Ah, running. The sport that makes it perfectly acceptable to drink (in moderation of course) at the crack of dawn. Maybe that's why I enjoy it so much.
When I signed myself and Paul up for the San Antonio Road Runner's Labor Day Whine Run through the Texas Hill Country I had no idea what was in store for me.
The run starts/finishes at a local winery and the course itself wraps through a beautiful neighborhood filled with rolling hills. The hills are why it is aptly named the Whine Run. I know that hills can quickly turn me into a big whiner pretty easily- this is something I am working on- but for whatever reason there was absolutely no whining from this girl on Monday morning. Actually my running mojo was on full blast and I had one of the best runs (time and experience wise) of my life.
Loved the scenery
Loved the volunteers- those cold sponges were a godsend
Loved the course - all roads, nice and smooth
Loved that they started the walkers a half hour before the runners - and I am sure the walkers appreciated that too
Loved seeing a thousand smiling faces happy to be doing what they love, on a Monday morning holiday nonetheless
I even loved the hills. They went up AND down which sometimes doesn't seem to happen that way
My official time was 57:09 which made me very happy. At the finish line I met up with my friend Rose, who came in 4 minutes ahead of me, and Paul who finished 19 minutes before me. That crazy husband of mine finished in 38:20 and came in fifth in his age group. What a rock star.
Afterwards we spent the morning feasting on grapes and bagels (they also had hot dogs, cheese and crackers) and a few glasses of very yummy wine. It was an amazing day and hopefully I will be back next year to participate again.