Weekly Wrap ~ July 15, 2018

Boy, oh boy, time flies when you’re having run fun! It’s Sunday, and that means it’s already time for the Weekly Wrap! I’m linking up with Wendy over at Taking the Long way Home and Holly at HoHo Runs for this week’s wrap-up. Be sure to check out their blogs, along with the other linkers! You may just find some new blogs to love!

It’s been a little bit of a weird week with travel to California for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon (recap coming soon). This is how my week went:

Monday Runday

Monday:  5 mile run. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it was really hot and humid.  Seriously, when is this weather going to improve???

Tuesday:  45 minute strength training workout and a short swim. Baby steps (or paddles, if you will).

Wednesday:  12-hour work day.

My short run for the week

Thursday:  3 mile run followed by a short swim. The weather was much better and a lot less humid. Finally.

Friday:  Travel day. My husband and I flew to San Francisco for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon on Sunday. We enjoyed an amazing dinner on Half Moon Bay with one of my friends and stayed at her place for the night.

The beautiful California Coast
Always a good idea the day before a race

Saturday: Rest day and visits to some wineries.  Awesome idea before a race. Or maybe not. We had a 4-pour tasting at Stag’s Leap and a 5-pour tasting at V. Sattui. V. Sattui turned into a 20- (or so) pour day. An exaggeration? I’ll plead the 5th. We checked into our Napa hotel, where we stayed for race weekend.

Sunday:  13.1 mile run. I’ll recap this amazing race later in the week. We were treated to a beautiful night sky the night of the race. The picture doesn’t do it justice, but that small dot to the left of the moon is Venus!

Beautiful night sky

Tomorrow we will head to the Buena Vista winery for a complimentary V.I.P. tasting (I’m apparently an influencer’)! Buena Vista is the oldest winery in California, so we are really looking forward to this visit! From there, we will head up to our friends’ winery in Healdsburg, and then will spend the night in Santa Rosa.

On Tuesday we will head back to my friend’s house in the Bay area, and then will fly back home to reality on Wednesday.

It’s been a good week for me. A little bit of running, enjoying some fantastic wines, and meeting up with one of my best friends. The weather here in wine country has been amazing!

How was your week? Have y0u ever run a destination race? What’s your favorite?


  1. Lovely photos! I guess my first marathon was a destination race, in that it was in Reykjavik. I love Iceland and had already been twice: when I decided I wanted to do a mara, and then found there was one there, I just had to do it. It was really handy to know the area and where we were going to stay beforehand. And now I suffer from the world thinking I did some kind of lava and ice business when in fact it was a completely normal (if wonderful) road race!

    Found on the link-up but I’m going to add you to my Feedly now as I want to see that race report!

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      Oh, that does sound like a beautiful venue for a marathon! I wish I could travel the globe for marathons. For now, I am trying to complete all of the Majors. Thanks for adding me. I will do the same for you!

  2. You did great training facing the challenges of our extremely hot and humid Chicago weather. Glad you had a great time and made it back to beautiful wine country in California for another marathon completion. One day I want to experience the wineries in Napa and Sonoma. We saw so many whales in Half Moon Bay I loved that area. What a wonderful trip with your hubby too.

  3. Can’t wait to hear more! It must have felt SO good to escape this heat and humidity for a bit.

  4. Sounds like a super fun weekend and I can’t wait to read your race recap!

    I also love that you visited a few wineries.

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      The wineries have been so fun this time around! The last time I visited wineries in Napa I wasn’t such a wine fan. Now that I have more ‘wine knowledge’, it’s a whole different experience!

  5. That part of California is my favorite place in the world. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the race!

  6. I’ve never done a destination race but I’ve always wanted to! I think that sounds like such a fun idea.

  7. I have always wanted to do a wine themed race. You don’t have to feel so guilty enjoying all that wine after doing a race. Napa Valley sounds lovey!

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      These wine-themed races are just awesome. Destination Races has several of them (you can use code DRAMBJUR for $10 off of registration!) My hope is to eventually do all the races in their series.

  8. Wow, sounds like you had an amazing time in California’s wine country! I hope the weather was good. It was so crazy hot when I did that race last year.
    Have you done the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half? If not you should. It’s a beautiful course.

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      Yes, I was there last year and the temperature was brutal! I also did Santa Barbara last year. It was very beautiful, but so expensive to get there from Chicago. Napa isn’t the cheapest, but it’s a little more affordable.

  9. This race-cation sounds amazing. I’d probably have to run first and get that out of the way before checking out all the wineries. 😉 That night sky is beautiful. What a treat! Thanks for linking!

  10. I can’t imagine how beautiful l your half must have been. Can’t wait to read about it.

    I have run a few destination halfs – one in CA, a few in Fl and last year in LV,

    This year, it’s montreal in Sept and Paris in Oct.

  11. I really want to be one of those people who love to run. I guess thats a good start. Sounds like you had a pretty fabulous week!

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      I can’t say LOVE it…but I don’t HATE it! I remember after my first ever race (a marathon, of all things) thinking to myself: “I really didn’t mind this”!

  12. Such beautiful pictures! I can’t wait to hear more about Napa. My destination races haven’t been that scenic — or were in a different way (NYC).

  13. What a lovely week and I am looking forward to that race recap! I’ve done a few destination races and I love the change in scenery and vibe! It’s also nice when you combine the race with a few non-race related activities like you did with the wineries!

  14. Aww, I miss California! Napa is such a beautiful place! I’m glad you had a great week! :]

  15. Oh, so wonderful!

    I run destination races often – they make up most of what I run.

    Love all your photos today. We’ve had such great night skies lately but I’m super impressed that you were able to get such a great shot of Venus!

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      I wish I had more time off to do the destination races. It’s just so fun exploring new places! I was surprised to see Venus so brightly that night. I wish I had a better camera with me!

  16. Napa is such a beautiful part of the country. I cannot imagine how incredible it must have been to run a race there. Definitely on my bucket list for the future, especially so that I have an excuse to get back there to experience more wineries. 🙂

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      It’s so beautiful there. This year the weather was absolutely perfect, but I remember it being very hot last year. Still, the views are breathtaking!

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