The Best Damn Race has a Florida Challenge for runners and cyclists that begins June 1, 2020.
Run, Walk or Cycle the state of Florida, North to South. You'll begin (VIRTUALLY) in Amelia Island and head south to Key West. There are checkpoints and badge rewards along the way to keep your head in the game.
Race Options for Solo and Team Participants
Register as an individual or team. The Challenge begins June 1 for SOLO runners and June 15 for teams and cyclists. It ends October 31. Solo runners get a two-week head start.
Solo Runners/Walkers (6/1 - 10/31) Can Choose:
Team of 2 or 4 Runners/Walkers (6/15 - 10/31) Can Choose:
Cyclists (6/15 - 10/31) Can Choose:
As of May 29, over 450 people were registered to run and bike across Florida! There are 129 Solo 1000K runners, 236 running teams, 44 Solo 300K runners, and 31 Solo 1000K cyclists.
Join the fun and you'll have plenty of company for the challenge.
Track Your Mileage Online
Use the BDR Challenge Tracker to submit your miles each day. As you enter the miles you run, walk or ride, your icon moves along the race course.
You can check your location and your competition!
Register Now and Run June Through October
I know everyone wants to run in real life, but until that's a safe option, I need MOTIVATION to keep me on track. I want to be ready whenever in-person races are a reality.
My Summer solution is the Best Damn Race Virtual Florida Challenge. I'm running the 1000K Solo. That means starting June 1 (as a solo runner), I need to average 4.2 miles a day. That's the best kind of motivation if you ask me! Remember, teams and cyclists start June 15.
I hope you'll join me at the starting line in Amelia Island, Daytona, Cape Canaveral, South Beach and Key West this Summer!
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Do you have trouble reading your watch while you're running? I do. It's a problem because I like to check my pace and mileage in real-time.
I invested in a couple of pairs of bifocal sunglasses. They can be expensive, so it hurts when I lose them. And yes, I lose them.
Readers are cheaper but don't work well for running. I know this because I ran several half marathons with a pair of readers. Ugh.
Turns out, upgrading my sunglasses is easier than I thought. The best part? It's a DIY project you can do at home.
Keep reading if you want to learn how to turn your favorite shades into bifocals.
Step 1: Choose Your Sunglasses
Stick-on bifocals let you upgrade any pair of regular sunglasses without permanently altering them. Turn a favorite pair into reading glasses so you can read the small print, like your running stats on a watch.
I bought these Knockaround Navy/Mint Premium Sports for running. The frames are rubberized and super lightweight. There's a nonslip rubber nose guard. The polarized lenses are impact-resistant and offer UV400 protection.
Step 2: Pick Your Stick-On Bifocal Lenses
Determine what magnification you need. Figure it out with a diopter test to choose the best magnification for your eyes. Another option is to try on Readers in IRL at a physical store.
There are several brands of stick-on lenses available on Amazon. I bought Blue Merlin lenses. You can see them in the photo below. The Optx brand has good reviews, too. Both brands come in +1.00 to +3.00 magnifications.
Step 3: Prep the Lenses and Glasses
The stick-on bifocals are easy to apply. They're also easy to remove. If you change your mind later, you can move your bifocal lenses to a different pair of sunglasses.
Make sure there isn't any dust or dirt on your glasses. Clean them with spray lens cleaner if you have it. Wipe both sides with a lint-free cloth to remove all residue. FYI: Knockaround protective pouches are lintless lens cleaner cloths.
Clean both sides of your bifocal lenses with clean water and NO soap.
Step 4: Stick On The Bifocal Lenses
The lenses are a half-moon shape. Pay attention when you remove them from the protective case. You'll see which lens fits naturally on each side of your sunglasses.
After soaking in warm water the lenses are pliable and soft. No adhesives are needed.
Find a workspace that won't scratch your sunglasses. Place your glasses with the lens down.
Take the first bifocal lens and put it onto your glasses with the curved part at the bottom of the frame.
Position the lenses about 2.5 inches apart. Use a ruler to figure out the correct positioning. Repeat with the other bifocal lens.
Look through the lenses during the application. If you stick them on backward or flipped, you'll know when you look through them. The lenses work, so if your vision is distorted they're in the wrong position.
Take your time and reposition them until they work best for your eyes. It took me a couple of tries until mine were right.
When you're happy with the location, press out any air bubbles with care. Use a lint-free cloth to dab away excess water.
Let the glasses sit for 12-24 hours to dry before wearing them.
Step 5: Go For a Run in Your Bifocal Sunglasses
I waited a full day before running in my new bifocal sunnies. I ran 5 miles on a hot, sunny day.
Man! These were perfect for me. The sunglasses have dark polarized lenses which I already love for running in Florida. Add in the bifocals, and I was one happy runner.
I ran hill repeats to celebrate. It also gave me another reason to check my watch often during my workout. I could see everything on my watch with ease.
