After seeing my recent chocolate haul from Chicago, you might be wondering whether or not I weigh 300 lbs. You might especially be wondering how this is possible if you have read about some of my large-scale baking projects, my trips to Biagio’s sample days, and the times that I brought home large quantities of chocolate from Seattle, Los Angeles, and Boston. Oh, and Chicago. Before.
The answer is that, no I don’t weight 300 lbs (or even half that). But how, yes how, with all the chocolate I feature here? I generally credit my swimming addiction, which leads me to the pool five days a week, but it wouldn’t be fair to fail to mention running.
Despite this fancy equipment, I don’t consider myself a runner – I’m a swimmer at heart. But today, just for fun, I’ll be running a chocolate-fueled road race. The Capitol Hill Classic 10k should be a blast, and I’ll be joined by several DC-area bloggers, including Beth, Chase, and Liz.
But wait! Would you have guessed that other chocolate bloggers from around the country, and the world, also run? It’s true! I do believe that this indicates that chocolate consumption is a key aspect of achieving athletic excellence. Check out this list of races that some of my fellow chocolate-focused bloggers have run, or are about to run.
Lee, with his highly analytical reviews of chocolate bars and confections from around the globe, is running Manchester 10k today.
Natalie, with whom I just exchanged some wonderful chocolate, is taking on a half marathon at the Great North Run in September
Katie, with her fun-filled vegan chocolate recipes, just likes to “run for fun” – but I do believe she is quite speedy during her fun runs.
Russell Lewis, out of Austin, also ran a 5k recently – the Chuy 5k.
And finally, Evan, who creates brilliant brownie recipes, ran the National Marathon (!) in March. Whew.
It’s clear from this list that chocolate is an athletic-performance enhancing substance. Just don’t tell the World Anti-Doping Agency, OK?
And we’ll see how my race goes. If I’m not happy with my time, perhaps it’s time to up my chocolate consumption.
Do you think chocolate enhances athletic performance?