Back in January I set my running goals for 2018. Basically, I wanted to complete two Challenge Races, and improve my personal best time in two half marathons. Here's what's happened so far:
Goal One: Run Two Challenge Races
1. St Pete Beach Classic Duo Challenge 10K + 5K on January 13, 2018.
2. Best Damn Race Safety Harbor Challenge 10K + 5K on February 3, 2018.
Met My Goal! St Pete Beach Classic Challenge
I loved running these two challenges. The St Pete Beach Classic Duo Challenge was the first time I ever ran two races in one day. I enjoyed it so much, I'm going to do it again in 2019. The weather was crisp and cool. The course was flat. And they gave me adorable turtle medals each time I crossed the finish line.
The St Pete Beach Classic Duo Challenge was the first time I ever ran two races in one day. I enjoyed it so much, I'm going to do it again in 2019. The weather was crisp and cool. The course was flat. And they gave me these adorable turtle medals when I crossed the finish line. I was pleased with my pace which was 11:03 for the 10K, and 11:00 for the 5K. I came in 3rd in my age group, which made me very happy.
Met My Goal! Best Damn Race Challenge
A month after the SPB Classic, I ran the Best Damn Race Challenge in Safety Harbor. This course wasn't as flat as SPB, but it was just as much fun!
The rolling hills and chatting with friends distracted me a bit during the 10K. My pace for the 10K was 11:18, and the 5K was 11:32. Those times were a bit slower than January, but made me happy. I really enjoyed the thrill of two races in one day. It felt very different than running a 15K as a single race.
The Best Damn Race also has excellent medals. Check out my haul below.
I'll be back in Safety Harbor for the Best Damn Race on February 2, 2019. I haven't decided if I'll repeat the Challenge, or run the Half Marathon. The half course takes runners through Philippe Park, which appeals to me.
Want to run a Best Damn Race? Use my code: THISOLDRUNNER to save $5 on ANY Best Damn Race race in ANY city! Use it for as many events as you like. 2019 races are in Jacksonville, Safety Harbor, Savannah, Orlando, and New Orleans!
Goal Two: Run a PB in Two Half Marathons
Uh oh. Pressure's on for this goal! It's July, and I'm not there yet.
Missed PB: First Watch Sarasota Half
I loved my First Watch Sarasota Half on March 18, 2018. But, I did NOT run a Personal Best (PB) pace. Instead, I matched one of my previous times for the same course. It was a hot, humid sweat fest on race day. Humidity was 100%! So, I wasn't surprised.
I'll try to redeem myself at the 2019 First Watch Half. It's fun to run the First Watch Half no matter what pace. If you haven't tried it, give it a go. The location and race management are top notch.
Now, with less than half a year left, I need to buckle down so I can PR in my two upcoming half marathons. I originally thought my halfs would be in October and November. But, due to travel and schedule changes I'll be running both half marathons in December.
To Do: Race The Bay Half Marathon
I was invited to run the Inaugural Race the Bay Half Marathon in Hudson, FL on Sunday, December 2nd. I'm very excited because I love running in new places, and getting in on the inaugural year!
This course is pretty flat, and December is a good time to run. I'm hopeful I can improve on my Half Marathon time. The race begins and ends at SunWest Park.
I'll be scouting the course soon so I can post photos and info here. If you're interested in running, use my code: THISOLDRUNNER to SAVE $10 Off the Half or 5K. You can register for Race the Bay here. This discount code doesn't have an expiration date, but there are price increases. Use it early to save yourself the most money.
To Do: Bradenton Conquistador Half
Bradenton Conquistador Half Marathon was originally going to be in mid-October, but the race moved to Saturday, December 15th. This is the third year for this event. All the proceeds go to charity. And, there's a good chance there will be some Conquistadors on hand.
I've never run this race and want to give it a try. The new date means it's a couple of weeks after Race the Bay. I think that's a good thing. I'll be fully trained and ready to run. We'll see what happens!
See You at the Starting Line!
You can find more race discount codes for Rock n Roll Races, Hot Chocolate Races, and lots more events across the country on my Race Discounts page.
I hope you'll use as many of my discount codes as you can. Feel free to share them with your running friends. It's always good to save money on races!
Let me know if we're running any of the same events. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @ThisOldRunner.
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Register Now for the Best Prices
Register now for the Best Damn Race in Safety Harbor on Feb. 2, 2019. The earlier you register, the better the price! Save $5 more when you use my code: “ThisOldRunner” on ANY Best Damn Race distance. (Code expires 1/12/19)
Best Damn Race Safety Harbor has 4 races:
Disclaimer: I’m a race ambassador for the Best Damn Race series.
Registration is Open for All 2019 BDR Events!
SAVE $5 on ANY Race in ANY City with my Code: ThisOldRunner (no spaces; not case sensitive). Here's the 2019 schedule:
Best Damn Race Jacksonville
Use “THISOLDRUNNER” to SAVE $5 on the Half, 10K, and 5K.
Code expires 12/31/18. Florida is beautiful in January! #BDRJax
Best Damn Race Safety Harbor
Safety Harbor, FL (Tampa Bay Area)
Use “THISOLDRUNNER” to SAVE $5 on the Half, 10K, 5K and Challenge.
Code expires 1/12/19. #BDRSafetyHarbor
Best Damn Race Savannah
It's the Inaugural year for #BDRSavannah Half and 5K! My discount code is now available! Use "ThisOldRunner" to SAVE $5 on any race!
Code expires 1/13/19.
