Happy weekend! I’ll start off by saying that the End of the Week Exfoliation will be coming later this afternoon.
For now I’ll share how the race and the rest of our trip went.
Random Side Notes
I didn’t mention it yesterday, but we stayed at the Hotel Monaco. It was a beautiful hotel and I would definitely recommend it for anyone visiting the city who wants to stay downtown.
On the way back from Boudin, we took a trolley ride back to our hotel. It was incredible to see all those hills in an urban area.
And of course I couldn’t leave without seeing the famous Panted Ladies on Steiner St.
Nike Women’s Marathon
When we began the race it was clear, Bernard’s idea to meet some ladies was a good one. The race was only 5% male.
The race was a good one. We took the first half about 1 minute to 1.5 minutes slower per mile than normal on account of the hills. This turned out to be an excellent idea because we were able to drop 10 minutes off the second half of the race and we finished strong. That’s us there in the peach and yellow. Erwin followed us via text messages and ran with us for a few hundred meters at mile 15. We ended up finishing just under 4 hours and 50 minutes. Not my fastest race, but I felt great.
As we were told, we got Tiffany & Co. necklaces instead of medals. They were handed out by cute firemen wearing tuxedos. On a red carpet no less. Talk about a women’s marathon.
And as for our plan to hook Bernard up with some hotties… we got a few calls, texts, and introductions during the race. And we heard laughter the whole race coming from those who saw the message behind us.
Napa and Sonoma Valley
Erwin took a flight after the race home for work. On Monday, Bernard and I stayed and rented a car to explore Napa and Sonoma. We stopped for a quick photo on the way.
The weather was all over the place. It rained on and off 17 times that day. Which meant we saw three rainbows including two rainbow tails!
We ended up tasting wine at two wineries, Murphy-Goode and Pine Ridge. I remembered Murphy-Goode from a blog I read months ago and Pine Ridge is the maker of my favorite wine, Chenin Blanc-Viognier.
The winery was beautiful and had a lot of tours and activities for those who have time to explore.
Overall, it was a great trip and we covered a lot of miles and sites along the way. I have to give a huge shout out to Bernard, who was part friend, tour guide, and running partner along the way.