The last 2 weeks….

The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind of fun and busy for us, and I have a feeling that this is how the rest of the summer is going to be!

We had so much fun on Memorial Day. Our church made a float in honor of those who gave their lives for our country for our town parade. After the parade we had everyone over for lunch.

DSC_0719The float

DSC_0745The statue on the float

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Last weekend I ran the Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon. This was a disappointing race for me, which makes 2 in a row. It was my 3rd 1/2 marathon this spring and also my slowest.

The race itself was great! I had the opportunity to be an ambassador for this race, which was a whole lot of fun! It was also a lot of fun to get to meet the other ambassadors!

Zooma put on a great race event and I highly recommend it!

Check out all of their race events HERE and an awesome set of pre/post-race recipes from the Annapolis ambassadors with a promo code for future ZOOMA races here!

I picked up my race packet on Friday night and then stuck around to help people get checked in. With the race I picked up a couple of awesome race shirts, a nice pair of Feetures socks, and a a Zooma journal.

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The medals are really nice. They have detachable charms that you can put on a necklace!!!

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I thought about spending the night in Annapolis, but we had so much going on, the logistics just weren’t working, and we really are not that far (about an hour).

I got to the race with plenty of time, but the lines for the bathrooms were a lot longer than I anticipated so I ended up missing the ambassador photo.

The course really is beautiful! It starts at the Navy Memorial Stadium and goes over the Naval Academy Bridge (twice). It is a little bit of a hilly course and it was a hot day, but I was prepared for that. I kind of knew a 1:30 was not realistic on this day and this course. I had settled on going for a 1:34-1:35. I finished in 1:40 for 13.28 miles. My pacing was terrible and I walked several times in this race. My fastest mile was 6:44, my slowest was 8:22. Mile 4 was my fastest and 6 was my slowest. I know that everybody has races like this, but it really is not than great of a feeling to finish a race knowing you could have done better. But, I did finish another half, and was able to get 4th overall for woman (which this race is about 90% woman).

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Time to learn from this race and move on to the next one :).

This week we had a conference at our church and some friends in town. We spent the day hiking the Appalachian Trail on Monday and that was a blast. We ran into a hiker who was on day 69 of hiking the trail…CRAZY!!!!!

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Yesterday I found THIS article about Scott Jurek who is currently attempting to become the fastest person to ever complete the Appalachian Trail. His goal is to do it in 42 days!!! I can’t even imagine!

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That is about all from the last couple of weeks :).

What have you been up to?

Could you imagine hiking the Appalachian Trail?!

Comments

  1. says

    Wow, that is amazing! I can’t imagine racing the Appalachian trail, but I would like to hike some of it. Definitely on the bucket list and looks like you guys had so much fun!
    1:40 is a great showing and it may not be what you wanted, but with the heat and hills, I think that is an awesome time!! Plus 4th overall woman too!
    You are getting some great races under your belt and you are going to bust out a 1:30 soon, which is so exciting!
    Have a great evening 🙂

    • Jen says

      I can’t imagine camping and hiking for so many days!!!!! I bet he is going to see some amazing views though! Thanks so much for your kind words and support 🙂

  2. says

    Jen I’m so sorry this was another disappointing race for you. I’m sure the (amazing!!!) 4th place finish helps a little but I also know you can run a better race and that stings. I kind of had the same feelings after my NJ marathon so I completely understand. I love your attitude though and how you’re just moving forward. That is the absolute right thing to do!!! You will find your race – I know it. xo

    • Jen says

      Thanks Allie :). Your support means so much :). The best thing you can do is learn from it and get ready for the next one 🙂

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