On September 17, 2016, I completed my 8th Half Marathon! The race was a repeat for me, another chance to do the Woodinville Wine Country Half Marathon – in it’s 2nd year. You may remember that I got my personal record in this race in 2015! Or maybe only I remember things like that…
At any rate – Katie and I were back for another round, with our friend Shelley cheering us on.
The weather was not our friend – a steady drizzle that pretty much stuck with us the entire race. My shoes got squishy… I usually don’t get blisters when I race, but the wet socks and shoes were a different matter… Thankfully, they weren’t too bothersome and I was able to make it through… My clothes were soaked through – I guess it doesn’t much matter if it’s sweat or water!
The good thing is that despite the rain, it wasn’t windy and the temperature was perfect for heavy exercise. The course is awesome – fast and flat, and most of it runs through woods and along the river for some really pretty views.
I struggled a bit with my shin splints at the beginning, but was able to really find my groove thanks to the Nine Inch Nails I had on the IPod – a little ragey music to get my heart rate up! And in the end I got a new personal record! 2:53:50 – for a pace of 13 minutes 16 seconds per mile.
The post-race beer and wine festival was good – the rain had stopped by the time we made it to the finish line – but it was a little cold once we stopped moving! And again this year it seemed like some of the wineries were already packing up and heading out by the time we got done… Frustrating! We did find enough to keep us satisfied and get a happy buzz on, and made some new friends too! I cannot remember this man’s name, but he was super-funny and very kind – it was his first half marathon!
After we did some day-drinking, we walked down the street to a burger joint and had a delicious lunch and lots of water! You have to hydrate!
What a fabulous day!
Note: It seems that the Woodinville Wine Country Half Marathon is no more – after two years they packed it in. I’m sad… I liked the course and it was a convenient location for us. I guess I can say I did them all… All two of them…