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Hot Chocolate Dallas 5k Race Review

Race Report: Hot Chocolate Dallas 5k

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Hot Chocolate 5k Dallas as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Hi, my name is Allison and I’m a chocoholic. Any event that rewards you with chocolate is an event I want to be a part of.

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I ran the Hot Chocolate 5k Dallas for the first time in 2015. I had such a great time, I knew I wanted to return this year so I signed up and set my first race of 2017.

Since Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas this past November, I took an extended break from training and racing. It was only three months, but it was the longest break I had from structured training and racing in the past three years. I spent the time focusing on other life things – two biggies being that I moved and changed jobs. Good changes, but changes that I needed to focus my time and energy on. As a result, my training has been a lot less structured and I find myself working out when and how I want to. It’s a nice change of pace that I have been enjoying.

As soon as I registered for the race, the organizers started sending out a weekly training plan. I found this to be a useful guide that I used as a reference point. For someone without a lot of training or racing experience, this is a very valuable tool that would help prepare them for the race.

The expo was a blast. The packet pickup was smooth and there were several fun vendors. It was a chilly winter day in Dallas and I enjoyed sipping on hot chocolate while I talked with and browsed the different vendors. These wonderful volunteers were having a blast handing out (free!) chocolate dipped marshmallows.

Hot Chocolate Dallas expo volunteers

And the swag! The Hot Chocolate race series has some of the best swag out of the races I’ve participated in. The hoodie is so soft and warm!

Hot Chocolate race swag

Race day was a chilly morning. I met my friend Jessica in our start line corral and we ran the whole race together. It was so much fun to run it with her and enjoy the miles together. We ran and chatted the entire time, and the race went by very quickly!

Start line of the Hot Chocolate Dallas 5k

Goal: Enjoy a “fun run” and eat some post-race chocolate

Date: February 4, 2017

Location: Dallas, TX

Distance: 5k; 3.1 miles

Conditions: 40 °F, 9 mph wind and 49% humidity

Total time: 34:48

Pace: 11:04 min/mile

Splits:
Mile 1 – 11:27 min/mile
Mile 2 – 10:50 min/mile
Mile 3 – 10:54 min/mile

Outcome: The miles felt easy and it was fun to enjoy it with a friend. I took this at training pace and it felt good.

The plastic oversized mug you receive at the end of the race is filled with a banana, Rice Krispy treat, marshmallow and biscuits to dunk in the warm dipping chocolate. Enjoying the sweet chocolatey treat after a cold race is so delicious and rewarding! I really like the Hot Chocolate series – it’s always been well organized, had helpful volunteers, and great swag.

Allison and Jessica after Hot Chocolate Dallas 5k

Want to run a Hot Chocolate race in a city near you? Use the codes below and get a free visor!

HC Seattle (3/5/17) – Code: HCSEABR

HC San Diego (3/19/17) – Code: SDBRHC

HC Philly (4/1/17) – Code: BRPhillyHC

HC Minneapolis (4/15/17) – Code: MinnHCBR

 

 

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