I ran my last race of the year on Sunday. I’ve always wanted to do the Hot Chocolate 15K, but usually have a conflict. This year I was able to fit it into my schedule! I was so excited! And a bunch of my MRTT crew was there, too, so it was super fun and cold!
We had amazing weather last week, particularly on Friday (it was in the 70s!!) so when race morning rolled around and it was only 34 degrees, cloudy and windy it was a smack in the face! Also a smack in the face was being diagnosed with bronchitis on Friday, after having felt under the weather for almost 3 weeks. I struggled with what to wear because we hadn’t eased into the cold temperatures. Thankfully I picked the right outfit for running. Not so much for standing around before or after the race.
I had originally submitted proof of time when I registered for this race. I ran a 10 miler at an 8:56 min/mile in March so I used that as my proof of time for a preferred corral. That put me in corral A. Granted it was the back of corral A, but the first corral none-the-less. Because I was constantly coughing up a lung I wasn’t holding out hope that I would actually complete this race in my predicted time.
When the gun went off I just started running at a comfortable pace. I was just going by what felt good and trying not to look at my watch. I was pretty consistent, too. 9:33, 9:47, 9:19, 9:29, 9:41 Just over half way. But then my chest was feeling really heavy. I found a pit stop just after mile 5, so I took a bathroom break, coughed up a lung, blew my nose about 10 times, coughed some more, then walked through the water stop. After that I felt a bit better. 11:41, 9:32, 9:52, 9:55, 8:46 sprint to the finish.
Chip time 1:32:26 (9:55 min/mile)
So about a minute slower per mile than anticipated, but I survived. It took quite some time after running for me to stop coughing and make my way over the the gear check to get my extra layers. I put on some dry, fuzzy gloves and a fleece jacket, but it was still just so cold!
I managed to eat my marshmallow and Rice Krispie treat before my chocolate hardened and once the rest of my crew was done running we didn’t stick around. It was just too cold!!! We had a nice hot lunch at Melt Bar and Grilled and then we headed back home.
I didn’t meet my goal and I didn’t get to take my picture with the inflatable marshmallow (they didn’t put them up because of the high winds), but it was a fun race! I’d love to do it again some time and hopefully be able to enjoy the after party a bit more!
I’ve taken most of the rest of the week off to try and kick this chest stuff, but I did run to and from our local Turkey Trot (3.1 miles each way) to volunteer yesterday. I helped out as a start line marshal and a finish line people mover and got to see a bunch of my MRTT friends run a great race! I’m still struggling with chest pain so I’m hopefully heading back to the doctor today to get this taken care of. Until then I’ll (try to) rest.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and have a great weekend!!!