Review: VA Wine Country Half Marathon (May 30, 2015)

I covered this race for so they have my in-depth review on their website.  You can read it here.

I found the course to be mostly gentle rolling hills.  The race is late in May so I was worried about high temperatures and humidity, but that wasn’t a problem at all.  I got a new PR on this course and qualified for San Diego with a 1:42:57.

The race was an hour away from where I live so I got up really early to take care of my pup and then head out to Loudoun County.  This ended up being a blessing in disguise because I think I have finally settled on my race routine.  It’s really food heavy, but feeling hungry in the middle of a run is a horrible feeling.

  1. Night before Spaghetti and Meatballs from Pie-Tanza (local Italian)
  2. 2 hours before race eat 1 bagel and 1 banana
  3. 1 hour before race eat 1 bagel (I go double poppyseed)
  4. 30mins before race eat 1 banana
  5. 15mins before race drink small Gatoraide (lemon-lime or die)
  6. Mile 3.5 eat 3 ShotBloks (Cran-Razz or Mountain Berry)
  7. Mile 7 eat 3 ShotBloks
  8. Mile 10 eat a couple more ShotBloks for one last caffeine boost

I drink water at every water stop unless I can feel it “sloshing” in my stomach (gross).  When/if that happens I switch over to a drink/spit method.  Generally, I skip the last water stop because it’s go time.

Anyway, big shout out to Destination Races, RunHaven, VisitLoudoun, REI, Shanna, Kyle, Lindsey, Mike, and all the volunteers and friends I met along the way.  I had a great time writing my race recap for RunHaven and hope you guys check it out and enjoy it!

RunHaven: VA Wine Country Half Marathon – Vines, Wines and Views

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