This past Sunday Chris and I ran the Inaugural Kona Chocolate Run!
When I first heard about this race I knew that I had to do it because I LOVE chocolate and I LOVE running. So combining the two is a no brainer. Plus Kona is known for putting on great races, with great courses and great bling. What more could a runner ask for?
The forecast for the race was looking a bit dismal. Warm but still dismal. It was looking to be in the 50’s with rain, possible thunderstorms and winds up to 25 mph. Not exactly perfect running conditions but how often does perfect happen?
Once I finally got the bf up and out the door on race day it appeared that the weather just might hold out long enough to let us all enjoy a warm Fall race in Michigan. We opted to pick up our packet the morning of the race as it didn’t make sense for us to drive out to get it the night before. Packet pick up was a bit crazy with everyone trying to cram into one parking lot. We avoided the craziness by parking in an empty lot that was a walkable distance away. We were a bit rushed at packet pick up as we left later than we would have liked so we just grabbed our stuff and headed back to our car to drop off the race shirt and pick up what we needed for the run. Because of that I didn’t really get a good look at either of our shirts but we later realized that our shirts were different from most others. (More on that in a bit.)
Chris and I were both running the 10k which was divided up into 2 waves. I was signed up for the first wave and he was signed up for the second wave. We made it to the starting line just as the first wave got started so I opted to join Chris in his wave. Plus I really really really needed to pee (TMI?). Unfortunately if there were port-a-potties in the area of the start line I couldn’t see them. Usually you can’t miss those things at a race so that was a bit surprising to me.
Once our wave started I tried to think of things to keep my mind off all the liquid sloshing around inside me. Easier said than done, right? As luck would have it we passed by a house that was under construction that had a port-a-potty right outside it by the road just about a mile into the race. So did I use it? Absolutely! I did feel a little bad about it but it was either that or pee on myself at that point. So a big thanks to whoever had that port-a-potty, you were a lifesaver!
Chris and I stayed together for the first couple of miles, he even stopped and waited for me while I went to the bathroom. But around mile two we separated for the remainder of the race. I passed the rest of the time looking at all the nice houses we got to run by. Normally I am not a big fan of races that go through residential areas but I enjoyed this course. The community seemed to be very supportive of the race as I saw many people out on their porches and in their front yards, so that was nice.
Just before mile 4 the skies opened up and soaked us all. I was thankful that I was wearing a hat so at least it stayed off my face and out of my eyes. It also began to get a little windy at that point as well. Naturally when I crossed the finish line it stopped raining and got sunny!
After I crossed the finish line I claimed my giant medal!
I then went back to keep an eye out for Chris so I could see him cross the finish line and snap some pics.
Once he crossed and got his medal we made our way thru the crowd in search of water and chocolate. Neither was immediately accessible unfortunately. Usually when you cross the finish line you immediately find water but the fluid station was hidden behind the never ending line for the chocolate tent so it was hard to spot. Once we rehydrated we took another look at the line for the chocolate tent and decided it wasn’t worth the wait. I was a little bummed about that since that was really the premise of the race. In addition to that, when we got back to the car we realized that our shirts were different then the ones advertised. I am guessing that when they announced more spots for runners they had to get more shirts made and perhaps the original versions were not available. And since we were late to packet pick up we must have gotten one of the new ones even though we registered quite some time ago.
So as you can see we had a few things that didn’t go as expected. None of them were deal breakers and I would still do the race again. It also seems that Kona is taking all of this feedback to change the race for next year by the looks of their post on their Facebook page.
I ended up finishing the race in 1:07:44, my slowest 10k ever. I could blame my time on the bathroom stop but the reality is that I haven’t been training lately. And honestly, I am okay with it anyways!
Want to read the bf’s recap of the race? Click HERE!
Did you race this weekend? I want to hear about it?
No racing? What did you do this weekend?