Saw these beauties in person at the #GasparillaDistanceClassic Expo today!
If you want to run in sunny Florida during March, here are two excellent races.
1. First Watch Sarasota Half and Relay
March 18, 2018. Use SARASOTABIB18 to SAVE $10 on the Half or Relay. BTW, they just added a 10K race! 10K finishers also receive this sparkly dolphin medal!
2. 305 Miami Half & 5K
HURRY! This #RunMiami event is on March 4, 2018. Use BIBRAVEMB18 to SAVE $5 on the Half or 5K races. #Run305 #RunMIA #RunMiami
This one is interesting because you get one digit each of 3 years. Run this year for the 3, next year the 0, and the third year the 5. It's a 3-peat #Run305 medal when you're done!
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Save $8 When You Register for the Tampa #HotChocolate15K or 5K During the Gasparilla Distance Classic Expo Feb. 23-24
Save $8 on the Tampa Hot Chocolate 15K or 5K with my Code: "GASPKaren18" during the Expo
Some of the best race registration deals are found during an expo. That's the case this weekend for runners who want to run the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K or 5K in
Tampa on December 16, 2018.
This Code is Only Good at the GDC Expo
Visit the Hot Chocolate 15K Booth during the Gasparilla Distance Classic Expo, and use my special code: GASPKaren18 to SAVE $8 on your registration!
Current prices for the 2018 Tampa Hot Chocolate Races:
Gasparilla Distance Classic Details
The expo is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, so there's no reason not to stop buy!
There will be over 100 health and wellness professionals at the expo. Lots of local running groups, races and sports stores will be in attendance offering great deals. You'll find products, activities, samples, and race information.
Friday, February 23rd:
10 am to 8 pm
Saturday, February 24th:
6 am to 5 pm
Tampa Convention Center, East Hall
333 S. Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602
Is There a Code If You Can't Go to the Expo?
There sure is! If you can't get to the Gasparilla Expo, use my regular code for extra swag in your bag!
Enter code TAMPAKAREN18 when you register and you'll receive a bonus item at packet pickup. The SWAG hasn't been announced yet, but it will be an awesome piece of Hot Chocolate gear!
See you at the expo — or the starting line on December 16th!
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My Hill Repeat Workouts are on Repeat
This week I'm doing hill repeats, and then repeating my hill repeats later in the week.
Why? I'm determined to be ready for the John Ringling Causeway Bridge. I want to take in the views of Sarasota and the bay as I climb and descend the Ringling Bridge on pace.
Sarasota First Watch Shirts
I really like the bright green shirts this year. I love a shirt that makes me visible when I'm running around town. The design is cool — each letter in Sarasota showcases something wonderful about the city. Dolphins, beaches, museums, gardens, runners, and all the views!
If you're looking for a Spring Break race in Florida, consider registering for the First Watch Sarasota Half and Relay on the West Coast of Florida on March 18, 2018.
You can run the half, or team up with a friend and run a relay. Please use my code: SARASOTABIB18 to save yourself $10 on either race.
Here's the Rest of the Runner SWAG:
Need more reasons to #RunSarasota? Here you go:
See You at the Starting Line!
Disclaimer: I received a First Watch Half entry as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!
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Have You Heard About the 400 Meter Dash at Mile 3.05 of the Miami Beach Half Marathon?
If you've been training for the #305Miami Half, get ready for your next challenge! There's a 400-meter speed challenge beginning at mile 3.05. (Whaaat?)
Just about the time you need a distraction — Boom. There's a race inside the race!
It's Called the 305 Drive Ignited by Athlinks
Athlinks and RunMiami teamed up for this extra competition. It's called "305 Drive Ignited by Athlinks" and the top males and females in EACH AGE GROUP who clock the fastest 400-meter get a prize. (Note: If you place in the top 3 in your age group in the overall 305 Half Marathon, you won't get a 305 Drive prize.)
I love this idea. I think this is the kind of motivation that helps runners stay focused during a long race. We've all been there — your mind wanders and you realize you're off pace. The 305 Drive will cure that, as will the on-course music!
Save $5 with Race Code "BIBRAVEMB18"
Get in on the sunny fun, and save some money. Don't forget to use code: BIBRAVEMB18 when you register to #RunMiami on March 3.
"Do It Like a Local"
The half marathon is on Sunday, March 3 in beautiful Miami Beach. You'll enjoy a scenic route that takes you around Miami Beach and downtown Miami. You'll see Miami like a local.
The post race party has lots of local flavor, too!
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Save $5 on Best Damn Races
If you want to run in the Best Damn Race in Orlando on March 3, or the Best Damn Race in New Orleans on March 25 register before the discount codes expire.
#BestDamnRace NOLA Medals Glow in the Dark
That's right THEY GLOW IN THE DARK! 'cause don't you just hate it when you wear your bling at night and no one can see it!?!
Register Before the Discount Codes Expire!
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Do you listen to music when you run or workout?
How about podcasts on your long slow run of the week?
Does your favorite song motivate you during the last mile of a long race?
Do you run on city streets, in the country, or at the gym?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, keep reading to learn more about bone conduction headphones — specifically, the Trekz Air made by AfterShokz.å
Put On AfterShokz Trekz Air and Go!
Here's the Deal: BibRave + AfterShokz Bundle!
Never Run in a Leftover 5K? It's Time to Try!
Actually, I don't know of any other Leftover Races. All I know is you've gotta try the Best Damn Race Leftover 5K. The third annual race is Saturday, June 2nd in Safety Harbor, FL.
