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2013 Hot Chocolate 15K report

Monday, February 11, 2013

Posted on my personal blog, but wanted to share

2013 Hot Chocolate 15k
Posted on February 9, 2013

Today was the Hot Chocolate 15K, my first 15K of the 2013.

My week leading up to this race has been interesting. Ifm on call at work, which means I work a crazy schedule from 9-2 in the office, then 6-11 from home. If you know me at all, you know I DO NOT stay up till 11pm. LOL. This totally threw my sleep schedule and honestly Ifm worn out.

Friday the 8th I worked till 11pm then got up at 5am Saturday to work for an hour, then leave for the race. I left late, traffic was horrible(worst Ifve ever seen for a race) but I made it! WOO HOO!

I arrived at the Fair Park in Dallas about 7:15 for an 8:10 start time, plenty of time, right. HA I had to walk about a mile(it seemed like that anyway) to the starting corrals, after stopping at the little orange office cubicals that were setup everywhere :-)

I was trying to stay out of the wind as it was low 40s and a tad windy. I look up to see this girl running at me yelling about wearing a trash bag. She insisted on taking our picture together. I thought it was funny so we did it.

Ifve learned that the trash bag is an awesome way to stay warm before a race and then tear it off after I warm up. Usually between miles 1-2.

I always take a before pic so ofcourse I did it today as well before finding my friend David.

I find my friend David and we load into corral J to begin the journey of 15K.

Fairly large event, lots of people so it was a slow start. Nothing major happened in the first three miles or so.

Miles 1-3 were 9:24, 9:13 and 9:15 respectively. Most of these miles were slightly up hill. This was the most scenic part of the race as we ran down Swiss Ave in Dallas, great street for a run!

Miles 4 and 5 were 9:06, 9:40. This was the big ole hill part of the race. Slowed way down to not kill myself up this hill then slowed to a walk near the top. I have been testing some new fuel called Island Boost and I recommend! I took a fuel shot as did David at the top of this hill. I knew it was mostly downhill from there so I opened up the stride and started pushing a little more.

Miles 6 and 7 were 8:20 and 8:38 respectively and I was feeling great. There were conversations with running around me but nothing I feel worth writing about really. I did run with two ladies for a while that had the most fluid beautiful running form I think Ifve ever seen

Miles 8, 9 and remaining were 8:50, 8:33 and 8:29. Really from mile 6 I felt I had to watch every step I took due to rough running surface. Nothing special about these miles, there brought us back to the fair grounds were we had to run past, between and against everybody who was already leaving the race site. That was sort of odd I thought. I mean, they were not in the way, just odd to have to dodge runners who had finished already.

I waited for David to finish, but I had to get home because of being oncall for workc.still.

I am most proud of my heart rate during the run today. Average was 165 bpm and Ifll take that ANY DAY! I didnft push for a PR, I didnft push for anything other than a good solid run and THAT is what I got. LOVE IT when that happens!

I took this post run picture moments after finishing, not sure why I was so serious, lol.

This race is famous for their chocolate. So we all got this plastic mug with Hot Chocolate and melted chocolate with estufff to dip in it. We also got a tech sweatshirt(whatever that means).

Over all, I am absolutely thrilled with my run today!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JANETRIS 2/12/2013 7:26PM

    Sounds like a great race! They have this in Chicago, and it fills up so fast. They also offer a 5k I think with it. It is pricey, but it is on my wish list! The real race for you was fitting your workload in too....way to persevere! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 2/11/2013 10:26PM

    I'm running this, too!

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BMCKEOW1 2/11/2013 11:44AM

    I wanted to do this race so badly this last year but they cancelled it in my area. It sounds like you had a good time and did great. Way to go.

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ANDREA0301 2/11/2013 10:21AM

    Way to go on your great run!

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CHUBRUB3 2/11/2013 10:17AM

    Great job Jerome!!

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MEXGAL1 2/11/2013 10:16AM

    woo hoo!

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CELIAMINER 2/11/2013 9:54AM

    Glad your Hot Chocolate run was so good! The one in the DC area last year was terrible according to my Spark buds who ran it (or tried to). Those who started early froze for hours in the damp predawn weather (no place to leave jackets). Some people didn't make it at all, as traffic was still tied up trying to get into the parking lots after the race started. Race marshalls directed people the wrong way to their start points. At the end, there was a tiny half cup of hot chocolate and maybe a Hershey's kiss. Good to know you had MUCH better race organizers.

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