I suspect many of you are reading this as you're trapped inside for yet another day. Or, if you can get out into the elements, it takes you 10 minutes to pull on the layers you need to stay warm: First the wool, some more wool, then some fleece, and top it off with a jacket hearty enough to combat ice and snow. Phew!
Whether you're inside or out, join me in daydreaming about running the newest ZOOMA women's race: Napa Valley, land of bright sunshine (remember that?) and rolling fields striped with fruit-laden vines. The half-marathon and 10K are scenic out-and-back courses that pass wineries and vineyards, with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Mostly flat with only a few rollers, these courses promise to be inviting--and fast, if that's what you're into. I am: I'm racing the half-marathon, gunning for a 1:50-ish finish. Dimity and I will both be working the Another Mother Runner table at packet pick-up and the post-race party, and we'll be giving a casual talk the evening before the race. We're hoping to gab with a lot of mother runners in wine country.
Two women will be there courtesy of a sweet contest ZOOMA is hosting: The blogger with the most votes wins a trip to the Napa race for herself--and a reader of her blog (!)--complete with airfare, two nights at the race hotel, and race entries. Sprint over to ZOOMA's Facebook page for all the deets; the voting deadline is February 24. (If you want to register for the Napa Valley race--or any ZOOMA women's race--use the discount code AMR14 to get 10% the entry fee. A special deal the ZOOMA ladies--whom we love--offer to us mother runners.)
Before you go, though, remember to enter our giveaway to win a sleek, tricked-out NordicTrack C1750 treadmill. There's a wee bit of creativity involved (all the giveaway details are in this post), but since Mother Nature has you held hostage, you might as well put that snow-bound time to good use. Dimity put in a lot of miles on her NordicTrack Commercial 1750 when Denver was gripped by winter, and she raves about the 'mill. Win one for yourself, so you can get your run on no matter the weather.