Grape Run

Sunday morning I woke up at 4:40am to the sound of my phone buzzing on the night stand. I lumbered out of bed and started up the shower. By 5:15am I was sitting on the couch with a mug of coffee waiting on my ride from my friend from AAC (Atlantic Athlectic Club) Nick Kuilman to Greenpoint Stadium. We met everybody else from the club for a liftshare out to Constantia Valley for the Grape Run. Once at Constantia, I registered and met up with friends Dan and Dan from church at the start line. They talked me into the ill advised idea of running the first K with them. The horn sounded and all 1000+ runners all lunged forward to fight for position.

The Grape Race is a 21.1K (13.1M) half marathon in Constantia Valley. It winds through the historic wine estates of Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, and Constantia Uitsig. Most of the race takes place on the dirt trails traversing between the vineyards and thus is extremely challenging.

I finished in a respectable 2.10:40.  Given the easier terrain and month plus I have to train, I’m hoping to break the 2H barrier during the St. Jude HM on December 2nd.

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