As most people get older they tend to learn from past experiences and get wiser. I like to think that I’m not the exception but I will fight common sense when it comes to aging gracefully. I tell myself that I’m in the best shape of my life, 40 is the new 30, etc. blah blah blah. After a fun night drinking, eating & dancing, I got up early to run the vineyards at Penns Woods Winery. I laid the guilt on my wife for the last two weeks to come along, but I let her off the hook at the last minute. She was a bit exhausted from our late night. I almost stayed in bed myself but then this post would have been about lazing on the couch with cats and ESPN.
I felt a bit more prepared since my last Run The Vineyards experience. I endured the ten mile Broad Street Run just two weeks ago, and hey, this was only a 5k. In reference to the above statement about getting wiser with age, I fooled myself into thinking this was going to be a short skip and a jump followed by a 9:30 am wine party. Let me just say that it turned out to be the most brutal 5k I ever did. And I’ve done more than a couple.
The steady light rain, along with the steep hills, bumpy terrain and narrow, dirt paths through the woods made for somewhat of a mud run. It was interesting to watch runners jump over exposed tree roots and bump into others on the return route. They failed to mention that it was a warrior dash in the brochure.
Outside of the jaunt through the jungle, it was pretty much what I expected. Acres of vines, modest precipitation, collective snorting and grunting. I embarked on a friendly competitive sprint to the finish with two other runners for the last hundred feet or so, more to remind myself that I’m not quite ready for the rocker just yet, I suppose.
Post-race festivities were very well organized. The usual lineup of Gino Razzi’s award winning local juice was available for tasting. Runners could take advantage of four complementary pours and a keepsake glass (In case you’re interested, I had Cab, Chambourcin, Ameritage Reserve, Cab … in that order).
An awesome selection of food, local artisans, live music and wine made for a fun time, though maybe too early for some. WJBR provided entertainment before & during the race. The Pizza Wagon and Great Harvest Bread Company provided food for the event. Even with the rain, it was a successful festival. The party was scheduled to go until five, but I didn’t last that long. After all, I’m not a kid anymore (I say only half seriously).
I had to laugh at the “runners” just showing up an hour and a half late & putting on their racing bibs for the tasting. What fun is that?
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