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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 wanted to badly to write this Sunday to post yesterday, but I am serious when I say I slept most of the day after I got home from the race and lunch. I. Was. Exhausted.
Sunday morning, I was up very early, 4am to be exact, to get ready for half marathon #6. I had a hard time falling asleep Saturday night, so I’m not sure I got more than 5 hours of sleep. I was tired, but excited and ready to go. After training for 14 weeks and realizing the last few weeks if training that a new PR was possible, I just wanted to get out there and run!
I ran this same race in 2012, it was my second half marathon and just weeks after sciatica and physical therapy, I walked / ran my worst race to date. I was just happy to up and moving and even completing it was a huge accomplishment. I was very close to my highest weight and felt every one of those extra pounds. My average pace last year was 16:34 with a finish time of 03:37:11. (Looking at these pictures, I wonder who this person even was!!)
Back in March, I PR’d at the Sarasota Half with a time of 02:48:12, my first time finishing under 3 hours. Once I had that new PR, I started to dream of finishing in 02:30, but it really was just a dream. But running consistently this year, and following a 14-week training plan seemed like the best shot I had at getting there.
At 7:00am the race started, and I was in Corral 5. It was 7:08 when I crossed over the start line and started my Garmin (a miracle I remembered but thankful I did!). I started running right from the start and did my best to hold back. Something about running a race with so many other people, even when you aren’t competing, that makes you run a little faster. It must be the adrenaline!
I was excited to get to Mile 1 because I knew that the Best Damn Race Cheer Squad would be there. They were awesome. I passed them and kept on running. This is a beautiful course that goes along the water and through Coffee Pot Bayou and a beautiful neighborhood, brick roads and all. Just after Mile 3, I heard someone yell my name and it was my friend Val, and she even made me a sign. It was so nice and it really pushed me. I had been behind the 02:30 pace group for about a mile and decided I needed to be ahead of them. I felt that if I was going to reach that goal of 02:30, I needed to be ahead of the game while I felt good because I was sure that by Mile 9 or 10, I would slow down. I needed that buffer. I kept an eye over my shoulder to see if they were catching up to me and they did not. I didn’t see them again!
Mille 7 took me back past the Best Damn Race Cheer Squad. They were still screaming and cheering and being super awesome. Green guys, a wiener, great signs, and the UT guy’s swim team. Too much fun!
(Photo credit: Best Damn Race)
When I passed by them at Mile 7, my friend Caroline who was part of the cheer squad, captured this photo of me. I’m glad to see I was so happy to be running still. I actually felt very good. And once again, having people scream your name and cheer you on really pushes you to keep going. Thanks guys!
(photo credit: Caroline)
From this point, the course took us through down town, around Mirror Lake, and then a long stretch west. I was trying my hardest to hit Mile 10 well before the 2 hour mark – and I did – because I knew even at my slowest, I could do the last 3 miles and still finish in 02:30. It seemed like we ran forever before before the turn around just before mile 11. From here, it was almost all down hill. This was a great way to finish because it was 26 blocks of running towards the second to last turn before the finish line.
Once I hit Mile 12 and saw my time was 02:12ish, I knew I had it, and then some. And that’s when the tears started flowing. I was so excited and once again the adrenaline kicked in. This is obvious in my split times for the last mile which I picked up the pace on.
When I turned the last corner and headed the last little bit to the finish line, I was so happy. I knew I had it. I was still crying and I was trying to watch for my mom, who I knew was at the finish line. I screamed when I crossed the finish line. I did it. I met my goal!
My watch time was 02:23:43, but I was curious to know what my chip time was. Thanks to live runner tracking, I found out that it was 02:31:28. I was disappointed when I saw this, because I thought for sure I beat my goal and I thought my watch was wrong. After looking over the split times, I realized they had my start time wrong, showing at 7:00 right when it started, but I crossed the start line at 7:08. So, I have requested a correction. This time was too important to me to let is slide… I calculate that my finish time should be 02:23:38.
My split times were AMAZING. Better than I really ever could have imagined. I knew during the whole race that I had to stay below an 11:27 / mile pace to finish in 02:30. I kept it under that the entire time and my average pace was an incredible 10:49.
Such a great race and an awesome day. I had so much fun, ran with all my heart, and enjoyed every minute of it. Reaching a goal after 14 weeks of training is a huge accomplishment. Once again, I am reminded how strong running has made me and how much I want to continue to do it.
And here is it… the corrected times. I am so thankful that Women’s Running Series corrected these!
Remember that time I ran this race last year? 03:37:11? It’s crazy to think I did the same race 01:14 minutes faster. Crazy! And still 25 minutes faster than my previous PR.
After the race, hubby and my mom and I headed to Hooters for my favorite post-race meal – wings and beer! Boy, did I earn that! It was delicious and amazing. Our waitress was super impressed by the fact that I finished my 6th half marathon and made sure to let me know….
What a day! It’s definitely one I won’t soon forget. So what’s next? I have 4 half marathons planned for the spring to get me up to #10. I will keep running regularly between now and the next one, which is the Best Damn Race Safety Harbor on Feb. 1, 2014…. Is a new PR possible? We’ll have to wait and see!
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!
Last Saturday, I had the honor of taking part in the Live Life Active Celebration at my WW meeting center in Largo. About a month ago, one of the wonderful receptionist’s, Marilyn, asked me if I would speak, she thought all the running I was doing was very inspirational. Of course I said YES!
Speaking in front of groups is not my thing and I was really nervous about it. As it got closer, I kept thinking about what I wanted to say, but I didn’t want it to sound too rehearsed. So ultimately, I decided to just wing it. I figured once I started talking, it would all just fall into place. And it did!
My sister-in-law Jenna came to the event and took pictures and video for me. The video is just a snippit of my talk and with a little personalization by me, you can hear what I had to say!
The first picture of of Marilyn and I – she’s such a doll! The rest speak for themselves….
I also got to see Linda, a WW member I met in 2011 at the Thursday morning meetings. We had not seen each other in quite awhile and it was so nice to see and visit with her. She is currently doing WW Online and is down 20 pounds as well!
It was such a nice afternoon and I’m so glad I did it. If I can inspire just one person, it is a great feeling, and it keeps me going on this journey. I have come to realize that it’s when you step outside of your comfort zone is when amazing things happen. I’ve done a lot of that this year and I need to continue to remember that.
Do you enjoy public speaking? What is one thing you’ve done recently that took you outside of your comfort zone?