If you live in the Western Hemisphere you're probably familiar with the tradition of setting New Year's Resolutions.
The most common New Year's Resolutions are:
1. Lose Weight
2. Exercise More
3. Get Organized
I agree with all three of these resolutions. I want to lose weight after the holiday feasting season. I want to exercise more to reach my goal of running a marathon. And, I want to get organized and reduce the rest of the clutter in my home.
The problem with resolutions is they're easy to ignore after a few days or weeks if they don't become HABITS. So, this year I'm resolving to create strong habits to improve my regular and running life.
How to Succeed at a New Habit
Author and Habit Journal creator, James Clear suggests the best way to build a new habit is to start with a teeny, tiny goal. This strategy is backed up by research done at Duke University.
Below is a quick recap of Clear's How to Build a Habit Guide. You can read his book, Atomic Habits for a deep dive.
1. Start with an Very Small Habit
Make your goal so small you can't fail. For wannabe runners: Start with a walk around the block, not running a mile.
2. Increase Your Habit in Small Ways
Habits, like building increased running mileage, should be gradual. If you increase your habit by 1% on a regular schedule, it will add up fast.
Adding one city block to your walk/run each day is easy. After a week, you'll be moving 7 more blocks! That's a great result for a small daily increase.
3. As You Build, Break Your Habit into Chunks
Okay, as you add little bits of mileage, you'll soon be walking/running far. Clear suggests you can stay engaged by breaking your habit into parts. For example, instead of walking for an hour break it into two 30-minute walks. Stroll in the morning and again in the evening.
For sweaty workouts like running and power walking it may work best to set a weekly goal. Then, break your mileage or time goal into smaller pieces you accomplish over 7 days.
4. When You Slip, Get Back on Track Fast
If you miss a day (or week) don't abandon your goal. Simply start again when and where you are. Life is too unpredictable to be harsh with yourself over missed workouts.
5. Be Patient. Keep a Pace You Can Sustain.
It's hard to be patient when you want to lose weight, run faster, or complete any goal. Real success comes with consistent efforts. The trick is to set a realistic starting point and goal.
No one gets up one day and runs a great marathon. It takes a long time to prepare. It starts with a running habit that grows to a long distance over time. Start where you are and build on it.
Training includes good days, bad days, hard days, and easy days — all those days get you to the finish line.
I'm Kicking Off My 2021 Habit
It makes me nervous to say this out loud, but my resolution, goal, habit, dream is to run a marathon sometime in the next year or so. It's a long-term goal I plan to achieve by improving my running habit.
I don't expect many in-person races until late in 2021 which makes it the perfect time to train for a marathon. My plan is to re-start at the beginning.
I'll follow a series of training plans. I'll begin with a 5K, then a 10K, then a half, and then a marathon. That will get me to the end of the 2021 in a slow-growing, methodical way.
Setting Goals Along the Way
My hope is that in-person races can resume by Fall. Based on that, I've scheduled the following events to keep me on track with my goal and habit.
Cheers to Your New 2021 Habits
That's my plan for 2021. Cheers to everyone out there who has their own goal for 2021. I wish you success all along the way. Happy New Year!
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Best Damn Race Returns to Safety Harbor in 2021 with a Discount and Money-Back Guarantee if Cancelled Due to COVID
UPDATE: NEW RACE DATE IS OCTOBER 15-17, 2021
Due to COVID, the Best Damn Race Safety Harbor weekend was rescheduled. See you in October!
The Best Damn Race has race events scheduled for Safety Harbor, Orlando, and New Orleans in February and March 2021. I'm wishing and hoping that we get to run IRL then!
BDR understands that everyone is nervous and hopeful about in-person races. That's why they announced a money-back guarantee if COVID keeps us away from the starting line.
Keep reading for all the details!
2021 Best Damn Race Options If Any Event is Cancelled Due to COVID-19
Best Damn race understands that deferring a race or going virtual doesn't work for everyone. That's why they added a full refund option (minus the processing fee) for 2021 events cancelled by COVID.
The best way to support a race organization is to defer your race or run it virtually; but if that isn't possible BDR gives you an extra option. That's very cool.
If a 2021 BDR event is cancelled due to COVID-19 you can:
If the event happens, you still have the option to:
SAVE 10% on ANY BDR Race with "ThisOldRunner"
Now that you know you won't lose any money, how about saving some?
SAVE 10% with my Discount Code "ThisOldRunner" when you register for ANY 2021 race in Safety Harbor, Orlando, or New Orleans! The confirmed race dates and times are listed below.
2021 Best Damn Race Events
First Up: 2021 BDR Safety Harbor Medals
Look at these fun medals for the first event of the 2021 season! I love the personality in the creatures! I've decided to give myself a huge challenge for BDR Safety Harbor. I'm running the Triple Challenge!! (Eeekk!) I plan to run all the races for my first in-person race next year!
