Do You Pace Yourself in a Half Marathon?
The last thing I consider before a race is whether I want to run with a pacer or on my own. My decision depends on how well I trained and if I'm running with a friend.
Most of the time, I find myself using the pacers for motivation and information even if I don't formally join a group. (Pace groups are casual — join or don't, no big deal.)
I've run alone with a pacer and I've run in large groups. Sometimes I jump in and out of groups. I start with a group, then move ahead. Or, I join a group and fall behind. Sometimes I get an extra push by deciding a group behind me will not catch me.
Pace groups may seem intimidating at first, but they're a fantastic tool.
Pacers keep you engaged in conversation. They offer coaching tips. They keep you motivated throughout a race. You meet new people and share the race experience.
Races provide pacers to make the event better for participants.
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Pace Yourself or Use a Key West Half Pacer
Whether you pace yourself or pick an official pacer the Key West Half offers plenty of options. The race is January 19, 2020 in beautiful Key West, Florida.
Choose a finish time between 1:40 to 3:00 hours with a Beast Pacing group. Or, run your own pace within the 4-hour limit (18 minute miles).
The Key West Half Marathon has pacers for 1:40 to 3 hour finish time.
(Photos: Key West Half Marathon; Video: ThisOldRunner)
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What is Obstacle Course Racing?
Have you noticed obstacle course racing and mud races happening more often? It's true. These events have grown every year since they first appeared.
Obstacle course racing (OCR) ranges from family friendly to ultra competitive challenges. OCR participants race on foot while conquering various obstacles. The physical challenges include climbing walls, swinging across cold water, crawling under barbed wire, leaping over trenches and fire.
Each challenge tests strength, speed, endurance, mobility, and more. The course distances vary from one mile to marathon. Some combine trail and road running.
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What Does a Rugged Maniac Event Look Like?
Rugged Maniac obstacle course races (OCR) began in 2010 as Rugged Races. Two former lawyers, Brad Scudder and Rob Dickens, staged their first race in October, 2010.
In 2014, they did a deal with Mark Cuban on ABC's Shark Tank. In just a couple of years, the race expanded to 24 US cities and Canada as the Rugged Maniac. Today you can choose from 30 Rugged Maniac events across the continent.
Rugged Maniac features over 25 obstacles on a 5K course. There are 6 new obstacles in 2019. The event is family-friendly. It caters to participants at all fitmness levels.
Before, during and after the race, everyone enjoys an all day festival. There's a mechanical bull to ride, bounce houses, beer, food, and exhibition booths.
A few photos from the 2018 Dade City Rugged Maniac.
Race Day Festival and Post Race Party
The festival starts at 8 a.m. with a DJ on the main stage. There are plenty of activities and games: dance parties, pull-up contests, stein-hoisting and pie-eating competitions. Take a spin on the mechanical bull or play corn hole. Enjoy some food, a beer, and visit the sponsor displays for freebies.
Pricing and Discount Code
Parking is $10 per car; $25 for RVs and Campers. That's incentive to carpool, right? Cash only for the parking fee.
Spectating is it's own sport. (That's my plan this year!) Tell your cheer squad that spectators get in free. Everyone is welcome to watch the competiton. No animals permitted except service dogs.
Rated in Top Five Obstacle Course Races
The Rugged Maniac events are rated as a top OCR. Every Rugged Maniac event has at least 25 obstacles. Be sure to download the race packet before the race to see which obstacles will be on course. (2018 obstacles are listed on website right now.)
Use the Discount Code and Save 10%
If racing the Rugged Maniac appeals to you, don't forget to save some cash with my code: RUN10. That's good for 10% off your registration.
The Dade City, Florida April 20 Event is 70% Full
Learn What to Take with You to an OCR
What should you pack for your obstacle course race adventure? No worries, I'll be back with a comprehensive list of what to pack when running an OCR. Hint: It's going to be different than any road race you've run! Another hint: NO CLEATS ALLOWED.
Advice on How to Enjoy Your Mud Run OCR
Check out Andrea's tips for fun at a mud run obstacle course race. Her Mom talked her into running one! You can get her take on the new Rugged Maniac obstacles, too.
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The Hot Chocolate 15K / 5K Returns to Tampa on December 15, 2019
The Hot Chocolate races return to Tampa for the fourth year in 2019. This race is the perfect pre-holiday treat! Get in one more run before the holidays get hectic.
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New Season SWAG: Oct. 2019 to April 2020 Races
What's in the Hot Chocolate Race Finisher Mug?
There's something new in the finisher mugs! Honey Stinger has joined the sweetness you get at the end of your race. Mmmmm!
Get BONUS SWAG in Your Goodie Bag!
The Hot Chocolate series doesn't use discount codes. But they do excellent SWAG. Here are some examples of recent bonus items: HC Branded baseball cap, visor, phone armband holder. What will it be this year?
A few examples of previous Hot Chocolate Race BONUS SWAG. (Photo credit: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K)
See You at Hot Chocolate Tampa on Dec. 15th!
Register Early for the Best Price on HC15K/5K
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Windy Weather Delayed the Races for 2+ Hours
Two big weather fronts threatened the Key West Half and 5K on Sunday morning. Race officials delayed the race to keep everyone safe. After 2+ hours, the race started as planned.
Everyone I've seen or heard from said it was a fun event. Great tour around the island, musical street party, happy volunteers, and blingy bling. This year's medals were a mermaid for the half marathoners and a cute-as-ever 5K medal.
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Views of the 2019 Key West Half and 5K
Here are some official photos from Key West!
(Photo credit: Key West Half Marathon)
First Place Award is an Engraved Conch Shell
On #MedalMonday I was checking out everyone's medals. This one blew my mind. I'll never be fast enough to win a race, but if I was — I would set my sights on the Key West Half. How cool is this conch shell award from the Conch Republic?
Congrats to Real Life Runner Kevin Brown, on his first place men's division win! The photo below is from his Instagram account if you want a closer look.
Register for the next Key West Half & 5K on January 19, 2020
That's right! It's never too early to register for next year! Visit the Key West Half website to sign up for next year's race. The lowest price of the season is on for the next few days. If you don't want to commit now, check back for a discount code.
I'll post as soon as I have one for next year's events.
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Race January 20, 2019 in Key West, Florida
If you're thinking about running the Key West Half Marathon or 5K this month, hurry up and register. There're fewer than 70 spots left in the half; 40 left for the 5K.
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The good news is you can still use my code: BIBRAVE20 to SAVE 20% on the half!
Go register —> https://www.keywesthalfmarathon.com/ before it sells out!
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