This year I hit my 9th year as a blogger. In that time, I’ve run 6 marathons and 62 half marathons. But what you might not know is that prior to starting this blog, I’d only run a small handful of races, with the longest one being the Army 10 Miler (and I could barely walk after it.) I started my blog because I wanted to run the Marine Corps Marathon and Beer Geek was tired of hearing about my training.
That’s right – I decided to run a marathon despite being a newbie runner and never having run past 10 miles. Luckily I gave myself plenty of time to train.
Enter ZOOMA Annapolis. I decided that if I was going to run a marathon, I should probably run a half marathon first. I targeted ZOOMA because it was in the right place in my training plan and in a great location. Despite having a super rough race, it will always hold a special place in my heart and is the reason I return as an Ambassador as often as I can.
- This year is ZOOMA’s 10th race! I’m so excited that I was at the first and that I’ll be at the 10th to help them celebrate.
- This year’s race should be my 70th half marathon! If you had told me at that first race that I would fall in love with the distance and would end up running so many of them, I would not have believed you.
- Beer Geek is going with me this year. I’m doing everything I can to convince him to run the shorter race. (Yes, it’s a women’s race, but yes, there are always some men who run it.)
- I get to see my girls. The ambassador group for this race is an amazing group of women. We always have so much fun together! (I will not, however, be enjoying quite so much wine before the race this year, since I plan to run the half marathon instead of the 10K).
- Right now there’s an awesome sale going on through January 15! Code NEWYEAR will get you 15% off. (And if you are reading this after that date, ERIKA2017 will get you 10% off when you register.)
Bonus: ZOOMA is currently running the ZOOMA Run Love Challenge! It’s a training plan/virtual race ending in a 5K or a 10K. It started on Monday, but you can still enter through the weekend. I’m doing it for the Hoodie and the Facebook support group!
Disclaimer: I am a ZOOMA ambassador and as such get to participate in all of their activities for free. I was not asked to write this post and using my code does not benefit me in any financial manner.