We’re excited to introduce our 2015 ZOOMA Florida Ambassadors. This is a select group of ladies who are creative, energetic bloggers who have a positive influence both online and in their personal communities. They all have different running backgrounds, but they’re all passionate about inspiring and motivating other women to empower themselves through running and embrace a healthy, happy, and active lifestyle. They will help us to keep our runners informed, inspired, and motivated!
Kristin is a 30-something mom to two little ones from Jacksonville, FL. She’s married to a great guy (he’s a runner too!) and loves pedicures, college football, dark chocolate, red wine, time with loved ones, and most of all spoiling her babies. Kristin started running in July 2012 as a way to lose the baby weight and get back in shape so she could keep up with her busy preschooler and toddler. She finished her first half-marathon in February 2013 and since has completed two marathons, six half marathons, two 15Ks, three 10Ks, several 5Ks, and a few fun runs. She runs to keep herself sane and is currently training for her third marathon, while balancing the demands of being a wife, a mom, and working full-time in the IT industry. She doesn’t get much sleep, but wouldn’t have it any other way. She blogs about running, her family and friends, and life in general at A Mom On The Run.
Jennifer began running just over a year ago to support her husband, who was starting a running journey of his own. Before she even completed the Couch to 5K program, she had registered for her first half marathon. Since then, she has completed two half marathons and ten 5Ks, and is training for her first full marathon. Jenn began blogging at Runs With Pugs to document her progress and offer encouragement to novice runners. When she isn’t training, Jenn can be found around town in St. Augustine with her husband, their 6-year-old son, and pair of pugs. She loves cooking, photography, travel, and decorating cakes, and is usually seen with a book in her hand.
Lynda is the Cuban-American writer behind www.HitTheRoadJane.com where she chronicles juggling fitness adventures, a full time job, and being a full time pre-medical student. Travel is one of her favorite things to do! She has lived abroad in Italy and France and now tries to fly out to new places whenever possible. Running started as a full on addiction 3 years ago and she has since then completed 9 Half-marathons, numerous 5ks, 10ks and 15ks, 2 triathlons, and will be running her first full marathon in Paris next year in April. Top things she loves: Snuggling with her husky puppy Aspen, #Gadgets, flan, Grey’s Anatomy, and getting to read anything other than a textbook.
Kathy began running fifteen years ago, when her (future) husband handed her his beeper (yes, she’s THAT old!) and said, “Go as far as you can for as long as you can without stopping.” Five minutes later, sweaty and cursing, Kathy swore after she completed the Race for the Cure 5K her (future) husband signed her up for she’d never lace up running sneakers again.
And now here she is, with two full marathons, eight half marathons and numerous shorter races under her running cap! When she’s not fitting in an early morning workout, Kathy works as a freelance writer, hangs out with her two beautiful daughters and crazy lab/retriever mix (who is also her favorite running partner) and reads books. Lots of them. She is very excited to have been chosen as an ambassador for ZOOMA Florida, as she loves the area and the idea of combining fun people, the ocean, massages, wine and running all into one big happy day!
Devon is a marketing professional, food blogger, and half-marathoner. She began running in 2007, and ran her first half marathon in 2009. Despite swearing she’d never run another after her first, she’s since run 8 more as well as multiple 15ks, 10ks, and 5ks. Her food blog, The Food Bitch Blog, features reviews of Northeast Florida restaurants as well as her own recipes. When she’s not running, she can be found watching football (FSU and the Jaguars), behind a camera, or with her nose in a good book.
Mary Beth, MB to most, is a fitness enthusiast, blogger, wife, mom/stepmom and full-time health care professional. She started run/walking in 2012 and completed both the Disney Princess and Wine & Dine half marathons. The love of the girls run-cation began! Caught up in all the fun and enthusiasm, MB started training and completed 23 5K events in 2013. Tutus and Tennies was launched in the fall of 2013 to motivate, celebrate fun run adventures, great friends, fun fashion, cool products and travel! 2014 added a 10K finish (ZOOMA Texas), many more 5K’s and my first 15K adventure in December. Join her as she travel this big beautiful world in her tutu and tennies!
Sharon is a busy mom of two from Northeast Florida who loves running, yoga, and chips & queso (but not necessarily in that order). She started running in her late 30’s, and she went from being a non-runner to a marathon runner in just one year. Since then, she’s run 6 half marathons and is currently training for her third marathon. She started her blog, Mommy Runs It, with the hope of encouraging and inspiring other “everyday” women to meet their running and fitness goals. Sharon attended the University of Florida and bleeds orange and blue! She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker but is currently focusing her energy on raising her family and growing her blog.
Michelle is a busy mom to three crazy kids, with a full-time job and a running problem. She blogs at Crazy Running Legs. She never imagined she would describe herself as “athletic” let alone a runner. Michelle also loves a good spin class, eating amazing food, drink wine, and reading a good book. She blogs for motivation and runs to keep sane and find that every day balance.
Meghan is a 30-something runner & blogger living in Central Florida. She started running in late 2011 as a way to stay healthy and make a positive change in her life. Since beginning, she’s done 7 half marathons and countless 5k races. On her blog, Meghan On the Move, she loves sharing her journey as a “normal girl” that just happens to be a runner. She loves running, cupcakes (eating & baking them), reading, and spending time with her black lab, Pepper.
Char is a mom to a toddler, wife, nutrition consultant, and blogger at Char Eats Greens. Along with eating greens, you can also catch her eating copious amounts of chocolate! She has loved running since high school, but really caught the running bug a few years back and as a result, has completed more than a dozen of races (from 5ks to half marathons) with no intent of stopping now! She’s also super excited to add this half to her list, as it will be her first half since moving down south from Canada!