This past Saturday morning I ran my second 5k of the fall (and if I’m being honest, the entire year). This time the run took place at local winery, and was complete with wine stations.
Being November in Nova Scotia, I wasn’t sure how warm it would be that morning (it’s been right around the freezing point lately) so I planned to wear a long sleeved running shirt, my Red Sox hat and gloves.
In the morning I added a micro fleece pullover to the outfit, and I was glad I did as it was beautiful but chilly! I left my gloves in the car thinking the cuffins on my pullover would suffice, but part way through the run I wished I had worn them. Oh well.
Because this was a “fun run” it wasn’t timed, and was pretty laid back. I was glad it wasn’t timed when we were stuck in this big pile of walkers right from the start. Then at the water – I mean wine – station we stood in a line-up there for a good 5 minutes or so,
but that’s okay because we got to enjoy the view while we waited.
P.S. it was much prettier in person.
Sadly for me they only had white wine at this station, and while I’m not a wine drinker to begin with (please don’t hit me!) I really can’t tolerate white wine. I think it tastes like it’s been poured through dirty gym socks. Yuck. I guess the red wine station was the next stop on the 10k, but since we weren’t going that far I ended up carrying a plastic wine glass with me the entire race for now reason.
(waiting in the wine station line)
After we were finished at the wine station we doubled back to head to the finish. THe previous day Steph (above in the grey shirt) noticed how muddy it was when she went to pick up her bib and suggested we all wear old sneakers. What a sad day, my Saucony Triumph 10’s had been waiting all week to go on that run but I opted to keep them nice and clean and wore my old Nike’s instead. And when we saw this loblolly I knew that had been a wise decision
Ick. Luckily most of the trail was nice and dry but this section was certainly a bit of a muck hole.
The weird thing about this run is there was no real finish line. I know it was a fun run, but I would have thought they would have at least put up a bristol board sign that said “FINISH”, so we ran to the gate and called it done. All in all including our stop at the wine station we were done around 35 minutes, though I don’t think it was truly a full 5km, more like a 4.5km. At any rate we finished and were able to collect our glass of wine and some snacks!
Have I even mentioned my fav part of races is the post-race snackage? Because it is
All in all it was a great morning, the morning was nice and clear
It was chilly but not freezing
and I got to park in a Vineyard
I think that wraps up my races until spring, running outside in the winter in the Maritimes isn’t my idea of fun!
Have you ever run a race at a winery or other interesting location?
I would love, love, love, to run a 5K at a zoo, that sounds like a lot of fun!