Race Recap: Zooma Annapolis 10k

So this recap has taken me…just about a month to get up here. It’s been nearly finished for almost 3 weeks…so here we go!

Happy 10 years in Annapolis, Zooma! I was so jazzed to be chosen again as a Zooma Ambassador – the Zooma community, at its core is such an amazing one and the Annapolis race is, of all the Annapolis races, one that I love the most. 

You can read previous race recaps here, here, here and here

Packet Pickup

I headed down to Annapolis after work to grab my packet, and meet up with other ambassadors. The expo was at the Loew’s on West Street – a beautiful hotel if you’re ever looking for a place to stay in Annapolis. The ballroom has been host to many Junior League events and previous Zooma expos have been held here as well. 

Because it was the 10 year anniversary, the expo featured the runners who had run 5+ years, it had stickers to put on there for each year you had run Zooma and special pins. I completely forgot to do this but this year, I’m fairly certain was my 5th year since we moved to the Annapolis area in 2011 and I’ve done it most years since then (i might have skipped a year in 2015???).

The ambassadors met up at 6:30 for a meet and greet with Brae – Zooma Race Director. We got our shirts and Bondi bands as ambassador swag, sipped some Barefoot bubbly (a fantastic race sponsor. If you haven’t run this, or hit up the post-race party, you are MISSING. OUT.)

I didn’t join the other ambassadors for dinner – I like my quiet nights before races with sushi and some bad tv and an early bedtime. All of which i enjoyed with my two favorite boys.

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Race morning

I met up again with the ambassadors and other Maryland MRTT members for a couple of pre-race pictures. This group of ambassadors is pretty flipping incredible and I’m lucky to know them and follow their running journey’s online.

{Photo credit MCM Runs}

The weather on race day was really perfect. It was sunny. Not too hot (I’ve run Zooma in 80+ degree weather before). A nice breeze. Could not have asked for better weather in June in Annapolis. Fairly certain it won’t be that fantastic in August when I run the Annapolis ten miler. 

The 10k course in Annapolis is my favorite. I love all you hardcore half marathon runners, but the Annapolis Half Marathon route (for Zooma and the Annapolis Half Marathon) is just…no bueno. But the 10k course? You get the beautiful views of downtown (Miles 1 – 4), the challenge of the naval academy bridge (4-5.5) and then the fantastic downhill finish (well. Except for the Academy parking lot..which is a bitch of an uphill .2 miles).

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I felt pretty good through most of the race but by mile 4.5 my feet were a little achy, I was hungry and felt myself doing more walking breaks. I made the mistake of buying new sneakers (they were the updated version of my previous sneakers – Pure Cadence 5 by Brooks) which I picked up Thursday night and ran in Friday AM before the race. They felt pretty good but the tongue is a bit different on them so that’s still taking some breaking in.

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All things told, I felt good as I finished up. I have to remind myself that I’m 15 – 20 lbs heavier than I was when I was racing sub 30 5ks and running regular 9:30 – 10:00/miles and that weight slows a runner down. I’ll get back to my happy weight, and my speedier times –  I’m working hard but I had a goal time for this race and I just didn’t hit it which was, not going to lie, a little disappointing. 

Time: 1:15:19
Place: 365/513
A/G: 60/81

 

**Zooma has other races – you can use code HEIDI17 to get 10% the Zooma Florida, Zooma Cape Cod races that are happening this fall!**

**Disclosure: Because I am  a Zooma Ambassador, I was given a free entry into Zooma Annapolis/other Zooma events. All thoughts here are my own.**

 

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June Obsessions

How is it already the end of June?! Last weekend I was in New Orleans for work so I pushed this off a week. New Orleans itself was pretty fantastic – my boss and I had the chance to speak as a keynote at a conference that was just…a mind blowing experience. Plus, unlike last time, I kept my drinking in check (while still having a great time) and did not in fact, get sick on Bourbon Street. I consider that a major win.

