After a few days, I got an email from a friend who wanted to do it and was trying to get our little group together. Before the day was over, there were seven of us running and two coming just for the wine and the food. Perfect ladies night out!
The race was supposed to start at 3pm. We planned on a meeting spot and just took two cars.
This race was not cheap. A VIP registration, which got you the race, wine tasting, food, on site parking, wine glass and a shirt, was $70! Did I mention it was just 3.5 miles? Two of us purchased the VIP pass so that we could park on site.
Just an FYI, I ran a half marathon that was less money, $45, and my full marathon coming up was only $15 more than the Harvest Wine Run. Just saying...
The on site parking was nice because there wasn't a gear check. I personally think if you can't park on site and have to be shuttled to a race, which has an after party, you should have a gear check. It got a little chilly after the race and it was nice to be able to get our sweatshirts.
We did packet pick up the day of the race. The line wasn't so bad when we got in it and we moved at an ok pace, however, that would of went much faster if they had more than two people working the tent. Once 2:15 hit the line was so long and barely moving. Yes, the race started just a little late as they waited for everyone to be checked in.
So what did we get in our swag bag? Nothing, no bag, not even coupons or advertisements for upcoming races. I like the shirt though, which you only got with the VIP. Great design, nice colors and it fits well. You could of purchased one for an extra $25. Oh wait, I am sorry. We got one coupon in our wine glass for $5 off $100 in their store. Really!?
Once we pinned on our numbers, we headed to the port-a-potties. Guess what? They only had two. Yes, two potties for 369 runners, not to mention the people there just for the wine tasting and food.
The upside, was that is was a beautiful day and the vineyard is very pretty. I was with some of my best friends, and that is what matters most.
We lined up and the gun went off.
As I mentioned above, this was a trail race. Grass, dirt, potholes, rocks, etc., I knew I had to be careful.
I stayed with MB, Bridget, Kathy and Tara for the beginning of the race. Bethany and MB's mom who we loving call Gemo, took off.
I loved running and chatting with the girls. It is one of my favorite things about running. We laughed so much and I was smiling the whole time. Well, smiling until I stepped into my first pothole. Yeah, I did that twice.
My calves were hurting a bit and I realized my shoes were not tied tight enough. Why that was, I will never know, but I did have to take a minute and retie then. Once I did that, my race changed for the better.
Even though I felt better after fixing my laces, I have decided that trail racing is not for me. I didn't like the unevenness of the trail and the grass just slows you down. In the last half mile, I just wanted to be done. I ran my fastest here.
I crossed the line in 40:57 and was a little disappointed that I was over 40 minutes. Looking at my Garmin though, it shows my moving time as 39:31. That is what retying your shoe laces will get ya!
Once we were all at the finish, we got our wine glasses and headed to the wine tables. There was a white table, red table and I am guessing the middle table was Blush and Zinfandel wines. I went to the red.
We each got the smallest amount of wine that the girl could of possibly poured. You barely tasted it! Instead of getting right back into the wine line, we headed to the food line which was moving nicely. The platters looked fantastic and I was hungry. Once we found a seat, we all enjoyed a very nice meal.
|Tara with the band behind her.|
|Bethany and Jenn|
|Kathy, me and Tara|
|Kathy and I with some strange guy behind us.|
They had a cash bar, where you could get a real glass of wine for $6. Some of us did that and some of us went back to the tables to taste a little of everything. During that time, they started to announce the overall and age group winners.
I am excited to say that Gemo placed second in her age group, 60-69. The first place winner only beat her by 28 seconds! How cool is that!
So the bad points, no gear check, too expensive, not enough wine. Plus, at 5pm, they closed up the wine tasting tables. The party went to 6, or so I thought. The band continued to play and you could buy wine, but we decided to move on. Only two port a potties, and not enough people checking you in. Not a fan of trail running.
The good, well, the course was pretty cool. Running through the vineyard was neat. The weather was beautiful. I love my wine glass and my shirt. The on site parking almost made up for the expensive price. The food was delicious and the band was good. There was one water stop at just the right place. And, of course, I was with all the right people.
Would I do this race again? Probably not, unless my girls convince me otherwise. I'd hate to leave them hanging.
|At Plum Point Bistro|
My training this week, was pretty good. It is this coming week that has me a little freaked out. For the first time, ever, I will run over 13 miles. I will be running 15 miles on Thursday. 15 miles! For some reason, this has me more nervous than the thought of 18 miles. Weird, right?
I was a little worried about how to fuel and hydrate on my run. After deciding that I can't carry enough to get me by, (remember, my PR for 13.1 is 2:36, so I will be running up to 3 hours) I enlisted a friend to help. She is going to meet me at various spots with all the stuff I need to make it to the end. She is also my contact in case the school calls
9 weeks to the Philadelphia Marathon!!!
Run Strong, Think Big! ~ Nicole