|Ready for my 3rd half marathon in 13 days!|
|The Rusty Grape Vineyard|
|Relaxing with some wine. The band is playing in the background.|
|Will enjoying his glass of wine. The Heisen House vineyard was really nice.|
|This was the first time I had alcohol the night before a race. Yes, it was just a glass of |
wine- but I am a light weight!
We headed back to the room and got ourselves ready and packed up since we would need to check out of the hotel before leaving for the race. Since we didn't really know the area very well we gave ourselves plenty of time and left our room at 8am. We had to park at a school and then shuttle down to the starting area at the Rusty Grape Vineyard. Well, there was barely any traffic and we only had to wait a few minutes for the shuttle so we ended up at the starting line really early- better than a little late though right?
|Killing time before the race|
Mile 1- 10:28 ~gradual uphill, trying to warmup still
Mile 2- 9:31 ~getting into a good stride, slightly downhill
Mile 3- 10:02 ~first water stop
Mile 4- 9:30 ~this mile was mostly downhill (yay!)
The scenery was really nice, mostly just along some country back roads. It was nice to see the community support- there were people standing at the end of their driveways cheering us on and little kids giving us high fives. Around mile 5 we arrived at the Heisen House Vineyard where their was a water stop and we were able to run through the barn which was neat. Will was doing a great job, his energy was up still and we were running at a good pace. I had estimated him around a 10:30 pace but we were definitely faster than that!
Mile 5- 10:15 ~was really wishing for a water station here, took my gel
Mile 6- 10:52 ~through the vineyard (grass, a barn, a water stop) which slowed us a bit
Mile 7- 10:32 ~I happily tell Will we are halfway. I love halfway!
Mile 8- 9:56 ~I realize Will probably needs his shot blocks for energy, I can tell he is slowing down
There were sections along the road where the shoulder was small or non existent so we had to run single file- but mostly we were able to run side by side. It is nice to have somebody to run with during a race, that's for sure! We reached the third winery Olequa Cellars around mile 8 or so and there was another water stop. I made sure Will was taking in his energy chews so he didn't lose his momentum and we were off again. I told him we would probably finish around 2:15 and that seemed to make him happy- and maybe a bit determined to beat that. I knew there were some hills ahead of us, but wasn't sure how big they were. I thought I had remembered the last 2 miles being little or no elevation gain so I told him once we hit mile 11 it was smooth sailing. I lied- not on purpose though!
Mile 9- 10:38 ~another water stop, and through the other vineyard
Mile 10- 10:00 ~Will's energy is improved, a little bit hilly here
Mile 11- 10:40 ~I am remembering how hard the last 2 miles of MY first half were
We turned a corner and up ahead we saw it at the same time- Mt. Everest at mile 11.5! I kept my thoughts quiet, feeling bad for giving false hope about there not being any more hills and thinking "holy crap- that is HUGE!". Will looked at me and said "WHAT IS THAT, I thought you said no more hills!!!" I told him it was our Everest- and up, up, up we went. We conquered that hill, but man- what a race killer! 121 feet of elevation gain in .22 miles- pretty much just straight up for a quarter mile. After we recovered from that it was smooth sailing though- pretty much a slight downhill to the finish line. With one mile to go Will said to pick up the pace and get it done, so that is what we did! Finish time 2:12:37!
Mile 12- 10:47 ~hello Mt Everest!
Mile 13- 9:30 ~way to finish strong Will, excellent job!
|DONE! finished with his first half marathon!|
|DONE! finished with my 7th half marathon! I think that lady |
behind me is jealous of my arm sleeves.
|Relaxing after the race!|
|I love this photo- sprinting to the finish line. The difference between running your |
first half marathon and your seventh! My hubby was giving it his all, that is for sure!
Congrats babe- you did it!