I won an entry into the Philadelphia Hot Chocolate 15K/5K. from Laura at Project Lovely Laura.
There was a bit of a mixup and I didn't hear from Ram Racing until the end of February. By then most of the affordable hotel rooms where taken. I have never ridden a subway and had no idea how to maneuver around Philly, so I bit the bullet and paid a bit more than I normally would for a room.
I asked my friend to go with me, but her boyfriend was having surgery, so I ended up in Philly all by myself.
I had a blast walking around.
Packet pick up first. It was pretty much empty. I didnt see the chocolate covered marshmallows I had heard about. Bib pickup was very easy!! They pulled printed your bib while you were standing there.
Jacket is wonderful. Warm. Love it!!
On the way back to the hotel I grabbed some Panera Bread soup and then crawled into bed by 8PM.
The next morning it was easy to find the start line!! I just followed the stream of people.
Met up with the group from Running with Curves. What a great group of women!!
It was cold and very very windy. We lined up and the 5K started first, then the 15K. Due to my estimated finish time I was in the WAY BACK. Coral T to be exact. Who did I find myself beside but the famous Jill Angie!! She is normal down to earth and open and honest!! It was a pleasure to chat with her for 30 + minutes. She hinted to me that my 2:30 intervals may be to much. (Wish I had listened to her!!) Not sure why I thot that anything less made me less of a runner.
As we stood there chatting I was starting to panic. I was afraid I wouldnt make it back to the hotel for check out.
After we started the out and back loop I heard several on the return giggling and wondering why people would sign up for a race if they were going to walk. That didnt sit well, but I continued on. The water stops were picked over, but there were chocolate chips and water.
I finally crossed the finish line. AND PICTURES ARE FREE!!!I looked miserable, because I was. It was cold, and I was ready to be finished!!
I stood in line for a finishers cup of hot chocolate, but it was moving slow, and I had to get back to the hotel. So I missed the finish line goodies.
Im not sure if I would do another Hot Chocolate Run. There was a lot of hype and I expected more. BUT, part of that was my fault. Got to packet pickup later in the day, and shouldve stayed an extra day to enjoy the after festivities.