Tuesday, November 29, 2011

zoom, zoom, zoom-a, zoom...

We're going to zooma zooma zooma zoom. Anyone old enough to remember Zoom from the 70s? It was kind of like Electric Company but for slightly older kids.

I don't remember the bare feet but I do remember trying to emulate Bernadette's little arm trick there. Oh to be cool like those kids.

Speaking of random shows from the 70s, anyone remember the cartoon that was full on cartoon but the characters had real lips? Now THAT one was a classic. Go Clutch Cargo!

So Clutch Cargo has zero to do with this post but who can really get enough of cartoon characters with real lips?

This weekend, I ran in the Zooma Atlanta Half Marathon. I was back at Chateau Elan for more hilly fun with friends. I thikn this was Zooma's 4th race in Atlanta and I think they are still trying to find their niche. The first two races were in downtown Atlanta and the last two were about an hour north of Atlanta. Next year they are going to try out April at Lake Lanier. I think the timing of the race may be bad as Atlanta has a pretty popular half marathon on Thanksgiving Day. I am guessing that race pulls away some of their potential participants. Hopefully holding the race in April will help them get a bigger crowd!

I don't know what has been going on lately but I seem to have picked up some speed. I read somewhere recently that the leg strength you gain from biking helps with running speed so maybe that is what is going on. I always thought biking worked opposing muscles but maybe it still helps somehow? I know I haven't really been doing any speedwork which is why it is puzzling.

I managed to pull off a PR by a little less than a minute on Saturday (1:54:49) and got 3rd in my age group (something which NEVER happens at larger races). I actually didnt think I would even come close to placing so my friends and I weren't paying any attention whatsoever to the awards ceremony. We walked in the event hall where everything was taking place and as we were walking up they announced my name. I was completely shocked. I am kind of proud of that award since it was in a larger group, as opposed to my usual 3rd place out of a total of 4 people.

I also ran the full 13 miles which is something I have only done a couple of times this year. I had gotten into the habit of run/walking earier in the year when I did the Goofy Challenge and continued it in my longer races right on through B2B. It was kind of nice to prove to myself that I could run the entire distance and not feel beaten down at the end.

At the end of the race, they had champagne and necklaces for a finishers award. For the food, they gave out pre-filled snack bags which I think is a good idea so you can kind of ration things out and make sure there is something left for the runners at the end. The interesting thing was the contents of the bag. There was a bagel, apple, small thing of peanut butter, a boiled egg and a piece of american cheese. I can't say that I have ever been given an egg or american cheese post race. Points for trying to cover all the bases with protein and carbs!

Have you ever received anything odd as a post race food item? I don't know why but I love interesting post-race snacks. To me, that can make or break my race experience. The jingle jog I am doing in a couple of weeks has insane post race festivities and I cannot wait!


Michael said...

Hmmm.....that is some interesting food at the end. I hope it was packaged well. Not sure how I'd feel about eating a boiled egg just rolling around in a bag. Congrats on the 3rd place finish!! Nice!

Suz and Allan said...

Congratulations on 3rd place and on the PR!

Amanda said...

Congrats on the PR and 3rd place finish - you are just killing it lately! So impressive.

A hard boiled egg - not sure how I feel about that one...being at the back of the pack, I'm not sure I want an egg that's been sitting around :)...

I had sunflower seed butter in a goody bag recently - that's about as odd as I've ever had...Actually it was quite tasty :)!

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Carolina John said...

That Clutch cartoon is creepy! I don't remember those. the real lips kind of freak me out though.

Your speed now is a nice after-effect from ironman. Cycling works balancing muscles from running, not opposite ones. So more biking will help you run faster. The biggest gains came from the aerobic endurance gained from the swimming. The "oxygen conversion to muscle energy" paradigm is the efficiency model you're looking for. Most people run their fastest 5k's about a month after a marathon.

Congrats on the AG award!

The strangest food I ever got post-race was a bbq chicken sandwich.

misszippy said...

Congrats on the time and the placement! Fantastic. Sounds like a fun event, if not a bit odd there at the end!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

way to go on the PR! Even better when it was unexpected.

hmm post race...one time they had apple pie and that was pretty awesome

Colleen said...

Congrats on the PR. And I love that you just happened to hear your name for third place - that's super fun and I'm glad that you didn't miss out!

Runblondie26 said...

It was nice to finally meet you. Congrats a great race!

Is it the Atlanta Jingle Jog/Elf Trot that you're doing? Do you think it would be something worthwhile to run with my daughter? I thik she'd enjoy it if the post race activities live up to the hype on their website. Usually they don't at most races, lol.

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