Last Saturday I ran the (snow-delayed) Wine Lovers 5k at Cardinal Point Vineyards. I had been really looking forward to the race because we’d had a pretty warm winter, I thought we’d have a great sunny race day on February 15… and then we got dumped on with 17 inches of snow. I’m sure rescheduling events is a hard decision, but Corkscrew Racing definitely made the right decision when they pushed the race back two weeks to March 1.
So on Saturday morning I got up bright and early, put on all the layers I could find, and headed down the road to Afton, VA. Even though I’ve lived around here for almost two years, I have done almost no exploring, so it was cool to see new parts of the area. It is really pretty out here, I just never see much of it from the highway on the drive to Ohio.
Anyway, I thought this race was very well organized from start to finish. I felt they very effectively communicated the delay to runners, sending out multiple e-mails and posting to social media. Packet pickup, though in a small area, was not congested or overwhelming. The patio had ample room for relaxing pre-race, including heaters by which I warmed my bum before we took off.
Eventually, they lined us up and we were off! The race wasn’t chip timed, and as is usually my goal when running locally: I just didn’t want to be last. It was an out-and-back course with a water stop at the turn around, and had it been just a little sunnier, it would have been so picturesque. After lamenting the uphill incline for the first mile, it eventually clicked that that also meant I would be going downhill on the way back, and that helped me to run just a little bit faster.
What also helped me to run faster were my lungs. I have asthma, and I’ve never run in weather that cold. It was somewhere in the 20′s through the whole race. My lungs were on fire, but I realized that they were on fire only when I would take walk breaks. When it got too bad, I’d pick up the pace again. Things like this are really helping me become a smarter/more effective runner.
I finished in 37:14 and headed up for my wine tasting and enjoyed some of the music before I had to head back in for work.
I really have no complaints at all about this race! The absolute best part was how dog-friendly it was. It’s no secret that I love dogs, and it was nice to see them curled up in the winery and also out with their people on the course. It was awesome and I can’t wait for the next Corkscrew Racing event.