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Hawthorn Half Day Relay. Team of 2 or Ultra?

Cocogo Review and Giveaway


Chad and I have started talking about running the Hawthorn Half Day Relay and Ultra this year. It’s not a question of if we will run it this year. We can’t miss our annual ultimate run date! It’s a question of whether we will run it as a 2-person relay (aka Incredibles 3.0) or as an individual ultra.

Hawthorn Half Day Relay

For the past 2 years we’ve run it as a 2-person relay. Last year Chad wanted to run it as an individual ultra and I wanted to run the relay again. Not so much because I didn’t think I could run the 12 hour ultra. It was more of how much I love being the Incredibles, the experience of running as a team!

Granted, there are pros and cons to both sides and quite honestly I can’t decide. What’s been running through my mind:

Pro Ultra

  • Chad wants to run as an ultra and he’s agreed to the relay for 2 years.
  • Running a 12 hour ultra would be amazing and my greatest running challenge so far.
  • We could actually run together at the same time.
  • A different kind of run date.

Pro Relay

  • Most likely, this is the only event of the year that we can run as a team.
  • I like being a team. See the top right photo in each collage, that is one of my favorite parts of the day.
  • Our annual ultimate run date.

Hold that thought for a minute.

2 other changes that are not up for debate, fuel and hydration.

This year 90% of our fuel will be homemade.

On the Hawthorn menu so far:

Healthy Bites

Healthy Bites

Healthy Bites at Cotter Crunch. At first I was going to order what we will need but I think I’ve decided to buy the recipe e-book instead so I can use exact recipes and tweak a little for more varieties and preferences. Why Healthy Bites? The recipes I’ve tried that Lindsay has shared at Cotter Crunch are awesome, variety to prevent fuel boredom and of course, all natural.

Oh She Glows

Oh She Glows Classic Glo Bar. Hopefully you’re not getting too bored with hearing how much I love the Oh She Glows Cookbook. A batch of these bars will definitely be on the menu along with a few other recipes I’m trying before race day.


This year our other-than-plain-water hydration will be Cocogo. After a few training runs to put it to the test, Cocogo passed with with flying colors.


Why Cocogo?

  • Variety of flavors. Lesson learned in 2012, at about the 6 hour mark I’m tired of drinking and eating and if I’m not careful I will slack off on either or both. It’s summer, there are long stretches of no shade and we’re running for 12 hours. Saying hydration is important is an understatement. Having a variety of flavors helps with hydration boredom!
  • All natural. No long list of ingredients that are a mystery to me. Real food.
  • Not too sweet. I’m not much of a sweets person. With ultras this is one of my biggest challenges. So many options for fuel and hydration are way too sweet.
  • Granted I haven’t tried Cocogo for 12 hours but so far, no stomach problems.

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So, now the question, would you run the race as a 2-person relay or an ultra? I’m still undecided.


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