Off to the Races!

Greetings from Wachusett! At precisely 10:20 AM this morning I will be kicking off the Reach the Beach relay and starting the most epic, exhausting, challenging, and hopefully fulfilling 30 hours of my life.

The trip up to Boston so far has already been awesome, involving car decorating, teammate bonding, and an awesome tour of the New Balance factory in Lawrence, MA. For the sake of packing light, I left my laptop at home (I’m blogging from my phone and on Ashley’s comandeered computer, hehe) so I won’t be able to upload my “real” pics until I’m back in DC. I have a few phonetastic snapshots of the day’s events though, so enjoy and think good thoughts for me and my team if it’s past 10:20 when you read this! 😀


Van #1!


Touring the manufacturing floor at New Balance! (They are the only major athletic footware company who still manufactures shoes in the US. 25% of their products are from here!)


In the research labs — the “smash room”!


So. Many. Shoes.


Trailing behind Van #2 on our way to the hotel.


My pre-race dinner: STEAK!


Ashley and me right after our Team Off Balance photoshoot.

See you on the flipside!



  2. Have a great time 🙂 🙂

  3. I love this team and your slogans! Have fun!

  4. Yay- have fun!! I’ll be following you on Instagram. 🙂

  5. Good luck this weekend, Gretchen!

  6. Good luck! How cool that NB still produces the shoes in the States! Did not know that 🙂

  7. Jesssays:

    Have people already been telling you that you guys TOTALLY look like tributes in that photoshoot picture? Because you do. And that’s AMAZING.

    Go forth & kick ass!

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