Adjusting Distance to Meet the Heat
I'm jealous when I see people posting cool temperatures in northern states. Here in Florida it's still Summer. This morning was the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation's One Step Closer to the Cure 5K and 10K.
I consider the One Step race an unofficial kickoff to my Fall racing schedule. Not that it EVER feels like Fall! This morning it was 79 degrees with 87% humidity at the starting line.
This race is special for lots of reasons. I think my favorite part is when ovarian cancer survivors walk while holding teal helium balloons. It's moving when you see someone out on the course with a balloon. And, it's touching to read the shirts racers wear to honor people they love. It all tugs at my heart.
Switching to a 5K
Early in the race I decided to run a 5K, rather than the 10K. It gave me a chance to test my race pace in the heat and humidity. The 5K was flat, but still a challenge: because high temps. My pace was faster than expected. Now, I have a starting point for this half marathon training cycle.
Target Heart Rates
I wanted to keep my heart rate at the low end of Zone 4 for the entire race. My average was 145 BPM, except for the final kick at 167 BPM. So, that was on point. It feels like my summer training is working.
Below is a heart rate chart from the American Heart Association. This chart shows AVERAGES. You'll see acceptable heart rates differ by age. Other factors like medications and weight come into play, too.
I'm still learning about running by heart rate. It's been a useful guide in the heat and humidity of Summer. You can learn more about heart rate training and it's purpose by reading this Runner's World heart rate training article or reviewing the heart rate calculator info on Active.com.
Charming Race for a Good Cause
Overall, the One Step Closer to the Cure is a charming race. Both the 5K and 10K start and end on St. Pete's waterfront at Albert Whitted Park. It's always a good view when you run around #dtsp. So much is changing downtown, it's good to get a foot level tour of the changes.
Thanks for a good race, CMOCF.org —see you again next year!
Copper the Rescue Pup Runs a Virtual 5K
Copper and I are running the #DooGood 5K Virtual Race to support the Best Friends Animal Society. Plus, we really like the Scooby Swag every racer gets!
Register and Run Until September 30th
Race registration is extended until 9/30, so get on it. Use code: BIBRAVE for 10% off your races and/or challenge! Run a 5K in Sept. and/or the #Scoobtober 5k/10k in October. Run both races for the Challenge Medal!
Get all the details at www.scoobydoorun.com. Next time, I'll show you the September medals! You're going to want one!
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Who needs one of these? (Raises hand.)
Run the #PumpkinsinthePark #5k on Oct. 20 in Lincoln Park, Chicago and it's all yours! Price increase Oct. 7. Grab bonus sunglasses with code: "BRPumpkins”
Register today!: http://www.pumpkins5k.com
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Here they are! Your first look at the #BestDamnRace medals for the Orlando events on March 2, 2019! These medals are fantastic! The races are March 2, 2019 at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.
Each medal is unique! 5K is a swan cutout; 10K is a flamingo cut out; Challenge features the ICON Orlando observation wheel. When you run the 5K + 10K Challenge you get three! If you run the half marathon your medal has both a swan and flamingo on it. It spins with a different image on each side!
Use: THISOLDRUNNER for $5 Off Any Race!
Register early for the best price: https://orlando.bestdamnrace.com
Use my code, “ThisOldRunner" to SAVE $5 on any race distance for you and your running friends. Stay tuned for more medal sneak peeks as we reveal the 2019 #BestDamnRace medals for Savannah and Safety Harbor (Tampa) soon!
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Register for the Virtual 5K by Sept. 20!
Copper and I began our #DooGood5K Virtual Race Adventure this week. I’ll be posting photos from our race here. We ran in our local park. It's always full of dogs, ducks, birds, turtles, and people. Oh, and squirrels. (More about that next time!)
Disclaimer: I received an Scooby Doo Run Series 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 revie
The @ScoobyDoo Virtual Race series supports the @BestFriendsAnimalSociety. Every racer (human and dog) scores Scooby SWAG. (See the goods in the photo below!) So, this race is a win for everyone!
SAVE 10% with Code: BIBRAVE
DISCOUNT ALERT: Use code: BIBRAVE for 10% off your races and/or challenge! Run a 5K in Sept. and/or the #Scoobtober 5k/10k in October. Run both races for the Challenge Medal!
Sign up by 9/30 for September Race!
Details at www.scoobydoorun.com. Sign up for the September #DooGood5K or the September/October Challenge today.
Grab your puppy pals and join the races to help rescue animals!
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I saw some spooky things in the ‘hood on today’s run. Baaahaaaahaaaa! (TooSoon?) But, I have to say that 86 degrees and 73% humidity doesn't feel like Halloween. Fall in Florida won't arrive for a while yet.
No doubt the scary season is coming, so I have an easy Halloween race costume idea if you’re running #PumpkinsInThePark5K Oct. 20 in Lincoln Park, Chicago. If you use my code, you'll get bonus Ram Racing sunglasses in your goody bag.
Use your sunglasses as part of a costume that's easy to run in. Keep reading to see the first idea. I'll post more ideas soon. You can find more advice on running in costume here.