 

Here are the five things I’m loving this month

  1. Lululemon Hotty Hot Short (Long) – I needed some new running shorts and picked up these shorts before Zooma – they are absolutely fantastic.
  2. Lularoe Carly dresses – I wrote about this dress last year – but I sized down TWO more sizes and found the perfect fit. Seriously, this dress is flattering, comfortable and can be dressed up or down. I’m obsessed. I scored my favorite one (it’s a burgundy red) off Poshmark at about $15-20 off retail.
  3. Benefit Blush/Bronzer –  It’s the perfect blush/bronzer for the summer. I spent some time at Ulta recently after I ran out of my Bare Minerals blush, this was the winner for me, especially since I use their powdered foundation.
  4. JCrew Factory Sidewalk Skirt – I love, love, love this skirt. It’s so versatile, and I have 3 skirts for summer (striped, olive and orange) and 3 for winter in wool (camel, black and teal). They are my favorite for sure.
  5. Loft Cold Shoulder top – Blush colored, perfect ruffles, super flattering, this was an easy and feminine option to try out the cold shoulder trend. I was reluctant at first BUT I’m super obsessed.

BONUS: I just got three super cute dresses from Amazon for less than $20 each. This striped maxi dressthis off the shoulder dress and this swing style tank dress– all of which are super cute and comfy.  Stay tuned for a full review!

What are YOU loving this month? 

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May Obsessions

Happy Friday my friends!!

How is it already Memorial Day weekend? How are we here at the start of summer?? I’m struggling with how fast time is flying by, this time next year little man will be graduating pre-school and heading off to Kindergarten (assuming, we don’t redshirt him which may be an option pending how the next year goes with some of his developmental challenges we’ve been working through).

Anyhow, I digress. Last month I had a blast sharing what I was loving, so I figured I’d make it a monthly thing on the last Friday of the month! Here are my five current loves/obsessions:

  1. These Old Navy sandals. At first I wasn’t so sure. But then I started wearing them, and now I’m obsessed. They’re the perfect dress up, dress down summer sandal and are pretty comfortable to boot. Bless you Old Navy, you’ve been ON POINT for shoes lately.
  2. This pretty peplum back Pleione top. I bought it in red and black (florals) and kept the black floral. Red’s not prominent in my wardrobe but I just didn’t see myself wearing it as much. It does a run big (but narrow in the shoulders and sleeves) I could have gone either way with the Medium or small but chose the small because the medium kind of drowned me in the bodice. Solid colors are on sale so check those out (I love the magenta!).
  3. This Athleta tank. Which is my new favorite workout top, and currently on sale! It’s perfect for my strength days, my running days and my yoga workouts. I have it in white, but clearly, need it in more colors.
  4. All of the Polar Water summer flavors. Like…all of them. If you can get your hands on some of these bad boys, please do. They are FANTASTIC.
  5. This dress. Times a million. I have it in black as a short sleeve but recently got navy in the tank style. It’s super flattering, comfortable and just the perfect summer basic.

Three things I’m lusting over…

This eyelet top. Perfect flirty summer top. Would be cute with some pink or olive pants for a date night or with colored or patterned shorts for a summer day trip to the beach or a winery.

Collared sweatshirt t-shirt? Uhhh yes, please. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wanted the white one, BUT since I’ve stained in some way, shape or form almost every pretty white top I have, I’d probably get the black/olive one or the grey/navy one.

I love me some lace yolk tops. This one at Nordstrom is on sale and super pretty. I think the pink though white is super versatile too! Old Navy also has a dress and tank option that are both really pretty and perfect for summer.

 

What are you currently loving and lusting over? 

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May Stitch Fix Reveal

Happy Tuesday y’all!

It’s been a busy week/weekend – we just got back from a whirlwind 24 hours in Boston and nearly 20 hours in the car over 48 hours. Do not recommend driving to Boston for such a short visit but was significantly cheaper than flying so…you do what you gotta do.

