Virginia Wine Country 5K
June 3, 2017Doukénie Winery
I did the half marathon back in 2013 and didn’t love it, so this race kind of flew off my radar. When I saw a few Oiselle teammates were doing it and a 5K was being offered this year, I decided to give it another shot, and it didn’t hurt that I only had to travel six miles to get to the start line, which is very rare for me these days 😉
Even though I had the opportunity, I still woke up at my normal 4:30a race day time and had coffee with peanut butter toast. I got to the race venue around 6:25a, easily parked and headed up to meet my teammates for a pre-race picture. Can I just say racing is so much better when you’re not hanging out by yourself waiting for the race to start? Just one of the many reasons I ❤ being on the Oiselle team!
After that, we had some time to hangout before the 5K start (it was at 7:30, the half started at 7), but time flies when you’re having fun and before we knew it, it was time to line up at the start line and take off. I said good luck to Caitlin and went onto run my race.
It’s an out-and-back course and the first half mile is on a gravel driveway, which wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be but it still made for a challenging final half mile or so! The course is basically all rolling hills, so I wasn’t looking for a PR or anything based on my recent training paces. I just decided to go out and have fun but also push myself a bit because it was a race, after all. Of course, the race adrenaline took over and as usual, I took off way too fast and I ran positive splits. Most of the run back to the finish had a little headwind, so that could be a small reason for the positive splits, but most of it was that I took off too fast. Note to self: remember to warm up next time!! I crossed the finish line, got a medal and a little snack bag/water and went back to the finish line to cheer in the other runners for as long as I could until I had to leave for the group ride I lead on Saturday mornings.
Splits (per my Garmin)
Mile 1 7:44
Mile 2 7:53
Mile 3 8:18
Final 0.14 1:05
Total: 25:01/3.14 miles
9th/212 females, 25th/307 overall
One thing-while I’m happy they handed out medals to all the runners, it was kind of a bummer that the medal just said half marathon. This is probably just me (and it’s super nitpicky) but I didn’t earn a half marathon medal, so it would be better if they put 5K on it (“half marathon and 5K”), handed out separate 5K medals or just didn’t hand out a medal at all. That said, it’s a really nice medal! I happily got my Sharpie out and wrote in 5K 🙂 on the engraving plate on the back.
I’m glad I did this race and would totally do it again next year if it fits into my schedule….and maybe I can stick around for the wine festival next time around!