Going Zoom Zoom ZOOMA–Race Weekend Recap

by tinareale on April 23, 2012

Morning to my fabulous friends out there! I hope you all had as phenomenal a weekend as I did. What’d ya do? Be sure to fill me in after I catch you up with mine. Open-mouthed smile

So, this weekend was filled with running events all around the ZOOMA Atlanta run.


Let’s start with Friday night, shall we?

Dimity and Sarah from the blog Another Mother Runner and the authors behind the books Run Like A Mother and Train Like A Mother sent out an invite to running mothers in the area for a special gathering on Friday night. Promises of meeting two amazing women behind one of my favorite blogs, hanging with other like-minded women, good food, and prizes? Count me in!


I mean when the party decorations come like this you know you’re in the right group of people. Winking smile

I filled the night chatting away with so many amazing women, making new blogger friends, and getting to know Dimity and Sarah more. They are hilarious and so genuine too.


They did a few readings from their books and some prize giveaways. I left the evening a few hours later with some great coupons, swag (including my favorite running socks), a prize (4 pack of Nuun tablets), plus one of their books and a t-shirt that says “Are my kids still chasing me?”. Perfect saying for a running mom. Haha!


On Saturday, I had a loaded day. I headed to the gym for a quick weights session (more on that later this week) and a visit to spin class before rushing home to shower and get changed for the running fun to continue.

Expo time!!!

At the expo, I picked up my race packet and then walked around to all the vendor booths. Then, I visited with Maria who helps coordinate the ZOOMA races. She asked me to participate in the race connector program awhile ago, so it was great to meet and put a face with a name. Thanks, Maria, for the fun ZOOMA weekend!

Now to the main event – the race! I had originally planned to run the half marathon and use the race as a training run, but that all changed when my schedule got thrown off with my foot issues. Since the course is close to home, I knew it would likely be on the hilly side and opted to play it safe and drop to the 5K. It didn’t bum me out because I always planned for this race to focus solely on the fun of racing. And having my family there!


This is the first race in close to a year that the kiddos have come to see me run and Makenzie was soooooo excited! She had little pompoms and everything.


Shortly after arriving I had to head to the start, so I said goodbye to my family and got ready to go. I had no plans besides to run and feel good and go crazy happy when I saw Makenzie, Braedon, and Peter on the sidelines. So, that’s what I did.

that would be me cheering on Makenzie for cheering on me – oh, motherhood. Winking smile

I ran. I felt good. I went crazy when I saw the kids. I ran a very comfortable 3.1 miles that ended with a little extra special pump of excitement.

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I ended up first in my age group, fourth overall female, and sixth overall finisher for the 5K. It was a small race, but regardless, it will pump you up to have something unexpected like that happen. Smile


I loved this ZOOMA race experience so much better than the last one. I don’t know how the half marathon course played out, but I know the Lake Lanier course was a lot more enjoyable than the previous course route. It had many great views with the lake and trees and I personally like Lake Lanier since I live there. Also, a huge plus came in that the race wasn’t near as overkill on the hills and slightly better organized than last year.

I only had two things that aren’t my preference for the race – the lack of on-course spectator support (I just prefer the energy of bigger races) and the post-race food.


I have NO desire for hard-boiled eggs after a run (ew!) and couldn’t believe I was told I would have to pay for a banana. I think almost anyone who has done a race understands the disappointment of that one. But if that’s my biggest complaint, I say it was a very successful race.

Now I’m ready for Cleveland!!! Well, mentally at least. Here’s hoping I’m physically ready in 4 weeks too! Peak training week this week. Eeeee!

Your turn – how was your weekend? What things do you love/expect/hate in a race?


1 Glenneth April 23, 2012 at 6:32 am

Congrats on your 5K! I love that your family came to cheer you on!

2 Daft Wee Runner April 23, 2012 at 6:36 am

Nice blog really like this! First in your age group is cracking well done. I want to sign up for a few fast 5k races, think it might be my best event! Thanks for the post!

3 Kierston April 23, 2012 at 6:46 am

Awesome job!!! Congrats! :)

4 Lauren April 23, 2012 at 6:48 am

I always love when I see mom’s running races and their kids are cheering them on. Warms my heart! :) Great job on the race lady!

5 Antonia @ healthinspirations April 23, 2012 at 6:48 am

Wuhu!!!! Congrats on your race. I ran my first quarter marathon this weekend and it felt great even though the weather was cold and rather windy. But at least it didn’t rain. Can’t wait for my next race.
It’s true that the spectators play a big role in race performance so I was happy to see lots of people come out cheering on me (and about 15000 other runners). Have a great week :)

6 Maryea @ happy Healthy Mama April 23, 2012 at 6:54 am

Great race, Tina! Winning is always fun, small race or not.

