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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?