On Saturday, I ran the Nashville Hot Chocolate 15k race. It was my longest run/race in almost a year!
This was race #49 for me, my first race in 2017, and my first race as part of Team Beef TN!
Friday – Packet Pickup
I went on Friday afternoon to pick up my race packet and visit the race expo. It was well organized. I got my race bib and my packet, which included a nice Hot Chocolate zip up and a visor.
They even had an area where you could try on different size zip-ups and then trade yours in if you needed a different size. I love that! I hate when I get a race shirt that is too big or too small and I am unable to trade it in.
Saturday – Race Day!
The race began at 7:00a.m. I woke up at 5:00a.m. and it was already 60 degrees out! Luckily it was not supposed to get any hotter, and it was overcast, which helped some. I ate my usual pre-race breakfast consisting of 2 slices of peanut butter toast, a banana, and a glass of 1% milk. I got all my race items ready and headed out.
I arrived around 6:15a.m. to the race and it was still dark out. I had been told the previous year’s race was 17 degrees so 60 degrees was a welcome change, although I would’ve preferred it to be a little cooler.
I met up with some of the other Team Beef members before the race.
Team Beef is a running group sponsored by the TN Beef Council. We get together once a month for a group run or other activity and we also meet up for running races to promote Team Beef!
One of the Team Beef members is also the leader for the Franklin Road Runners group so a bunch of them were at the race as well. I had run with them once before so it was fun to see some familiar faces.
Since moving to Nashville, it has been really fun to meet other runners and to be more involved in the running community!
At 7:00a.m. the race began. I was in Corral A but I’m not really speedy enough for the first corral so I stayed back and took off with Corral C. Despite it being 60 degrees, I felt pretty good throughout the race. There were times when it got a bit hot and muggy but shortly after a nice breeze would come through or a light rain and that would help cool me down.
I was pleasantly surprised how quickly the time passed and since the course had some out and back sections, it was fun to see my fellow Team Beef members running and to cheer for each other.
I had some fuel with me – Gu energy chews (because I can’t find my Powerbar energy gels anywhere!) so I started fueling at mile 5. I finished the chews around mile 7. I carry my own water bottle during races so I don’t have to stop at many of the water stops. I only stopped at the last one in order to refill my water bottle.
Before I knew it, I was on the home stretch and to the finish line!
I need to work on my crossing the finish line excitement. I love the lady right behind me. That is now my goal to get a photo of me crossing the finish line with arms up and full of excitement.
Here are my official race stats:
I finished in 1:41:37, which I was happy with. 15k is supposed to be 9.3 miles but my GPS said I ran 9.55 miles at the end of the race. Oh well. This may be my longest run before the Little Rock half marathon in a few weeks.
After the race I got my awesome new medal (yay!) and headed to the hot chocolate tent for my post-race chocolate. They had hot chocolate (which I didn’t really need since I was really hot and sticky at this point), marshmallows, pretzels, and a rice Krispie treat to dip into melted chocolate; yum!
Then I met up with some Team Beef members post race. Most of the group ran the 5k so they were long gone by the time I finished but a couple were still around.
I am so used to running races by myself but it was really fun to have people to meet up with before and after the race!
Overall, it was a great race! I mean running + chocolate = perfection, right?
And I love the zip-up jacket we got. It is so soft and comfortable.
And one last look at the awesome medal. I love it but it kind of makes me hungry for chocolate every time I look at it.
I was also very pleased that I had no leg pain during the race. I am excited for my upcoming races and medals! Stay tuned!