ZOOMA Florida Race Recap

Several months ago when I became a ZOOMA Florida Ambassador, the race felt so far away. But with football season, the holidays, and a packed race schedule, race weekend was here before I knew it.

On Friday, Michelle picked me up on her way into town, and we headed up to the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.


We made it just in time to pick up our bibs and head over to the Mocktail Party to meet up with the other ambassadors and runners.

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ZOOMA Training Update: 1 month to Go!

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Holy cow – there’s only about a month left until ZOOMA Florida! Time flies. As we get closer to the race, those long runs keep getting longer – and more intimidating! ZOOMA has teamed up with 1st Place Sports for a 10 mile training run on January 3. I’ll be there along with my other ambassadors, so that we can all tackle double digits together! RSVP here.

Remember how I said last week that I suck at sticking to a training plan? Well, this week I actually got in all of my runs as planned. I know – time to die of shock.

Tuesday – Quick run around the ‘hood 3.25 m in a hair under 35 minutes. I was hangry the entire time, so it was a little bit miserable.

Wednesday – Fartleks because I enjoy torturing myself. I covered about 4 miles including warm-up and cooldown, but the entire time I was miserable.

  • 6:00 @ 9:43
  • 3:00 walk
  • 5:00 @ 9:21
  • 2:30 walk
  • 4:00 @ 10:17
  • 2:00 walk
  • 3:00 @ 9:22
  • 1:30 walk
  • 2:00 @ 9:14
  • 1:00 walk
  • 1:00 @ 8:30
  • 0:30 walk

Saturday - A quick 2.56 mile jaunt around the neighborhood before heading off to do family stuff. I completely and totally dragged ass on this run. That seemed to be the theme of the week.

Sunday – FINALLY a good one! I got in 8 very solid miles in 1:30:53 (a 11:22 average pace). I kept it easy and did 4/1 intervals since they seem to be agreeing with my lately.

After last week, I have about 40 miles left until my goal of 500 miles for the year. Looks like I’ll be kickin’ it up a notch to achieve that in the last two weeks of 2014!

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ZOOMA Florida Flash Sale and Training Update!

First things first, ZOOMA is having a flash sale!

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Between now and Sunday, save 10% off any 2015 ZOOMA registration using code ‘DEVON15′! Tell your friends!

Anyway, I’m pretty much the WORST at sticking to training schedules. I fully admit it. I’m really bad about setting these grand plans and write them on my calendar, and then work or life or whatever coming along and I’m like “Dueces!” to my planned workout.

I ran a grand total of TWICE this week. Yeah. I know. Totes super serious runner right here. But that’s the thing that’s cool about running once you’ve been doing it a while – you don’t just lose your abilities over night. Does training make it easier? Hell yes, it does. But I know that I can do it. And any runner will tell you: The mental is just as important as the physical when it comes to running.

So let’s talk about those whopping two runs (and cross training) I logged last week.

Monday: Long walk with the pup followed by planks, push ups, lunges, etc.

Wednesday: This was my first run since the Subaru Distance Classic half. I set out for a quick loop around the ‘hood just to get some miles in. It was Shark Week, so the miles felt way harder than they should’ve.

  • 3.01 miles
  • 31:07
  • Splits:
    • 10:48
    • 10:24
    • 9:55

Followed it up with some planks! I’m really happy that my pace for shorter runs is consistently in the 10s these days. I’ve come a long way in the past year! I highly credit adding in more 400s, Fartleks, and hill runs for that increase in speed. I’ll get more into that another time.

Saturday: Saturday afternoon, I was cleaning my apartment and thinking about the ACC Championship when it dawned on me that I hadn’t run since Wednesday. I quickly threw on my shoes and headed out the door.

  • 4.27 miles
  • 45:00
  • Splits:
    • 11:13
    • 10:33
    • 10:25
    • 10:10
    • 9:45

It was shockingly humid that afternoon, but overall, I felt strong on this run! Again, more planks and push ups. My shoulders have definitely been feeling them!

Sunday: Does running the circle at the tailgate count?

So… Where’s that leave me? Oh right: 3 weeks until the Jacksonville Bank Half Marathon and a little less than 6 weeks until ZOOMA Florida Half Marathon!


ZOOMA Florida – 6.5 Weeks Out!

How’s ZOOMA Florida training going? Well, I haven’t been really doing this thing called “training,” but I really surprised myself at Thanksgiving’s half.

I really wasn’t expecting a PR – mostly because I hadn’t run more than 8-9 miles (twice) since my last half at the beginning of October, and I hadn’t run since my 5k on Saturday (I’ll get to that next). I figured I’d take it easy and do 4/1 run/walk intervals, and set some more conservative goals.

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ZOOMA Florida: 9.5 Weeks Out

I know. I totally missed my last update. But no one except me (and maybe my mom) probably noticed, so whatever.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks! In my last update, I mentioned how I wanted to increase the distance of my midweek runs. I’ve been somewhat successful at that, but the conference I went to in Destin last weekend killed any chance of a long run. I know, failing to plan is planning to fail, blah blah. I got it. I understand. My endurance has struggled on long runs, which is why I made the plan to increase midweek runs to the 4-6 mile range instead of 3ish miles.

Here’s how that’s fledged out:

Monday – 4 strong miles through the ‘hood

Tuesday – 8×400 and drunk Runkeeper ate my times :(

Wednesday – Sunday – Lazy/Bad Planning/Conference

Monday – 5 speedy miles through the neighborhood. This run felt really strong!

Tuesday – 2.32 miles in Austin, TX!

<3 Austin

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Today – Rest

Tomorrow – I plan on getting up and getting a run in before we head back to Florida.

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ZOOMA Florida: 11 Weeks Out

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How’d training go this past week? Well…. I didn’t get in as many runs this week as I’d hoped, and it’s only going to get tougher to squeeze them in over the next few weeks. I also need to step up my ZOOMA Florida training to include longer mid-week runs… I think it will help a lot with the long runs.

Monday – rest
Tuesday – 3.5 mile bridge run downtown with this spectacular view:

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