Running Hood to Coast

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.  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!” 🙂

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?


Check one off the Bucket List!

It sounds like the Hood to Coast movie was a roaring success! I’m seeing lots of bloggers and people on Twitter inspired to run a relay race. Well if you’re new to my blog, check out my Hood to Coast Recaps here:

You can read the adventure of 197 Miles in order and I’m sure it will inspire you to try a relay race (or any kind of running race). Just be careful of injuries. I know from experience.

Hood to Coast- Leg 12

Since I didn’t have tickets to see the movie, I had a low-key night at home. Michael and I made fajita salads for dinner.

The flank steak is good for making fajitas. Michael made his awesome guacamole. As a compromise we decided to make salads instead of traditional fajitas in tortillas. I knew I’d eat a lot of guacamole and wanted to save a few calories to splurge on it.

Lots and lots of garlic.

I could really just eat an entire meal of just guacamole and tortilla chips. 😉

I made the salad part. Shredded lettuce (a mixture of spinach and green leaf lettuce) and topped it with some cheese and the guacamole.

Michael took care of the steak and the peppers and onions.

Since I’m a sour cream junkie, I topped my salad with two servings of Light Sour Cream.

Michael and I recently had a debate about horror movies. In his opinion Jaws is THE scariest horror movie of all time. His rational is that since Jaws is about a man-eating shark it could totally happen in real life therefore it’s the scariest.

I can see his reasoning behind that but in my opinion the scariest movie is either Poltergeist or The Exorcist.

I think those two movies are by far the scariest. As someone raised a Catholic I totally believe in spirits and the afterlife. That’s probably part of why I think they are scary. Even though I’m not Catholic I still believe in the possibility of an afterlife.

I haven’t a movie as scary as those two as an adult. I’ve heard that Paranormal Activity is pretty scary but I haven’t seen it yet.

QUESTION: What do you think the scariest movie of all time is? Why?