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Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon Recap!

Monday: 5m 10:00/pace easy
Tuesday: Crossfit

The Women’s Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon was a great time to see a few running/blogging friends I only see a couple times a year and run the last half marathon until fall season starts. <–which i understand is sooner now than later since I’m way behind with the blog. Whoops!

The Zooma 1/2 was on Saturday, June 3rd. My recap from last year is similar to this year. I had the chance to hang out with Lauren from Breathe Deeply and Smile. I stayed at the same hotel, The O’Callaghan, ate at the same restaurant in the Loew’s Hotel and had the same race goal, run a moderately hard effort and have fun.

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The expo was at the Loew’s Hotel and was easy to navigate, especially toward this table. I made friends with these girls for while and got to try a ton of “samples” hehehe.

File_000 (336)Then the Ambassadors all got together for our annual photos/be goofballs. We were trying to make the tank tops and Bondi headbands look cool. You have to wear the tanks over your shirts right? Or is that just reserved for Jordan jersey’s from the 90s? #23

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photo cred: Sarah Ratzlaff

I tried to catch Lauren a little off guard, I think the only thing winning about his photo is how bad the lighting is. (don’t hate me for posting this Lauren!)

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After we heard a few speakers, got our fix of wine spritzers and pictures we headed for food!

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We ended up eating burgers and fries at the bar and noticed we were both wearing green shirts. Fascinating right?

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I surprisingly got to sleep at a reasonable hour, slept well and ate well. Justin’s Almond Butter is pretty fantastic on bananas and the single serving helps keep my PB cravings in check. Kinda. Who am i kidding, it’s just adding to the pb insanity.

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This race always takes place when I’m not in great racing shape after the end of spring when I haven’t been speed training at all. Zero. And it’s always hot and humid. The weather was far better than last year’s race. It was actually a bit cool at the start. It progressively got warmer and humid, but again, way more tolerable than last year.

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Fun Fact: These Brooks shoes were on their last 13/500 miles and were the shoes I qualified for Boston in. Glad I got to race one more time in them!

I was happy I chose the half marathon until I realized most of the Zooma girls opted for the 10k, so i was alone this year running a moderate “tempo-ish” type of run.

Everything felt pretty controlled and cadence was quick until mile 9. It was early for me to start feeling gassed, but again, I knew this was the first speed day I’d had in over a month. I was asking a lot from my body and I probably started way too fast. This was the first race in a while I positive split (finishing the back half of a race slower than the first).

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The best part of the race was hitting mile 12. I was basically walk/running at that point. I knew i was the 3rd overall female almost the entire race, but the girl behind me wasn’t far and I assumed she would pass me, because of the amount of walking I was doing. Once the turnaround at 12 happened, she ran beside me and said, “let’s go, let’s finish together.” My legs started moving again. I thanked her multiple times and told her that was exactly what I needed.

That’s what the Zooma Women’s Race is all about. Women helping and supporting women. I experienced it that day more than I have in any previous race.

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Her name was Casey and she finished in 3rd. It was her very first half marathon and I congratulated her on her outstanding time and thanked her over and over again for helping me through a rough spot.
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If you’d like to run a Zooma race check out the next ones in Cape Cod on Oct 7th or Amelia Island, FL on Oct 21st. www.zoomarun.com and use CORI2017 for 10% off.

Last Week
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: snatch skill work, 6m easy 9:05pace
Wednesday: Crossfit, 5000m row
Thursday: 6m tempo (4m @ 7:08/pace)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 7m easy run, 45min shoulders
Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 19

Do you have a pair of running shoes you had a hard time retiring?

How’s summer running going?

 

 


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Zooma Annapolis 1/2 Marathon Recap!

Monday: 9.5m easy 8:35/pace

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to be a more social runner. Maybe join a running group, run with friends, make new friends, reach out to people in the area who have the same interests… It’s hard to step outside my bubble, but i’m getting better at it, and enjoying each experience. When I was accepted to be a Zooma Ambassador I had no clue i’d be making friends and becoming part of a group of women who truly support and care for one another.

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It was so much fun putting names to faces…well, more like blogs and instagram handles to faces. These girls are smart, funny and all about a good time.

The morning of the race was nothing out of the ordinary. A runner leaving the same hotel lead me and Lauren (Breathe Deeply and Smile) out of the way to get to the start line, and like all the races this season we had 8 minutes between the port-o-potties and jogging to the start line. Hey, at least I didn’t have to pee in public this time. hahahah ugh.. please laugh with me.

We even missed the group ambassador photo–but i’m sharing it anyway because everyone looked awesome!

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Lauren and I didn’t have a game plan. I didn’t know we’d be running side by side the entire race, but it kinda happened that way. Neither one of us was planning to PR or pushing a crazy pace. We settled in around an 8:00/pace. Between the hills and humidity, that felt a lot harder than it should have. I wasn’t mentally or physically prepared for this race. Hence my struggle fest picture below.

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We didn’t talk to each other most of the race, just a a quick word here and there checking in and making sure we weren’t holding each other back. Lauren has a very similar running cadence so i kept picturing us as Shalane & Amy at the Olympic Trials. A stretch sure, but i felt like we looked strong side by side and were helping each other keep our heads in the race.

The course was hilly with a lot of out and back turnarounds in neighborhoods. I would have gotten lost had the volunteers not been there. Running around Annapolis was super fun, i’ve only done it one other time and promised myself i’d return.

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The details of this race are sort of lost, i think i was so focused on not stopping and getting the work done, such as ascending the giant bridge twice.

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photo cred: Deb Strong, Zooma Ambassador

Also, i was scared of losing Lauren. For the majority of the race we were alone or around only small groups of runners at a time. If she wasn’t next to me it would have been easy to  stop, walk or slow down plenty of times. She was my prime source of motivation. This was my first time running a race with someone, and i liked it! It was fun, we felt like a team in our matching blue Zooma singlets, passing runners together and laughing at times when we thought we may have taken a wrong turn.

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We crossed the finish line, grabbed water bananas & trail mix, took some blog pics and got out of there. It took a few minutes for us to cool down from the humidity–that was a SWEATY race. The New Balance singlet kept me cool even though it was soaked. I might be investing in some NB tanks for the summer.

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My official time was 1:45:23, 15th overall and 3rd in my age group. Zooma put on a great race. I loved it, the volunteers were outstanding and the much needed on course water stations were spaced perfectly. I feel like I came out of this race a strong, supported, female runner.

Once I got home I made Cameron take me to get pizza and a hard coffee. I was in heaven…

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I can drink coffee with any meal. Don’t judge. Till next time…

What’s your go-to after race meal?  

Any summer races?