Like the title of this post? This is what some of the race volunteers were chanting somewhere between mile 7 and 8. So encouraging!
Saturday was an early morning (4:30!!!!) so we could make the trip into National Harbor for the Hot Chocolate 15k without an big snafoos or getting caught in traffic. Even though we didn’t run into any problems, it was still good to be at the race site and just chill before the race. We already had our race packets so my roommates caught a few more z’s and my dad, aunt and I just hung out in the warm car.
We left the car about 40 minutes before our race was supposed to start but it ended up being delayed by an hour. I didn’t mind the delay but it was sooo cold that it was hard to wait that long. By the time the race started, it took me a while to dethaw but my adrenaline was pumping and I was feeling the energy from the crowd. As my corral neared the starting point, Sweet Caroline played and everyone started singing. This is just one of the many things I love about races, the crowd vibe is awesome!
The first 3 miles felt good, but the next 2 1/2 were a little tough. But as I finished the first loop back and started to run towards the harbor part of the course, my energy was revived, and I pushed myself a little harder.
Although parts of the race were crowded and dodging people became par, I loved the race. I had a great time and felt encouragement both from my fellow runners and the on-lookers.
I finished at a time of 1:25.35 with an average pace of 9:11, which I’m really proud of. I wanted to finish within 90 minutes so I definitely met this goal!
More to come about the chocolatey treats tomorrow!
And this was my yummy day after race breakfast:
Egg and White Bean scramble on a Jalepeno Cheddar bagel.
Just scramble an egg, add some beans and toss on a bagel. Yum!