If you have ever been to Seattle…You know that it is hilly. If you have ever done a race in Seattle…It is inevitable that there are hills on the course. The Hot Chocolate 15K was no exception. A good and different course then I have ever done in Seattle!
Wake up call was 6AM!
A mocha cappuccino breakfast cookie, an orange, and coconut water was for breakfast.
Clothes and body glide on.
Out the door at 7:10.
To say it was cold was an understatement:
Those numbers were certainly not with the WIND CHILL!
We got to the start line. Everything was VERY organized. They had lots of honey buckets(porty potties). They had water. Too bad it was not hot! We hit the start line for a fast pic.
We said our good byes and wished each other luck! Erica and Laura started up near the elite corral! I started further back in P.
It was way different then a RNR race. They actually checked your bib to see what corral you were in. There was NO cheating! Again very organized!
I stuck to my plan pretty good. It really ended up being:
FIRST 5K: WARM-UP. Started on a downhill. Saw Erica, Laura, and Scott! I was going down…they were going up!
SECOND 5K: Started on a uphill…tried to keep the pace…a touch faster than I was going! Saw Erica, Laura, and Scott! Again they were going up…and I was going down! Mile 6 I was at 58:55. Wow…was not expecting that!
THIRD 5K: I still felt really good at the 10K mark. I thought another touch faster and I could be close to a PR. At this point, I am not exactly sure what my PR is but I think it is around 1:34. We had just made the turn to go back. I knew what I was in for. A huge downhill…then uphill…then another downhill…and uphill to finish! This is where the wind started to take effect. It was gorgeous out. Sun was shinning. But a headwind! Dang it! Just kept powering through it! I
HATE LOVE UPHILL FINISHES!! That is the only thing that all the races I have done in Seattle have in common. All uphill finishes. WHY? At Mile 9 I did not want to look at my watch but I did anyway: 1:27:XX! WHAT? I am so close but so far away. Fast finish and I knew it was a PR!!
We got our finishers mug: full of hot chocolate, chocolate fondue, marshmallows, pretzels, rice crispy treats, and a banana. It did not disappoint!
What a fun race. I am pretty sure 15K is where it is at. This is my new favorite distance. If only I could find more of them around. The race was organized. Good Swag. I would definitely do it again.
What is your favorite distance run? Do you like hills or flat?