Choco Loco 5k race recap and last weeks workouts

Hello all!  Hope everyone is able to stay warm!  Even here in the south we have had some days with questionable weather and schools, offices, and pretty much the entire city of Houston shut down from the ‘snow.’  Granted we did get some ice, and I know that not everyone has the same experience I do with driving in real winter weather….but I always am still a little shocked when the stores are out of bread and milk for the possibility of snow.
So back to last weeks workouts.  For the past 12 days or so I have have some pain in my left foot.  I decided to take it a little easier last week with running to see if that would help.
Monday- 2 miles of walking around the neighborhood pulling the twins in their wagon.
Tuesday- 1 mile of walking to and from the park. I also attempted Body Pump Tuesday night.  I wasn’t feeling super strong so I ended up lowering most of my weights for the class.  Even with that I had some strange pains in my back and shooting into my right leg.
Wednesday – I headed to the chiropractor after work and it turns out my lower back is REALLY tight.  And no squats for at least 3 weeks.  I am also putting myself on limited lifting till I get this back stuff worked out. That reminds me I have a massage gift certificate I need to use. This feels like a great time to use it!
Thursday – This was a total rest day.  I was just plain exhasuted
Friday – It was a ‘snow’ day and I only worked a half day.  After work I shut myself in my office and did some major work!
Saturday – 5k plus walking around and to/from the car.
Sunday – I was feeling really good and went for a jog in the neighborhood.  I was going to try for 5 miles, but ended up passing several houses with dogs who came running after me barking.  So instead of running up and down my driveway a thousand times, I called it quits at 3.2 miles.
Overall 10 miles for the week.  Considering the physical issues I was/am dealing with I was sort of ok with that number.

Race Recap
Back in November I saw there was going to be a chocolate 5k in Houston!  Well, as you can tell by my blog title, I love me some chocolate! So I signed up in mid- Dec along with a few friends!
After my ‘race’ last weekend, and the pain I was having in my foot I decided that I was just going to walk this one with my friends who were also walking for various reasons!
As the race got closer I started to look for more information about where to pick-up packets, parking, race map, etc.  The normal race day info.  The only info was that there was no race-day packet pick-up, and the only 2 options were on Wed from 10-3 and Friday from 10-6 in an area of town that is at least an hour drive without traffic. Needless to say that was somewhat frustrating.  On Thursday evening I was able to connect with one of the race directors and explained my situation (I know I was not the only one with this issue). He did say that he would pull my packet along with my friend’s packets so we would be ok for race day.  I was grateful for that gesture.
Late Friday afternoon we finally received an email with more specific race information.
I DO understand this was a smaller, local race, and it was the 2nd time they put it on, but I did feel they could have had more information available earlier than 15 hours before the race.

Saturday morning it was a bit chilly out.  I got up at 4:45 and checked the weather.  A balmy 24 degrees.  Got ready and headed to meet my friends.  I was thankful that I did not have to drive downtown by myself.  Our drive down was smooth and quick.  Amazing how few cars are on the road at 6am on a Saturday! Haha

We got to the race right when they opened up the day of registration table.  So it turns out we were not the only ones who did not pick up packets during the week.  I would say a high percentage of the race bibs were still there waiting to be picked up!

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Since it was so chilly we went back to the car to wait till closer to 7:30 to get out again.

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We got out of the car with a few min to spare for a pit stop then headed to the start line.
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And we were off.  We all walked together for about the first mile.  My foot was feeling ok, and I really wanted to run, but decided to just keep walking.  I picked up the pace a little and my friend Kyra and I walked together.  We seemed to be making decent time considering that we were walking.  A little after mile 2 I couldn’t feel the lower half of my body.  I was pretty much numb.  Kyra and I kept walking and chatting away.  We decided that we would run the last little bit together.  As we got closer to mile 3 I decided it was time to run.  We jogged our way to the finish line and it the clock was right around 50 min.  Official time 50:23.4

As soon as we stopped moving we got cold again.  We went and got our t-shirts and then found some amazing hot chocolate!!
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We stood in line for the chocolate buffet for a few min then our other friends joined us.  Since the line was so long we all took turns going to see some of the sponsors vendor tables to get some samples and goodies.
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The chocolate buffet had strawberries, bananas, graham crackers, mini candy bars, brownies & cookies .  At the end was a chocolate fountain to cove your selected items in chocolate.  My favorite selection ended up being the chocolate covered banana!
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Overall it was a fun race despite the lack of organization.  It is a race I would probably do again 🙂

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