A couple weeks ago, I got my May Stitch Fix. Since I’ve been reading up a lot on how to make fixes better and giving more productive feedback about fit and style, my fixes have improved. My issue with Stitch Fix is still prices largely, but it’s always a fun package to receive so I’m going to keep on keeping on with them.

Top: Skies are Blue Leann Lace Blouse | Bottom: Liverpool Anita Skinny pant (petite)

I have these pants in burgundy and a pair in navy (that I only recently realized are not petite length thus…way too long) and they are so comfortable and flattering. I noticed that my favorite Ann Taylor skinny ponte pants are getting worn in the legs, so I mentioned I was looking for a replacement pair of black pants for work – they delivered. Huge win, these pants are most flattering and comfortable. Keep!

The top, I wanted to love. It was a touch too big for me, but I loved the color and style generally but when it came to deciding factor, it was a $58 shirt which is a lot for me to spend on one top (especially since I was getting the pants for definite). I passed on the shirt, but style wise it was on point. Returned. 

Top: Blu Pepper Kenward V-Neck Top

I was very ehhhh on this one. I wasn’t in love with the color, and the crochet like detail on the collar was not-exactly work friendly for me. Though the style/shape of the top was okay, I didn’t really love it at all. Returned. 

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Dress: Wisp Mere Lasercut Scuba Dress

Generally, I like A-line dresses. I love ponte style fabrics – I find them flattering and comfortable. I requested to see what they had and they came back with a cute black and white dress in scuba like fabric. It was….okay. The dress itself was comfortable, but a little bit dressier than I was looking for. I wavered back and forth but ultimately, I just wasn’t in love with the dress as much as I wanted to be for the price tag. Returned. 

Skirt: Le Lis Maura Zip Pocket Detail Skirt

Skirts are SO hit or miss for me. They’re either too high waisted or they sit wrong and flaunt my mom-gut that I’m still working on getting rid of. This skirt, unfortunately, was no different really. The print was cute, but the way it fell was just…nope, it was too high and the pockets were too awkward. I disliked it so much, I forgot to take a picture. I promise…you’re not missing much.  Returned. 

I’d give this month’s fix a 3.5 of 5. Reading up on how to get the most out of your fix has really helped as has joining a couple of styling groups on facebook to see what others are getting to give yourself ideas as well.

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet?  What was your experience like? 

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My Favorite Dress is back!

Happy Wednesday!

Earlier this month, I got to spend a few days in Georgia for a work show. It was a great time – I got to see the beautiful Lake Lanier, I caught up with a college pal of mine, and I got to try out an Orange Theory Fitness class (FINALLY) – they need more OTF fitness classes in MD, that’s my conclusion. Best workout I’ve had in a while.

Lucky for me, the first two days I was there (out of three) the weather was perfect and I got to bust out one of my favorite spring dresses!

jcrew daybreak dress

 

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[Dress – JCrew Factory; Shoes – Target; Necklace – JCrew Factory, similar; belt – Gap, similar]

Gah, I’m so glad the weather is finally getting warmer – this dress is so comfortable (i have it in red, green, blue and striped – dare I say, I’m obsessed??) and so versatile. It was super comfortable to wear for my work event, I just slipped on a pair of heels, and a sweater to fend off cool hotel conference rooms, and the switched to sandals after the fact.

Do you have a favorite spring dress??

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Five Reasons to Run Zooma Annapolis

Zooma is one of my favorite local races and this year they’re celebrating 10 years of the Annapolis Zooma race.  They also recently updated their website and announced the rest of the 2017 and early 2018 race schedule. I’m lucky enough to be an ambassador for the third year, but I am so excited to be a part of this organization and this running community. Also, Zooma was one of the first races I signed up for when we first moved back to this area so it has a special place in my heart. 

Here are five reasons to sign up for the Zooma Annapolis race this year: 

  1. The scenic course

You get some stunning views of the bay and historic Downtown Annapolis – seriously, running in DTA is one of my favorite places – not to mention the first half of the course is relatively “flat”-ish (disregard the Naval Academy bridge…). The course has some gorgeous views of the Severn River as you cross the Naval Academy bridge and of course the state house and the Bay. 

