This past Saturday I had the pleasure of running the Philly Hot Chocolate 15K for the second year in a row. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate however I didn't let that stop me from having a good time.
Last year, I ran by myself however Emir and the kids came down to support me. They were planning on doing the same thing this year (what kids don't like candy and chocolate?!) however once Thursday came around the forecast did not look good, we decided it would be best if the fam stayed home which turned out to be an excellent decision. Lucky for me, my sister Cindy wanted to run this race with me along with her bf Todd so at least I wouldn't have to face the rain alone.
|This year's jacket was better than last year, very nice!|
It was already raining a bit when Todd picked us up. At least it wasn't cold out, about 50 so I went with shorts and my Bibrave singlet. We found parking easily in our favorite, cheap weekend garage however the price has been increased tto $7 from $5!!! WHAT?! HAHA still pretty damn cheap. We walked to the race which starts and finishes in the Art Musuem area. We used the potties and went to get in our corral. I do really like that the Hot Chocolate does corrals to break the crowds up. There was over 6200 people in the 15K so that would have been a huge cluster if you let everyone start at the same time. Even if people aren't really grouped according to times, just being spread out helps alot.
The 3 of us started together. Cindy and I wanted to run together and let Todd do his thing as he has a bit more speed than us. Really, right now I'm just very focused on the 100 but since Coach said to try to run half marathon pace to fatigue my legs, I decided to look up last year's Hot Chocolate time. Last year I ran 1:17.22 which is about 8:15 pace so I told Cindy our goal would be to beat that, gotto have something to aim for!
|Free race photos, holla!|
Cindy finished about a minute after me so it was easy to reunite. We got our medals and water quickly and also found Todd. We also claimed our chocolate goodies. It was still raining so Cindy and Todd started the walk for the car and I headed off on my 5 mile cool down. I don't mind running in the elements, it actually was a perfect temperature for racing but it really put a damper on hanging out and enjoying the Hot Chocolate festivities.
|nice and wet!|
|chocolate wasn't enough, I had the "kitchen sink" for brunch|