Disclaimer: I received an entry to the 2021 virtual Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Dallas to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
2021 has descended upon us and still no clearer picture as to when in-person races will return in most cities. I was lucky to do some in-person races in 2020 so I remain cautiously optimistic about 2021.
The end of 2020 brought a major injury my way. I am partly to blame as I didn’t pay enough attention to a nagging shin splint issue. So I took a running hiatus that lasted most of January. Luckily with bring a BibRave Pro, I was given the chance to run the (virtual) Dallas edition of the Hot Chocolate 5k. I’ve heard a lot about this race in the past and I was looking forward to perhaps running it live. But no luck.
After about a month of resting my injured leg I began the tedious journey of coming back to running. I started slowly with few miles and gradually ramped up. It wasn’t until the week of the virtual 5k that I started feeling my leg flare up again. I took it easy for a couple of days knowing the virtual race would probably be my last hurrah before another injury break was due.
A few days before the run the goodie package arrived. I’ve heard about their great swag in the past and this didn’t disappoint. Nuun and honey stinger are some of my go-to hydration and fueling choices. So I was excited that they were a partner in this race. The sweater was such great quality. I couldn’t wait to try it on. Finally, the chocolates and hot cocoa mix were big winners with my kiddos.
Finally on the day of my virtual race, I proudly suited up in my BibRave gear and headed out for what would be my last run for quite some time. I didn’t run it as part of a social group. Instead I opted to stick close to home and run on familiar streets.
Once I completed my virtual 5k in under 25 minutes (my goal post-injury), I finally wore the awesome medal that comes with the packet
Overall, with covid and injury, this wasn’t how I wanted my first 2021 even to go. But I’m fortunate enough to represent BibRave Pros and be a part of this iconic Dallas race. Hopefully I get to participate next time it is in person and