Hot Chocolate 15k Recap

I did it. I finished the Hot Chocolate 15k in under 2 hours.


the banana was great – I didn’t eat any of the chocolate

I have to say I was mentally prepared to stand in the cold for 30-45 minutes from my corrals official start time as I did last year but this year it moved faster and I started 10 minutes after the 7:45am start time. Could it be because I was in corral N this year instead of corral Q? That might be the reason entirely. šŸ™‚


it was a bit chilly outside

I had a great breakfast of PB, banana and 2 cliff shot blocks. I should have taken 3 as I about died at mile 8. I’ll get to that later. James and the boys dropped me off around 7am. I hit the port-a-potty and did some light stretching and before I knew it we were moving to the start line.

Mile by Mile

Mile 1 – 11:29 – went by SUPER DUPER FAST. Like seriously, I was booking it and trying to talk myself into moving slower but that didn’t happen

Mile 2 – 11:09 – was faster than mile 1. Clearly I was on adrenalin and the excitement of the race


nike+ i love this app

Mile 3 – 11:17 – finally I started to get into a grove and just run my race

Mile 4 – 11:35 – this is when I got extra happy because I clocked this mile just 1 minute slower than last year’s Hot Chocolate 5k. It felt great to know that my weight loss and training paid off šŸ™‚

Mile 5 – 11:52 – by this point we had been running on S. Michigan for so long that I know longer knew where I was, so I was taking in the sites and trying not to zone out to my music. I made a BOMB playlist.

Mile 6 – 11:41 – another exciting moment. I clocked my 10k time 3 minutes faster than the Chicago 10k race I ran in August

Mile 7 – 11:49 – at this point, we had crossed over Lake Shore Drive and were headed to the Arie Crown Theater. Back into territory that I knew. I also, started to get tired and I popped a Cliff Shot Block. I should have taken 3 instead of 2 in the morning and I also should have popped the other 3 Shots around the half way point or mile 5. Lesson learned.

Mile 8 – 12:02 – I’m not even going to lie. I was over the race at this point. We were entering into Museum Campus area and I never thought we’d make it to Columbus Drive.

Mile 9 – 12:36 – Can anyone tell me why the last mile always feels like 3 miles?? Seriously. I felt like I was running forever. When I saw the finish line I booked it. Raised my arms & gave a big smile because the race was finally over.

BOOM. SMASHED ANOTHER GOAL and it feels so GOOD! I think I might stay at this distance for awhile. Yes, I could have gone longer if I had to but I was so glad I didn’t have too.


minutes after crossing the finishing line


headed to get my finishers mug

I’ll be putting together my race schedule for the 2015 race season soon. If you have any races you’ve loved let me know so I can check them out. I’m hoping to tackle an obstacle race with the hubs and possibly a half marathon. šŸ™‚

~ Challenge yourself friends


Fit Fly Mamas: Chicago 10K Recap

Hey!!!! Yesterday, I completed my first 10k on my self imposed journey to a half marathon. :p I must say that Fleet Feet Sports, Active and the other sponsors put on a great race.

The Course:



We took a loop around Grant Park and the bulk of the race was spent running the lake front. There were more than enough aid stations along the way 2 on the way out and 2 on the way back. The one down side was that the path we ran was still open to other runners getting their normal Sunday morning workout on and some biker riders. It was easy to navigate around folks after the first mile but the initial clump was a bit difficult to get through at first.

Gift Bag:


Chicago 10k Finisher Shirt

The bag included a great t-shirt and you could opt for a tech tee as well for an additional price during the registration but I choose not to. I might get the tech tee next year.

My Race:

I kept 2 mantras running through my head during the race; 1) Posture, Rhythm, Relax and 2) Run your race. They both kept me going during the race. Run your race was most needed in the first 2.5 miles when I trying to settle into my race pace. As people were passing me it was hard initially for me to not speed up to keep up with them. So, I had to keep saying, Run your race Nkoyo, not theirs.


My first mile felt great. My legs were warmed up, I was relaxed and settling into a groove. Mile 2 was a bit slower because I didn’t want to burn out. Mile 3 was my fastest mile. Mile 4 felt great. I smiled for the camera dude and I think I might have even given a thumbs up. I was also excited to be headed to the finish line. Mile 5 my song came on again Jet Blue Jet – Major Lazer – Free the Universe. The lyrics say, “Can’t stop, can’t stop…” over and over again during the chorus. It’s just a great motivator and the beat helps my run cadence. Mile 6 was no lie the toughest. IĀ  was ready for the race to be over :p but I could see and hear the finish line so stopping wasn’t an option. I kept reciting Posture, Rhythm, & Relax it’s almost over. šŸ™‚


My splits šŸ™‚


When it was all said and done, I ran sub 12:00 minute miles for all 6 miles and that’s a big accomplishment for me. I’ve set the bar high for myself and I’m proud that I trained for this race. It showed me that when you train hard you’ll reap the rewards on race day. šŸ™‚