Rock n' Roll Seattle, Here I Come...

These posts for Chocolate Milk are sponsored, and I was given a entry to Rock n' Roll Seattle Half Marathon for my participation in the BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK campaign.  All opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago, I received a communication from the folks behind the BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK campaign.  After talking over opportunities, they invited me to run Rock n' Roll Seattle and share my love of chocolate milk, the official refuel beverage for the race.  I couldn't have been more thrilled.  I've had a few requests for sponsored content cross my path since I've started blogging, but none that seemed to mesh as perfectly as this opportunity.  I truly believe in the restorative and refueling powers of lowfat chocolate milk.  Downing one of my kids milk boxes, or even putting some in an insulated tumbler in my car, has always been my go-to post long run.  In the two-plus years I've been on the Oiselle team, I've changed tidbits here and there on my athlete profile.  But I've never changed up my favorite post race treat: chocolate milk (with a soft spot for Chocolate Peanut Butter ReFuel).  Some of the reasons behind choosing chocolate milk for recovery:
  • More than 20 studies support the benefits of recovering with the high-quality protein and nutrients in chocolate milk after a tough workout.
Chocolate milk…
  • is a natural source of high-quality protein to build lean muscle.
  • has the right mix of protein and carbs, scientifically shown to refuel exhausted muscles and help return muscles to peek potential.
  • provides fluids and electrolytes – like calcium, potassium and magnesium and sodium – to rehydrate and help replenish critical nutrients lost in sweat.

To learn more, check out Got Chocolate Milk's web page on the science behind all the benefits to athletes.

Speaking of athletes, I'll be running the course along with Apolo Ohno!  Well, not alongside the guy.  I'm thinking he'll be going a wee bit faster than me...  I miiiiiight get a chance to meet him, not sure yet.  But if you're running, or out cheering, keep an eye out for him.  Not only is he a fantastic dancer (according to my mom, I've sadly never watched Dancing with the Stars), oh, and a pretty good speed skater (8 Olympic medals, I think?), he's on 'Mission Apolo' for Ironman Kona.  If you've never watched an Ironman finish line live stream (Are you crazy!? They are beyond inspirational, emotional - just all the feels), this is the year to tune in.   I can't wait to watch the feed of Apolo cross the finish line, and finish strong with chocolate milk, of course!  

As for my finish line projections for Saturday, I'm giving myself permission to go 'funning' for a whole three hours if that's what it takes!  Even coming off my personal worst a few weeks ago, I'm pretty sure that won't be the case.  But I want to run it the way I ran Hot Chocolate last year, maybe chocolate is the key to my race happiness...  I just ran that easy the whole time with a smile on my face - slow for me, but happy.  From what I gather about Rock n' Roll races, that shouldn't be too difficult.  I've been keeping up long runs over the last month in anticipation of this opportunity, so I think I'm pretty well prepared.  Can't wait to report back on my thoughts for such a big race.  I loved hanging with the Nuun crew last year, and look forward to being a participant this time around!

Hopefully the spectators will be as awesome as this bunch!


  1. I hope you have an awesome time! I've never felt inspired by the RNR Seattle course, but I've always thought the party aspect of RNR sounds so fun, so I love your plan to go 'funning'.

  2. You are welcome to run super easy with me and my friend on Saturday!! I'm thinking we might be in the 2:10 finish time area!

  3. Reeeeeally!? I thought your friend was a fastie/might not want to go funning - I'll shoot you an email tonite :)

  4. Have a blast. I have only done RnR Sea once and it was my worst time, but I had the most fun. Maybe next year!