Besides a beautiful race course, there's added fun when choosing your race shirt and medal. All the leftover shirts and medals from Best Damn Races (2017 and earlier) will be up for grabs.
On race day, all the medals are displayed on tables at the finish line. When you complete your race, you get to choose any medal. Better run fast if you have a particular medal in mind!
Read my Leftover 5K review from last year for all the details. Don't wait to sign up. Part of the fun is seeing how little you can pay for the race.
Registration opens at noon on Valentine's Day. The first 250 registrants pay just $10; from there the price increases depending on the number of runners. The good news is you'll never pay more than $25. Leftovers are good!
This is the Best Damn 5K Deal!
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Disclaimer: I received BibBoards to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!
The first time I ran a race I worried a lot about what to wear:
I'd Operated Safety Pins Before. I Didn't Think Pinning My Bib was Going to be a Thing.
My poorly pinned race bib irritated me for 13.1 miles! It was the first half marathon where I RAN the entire race. That bib was a big distraction. It flapped. It wrinkled. It moved around. It caught the wind like a parachute on a downhill slope. It made noise on every single step.
What's the Big Deal if a Race Bib Makes Noise?
A noisy bib is like a dripping faucet — a constant irritant. During a race, you don't want to think about anything except putting one foot in front of the other. Little things are annoying. (Especially in mile 10 to 13!)
By the end of the race, my bib was a mess. The safety pins pulled the bib until each corner was permanently wedged in the circle end of the pin. When I took the bib off, there were pin pricks on my shirt. The corners tore. The bib was crinkled.
BibBoards Beat Pins and Saved My Shirts
After using #BibBoards, I'm done with safety pins on race bibs. Here's why:
That's Why I'll Keep Using BibBoards
There you have it. That's my honest (overly detailed?) review of BibBoards. Bottom line? I really like them! Give them a try!
Don't Forget! Code #BibChat for 20% Off!
See you at the starting line. I'll be one of the runners wearing BibBoards! 😎
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What do you think of when someone says Miami? Maybe it's beaches, sunshine, celebrities or excellent food. (Maybe it's all of those things!) But, did you know it's a popular race-cation destination?
And why not? It never snows in Miami. And the sights and sounds are excellent! There's everything from alligators in Everglades National Park to historic architecture in the Art Deco District. It's a fascinating area.
The 305 Half Marathon and 5K (formerly 13.1 Miami Beach) is perfect for a running vacation. This year the races are on March 4th. Let's take a look at the race course.
Tour the City While You #RunMiami
The 305 Half Marathon begins and ends on historic Ocean Drive in South Beach. I love South Beach. It's beautiful to look at, plus you can find the most delicious food!
The race begins on the beach with views of the water and all the restaurants on Ocean Drive. Ahh, I can feel those balmy ocean breezes now.
The race course moves north from South Beach through town. Many buildings have a fun art deco vibe. You'll have a street-level view of some beautiful homes. You'll see the lush green Miami Beach Golf Course on your way to the bridge.
It's All Foot Traffic on the Causeway
On the Julia Tuttle Causeway there will be beautiful blue water on either side of you. Running across the bridge is fun without cars! I don't know about you, but I always enjoy running where I can't on a normal day.
Wynwood Walls and Doors
After exiting the causeway, runners head south on 2nd Ave NE for a couple of miles. This part of the course takes you past the Wynwood neighborhood.
It's a converted warehouse district known for graffiti, funky galleries, breweries, bistros and bars. It's an outdoor mural museum! Make a plan to spend time here before or after your race. It will recharge your creative juices.
Biscayne Bay, Fisher Island
Next, you'll run away from Miami — back across the water on the Macarthur Causeway. You'll see giant cruise ships in the port. On the north side of the causeway is Palm Island. You'll exit the causeway and follow the paved South Point Park Bayway along Biscayne Bay with views of Fisher Island.
South Beach, Lummus Park
The course turns north, then takes a jog onto Ocean Drive for the last mile. The finish line is in Lummus Park on South Beach. Did I mention that I love South Beach? There you'll receive your medal and enjoy a post-race beach party.
305 Half Marathon and 5K Race Amenities
There are a lot of amenities and perks built into this event! First, there's the weather! The average temperature in Miami during March is 74 degrees.
When you register for 305 Half Marathon and 5K you'll receive a tech shirt, beautiful medal, and a fully supported raced course. (There are 11 aid stations for the half marathon.)
Here's everything you get when you run:
To Recap: Register. Run. Race-cation!
The views and vibe are awesome in the 305! During the race you'll see the city in a new way. After the race there's so much more to see and do.
Miami and Miami Beach offer more than beautiful beaches. Botanical Gardens. Art Galleries. Fine Food. Museums. Street Art. Music. Little Havana. Little Haiti. Sightseeing Cruises.
Check out this list of the ten best things to do in Miami.
Use My Discount Code for the 305 Half!
The race is on March 4, 2018. Make your plans and "do it like a local" at the 305 Half Marathon & 5K. Use my code: BIBRAVEMB18 when you register and you'll SAVE $5 on the half marathon.
Disclaimer: I’m promoting the 305 Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!
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Get it — they're all wearing Thing 1 shirts! Don't procrastinate, people. It's time to get registered for the best Spring Break race on the West Coast of Florida!
It's just 6 weeks until the #FirstWatchSarasotaHalf and Relay! Use my code: SARASOTABIB18 to SAVE $10 before the price increase this Thursday at 11:59 pm Central Time.
See you at the starting line!
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This is where you'll find me writing instead of running. (But, you know I'll be writing about running, right?)
Jan. 19-20, 2019
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