Hello all! It’s been a while since I’ve been on my blog and I just finished another race so I thought it was about time to get something posted! Here is a weekend recap/race report…
At heart, I’m a country girl. I love country music, horses, and cowboy boots. How I ended up in the city, I’ll never know, but it is true what they say, you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl! So on Saturday, July 18 I attended my first Kenny Chesney concert.
The good: Cowboys in Rockin Republics, Coronas, good people, great music, new friends and an awesome show!
The bad: Sugarland canceled, I froze my butt off, drank too much Corona and ended up being out way too late. *Note to self – KC concerts the night before a half marathon = tired and cranky Kristin at a 3:45 a.m. wake up call!!
Left the concert at 10, got home around 11, in bed by 11:30, asleep by 11:45, wake-up at 3:45 a.m.!!!!!! My wonderful boyfriend Stephen and I woke up at 3:45, just a mere four hours after going to bed. I got up, found some cereal and just stood in the kitchen. WHAT was I thinking?!? Tired, slightly hung-over and in auto pilot for sure. Luckily, Stephen was a big help and helped me get it together, get in the car and head out to Sonoma.
Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon
We had to be there by 6:15 at the latest, so we left San Francisco around 4:45 just to make sure we got there in time. We made it by 5:30, found a bathroom, parked and met up with Julianne and Duane to get on the shuttle.
Julianne, Duane and I headed to the start, met up with the other ROHOs and just barely made the starting line. There were ridiculously long port-o-potty lines and we had to run to the start!! Running to start a race, that was definitely a first for me!!
The start line was beautiful! Tons of people, beautiful vineyards and a gorgeous sunrise. All in all, not a bad way to start a half marathon. However, I swear, by the time I started this race, I really had no concept of what was happening. It wasn’t until mile 2 that I realized, “I’m running a half marathon!” I have been running around so much, being soooo incredibly busy, that I didn’t even realize what I was doing until I was in a vineyard, in the warm sun, at 7:30 a.m. and running.
Julianne and I ran pretty much the entire thing together which was awesome! We started really fast, and averaged about 8:45 pace per mile. We would speed up, then slow down a bit, charge a hill, then coast. It was a great race and I really loved every second of it.
At about mile 7.5 I was getting tired. The sun was really starting to beat down on us, I was feeling my dehydration and I was hungry! Man, I think I could have pulled a Dean and eaten and entire pizza on the course.
I texted Stephen to let him know we were getting close, his plan was to meet me at mile 10 then run the last three miles with me. This definitely kept me going. I really wanted to see him and I knew he’d pick my pace up and help me finish strong. I kept thinking, just another two miles…just another mile…until finally I saw him!! It was great, I really needed to see him because I knew he’d pick me up 🙂
So from miles 10 on we ran about an 8:35 pace. It was a great way to finish. I whined a little and Stephen let me. Around mile 12 we picked it up a little more and he was able to tell me where the course was going and that we were close (he’d walked from the finish to mile marker 10, so he knew what the last three looked like). At just about mile 12.75 he asked me if I could pick it up anymore…my only response, NO. Haha. I just didn’t have too much more in me. He then left me to watch me finish and I sprinted in to finish with an official time of 1:58:53.
Time to celebrate!!
After everyone finished, we busted out the champagne, enjoyed the nice weather and park, then did some wine tasting.
The ROHOs finish another one!
Hot messes 🙂
In conclusion, I really loved this race. Beautiful, warm, fun and tons of wine at the end – can’t get much better!!
Top 10 Moments of Napa to Sonoma:
10. Watching the sunrise over the vineyards
9. Running with Julianne
8. Seeing horses galloping in the fields around mile 2
7. Another race with the ROHOs
6. Sharing a veggie pizza with Aron
5. Champagne at the end
4. Wine tasting
3. Seeing Stephen at mile 10
2. Killing another race
1. Realizing at mile 5 that running is a privilege few others experience, let alone getting to run a course as beautiful as Napa to Sonoma. I’m a lucky girl.