Half Marathon on the Horizon

My fellow Book Clubbers, how are you liking this month’s selection?

wild cheryl strayed

I packed Wild in my duffle bag to bring with me to St. Pete this weekend, but didn’t end up diving into the book until we were back in Ocala last night. I am about 100 pages in and like it a lot, though I find myself thinking that Cheryl Strayed may be insane every other page. Talk about brave! I’m pretty sure I would’ve peed my pants and sprinted home after the first night on the trail. Gutsy!


Lunch today came together quickly thanks to a big batch of quinoa that I prepared yesterday to enjoy throughout the week.

quinoa chicken sausage

I added a sliced apple chicken sausage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and yellow squash to the quinoa and loved the combination of flavors.

quinoa sausage vegetables

If my lunch or dinner involves apple chicken sausage, it’s pretty much a guarantee that I’m going to love it!

Half Marathon on the Horizon

Have you guys heard of ZOOMA?

It’s a women’s race series that is run by women and features “boutique” races of all different lengths with a “girls’ weekend atmosphere” all over the country. I started to get that half marathon itch again recently (I feel like my half marathon itch can be timed in six-month intervals) and received an email from ZOOMA telling me all about the company last week.

(Just in case you’re interested in running a half marathon and aren’t sure where to begin, here’s an old post I did with little tips I picked up along the way: So You Want to Run a Half Marathon. The comments on this post offer some great advice, too!)

I responded to the email, expressing my interest and spoke to the founder of ZOOMA on the phone about working together in the future. They’re teaming up with a handful of bloggers and you better believe I hopped on board! It’s safe to say that a ZOOMA race is on the books for this girl.

ZOOMA seems to be all about making the race day experience fun and memorable and embraces competitive runners and those who run just for fun or to challenge themselves (like me!). I’m excited! 

On Thursday ZOOMA will be announcing their latest race location and you have a chance to win a swag bag full of fun stuff from the mystery location.


Where Will Zooma Go Next?

To enter the giveaway, simply visit their site and comment saying where you think the next race will take place.

Now let’s talk races…

Question of the Afternoon

  • What is the best race you’ve ever run, walked, biked, etc.?

The best race I’ve ever completed is the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon at the tail end of my bachelorette party in August 2010. It was so much fun and the race course was awesome! But, I must say that my most memorable race was the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon last year. I ran it with Ryan and he pushed me to break two hours, which was a really big deal for me. I’ll never forget it!


  1. says

    ZOOMA races are amazing. I did one in Annapolis a few years ago and I have to tell you the cleanest port-a-pottys before any race I have done ha!! The Chicago Marathon 2011 was my favorite race 🙂


  2. Kim B says

    I have been doing the Zooma race in Annapolis since it started…taking a roadtrip with my mom to do the Zooma Cape Cod Half Marathon on Sept 22nd…can’t wait…the Zooma races are awesome and instead of getting a finishers medal you get a stering silver necklace…which is so much nicer to wear around than a medal 🙂


  3. Randee says

    I am running the Women Rock MN 1/2 marathon on Sept 1st. Its a Team Ortho event and the first year running. Very excited for an all women’s event with some of my favorite ladies. My best race was the 10k I ran this weekend. I was able to shave 7 minutes off my time from last year’s race & placed 1st in my age group (I just turned 30 a couple weeks ago!). My most memorable race was my first half marathon, The IMT Des Moines half in 2009. I ran in memory of my brother, who too was training to run his 1st half, but was killed about a month before in a work related accident at the age of 24. I ran with him carrying me the whole way. That truly is my most memorable race <3



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