2014 ZOOMA Florida Expo and Mocktail Party

Disclosure: I was provided with a free race entry as part of the ZOOMA Florida Race Ambassador program.

One week after I completed the Dopey Challenge, I found myself getting ready for another race weekend. This time I was headed to Amelia Island for the ZOOMA Florida Half Marathon. When I ran this race last year, I was coming off of my very first full marathon and did not feel ready for to run a half marathon. Going into this year’s race, I felt the exact opposite. I didn’t have any lingering soreness or exhaustion. I was ready to take on a half marathon.

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On that Friday afternoon, Krissy and I met in Tampa before driving to Amelia Island. Normally, Pete comes with me for my big races to be my cheering section and to enjoy the race location. Unfortunately, he had to work that weekend so he couldn’t come with me. Krissy was also going to be solo that weekend so we decided to be roommates. I was really excited about getting to spend the weekend with her and the other race ambassadors.

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We arrived at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island (the host resort) a little after 6 pm and checked into the hotel for the night. After dropping off our bags in the room, we headed downstairs to the race expo to pick up our packets and check out the vendors.

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At 7:00 pm, we headed over to the Honest Tea Mocktail Party. This year’s theme was “Let’s Get Fizzical” and featured the Honest Tea Fizz drinks. I seriously love the Fizz drinks because they taste like soda without actually being soda. I gave up drinking soda regularly a long time ago but every now and again I crave a sweet, fizzy drink. Oh and who doesn’t love a totally awesome 80’s themed party?

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The Mocktail Party was also a great chance to meet some of the other race ambassadors. We already knew each other virtually but it was awesome to meet everyone in person. The party was also an excellent opportunity to meet some of the other race participants.

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[Krissy, Me, Jesica and Presley]

After the party was over, Krissy and I decided that we needed to eat to our pre-race dinner. I was starving by this point and really needed to eat. We decided to check out one of the hotel’s restaurants, Eight. As soon as I saw Chicken and Waffles on the menu, I knew exactly what I was going to get. Whoever came up with the idea of making this yummy combination into sliders was a genius! We also decided to split and order of sweet potato fries.

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Once we were finished eating, we headed back up to our room to get some sleep. Thankfully, we didn’t have to wake up super early the next morning for the race. An 8 AM race start SOOO much better than a 5:30 AM start time!

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Disclosure: I was provided with a free race entry as part of the ZOOMA Florida Race Ambassador program. All other travel expenses (food, hotel, etc.) were covered by me.