Personally, I was fueled by silly decisions, lack of sleep (i.e. coffee), and continuing along my New Year’s Running goals of 100 miles and 1 Half per month.
My parents have been in town for the past few weeks and we have been running around like tourists across the top half of the state. On race weekend, we ended up getting a vacation rental house at the coast to enjoy the waves and get out of the sweltering heat in our non-AC house.
While I knew that driving from Lincoln City to Dundee would be a check, I spaced the fact that the race started at 7a (I thought 8), until a few days beforehand. This meant the 90 minute trip in would need to start ever earlier than I anticipated. Coupled with the fact that I was sleeping on a pull-out bed with my excited kiddos nearby and you can imagine my sleep was less than stellar.
Not only that, but my dad, brother, and I had made plans to catch a minor league baseball game in Keizer on race night. However, we looked at some schedules and noticed that the Seattle Mariners played the A’s in a solid divisional matchup at 1pm. We could have a little mini road trip and make it before game time if we left the Valley by 9. We decided to make a go for it – it was just up to me to finish in time.
But even despite my tired body and rush to finish, not even the hills over the first 5 miles (or at mile 12) could bring me down. The views were just too spectacular. The volunteers were too amazing. The treks through the wineries, while hilly, filled my heart with red-colored excitement. The conversation with another runner between miles 9-11.5 allowed me to forget a little bit about the silliness of my planning and focus just on the pure enjoyment of running.
At the end of the race, my shirt was bloody, my shoes were stained, and my wine glass left Billick Park free from a single drop of wine. Going wine-free at a wine-themed event is probably the dumbest thing ever, but after such a great race, I left clear of mind and drunk on happiness.
And that’s the kind of fuel that keeps you going. Thanks Fueled by Fine Wine for keeping me full.