Kicking Off ZOOMA Training

On Saturday morning, Mary and I hosted our ZOOMA Florida Kick-off Fun Run with a fantastic group of ladies from around the Tampa Bay Area.

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Friday was a really long day for me. After spending 8 hours taking a professional engineering exam, I was exhausted and a little worried that I would wake up in time for the group run. When my alarm went off at 5:15, I woke up without a problem and started getting ready. My goal for this morning’s group run was to log 6 miles so I made sure to eat a little breakfast to provide me with enough fuel for the run. My favorite breakfast lately has been two pumpkin spice waffles with peanut butter on top.

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Before leaving the house, my boyfriend helped me load up the car with all of the goodies I had to pass out. Seriously, the folks at Muscle Milk hooked our group up with plenty of Muscle Milk and Cytomax. The ladies at ZOOMA also provided everyone with a tech shirt from one of their previous races.

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Our group run was scheduled to meet at 7 AM in front of the Lululemon Store in Hyde Park Village. I was really excited to have a reason to run along my favorite running route again! When I arrived at our meeting location just before 7, many of the ladies who had RSVP’d were already there. Everyone introduced themselves before we discussed the distance everyone planned to run and the paces that everyone runs at. Mary was the fastest in our group so she decided to run by herself (she did just finish the Chicago Marathon in 3:35!). My pace was one of the slower ones so I brought up the back of the pack.

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The sunrise along Bayshore Boulevard was absolutely gorgeous! Besides Mary and I, no one else in our group had ever run along this route before. I loved the fact that we were able to share one of our favorite routes with these wonderful ladies. Everyone in our group was running around 6 miles so the route we took was a simple out and back with gorgeous views of Tampa Bay and Downtown Tampa.

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The weather was absolutely wonderful for our run. There was a breeze for the majority of the run and the temperature stayed pretty cool throughout. Normally, I run alone but not on Saturday. Debbie runs at my pace so we ran the entire 6 miles together and talked about everything under the sun. I know Debbie from the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers group so we had plenty to talk about. We made it back to the Lululemon Store and met up with the rest of the group.

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[Back: Debbie, Me, Renee, and Julie Front Row: Winnie the dog, Mary, Katie, and Ashley]

Everyone grabbed their goodies before heading out. Some of them asked if we were going to be holding another group run. Mary and I agreed that we had such a good time that we would try to host another group run in the next month or so!

How was your weekend long run?

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WDW Marathon Training: Week 8

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My workouts last week went really well. I didn’t quite hit my mileage goal but I did run 4 times, which is definitely an achievement for me. Over the last few months, I have felt really overwhelmed with everything going on in my life. The biggest stressor for me was the professional engineering exam that I took on Friday (as in a few days ago). On Monday, I decided that I wasn’t nearly as ready as I wanted to be so I decided to take the week off of work to study and prepare for it. Seriously, I felt like my professional career is riding on whether or not I pass that test. I used my workouts last week as a way to take breaks during my studying and they really helped.

Last Week’s Workouts:

  • Monday, 10/22/2012 – Easy Run (6+ miles)
    • 6.15 miles, 1:14:49 (total time), 12:10 min/mile avg. pace

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Even though I had decided to take the week off from work to study, I wasn’t going to let that get in the way of my workouts. I wasn’t actually supposed to run today but since I didn’t run yesterday I really needed and WANTED to log some miles. Even my Nike+ GPS SportWatch wanted me to run today! Smile  My boyfriend and I headed to the gym before lunch so we could get our fitness on. (I love having a guaranteed workout buddy when I want one!) While he did his thing, I hoped on the treadmill and busted out 6 miles! I think that is probably my longest run ever on the ‘mill! Of course, it is so much easier when the treadmills don’t kick me off after 60 minutes. I took it nice and easy so that I wouldn’t need to take any walk breaks.

  • Tuesday, 10/23/2012 – Easy Run (3 miles) + Strength Training
    • 3.00 miles, 38:01 minutes, 12:38 min/mile avg. pace
    • Nike Training Club – Total Adrenaline (14 minutes)

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My schedule for this week is all out of whack so I wanted to make sure I logged as many miles as I could whenever I could. Instead of getting on the stationary bike or elliptical, I got on the treadmill and did an easy 3 mile run. My legs were a little stiff during the first mile but they loosened up nicely for the last two. After my run, I headed upstairs to the group class area. It was empty, which means I was able to do one of my NTC workouts without feeling weird about it. Now I just need to figure out how to not accidentally press the end button while I am moving my phone in and out of my pocket …

  • Wednesday, 10/24/2012 – Rest Study Day

Today was my last real day of studying. I was really stressing out so I decided to skip the gym and study all day instead.

  • Thursday, 10/25/2012 – Easy Run (2 miles) + Walking (1 mile)
    • 2.07 miles, 26:17 minutes, 12:41 min/mile avg. pace
    • Walking – 1.00 mile, 20:00 minutes

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On the day before one of the biggest exams of my career, I needed to go for a run! I was hoping for another 6 mile but my legs were shot. My NTC workout involved some walking lunges, which really worked my legs a lot more than I thought they would. After 2 miles, I couldn’t go anymore so I walked an easy mile before calling it quits.

  • Friday, 10/26/2012 – Rest Exam Day

After an 8 hour professional engineering exam, my brain was fried!

  • Saturday, 10/27/2012 – Easy Run (6 miles)
    • 6.00 miles, 1:15:42 (total time), 12:38 min/mile avg. pace

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Can I just say that the weather was absolutely gorgeous for my ZOOMA Florida Kick Off Fun Run this morning! All of the ladies that joined Mary and I were absolutely fabulous! I will have a full recap of the event ready for you guys later this week. I will say that it was a fabulous morning and I felt really good during the 6 mile run, which was done without stopping. I think that being finished with my exam really lifted a weight off of my shoulders.

  • Sunday, 10/28/2012 – Rest Day

Today, I was a slug and it felt great. Without having a test to study for anymore, I just relaxed all day long. I starting writing a few blog posts and watched a whole bunch of movies with my boyfriend. It was a very slow and relaxing day.

Last Week’s Workout Totals:

  • Running – 17.00 miles
  • Cross Training – 1 workout (20 minutes)
  • Strength Training – 1 workout (14 minutes)
  • Yoga – 0 classes

How did your workouts go last week?