Nuun Hood to Coast Application 2012

As you all probably know, I’ve been strengthening my running friend relationships lately. My fitness friends are so totally awesome – even if some of them are sometimes not the best influence on me.

Me: “I’m doing two marathons in May… it’s going to be busy.”
Jocelyn: “You should come pace me in the New Jersey Marathon on May 6!”
Me: “Hmm… okay.”
Jocelyn: “And I’m doing the Country Music Half Marathon on April 28… you should come run the full so that I have someone to cheer for when I finish!”
Me: “Great! Sign me up!”

Four marathons in five weeks is not quite what I originally had in mind for my year… but it took little convincing. Ladies and gentlemen, I am back.

After I finished my 50 states, I got a little tired of marathons. I took a break (well, a “Laura break”, meaning I “only” ran nine marathons the next year instead of 25 like I had been used to doing). And after that, 7 months went by with no marathons at all. I had just about adjusted back to “normal” life when the Athleta opportunity came along… and I jumped on it. I was ready to get back to running, albeit a bit cautiously. I put forth a goal of running one marathon a month – but in my very first month, I did the Bermuda Marathon and remembered how much I loved running marathons. And then I did the HMRRC Winter Marathon and remembered that running easy and feeling strong is the most fun thing ever. Except for maybe pacing, which I did in March (yes, yes, race report still to come). And just like that, I’m back in the swing of things. Marathon season, here I come!

But then I heard about something very different – the chance to run on Nuun’s blogger relay team for Hood to Coast. As a group, we’ll be running much further than any of us could do on our own, and given how much I love pacing and coaching, it sounds right up my alley. I’m really excited about the chance to run my fastest for the team (which I can’t do when I pace), but still cheer my teammates on and help them do their best.

So without further ado, here is my application video for my next goal. The winners will be announced April 24 – cross your fingers for me!


  1. And tears are streaming down my face. You are my hero. and that music….omggg. TEARJERKER

  2. Wow,you are one accomplished runner. Good luck!

  3. Wow, you are amazing! I can’t believe how many marathons you’ve run, so inspiring!!! Good luck with NUUN!

  4. one word — WOW! very inspiring!!

  5. Thank you so much, everyone!!! Now I just hope the Nuun people like it as much… I really want to do this!

  6. if i were a nuun judge, you’d win for the following 2 reasons:
    1. incorporating a hercules/disney song
    2. the tags for this post

  7. I wish you the best of luck! I want you to win!

  8. 68 marathons, holy cow! So incredible. Best of luck to you, and maybe I’ll run into you at the NJ Marathon next month!

  9. laura,

    just wanted to give you a shout and say hello. my friend lisa and I met you yesterday (really? that was yesterday!?!) at the sunburnt calf. Hopefully we can attend your meetup soon!

    it was awesome to meet you!


  10. How fun!

    Have you run Nashville before? It’s my home race, but this is the first year in a while I’m not running. It’ll be fun to be a spectator for a change.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Great video. I’ve been to Timberline Lodge, and I’ve run on the beach at Seaside. Running the relay from one to the other would be so cool. Good luck!

    MM 2629

  12. Melanie – I ran Nashville once before a few years ago, but had a very different experience since I was pacing. Really looking forward to seeing what I can do out there this year! Drop me a line if you’d like to meet up – I’m going with a few other running bloggers :)

  13. love love love love love love love etc etc…

  14. Well, the tears came when the music went on…you are amazing, my little bunny! This is what happens when you are on assignment far from home…the Nunn people WILL want you on their team! I love you, Mom

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