Zooma Half-Marathon and Handana Giveaway!

I have some exciting news! I can’t believe I’m actually putting this in writing, but I am signed up to run a half-marathon! 13.1 miles! I will be running the Zooma half-marathon in Austin, Texas in March.

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In addition, I’m serving as an ambassador to the race! I first heard about Zooma races through Peanut Butter Fingers. When she tweeted that they were looking for ambassadors and I saw that there was an Austin race, I decided to apply. I thought it would be a great push for me to actually run a half-marathon if I got accepted. I honestly didn’t think I would be accepted since I am a beginner, but I was! So now I’m committing myself to training to and giving it my all. My goal is to finish. I’ll be running and going as fast as I can, but I’ll definitely be taking walk breaks (I may even try the Jeff Galloway method). Hopefully I will finish the race, love it and make a better goal for my next race.

Where is my running at right now? Well, I haven’t talked too much about running on my blog lately simply because there hasn’t been much to tell. I haven’t stopped running, but it’s been too hot in Houston and, until recently, I’ve only been running about 2-2.5 miles 2-3 times a week. Now the temperatures are finally beginning to drop and I’ve been increasing my distance a bit and making sure to run three times a week. It’s safe to say that building up to 13.1 miles is going to be very hard, but I hope I can do it!

If you’re in the area or want to take a trip to the great state of Texas and run the race with me, registration is officially open! The half-marathon and 5k are on March 23, 2012. The course will take you through the beautiful Texas hill country and there will be a post-race party catered towards women with mini spa treatments, wine tastings, live music and more. It looks like fun to me!

Handana Giveaway!

What better way to celebrate my goal of running 13.1 miles than a running giveaway?! I recently got in touch with Katie at Handana after seeing a handana reviewed on another blog. What’s a Handana? Good question!

It’s basically a sweat band that wraps around your hand and wrist. Unlike a normal sweat band, it’s not bulky or uncomfortable and you can hardly notice you’re wearing it. When I run outside, I often struggle to keep the sweat off my face, especially in the Texas heat. Obviously you can’t run outside with a towel, so this is a great alternative.

I tested it out on all of my runs last week. Verdict? I loved it! It’s comfortable and highly functional. I also wore it to my yoga class. I don’t do hot yoga, but my class is at a hot yoga studio and the flow classes are generally about 85 degrees, so I get very sweaty. My Handana was a lifesaver in yoga – especially because it can be hard to grab a towel when you’re in yoga poses!

All in all, I highly recommend a Handana for anyone who likes (but doesn’t like) to get sweaty. That’s why I’m giving one away to a lucky reader! How can you enter? Just leave a comment about how you like to get your sweat on. I’ll use a random generator to choose the winner and announce the lucky person next week.

If you don’t win, you can purchase your own Handana at myhandana.com. If you like them on Facebook, you’ll be able to keep up with all of their great deals and promotions. Good luck!

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16 Responses to Zooma Half-Marathon and Handana Giveaway!

  1. Congrats on signing up for a half!! So exciting! And Handana would be perfect for outdoor running! I always use a towel when I run on the treadmill, so this would be perfect for outside!
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  2. Debbie says:

    I would like to try one of those! I like to run and also take spin classes and this would be great!

    • Caroline says:

      It’s great for anything really – I’ve used it running, doing yoga, a barre class – I’m sure it would be perfect for spin too!

  3. Looks great. I would love that on a hot treadmill run!

  4. Congratulations! Believe it or not, you have already finished the hardest part of the half marathon by signing up and committing to it.
    I recently finished my first sprint triathlon and it was such a fantastic experience. Good luck, it’s going to be a blast.

    And, how do I get my sweat on? Biking has got to be my activity of choice 🙂

    • Caroline says:

      Thanks! It was hard making the decision but I finally decided to just go for it! Congrats on your triathlon – that’s awesome!

  5. so jealous! I wished I lived closer, that would be a blast.
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  6. Tracy says:

    Love the idea of using one in a vinyasa class! I love getting my sweat on during a long run. Congrats on signing up for your first half! I ran my first half in March and loved it so much, I ran another in Sept. Contemplating my third in Nov… Hmmm.

  7. Laurel C says:

    Running is by far my sweat-inducing activity of choice! That’s why I need a handana…..so I can wipe my sweat and still look fresh when I run lol

  8. Camellia says:

    Congrats for registering! I am so happy to see a self-proclaimed ‘novice’ as an ambassador! We need that kind of motivation! I have done two zooma halves and will be in Bastrop in 2013. I recommend Hal Higdon’s training programs. I would love a handana for my runs in Texas! Pick me!! 🙂

    • Caroline says:

      Thanks! I hope I can motivate some other beginners! I’m looking at all the training plans now – I’ve heard good things about Hal Hidgon’s plans too.

  9. Congratulations on becoming an ambassador for ZOOMA! There’s one going down in Florida from what I hear, butttt I don’t think I’m ready for another half anytime soon. I’ll leave the hard work to you 😉
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  10. Cynthia says:

    I look forward to hearing about your accomplishment in March and your journey along the way! I’ve done 5ks and a 10k and my goal for next spring is to do a half marathon as well. I would use the handana running. Happy Training!

  11. Laura says:

    I have done the Austin Zooma half marathon twice. This year I might do it again (deciding between this and the Livestrong half). The handana seems PERFECT for Texas. I must have one 🙂
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