You know how last year, I ran a marathon, then six weeks later I ran another marathon, then six DAYS later I ran a half marathon? And I said I’d never do that again? I lied. Okay, I didn’t really lie. I didn’t do the whole back to back marathon thing, and I didn’t run a half either, but I did run a race just six days after running a marathon. And you know what? I loved it!
You may recall that last year, in what can only be described as a momentary loss of sanity, I decided to drive back from Orlando after finishing the Wine & Dine half marathon a little after midnight and partaking in the post-race festivities in EPCOT to participate in the ZOOMA Florida Training Kick-Off run. When I told my husband about my plan, I honestly think he contemplated divorce for a minute. I mean, what normal person gets up after sleeping for 3ish hours to drive home to run some more? This girl!
I’m right at the tail end of marathon training and I really want to tell you that it is wonderful and I love it, but I’d be lying if I did. Until recently, this training cycle has been a real struggle for me. I am a creature of habit and my training showed it, which meant that my training runs became really, really boring. I often run in the same place and do the same workouts week after week, which was making it incredibly hard to get out the door.
A few years ago, before we started trying to have a second baby, I thought it might be a good idea to start running. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around how I was supposed to have time to run, work full-time, keep the house somewhat clean, and be a good wife and mom. The thought of it was completely overwhelming. A friend of mine recommended a book to me and I took my time reading it over the next few weeks. I loved the book, but I kept thinking that the authors were real athletes, they’d always been runners, their kids were older.. I had a million reasons why it was easier for them to find time to run than it was for me (you can laugh at me, it’s okay, I know how ridiculous this sounds now!).
I’ve been looking forward to this race weekend since August, when I applied to be an ambassador for the ZOOMA Florida half marathon. A weekend away with some of my girlfriends, eating at yummy restaurants, running a half in a gorgeous location, an after party old and new friends, lots of wine, massages, yoga, and awesome swag.. who wouldn’t??
We all know that I can be a little bit ridiculous at times, right?
The week before last, I mentioned in my Five Things Friday post that I was doing the Inspired Yoga + Run with the ZOOMA ladies. I won a free entry to the contest on a blog, then was offered a free entry since I’m an ambassador for their race next January in Amelia Island. I was really looking forward to meeting the ladies behind the race, so even though we all know I’m NOT a morning person, I got up before the crack of dawn and made the 45-minute trek out to Jax Beach for this inspiring event.
Since I set my goal of running a half marathon a year ago, then realizing I actually could do it, I’ve been scouring the internet looking for races to fill my bucket list. There are so many out there that look like such an amazing time.. there was one that caught my eye though — ZOOMA Florida Half Marathon & 5K.