Register Risk-Free Today for a 2021 Best Damn Race
Important Message from Best Damn Race Director
PLEASE READ this message from the Best Damn Race Race Director if you registered to run the BDR NOLA on March 22, 2020. It was sent to registered participants via email yesterday. I'm posting it here in case anyone missed it.
Options for Registered NOLA Runners
Here are the options available to registered runners:
Deferrals and transfers are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Best Damn Race will honor deferrals and transfers in the order in which your request is received.
You'll be notified if your selection option becomes full, and Best Damn Race will send an email with your remaining options.
What Happens to the Registration Fees?
How Long Will It Take To Complete Requests?
Host Hotel and Travel Information
Additional Questions? Just Ask
Please be patient with response times, but definitely let Best Damn Race know if you have more questions. You can post them to the Best Damn Race New Orleans Facebook page, or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You from the Race Director
How Much to Register During the Blitz?
Your registration fee is based on your place in line when you checkout (not when you start your registration). Each race has prices listed based on your place in checkout.
For example, if you're one of the first 200 people to register for the 5K, you pay $20; one of the first 200 for the half marathon and it costs you just $40. When registrations reach 201, the price goes up.
Look at the charts below for the pricing schedule based on number of registrations.
How to Checkout Faster for Best Damn Race Blitz
Want to checkout as fast as possible so you get the best deal?
1. Create and log into your RunSignUp.com account BEFORE the registration blitz starts. Make sure you choose "keep me logged in" so you don't have any issues.
2. Have your credit card ready. There's nothing worse than losing your place because your credit card isn't handy.
3 Make sure you have a strong internet connection. Registration is through a third party company. Best Damn Race can't help you with technical difficulties if you lose your wifi or cell signal.
Go Get a 5K for $20, 10K for $24, Half for $40
These are the best prices for the Best Damn Race Safety Harbor! Where else you gonna get a half marathon or challenge at such a great price!
NOTE: Discount codes aren't eligible during the Blitz.
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Best Damn Race Returns to New Orleans for Year 4
The last race in the 2020 Best Damn Race series takes place in New Orleans on March 22, 2020.
Use my discount code "THISOLDRUNNER" and you can SAVE 10% on the Half Marathon and 5K. Register soon — my discount code expires at midnight on Friday, March 13.
Races Begin and End in the French Quarter
Racers in the Best Damn Race New Orleans make their way around town on foot.
Best Damn Race NOLA 5K Race Course
BDR New Orleans Half Marathon Course
The race begins in the French Quarter and finishes at Louis Armstrong Park with a fun post-race celebration of your achievement! You'll see the sights and sounds of New Orleans as you make your way through the city on foot.
There are 11 aid stations (each with 2 port-a-potties) along the course. There will be Gatorade and Water at all stations, plus GU Gels and Cliff Shots at mile 3.5, 6.5, and 11.5.
Sugar Skull Finisher Medals Glow in the Dark
The great sugar skull medal tradition continues this year with another awesome design for the 5K and half marathon finisher medals. The eyes on the medals glow in the dark.
BDR NOLA Runner SWAG and Perks
We all love SWAG (stuff we all get), and BDR is putting something extra in your goodie bags this year — NOLA socks! That's right, register now and you'll get a sweet pair of socks along with your race shirt and samples.
You have a choice of Men's and Women's cut race shirts at sign up. The socks feature iconic NOLA images, including Mardi Gras beads.
All runners receive free food, free beer and other adult beverages, and the option for a free massage after the race. Both courses are USATF Certified and chip timed.
Enjoy a post race party and Health & Fitness Expo in Louis Armstrong Park after the races.
Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pickup
The Free Health and Fitness expo is at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Saturday, and at the race site (Louis Armstrong Park) on Sunday. Exhibitors will have free samples; running gear, sports apparel, health & nutritional information and more. If you forget a race day essential you can grab it at the expo.
Packet Pickup and Expo Location and Times
If you can, please pickup your race packet on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency. Each person can pick up 2 packets with a paper or text copy of each participant's photo ID. Parents can pick up for children under 18 years old.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue New Orleans, LA 70113
Storyville Hall – 3rd Floor (Turn Right off the escalators
Hotel Parking Options – Starts at $4 for 1 hr.
Parking Lot next to Hotel – LOT PO375
If you pick up your packet on race morning, arrive one (1) hour before your race.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
5:45 am – 7:15 am
Louis Armstrong Park
701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Race Day Parking Info
Use the Code: THISOLDRUNNER to SAVE 10%
Register before Midnight on March 13 to Use Discount Code: THISOLDRUNNER to SAVE 10% in the BDR New Orleans Half and 5K!
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