Yesterday’s Hot Chocolate 15K race went so much better than the Hot Dash 10 Mile. It’s amazing what putting in effort and training can do. The weather was gorgeous yesterday. My best running friend (I call her “the instigator” – she signs up for these races and I just copy her :)) and I left my house at about 6:30 am. All went according to our race agenda (we even found the perfect parking spot!) and were at the start with plenty of time to spare. Even got to meet some friends of hers who are also running fanatics.
I have stuck to my marathon training plan religiously these past 6 weeks putting all of my fitness focus on running. I was pretty excited for this race. I have never been in any type of qualifying coral but my previous race time in the Sioux Falls half marathon got me bumped up to Coral J which was the first coral at the 15K race. It was super fun to start out with all of the fast people. Most of them passed me quickly but a few of us finished together!
I didn’t feel like I was pushing or going out too fast at all. Looking at my splits, I probably could have pulled back a little more in the beginning but felt really good at the time. Usually I die a little every time someone passes me (which is often because I’m slowish) but yesterday my montra was “my race, my pace”. I focused on going as fast as I comfortably could. After the first few miles the rest just seemed to fly by. Every water stop also had gatorade which was really nice. Since it was chocolate themed, each stop also had candy. I skipped the sugary stuff for the most part except the very last water stop. At mile 7.5 Sugar by Maroon 5 thrummed into my ear buds just as I was approaching the break and I took it as a sign. I indulged with a good 45 seconds of snacking and Adam Levine fantasizing before continuing on to the finish.
Finished strong with an average pace of 10:30 per mile. A huge improvement over my average pace at Hot Dash of 12:04 per mile for about the same distance. And no blisters or injuries this time!
To “sweeten the deal”, the post-race snacks were totally awesome. Hot chocolate, chocolate fondue, bananas and real water bottles.
That’s all I have for now folks. GOOD LUCK to those of you running Boston tomorrow! Have a phenomenal race! I can’t wait to read all about it. 🙂