Bonus Code for Free Sunglasses When Your Register for Pumpkins in the Park 5K
Grab your bonus sunglasses with code: “BRPumpkins” then use them as part of your costume. Register soon, prices increase on October 7th.
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Here’s your sneak peek! Look at the 2019 #BestDamnRace #Jacksonville Medals.
These beauties have a wood surfboard and bold cityscape and waterfront. And don't forget the iconic blue bridge — it’s on the surfboard.
The races are January 12, 2019. Run a half, 10k or 5k. Sign up early for the best price!
Discount Code: ThisOldRunner
Don't forget to use my code, “ThisOldRunner" to SAVE $5 on any race distance for you and your running buddies. Code works for ANY BDR race in ANY City!
Stay tuned for more sneak peeks! We'll reveal the 2019 medals for the rest of the #BestDamnRace line up soon!
#BDRJax #BDRSH #BDRNola #BDRSav #BDROrl #Jacksonville #SafetyHarbor #Savannah #Orlando #NewOrleans #BDR #RunStPete #RunJax #RunOrlando #MRTT #FloridaRunners #RunSavannah #RunNola #BibChat #MedalSneakPeek
Grab your puppy pals and join the @ScoobyDoo Virtual Run Series! Copper and I are running a 5K in September to help rescue animals. Copper is a 2 1/2 year old rescue, and knows how important it is to find a family.
When you register to run the #DooGood 5K you can run anytime, anywhere to help animals. The best part about a virtual race is you can spend some time training, then run at your own pace. Run a little bit at a time, or all at once.
Our Race Plan
Copper and I are running our September 5K in three parts. We'll run/walk several times in September to total 3.1 miles. We'll post photos to keep you up-to-date on our progress.
Disclaimer: I received an Scooby Doo Run Series 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 review
Run a 5K to Score Sweet Scooby SWAG
When you run your 5K, you and your pup score great Scooby SWAG. Take a look at September's haul above. You also #DooGood by helping the Best Friends Animal Society. Exercise. SWAG. Helping Animals. That's a win all around if you ask me!
Use Code: BIBRAVE for 10% Discount on Races
Exercise. SWAG. Helping Animals. Discount Code. That's winning in so many ways!
Use code: BIBRAVE for 10% off your races and/or challenge!
Sign Up by September 20 for the #DooGood 5K and/or the September + October Challenge!
Run a 5K in Sept. and/or a 5K/10K in October. When y ou run both races you'll help more animals, and add a Challenge Medal to your haul. You must sign up by September 20th to run in September, and to run the Challenge. If you're only running in October you can sign up anytime up to October 20th. Get all the details at www.scoobydoorun.com!
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Time to Start Your Race Training Plan
12 weeks is plenty of time to train for a brand new race in Pasco County this December. Run a Half, 5k, or 1 Miler. The RaceTheBay Half and 5K is on December 2, 2018 at SunWestPark in Hudson, FL.
You’ll see lots of water views like this. It’s a flat, fast course at a beautiful time of year in Florida. The Half and 5K are chip timed. All half and 5k runners receive shirts and medals. The half marathon finishers get a choice of a Bourbon and Boweties bracelet or keychain in addition to their finishers medal!
After the race stay and play SunWest Park (beach, volleyball, SUP, kayaks, water obstacle course, etc.) Park admission is included in race registration.
All proceeds benefit Classical Preparatory School, a Florida Charter (public) school. Register before the price increases. Student discounts available. Details at RaceTheBay.com.
Use Code ThisOldRunner to SAVE $10 on the Half or 5K Race
SAVE $10 on the Half — and the 5K — with code THISOLDRUNNER. No expiration date.
Register before the price increases at the end of October!
Check Back for Course and Expo Details
Each week I'll post more details on the race course, expo, and post race festivities for Race the Bay. If you're looking for a race getaway in December, consider this inaugural event. See you at the starting line!
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The @K9sUnited Race is December 1, 2018
Support our dog heroes when you register for @K9sUnited on 12/1 in Apopka, FL
Use "BIBRAVE18" for 10% OFF when you register! Choose from 9K, 5K or 1 Miler. Run in person, or choose the virtual race option. Register at www.K9sUnited.org
Runners Can Choose a Shirt or Dog Bandana
Every runner registered by the shirt deadline is guaranteed their choice of a t-shirt or dog bandana. If you miss the shirt deadline, you'll receive a dog bandana in place of a shirt as supplies allow.
Meet the Canines After the Race
Join us for the race at Northwest Recreation Complex in Apopka, FL. Afterwards stick around to enjoy activities for the whole family:
Important Note: Leave your pets at home on race day. Service dogs only are allowed. This is in the best interest of the Law Enforcement K9s participating in the event.
All Proceeds Benefit K9s United Nonprofit Org
100% of the proceeds will benefit K9s United. K9s United is committed to supporting and honoring K9 law enforcement officers who detect, protect and serve our communities.
K9s United gives these dogs the best equipment, amenities, and quality of life during and after their service. We also memorialize the dedicated canines who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
#K9 #K9sUnitedBR #K9unit #K9partners #K9handler #k9training #Apopka #9K #5K #onemiler #Supportk9s #BibChat #BibRavePro
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Oct. 14, 2018
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