Roosevelt Island Hot Chocolate 5k

This race was part of the Hot Chocolate Winter Series at NYCRuns and happened on December 21st, 2014.  It’s pretty spiffy.  You run and then get a mug.  This mug was pretty doofy, but I liked the race a lot.  The course was beautiful even though the day itself was butts cold, and did I mention the extremely silly mug?  Seriously, its design was just embarrassing:

2014-12-19 19.25.562014-12-19 19.26.062014-12-19 19.26.19Why would anyone put a logo there?  I don’t even.  Also, I have incredibly wrinkled wrists.  What do you do to tone your wrists?

Anyway, the race took place on Roosevelt Island, and as I mentioned, it was so cold.  I got there a little early and hid in the subway station until I couldn’t take it anymore, then I hid in the CVS next to the race start.  While I walked to the starting line, I took my before photo.

2014-12-21 09.18.46The course was around the top half of the island, and was extremely lovely to run.  There weren’t many runners, but that was okay.  I stuck with the same crowd for most of the race.  At one point, at the north end of the island, I passed the lighthouse and got so excited I took a photo while running.

2014-12-21 09.48.58You’d think I’m never going to see Roosevelt Island ever again with the way I was taking photos. Also, note the absence of runners ahead of me.  At this point I had secured my place in the back.

Nick was running late, and somehow managed to magically appear right at the end of the race.  It was pretty convenient.  I needed to see a friendly face to keep going.  I kept on running until the end, and finished just as the 10k was starting.  No pressure or anything.  As Nick and I walked to the car in the unimaginably cold wind, we snapped a photo where I tried to not look creepy and failed.

2014-12-21 10.31.20This is one of my favorite races to date–I loved the atmosphere, I loved the course and I really loved that I ran my fastest time yet.  Booyah!

Race Stats

Total Distance: 3.24 mi

Total Time: 40:09 min

Pace: 12:23 min/mi (14 seconds faster than last time!!)

Place: 366/405

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