Race to Wine
October 9, 2012
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Saturday evening I had the opportunity to run with my wife. YIPPEE! We had a busy cold day of the kids’ soccer and football games and then off to a local winery to run 5 miles. Busy, busy. The winery was packed with runners, walkers and fans. Over 2000 people finished either the 5 mile run or the 5K run/walk. I am really bad at picture taking. I am at a very picturesque winery and I take three pictures. Here we are before the race.
Before the Race and Wine
I told my wife that we would run together but, I guess I lied. It is almost just as hard to slow my normal pace down as it is to speed up. I am in no means a speedy runner but, it’s just something about races that gets my adrenaline going. There were some decent size hills that caught my wife off guard. They don’t seem to bug me as much and I felt really good running. I was one of those guys that sped up and slowed down. I know some of you know what I mean. I would start running at my own pace and then start feeling guilty about leaving my wife. So, I would go to the side and try to slow down while looking backwards to find her. I repeated this a few times. I ended up passing the same people maybe 4 times. At about the 3 mile mark I told her I would meet her at the finish line. It felt fun passing people but, it was also consuming tons of energy weaving in and out of people because at that time we were also meeting up with the 5K walkers. I went from high 8 minute pace to a 7 minute pace. I finished the run in 42 minutes and my wife finished at about 46 minutes. In the end we were treated with a glass of wine. We are not wine drinkers but the wine tasted good enough that we bought two bottles.
Hopefully, my wife will still run with me again because we have a planned run at the end of November. It’s supposed to be flatter and I will try my best to steady my adrenaline.