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.
My 3rd Hot Chocolate 15k is officially in the books!
Before I start this recap I have to give a HUGE shout out to the race organizers and volunteers. I was blown away how organized this entire event was from start to finish.
There were no bathroom lines, parking was a breeze, corrals were actually enforced and there was hydration every mile or so on the course. AWESOME job Hot Chocolate run!!!
Anyway let’s start this recap out reviewing my goals for this race. My main goal was to finish (obviously) but also to use this as a practice run to get back into racing groove after 7+ months off. Well, spoiler alter…I ended up PR-ing on the course and am very confident that I can do the La Jolla half in a few weeks!
BUT the day didn’t quite start out as perfectly as it ended…
Real talk… this post is a little bit late because of the Super Bowl yesterday. #sorrynotsorry
Can we please just talk about the game real quick WOW! I was rooting for the Patriots so during the first half I was in shock and all I could do is chug champagne to numb the pain of a 21-3 score going into halftime. Lady Gaga was whatever. I was hoping she’d bring out some guests but it was kind of fun hearing songs from like 6 years ago that I’d jam out to in college haha! During the 3rd quarter I was seriously falling asleep thinking how on earth could a Super Bowl be this boring but then the comeback started.
Football fan or not I think every single person who stuck with the game until the 4th quarter can appreciate how incredible the football was in those final 15 minutes and overtime. Fun fact…this was the first Super Bowl EVER to go into overtime and the Patriots made the largest comeback ever.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve talked about running on my blog and I’m so excited to fill you all in on some GREAT news.
After my marathon (7 months ago) my body kind of went into shock. I had terrible drops in blood sugar that were causing major panic attacks throughout the day, I felt weak in my workouts, I was always dizzy, my joints ached, I wasn’t having a monthly period and overall just knew something was VERY wrong in my body.
After countless amounts of doctors visits, blood draws, ultrasounds…etc we finally came to the conclusion that I was overall pretty healthy (THANK GOD) but my body needed rest, I was severely lacking healthy fats in my diet and my hormones were thrown off.
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.
One of the highlights of the San Diego Hot Chocolate Run is always the expo.
Normally race expos are pretty boring but this one has hot chocolate samples, chocolate covered marshmallows…really chocolate everything.
My mom and sister are doing this race with me so we decided to turn race expo day into a full day of exploring downtown San Diego.
Normally I would never eat like this before a race but hey tomorrow’s race is just for fun so might as well relax and indulge a little right?
Nothing makes me more excited than seeing so many people registering for the San Diego Hot Chocolate 15k/ 5k. You don’t have to be a “runner” to get out there and be part of this unique race experience. Whether you walk the 5k (3 miles) or run the 15k (9 miles) you are still out there participating in one of the best races of the entire year.
I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k last year with my mom (pictured above) and loved every second of it. The second we finished the race we knew this would be a new annual tradition.This year my sister is coming down from Los Angeles to run with us and possibly my cousin as well. The more the merrier!
Seriously though the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k really is THE BEST run of the entire year.
Have you ever worked out so hard that you couldn’t walk the next day?
That’s me right now. I seriously can’t walk…it’s more of a waddle ha! I’ve really been focusing on working out my legs both in the gym and by hill training.
Why you ask?
My next 2 races are EXTREMELY HILLY! I have the Hot Chocolate 15k on March 20th then the La Jolla Half Marathon on April 24th.
Seriously anybody running either of these races needs to really pay attention to this post.