Race Recap: ZOOMA Florida

In January, I participated in the 2nd annual ZOOMA Florida event held on one of my favorite places in the state, Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island just outside of Jacksonville. I spent quite a few hours out there growing up and it was always a favorite spot to find sharks teeth and beautiful shells, but you always had to get out there early since everyone else was looking for the teeth too!

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This was my third half marathon, and my 2nd ZOOMA race [what can I say, I loved the first one and needed to attempt to beat my time]! So, off to Florida went Nick, Sizzle and myself. On our way, we were sidelined by traffic and then Sizz wanted to experience the beach, so after we left the expo [it was small, but I knew to expect that after last year’s], we headed out to the beach to let Sizz smell the ocean air. Who am I kidding – she wanted to chase the seagulls! My little huntress…she likes things that fly.  

Photo: Good Morning. 73 degrees today!{Source}

Saturday morning we were up bright dark and early to head out to Fernandina Beach. The winds were blowing, but I knew shorts were the way to go with long miles ahead out in the sun as our route runs down A1A towards the Ritz-Carlton. Then, before I knew it, we were off and running down the main drag of Fernandina Beach.

2014-01-18 08.04.00The first miles went by smoothly and I started to pick up my pace a bit; I wasn’t running as fast as my Thunder Road times, but I kept at it. We went up and over a bridge before heading into the park and I was able to catch a gorgeous picture once again.

2014-01-18 08.29.40 The miles ticked away until I felt the last few really dragging me down; I teamed up with a fellow runner (who was doing a run-walk sequence) and we pushed through until we hit the dreadful sand. Last year, we ran onto the beach which as firm packed for us; this year it wasn’t so easy, we had to run through the soft sand that runs close to the dunes. This is not what you want to see when the finish line is in sight! But I pushed through and was able to complete my third half marathon.

2014-01-18 12.14.24 After I cooled down and stocked up on Hint waters, we hit up Moon River Pizza to indulge in pizza and a local beer post race. It tasted just as fantastic as I remembered. No pictures as I promptly inhaled it all!

Once again, this was a great race coordinated by ZOOMA – my only wish was for firm packed sand at the finish, not the super soft, sinkable stuff that glued your feet down!

Body Fat and OliveToRun’s WYRR Survey

The other day I completed my first ever health coaching assessment at my gym. And overall, I’m doing pretty well – right amount of exercise for my goals, clean eating with the occasional downfalls [froyo – that would be you].

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I asked at the coach if he would be kind enough to go ahead and check my body fat percentage for me [normally, this is part of the fitness assessment, but he went ahead and clued me in today]. I was curious where I was at the conclusion of Summer BBB and since I only had been using the cheap “measure your body and plug in numbers on a random website method”, I thought it would be cool to find out. And the results are in! I am at 16.5 percent  – whoa that’s over 9 percent lower than my cheap solution and most likely most of the change occurred in the last 8 weeks.
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According to this, I am an ATHLETE. Big thanks goes to Tina and BBB [<- sign up now for Fall] for the workouts that helped get me there. Should be interesting to see where I end up at the end of training in a few months!

Anywho, on to something much more entertaining:
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I thought I’d give Cori’s survey a shot this week, since she came up with some great, fun questions. Yes, she creates these on the fly. Seriously, that’s cool – wish I had time for that. Maybe someday down the road… who am I kidding; I will still be busy then:) Now without further ado, on to my answers!

Would you rather… Be dressed up like a Zombie for a race OR be chased by a Zombie during a race?

Be chased by a zombie – the race does end right? Plus, it would be hard to run with 3 heads like this guy:
 

Would you rather… train with Chuck Norris or train with Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Chuck Norris, fo sho. Not really a fan of Arnold – I think it’s the accent.

Would you rather…Get stuck in an elevator after a race with other people and have to pee or get stuck in a port-a-potty at your race?

I despise port-a-potties in all locations – elevator it is! Luckily, there will be a bottle handy!!

Would you rather… drink milk as you run your race or drink soda/pop?

I think I’d rather burp my way to the finish, rather than puke so soda’s the winner.

Would you rather… puke all the way down the front of yourself during a race or have someone ELSE puke on your foot?

The smell of vomit makes me want to vomit…my shoe would probably be covered in theirs and mine by the end of it…but may not, the smell of sweat and success might solve that problem. Water station up ahead!! I don’t mind wet feet!

Would you rather… be three feet taller than you currently are or three feet shorter than you currently are?

