Here we go!
There is so much I want to tell you all about Nuun Hood to Coast, but I already know that these posts won’t do it justice – however I will do my best to try.
*And I don’t even know how to begin to say Thank you to everyone at NUUN! Seriously how do I begin to thank you? First born child?
Freshman/Sophomore Years with the NUUN Hood to Coast Team:
As I look back on this experience, I realize how much this year was similar to my Sophomore year in college and last year, running HTC was like my Freshman year. As a college sophomore you have friends established (hopefully), and you know what to expect coming in to the new year. Freshmen year (last year) was awesome, exciting and maybe a tad overwhelming – as most Freshmen years are. Last year I hadn’t met any of the bloggers who were running so I was a little shy and quiet during the whole race (Thanks Emily and Lauren (also sophomores and 2011 Vanmates) for reminding me of that on the taxi back to the airport!)
This year (my Sophomore year!) I definitely felt more comfortable coming in to the whole experience. I was already good friends with the NYC Crew (Laura, Susan & Steph) – a big part of that being that I met Susan last year at Nuun HTC and she introduced me to a lot of bloggers in NYC – Big thanks to Sus! I also knew the Sophomore Runners coming back this year, most of the NUUN employees, and I was lucky enough to meet Corey and Megan (Freshmen) in NYC over the summer and Jess (Freshmen) last year at MCM.
This year NUUN really out did themselves. Everything was taken care of once they picked us up, and I can’t even begin to tell you how gracious and welcoming all the Nuun employees are. Nuun decided to have some events before HTC this year which I thought was a really great idea in order to meet more of the Teammates. (If you have ever run a relay before, you know that you spend 90% of your time with the people in your van, and 10% with your other team van during “hand offs” at major exchanges.) So it was great getting to know more people this year!
Quick Summary of Wednesday & Thursday…(I plan on doing a detailed post of the actual Relay, but I have never been one to recap every moment of an event, so I decided on a quick summary leaving real blogging to the other girls – Thanks in advance Ladies! Although I did attempt to do a recap post, but it was a disaster.)
Wednesday (in Seattle):
Pick-up by Casey (Nuun CFO). Group Run. Pike’s Market. Coffee. Nuun Drinks (Hydration People!). Mariners Game with Nuun Employees & Bloggers. Meet most Teammates. Drinks. Local Bars. Lots of Talking (Love!).
Thursday (in Seattle):
Oiselle Group Run & Office Tour (Could the Oiselle ladies been any nicer? The answer is No.). Coffee. Jamba Juice (Thanks Jennifer!). Nuun Headquarters (new flavor sampling!). Nuun Amazing Race (#nuunhunt). Swag (Wow! & many thank you notes to write). Team Dinner. Van Decorating (aka creating Kelly‘s “Van Vision” – she’s a true van artist). Bar. Re-packing for HTC. Bedtime.
HTC Relay Race: To be continued…however here is a sneak peek at who was in my van: