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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Race From Hell

On Saturday, I ran the Cedar Creek Winery 10k, and it was rough to say the least.

The race was held at the beautiful Cedar Creek Winery at 6:00 in the evening.  It was a hot and humid 84 degrees and sunny when the race started.  My aunt Lana, dad, mom, George, and friend Ashley were all participating.  My mom and Ashley did the 5k, with the rest of us doing the 10k.

George starting up at the front with the serious people. (P.S. the girl in the green tank top is scary fast)
The first mile went well, it was fairly flat and shady.  I was feeling good and started out around a 9:50 pace.  Little did I know that it would all be uphill from there.

At around mile 2, you turn the corner and see this.  Sadly, this is one of the more mild hills.  I would have taken pictures of some of the bigger ones, but I was using every ounce of energy to just finish at that point.

Elevation Changes
During the third mile, you climb 142 feet in 0.1 miles.  It would have been easier to run up some stairs. Coming down the hills, many of them were gravel, so you were afraid that you were going to slip and fall on your butt.

I'd say maybe 2 miles of this course were enjoyable, the rest had me cussing under my breath and looking for every opportunity to pay someone to drive me back to the finish line.

You can see where the monster hills were.
The last mile was fairly flat, and I was STRUGGLING.  I had nothing left in the tank.  By this time, my mom and Ashley had finished their 5k.

So proud of Ash finishing her FIRST RACE ever!  We all assured her that this would be the hardest 5k she'd ever do.
My mom crossing her finish line.  First 5k she's done in a long time!  
George got 2rd place for the men.  He KILLED IT!  So proud of him.

Poor George had to weave through the people finishing their 5k linked arm in arm. 
He wore his 5 Finger shoes.  He embraces the whole "barefoot running" thing.  He unfortunately didn't know there would be so much gravel on the course and bruised the crap out of the bottom of his feet.

Stepping on rocks.  Ouch!
At about mile 5, my aunt Lana caught up to me and passed me.  She poured water on me and gave me some words of encouragement.  I told her to go ahead without me.  She ended up finishing about 30 seconds ahead of me.

Go Aunt Lana!
That is the most fake smile on my face.  I was over it!

This is a man that Lana runs with. Jack is 76 and has been a runner for a long time.  He had run 10 miles that morning and STILL beat me. This man amazes me!

Go dad!
My dad finished strong, and then cursed me for making him run that race :)  Sorry guys!  I had no idea!

SO proud of this girl.  She had a great time, and she finished strong.  Can't wait to do more races with her.
Ashley is a new blogger at Are You Guys Like Twins?.  Make sure to stop by and say, "Hi!"
They did give you a glass of wine at the end, but I felt like death.  Water was all I could stomach.
After the race, we sat around and drank some wine.  They also had goats in a little barn next to the winery, so we hung out with them for a bit.


They were so sweet!  They loved to be petted just like dogs. I may or may not be trying to convince George to let us get a goat.  He wouldn't have to mow the lawn!

This is such a gorgeous winery!  I will definitely be back for wine and goat petting, just no racing!

Have you ever had a rough race?
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  1. I'm not a runner and never have been so races look like hell to me! I always admire people who do them and the fact your whole family did it too is amazing! I think wine is the last thing id want after running too!!

  2. Sorry about the rough race! Poooooor husbands feet! That's the worst. Always bring extra of everything to races, right! But awesome for him finishing so well! And a fun location, I'm with you, no hills!!! :) hey you did it! That's what matters!! Goats are awesome you are moving to the country ipyou can totally have a goat! :)

  3. I ran a 1/2 marathon a few years ago that was all hill. It took everything in me not to walk the last few miles. My time was awful thanks to the inclines and my hamstrings felt like they were pulling away from my legs for about a week afterwards. Never again!

  4. Ouch, that looked like a lot of hills. Sorry it wasn't so enjoyable. Poor George and his feet, that must have hurt with all that gravel. At least they gave you wine!

  5. Ouch! That hill looked rough. Way to finish the race though! Proud of you!

  6. That looked liked an awful race! Great job for pushing through. I haven't run many hills, so the occasional times I do, I'm such a big complainer!
    Loving your blog! So fun to read and see what you're up to! Hope you are having a good week! Hugs to you and George!

  7. Those hills look CRAZY! Oh my gosh. Good for you for finishing! It will only make you stronger for next time :)

  8. I think I would sign up for more races if they offered wine at the end instead of beer. Good job! Those hills look brutal.

  9. Steamboat, in Peoria, is a 4 miler that is never fun because of the awful weather (the race is dubbed Steambath for the wretched humidity) and being just enough longer than a 5k that you've run out of steam by the end. But the loads of beer at the end makes it loads of fun! In training for our marathon we ran the 15k that occurs at the same time... big mistake! Huge hills that you have to run twice, and the beer trucks had run dry by the time I finished! Horrible race!!! Can't imagine drinking red wine after a run, though!

    I'm having fun reading your blog, Emily!

  10. Yikes! The humidity is brutal these days. I'm proud of you for doing a 10K in this weather! It sounded like a really tough race - congrats on getting it done! How cool that so many of your family members also run! I'm sure once it cools down, running will be much more pleasant for all of us!

  11. that's so awesome that you family ran the race too!! and that 76yr, just wow. that goes to show how amazing exercise is for the body.

    great job!

    Vodka and Soda

  12. Looks like the course was super hilly which I hate :/ good job!!

  13. Way to go!!! I love reading race recaps and love hearing about newbies and their victories. This race sounds super hard but what an awesome accomplishment!!


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