They had me at chocolate!! I will openly admit to have an obsession…ok maybe an addiction to chocolate. So you can imagine my excitement when I read about the Hot Chocolate Run in SF! I had not run a road race since the end of 2013 (I ran the Spartan Sprint last year but that definitely isn’t the same). So my first race of 2015 was in beautiful Golden Gate park in San Francisco. What an awesome way to start the race year!! On top of that I got to run with 5 of my campers. Well truthfully they ran way in front of me….cause they run those crazy 8/8:30 minute miles
So the corrals were set up awesome and everyone started quite fast. I have been to some races where it seemed to take forever to get people going but not this race!! And how cool is this start line?!
Along the course they had a bunch of awesome yummy treats along with the usual water/sports drinks. At mile 2 they had chocolate pieces (which I missed but everyone said they were super yummy). Up next were Strawberry Marshmallows…and you know I took some…but one note, make sure you eat them and then drink the water otherwise your throat gets super dry!!
At about mile 6 there were Chocolate Marshmallows!! Thank goodness I saved my water until after I ate them. I definitely learned from my mistake at mile 4. They also offered tootsie rolls but I felt that would be way too hard to chew and run (some people just sucked on them).
So besides all the yummy treats along the course there were some awesome views!! We ran an out and back course, which put us running up highway 1 with awesome views of the ocean…
And then once we got in further you passed by the Golden Gate park buffalo, which most people don’t even know are there. I remember the first time I saw them running Bay to Breakers a couple years ago I thought they were fake.
And last you run past this beautiful lake, where everyone was out enjoying their Sunday with the kids or going for a run.
This race was truly a confidence booster for me!! It had been so long since I ran a real road race and it was scary coming back after having my little man. I think the thing that scared me the most is I still get pain in my scar from my C-section. Luckily the more I run the better it gets I hit a couple goals during this race that made me beyond ecstatic!!
Goal 1: So the best part of this race (besides the chocolate) was that I hit a new PR!!! My 5k split time was 32:35 (fastest time ever!) and my 10k split time was 1:08:15 (again fastest time ever!). I finished the race in 1:49:36!! Which is an 11:46 mile and again my fastest time ever in a race. Normally my past half marathons have been around 13 minutes per mile.
Goal 2: I ran the first 7 miles of the race without walking. I would stop at the aid stations for treats and water but get right back to running. I have always been a run/walker so this was HUGE for me!!
The last 2.5 miles were killer for me but it was this gradual incline the whole way so I am giving myself a break on having to walk a little bit. Overall it was an amazing race and I will definitely be doing it again next year!
Plus look at these awesome treats waiting for you after you finish
And the medal was pretty awesome too! My little man always loves my medals and he had to put it on as soon as I got home. Isn’t he the cutest?!?!
Have you ever run this race series? Would you consider running it if you haven’t before?