Posted by Lauren
Sunday morning, alarm goes off at 5:30 am. I dart into the bathroom, change into my favorite race tank + shorts with the pockets (MUST have pockets), and tip-toe downstairs and out the door.
I drive 12 winding, back road miles; high beams are mandatory. Corazona’s Banana Nut Oatmeal Square for breakfast; low in sodium, 5g fiber, 6g protein and tasty, too!
Twenty-five minutes later I pull into the Starbucks parking lot. A tall coffee, one pump sugar-free vanilla, and non-fat milk sits near my computer. I publish Saturday’s ready-to-go post and sip the coffee.
It did the job ;) if you know what I’m sayin’. With 15 minutes to go, I hustle to the late registration booth to pick up my number and choose a shirt. Why do the women’s race tees run so small? This girl has a long torso, and I can’t rock crop tops like my beautiful sister.
Two minutes to go – I join the other runners at the front of the line and Miranda shouts over to me.
Months ago, I filled out my registration info for Events With Sole’s California Wine Country Half Marathon (in Healdsburg, CA) and passed it along to Miranda, who signed us up along with her boyfriend and her mom. We were basically a team :)
3….2…[it’s 7 am]… 1!
Mile one + thirteen: historical downtown Healdsburg, CA – residential area with 100-year-old homes + cute streets.
Mile two – twelve: winery after winery; miles of vineyards; rolling hills…. breathtaking views of Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley.
At a water station, this guy dumps his cup full of water into my shoe. Thanks, dude! N’t.
Mile 6 – I am sweaty; temps are in the 60s!
Beautiful wineries + tasting rooms. I am inspired to make a return trip.
Mile 8 – I literally stop to take this iPhone picture. Blurry photos will not do the vineyards justice.
Mile 11 – last hill-top view of the valley vineyards.
Mile 13 – The finish line!!
Ooooh bling bling citayyyyy $$$
The finisher’s medal is a wine stopper! How very practical…
Time for the post-race expo. Let’s play a game of would you rather:
Bagels, bananas, oranges, muffins, granola bars -OR- the tastiest mexican rice, black beans, grilled chicken, and homemade salsa from El Farolito?
El Farolito! C’mon, that was an easy question :) I savor every bite of my salsa-coated bowl:
Time to quench your thirst.
1. Water Only -OR- 2. Wine + Water -OR- 3. Wine + Beer + Water?
Door Number 3, please!
Beer tent on the right with Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada. Wine tent on the left, featuring wineries such as: Chateau St. Jean, Kendall Jackson, Sheldon Winery, White Oak, Wilson Winery, Waddle Creek, Silver Oak, AND Twomey. What a selection!
Stalker photos…. don’t be creeped out Miranda haha
Lisa + Miranda
Matt + Miranda (please note the box Matt is holding – he placed 2nd in his age group with a time of 1:26!!! Speedy Gonzales!)
and… How did I do??
I was pleased :)
I took it easy for a few reasons:
- I am still wearing the lame Kim Kardashian shoes because I’m lazy and won’t get new kicks (except I fixed that problem today!!!!! < < More on that later)
- I have a half marathon in 7 days. In Morgan Hill. I don’t want to burn out, ya know?
- I sort of had a lot to drink on Saturday. Epic brewery adventures don’t happen every day…
I ran with music, but without checking my mile time. I paid attention to what felt good, what felt bad, and the gorgeous scenery. After two failed half marathons in a row (damn mechanical bull + cowboy boots.… wait a sec, I’m noticing a pattern!!), I am SO HAPPY I was physically able to get out and run! The weather was perfect, the course was indescribably pretty, and the mexican food at the finish line hit the spot. If you’re reading this and thinking about running/biking/etc a race in Healdsburg (or other northern CA cities like Sonoma, Santa Rosa, etc) I highly recommend you sign up! You won’t regret it!
Questions: You get a point for each question you answer, below…
- Earliest you’ve woken up for a race?
- Coolest race medal?
- Water, beer, or wine?
- Run through the country or a big city?
- Tastiest post-race eats sponsored by the race itself?