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  1.  The community

Imagine running with 5,000 of your closest friends. This race has always been one of the friendliest and most supportive in terms of the people running alongside. Though I’m much more of a solo runner, I always see fantastic runner friends on the course. 

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  1. The After party

Wine for days my friends. The Afterparty is historically sponsored by Barefoot wines. They usually have fun music, massages available, and decent food for a post-race party. Who doesn’t want to hang out in the Navy Marine Corps stadium listening to good music sipping on fun wine?

  1. The swag

The swag is ALWAYS solid for this race. Feetures socks (my favorite!!!), in the past they’ve also included yoga mats, cute shirts and recently added medals to everyone’s race (NOT just the Half Marathon).

  1. A distance for everyone

Don’t want to run a half marathon? No big deal. They have a 10k and a 5k – which all have the same benefits. The 10k is my favorite distance (full disclosure, most half marathons in Annapolis have the same course and I LOATHE going up the hill after the Naval Academy bridge so I stick to the 10k in this race)

Can’t make it to the Annapolis race? Join us virtually or at one of the other awesome races Zooma is putting on in Florida, Cape Cod and Texas.

Registration is open for all of the races and regardless of whether you do Florida, Cape Cod, Texas or Annapolis, you can use code HEIDI2017 to get 10% off your race registration. Prices go up May 22 for Zooma Annapolis so if you haven’t signed up there’s still time! 

 

**FTC Disclosure: As a Zooma race ambassador, I do receive a free entry to the Zooma races, however, all opinions here are my own. 

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April Loves

April is one of my favorite month’s thanks to my birthday. Originally this post full of everything I’m loving lately was scheduled for last week but I just didn’t finish it and have been crazy busy with a work trip to Texas and family in town for Easter since then 🙂 It’s been a busy week to say the least.

So in honor of my birthday last week,  I’m starting a monthly loves post with the five things I’m loving the crap out of.

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  1. 3-week yoga retreat workouts. 30 minute yoga workouts are always a win.
  2. Peep toe cut-out booties. So many heart eye emojis here.
  3. Peplum hem tanks. Dress up, dress down. I have four now.
  4. Old Navy Maxi dress. Because every closet needs a black maxi dress.
  5. Bell sleeve sweater. Not only is it soft, but it’s flattering and perfect for spring. The pink is super pretty but I really, really might need black in my closet too. I originally saw this top on Audrey’s blog – she posted this one too many times and I decided I had to have it 🙂

What are you loving this month?

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Currently | April

Happy April friends! It’s the first Wednesday of the month so it’s time again to share what’s currently going on! 

Accomplishing | garden planning. Everything is mostly planned out – this year i’;m going to add some marigolds, we’re planting some Hops on the side of the house, and i’m going to move my herbs to a herb garden on the porch for easy access. I’ll be getting most of my garden ready for planting this weekend and picking up supplies 🙂 Really can’t wait for fresh veggies again!

Feeling | frazzled. April is a crazy month for us – I have a work trip to Texas, we have family visiting two weekends, and hubs is gone for 4 days for drill weekend this weekend. Not to mention, it’s busy season for junior league with four upcoming days for placement interviews, just super busy, busy, busy. 

Needing | more hours in the day. Always. There’s just never enough time for all of the things I need/want to do and I always feel like I’m behind on everything, if I’m not behind then I’m 

Practicing | yoga. I need the stretching for one. But, taking an hour for myself on the mat has been super beneficial. I recently started the 3 week yoga retreat as a way to get myself back into it – I have some travel coming up and hubs is gone so I know I won’t always be able to make it into a studio but this I can take on the go with me so I make sure I can still fit in my “me-time” that I value. 

Pinning | All of the spring outfits. Who else is inspired to break out the spring wardrobe? I’m trying to figure out what pieces I’m missing for the spring going into summer (which we all know is right around the corner here in Maryland!) 

Join the currently link up the first Wednesday of every month with Anne and her guest host

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April Goals and Intentions

Happy April happy spring my friends!

