This past weekend was jam packed with lots of fun, quite a few hills, and a whole lot of beer! Of course, that means it was ZOOMA Annapolis weekend!
Up until Friday morning, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get to head to Annapolis early or if I’d be driving in the morning of the race. Thankfully, ZOOMA offers a few DC area packet pickups in addition to their Friday Expo in Annapolis, so I picked up my bib early, just in case. Luckily though, the stars aligned and I was able to head out of DC around 2 and Cynthia offered me space in the room she was sharing with Sandra and Sue.
Halfway to Annapolis, I realized I’d forgotten to eat lunch and that I had also not brought anything to eat the morning of the race. Oops. I thought about stopping somewhere on the way, but the traffic was picking up and I decided I’d just push on to the hotel. Once I got there, I solved the lunch problem by grabbing a small meal in the hotel restaurant while I waited for everyone else to arrive. I didn’t solve the race morning food issue, but I figured I could run without breakfast if I needed to.
Finally, everyone started arriving. We checked out the expo and then went to a diversity panel that Brae Blakely, the founder of ZOOMA, had organized. It was a really interesting discussion with representatives from Black Girls Run, Girls on the Run DC, and Muslimas on the Run. While I realized beforehand that runners are predominantly white, I had not really known much about the cultural barriers that women of other ethnicities face. Very eye opening discussion!
After the panel, it was dinner time! I joined 12 or so other ZOOMA ambassadors for dinner at the hotel restaurant. I’m not going to try to list everyone because I’m sure I’ll miss someone, but it was a total blast.
Let’s just say that some participants did a great job of “hydrating” for the next day.
I had an amazing dinner of corn chowder and pizza. Probably a bit of a heavy meal for a pre-race meal, but it was tasty.
After dinner we headed up and got our outfits ready for the next day. I loved that I got the chance to spend more time with Sandra. I know Sue and Cynthia pretty well, but this was my first time meeting her in person. We all got along great and managed to get to bed at a somewhat reasonable hour.
My alarm went off first because I can’t race without coffee. I got ready to start a cup in the room, but quickly realized that there was only decaf in the room. A quick trip down to the lobby netted me both a cup of coffee and food! Kudos to Loews and ZOOMA for providing us with granola bars and bananas to start our day!
After a quick walk to the start line, we met up with all of the ZOOMA Ambassadors who were running Annapolis. (Don’t forget my code ERIKA16 gets you 10% off of ZOOMA Cape Cod and ZOOMA Florida!)
And then it was go time. Not much to say about this other than that I way overestimated how fast I could run a 10K as well as way underestimated the hills and the 92% humidity. Long story short: I ran fast for 4 miles and then completely fell apart. I did manage my B goal of a sub-10 minute pace and missed my A goal by less than 2 minutes. I have, however, never been so happy to not be running a half marathon LOL. I love ZOOMA Annapolis and I love to run it when I can, but the hills are killer and it’s often one of the first hot weekends of the year. The two always combine to kick my butt.
I raced home from Annapolis because Beer Geek and I had a date at Savor Craft Beer festival.
I had an amazing time, but I’ll save my big discussion of that for later this week.
Today was just a blur of chores and a soccer game an hour away. I swear this season will never ever end. I’m heading into a crazy busy week with a Friday departure for a Skirt Sports Ambassador weekend in Denver.
Don’t forget to link up with us this Tuesday! The topic is “are you a race gear hoarder or a minimalist?” If you’ve seen my pictures of my Skirt Sports collection, you know my answer to that LOL.