Hot Chocolate 15k

October 7, 2013

This was our first weekend in Denver and it was the perfect mix of hustle and relaxation. Friday night was cold and rainy. I took a late afternoon class at Corepower Yoga before turning on the heat and happily watching our newly installed cable. I might be a little obsessed with America’s Next Top Model and gladly made it the first show to record on our new DVR (sorry Michael).

Saturday Eli and I were up early for a morning walk. As I mentioned on Friday, I decided to run the Hot Chocolate 15k last week. There were no bib pick ups on race day so we walked down to the pick up location first thing.

After our walk I rearranged our living room furniture again. Here is the new configuration. Honestly all I did was remove to chaise and replace it with a side table but I think it makes a big difference. We desperately need a coffee table. I’ve knocked over 2 glasses full of water that I so smartly left on the floor. And ignore all the cords and the weird desk lamp on the window, still a work in progress.

living room 2.0

Saturday evening Andy and Cathy came out to see our new place and have dinner. I somehow didn’t manage to get even one shot of them or our food. We went to the Wash Park Grille and it was delicious. I had the veggie pizza to carbo-load but there were a lot of options on the menu that I could and wanted to eat, always a nice change.

Sunday I was up super early. The race started at 7:50 but they warned that parking could be bad and recommended getting downtown at least an hour before your race time. Not knowing the area I left the house at 6:45 but made it downtown in about 10 minutes and had no trouble parking. It was a very cold morning so that hour of waiting felt like 3.

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I was nervous going into this race. Mainly because I don’t normally run 9 miles at a time. My weekly runs tend to be around 5 miles and I hadn’t run a race longer than a 10k in more than 2 years, combine that with the altitude, I was concerned but up for the challenge.

Luckily, the race went much better than expected. My legs felt great the entire time, my lungs seems to have adjusted to the thinner air and I loved being able to explore the city without worrying about cars or traffic signals. The course started in Civic Center Park and wound its way through downtown.

I finished the race in 1:17:27 with an average pace of 8:19, coming in 230 out of 1591 runners and 29th in my age group. I was really happy with my run and since I’ve never raced a 15k before it was also my new PR! I’m now contemplating running the Denver Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in two weeks but the registration fee is kind of ridiculous.

The post race treat was what else? Hot Chocolate but they also had these mugs with melted chocolate, bananas and pretzels.

hot chocolate 15k finisher's cup

The remainder of Sunday was spent watching football, kicking myself for starting Tom Brady over Tony Romo in my fantasy league (51 points for Romo!) and making a delicious fall vegetable quinoa stew that I’ll share later this week. I also did a lot of cuddling with this guy.

Eli puppy sleeping puppy

Hope your weekends were lovely.

Enjoy and Exhale!

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    […] Yesterday I mentioned that I made a fall vegetable stew on Sunday. The last bits of summer have started to dissipate and fall is leaning in as the trees turn red and yellow. Almost every porch in our new neighborhood is adorned with a pumpkin, or two and the mornings and evenings are cool, even if the days are warm. Needless to say, these changes have put me in the fall spirit and while watching football on Sunday afternoon I knew a good stew was in order. […]

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    […] sure that I was prepared for a half. I ran a lot throughout the summer and into this fall but the Hot Chocolate 15k is the longest run I’ve done in months and I was worried that the leap from 9 miles to 13 […]

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    […] Yesterday I mentioned that I made a fall vegetable stew on Sunday. The last bits of summer have started to dissipate and fall is leaning in as the trees turn red and yellow. Almost every porch in our new neighborhood is adorned with a pumpkin, or two and the mornings and evenings are cool, even if the days are warm. Needless to say, these changes have put me in the fall spirit and while watching football on Sunday afternoon I knew a good stew was in order. […]

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