So that would make me 2’8” or 8”8’…let’s go with amazon status here! Had a taste for that in China…it was great for sight-seeing!

Would you rather… sing call me maybe on repeat during a race OR do the macarena the entire race?

Call Me Maybe – done. I sang it in my head for 2 days in Thailand at Christmas. 

Would you rather… have someone’s snot rocket hit you in the face or someone’s blood from chaffing hit you in the face?

Umm, ew. But I handle blood on a more regular basis in the winter, so blood for the win.

Would you rather… receive a beautiful, shiny medal at the end of your race OR have the race organizers donate $100 to a charity after you finish a race?

At the moment, I am craving a beautiful, shiny medal only because I’ve never had one before. Ask me again in 3 months. 
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Would you rather… “hit the wall” halfway through your race distance and struggle the rest of the way OR get close to the end feeling great the whole time but end up having to DNF?

I’d hit the wall in a heartbeat, rather than have a dreaded DNF. There’s a fairly good chance it may happen to me at some point in my future running career, but I’d rather not choose to have one today.
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Pick your top 2 questions from the list above and answer them. Alternatively, complete the survey and link back to OliveToRun.

Weekly Recap: BBBC Week 3

Ok, this recap is occurring a day later than normal, but hey I was a bit busy yesterday!

In other news – happy belated 4th of July! I spent my holiday on the lake relaxing, enjoying the sun while dodging thunderstorms. Although we ended up soaked before the fireworks even started, it was still an awesome day. But now, back to the true focus on this post – what did I accomplish last week?

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Monday: (AM) BBBC Strength A + (PM) Barre Interval @ Flex+Fit

Tuesday: SPIN 50 @ Flex+Fit

Wednesday: 3.45 mile run (44:00)

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Hot and humid… 

Thursday: 4.73 mile run (56:15)

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Great company, but we were definitely slow movers! 

Friday: Off/Rest

Saturday: HFFA Firecracker 5k and Super Soaker Dash

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Note to self: wine the night before a race is NOT a good idea 🙂

Sunday: Walking Day (2.5 miles)! Love living in uptown where we can walk to lunch and evening shows – we saw Cirque Du Soleil: Quidam!

Weekly Miles: 17.6

With the holiday weekend, I was slower than I had thought; but at least I kept my mileage up! And now, I’m off to another great week!

Race Recap: ZOOMA Florida

I can now say I have completed my first half marathon! Yes, just the first as I have a feeling that I will be training for another before too long. Saturday was a beautiful day for a race in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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Just before the start it was a bit cold due to the wind so I made a last minute decision to wear my running jacket. I was so grateful for it during the first few miles. Overall the course was flat, but we did have to conquer one bridge that offered the beautiful view of the day.

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What a view! We then headed into Fort Clinch and ran several miles through the park. The overarching trees and marsh views were beautiful! I ate the first of my Clif Shot Blocks around mile 5. I had decided earlier that I didn’t want to wait for mile 9 for fuel since I was normally hungry about an hour into my long training runs. This turned out to be a great decision and kept me going for a while. My pace at the 6 mile split was 12:27 – not too bad for a girl who began training in November!

Once we emerged from Fort Clinch, we turned back onto Atlantic Ave before heading down Fletcher Ave for the final miles.

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I knew we were close to the beach which made me smile. Around this time I began calculating that I could finish within 3 hours if I kept my pace up. My original goal had been to simply finish, but now I had a new (which was my original goal at the start of training) goal. I ate the last of my Clif Shot Blocks around mile 9. I needed the extra fuel by this point since right at mile 10, I started feeling the distance and time that I had been running. I changed my mental focus to thinking that I only have a 5k left! That’s it; you can do it! I gathered my energy and pushed through since I still wanted to make my goal of 3 hours. We made the turn down towards the beach and I knew the end was in reach.

The last 0.3 miles were in the sand on the beach. Right as I hit the sand, I saw my mom and she gave me the encouragement I needed to finish the race.

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Once I rounded the corner, I saw the clock was at 2:49:00. I had just enough energy to run the last bit of the course and finished under 2:50:00!

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Overall I maintained a 12:53 pace which I am happy with. Looking back, I wish I had done a few things differently. My trip to Thailand and having a sinus infection derailed my training for the last month and potentially slowed my run, but its only my first and I have opportunity for improvement. I have also learned about the importance of fuel on longer runs and will continue to fuel more frequently during runs over an hour.

ZOOMA Florida was well run and I loved being a part of a race geared towards women. I am already looking forward to next year’s race in Florida!

I am ready for this clock to reset!

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