movie review

The Hood to Coast Movie

Finally…a review!

I was a bit bummed in January when I missed the premiere of the Hood to Coast movie. I dragged my feet about whether or not to spend the $50 to see a movie and then by the time I decided to do it, they were sold out. I was disappointed but I also had mixed feelings about seeing the movie too.

Michael and I made a date night out of it. We went to Jake’s for Happy Hour. We split the spinach artichoke dip and each had a drink.

Sorry about the weird lighting. After Happy Hour we walked over to the Living Room Theatres for dinner and the movie.

I’ve never been to the Living Room theatre before. The restaurant/bar was a classy fun place and after we ordered dinner and drinks we went to the theatre and got settled in. They brought the food to us which was nice.

The seats were really nice. They were comfortable and built like couches that encourage romantic snuggling during a movie.

I ordered the Caprese Panini and it was BRILLIANT. It’s not often that a sandwich blows my mind but this one did.Β  A panini with mozzarella, roasted roma tomatoes and basil pesto. It was delicious and I was sad when the food was gone.

Another rum and diet for me.


Now on to the movie. The movie started and within 10 minutes of the beginning I was crying a bit. And I didn’t stop until the movie was over. It was a gut-wrencher.

The documentary focused on four separate teams: The Dead Jocks in a Box (middle aged guys who have been running their whole life and now in their 60’s they’re bummed that their 6 minute miles are now 7 minute miles); Team R Bowe (a team of family and friends memorializing a loved one that died right before he was supposed to run); and the group of your typical Portland slackers–none of which are actually runners and they provided the comic relief. Heart and Sole is a team of older ladies, the main focus being Kathy Ryan–a 66 year old runner.

Kathy’s story is amazing. She will inspire you in ways you may not expect. In her late 60’s and she’s run more marathons than a lot of people half her age. She’s done Hood to Coast 17 times. In 2007 after her third leg she collapsed in Mist, Oregon from a heart attack. She lived and she’s back to running. Funny thing: I’ve been seeing Kathy jogging over the Hawthorne Bridge almost every day for years–long before I knew who she was. I’d see her every day when I walk the bridge to work!

Team R Bowe will make you sob. Seriously. The captain is the widow. She was 9 months pregnant when her 30 year old husband died of a heart attack. He was a runner his whole life and actually ran Hood to Coast when he was 12 years old–and rocked it. It was an amazing, and sad, story.


The Dead Jocks were goofy. Team Slacker (can’t remember the team name) was hilarious–I think they started training for the race 5 days before?

It was a good movie but hard to watch sometimes. I have happy memories of HTC and some not so happy memories. It was hard not to feel jealous of all these runners that can seem to punish their bodies with race after race and never get injured…It was hard not to feel sad that I can’t run anymore and that I probably won’t be doing races again.


I thought the movie was well made and it was over in a flash. You get sucked into the drama and trust me–the BORING potential for a movie about running was there but there was not a moment that I was bored. And Michael? The non-runner? He loved it too. He was inspired and loved the stories even though he has no desire to ever do it.

The movie also explained the history of Hood to Coast–including old footage from the 80’s which was awesome to see. It also did a great job explaining how HTC works.

The whole time I watched the movie I had to fight the urge to announce to the half-full theatre: “THAT WAS MY LEG!” and “I RAN THAT!” πŸ™‚

It was an emotional rollercoaster for me. It brought up a lot of feelings of sadness, longing, anger…I kept thinking:


I miss running.

I miss running outside and enjoying it.

I’m so mad that I’m still injured!

So in that regard it was bittersweet to watch the movie. I felt deflated afterward and wished that I’d never been injured.

I highly recommend this movie–even for non-runners. It’s funny, it’s inspiring, it’s emotional, it’s uplifting. It was a nice date night.



Now for the links:

Good Luck Lisa!

Hood to Coast: Day One

Leg 12

After My First Run

Leg 24

Hurry Up And Wait

Leg 36

Crossing the Finish Line

Because You Can’t Do Epic Alone

Why I Wouldn’t Do Hood to Coast Again

Scott from iRunnerblog posted a two part interview with the Dead Jocks: Part 1 and Part 2 can be read there.


QUESTION: If you saw the movie, what did you think?

Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat

New Rule: always marinade a steak overnight. It makes it so soft and tender and the flavors were magnificent. The soy sauce and balsamic made it sweet but the seasoning and garlic made it savory. So good. The side dishes were steamed broccoli and baked sweet potato.

I did better with eating a proper serving size (despite what the poor photo may portray) and everything about the food combination was delicious.

After dinner it was time to take the kitties to the vet. They were due for their updated vaccines. It’s an ordeal. Maya (who hides under the bed at all times) acts like she’s being murdered when I take her to the vet.

Both kitties did well. Fat Kitty has lost a pound since his last annual visit. He’s 15.2 pounds. Maya is 9 pounds. The only thing Fat Kitty likes about going to the vet is time to explore all the nooks and crannies.

I was conflicted about which vaccines to get the kitties. They are 100% indoor cats except for the once a year I take them to the vet. It seems like a traumatizing experience for them and I asked the vet if it was necessary for them to continue with vaccines since they are indoors only. I read conflicting opinions on this subject and a lot of times I felt like the veterinarians are trying to up-sell me. Most of the time it’s the same feeling I get at an auto shop. Last night the vet I saw was honest and said most aren’t necessary for indoor cats but rabies and distemper were good ones. I got those taken care of and luckily they are both for 3 years. Trauma over.

Poor babies! Back home they bolted out of their carriers and hid. I started reading the new book I got at the library, ironically about vaccines. “The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear” by Seth Mnookin.

It’s a good book! I read 100 pages last night before bed because I was having a hard time putting the book down. It’s really interesting: “In 1998 Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist with a history of self-promotion published a paper with a shocking allegation: the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism. The media seized hold of the story and launched one of the most devastating health scares ever.”Β  Wakefield was later revealed to be a profiteer in league with class-action lawyers, he would eventually lose his medical license but the damage was done:Β  celebrities like Oprah and Jenny McCarthy promoted it as medical fact, despite the fact that there was no link in childhood vaccines and autism. Yet the myth lives on…

The book is so interesting and he goes through history talking about the start of vaccinations, the trials and errors, Jonas Salk and more recent vaccine scandals. I’ve always been curious about diseases, Third-World countries devastated by things like Ebola and such. At one point in my life I tried to get a job at the CDC but really…who wants to live in Atlanta? I mean with all the zombies there taking over the city…

The Walking Dead

Killer at Large

Recently I tried to watch the documentary “Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America’s Biggest Threat.” I wanted to like the documentary. Supersize me was a fun but shocking movie. I’ve heard good things about Food Inc (haven’t seen it yet). Killer at Large had to be good too.

I was really disappointed. Not in the content of the movie but in the quality of the production. I’ve tried three separate times now to finish watching the movie but the music that is played THE WHOLE TIME is overpowering and distracting to the point where it’s hard to hear what is being said by the experts! Poor editing! Who made this movie? I’ve given up trying to finish the DVD but the topic is still something really important to me.

We’re getting fatter and it’s killing us – worse yet, it’s killing our children.”

The most shocking scene was when an obese 12 year old girl got liposuction. I was horrified watching it. Where are her parents? Why aren’t they teaching her healthy eating habits, helping her learn how to eat RIGHT and why in god’s name are they giving in to whatever food whims their daughter wants? That’s just bad parenting. Parents: stop eating junk food, stop serving your kids junk food, teach them portion control and exercise more–as a family!

The other downside of the movie is how heavily they tried to tie in terrorism, 9/11 and all that stuff with obesity. I just don’t see the correlation.

The movie claims obesity (and its related diseases) cost taxpayers $117 billion dollars in 2002 and are estimated to kill more than 100,000 Americans a year. Where are we headed? A world where the majority of the population has to take insulin shots. A world where the life expectancy of children is lower than their parents’. That’s exactly where we’re headed, according to the documentary.

The movieΒ  estimate that 44-45% percent of school-aged children will be insulin-dependent diabetics within 10 years at current rates and that we, as a nation, are 5 billion pounds overweight.

As for Brooke, the 12 year old that got liposuction? She gained back the 35 pounds of fat sucked out of her and went to Mexico with her parents to get another weight loss surgery.


QUESTION: Have you seen the documentary? What did you think?