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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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hotel selfie

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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5 Friday Favorites!

Monday: 7.5m interval (2m warm up, 4 mile repeats each @ 6:40/pace,  cool down)      

Tuesday: 3m easy 9:30/pace, 25min TRX legs, 3 x 6 toes to bar                                          

Wednesday: 5m hill sprints (30 sec sprints x 6.5% 6:35/pace + 1 minute walking recoveries)

Thursday: Rest

I need a day where I share some things I’ve been into. Friday might just be the normal day. It’s either a “Flex Friday” a “Phone Dump Friday” so I think a “Friday Favorites” might find it’s way into the rounds here on The Distance.

  1. This article Carrots n’ Cake posted to her Facebook. It’s worth the short read and something i stress to my clients, especially the newbies. Take note, focus on getting stronger or faster, not the number on the scale! (click the picture for the article!)Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 9.12.34 PM
  2. The People Vs. OJ Simpson – Cameron and I got hooked on all this true story crime entertainment since we spent a few weekends ago binging on Making a Murderer. Now he’s hooked on Serial, and i need to get started on that (I’m late i know!). The People Vs. OJ is INCREDIBLE. We were on the edge of our seat 5 minutes in and I cannot wait until next week’s episode. Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 9.22.48 PM
  3. Kodiak Cakes Instant Pancake on the Go. I bought these for mornings i don’t have time for my usual eggs & veggies and I love this stuff.  It’s seriously a protein packed, ready in 1-minute, delicious way to start the morning. –It is a little pricey though, $1.99 each. I save them for my super early mornings which happen about once a week, so they’re worth it to have on hand.File_000 (65)
  4. Afternoon cuddles with LE. I joked on Instagram that we were having our afternoon couch cuddles & peanut butter, but honestly we do that almost everyday. Apples & PB and cuddles as I’m resting before heading back into work. File_000 (63)File_000 (64)
  5. Zooma Run Love Challenge Swag– Specifically the Feetures! running socks. I’ve seen these socks in stores before and laughed at $15 socks. I would NEVER pay that much. Well put a sock in it, cause I will now. These are the first socks i’ve ever worn that did not make my feet sweat or cause blisters on long runs. I will be purchasing more as soon! Also- i included a picture of the awesome sweatshirt Zooma sent. It will be a weekend staple, it’s so cute & cozy.

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Are you watching The People Vs. OJ?

Best running swag?


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Running This Year is Going to Be Awesome and Scary and Awesome Some More

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 6m tempo (1m warm up, 4m @ 7:47/pace, 1m cooldown) + 20 min legs 

Let’s talk. I need to take the pressure off training for a fast half or a BQ time marathon. I want this year to be amazing and different and FUN. As much as I want to be on a strict running schedule, hitting paces & meeting goals, getting there will be easier if I don’t put as much pressure on myself by focusing on one race.

This is why i haven’t signed up for an “A” race yet. I’m not sure if it will be a marathon or a fast half or both! I’m just going with the flow and will sign up for a race when i feel good about a specific distance.

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After my 7 mile “long run” this past Sunday

This is also why i’m doing the Spartan Beast OCR (obstacle course race) in May & why I just signed up for a crazy hard leg of Ragnar DC this September. 18.1 tough miles!

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Having multiple racing goals and a few different types of races on the calendar should keep running life fun & interesting to say the least! (also–if you remember running a Ragnar has been a long term goal of mine!)

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My good friend Deena from Saturday’s 5 miler!

Another one of my goals is to attend a few local group running meet-ups and be more active and social in the running community. I’m ready to branch out a little and turn running from a solo sport, to somewhat of a social thing.

And speaking of being social I’d also like to share with you a few links to a few of the lovely Zooma Ambassadors I’m getting to know. This way you can follow them, friend them & ask them running questions! I’ve met a few really good best friends through social media (hence all my pics with Emmeline..) it never hurts to reach out to runners training for the same races. It’s support! Embrace it! If you’re looking at running a Zooma race, or if you’re just looking for a few crazy runners to chat with in the local area, here are a few ways to link up with them. —>And make sure you use the coupon Cori10 for 10% off your race entry into a Zooma race. (You can also find the ambassadors on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #zoomaambassador #zoomaannapolis #zoomacapecod #zoomaflorida #thisishowizooma)

Annapolis 

Angela- Angela Bess MD

Brittney- Lola And Lane

Tami- Have My Cake and Eat Yours Too

Samantha- Sams Runs

Cynthia- You Signed Up For What

 

Cape Cod

Gina- East and Pine

Lara- Uptite Mamas

Jen- Running With the Girls

Megan- Runner Megan

Sandra- Organic Runner Mom

Florida

Anne- Run U Mother

Brianna- I Run He Tries

Kimberly- Fit Disney Mom

Shelley- Run Bike Write

Presley- Run Pretty Blog

Last thing! i had to share what you would see if you watched me blog. There’s me:

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and then there’s this…it’s why i can never get a blog up in a timely matter.. she’s so distracting! hehehe

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Last Week

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3.5m easy 9:22/pace

Wednesday: 5m tempo (1m warm up, 3m @ 7:44/pace, 1m cooldown) + 15 min legs (offset lunges, TRX pistol squats & dead lifts)

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 6.8m easy 8:42/pace

Saturday: 50min Crossfit (25 pullups, 50 pushups, 75 KB overhead swings 25#, 100 burpees, 125 jump rope)+ 5.4m run/walk

Sunday: 7.3m 8:42/pace easy

Total Miles: 28

Do you ever run with a group? 

How about a Ragnar? any tips for training?