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Fairy Healthy Life

Runner, Yoga Enthusiast, Fitness Fanatic who loves living an active life to inspire those around her.

Zooma Weekend

Zooma weekend started off with an early morning long drive from El Paso to Bastrop. It’s a good thing I wasn’t alone. My dear friend Sue decided to run this race with me and a friend of hers, Maria, who I’ve met a few times joined in as well! A girls weekend came together quite well unexpectedly.

Once we got to the Hyatt resort I was blown away. It was more than what I expected. Everything was Zooma and I felt very welcomed to be there. Any nervousness I was feeling sort of disappeared, I was just very excited to be there.

We headed to our room, got changed and went to packet pick up.

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Besides all of the sponsors being there, there were also Austin running stores and small businesses that sell running related clothes and accessories.

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After the expo was the Mocktail Party hosted by Honest Tea. It wasn’t all mocktails. There was also wine from Barefoot Wines. Yes, I had some. Smile

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This was the first time all of us ambassadors met each other. We all clicked right away. Of course we talked about running and how we were feeling about the race the next day. This was completely new to most of us. We heard there were hills but we weren’t really sure of how many miles of hills.

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It’s funny because as we were driving into the resort Sue and I were saying wow this so gorgeous and look at all these hills…

Then we thought oh man!! This is the race route!! We may have panicked a little. It was too funny!

After dinner, we headed to our rooms hoping to get a good night sleep. I set my alarm for 6. And of course woke up at 5. That’s what happens I guess when you get used to an early morning run. I didn’t mind. I was looking forward to racing.

We got to the start and had some time to spare…

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Then the real fun started. And by fun, I mean torture.

Right away we had rolling hills. There were times where it was not good to look up because all you saw was uphill and nothing else.

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By mile 2 I was already wanting to give up. It takes me a few miles to warm up for a half marathon and I felt like I didn’t have that chance. But I kept powering through, slowly. It took me a while to get used to the humidity as well.

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The route was very pretty to look at. So that helped me from getting bored. And every time we were approaching uphill it seemed like the common phrase from everyone was, “oh sh%#!!” I couldn’t agree more. This lasted for 6 miles. I knew I needed to change something. I wanted to get in front of the 2:10 pacer.

I got to mile 7 stopped. Saw Katherine. Drank some water. My hip was hurting. But my friend Katherine said, “Farrah, you got this. You’re a great runner.” That really set something off in me and I just took off. I didn’t stop one time after that. There were no more hills and I felt really great.

I passed the 2:10 pacer girl at mile 10 and that felt good. I hammered on to the finish. Passed so many runners and seeing the support from the spectators for the last two miles helped so much.

My official finish time was 2:08:55. Yes, it would have been nice to finish under 2 hours. But I didn’t go into this race with expectations because I had no clue what it was going to be like. I’m happy with my results especially after dealing with a few injuries.

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I can’t even describe how much fun I had at Zooma. Not only the race but the events before and after it were also so great. The friendships that are already in place grow even stronger. And new friendships are formed because of this event and the love of running.

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Meet my friend Katherine, who helped push me have that great finish. She discovered my blog through the Zooma site when I had only been a Zooma ambassador for a few months. She was inspired after reading my blog and decided this race would be her first half marathon! Katherine even added yoga to her workouts and said that helped her with recovery and flexibility. That makes me so happy! I can only tell people how much yoga can help runners but until they try it, they won’t know.

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I recommend this race for anyone looking to have a fit, fun weekend with friends. I would love to get a group together to go next year. We can have regular training runs and make it a girls weekend. I know it will be so much fun! It may not have been my fastest half marathon but it was the best race I’ve ever been a part of. I can’t thank the Zooma team and ambassadors enough for that.

If you haven’t heard enough about Zooma, here are some more recaps from my fellow Texas ambassadors:

How My World Runs

The Lyon’s Share

A Balancing Act

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The Texas Peach

 

Zooma Time!

I feel like I’ve been talking about this Zooma Austin race for almost a year. I can’t believe it is finally here! ZOOMA Ambassador Badge 2014 Being a Zooma Race Ambassador has been an amazing experience so far and I know it will only get better once I meet all of the other ambassadors and women I’ve been exchanging emails with. For some, it will be their first half marathon and others are looking forward to running another race filled with amazing like minded athletes. I just love that energy and cannot wait to be a part of it!! I’m not really a skirt wearing runner but I figure if I’m going to sparkle in a race, this is the one to do it in. I’m ready to be awesome! 023 For the past week and a half, I have to admit I wasn’t feeling my strongest. My hips were feeling very tender throughout the day after I ran. I tried stretching and foam rolling every chance I had. But still, I knew something was off. I saw the chiropractor, Dr. Barker, yesterday and now I feel so much better. The tension in my hip area doesn’t feel so bad anymore. Now I feel like I won’t have to worry so much about being in pain for 13 miles. I’ve set up the tracker to track me while I race on Saturday. You can see it through my facebook profile status updates or tweets (@fairyhealthy) on twitter. Race will start at 7:30 am. I can’t wait to tell you all about it come Monday!! Have a great weekend friends!

