Lots of Race Options at the SPB Classic
Here's the bling I brought home after running the 2019 St Pete Beach Classic Duo on Saturday, January 19th. The Duo includes a 10K race at 7 am followed by a 5K race at 9 am. There's time in between to chat and relax. Plus, there's a cute Kids Dash that's fun to watch before the 5K.
Other race options include a Saturday night 3.8 mile Beach Fun Run, and Sunday's half marathon. If you're up to the challenge, run every single race to earn the Marathon Challenge medal. That's 4 races in two days that total 26.2 miles.
Check out my complete SPB Classic review here. If you haven't tried this race, consider it. It's a fun getaway weekend whether you live near or far.
The races take place over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend each January. Next year's race dates are January 18 and 19, 2020.
Here are the St. Pete Beach Classic race medals runners can earn in a couple of weeks. This is one of my favorite race series. The races take place over MLKing Jr. weekend (January 19-20).
I ran the Waste Connections Duo Challenge last January. And, I'm happy to say I'm giving it another go this year. The challenge starts with the 10K, then the 5K. Run two races and go home with three medals.
I recommend the half marathon, too. It's a great street level view of this charming beach town. You see places you'd miss otherwise. The courses are flat and fast. The weather can be chilly, but it's been warm, too. The best part is finishing the race and walking a few steps to the beach.
You can still register to run or volunteer. Check stpetebeachclassic.com for all the details. There is more fun than just races. There's a beach bonfire and concert, too.
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Okay guys, here's number 3 of 3 of the St. Pete Beach Classic giveaways! Head on over to This Old Runner on Instagram and enter to win your choice of the Beach Run, 5K or 10K race on January 19, 2019. You have 24 hours to enter. 6 pm Wed. 12/12 through 6 pm. Thurs. 12/13/18.
Doesn't running a race in St. Pete Beach in January sound wonderful?! I think so. I'm running the 5K + 10K Duo Challenge again this year. I can't wait! This is one of my favorite local races.
Free Training Runs
Join like-minded runners for training runs on the Wednesday, Dec. 12, and 19 and Jan 2 and 9. Meet at the St. Pete Beach Community Center.
There's a gift certificate available if you win and want to give the entry as a gift to someone else. If you want to upgrade another race, use the free entry and pay the difference in registration fees.
For example: you can upgrade to a Half Marathon, the 5K + 10K Challenge, or the Full Marathon Challenge. If you upgrade to the Half you can enter the #Burg2Beach2Bayshore Challenge.
You can upgrade at packet pickup. Present your certificate and pay the difference in cost between the races.
The #SPBeachClassic Half Marathon is the second leg of the Burg to Beach to Bay Challenge. Visit https://stpetebeachclassic.com/ for more information on the 3-half marathon challenge.
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Challenge Yourself with 3 Local Half Marathons
Want a challenge that shows you the best sights around Tampa Bay? Here you go! It's the Inaugural Burg to Beach to Bayshore Challenge! Run a half marathon at each of these three awesome events to complete the Challenge.
How to: Burg to Beach to Bayshore Challenge
This Challenge is unique because it involves 3 different organizations. That means you must register for each separate half marathon. Pay special attention when signing up for the St Pete Beach Classic and Gasparilla Half Marathons.
Sign up early to get the best pricing. The St Pete Run Fest and St Pete Beach Classic races have price increases on November 1st. Gasparilla Distance Classic prices go up on January 12, 2019.
Better Hurry! The First Half is Nov. 18th
Here's Another Option: Enter to Win a St Pete Beach Classic 5K, 10K or Beach Race
Enter Giveaways on Instagram
I'm having 3 (YEP 3!) race giveaways for the St. Pete Beach Distance Classic. The giveaway prize is your choice of the 5K, 10K or Beach Run. The October giveaway will post late today (Oct. 24).
HOWEVER...if you want to run in the Burg to Beach to Bay Challenge, you can upgrade your free entry to the half by paying the difference in the registration fee.
Follow This Old Runner on Instagram so you can enter the giveaway contests. I'll give away an entry in October, another in November, and the last one in December. Hint: Race entries make excellent holiday gifts for your favorite runner!
