Good afternoon everyone! Hope your day is going well so far. 🙂
Well, my friend Christina and I were true to our word – we returned to run the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon again this year! Read about our first-time adventure here.
Of course the scenery was just as stunning as it was last year. The weather was a tad warmer than last year (maybe by a few degrees), but it was still delightful weather to run in. When we started the race it was probably 55 or 56 degrees, last year it was low 50s.
Christina and I had to take our annual and obligatory photos in the vineyard before the race. (Same as last year the half marathon began at Domaine Carneros Winery in Napa and ended at the square in Sonoma).
This year’s race route was also the same as last year. Christina and I both noticed the same thing – the course was a lot harder than we remembered – more gently rolling hills that is for sure! We both thought it was because since last year was our first year running the race we were taking the scenery all in and were too busy gabbing with each other to notice these little hills. (While we ran most of the race together last year, we only started off together at the start line before going our separate ways. Christina is definitely a faster runner than I am and while we both were looking to PR, hers was more ambitious than mine!)
I felt pretty good during the race. I’m glad I had done some hill training around my neighborhood and on the treadmill so that helped me tackle a few of the hills. Something that hasn’t happened during a race was my feet started to hurt around mile 6 or 7. Not terribly, I was still able to power through and run the entire race, but they were definitely hurting (you may remember I do have plantar fasciitis in both feet). Not sure if that affected my overall performance of the race, but it was something I had to deal with.
I ended up PR-ing, by a minute. I still would like to run a half marathon in 2 hours flat, but I guess some other time, some other race. 🙂 One of my other goals was to finish the race strong. When I was running this race last year I teetered out towards the last miles (running incredibly slow), but for this race I managed to pick up my speed at the last mile and definitely felt the adrenaline rush. It felt great!
After Christina, Allison, and I finished our respective races we took advantage of a couple of wineries that had booths at the finish line (free tastings!). We then headed back to Sunflower Cafe for some post-race fuel and to meet Tiffany.
I grabbed an almond milk latte and Avocado Toast with ricotta cheese and spinach. YUM!
The food was just as delicious as we remembered from last year! Once we were done eating we all quickly headed back to our hotel room to change. We had more winery visits on the agenda!