Earlier this year, on January 19th to be exact, I ran my first half since having Maddux. This picture pretty much sums up how I felt about it:
I was nervous. I was cold as heck, too, but mostly nervous. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had under-trained as usual. I swore I was going to wet my pants (what? if you plan to have a baby in the future, you’ll see what I mean). Basically, I was a mess. I was also really excited. I knew ZOOMA was going to be a great race. I was right. The sun came out, we ran a flat and fast race, and then celebrated with free wine. Logan got really friendly with the bartenders, too. FYI, if Logan and I run into you anywhere, you are our new best friend. Can’t help it.
I knew that I wanted to run the Amelia Island course again. No questions asked. Then, to my surprise, the ladies at ZOOMA asked if I’d like to be an ambassador again. Um. Yeah. (Disclosure: As part of the ambassador program, my registration fees are waived. I am not compensated otherwise, though!) Y’all, I can’t stress enough how thoughtful the people are behind the race. They put their hearts and souls into these events. To top it all off, it’s a women’s race, so the swag and medals are some of the best around.
Needless to say, I’ll be running the race again next January. And I would love it if you would join me. No, seriously. Like actually hang out with me. I’m not sure if Logan will be able to come again, and I doubt Ryne and Maddux want to go watch me flail around a course. I need people to drink wine with and giggle while we attempt drunk yoga. Pretty please? Plus, we can take really sweet pictures of us running side by side. Because, you know, all race photos are flattering like this one. 😉
I realize that I haven’t given you much time to think about this, but I’m going to assume your answer is yes. Awesome. See you there! If you really do decide to register, don’t pay full price like a chump! I have a code just for you for 10% off. Well, for anyone, but let’s pretend.
Discount Code: FLAAMB9
But, really, I am so excited to run this race again. I think it’s THE race for me to PR. Actually, I know it is. I think this is just the thing to motivate me to really and truly train for once. I know I’ve mentioned several times that I hate training, but I don’t know if that’s 100 percent true. I think a huge part of the problem is that I’m scared I’ll fail. I don’t want to embarrass myself by trying really hard and then crashing and burning miserably. It’s easy to blame a bad race on the fact that you didn’t train. I’ve also mentioned before that I am tired of not reaching my full potential. This seems like the perfect opportunity for me to put max effort into something. If any of you sign up for the race and want to “virtually” train together, let me know! I need all the help I can get. I know the race is a long way off, but it’s never too early to get totally excited for something. Wait, maybe it is. Because now I have to wait months and months to run and relax at the beach. Bummer.
Yesterday, new shoes motivated me. Today, a new race. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. 🙂
Question #1: What has motivated you recently?
Question #2: Are we running together? (as I sit here crossing my fingers)