I am excited about this event! The Color Run is coming to Clearwater! They have announced their 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour which is sure to have a location near you! This will be my first year to participate in it. It will be fun to get out there with friends and have a great time in what is touted as The Happiest 5K On The Planet!
This is an untimed event. It’s all about celebrating healthiness, happiness, and individuality. Thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The Color Run caters to anyone – first time runners to professional athletes. Over 60 percent of Color Runners are first-time 5k runners and participate as a celebration and capstone of their healthy living accomplishments.
There are only two rules, for this event and the idea is easy to follow:
- Wear white at the starting line
- Finish plastered in color!
The fun continues after Color Runners complete the race with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!
The event in Clearwater is on January 26, 2014 and starts and ends at Coachman Park. But if you don’t live in Clearwater, there are MANY other locations across the country. Click here to find a location near you!
I also have a discount code to share with you, to save $5 off the registration fee! When using the code, please type the code in, do not copy/paste. Register today using discount code COLOR5OFF.
Please let me know if you register for this event and which location! For my local friends, let me know if you will be there as well!
**The Color Run has provided two free race entries for my blog post but all opinions are my own.
I am SO excited to announce that I have been chosen as a Best Damn Race Ambassador! I ran the inaugural Best Damn Race this past February. They were nice enough to have it on my birthday 02/02/13. Hubby and I both ran the 5K in what would be the first race in a year of running for me. I loved this event. It was close to home for me in beautiful Safety Harbor, right along the water of Tampa Bay. Since it was in February, the weather was a crisp winter day. It could not have been a better day to celebrate my birthday and run a race.
The Best Damn Race is coming back to Safety Harbor on 02/01/14 and this time I am running the half marathon. And even more exciting? The Best Damn Race, in only it’s second year, is branching out to Orlando on 03/01/14. I am going to run the half marathon there as well. Besides the excitement of running two half marathons a month apart, I will also earn a super cool “Double” medal, in addition to the medal they will give out at each event. Three medals for two races? I’m going to need another medal display! (The Double medal is given to participants who run the half marathon distance in both cities.)
So, why should you register for the Best Damn Race? There are so many reasons…
- 5K / 10K / Half-Marathon / 5K + 10K Challenge
- Best Damn t-shirt
- Best Damn finisher medal
- Best Damn Health & Fitness Expo
- Best Damn goodie bags
- Best Damn post-race party
- Best Damn entry fee (structured based on number of entries!)
- Free beer, food, and massages
- Free race photos & video for those who register by 11/11/13 (Orlando only)
Here’s a glimpse into the great fun that was had back in February at the inaugural race….
I cannot wait until the next Best Damn Race. This is “a race for runners by runners”. They put runners first and the runner’s experience is their top priority. Their goal is to put on the Best Damn Race possible. And they do. Here is my race recap for the 2013 Best Damn Race.
Have I convinced you yet? How about a coupon code to save on registration! Visit the Best Damn Race website and you can use the coupon code NANCIC and save $5 on the following:
- ANY race in Safety Harbor on 02/01/14
- ANY race in Orlando on 03/01/14
Be sure to let me know if you register. I would love to see you out there for any of the events! I am so excited and can’t wait to start 2014 off with the Best Damn Race!
**The Best Damn Race has comp’d my entry fee for the Safety Harbor half marathon but all opinions are my own.
Back in February, I ran theinaugural Best Damn Race 5K in Safety Harbor. You can read my race recap here. It was a great time, a great course, and a fantastic way to spend the morning of my birthday. This past Sunday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the Best Damn Blogger party hosted by Nick, creator of the event that will be back again in 2014. The party was his way of thanking local bloggers who shared their experience with the event.
I was super excited to attend the party, held at FITniche in Hyde Park Village, since it would be a get-together of quite a few local bloggers, a few of which I was very excited to finally meet after interacting through our blogs and social media. Everyone is always so friendly and it truly makes me happy to be a part of the local blogging and running community.
There was Best Damn Race swag, wine, chocolate, and great conversation. The evening started with a quick 5K run, which a handful of bloggers did, while most of us stayed behind. I think the lure of the a/c, wine, and chocolate was more exciting than running in the heat and humidity!
Included in the gift bag was a $20 gift certificate to FITniche which I am very excited about. I have my eye on a cute Brooks tank top…. There was also a raffle and yours truly won a bottle of wine and four GU Gels. Yay me!
Thank you Nicole for this picture of the four of us!
(Nicole, Me, Jenny, and Denise)
Thank you Jenny for this fabulous picture!
Me and Jenny
Me and Beth
It’s almost a major award! Wine and GU gel!
And exciting news! I have a promo code to share with you if you have not yet registered for the Best Damn Race in February 2014. Save $5 when you use promo code BDRBLOG. This code is good for the month of July and August. If you are looking for a FUN local race here in Pinellas County, this is your race. There is a 5K, 10K, and half marathon. The views are beautiful! Be sure to visit Best Damn Race for more information. And just so you know, this is what’s included in your registration:
- Best Damn FREE Beer & Food
- Best Damn FREE Massages
- Best Damn Finisher Medal
- Best Damn Party & More!
