Hot Chocolate 5k/15k Philadelphia
I was really looking forward to this year’s Hot Chocolate 5K in Philadelphia. It was my sister’s and my two friends first 5K, and I was so excited for them.
The race packet pick-up was at the Philadelphia Runner store in University City. I wished it were at the Center City location since it is a bigger store and closer to amenities. This store, while heavily crowded, everything was organized – from bib pickup, to packet pickup, etc. The volunteers for HC15K were very nice and friendly.
One of the nice things was getting to see all the discounted running shoes and merchandise at PR! I was good…I did see the Boston Adizero and was really tempted to take them home. Again, I was good 🙂
Stopped and picked up some Insomnia Cookies right around the corner in Drexel University campus. These cookies will change your life! This guy who reminded me of actor/performer Mos Def, took my order and proceeded to take these cookies out of the warmer. The chocolate chunk melted right in my hand and the sugar cookie was so buttery rich. I tell my sister, “Find out if the sugar cookies have jimmies.” She tells me, “Do you know that only Philly people say jimmies? Everyone else says sprinkles!” Hahaha….jimmies it is!
Sunday morning, I drove down to the Art Museum and parked a mile away. Roads were blocked off everywhere. I didn’t even drive for my marathon and I drove in for a 5K? I hate driving downtown, the congestion annoys me to no end.
Everything was easy to find – corrals were marked A-E had no walkers and the 5K participants lined up around 6:30, with a 7:15 AM start. It was well-organized and started right on time.
Race Line Selfie with my sister and my buddies!
We started right in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ran west towards MLK Drive – Boathouse Row was on your right (starting out) with I-76 on your left. It’s an out-and-back course. There was a hydration station around mile 1.25 (maybe?). It was so cold and windy but once the sun came up, it warmed up a bit. I’m always cold.
Unbeknownst to me, my sister hadn’t trained for the 5K; she knew about this for months. She started out jogging and after 3 minutes just walked the whole thing. I stayed and walked beside her, I didn’t want to leave her behind. We crossed the finish line together in what was my slowest 5k ever: 46:03. It was worth it!
The Hot Chocolate Run hoodie was awesome, and also the finisher’s mug with the marshmallow, banana, graham crackers, pretzels, hot chocolate and chocolate fondue – a chocolate heaven!
After the run, we stayed and danced to the DJ and ran into David, the race director from Bucks County Half Marathon (nice guy) and chatted briefly. That run is coming up here in 5 days and I’m super nervous and excited! Can’t wait!! Weather is supposed to be nice, too.
Tried getting breakfast at Green Eggs and Honey’s and failed. Thank you, Silk City Diner for holding a spot for us until we got there. We were cold and hungry.
Can’t wait to do this run again next year.