Once upon a time, I used to set monthly goals for myself and share them on here. Recently, I  realized I really need to get back to that. Like… stat. It was a great way to hold myself accountable for all of the life things. I’m taking a couple weeks off from training before Zooma Training kicks off, so I want to try some new workouts.

Intention wise, it’s about balance. Because of the travel that hubs and I have, the family that’s coming to town, I want to make sure that we make time for the three of us, time for hubs and I and time for myself. Balancing those three things is never easy but it’s most important when we’re the busiest.

  1. Work out four times per week. I’m not training for anything just yet – my next race is a 5k in May and the Zooma 10k in June. I want 2 of those workouts to be running, 1 to be yoga and 1 to be spinning ideally. BUT I just bought Beachbody on demand for myself so on days when I can’t fit in cardio, i have strength options.
  2. Do a mobile boot camp. I’ve been tracking my phone usage – and I spend a lot of time on my phone. Mindless time mostly, but I read about an app on Ashley’s blog and I’ve been trying it out and I think I’m ready to do the boot camp.
  3. Take a design course. My designer at work is on maternity leave so I’ve had to dabble in a few edits and creating a few pieces of my own. Canva and adobe both some great training resources so I would love to take one just to expand my knowledge base.
  4. Write more. I keep setting 1 – 2x/week goals for myself. It shouldn’t be hard. But it has been. I have a little bit of free time this month despite family visiting two weeks, hubs having a 4 day trip and me spending my birthday in Texas. I really want to take advantage of some of this time to get writing in and get back to an editorial calendar. Once I get a writing schedule and an editorial calendar back in place, I’ll be back in business. 
  5. Make self-care a priority. There are two things I consider self-care – yoga and an afternoon of me-time. I’ve been reprioritizing yoga, but it’s tough to get in some solo time that’s not solely for working out. With all that we have going on (family visiting two weekends, a business trip and hubs being away for four days) I need to make sure that my introverted self doesn’t forget about self-care which is imperative for resetting myself.

What are your goals for April?

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Celebrating Heart Health

I’m lucky to be a relatively healthy 30 something, but I’m incredibly thankful that we live close to some quality health care providers in our area should the need arise. It’s one of those things that you don’t really think about, but given that Hubs is a combat medic in the National Guard, it’s something we’ve always been aware of – especially given that our families have some pretty BFD health issues on both sides.

Since Hubs finished his MBA with University of Maryland and did some National Guard training at UMD Shock Trauma center a couple of years ago, we have so much respect for the quality of providers and care that they provide and they’ve really become our center of choice if you will – not that we’ve NEEDED it, but you know, it’s in our action plan should one of us become seriously ill.

Some facts that helped us make that decision…

As an academic medical center, University of Maryland Medical Center participates in cutting-edge research and clinical trials, giving patients access to cutting-edge research and the newest treatments.

Located right in the heart of Baltimore, UMMC is the heart of the University’s downtown campus. They provide comprehensive care for not just West Baltimore but the surrounding communities as well and has more intensive care unit beds than any other hospital in Maryland – one of the big reasons that we decided UMMC would be our provider of choice for any serious issues like that.

The cardiology team at UMMC has earned the Platinum Performance Award for 2 years in a row for sustained excellence in treating heart attack patients.

University of Maryland is celebrating #heartmonth by showcasing their Vascular Center cardiologists through their “Love Your Job” series. You can see that these doctors not only offer extensive experience taking care of their patients’ hearts but that they truly love what they do as well.


One of the things – as I continue to search for the right providers for my family and I –  is wanting my doctor to not only be smart but to also love their job. I know, as a 30 something professional that I’m much better at my job when I enjoy what i do. I love that these doctors have shared that they truly love helping people and helping them live longer lives. I don’t know about you but that, and a true admiration for what they do, just garners a whole new level of respect for them and all other medical professionals who put so much heart and passion into their work every day.

[FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the University of Maryland Medical Center, all opinions here are my own. ]

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