Seriously, why haven’t you signed up yet?!?!
Thank you Nick, Best Damn Race, and FITniche for a great night out. I enjoyed meeting some new faces, seeing those I already knew, and talking about running, races, blogging, and more. It was a great night!
Five half-marathons, two 8Ks, and five 5Ks later, I have found my inner #fitfemale. I have challenged myself in ways I never thought possible. I didn’t start running until I was 36 and that was only for a bit. I played tennis and softball when I was very young, but I never ran in school. I was in band which meant I didn’t have to take PE, which thankfully meant no running. I used to joke that I would only run if being chased and I bet even that would not have been very fast.
That crazy idea I had at the end of 2011 to run a half marathon changed me. I thought I was crazy for wanting to do it, it would be a one-time thing and that would be it. Running my first half marathon at age 40 in February 2012 just seemed like a fun thing to try. I never imagined it would be the experience that it was and that of all things, I would go and run for fun. Every race since then has been just as rewarding.
Running has become a necessity. Of course there are days where it’s the last thing I want to do. But I know that it’s exactly what I need to do. As much for my well-being and my sanity as my waistline and health. It has made me stronger in so many ways. It has become a huge part of my most recent Weight Watchers journey.
When you run a half marathon, or challenge yourself to run every day of the month, or do bridge training week after week, you realize how strong you really are and how bright that fire is inside of you. You realize that anything is possible. In a world that is full of drama, chaos, and uncertainty, it is one of a handful of things I can control.
I take away something good from every single run, even the hard ones. It’s an instant mood lifter, a huge boost of confidence, and it has the ability to calm my anxiety and nerves. If something is bothering me and has me feeling overwhelmed, a good run will suddenly make anything seem possible and manageable. I wish my inner #ftifemale was around several years ago when I had to take an anti-depressant, but that was another time.
Yesterday, I had a first. I went for my afternoon run, 2.06 miles. And this happened… I ran a 9:48 mile. I have never run that fast. I may not run that fast again tomorrow or the next day, but it’s just another reminder that anything is possible.
If you think you can’t run, you are wrong. I am proof of that. Throw on those shoes and go for a run and see how it changes your life. It has changed mine.
Have you celebrated your inner #fitfemale? Or is there an inspirational #fitfemale you’d like to share with me? Also, be sure to visit the Fit Female Campaign over at WomenRaces.com to read posts and share your own!
Here we are, mid-April and my spring race season is officially over. It’s now 90 degrees outside and summer is here. Perfect time to give an update on my #11in2013 update.
At the beginning of the year, I wrote a post about the races / runs I planned to do this year. Nine of them, to be exact, with the a tenth to be determined. #10in2013 because my goal for the year.
It seemed like a challenge, since three of them were in the same month but I was up for it. The day before Gasparilla, I decided to add in one more, the Sarasota Half Marathon, because I couldn’t resist the fabulous medal. When I registered for that one, I changed my goal for the year to #11in2013. And as of this past Sunday, I have 6 of the 11 completed. These four and a half months have been a whirlwind and also brought me a new half marathon PR!
01/12/13 – Glow Run 5K, St. Petersburg, FL – 44:16
02/02/13 – Best Damn Race 5K, Safety Harbor, FL - 39:21
02/10/13 – Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, FL - 3:02:53
02/24/13 – Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K, Tampa, FL - 1:05:58
03/17/13 – Sarasota Half Marathon, Sarasota, FL – 2:48:12 (PR!!!!!)
04/14/13 – Iron Girl Half Marathon, Clearwater, FL - 2:48:32
Another thing it brought me… Half Fanatic status! When I registered for Sarasota, I realized that three half marathons in 90 days was in my reach and as long as I completed it and Iron Girl, I would qualify. Three half marathons in 64 days, to be exact. I love the challenge of the half marathon distance and I think it may be my favorite race distance. Yes, I am half crazy.
I was so excited to receive the email with my Half Fanatic number…. You have to love an email that starts like this…
Nanci, at last you have found refuge, a place where you can call home, where the Fanatical can feel Normal again, and once again be treated like a normal human being.
Love it! I am Half Fanatic #3972 (Neptune), which is the lowest level, but still a Half Fanatic nonetheless. I earned that status. And, if I keep it up, maybe one day I’ll work my way up to the next level! Interested in learning more about Half Fanatics? Visit their website!
I am actually sad that all these races are done with and I am anxious for the fall to get here so they will start up again. Here’s what I have planned!
10/05/13 – 15th Annual Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the Cure 5K
11/24/13 – Women’s Running Series Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, FL
11/28/13 – Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, Clearwater, FL
- 11/30/13 – Pretty Muddy Mud Run 5K, Tampa, FL
- 12/??/13 – Color Run, St. Petersburg, FL
Do you like to plan your races ahead of time or do you just wing it? How many do you plan to do this year?