A few things before I jump into last night’s event:
1. I have gotten several emails regarding the piriformis/hip/glute strengthening/stretching moves I got from a PT. I am going to put together a post on this- maybe even a VLOG (what?!)- to try to help those of you suffering from a pain in your rear. Or those of you wanting to join the ranks of J-Lo and Beyoncé. DISCLAIMER: I am not a PT and I cannot guarantee recovery.
2. If you have not yet made the move to join the Daily Mile I am encouraging you to do so. The support/motivation there is fantastic and it will hold you accountable to your workouts. Not a runner? Not a problem. It tracks all workouts (cycling, cross-training, swimming, etc) so there really is no excuse. Plus you can be my friend. I know, what a bonus 😉
Last night I headed to Avenue 5 restaurant for an event hosted by RAM racing. Let me keep it real. I did not feel like attending this event due to my serious lack of sleep on Monday night. It was one of those times where I had to weigh the pros and cons. Pro: Friends will be there. Pro: Would like to form my own opinion of Ram Racing. Con: I am tired as a mofo and could come off as quiet and snotty. I decided to take my chances.
As soon as I walked through the doors of the restaurant I got a second wind. There was a lot of chatter and the mood was relaxed. Thank gosh. I immediately met David Wallach, the Chief Marketing Officer of RAM Racing. He was kind, humble and welcoming. He talked to me about their company and their plans to put on a stellar Hot Chocolate race here in San Diego. Is it easy for someone to talk about how great an event will be? Sure. That’s how you drive registration. Yet he was different. He didn’t avoid discussing the challenges of prior races and what changes they have made to make sure those one-off’s don’t happen again. He admitted they have made mistakes. I liked that. Honesty goes a long way with me.
Photo Cred: RER
Ok, not really, but they did bring fun and good discussion to the table. I also finally got to meet Linzay! She is as sweet as she comes across in her blog and her smile is infectious. So excited to have met a new friend!
We sat down to eat and Steve Ginsburg, president of RAM, gave us background on the company and how the Hot Chocolate race series came to be.
He is dedicated to making racing fun and safe and most importantly: FULL OF CHOCOLATE 🙂 I am not sure if he knew what he was getting himself into once he decided to squeeze in at the end of our table. All of us were well aware of the race that didn’t go well in DC. There was no way that questions regarding that race could be avoided.
He was open and fair in his responses to questions regarding planning, logistics and social media. He didn’t really address exactly what went wrong in DC. However, he came across as genuine and again determined to put on a great race here in SoCal. When all was said and done he said he appreciated the good conversation.
This night was a lot of fun and very positive for both RAM Racing and SoCal running community. I am looking forward to the Hot Chocolate 15k. Ram Racing talked the talk last night and now it’s time to walk the walk.
March 25th – San Diego, CA
Goodie Bag: You get a jacket. No really. A jacket.
And there will be chocolate. A lot of it. YESSSSSSS.
Will you be participating in the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k race series?
Have you had a bad race experience and then given the company a second chance to make a first impression?
~ You all know I had a LOT to say about RNR Vegas yet I am running RNR Pasadena. Let’s hope that race is much more organized!