Sunday, November 4th, I participated in the 2nd Annual Temecula Half Marathon. Located in beautiful wine country, the 13.1 mile course took us through the scenic back roads and vineyards of Temecula, Ca. Learn more here
|@ Mile 5/8 Pit Stop|
The final couple of miles were non-eventful and went by pretty fast. I was in "the zone". And knowing you are close to the end seems to make the miles go faster! haha. It was starting to get really hot out and I had to deal with the steep hills again, but I knew my cheering section would be at the end waiting for me so I just kept going. I concentrated on Dave Matthews Band blasting into my earphones and before I knew it I was running past my family again at mile 12.5 (seriously, they are the best)... on my way to the finish line!
Nothing is better than the feeling of crossing the finish line! My official time was 2:32.
Since we were in wine county and all, the post-race festivities included beer and wine tasting from local Temecula wineries! All proceeds from beer/wine tasting and raffles was donated to Temecula Valley Slow Food for their local school garden project. Everyone made sure to do their part and drink lots of wine... to help get some more educational edible gardens for the kids in Temecula!
All in all, the Temecula Half Marathon was very challenging. It was hilly and hot and portions of the course were on dirt back roads, with no shade. But I'm really glad I ran it and I had a great time. In fact, I will probably run it again next year! Note to self: Bring water and chapstick... and my personal cheering section again. :)
Thanks for the support everyone!