7 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 23, 2012 at 7:00 am

haha I love that picture of you cheering for M – so stinkin’ cute! Glad you ended up having a great weekend!!

8 Heather April 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

That’s so fantastic!!!!!!!!!!! Great job!
And the pic of you with the kids is so darn cute. :)

9 cindy April 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

I have wanted that shirt since I first came across their blog forever ago! Glad you had such a good tine. Maybe they will come to Tampa someday….

10 tinareale April 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

It sounds like they are all over the place so I hope they do. I know you’re a fan. :)

11 Alyssa @ fit and fun in third April 23, 2012 at 7:33 am

Awesome job!!! Sounds like such a nice weekend! Your kids are the cutest, I love that they were there cheering you on… Im sure they were so proud of their Momma! :)

12 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 23, 2012 at 7:50 am

Way to go Speed Racer!!!

Looks like you had the perfect cheering section. :)

13 Becky Przy April 23, 2012 at 7:53 am

Awesome job Tina! Your kids were so cute ready to cheer you on! I love the picture of you cheering on Makenzie–I have a similar picture of me at mile 26 of my first marathon. My sister said if I had that much energy to wave and smile like a mad-woman at my daughter I didn’t run fast enough, haha;-)

I am with you on not good food at the end. Also, I when there aren’t enough bathrooms at the start.

14 Lee April 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

What is it with Zooma and hard-boiled eggs?!

Congrats on your time.

15 tinareale April 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I immediately thought of you when I saw the eggs. Haha!

16 Tara Burner April 23, 2012 at 8:34 am

great race :)
love your daughters enthusiasm
my weekend was spent working on videos, trying new innovative exercise equipment!

17 Amy Lauren April 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

Congratulations on winning your age group! Especially when it had 28 people in it, that really means a lot. Plus you almost placed overall female which was pretty cool. Did they give you an award for the finish?

I’ve never heard of having to pay for a banana after a race! That’s crazier than them giving you hard boiled eggs, in my opinion (which I would not trust after a race in April in Georgia, either).

It looks like the meetup was a lot of fun! That’s pretty awesome that they gave all that stuff away too, I like the shirt even though I’m not a mom, I think it’s funny :) .

18 tinareale April 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

They gave away bigger prizes to the top 3 overall (dang it – 1 place off for women! haha!) and then a hat for the overall winner in each age group. The hat is actually a nice sport one, so I was happy. :)

19 Kara April 23, 2012 at 8:42 am

Great job on the age group place and being 4th overall! That’s awesome. It always makes me feel fast when that happens, even if the women ahead of me were 5 minutes faster. :)

I would LOVE a hard boiled egg any time of day. Also, bananas are gross. That is a post race pack of food designed for me!

20 tinareale April 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

There you go. We need to find you a ZOOMA race. :)

21 Steph @fitmomtraining April 23, 2012 at 8:45 am

I can’t wait until my boys are old enough to cheer me on at a race! You’re little girl and her pom-poms is the sweetest thing!

What a great opportunity to get to meet some amazing mom bloggers. That shirt is hilarious. I must get one!

22 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 23, 2012 at 9:04 am

great job on your race tina!! i love the photo of you and your kiddos – too cute!

23 misszippy April 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

Great job Tina! You and your kids make an adorable picture, too. Glad you enjoyed the whole weekend experience.

I’m running the Cleveland 1/2, so we’ll have to make time for a meet up!

24 tinareale April 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Yes we will! I know Alicia from Poise In Parma is putting something together, so hopefully that will work out. Either way I know I want to meet you!

25 Alex @ therunwithin April 23, 2012 at 9:20 am

Wow, congrats on a great race. I love your sparkly running skirt.

26 Jess April 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

Oh I just LOVE the look on M’s face with her pom-pom in hand to cheer you on. She is the CUTEST!!

27 Tessa @ Amazing Asset April 23, 2012 at 9:37 am

Great job Tina! Looks like a nice weekend with your family as well… I love the pictures of you guys :)

28 Ericka @ The Sweet Life April 23, 2012 at 10:05 am

Love your little kidlets, Tina. They’ve got to be some of the cutest in the blogosphere :)

29 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen April 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

Great race! Congrats on winning the age group, that’s awesome! I swear I try to find small races that I’ll have a shot in placing and it just never happens! haha There’s so many fast young women around here with 5K times of like 19-21mins in my age group so it’s probably never going to happen either…

30 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile April 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

Congrats, that is awesome!! I would definitely have NOT wanted hard boiled eggs either after a race!

31 Lindsay @ FuelMyFamily April 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

yeah i think id throw up if i ate hard boiled eggs right after a race. I guess it would be good protein recovery but I am all about the carbs!

