Disclaimer – I am not a good runner, I am not a fast runner. My objective, like most runners I know, is to get out there and burn calories so I can enjoy food and drink beer without too much guilt!
I’ve met many great people through running. No matter how different the personalities are, there is always the one commonality to bond over: running, race events & PR’s (and some have some pretty nasty funny poop stories). Running also has other benefits; it’s a great excuse to travel. My first big adventure was running the Venice Italy Marathon in 2006 – it was AmaZing! Most recently I was invited to run the Santa Rosa Half Marathon with a group of women – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Running Shoes. Each year they choose a destination race, rent a house, enjoy, and run. The day before the half marathon we rented bikes and did a ten mile bike ride / wine tasting tour in Dry Creek Valley. There was entirely too much bike riding and not enough wine tasting, but the scenery was beautiful.
The Santa Rosa Half Marathon itself was well organized, but the main draw would be the surrounding areas and the wine tasting! This half marathon I rate a one and done – I don’t think I will plan another trip surrounding the event, but will definitely make it back to the area.