So I think the last time I wrote about my ZOOMA Half Marathon training progress, I was a little discouraged, no? Well you all, including my fellow ambassadors, were all so nice and encouraging and group huggy, and it just warmed my cold, black, blergy heart. And you know what? I haven’t really had a terrible run since. I don’t know what was going on that day. Just a bad run, I guess.
Everyone had great words of encouragement, most notably to get the $115 shoes I had been fitted for, so that’s on the way, as well as some sexy compression socks I just got in the mail today. Boy did they feel good! Some also suggested jazzing up the playlist. Some offered to get together and run, some advised me to stretch more. My favorite comment was that my feeling discouraged meant I was a real runner, because I’m now “emotionally connected to this crazy sport.” Love it. In the end, there are a lot of you cheering me on to the finish line, and I love each and every one of you.
But you know what is really getting me motivated these days? It’s the women in our Muscle Milk Light Half Marathon Challenge. Four runners were chosen from a slew of applicants to take part in this program, and each was paired with an Ambassador as a mentor. I did NOT volunteer to be a mentor, because this being my first half marathon as well, I was afraid I wouldn’t have much support or knowledge to give. Plus we’ve already discussed that I’m a terrible mentor.
Let me tell you — these ladies are AWESOME. One of the biggest things that gets me out there to pound the pavement is seeing them all posting photos of their runs and their smiling faces as they reach new milestones. I know they may be hurting, or they may be unsure at times. But they are truly rocking this training. Giving up is not an option for them, so why should it be for me? These ladies are keeping me going, and I can’t wait to see them all cross the finish line. They’ve worked so hard. I truly hope that I’m chosen as an ambassador another year so I can coach someone through their training in a future challenge.
The truth is, there will be bad runs. But there will also be good runs. There will be painful runs, and then there will be runs where you feel like you could keep going forever. There will be runs where your music isn’t gelling with your mood, your earbuds won’t stay in, and your inner thighs keep trying to eat your shorts. But the most important thing is getting out there and running.
In order to further support women’s running, Zooma has started the ZOOMA Personal Best Program. The program will offer PR (which stands for Personal Record — totally had to google that) medals to all participants completing the distance for the first time or for beating a previous PR time set in the past 5 years. ZOOMA has really been a pioneer of new concepts and furthering the sport of women’s running, and this is no exception. They want to keep women’s running a serious sport, but make it fun too.
I know I can’t wait to get my medal at the finish line party, and I want to see you get one too! There’s still time to register for ZOOMA Texas at the gorgeous Hyatt Lost Pines in Bastrop on March 23! You can even save 10% by entering the code TXAMB5. Visit the ZOOMA website to register. See you there!