How to Remove or Reposition Stick-On Bifocal Lenses
Stick-on bifocals are easy to remove. Run them under hot water for a few minutes. Use your fingernail at the edge so water gets underneath the lens, then peel them off.
If you leave your sunglasses in a hot spot — like the car in July — and the lenses move, it's an easy fix. Run under hot water to loosen the lens, then slide back into position.
After repositioning, push out any bubbles and dry everything off. Wait 12 hours before wearing them.
Another good thing about stick-on lenses is you can reuse them. They work on safety glasses, a diving mask, or glasses you use for work.
Get Some Stick-On Bifocals for Your Sunglasses
After my unofficial testing, I'm happy with my stick-on bifocal results.
It took very little time to apply the lenses, and they've worked well in hot, humid, sunny conditions. Right now, I think I have about 16 miles on them.
I'm excited about upgrading my other sunglasses. I also don't have to hesitate when I see fun new Knockarounds or get a great pair at a race. Give it a try if you have the same problem!
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We're all distracted, worried, and out of sorts. It makes sense that some of our healthy habits aren't happening. But, staying hydrated is important, especially for runners.
Are you drinking enough fluids each day? If you're like me, and get distracted or forget to drink up, consider the HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottle. It reminds me to drink when it glows and sends me funny texts.
Good hydration is an easy way to take good care of yourself. Keep reading to learn the benefits of hydration and how HidrateSpark can help.
Benefits of Staying Hydrated
Drinking water is good for you in lots of ways. It helps your heart, brain, and muscles function. Fluids deliver nutrients to your cells. Water flushes bacteria from your bladder.
Here are a few more ways staying hydrated keeps you healthy:
Water Makes Your Skin Glow
Really. If you're dehydrated, your skin is less elastic. It looks dull. When you're hydrated, your skin looks supple and healthy.
Water Improves Cardiovascular Health
Dehydration lowers blood volume causing your heart to work harder. Your heart pumps harder to get the decreased amount of blood and oxygen to your cells. When you're hydrated, your blood volume is sufficient. Your heart doesn't need to work so hard.
Water Helps Muscle and Joint Function
A hydrated body has plenty of water in the cells of contracting muscles. Your muscles perform better because fluids moved nutrients to them and removed waste from your body. Water also keeps your joints lubricated.
Water Cleanses Your Body From the Inside
Your kidneys need water to their job. Kidneys filter waste from the blood and excrete it in urine.
If you're seriously dehydrated, your kidneys could stop working. If your kidneys don't function you risk toxins building up in your body. Good hydration can also prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
The Hidrate App Tracks Water Intake
The App connects to the HidrateSpark bottle via bluetooth and displays your daily water intake so you can easily track it at work, at home or on the go.
You calculate your personal hydration goal using the app's proprietary formula. It determines a daily goal based on your height, weight, sex, activity level, and elevation.
Remember to factor in your specific situation. Some medications can act like diuretics, which means you need more water each day.
You'll receive fun text message reminders throughout the day. The bottle glows when it's time to sip. I've never enjoyed reminders so much!
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Introducing "Butcher's Cut Fort Knocks"
Meat lovers, these shades are for you! Check out the newest LIMITED EDITION on the Knockaround menu.
These beefy Fort Knocks frames have:
Knockaround Limited Editions Sell Out Fast
If you're interested in these prime sunnies, go get 'em now. Knockaround's Limited Edition shades sell out fast. They only made 800 pairs of Butcher's Cut.
Click the link and go to the Limited Edition section to grab yours! FREE SHIPPING on all orders.
Gatorade Endurance has been encouraging everyone to stay active — and try out their endurance energy gels and thirst quencher powder.
If you're a fan of free samples, give the game a try to mix up your workout and score free stuff!
Play #GEFitLibs. Get Free Stuff.
Follow @GatoradeEndurance on Instagram to play the game. You can download the #FitLibs template from the link in their profile. I've posted the images below.
Choose a workout from each category. Use the corresponding word to fill in the Fit Libs template. Look at the image below to see how many lunges you need to complete to use the word SPIRIT for the category 1 blank space.
You can read my previous blogs to learn how the FitLibs game works, and to see everything in my #GEFitLibs FREE Care Kit.
Here's the Week 4 #GEFitLibs Post from Instagram
Tag @GatoradeEndurance + Use #GEFitLibs
After you completed your Fit Libs, tag @GatoradeEndurance and use #GEFitLibs when you post it to Insta. Next, you'll get a DM from Gatorade to arrange shipment of your free samples. The Care Kit includes thirst quencher and gels, plus stickers, pens, and a pocket size journal. (Image Credit: @GatoradeEndurance)
Play and Post to Get Freebies While Supplies Last
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•Code Works AFTER Blitz Pricing Ends•
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Feb. 28: Orlando
Mar. 6: New Orleans
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