I started the new year with a race in San Francisco called the Hot Chocolate 15k. By the name you can probably tell it’s no ordinary race: at the finish line, all participants receive a get’s a finisher’s mug with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and other yummy treats.
Two interesting things about this run: it was my first 15k (and my boyfriend’s first long distance run), and I got really sick with a stomach flu right after I finished the run. Yep that was NOT fun.
Asides that, the race was pretty well organized, and brought together people of all running backgrounds. The course was gorgeous as it went through the Golden Gate park and along Ocean beach. It wasn’t really hilly, but wasn’t completely flat too which kept it interesting.
However, no race is perfect. First, we had to go all the way to South San Francisco to pick up our bibs. I’ve never have had to go so far to pick up a race packet! Second, the volunteers at the gear check almost lost my boyfriend’s bag! That would have put a damper on the entire day.
Miles 0-3: The first 3 miles were at what felt like a nice, easy pace but happened to be faster than expected! I ran the first 5k with a sub 9 min/mile pace with no problem. There were a couple of rolling hills but a good portion was slightly downhill too.
Miles 3-6: My pace slowed done a little but was still feeling fine. For these three miles we ran up and back on the Great Highway along Ocean beach. The view was beautiful but I remember just eagerly anticipating the turn around after mile 4.
Mile 6-end: I’m not very good at negative splits but the last leg race was pretty disastrous. I felt like I had hit a wall and was barely moving along. I think it was the combination of from the lack of training during the holidays and the stomach virus that was starting to hit me. I really didn’t care about my pace at this time, I just wanted to finish.
And I did finish! I received my finisher’s mug at the end and happily took a few sips of the hot cocoa and dipped some goodies in the fondue. But after those few moments of celebrating, I felt so sick, tired and weak. And I couldn’t stop shivering! Brunch plans were immediately canceled and went home and sat around all day.
I finished the race in 1:29:41 and I was pretty happy with it considering the fact I was dealing with the plague for a week after it (ok fine maybe a little dramatic).
Has anyone else ran any fun races in 2016?