So, another race in the books, this one is a fun run with Mrs. Standsonthings – The Hard Cider Run. This is an awesomely challenging race in Adam’s County at the amazing Hauser Estate Winery, home of Jack’s Hard Cider.
This year the race started off on an overcast, windy and humid day. We packed for humid 80 degree temps, but were slightly unprepared for the rain and chilly breeze. The rain was coming down at a steady pace earlier in the morning and email and Facebook were buzzing with news about postponing the event. We decided to make a quick stop and grab disposable ponchos while in town before trekking over to the event. However the ponchos proved unnecessary, Mother Nature decided to cooperate and lifted the rain just in time for things to kick off as planned.
The course varied slightly this year from last year, and I noticed from the very beginning we didn’t have to run up such a steep incline to run alongside the woods. The trail was about 50ft from the wood line and much more level providing a nice spot to turn up the heat.
I have to admit I’m jealous of my wife- last year we finished around the 41-42 minute mark (stopping to eat a donut at every mile) and I know she trained for the event. This year, with no training she shaved 3 minutes off her finish time and rounded out the course in 38 mins. Pretty good for having minimal prep.
Whenever I do a fun run with the Mrs, I choose to stay with her- I could take off and go for a new PR, but the whole point of us doing this event is to just have fun together. Although at the very last leg, Mrs. Standsonthings decided to let me “go” and I decided on an all out sprint at the very end.
All in all, it was a great race and a wonderful day!