Running & Chocolate!! [Recipe]

I have realized that I partially enjoy running because of all the food and carbs I get to eat. HAHA. It’s embarrassing to admit, but it’s true!! That is not why I started running, but this last week I have certainly been enjoying it.  Tomorrow I am running a 15K!!! (9 miles) In getting ready for the race, I have gotten the “runchies” (runner munchies) pretty bad! 

I have been enjoying all sorts of food this last week. I made this chocolate chunk protein bread  last night… so DELISH! (insert heart eyed emoji!)  This recipe uses the best protein bar on the market, QuestBar.  Click HERE to purchase some Quest bars. You WON’T regret it!
I will post my own variation of this bread on the blog soon. It’s egg whites, protein powder and banana, and it tastes like bread, but it’s PROTEIN BABY! So yummy. This is how mine turned out…

Photo Feb 28While I do love to eat, I’m not over here shoving my mouth full of whatever I can get my hands on. I have eaten larger amounts of peanut butter and also larger servings of carbs. I do not eat low carb by ANY means, but when I eat a little more than normal, I bloat a tiny bit. Bloating = not cool, but the protein pancakes, pumpkin protein muffins and breakfast burritos have been SO YUMMY! I won’t go into endurance nutrition, but I noticed when I ran the half marathon that my nutrition the week before could have been different (newbie learning her way) so I decided to try it differently for this 9 mile race. 

Photo Feb 27-9I am running the Hot Chocolate 15K — CHOCOLATE AND RUNNING! The perfect combo. I told my mom we should start a race that was all about running for (or running on) coffee – hahaha. Wouldn’t it be a huge hit? Especially here in the PNW! 

I am excited to run this race. I always thought it sounded fun, but the distance was “too far for me”. Then last year in May, I decided to try a 5K and actually run the whole 3 miles and since then my life has changed…

There is going to be chocolate everywhere! I picked up my race packet yesterday in the afternoon and there was chocolate ALL over the expo. Photo Feb 27-10I walk in and this is the first thing I see… CHOCOLATE. Chocolate pieces, chocolate fondue, hot chocolate. They really mean business with the chocolate. Photo Feb 27-2

After indulging in a few things, I went to get my bib. I got my corral assignment, I am in corral B!!! There is A-O and I am in B — I put my mile time as 9:00mi/mile, which to me is pretty average…but not for this race! So yah, no pressure to run fast. Haha. It will be fun to be up in the front and in the fast group!!!Photo Feb 27-8Largest mug EVER and my bib with “B” assignment!

Then I went to pick up my “goodie bag”! (that’s what most people run for right?) πŸ˜› Photo Feb 27-6Check out how awesome these finisher hoodies are!?Photo Feb 27-5Photo Feb 27-4I don’t know what that little symbol is on the back, but I could feel it so I was like take a pic! haha. It made me so excited!! I think it was a little sugar high from the chocolate, but also just because I can’t believe the race is here. I am running this one alone. It makes me a little sad, but I tend to be a lone runner anyway. All I need is music, my running shoes and some sunshine πŸ˜€

Then on my way out, I walked past the “rally card making station” … ummm how cool is that?!? Yes, I made myself a rally card. It just says “never give up” – I’ll snap a pic on race day. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see the picPhoto Feb 27-3
I’ve never run a 15K before, but I have run a half marathon (21K) so I am not as nervous about this race. My training for this race was not as strong as my half-marathon training, so I may suffer a little bit in the final miles, but I know I will be able to finish.
Photo Feb 27

The course seems like it will be flat with gentle inclines, nothing crazy steep. Sometimes I like to drive the course before the race, but I won’t do that this time. It’s a beautiful course and I can’t wait to run it! They have chocolate stations along the course too… check out the course HERE. Fun fact: I am kinda a chocolate snob, I love dark chocolate. I was kinda nervous this chocolate wouldn’t be very good. Let me tell you guys, all the chocolate I had at the expo was DELISH so I can’t wait for race day.

I will have a recap up about the race next week, so look out for that. The finisher medal is pretty sweet if I do say so myself. πŸ™‚

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XOXO
Stay Sweet!
Sarah

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