Sunday is the day of The Chocolate Half Marathon in Port Dalhousie, Ontario. It should be no surprise that the event, which also includes a 5K and 10K run/walk, is almost sold out!
For those of you who may be wondering why, the answer is simple: chocolate! The course is out and back with 4 aid stations (meaning 8 stops, if you take them all) and two of them have water and chocolate. But after the race, runners and walkers can sink their teeth into chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate covered rice krispy treats, fudge samples and truffles.
As with any race, I have done my homework and studied the course map, the elevation and the aid stations. I have absolutely no intention of eating on the course. Instead, I am aiming to run as fast as I can and beat all of the other women to the finish line so that I get dibs on the chocolate.
The boys are quite excited about going to The Chocolate Race. Last year, they helped at a water station and Skipper brought home all of the leftover Hershey Kisses; he smiled about it for days. In the past six months, Little Ironman has also discovered chocolate and, so, he is keen to tag along because (1) it is a race and (2) it promises chocolate. Daddy is just being an awesome husband and working out the logistics.
And, being the amazing trio that they are, they are going to be watching the Running Skirts booth while the girls are running the course. Yes, they are “manning” the station and are so, so excited about it. I may just have to thank them by getting them a Running Skirt – but in a size to grow into or down to so that I can adequately test it out first!
Finally, my toe seems fine for the 13.1 miles. After being on meds for three days, I am intentionally skipping tomorrow ( bad, I know) so that I don’t have to worry about the gastrointestinal side effects. I’m packing them to come with me, though, so that I can pop them right after my run. The package reads “Take with Food.” I sure hope that they go well with chocolate!