32 jobo April 23, 2012 at 11:27 am

Speedy mcSpeed!!!! Awesome job! I bet going into this knowing you were going to have fun, chill, and just run your heart out helped go into this feeling so great and strong!! I love your skirt! and the kids looked so excited :-) I agree, hard boiled egg? Yuck!

33 Heather @ Better With Veggies April 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

Wait – they were charging for bananas? When the race was already so expensive?! Wow – that was a huge miss for them. I foresee some backlash in reviews & social media on that for them. Someone didn’t think that through…

34 [email protected] April 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

Congrats! Even finishing a (somewhat) small race like a 5k can boost your mood and your confidence. I can see why you prefer bigger races, with even more excitement, but for me this seemed like the perfect size. Sometimes it gets very overwhelming standing on the starting line waiting for the gun to go off, and then suddenly having to make sure you don’t trip over your or someone else’s feet as everyone starts heading for the hills! But being first in your age group must have felt very accomplishing. But no complementary post-race banana? What is that all about?!

35 Shannon ~ My Place In The Race April 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Eh…I think boiled eggs would make me sick after a race. Blech.

Great job though!!! You so ROCK! :D

36 Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride April 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Congrats, that is amazing, you rock!!!

37 PavementRunner April 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Hey, don’t knock yourself or feel the need to mention “small race” as a qualifier for your place. That is a GREAT accomplishment.

and that shirt “are my kids chasing me?” frickin rocks!

38 tinareale April 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Thanks. :)

39 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength April 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Go you!!!! First in your age group. YAY! :)

40 Stacy @ Stacy Eats April 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Awesome job, Tina!!! Bummed that I didn’t see you, but love seeing your pics and the fam all there for support. Your kids are too cute!
Be happy you didn’t do the half…the course was brutal! Haha. It was very hilly and we had to run it twice, so mentally that was a little tough. Overall great race though! I had an unexpected surprise of placing 5th in my age group too, which is always fun. :)

41 tinareale April 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Woo! Congrats to you! Can’t wait to read your recap as soon as I get a chance. And ohhh…hills with a double run through? Ouch!

42 Laurie @Love, Laugh, laurie April 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Awesome job this weekend, that is great! You always inspire me to keep running hard! This weekend I did my 10 miles for the half marathon, and it felt great :) Hope you have a wonderful start to your week.

43 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Congrats on your time, that’s great! Glad you had a good time with your family!

44 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health April 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Yay congrats on getting first in your age group!! That’s awesome :) . And I love the pom-poms. Oh I hope I have a little girl someday!

45 Danielle @ FoodosaurusRex April 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Congrats on an awesome race! And your little cheerleaders are so darn cute :)

46 Irene April 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Congratulations on a great race! You are getting so speedy! The picture of your daughter with the pompoms made my heart melt and makes me desperately want to have a kid ASAP!!!!!

47 Julie (@ROJRunning) April 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Wow too cute your kids were cheering for you. I love when I see little ones/young ones on the sidelines. I always try to wave or talk or high five them as I go past.

48 [email protected] April 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm

NICE job on the placing! So great :)

love the pompoms–tooo cute!

49 Paige @ Running Around Normal April 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Congrats, Tina!
I love the idea of the pre-race party :) And how cute of you to cheer on Mackenzie!!! Love that.
Awesome job! Way to get 1st in your age group!

50 Lisa April 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Great job Tina!! You rock. Oh my goodness, your kids are absolutely adorable cheering you on! That is just the cutest thing

51 risa April 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm

What a difference a race makes. I had the same time on my 5K yesterday but that made me 3rd in my age group (35-39), 94/257 overall. PR for me but gotta speed it up for the next one.

52 tinareale April 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

Great job on the PR, Risa!!!

53 Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition April 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Adorable! I love the look on your face cheering on your child while she’s cheering for you- priceless

54 Tamara April 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Sounds like a perfect Saturday, Tina!
And congrats on your first place finish, even with that bum foot!

55 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf April 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Congratulations!! That’s awesome. Plus, your kids are the cutest. Love the pom poms!!

56 Emilia April 24, 2012 at 5:10 am

Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment, definitely seems like a good decision to race the 5k instead of the half marathon. Mackenzie and her pom-pom is absolutely adorable, so lovely that your kids were able to come and see that :)

57 MizFit April 24, 2012 at 5:50 am

so so loved this as I had many friends there running.


58 Candy April 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

Looks like it was a great time! Congrats on your run…you had an AWESOME pace! I am so jealous you got to meet Sarah and Dimity. I love their books and follow their blog too. :)

59 Kerry @ Half Healthy, Half Nuts April 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

Pay for a banana? Really? That is weird. Looks like you had a fabulous time at the run though! I totally enjoyed reading all about it!!

60 Mackenzie April 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

The run like a mother event looks so much fun! Glad you had a good weekend :)

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