Yesterday I recapped the 2011 Virginia Wine Country Half-Marathon and promised to give you a review of the 2012 race today.

If you remember, I injured my back in early February of 2012 and couldn’t run for the rest of February through most of April.  I started going out for walks in early April and started run/walking in late April.  I approached the half-marathon with a plan to run as much as I could, while taking as many walk breaks as necessary…

While at the expo the day before the race, I stopped to see Jeff Galloway and bought a couple of books that he and his wife Barbara wrote.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jeff a few other times.  I first met him when I coached for the National Aids Marathon Training Program, and he taught us (the coaches) about his run/walk/run training method.  We talked a little about our injuries (isn’t that what all runners do?) and he confirmed that my run/walk plan was a good idea as I healed.

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Jeff and Barbara Galloway

Race morning, we woke up to a gorgeous day after torrential rainfall left several inches of rain overnight.  The race course had been changed from the previous year to form a loop with the start and finish at Doukenie Winery.  We could only find four (out of eight) Cruisers for our traditional pre-race picture.

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Just before the starting announcement four more Cruisers joined us, but it was too crowded to take a group picture.  We all started together, but very quickly the rest of the group pulled ahead.  I had expected to run/walk the race alone, but Chuck and Kati decided to stay back with me.  When we saw this sign, Kati ran ahead and posed with Chuck so I could take a quick picture and let the world know that she and Chuck are RUNNERS!

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We saw this shirt on a member of one of the other racing teams.  The Cruisers don’t have a fancy team shirt.  I keep saying that I’m going to do something about that, but haven’t…

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I pleasantly surprised myself by being able to run about 75% of the race, running until I needed a walk break and then walking until I had recovered.  I finished with a time of 2:52:42.  I felt so good that I ran the last couple of miles without taking a walk break.  My secret goal had been to finish in under three hours, so I was very happy!  The Cruisers had a team again in the 2012 race, but I haven’t been able to find the results.  Oh well, I’m sure we didn’t finish first, and I doubt that we finished last.

Here’s a picture of Kati, Lolly, and me holding our wine glasses just after the race.  I think our smiles say it all…  We were very happy to be finished with another well organized race!

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My hubby had to leave immediately after the race to go to work, and we couldn’t find Chuck and Kati, so once again we couldn’t get a picture of the whole group.

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I really liked the race shirt for 2012, especially since it’s a technical shirt with a women’s cut.  As you can see, the 2012 finisher’s medal had a corkscrew on it in addition to the bottle stopper!  I’m hoping the 2013 medal has an additional appendage… a foil cutter!  🙂

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The back of the shirt had the 2012 poster theme on it.

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Bill and I each received another collector’s wine glass, so our collection has grown to four!

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  • Questions:
  • Have you ever run in one of Destination Races’ wine country half-marathon events?
  • Have you ever run as part of a team in a race?
  • Are you racing this weekend?
Happy Running! ~ Deb