This weekend, I ran the Run for the Grapes for the third time in a row. When I started this blog, this was my goal race of the year. What a long way I have come since 2014. I now have several 10 km races as well as one half marathon under my belt, not to mention a Try-A-Tri and a Triathlon sprint.
Today however, I raced with a different mind-set. I wasn’t in it to win it! I ran to have fun. To be honest, I haven’t been training very hard since my triathlon. I think I just need a break since my summer training was intense. I was content to just race today, knowing I wasn’t going to P.R. This also shows how far I’ve come in my racing.
For the Run for the Grapes race in 2014, I was joined by my twin sister and my husband. In 2015, Julie and I went head to head with some sibling rivalry and we were also joined by another sister, Mona.
This year, was different again. I wasn’t joined by my sisters since they couldn’t make the trip down. I enlisted my neighbour instead.
Run For The Grapes Course
The first year I ran this race, the course was downtown St. Catharines. I loved the location, however, it had challenging hills. Last year they changed the location out in the country side, which has the 1/2 marathoners running through the vineyards. It’s a much flatter course for the 5 km racers. They had it at the country side site again this year.
I did wear my Run Now Wine Later singlet I had made last year. It’s very proper for the Wine Festival that’s inline with the theme of the race.
I raced along side my neighbour and we had pleasant conversation throughout the first 4 kilometers. In fact, we completely missed the 1 km mark and we were surprised when we had already completed 2 km. I didn’t start this race in a quasi sprint as I usually do, and I don’t usually have a companion to converse with when I run either. It was a nice change. Like I said, I didn’t come into this race seeking a P.R but just to come out and race my last race of the year.
I was feeling pretty energetic by the last kilometer, and with her OK, I raced off so I could finish my race with a bang. I’d like to thank the chocolate flavoured, caffeine laced Honey Stinger for that extra zip! It’s probably my least favorite tasting flavour of the Honey Stingers, but that extra kick of caffeine was perfect for the 5 km.
Even though we had race chips, our chip time wasn’t recorded, only our gun time. My gun time was 28:07, 3 minutes off my P.B. I placed 45th overall for women out of 191 and 7th out of 30 in my age group. Not bad considering I wasn’t in my best race day shape. I was 3 minutes slower, but I wasn’t disappointed in myself. I enjoyed the race.
Thoughts on the Race
In the past, this has been one of my favorite races of the year. This year I was left a bit disappointed in the event overall. Was it a bit because I wasn’t joined by Julie and Mona? Was it that I didn’t have my big family entourage that I had last year?
Or was it that it took a long time for the results to come out, and when they did, they only included the gun time, which I don’t think it completely fair. At the start it takes a long time for those who are in the middle or back of the pack to cross the start line. Chip time is much more accurate.
Was it that they usually have pizza for finishers? I was quite disappointed that Boston Pizza wasn’t offered this year. Instead they offered flavoured cans of tuna? Sure, maybe slightly healthier, but after a race? I prefer the usual pizza.
Or was it that every year, they offer less and less, yet the price of the race stays the same. I don’t mind a no-frills type of race such as the MEC Burlington 10 km, when the price tag attached is $10, but when you pay $50 for your entrance fee, I do expect more out of the race. I’d expect a little swag, some pizza, entertaining music, chip time, and photographers taking photos. Maybe that’s just me!
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