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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.
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 for the Challenge, 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. My 5K pace was 11:32. Those times were a bit slower than January, but were okay by me. 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 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 run both half marathons in December. (Insert gasp here!)
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.
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 it'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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Trio of Turtle Medals!
I ran my very first Challenge on Saturday at the St. Pete Beach Classic Waste Connections, Inc. Duo. (That's a mouthful of miles!)
It was better than I expected. The 10K race began at 7:00 am, followed by the 5K race at 9:00 am. Both races were on out and back courses in the town of St. Pete Beach, Florida.
I'll have a full race recap soon. In the meantime, take a peek at this trio of turtles.
This fun race challenge came at the perfect time. I used it as my long run in my #RunSarasota half marathon training plan. I maintained a consistent pace in both races, and am thrilled with the results. I love when I can get full support (and medals) during a training run! Thanks #SPBClassic for another great event!
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Set Your 2018 Running Goals
If you're like me, you spent time over the holidays researching upcoming races. (Look for my links to race discounts at the end of this post.)
I'm using a beautiful BELIEVE training journal I received as a gift to stay on track with my running. I can plan upcoming races and record my efforts all in one place.
After filling in the pages, I set my personal running goals for 2018. Here they are:
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.
As you can see, the Challenges are early in the year. I feel ready, but I've never run two races in one day.
My plan is to use the St. Pete Beach Classic as a baseline, then look for improvement at the Best Damn Race Challenge. We'll see what happens!
Run a Personal Best in Two Half Marathons
I have three race options for my new half marathon personal records.
Okay, my goals are set. Now I have to get out there and run, run, and race!
I'm excited about the year ahead, and hope you are too.
Get All the Race Discount Codes!
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Read Race Review —> 2017 St Pete Beach Classic Half
Try one of four races in various combinations to take home the medals this weekend.
The St. Pete Beach Classic includes 5K, 10K, 5/10K Duo, Beach Fun Run, and Half Marathon events. If you participate in all four events you've run a Marathon.
Home base for all events is the Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center, 5300 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706. The weekend schedule includes an expo, the races, a concert, a bonfire on the beach, and post race festivities.
Runners enjoy a scenic course through hidden streets and neighborhoods of this charming beach community. It's a flat, certified course. Last year the weather was cold, wet and windy. The forecast for this year is a dry, balmy weekend.
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My Dad (a former track coach) advised me to hang on the shoulder of the leader for the entire race. Well, I couldn't do that since the winner ran the half in 1:18, but I took Dad's advice to heart, and hung on the shoulder of the 2:30 pacer.
This blog is my race recap. Detailed review here --> St Pete Beach Classic
The race began on time. Less than a quarter mile in, the sky opened and drenched us for a soggy minute. There was a collective moan from the runners as everyone realized we were about to run 13 miles with wet feet.
I was one of twelve runners with the 2:30 pacer (Carolyn), for the first few miles. Carolyn was amazing. It turned out she's a running coach. She kept us on pace the entire time — hills and no hills, wind and no wind. I was very impressed as each mile ticked off and we were still on pace.
That's the first time I ran in the thick of a pace group. Usually, I'm further back and keep them in sight. Coach Carolyn kept us engaged. She asked us questions, and gave us tips as our group ran mile after mile.
At mile 5, we lost 3 people from our group. A couple more runners dropped back at mile 8 when we faced very strong head winds. I learned later that the wind gusts were 30-35 mph.
The 7 people remaining in our group literally ran in a straight line trying to break the wind as we made our way through mile 9.
I suddenly got a Charley Horse in my left calf as we reached mile 10. My muscle screamed at me, so I slowed to a walk. Coach Carolyn turned and encouraged me to wait and walk through the aid station. I nodded. I wished that I could.
I watched as my pace group move ahead without me. Soon they were farther and farther away. It was sad to say goodbye to them. They were fun.
I massaged my calf muscle; even tried to roll it out each time I saw an appropriate railing. I decided to walk to mile 11 and then if my calf felt better, I would run the last couple of miles. I knew my PR had slipped away, but I wasn't ready to give up.
Questions? Feel free to comment or email me. #spbclassic
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April 6, 2019
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