When there's an opportunity to run for chocolate, and in the city of my adopted triathlon family, I'm in! I'm excited to say I'll be running the Minneapolis Hot Chocolate 15k on April 15, 2017! And wow, does this ever sound like a race to look forward to. Especially since learning it made the list of "World's Coolest Themed Runs" according to CNN.
As I've only done one out-of-state race so far, I was really curious to see how to manage packet pickup. Happily, the Hot Chocolate 15k website is full of great information and answered all of my questions. Given the race is staged in 15 cities (with 11 more in the works), they have the wherewithal to put together a comprehensive resource for runners.
Clearly they're used to dealing with out-of-towners, given that they offer an option to have packets mailed in advance for a small fee. Even though in-person packet pickup sounded like fun (with chocolate samples included!) I opted to have my packet mailed. And did I mention the packet includes a hoodie?! An award-winning hoodie, no less! The only hard part about having the packet mailed is waiting for months for it to arrive after ordering. ;-)
As I'm not great with the delayed gratification thing, I went ahead and ordered a couple of chocolate-themed items from the Hot Chocolate store to train in: a stocking cap and a thermal head band. Both items arrived super-quick, so I got to use them right away in winter training and racing. Bonus! Here's the hat in action at the Belle Isle New Year's Eve 5k, with my son Christian.
One BIG advantage for new/beginning runners about this race is that it includes a complete training plan. When I was running my first half I had no idea what to do training wise (except run a lot more ;-) and I really could have used a plan like this! I love that they even email it to you in snippits each week, so following the plan is as simple as opening your inbox. These days I'm working with a coach so I can't speak to the specifics of the plan, though it's put together by USATF coaches, so I trust it's solid and certainly more effective than my prior "run more" plan!
With so much to look forward to in this race, I hope you join me at the Hot Chocolate 15k in Minneapolis this April. Register by February 5th to beat the price increase, and use the code "MinnHCBR" for a FREE Visor!