Hello, and happy Monday! Today I’ve got a race recap for my favorite run, the Hot Chocolate 15k! It was a dreary and cold day this past Saturday, but thankfully not too terrible to keep us from running! The upside: chilly temps make for A+ running weather. The downside: it was at Fair Park. I think we’ve touched on my thoughts on Fair Park a few times, but this year was worse as our parking situation had us an actual mile and a half away from the venue. Probably because it was the only free parking available, but given that I shoved out $75 for the registration, I feel like I earned VIP parking at the front. Let’s hope next year I’ll have won the lottery and I can just have a limo driver drive me right up to the start line, and then pick me up right at the finish. Wishful thinking! Aside from the garbage venue, the race was so much fun! The Hot Chocolate race directors always do a fantastic job of organizing these events, and I will for certain be returning next year! P.S. You can check last year’s race recap here!
- Reebok Women’s Cold Weather Spacedye Print Half Zip Long Sleeve Shirt (Here)
- Under Armour Women’s HeatGear Armour Leggings (Here)
- Race bib belt (Here)
- Garmin Forerunner 10 (Here)
- Saucony Kinvara 6 (Here)
- Cold weather headband (Similar)
As far as I know, I’m pretty sure this course was almost exactly the same as last year. It cut through Fair Park and it’s surrounding neighborhoods. At one point we ran through a really ritzy street of three story condos, one of which had a hot tub on their third floor balcony! Did they have to hire a crane to get up there? Thinking about that occupied at least ten minutes of my run. The route was entirely on the road, and given that it was Dallas, it was as inconsistent and crumbly as could be (not really known for our “excellent condition” roads down here), but thankfully the inclines were few and far between!
As with most long races, I didn’t really find my stride until mile 3 or 4, but once I did I felt great! The great feeling somewhat subsided around mile seven when I began to feel some tightness in my hips, but I think that was more of a result of a tired body since it was my first workout since the Sunday prior (I had come down with a cold during the week and abstained from working out).
Ah, the best part! Once I was able to find my Dad, we made our way to the snack line for our sectional bowl of hot chocolate, a banana with melted dipping chocolate, and small treats (pretzels, rice krispies, cookies). I tossed the treats (don’t shoot me, but I HATE rice krispie treats!), and kept the hot chocolate and banana! After snacking, my Dad acted a blog photog for a few photos, and then we made the MILE AND A HALF (literally) walk back to the car to head home.
Another great race, with some even better chocolate! I wish all races were this much fun! Please don’t tell Fair Park I had fun though. They don’t need to know that I’m still going to be giving them my money until this race changes venues.