The run starts at 7am at Stoller Vineyard. You run through back roads near wheat fields and wineries till you wind your way out to the small town of Carlton. It's a gorgeous course that distracts you with glimpses of the beautiful sunrise, farmland, and vineyards. Once you reach mile 8, you are greeted with a small sample of pinot gris from a local winery to spark your taste buds for what awaits you 5 miles later. This run is exceptionally fun because not only do you get an awesome medal at the end, but also a commemorative wine glass. At the finish line, over 20 wineries are set up for you to taste as much as you want post race. I know wine might not sound that great after finishing 13.1 miles and at 10 in the morning, but after a brief cool down and the first sip, you realize just how great an idea it is!
The morning sunrise at the start!
Dad and I waiting to start!
Dad and I at mile 3!
Me, Mom, & Dad with our medals!
This run felt easier than it's ever felt before. Finishing the half marathon, over 40 minutes faster than last year felt amazing. I have never felt the sense of pride about my running that I did that day. While of course I was exhausted and even a bit dizzy for a bit at the finish, I was excited and happy about running more than I have ever been before. I'm already looking for my next races and thinking about how I can continue my new found enjoyment of running and pride in my accomplishment. I never thought I would be the type of person who would enjoy running or want to run more. I'm excited that I've found this new hobby and excitement in my life. It's taken me a few years to get here, but I'm so happy to finally be here!
Dan & I at the Finish!