Chocoholic Frolic Race Recap

Chocoholic Frolic Swag

I run for chocolate. I mean in all honesty, I run so when I indulge, I don’t have to feel extremely guilty about it. I have a sweet tooth. Of all the foods I have been able to give up, chocolate has still eluded me. I don’t sit down and eat a bag of M & M’s by any means, it is just that one or two squares of rich dark chocolate that I treat myself to every evening after supper. I find that is turns off the eating machine and tells my brain that we are done for the day.

Granted, that is not the reason I ran this race. I had run the one in April earlier this year and when my girlfriend suggested we do the November one…well, I rarely say “no” to a fun, local, race event.

It was a Sunday run, which is a rare find. That meant Expo Saturday. We headed up to St. Paul to pick up our swag. The event, in part, was sponsered by Athleta. Who doesn’t love Athleta? This left me $89 in the hole this week because I just had to have this top.

Athleta Top

Athleta Top

It looks much cuter on than it does in the photo…trust me.

Anyways, after a fun afternoon with my running buddy, we headed home and got on with life.

Sunday morning came quickly depite the extra hour (thank goodness for small miracles) and the day started sunny and brisk. I debated whether to take chocolate with my bits.

Powered by what?

Powered by what?

I had enough to control to just have one piece. (<—willpower)

But it was really great running weather, despite the wind. Thankfully, the race course did not prove to be as windy as the start line.

Start Line

Start Line

We found someone to take our photo!

Dawn and Me

Dawn and Me

And then minutes later, we were off. And grateful we dressed as we did.

Immediately, I dropped my phone. DOH! Praying for a miracle that no one would step on it before I could retrieve it. And no one did. But it threw me a bit, and I had to reorganize and shove that baby into my flipbelt. In the confusion, I neglected to restart my music, so again, went without tunes. No big deal. I’m actually starting to prefer to run that way. It is kind of fun to hear all the commotion going on around me.

The first half mile was uphill. This was good in my eyes, because it forced me to go out easy. And I need that. Once I reached the summit of the peak, I took off. I just ran. My leg felt really good, and I could see by looking around that there weren’t a lot of serious runners in this event. I may as well go for it and try for a PR or at least an age group award.

Knowing that it was only a 5K, I just turned it on. I was breathing hard at the halfway point and I fought to hold there so I could get a bit more oxygen in. I didn’t have Runmeter reading my heart rate to me today, and I could hear my sister saying to herself, “Running a little hard there, sis!” Even though she didn’t say it, I knew she was thinking it. So I backed off just a wee bit.

It was over in a flash. I skipped the cupcake stop at mile 1. I wonder how many did? Besides, gluten is not my bag. I’ll opted to wait for the banana instead.

My Runmeter said I finished in a little over 22:00 but I knew I fumbled to hit stop, so I figured I fared pretty well. In the end, it was 21:21. A 5K PR by just 6 seconds! But a PR nonetheless.

My friend Dawn PR’d her run, too! It was a great day all around! We met up with some other local running friends at the end, and had a great morning! And of course, the topic of conversation? The next run! Looks like the one on the 16th is a no-brainer.

There were plenty of chocolate samples at the finish line.

Chocolate Samples

Chocolate Samples

More Chocolate Samples

More Chocolate Samples

And more gluten with which to dip into melted chocolate, which again, I passed. (

We waited around for the race results, and I was quite amazed to see I finished 17th overall. Really? Unreal. I don’t give myself enough credit, sometimes.

Finishing Times

Finishing Times

But I didn’t win my age group. Second, however, was enough for the giant chocolate bar. Which I won’t even eat because I’m not a fan of Milk Chocolate. Perhaps this could be a Facebook Prize?!?

Chocoholic Frolic Age Group Prize

Chocoholic Frolic Age Group Prize

But, I’m reminded once more that St. Paul is a beautiful city and it is a shame we don’t get there more often.

Mighty Mississip

Mighty Mississip

And I’m also reminded that it is WAY better running with friends. Especially the ones who got you running in the first place. 😉

Dawn and Me at the finish!

Dawn and Me at the finish!

Runmeter Data

OMG! And in other news…this arrived.

Confirmation!

Confirmation!

Guess it really IS happening! 🙂

Did you live near a major city? How often do you get to go there?

3 Responses to Chocoholic Frolic Race Recap

  1. Patti Smith says:

    Congrats on the PR and the Boston invite!! That’s my dream someday 🙂 I may never get to run it, but I’d love to at least go and watch…and maybe run the route on my own 🙂
    I had no idea the World’s Finest Chocolate came in those little bars! Where on earth did you find them??
    LOVE Athleta!! Went in a store once in Atlanta and paid more for a pair of athletic pants than I have for suit pants for work! 😉 I did get a really cute swimsuit on sale this summer though.

  2. Ashley says:

    I am originally from Michigan and I have barely traveled our current state of Missouri at all. I wish we would sometimes! And yay! Boston!!!

  3. Fantastic PR! You just keep getting faster and faster. I will gladly take that chocolate bar and give it a good home (in my stomach). I, too, am a choco-holic. Exciting about your race packet! You registered a week before me so maybe mine is on its way. Whoo hoo!

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