Run4Chocolate is ready to roll

I just got back from the Baltimore Marathon expo with a friend, where we were busy collecting the packets of most of our relay team members. My friends and I have a five-year tradition of putting together relay teams for both the Baltimore and Frederick marathons under the name Run4Chocolate.

Running on a relay team is a blast. It’s a mixed bag too–in one sense I feel a lot more relaxed about running on a team than when I run individually. On the other hand, I don’t want to let my teammates down–and my teammates are fast, so I’ve got to do my best out there. Our teams also have a successful history of nabbing the top all-female team slots, so I want to make sure we can keep that streak going.

This year we have three relay teams made of up of four women each. Most of the legs are around 6 miles. I plan to warm up for a few miles, run my leg (the 3rd) and then continue running the last 7 in at an easy pace to the finish so that I can still get in about 16 miles.

When all is said and done, we have a run4chocolate party in the evening, another tradition. Everyone brings something with a chocolate ingredient. The desserts, obviously, are a cinch. It’s the other dishes that get interesting. One of the girls always does a mole from a different region of Mexico. I’m doing a butternut squash dish that includes raw cocoa nibs in it, and there’s rumor someone is bringing chocolate deviled eggs–I’ll let you know how those turn out!

If you haven’t ever run on a relay team before, grab some friends and give it a try sometime–it can add a whole new dimension to your running.

Don’t forget my Nathan sleeves giveaway here. It ends tomorrow!

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  1. Jennifer says

    Never done a relay either… but I will run for chocolate, long, hard, fast, slow, whatever, if I get a choco reward I'm stoked!

  2. Pam says

    Chocolate deviled eggs… I love chocolate. I love deviled eggs. But CHOCOLATE DEVILED EGGS? lol That does NOT sound tasty.

  3. Momma K and her Krew says

    Love the shirt and the team idea. And who doesnt love chocolate! Especially if it is paired with Peanut butter. Mmmmmmmm (<; Anyhow fabulous plan, sounds like a blast!

  4. Laurie says

    Yeah, I'm with Pam, not so sure about the chocolate deviled eggs. Can't wait to hear about all the tasty dishes. Chocolate makes (almost) everything better! Now I'm off to enter your giveaway, don't know how I missed it, I've been lusting after some arm sleeves for a while now.

  5. Jason says

    I'm sorry I stopped comprehending after the word chocolate. There was something about a relay and trying it out. 16 miles…..I'm sorry but I'm in a chocolate haze right now.

    But you have given me the idea of coming up with a menu item that has chocolate involved.

    Thank you.

  6. Johann says

    Relays are fun when you do it with fun friends. I'm impressed with the top all female slots. I don't have fast friends, I met them all somewhere at the back of the pack.

  7. ShutUpandRun says

    I love the sound of this chocolate thing. Combing running and chocolate could never be bad. Good luck and have fun relaying.

  8. Tara says

    Oh gawd, would be trouble at an "everything chocolate" party, but it sounds like a ton of fun!

    I've never ran a relay marathon. Good luck to you!

  9. Robin says

    Sounds like a really fun event! Have a great race and enjoy the food. Looking forward to hearing about chocolate deviled eggs(?). Hmmm….

    Was just reading about RAGNAR (again) recently. Thinking about a few different ones: south FL and Wine Country, in particular. Would be my first attempt at relay racing.

    Thank you for your thoughts on the slower runners post this week. As always, I appreciate your insight! :-)

  10. The Green Girl says

    I'm toying with the idea of a relay but the team will need some seriously fast runners to compensate for my measly mile time.

  11. Chris K says

    Does it get any better than guilt free chocolate eating?! That sounds really cool – especially with the podium opportunity. Don't forget to bring the camera – I want a podium pic of four hot fast ladies.

  12. Fran says

    I love the whole idea around it, especially the run for chocolate because I love chocolate.

    Funny just read in a cook magazine a recipe for meat with potatoes and chocolate and been wondering if I should try to make it. Usually I only use chocolate in desserts.

    Have fun!

  13. Caratunk Girl says

    Great shirt!! Have a blast in Baltimore. I love being on relay teams, and like you, I am more relaxed, but then don't want to let the team down either..