put far more time and thought into the application than I did. They had cleverly scripted videos and I… did not. I was disappointed, but I made my peace with the outcome and vowed to put a bit more brainpower behind it next time. After all, Hood to Coast isn’t going anywhere any time soon, so I have plenty of years to try and sneak myself onto a team. I figured that was the end of it and dove back into preparing for finals.
So you can imagine my surprise when I got an email from Arielle, one of Nuun’s online marketing managers and the voice behind their Twitter account, asking me if I’d be interested in running the Ragnar Relay with them this summer. Turns out they were putting a team together in the office and needed a few people to fill it out. I didn’t even take time to think about it before I immediately replied in the affirmative. Sure, I’d run Ragnar before, but that doesn’t make me any less excited for the chance to do it again! (Especially when someone else is handling costs & logistics.)
Then “a few people to fill it out” turned into “10 awesome running bloggers.” We’ll be running with 2 people from the Nuun office and if the emails, Twitter and Facebook chats are any indication, we are going to have a blast. There’s talk of neon, scrunchies, and crimped hair. And more neon. Which means I might actually have a chance to wear this shirt again (something I never, ever expected):
In addition to having our theme (which goes with our proposed team name of NUUN Kids on the Block), we also had our legs assigned last week. I’ll be runner 11, which means I’ll get to run across the bridge over Deception Pass, most likely in the wee hours of the morning. It’s going to be absolutely gorgeous, in addition to more fun than should be allowed.
So who are the lucky ladies who will be joining me?
From the top left, there’s Alanna, Becky, Holly, Jenny, Lauren, Megan, Meghan, Stacie and Tasha. (If you’re on Twitter, you can follow all of us through this list.) They’re all great women and incredibly impressive in their own right. I’m seriously honored to be included in this group, since my major contribution will likely be entertainment value and treats rather than pure athletic power.
Regardless, it’s going to be a blast. Now I just have to decide if I want neon pink, neon green or neon yellow compression socks… Or maybe one of each, so I can have a fresh pair for each leg?