For the first themed race of my life, I chose the Hot Chocolate 5K! I love sweets, and you don’t get much better than chocolate. I asked my sister, Chelsea, if she wanted to run it with me. She did, otherwise I wouldn’t have as this is definitely a social event.
I ran two races the previous week, and did not run after crossing the finish line of the OBX marathon. It was a planned week off. I decided to use it to rest training for ultras, and this HC5K would serve as the kick off.
I was pretty tired waking up for the race — I’ve only had about 10 hours of sleep from work and this race. Life happens. It’s not a focus run. It was mid-30s to start, but the sun was out for the 0730 race.
The funny thing is for my projected time (which turned out to only be a second too fast) required verification. Apparently 19:56 is a fast time. I sent a screenshot of my August half.
There are two waves, with about three minutes between corrals. I started about three rows from the very front. Yay, progress. My warm up mile went very well — it felt like I was coasting, and gave me confidence for my run. As expected, everyone flew at the start of the race (several people I passed back during the first mile). My goal for this race was to pace it better, but it turned out I went too conservatively. My miles and .1 were 6:25, 6:20, 6:15, and 6:10 pace. It felt like I could go on for a bit more, which is a good thing, but I didn’t leave it all out. The 15K was simultaneously run, with the 5K/15K break 2.5 miles in. After that I raced by myself for 9th overall, 19:57.
Officially the race was “meh”.
Chelsea didn’t start yet, because of the waves, so I had time to gather my gear checked bag and wait for her. Yay for seeing sister start!
After she finished we had our mug of chocolate. It’s actually a very clever design, holding the fondue, up of hot chocolate, a banana, and several other snacks. You definitely ate all of the calories you just burnt off. Totally worth it.
My thoughts of my race:
Not my best race, but I think that’s more of a combination of lack of sleep the previous couple of days and pacing incorrectly. My hamstrings were a little tight, so I definitely wasn’t going to push the envelope. A learning experience, but I would need a few more focus runs for a 5K to really learn how to run one. That, and actually train for one.
The Hot Chocolate 5K/15K is fun — there were definitely many gaggles of friends and family. It’s too expensive to run if you’re not into its theme. It is what it is.