Here we are, at the starting line, to embark on my very first half-marathon. A lot of smiling nervous faces. I never would have guessed, my knee would give out at the 4K mark, and by the 16K mark, I had to hobble the remaining 5.1 kms. But I did it, I crossed that finished line, and immediately burst into tears.
It was a disappointing race for me, as I had been training all year and never had any injuries. I was suffering from a cold, and was a little concerned about my breathing, but I needn’t have worried about that. Still, I crossed that finish line. Thanks to my friend Scott Keeping, who after finishing his half-marathon, came back to the 20K mark, and get me. He ran the last kilometer with me, and did the same for another friend as well. Super supportive person to the whole running team.
But I crossed that finish line, and on the bright side, I’m sure for the next one, I will beat my time of 2:54:19. Needless to say there was a glass of wine that evening… OK, maybe more than one.
I did choose a special wine for my first half-marathon. Chateau St. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon was my choice to go with the steak I had that night. This wine was very rich and tasty, and very balanced, with silky tannins that had no bitterness. This wine from Washington State is a treat and sells for $25 here and worth every penny. I was at the NSLC the other day, and I was tasting wine with Retail Product Specialist Amber. A gentleman came over carrying a bottle of this, and I told him I had recently had one, and it was wonderful. He told me he loves everything that comes out of this winery. I assured him he wouldn’t be disappointed, and you won’t be either.
My friend Beth had this headband made up for me, and I absolutely love it. My friend Scott, who came back and got me to run the last painful kilometer with me, is the husband of the best running partner and friend a girl could ask for.
We have been running together for about 4 years. We did our first long race together, the Tely 10 last Summer in St. John’s, Newfoundland and she was with me for this race as well.
If you have a very special occasion coming up, and would like a gorgeous rich treat, here’s the wine for you. Another beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve tried recently from the Napa Valley is this 2012 Trincereo Cab. Given 94 Points by Wine critic James Suckling and 90 Points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, it’s a beautifully complex Caberent. It’s $105 a bottle, but it is magnificent. I love wine shows and tastings for this reason, you get to try some extravagant treats.
And now for my wine of the week…
The Retail Product Specialist who named this her pick of the week, is my good friend Amber, and it’s also my pick of the week. It’s a gorgeous wine from Portugal at a fantastic price. It’s the 2015 Coteaux da Murta Red, a blend of Touriga Nacional and Syrah. Touriga Nacional is considered to be Portugal’s finest grape, and the combination of this grape and the Syrah makes this wine both spicy and fruity. Look at the price point… a great wine at an affordable price.
People ask me why I run. Only kidding, I really do love it. Till next week, Cheers
Congratulations Darlene on your finish. Unfortunately injuries happen at the worse time. Rest your injury for now and start to train for the next race. Joan
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Thank you Joan. The kind words are greatly appreciated