I’m Doing It – Zooma Half Marathon

Well, it’s official – I will be running a half marathon in August. The Chicago Zooma women’s half marathon. Honestly, at this point, I am a little bit terrified. While I think I am ready for a new goal, I am also nervous about the distance. What if can’t do it? What if it’s too hard? What if my body doesn’t cooperate? Although, I am nervous, I know it’s something that I can do if I put my mind to it and work hard. And it would be an awesome accomplishment for me. A little while ago, I entered the Muscle Milk Chicago Half Marathon Challenge. Unsure how to train for a half marathon? We’ve got you covered. Need someone to talk to when nerves set in as you’re facing your first double digit run? Yep, we’re here for that too. Thanks to the generosity of Muscle Milk Light and NorthShore University HealthSystem, this program is your coach, running buddy and support group all rolled into one. Four Chicago-area athletes will take part in our 12-week program as “NorthShore Runners”, and one lucky lady will be selected to receive additional perks as a “Muscle Milk Light Athlete”. (Source) I entered my application and figured that if I was picked, it would be a sign that I should run a half marathon. I’ve had the idea of a half marathon in the back of my head, but was always apprehensive about doing it. Well, I got an email yesterday saying that I was selected as one of the NorthShore Athletes for Zooma’s Chicago’s Half Marathon Challenge Program! I am very excited but nervous too. The program includes:

  • A support network of the Chicago Ambassadors of the race
  • Training Plan
  • Zooma Training T-shirt
  • Education/ Cross Training
  • Race Entry
  • Muscle Milk Light

As part of the program, I will be interviewed by Zooma and the ambassadors, have weekly check-ins, and attend four Zooma events in Chicago. Exciting stuff! I am very excited to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to get started! This half marathon also came at a great time because my goal for the Under Armour What’s Beautiful Campaign is to run a half marathon! Yesterday Yesterday, I went with Jaden’s class on a field trip to the zoo. When I came downstairs all ready and dressed, Danny asked me if I was wearing workout pants to the zoo. Yes, I am wearing working pants to the zoo. The only time I’m not wearing workout or sweatpants is when I’m sleeping…or when someone takes me out to dinner. And even then I contemplate wearing workout pants. I’m going to be walking around the zoo with 6-year olds in hot weather. What do you want me to wear – a party dress? The kids loved the zoo. They’re favorite animal was the peacock. On the way home, there was an accident on the highway and we were stuck on the hot bus forever. It wasn’t fun. Finally, we made it back to school. It was such a nice day out, so we got frozen yogurt, dropped my niece off, and then went to the park. Obviously you’re never to old to play at the park. We ordered pizza and watched the Chicago Blackhawks game. Well, actually Danny watched the game. I sat on the couch and read. My dad got us some Blackhawk shirts. My brother: I wore mine to bed…and tied it on the side because I’m 80s like that :) Today’s Workout

  • 3 miles outside, nice
  • Trifecta Class – 60 minutes

What a difference night and day make – literally. While my run was pretty terrible on Tuesday night, this morning it was good. It wasn’t necessarily fast, but I sure felt a whole lot better today than I did running at night. I noticed that my miles always start out fast and then get progressively slower – which is the opposite of how it should be. Without meaning to, I usually start out too fast and then lose steam by the end. I need to work on starting out a little slower so that I can speed up as I go. I finished three miles by 6:45 am, then I headed to the gym at 9:00 am for the Trifecta class. After the gym, my niece and I just ran a few errands. Tonight it Jaden’s first t-ball game! Have a great afternoon!

  • Have you ever run a half marathon? Any advice?
  • When was the last time you went to the zoo? Favorite animal?
  • Favorite sports team?


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12 Responses to I’m Doing It – Zooma Half Marathon

  1. Michele Dick

    Well Congratulations on signing up to do a 1/2…I really want to do one now as well.

  2. Congrats! You’ll do great and it will be nice to have such a great support system. I’ve run in many half marathons, and my only advice is to pace yourself for the first one. Also, if it starts to get tough, just make it a “water station” race. Make it your goal to get to each water station and you’ll get through it!

    My favorite sports team is the Chicago Bulls – don’t live there any more but I was born there and my parents were born and raised, so I’m a huge fan :-)

  3. Thats exciting news! Half marathons are my favorite distance, and I’ve run a handful of them over the years. My advice is to train a tad slower than you’d think to, especially this first time. Train to build endurance first, then play with speed.

  4. Oh man! I am not jealous of being stuck in a school bus! Good job signing up! It’ll be a lot easier than you think!

    Have you ever run a half marathon? Any advice? I have been running one every Sunday since ~ last fall as my long run. Advice: Respect the distance in training, so maybe be doing 30 or so miles per week. If the race isn’t in hot weather, you can finish it without drinking anything. But seeing as its getting warm, a few sips every few miles. Your body should handle it easy from training. I wouldn’t really say you need to do carb loading all week or anything crazy, just don’t eat anything that upsets your stomach! PLus make sure you give yourself a couple hours before the race to have our stomach empty!
    When was the last time you went to the zoo? Favorite animal? Went about a month ago to the Lincoln Park Zoo! (keep going to see when my daughter will enjoy it more)
    Favorite sports team? Currently – Bulls!

  5. Congrats! Zooma will definitely keep you in check and make sure you are doing what you need to finish the race happily.

    Jaden is sooo darn cute. I love his smile.

    I also start off faster than what I finish. I think it’s because I never actually try to start slow then speed up. I just start running and hope that I finish haha

  6. Losing Lindy

    eek! I have known for a long time you are ready for this! I am super excited for you!

  7. I may of just squealed like a little girl when I read our announcement! I am so excited for you, Heather!!!

  8. Summer

    SO excited for your upcoming half!!!! How exciting that you were picked, that was definitely your sign! :) I will be up there for the Chicago half in Sept. I love to shop, eat and run, so I plan to combine all three, ha :) Will love following your training progress. We had a muggy warm run this morning, followed by iced coffee at the Bux :)

  9. Lindsey

    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and just love it. Funny that you just started half marathon training cause I’m training for my first as well…bit scared! We’ll do awesome though:)

    I had to laugh when your husband asked if you we’re wearing workout pants to the zoo…I live in lulu lemon lol

    • runeatplay

      Glad I’m not the only one that lives in workout clothes :) I need to check out Lululemon! Congrats on doing your first half marathon. You’ll do great!

  10. Good luck with the half training! I love half marathons. When I started training for my first half marathon I couldn’t even run a mile at a time. A few months later I was able to run the entire race! You will do great, especially since you already run some. That training plan will totally get you where you need to be!

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