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Apr 29 / Jane

Run the Vineyards 5 Miler 2013

I hadn’t originally intended on running a race the week before my first marathon, but I won free entry on Facebook to one of the race director’s Running the Vineyards series, and this was the one that best fit my schedule. I figured I could just “run” it instead of “racing” it and complete 3miles later in the day to get me to my prescribed 8mile long run today. And, I have to say it worked out pretty well.

I got up early and headed down to Mullica Hill. I was feeling a little queazy so I didn’t eat my normal hearty breakfast, just half a Cliff protein bar on the way down. I thought I was running a little late so I did my warm up from the car to the registration table and back to the car to drop off the fancy race shirt. Before the start, I ran into a co-worker and finally met my seat-mate’s daughter (they are childhood friends). What a small world!

Runners walking to the start.

Runners walking to the start.

The race was off at 9am with the sound of a siren and a crow from the nearby rooster. The course headed through the vineyards and orchards, on dirt and grass paths, then along the road around a long block, up and down rolling hills. Just before the 5k mark, we headed back into the vineyard, stopped at the only water station, and had a decent downhill to the finish. Really, the course was well planned through a variety of terrain and well-marked rolling hills.

The only complaint I have is regarding the water station, for a 5miler, I would expect 2 stations, around 2 and 4 miles, most 5ks have more than one stop. But this one only had one, and it was even too late just for one, after the 5k mark! It was a hot day (70degrees F by the time I left) and I could really have used some water sooner. Of course if I’d known, I could have planned to bring water with me, but the course was not made available at any time and I did not think to ask.

As for “running” and not “racing,” I got a little caught up and ended up faster than I wanted to be, however I felt pretty good. For the most part I was very comfortable; the grassy areas had me wheezing a little more due to allergies. I felt great at the end, like I could have kept going, and if I wasn’t running 3miles more later and a marathon next week, I know I could have gone faster overall. So I’m pretty proud of my 45:42.47 (9:08 pace), yay! I came in 17th in my age group, and 116th overall out of 404 runners.

After the finish I grabbed a banana and a bagel, called mom to brag, and headed over to the wine tent. Included with the race entry was a full tasting. I sampled some of their wines, chatted with the employees, then made my way home. Once home, I ran another easy 3miles with Alex. It was just such a nice day out today, and what a fun race! It was a bit of a drive, nearly 45minutes, but worth it. I think I’d do that again!

Heritage Vineyards Wine Selection

Heritage Vineyards Wine Selection

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