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run farther than you've ever run before!!

This post falls squarely in the “life” category of this blog’s mission statement of [ vine..wine..life ].  I realize that it’s a rathy pithy one, but really it’s quite simple. For me, [ vine..wine..life ] is all about a life in balance.  A little vine (anything wine related) a little wine (and anything food related) and life (in this case, staying healthy and fit). Great company in which to enjoy these activities, whether it be friends and/or family,  is also a necessary ingredient.

So this weekend I ran my first half marathon up in the Marin Headlands just north of San Francisco. The North Face Endurance Challenge  is a series of trail runs of varying distances (5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, 50K) that take place across the country. While I really enjoy trail running, I had never run any course longer than 8 miles. This years 13.1 mile race boasted a 2200+ foot elevation climb (3 hills of approx. 700 feet), great views and an unbelievable runner’s high upon finishing!

Les boules! Jean-Louis Denois Brut Tradition

After scarfing down the most delicious BBQ chicken sandwich I’ve ever had, (remember I had been running for over 2 hours). I came home to an empty refrigerator. However I did discover a cold bottle of one of my favorite anytime bubblies.

Jean-Louis Denois, a winemaking super talent from the Languedoc region of France produces this 50% chardonnay, 50% pinot noir methode champenoise Brut that spends 18 months on the lees before disgorging.  A beautiful bead, gorgeous pinot nuances matched by a hint of racier chardonnay..beautifully balanced, and for less than half the price of a bottle of champagne. Post race, a glass of this bubbly never tasted so good!

Cheers to BBQ chicken sandwiches, Jean-Louis Denois and running farther into 2011 !!


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