Redemption at World’s Fastest 10k

The last 2 weeks after the trail race have been hard on my running brain. I had been doubting myself as a runner. Whether I should still be running or not was a question that kept crossing my mind. I felt so embarrassed for what happened. I never thought I would ever not finish a race because I got lost. Hearing others negative opinions about what happened wasn’t easy either. I tried to move on by taking it one run at a time. With each one, I ran a little longer and my confidence started coming back. Just like I had been planning for months, I registered for the World’s Fastest 10k. It is one of my favorite races I did last year and I couldn’t stand not doing it. More than anything, I just needed to do a race to get that last one out of my head. I think about it everyday. It eats away at my spirit. I made sure to arrive at this race early. It was a beautiful morning and I was finding myself very eager to run. 10168209_613146822100409_426819160_n It was so great to see runner friends there! The nerves and doubts started to disappear as we took off downhill. I took off pretty strong and tried to stay steady throughout the race. The pounding on the pavement was beginning to ache my back between mile 4 and 5. I didn’t want to push it too hard because I wanted this to be a training run for the half in 2 weeks. I’m trying to stay injury free until then! Fullscreen capture 3312014 90847 AM.bmp My official time was 49:11. Not as quick as last year but I’m fine with it. There were some runners that took a wrong turn. I was so happy it wasn’t me! I think I would have freaked out! 10013256_258988607617408_524988336_n This race helped me in so many ways. I know I have been very vague about what I’ve been dealing with personally. When I’m ready to talk about, I will share it with you all. But for now I’m doing a lot of thinking and running has been my escape from it all. I use the stress to fuel my runs. Leaving all of that on the road really helps me heal. I believe that all the stress and frustrations we may be dealing with can be eased through exercise, even if it’s only for a little while. Sometimes we even find a solution to the problem. Now on to a few short weeks of training. Zooma is up next April 12!!!

Life Compass

So who’s up for a good running story?? Let’s just get right into it!

I hadn’t raced in a few months. I was really beginning to miss it. I also needed to amp up my long runs to make sure I’m ready for the Zooma half in April. So I signed up for the Jack Rabbit Classic. This would have been my 2nd time running it. Here’s the recap from last year.

This one is quite the opposite.

I woke up early, headed out with good time. The race was to start at 8. I put the location in my gps and drove to the race site. For some odd reason, it took me on the other side of the mountain. I was late!! I got to the race at 8:05. Took off running to the check in and hauled butt to the trail. The first mile was on a paved road followed by the trail portion.

There was a man that was in my position and arrived late as well. He was running the 5 mile and I was running the 7 mile route. As we got on the trail he said, “if I don’t see you at the finish line, good luck.” Oh I wish luck was on my side that morning.

I was doing really well. I didn’t have any pain in my back or hips. My footing through the rocks was great. The weather was perfect. I began to pass a few groups of people. I didn’t feel so bad anymore and I felt like I could probably come in close to my time from last year.

I got to the water station. It was about 4.6 miles in, I think. That’s when the 5 mile and 7 mile routes separated. This was the first time I felt nervous. There wasn’t anyone on the 7 mile route. But I just went with it. I was so in the zone! I was going pretty quick, a pace of  about 10 minutes per mile. Which is pretty quick for the terrain I was going through. I kept following the pink ribbons because I figured I could trust that’s where I should be going. I was focusing so much on not falling, I didn’t even notice I was already more than 7 miles in and NOWHERE near any finish line. I figured I’d get there eventually.

After seeing this flat area for the third time, I knew something was wrong. I had already fallen twice and was becoming tired. I was out of water. I came to realize I was already 10 miles in. I should have stopped so long before that.

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I called my friend Sue who I knew would be waiting for me. She told me just to stay put and the park rangers were out looking for me. I was also talking to Ben, who came to the race on his bike. He said he knew the area well and decided to go out and look for me as well.

I stayed put at this point.

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I was feeling pretty stupid, I have to say. And I was mad at myself that I let this happen. I’ve been having some bad luck with races and my fitness this year. Personal relationship obstacles as well. It’s really hard for me to understand why this all happening. It can be overwhelming at times. I try to stay positive but some days that can be hard as well. Sitting there alone gave me the chance to think about so many things. Maybe I needed that. I don’t know why I’m being sent into these different directions in my life. I just know that I will be led in the right direction eventually. My life compass.

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After another hour or so, I could see the helicopter appear then disappear again. They had my coordinates that I took off of my phone and sent to Sue. The park rangers kept calling me, saying they thought they were close. I don’t know why, but I remained calm throughout. I never felt like I wouldn’t be found. Although alone, I felt safe.

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I was beginning to get cold since my body temperature was cooling down. I was walking back and forth, then looked up and there was Ben. I immediately felt a sense of relief. It was so nice to see a face I knew. I saw the relief in his face as well. I could tell he was worried. It was finally time to go. We started walking back to get me out of there.

We reached the park rangers and headed back to their trucks so that they could take us to the original finish line. That walk back was not fun. I was already tired and my body was starting to feel run down. Once we finally reached the trucks I had put in 12.3 miles. Amazing! I had no clue.

Also amazing, the people waiting for me. They set up a finish line and really made me feel like I wasn’t a burden. I was feeling so bad that they were waiting so long for me.

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They really are the best friends and support a girl can have. It’s really hard for me to express how appreciative I am for all they did for me. Each one of them means so much to me, they will always be a part of my life because of this.

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It turns out, there was a previous race and they had the same pink ribbon markers as this race. That’s what caused me to take a wrong turn. Being out there with the different trails can easily confuse anyone. I’ve learned these things happen for a reason. They teach us we are stronger than we think we are. And a new route, a new plan is needed to make you a better person. My motto for this year was to “BE FEARLESS”. I think I am living up to that in ways I could never have imagined.

To all of my friends and family that sent me messages, commented on my photos, called me to send prayers, thank you so much!!!! I’m sure I wouldn’t have stayed as strong without you all. I am so blessed and beyond grateful for you all.

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