I'm a little bummed to admit that I didn't make Nuun's Hood to Coast Relay Team this year. My entry was last minute, and paled in comparison to many other entries, so I totally understand why I didn't make the team, but I did sit around and mope about it all day on Tuesday.
Big shout out to all you ladies who did make the Nuun team! You are going to be amazing!
I picked myself back up on Wednesday, though, and decided to look for the gnarliest upcoming trail running races I could find, local to Oregon. Oh man, did I find a good one! On June 17th I'll be participating in the 2012 Mt. Hood Scramble. This race is deemed the "Grandfather of Filth," and considering the top finishers average a more than nine minute mile, you know it's a tough one!
The race is put on by X-Dog Events, a group dedicated to hosting extreme racing events in the Northwest. I was tempted to sign up for their Havoc at the Hideout run as well, but it's only two weeks away and I want to give myself a little extra time between races.
I wasn't able to find much pictoral content on the X-Dog website to describe the Mt. Hood Scramble, so I turned to YouTube and immediately sent my parents this video (I'm kinda mean that way, I get a kick out of making them freak out):
So, what do you think? Am I crazy? I'm not even sure how I'll handle the altitude - the race starts at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. Oh well, that's what living the sporty life is about, right? Pushing the limits and achieving new goals!
What's next on your list of sporty life events? Add it to the comments or send out a tweet with the hashtag #girlsgonesporty for a retweet and shout out!
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Laura Williams, M.S.Ed.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Texas State University, Laura Williams focused her career on aquatic and fitness management. Over the course of eight years she moved cross-country three times to take on progressively more difficult roles. She left management in 2010 to finish her master’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is now a writer, entrepreneur and the “Sporty Girl CEO” of GirlsGoneSporty. When she’s not working, Laura can be found running her dogs, snowboarding, lifting weights, attempting yoga or watching shamelessly trashy television. Connect with Laura on Google+.