KristenRace season has begun-FINALLY! Having done a fair amount of races, I will start by saying-this may be my FAVORITE race ever! But let me start at the beginning...
Over the winter, during one of our endless snow days, Heidi invited all the neighbors over for drinks and sledding. It was a fun afternoon and we got to talking about how it was the last day to sign up for the Hot Chocolate Run and still get a free mug. We all became instantly panicked. I was planning on running this race with my kids anyway, because I think its fun and also its a great way to spend time as a family. It doesn't hurt that exercise is involved.
Anyway, we all raced home from Heidi's and signed up for the race that night and then promptly put it out of our heads. The packet pick-up was at Philadelphia Runner-a cool little running store about 45 minutes from where we live. Or you could travel into Philadelphia to another Philadelphia Runner store. I volunteered to drive everyone and then go to lunch at Harvest-a delicious farm to table restaurant. I really thought that we would have to wait a long time for our bibs, but we walked in and walked out again in no time flat. One of the easiest packet pick-ups I have ever done, though apparently I didn't sign up properly and didn't get free mugs anyway! A delicious lunch did not hurt things either!
|It was the little guys first race! He did an awesome job!|
After we were all done, we headed over to the post-race snack area. It was beautiful-a cup of hot chocolate and a mug filled with fondue and snacks. We were all in heaven. We sat near a fountain enjoying our delicious treat and waited for all the others to join us and share their race stories. We finished our celebration with a run up the Art Museum steps-the steps Rocky runs up in case you were wondering and then a group photo with Rocky himself. The beauty of racing is we were still home by 10:30 with a full day in front of us!