2013 ZOOMA Texas Race Recap

Last weekend was the Texas edition of the ZOOMA Women’s Race Series. It was the culmination of months of training by our Muscle Milk Light Athletes and Ambassadors alike.

Race day started at 4:30 for me since I wasn’t staying on property. I definitely recommend staying at the Hyatt Lost Pines if you can! The resort is gorgeous and you can stay cozy in your bed right up until the last minute on race morning. If you don’t stay at the Hyatt, there are several parking options for you.

IMG_20130323_062520_283

I parked at Cedar Creek High School around 6am and hung out in my car for a bit to stay warm. The forecast has called for a warm, humid day with a chance of thunderstorms. However, it was a windy, chilly (for my Texas blood!) 50 degrees that morning. I dressed for the former, which would come back to haunt me later. Close to 6:30 I hopped on a shuttle over to the Hyatt.

IMG_20130323_114707_385

A few of us met up at the information tent pre-race for a photo op:

580060_10200432107672456_835035555_n

Caroline, Erika, me, Kelly, Rhonda

Before we knew it, it was time to head to the start! Everyone (with the exception of Ashley and I) was running the half so they jumped into the starting corral and got ready to go.

ZOOMA Countdown

IMG_20130323_073349_847

About a week before the race I made a decision to run the 5K instead of the half. After a hill workout on the treadmill my right arch was giving me a little trouble. I had the same issue after Philly and Decker, but fixed the problem by changing shoes. Then it came back. So anyway, I dropped my race distance down to the 5K just to be safe.

ZOOMA Texas 13.1 and 5K Course Map

The 5K course isn’t nearly as hilly as the half, but still enough to be challenging. It obviously wasn’t going to be a PR day with my angry arch so I took it easy. It’s been a long time since I took on such a short distance – last summer maybe? I actually kind of miss it. In fact, this resulted in a 5K race registration for Brad and I on April 21st.

Anyway, back to ZOOMA

When I made the right onto Pope Bend, I saw someone in the not-so-far-off distance pickup the Mile 1 sign that had blown away and put it back on the side of the course. I don’t think this was exactly where it was supposed to be because when I passed the marker, my watch registered 0.75 miles. Now I know there are all sorts of things that can alter Garmin accuracy, but to be off a full quarter mile seemed a bit much. IMG_20130323_075042_929

IMG_20130323_075046_406

When I passed the Mile 2 marker, my watch beeped simultaneously. So we were back on track! Just in time for this beautiful hill.

IMG_20130323_075905_306

After that it was pretty much flat for the remainder of the course so I cruised along and rocked out to my music.

IMG_20130323_080812_529

Passing the start line on the way to the finish…

IMG_20130323_081034_120

IMG_20130323_081239_787

Done! Official finish time was 39 and change. Not my fastest showing but I really enjoyed the race. The atmosphere of ZOOMA races just can’t be beat!

IMG_20130323_081849_281

I positioned myself at the finish line with Erika and watched for a few of our friends to come through.

Here comes Carmen, a member of last year’s HEB Girlfriends Program:

IMG_20130323_082039_089

And fellow ambassador Ashley:

IMG_20130323_082420_447

The wind was really whipping at this point and after stopping running, it was really cold (again, it’s all relative – my southern blood has a different interpretation of “cold”). It was time to hit the post-race refreshments and grab a cup of coffee.

IMG_20130323_082822_207

IMG_20130323_082825_667

IMG_20130323_083125_487

But I got distracted on the way…

IMG_20130323_083121_969

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, this shouldn’t surprise you in the least bit.

Wine at 8:30am? Don’t mind if I do!

IMG_20130323_083705

And THEN I made my way to the coffee. My priorities are certainly in order.

IMG_20130323_084309_980

IMG_20130323_084931_103

IMG_20130323_090304_659

I downed two cups in attempt to warm up a bit before heading out to spectate the half marathon but with no luck. T-shirt and shorts was perfect to race in, but not so much for hanging around afterwards!

Erika and I camped out near mile 10 near the entrance/exit of the golf course so we could see runners at both spots.IMG_20130323_095731_794

Lisa, from Growing Up Mo

Once all of our Muscle Milk athletes and ambassadors had come through, we headed to the finish.

IMG_20130323_103814_409

Love this shot of Nora’s daughter
running in with her!

IMG_20130323_103910_385

Muscle Milk Athlete Nora and ZOOMA Ambassador Lisa

IMG_20130323_104013_178

ZOOMA Ambassador Missy

IMG_20130323_164837

Kelly, Rhonda, Shannah, Nora, me, Lisa

I am so proud of all of the Muscle Milk Light Athletes and Ambassadors. Every single one of them has inspired me over the past few months and I’m so thankful to have met them. They are all amazing!

Please check out their ZOOMA Texas race reports to hear how it went:

Nora In the Books
Missy Race Report, Sort Of
Lisa ZOOMA 2013 Race Report – A Calling
Leigh Ann ZOOMA Texas Half Marathon Recap: Battling My Demons to the End
Caroline ZOOMA Texas Half-Marathon – I did it!
Jennifer Race Recap: My Take on ZOOMA Texas

And a huge congrats to fellow ambassador Jennifer Fisher who won ZOOMA Texas!

269321_10200317059521010_1447682641_n


It seems this year’s ZOOMA training and race flew by SO fast. While I ran the half last year, the 5K was a fun change of pace. I’d highly recommend either race distance. Don’t be discouraged by the hills – I saw quite a few women walking around with PR medals.

What other race will give you a water bottle AND a yoga mat in your race packet? This year’s tee is an awesome color and the fit is PERFECT (not too short or super tight). I’ve been using the cute bag to carry my lunch to/from work.IMG_20130331_085031_748

Grab a few of your closest girlfriends and register for the 2014 race!

Texas « ZOOMA Women s Race Series

Bookmark the permalink.

5 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed the race and being a part of the whole ZOOMA experience. Looking forward to doing it again next year!
    Leigh Ann recently posted…Happy Easter! Here’s some vomit.My Profile

  2. It sounds like a great day! And wine and coffee? What more could a girl need?
    Steph @ Steph Runs On recently posted…Treadmill Workout, Basketball EditionMy Profile

  3. I like that shirt. The course doesn’t seem all that pretty though. Maybe that means you should run Zooma in Florida next year? Yes…Yes I think it does.

    Bummer about your 5k on the 21st. I’m getting in town the next day!
    Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run recently posted…A New Start…AgainMy Profile

    • Possibly! I’ll probably be planning the “bon voyage to my 20s party” (I think it’s ZOOMA wknd) so we’ll see where I end up my bday. Definitely a possibility though, Amelia Island looked gorgeous!

  4. Kim
    Twitter: Sundanckim

    I keep reading about Zooma races and would love to do one sometime. I thought about Cape Cod (which is closest to me), but am not sure it will fit in my budget this year between NYC Marathon and Ragnar Florida Keys.
    Kim recently posted…Virtual ChallengesMy Profile

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge