It’s been so long since I’ve done a race simply for FUN!
All the half marathons I’ve been doing have been to achieve a certain time and to go out there and really push myself. So it was incredibly refreshing to run the Hot Chocolate Run with my family and friends 100% stress free.
And thank goodness this was a stress free race because the start times were EARLY!
There are 2 races in the Hot Chocolate Run a 5k and a 15k. My sister, Tara, did the 5k so we had to get downtown San Diego by 6:00 am for a 6:40 am start time.
We made it in plenty of time and of course had to snap some pre race pictures.
We couldn’t decide…flash? no flash? Whatever I’m posting both.
The gorgeous starting area by the San Diego Central Library.
This was Tara’s first race EVER and she killed it! She was so calm in her starting corral and didn’t even seem phased by those obnoxious race day jitters.
She finished 3.1 miles in 28:00 and didn’t even seem phased by her run coming into the finish. Tara may not always run but she WILL run for chocolate haha!
I learned a hard lesson this week on why you usually taper before a race. I had ran a total of 18 miles the 2 days leading into the run (ooops) so come race day my legs were exhausted.
Thankfully, I had already decided to take this race easy and run with my mom the entire time. Our goal was to go out and have fun and get a good, hilly, training run in.
At about 7:30am we got into our start corrals and I ended up running into my good friend Carolyn right before the race started. She’s amazing and is heading to San Francisco in 2 weeks to do the Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon (talk about a hilly race).
AND we were OFF!
The course was a lot easier than I remember (sorry for freaking everyone out about the hills haha). The first couple miles were all uphill but had an equal downhill to recover.
My mom and I both were feeling great and when it came to the last big hill at mile 7 we were pleasantly surprised to be able to get up it pretty easily. Thank goodness because in a couple of weeks we are both running the La Jolla Half Marathon which has a beast of a hill at mile 8.
After mile 7 the rest of the race was all downhill. My mom and I ran smart not hard to the finish and were very pleasantly surprised to see we had finished in 1:25:58.
Go Mom Go!!!
I checked my Garmin and we ran every mile between a 9:00-9:30 pace for an average of about 9:08/ mile…not too shabby. I’m all about keeping a consistent pace so that was a huge success considering how hilly this course was.
Post race is all about celebrating. We went over and got the delicious finishers mug which had hot chocolate, chocolate fondue, a banana, pretzels, marshmallows…etc. Normally my stomach can’t tolerate much after a run but I was starving and dove right in.
We then took about 9837598345 pictures. I don’t care if you finished a 1 mile fun run or an ultra marathon… finishing a race is a HUGE deal and needs to be properly celebrated.
Post Post Race:
After we finished stuffing our faces with chocolate we decide to go wait out the traffic at Mission Brewery which was right next to the finish line (it was just too perfect).
My family takes this whole racing thing pretty seriously. We don’t just show up, run and go home. We show up, run, CELEBRATE then go home.
Bryce and my dad aka the race photographers/ cheerleaders.
I think we did a little bit of damage haha!
Overall the Hot Chocolate Run lived up to it’s expectations as one of the best races of the entire year. It’s organized, it’s FUN, you get an awesome jacket and tons of chocolate…what could be better?
I am pleased with my time and am now even more excited for the La Jolla Half Marathon on April 24th and to continue my marathon training for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle Marathon in June.
I successfully completed my goal of running 25 miles last week. YAY!
With time ticking away I’m going to up my weekly mileage this week to 30 total miles. This is going to be challenging because I am heading out of town for the weekend but I know I can do it (and have to do it).
- Monday: 8 easy post race recovery miles
- Tuesday: yoga
- Wednesday: yoga
- Thursday: 5 miles of speed intervals
- Friday: 15 mile run
- Saturday: REST
- Sunday: 3-5 miles
What races do you have coming up?
How do you usually celebrate after a race?
How are you working up a sweat this week?