ZOOMA Cape Cod 2014 Race Recap

ZOOMA Cape Cod 2014 was so much fun from beginning to end (well, maybe not all the hills in the second half!). I headed up Friday evening to pick up my number from the expo and an Another Mother Runner shirt from Michelle, who was working their booth. I have the “I Run Things” shirt, but I had been coveting this one for a long time!

After getting my number and swag bag, I headed up to meet Jessica before attending the Honest Tea Mocktail Hour. Once again, we had a GORGEOUS sunset to look at while sipping on Honest Tea and chowing down on apps. We took our annual ambassador photo and then Jessica, Nancy, Dani, Amy (and her super AWESOME husband Chris), and I headed to dinner at Red’s. It was so nice to catch up with these inspiring running bloggers in real life–I wish we could do it more often! William was a good sport and stayed out until 9 p.m. He loved flirting with all of the ladies. :-)

Race morning came before I knew it, and I headed up to meet the girls in Amy’s room before the start. It was SO nice to have a place to hang out before the start of the race–it was chilly! Shortly before the start time, we made our way over to the line for one last photo op before we were off! Nancy, Dani and I had planned to run together ahead of time. It was nice to change it up and run with a group for this race. Since I was doing it as a training run, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t go too fast that I couldn’t have a conversation along the way!

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A Weekend of Weddings and ZOOMA Cape Cod

What a weekend–I can’t believe how quickly it went by. Early Saturday morning, I woke up to run the ZOOMA Cape Cod half marathon with some amazing ladies, including my fellow ZOOMA Cape Cod ambassadors. It was a beautiful fall morning here in Falmouth, and I will be sharing my full race recap tomorrow on the blog. All I can say now is that it was a TON of fun!

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Credit: Clarke Morrison

After the race, we ran home and got changed before driving to Lakeville, CT to the Interlaken Resort for a good friend’s wedding. We may have set a land speed record from the Cape to Lakeville. I was a little nervous about running the race and then sitting in the car for almost 4 hours, but I actually felt okay.The trip to Salisbury was absolutely gorgeous! It’s hard to believe that the fall foliage has already started. We pulled into the resort on two wheels, got ready in about 5 minutes, and then headed to the lake for the wedding ceremony…. 

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Sneaking More Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet

Sneaking more fruits and vegetables into your diet

One of the things I have been struggling with most after having William is getting enough fruits and vegetables into my diet. I have always had a pretty healthy diet; but for some reason when I am pregnant or nursing, I just don’t crave those foods. All I want is carbs, carbs, carbs. It’s probably not helping that I am running quite a bit, and starchy foods are very easy to ingest when you are starving and trying to eat quickly.

I am hereby acknowledging that my diet needs some work. I recently did some research into sneaking more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Here’s a list of helpful hints I found:… 

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Choosing the Right Race Outfit


One of the exciting, and somewhat nerve-wracking, tasks of racing is figuring out what you want to wear on race day! We have all heard the old adage, don’t wear anything new on race day. For the most part, I agree with this statement. You really don’t want to find out 5 miles into a half marathon that the shorts you are wearing are giving you a serious wedgie! ;-)

When it comes to a race, I always choose an outfit that has been tested multiple times during a training run. I don’t want any surprises! Here are some tips for picking the right race outfit:… 

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box – September 2014

POPSUGAR must have

I was so psyched to receive the POP SUGAR Must Have box for this September. I had heard rumors that it contained some very cool things, and I am happy to report that I was not disappointed. It’s sort of like being a kid at Christmas when you see the little box on your doorstep and you tear into the tissue paper to reveal its contents!

Here’s what I found in my box this month:… 

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Getting Geared Up for ZOOMA Cape Cod Next Weekend!

ZOOMA Cape Cod Medal

Check out the detachable sailboat charm (half marathon medal)!

I am so excited to be pinning on a race bib next weekend for the first time in over a year (I did the Main St. mile, but that was more of a race for my son!). I am dusting off the racing jitters, putting together my race day outfit, and getting ready to burn up the pavement. Although the race is just a training run for me, my plan calls for a long run of at least 9:14 pace.  I am going for the sub 2 on this one though. I will be running with one of my favorite Cape Cod runners (and fellow ZOOMA Cape Cod ambassador) Nancy Capen. Check out Nancy’s blog- Living the Dream…. 

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I’m a Soccer Mom (and Proud of It!)

I think it’s pretty funny that I swore I would never drive a minivan when I met my husband–famous last words! We just had our 8th wedding anniversary, and we are on our second Toyota minivan. Oh, how quickly things change! ;-) My now six-year old had his first year of soccer last year, and this year his four-year old brother is joining him. No long runs on Saturday morning, because I am officially a soccer mom. Collin is first up from 9-10, and James plays at either 12:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m…. 

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Tapering for a Half Marathon

Tapering for a half marathon

People often associate tapering with marathons, but you can taper for a half marathon as well. Tapering for a half marathon helps your body rest physically and mentally before the big day. I was recently asked by a friend and reader how to taper for the half specifically. It got me thinking that she probably wasn’t the only one with that question!

If you have an fall half marathon, here are some tips for tapering:… 

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Race and Feed the Hungry with Run 10 Feed 10!

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I think this race series is a very cool idea–most runners I know love giving back and are always quick to help another in need. Why not combine the two by running a charity race to help feed the hungry? The Run 10 Feed 10 (co-hosted by FEED and Women’s Health) race series will be hitting the following cities on the following dates:… 

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Half Marathon Training Update

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The Run Less, Run Faster plan is still working out perfectly with my half marathon training and schedule. I am really enjoying the 3-day workout week. With the three boys, it’s a lot easier to work in three days of training, as opposed to 5! On Saturday, I had a beautiful long run on my favorite running route- the Shining Sea Bikeway. I was reminded for the one millionth time why I love fall on the Cape, and why it’s my absolute favorite time of the year to run!… 

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