9 miles in Napa Valley

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Yesterday, I decided to get out of The City and drive to Napa Valley for my 9 mile long run! That’s right-wine country. You know how this is going to end, right?

I solo road-tripped from San Francisco and it took an hour and fifteen minutes to get to Napa. I had no real plan of where to run, so I spent another hour scoping out my running route. I finally found a place to park, and decided I would run toward the Silverado Trail. Even though wine country is relatively sparse, most of the space is taken up by vineyards and I couldn’t find any runner-friendly trails. So, I ended up running in bicycle lanes along side roads and highways.

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There wasn’t a lot of traffic, but I used extreme caution and refrained from using headphones.

I haven’t run in Napa since the 2013 Napa Valley Marathon, and it was good to be back. Running amongst the grape vines and mountains is beautifully epic.

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The weather was much hotter than I am used to, so I kept my pace comfortably slow for most of the run. The sun started to set during the last 2 miles of my run and I actually finished at a much faster pace than I started, so at least I ended on a high note!

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I planned on grabbing a bite to eat and glass of wine in Napa before heading home, but I was bright red and completely drenched in sweat! Napa is a fancy place, full of fancy restaurants and fancy people…so I decided to spare everyone from my rancidness. I stopped at a market instead, and picked up a nice bottle of wine. I made the hour and fifteen minute drive back home, andΒ I ended my day in Napa appropriately so with a fantastic glass of wineΒ with dinner:

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T-Vine Grenache..my favorite!

A successful Sunday runday, I would say πŸ™‚

-J

 

 

 

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25 thoughts on “9 miles in Napa Valley

      • I know it’s pretty ridiculous! But each time I’ve visited, it’s usually for something big that didn’t include wine tasting. Like I went to a huge party at the Frances Ford Coppola winery one year. And I’ve had a few special occasion dinners at fancy-shmancy restaurants. Oh and I ran a marathon, however I wanted nothing to do alcohol after. But I’ve never tasted and winery hopped!

      • Put it on your to do list lady! I’ve been to the FFC winery too! Cool place. But I liked the V Satui best – partly because it was smaller, and partly because the tastings were FREE!

      • I actually made a list earlier in the year, and wine tasting is on there! Free wine is the best wine, in my opinion πŸ™‚ Now is the time to do it too, spring and summer are beautiful in Napa πŸ™‚

  1. This is a bucket list item for me! What a gorgeous day for a run. Thanks for sharing! I would have brought home wine too πŸ™‚

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