One of the most basic rules of racing is not eating anything new or out of the norm the day before your run.
Well…rules are meant to be broken and over the past 3 years the day before the Hot Chocolate Run has transformed from a healthy day, laying low and walking around the expo to a full blown foodie fest!
Last year my mom, sister and I spent the day before the race sipping craft beer, eating a delicious lunch and obviously devouring all the chocolate at the expo. In the spirit of “running for chocolate” we decided to keep this tradition alive this past weekend and our food did not disappoint.
Thankfully there were no stomach issues for anyone on race day but I think this day of eating was so good it just had to be shared as a “What I Ate Wednesday” post.
What I Ate Wednesday: Hot Chocolate 15k Expo Day Eats
8:00 am- I always need a little something in my stomach before working out so I ate ½ a mint chocolate chip Lara Bar before heading to Yoga Sculpt (again, SO STUPID to do a class with weights the day before a race). Lesson learned.
10:15 am- I was STARVING after yoga so I ate the other ½ of my Lara Bar on the way to the Hot Chocolate 15k expo.
10:30-11:00 am- The second you arrive to the Hot Chocolate 15k expo you are handed 2 pieces of delicious dark chocolate and it doesn’t stop there. This year they had Nilla Wafers drizzled in chocolate and the most decadent hot cocoa EVER!! Unfortunately, there wasn’t much food besides the chocolate this year but I did have to make a stop at the Nuun booth to hydrate and a pick up a couple of my favorite flavors.
Woo cheers to year #3 of doing the Hot Chocolate Run
Serving up hot cocoa ALL DAY
Mmmm Nilla Wafers drizzled in chocolate…yes please
Currently OBSESSED with Nuun vitamins to stay hydrated on my off days
12:30 pm: Last year we went out for a nice lunch at Café Gratitude which is one of my favorite healthy restaurants in San Diego so to continue the tradition I brought my mom, sister and Bryce to Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla which is a new vegan restaurant that has some of the freshest, most delicious food EVER. Honestly, vegan or not this place is a MUST TRY!
From front to back: Wrap of Zen, vegan nachos and vegan enchiladas…SO GOOD
Lunch time views
1:30 pm: After lunch my sister suggested getting some wine and I started thinking about a fun place to grab a glass in La Jolla…my mind immediately went to this super cute place called We Olive that has wine, olive oil and vinegar tasting. When I suggested it my sister (THE olive oil queen) seriously jumped out of her seat in excitement. We made our way over there and sampled some of the most delicious oils and vinegars and enjoyed a few glasses of wine on the back patio overlooking the ocean…doesn’t get much better than that.
I didn’t get one of these cookies but they were just too cute not to snap a picture of
A little wine the day before a race never killed anyone right?
2,000 calories worth of bread and olive oil later…
6:30 pm: The rest of the day was spent wandering around La Jolla being tourists in our own city. I honestly must have consumed 2,000 calories worth of oil because I was still full at dinner time but knew I needed to eat something to fuel for my race the next morning. Bryce and I were feeling lazy and had to go grocery shopping for our post race BBQ the next day so we just picked up a pizza and salad at Trader Joe’s…EASY! Oh and just FYI the organic frozen pesto pizza with tomatoes and broccoli from TJ’s is INCREDIBLE!
Gorgeous views walking around La Jolla
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Are you usually very careful with what you eat the day before a race?
Have you ever had stomach issues mid race?
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