While in Seattle, we decided to run the Orenda Winery 5k. It was somewhat close, and it looked like a lot of fun. We didn’t really have any time goals and just decided to do it, to do it. Leading up to the race was less than ideal. I ran and hiked on Friday, ran on Saturday, then went to a long wine tasting, and the Orenda Winery 5k was on 5k. I can’t say I felt great, but also I definitely did not treat my body well. Running a 5k was the least of the focus, so I wasn’t concerned.
Before the Orenda Winery 5k:
We arrived around 8:20 for the 9 am start. I was able to get about 2 miles warmup. I felt like complete garbage, and I told myself maybe I’ll feel better. The race actually started on a crushed gravel trail. We had to walk up a steep incline to get there. Thankfully it wasn’t part of the race. The Orenda Winery 5k actually went uphill, then back down. It wasn’t a huge incline (maybe about 70 feet), but it took coming back for me to realize we were actually going uphill.
Orenda Winery 5k:
The Orenda Winery 5k started around 9. Immediately I found myself as second woman overall. It wasn’t a huge race, and I thought maybe I would stay around there. The first mile felt super hard, and I ran a 6:59. I was surprised I ran that fast. I just didn’t feel good.
Around 1.2, a woman went by me like I was standing still. I knew I probably wasn’t catching her unless something crazy happened. The next half mile had some mud, and I was careful so I didn’t fall. It rained most of the night and that day, but luckily not during the race. We reached the turnaround and went right back the same way we came.
After about half a mile, I realized we were going downhill. I hit mile 2 of the Orenda Winery 5k in 6:57. The next mile, I just tried to work the downhill and run as hard as possible. I didn’t feel great, but better than when we started. I chased down one guy and ended up running a 6:36 mile 3. LOL, you know it was downhill when my last mile was my fastest.
The last .1 I ran 6:28 pace and finished the Orenda Winery 5k in 21:27. I was slowly catching the second place woman and had to wonder if I could in 1-2 miles.
Orenda Winery 5k Thoughts:
While definitely not my fastest 5k in the last few months (in fact, my slowest), I didn’t treat my body well, plus it was on trails. It was a lot of fun, and I have no complaints. I’m happy with the result; it was a fun run on mostly fumes. They did give a free glass of wine and a plastic wine glass, which was a fun perk. Plastic was actually preferable since I do have to fly home.
Questions for you:
Have you run a wine run?
What is your favorite 5k?