Best Damn Race Orlando
Use “THISOLDRUNNER” to SAVE $5 on the Half, 10K, 5K and Challenge.
Code expires 2/9/19. #BDROrlando
Best Damn Race New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
Use “THISOLDRUNNER” to SAVE $5 on the Half, and 5K.
Code expires 3/3/19. #BDRNOLA
Register Early and Use My Code for the Best Price on Any Best Damn Race!
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Race the Bay is a brand new Half Marathon and 5k at SunWest Park in Pasco County. The out and back course takes runners along a natural Florida landscape of beautiful waterways and quaint towns. Most of the flat course is on paved roadway. There is one mile on hard lime rock surface. The race is chip-timed.
Race Start Times:
Half Marathon - 7 am; 5K - 7:30 am; 1 Mile Stroller Roll & Fun Walk/Run - 7:45 am.
SunWest Park - 17362 Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson, FL 34667
Disclaimer: I'm an ambassador for the 2018 Race the Bay Half Marathon.
I receive a free entry in exchange for promoting the race.
Save $10 on the Half Marathon and 5K with My Discount Code: THISOLDRUNNER
SAVE $10 on Half Marathon or 5K with code "THISOLDRUNNER" when you register. This code was just updated to include both the half and the 5K! No expiration date!
Half Marathon: $85 until August 31, 2018 ($75 with discount code)
5K Race: $40 ($30 with discount code)
1 Mile Stroller Roll and Fun Walk/Run: $25
You can register for any and all of the races here.
Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018
Health & Fitness Expo and packet pickup at Classical Preparatory School 12836 Shady Hills Rd, Spring Hill, FL on Saturday December 1st from 9:00 – 4:00. Family friendly expo includes food, bounce houses, touch-a-truck, and vendors.
Runners can get taped with KT Tape and purchase gear needed for the event. Raffle at the expo features products from our Expo Sponsors: Plantronics, RoadID, KT Tape, Momentum, GU Energy, and more! Each runner receives one free raffle ticket!
Finish Line is in SunWest Park in Hudson, FL
Race The Bay Benefits Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill, Florida
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Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the 2018 First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon as a BibRavePro.
Register Early for 2019, Save Big Bucks
Today, you can register for the Half Marathon for $50, 10K for $50, and 2-person Relay for $80. But, these prices won't be around for long. When the early entry blitz is over, they're gone. Regular prices are higher. The race is worth every penny, but why not save some?
The pricing structure for 2019 Blitz is based on the number of entrants, rather than the date. Look at the price chart below to see what I mean.
Take advantage of 2019 Blitz Pricing and register now at http://SarasotaHalf.com
Read my This Old Runner Review of the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon to learn more about the race course and amenities. It was lots of good food, views, free photos, and bling.
Race date is scheduled for March 24, 2019. Hurry to take advantage of 2019 Blitz Pricing on now at http://SarasotaHalf.com
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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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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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I Loved My Best Damn Races
The Safety Harbor edition of the #BestDamnRace was great fun! This was my second-ever attempt at running a Challenge — a 10K and 5K race one after another. The first challenge was in January, so why not try another in February?
I'll write a full review later — I have lots of good things to report about the race. (Big bling, organized, wonderful race atmosphere, support and party, etc.) Until then, take a peek at a few photos below.
I'm a BibBoards Fan
Gotta say — I am very happy with my #BibBoards. I snapped on my bib at home, and never worried about it again.
It stayed in place in the 10K and again in the 5K race. It performed on race day exactly as promised! No pinching, poking, flapping or parachuting!
I'll definitely use these from now on. Plus, I have to tell you I did catch a couple of people smiling at my smiling sunglasses emoji when they looked at my bib!
What About the Challenge?
The Best Damn Race Safety Harbor courses have some rolling hills. Hills are hard to find in Florida, so it's a good test. Plus, who doesn't love to run downhill?
This challenge was a bit harder than the super flat course I ran in January. And, I'll admit I was a bit distracted at the start of the 10K. I buckled down about 3/4 of a mile in, and stayed on pace for the rest of the race.
I finished my this 15K Challenge 3 minutes slower than the SPB Classic in January. But, I'm happy with my races. These races are part of training for a PR at the First Watch Sarasota Half on March 18th. I felt strong for all 9 miles. That makes me optimistic because I have 6 weeks to be ready to run strong for 13 miles.
Save Money with Discount Codes for Runners
Here are the codes for races/gear mentioned in this post. Find more discounts here.
—> First Watch Sarasota Half and Relay:
$10 OFF the Half or Relay with code: SARASOTABIB18. This is a goal race for me this year. It's a beautiful race that takes you up and over the Ringling Bridge (twice!) and around beautiful Sarasota, Florida.
—> Best Damn Race Orlando or New Orleans:
If you haven't ever run in a #BestDamnRace you should try one. It's super organized, and has lots of wonderful perks for racers. Check out Orlando on March 3rd and New Orleans on March 25th.
You can use my code: THISOLDRUNNER to save $5 on any race in either city. Orlando has a 5K, 10K, Challenge and Half Marathon. New Orleans has a 5K and Half. The discount codes expire 2 weeks prior to race.
—> BibBoards #SaveTheShirt Bib Holders:
You can SAVE 20% with code: #BIBCHAT at BibBoards.com. Choose from a variety of stock designs, or create your own by uploading artwork. You can preview the design before you order it.
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!
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FYI: Register By Midnight 12/31/17 to Save $5!
Jax is a great race to kick off the New Year! 🎉👍🏅
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