Monday, April 2, 2012

zooma 2012

Remember that time I "trained" for a half marathon? Yeah, that was a good time. No, really it was such a good time that I signed up for another half marathon and swore this time I was going to train. Hell, the race even had supported training runs, it would be almost impossible for me to not train.

This, of course, means I didn't really train. I went on one long run, 9 miles, and added the other runs to my calendar but didn't actually get up for them. I had my reasons, one time it was raining and I don't run in the rain. One time jparks was out of town and I couldn't leave the kids alone. Another time I was just lazy. While I did skip almost all of the long runs, I did go for a 3 to 5 mile run multiple times each week, so that was more training than before. All of this training led me to think I could easily shave 15 minutes off my half marathon time and finish in 2:30.

Now real runners out there are laughing at me. First, most people don't aim to shave 15 minutes off their PR in one race. Second, real runners aren't stupid and they actually train. To that I say, suck it real runners!


(I don't really mean that real runners! I love you! I want to be you!)

I finished an incredibly hilly course in 2:28:51!

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Or 2:28:46 if you want to go by my chip time.

Y'all I was so happy I nearly cried when I got to the finish line. I can't wait to see the race pictures because I know I was smiling like an idiot as I crossed the finish.

Here I am after I collapsed to the ground gripping a Muscle Milk and a bottle of water while I waited for a friend to finish:


Hello boob butt crack, I'm so glad you were able to join us for the race.

I'm pretty sure now I'm going to register for a full marathon. And I pinky swear, this time I'm going to train for real.


  1. Congrats!! I had a friend who signed up for te LA Marathon & didn't train. She finished, no probs. I want to say her time was something crazy like 3 or maybe 4 hours. (not sure what the average is) I'm impressed with anyone who runs!

  2. Congratulations! This seems incredibly impressive.

    I have a question re: not running in the rain. Why not? Whenever it's raining and I see someone outside running in it I think, "Man I wish I ran, so I could run in the rain!". As a complete non-runner ever (well, I mean, I've never been chased by a bear but I'm willing to say I would recognize the futility of any effort and just allow myself to be eaten) it seems like the optimal time to run: you're already sweaty so you won't get wetter, plus it seems cooling.

  3. Training? You don't need no stinking training plan!

    Now I really wish I had registered for the Zooma b/c then maybe I could have gotten a great time too. Bummer.

  4. You're freaking amazing. I trained and you left me in your dust. I want to use the excuse I'm much older but that won't work (even though I am old). My new goal time is 'regan time'. And I will come out and cheer you on for a marathon.