Last friday, Tim and I took off work and drove the hour southeast to Annapolis. I was signed up for the ZOOMA Women’s Race Series Half Marathon and since we had never been to Annapolis together, I forced Tim to come along!
We didn’t hit any traffic (WHAT!?) and checked into the Doubletree by Hilton hotel. After a brief lounge by the pool, we showered and drove to the Loews Annapolis hotel to pick up my packet and checkout the expo.
Packet pickup was a breeze but I am a little upset that we were forced to pay for parking for less than half an hour. I scored a new pair of Mizunos before we took advantage of the parking and walked around downtown Annapolis. It was a gorgeous night and we wanted to eat by the water. We ended up at Pusser’s Caribbean Grill.
After dinner, we stopped for some ice cream then went back to the hotel so I could get some sleep before the race.
I woke up around 530 and got ready really quick and quiet. I even tried a new race hair do!
The race started at 7am and we were told to get to the Navy Marine Corps Stadium by 6am to avoid any traffic delays. Traffic was minimal (which is a major plus!) and the best part was that there were barely any lines for the porta potties either!!! SCORE!
I hung out for a little bit downloading new songs and stretching before the race began. It was a small race and I was able to start near the front of the pack.
I decided that since I PR‘ed a few weeks earlier and signed up for ZOOMA while still on a PR high, I was going to run this race without a GPS watch or app. I was going to run based on how I felt. I know, right? It was starting to get hot and I was nervous that I already felt comfortable in a tank top and it was 630am! Uh oh.
At 7am on the dot, we were off. I started out a little too fast and made sure I slowed down. By mile 1, i was sweating. By mile 5, I was walking. This course was hilly and challenging in the 80+ degree weather. I think I may have walked more than in the Nike Women Half Marathon 2 months earlier.
I FINALLY made it to the finish in just over 1 hour and 50 minutes. According to the results, my official time was 1:50:13. A few days later, ZOOMA informed the runners that there was a fault in the course and all 10k and half marathon runners missed .25 of the course. Oh crap. Since I wasn’t trying to PR, this wasn’t a big deal to me but I can understand the frustration of the runners that were there to either PR or run their first race at that distance. ZOOMA was incredibly supportive and even offered a discount on future ZOOMA races. Mistakes happen. I get it.
After grabbing some water, I picked up my race swag (Yoga mat, water bottle, and necklace) and went to lie down on some grass. I was pooped. I did manage to grab the boxed food (choice of hummus or chicken salad) and take some pictures.
I only hung out for a little while, since I was alone, and then drove back to the hotel (no traffic!) and met Tim for breakfast. Then we suited up and took advantage of the sun!
After some poolside
lounging sweating, we headed back up north. See ya Annapolis.
Overall, I liked the ZOOMA Annapolis Race. The course, although challenging, had some pretty views and nice shade. The expo was small but did what it was supposed to and the race was held in a beautiful area with lots to do when you weren’t running. I would definitely run this race again. Maybe next year!
Some official race photos…