Monday, June 27, 2016

My First Age Group Award (and before turning 60, too!)

SPRR Beach Series 5K

An Award For Me?


That was my reaction when I heard my name announced for the 2nd Place Female Age 30-34. At the first 5K race in the St. Pete Road Runners Beach Series on June 24th, I accepted the award: a most welcome St. Pete Running Company Gift Card.

(Yes, I work there, and YES I cashed that thing in!)

I was totally shocked, not only because my time was not quite what I'd hoped for, but because the race had been so challenging (read: running ON the beach). The LAST thing I expected was that elusive Age Group award!

My dear friend, Sydney, took a video of me finishing the race.


It's no joke. I really expected to turn at least 50 before the running crowds filtered enough for me to earn any Age Group awards. The closest I've ever gotten is 4th place in my age group at a smaller race where no awards beyond top three overall finishers were given. More and more people are running than ever. Especially women. And I LOVE that and could never begrudge that fact. I just thought it meant I'd be in my 50's or 60's before winning an Age Group award.

I'm pretty excited to have done it at 34!

Making Use of the Award

I've always wanted to try Yankz! laces. Thank you, SPRC Gift Card! Once installed, you never have to tie them. Any pair of shoes can become slip-ons. With pink laces, will my pink Newtons become TOO pink, you think? I may pick another pair of shoes.

When's the next SPRR Beach Series 5K?

So glad you asked! The next two 5Ks are on July 22nd and August 19th (both races start at 7PM). Register for one or both HERE. The races take place on Pass-A-Grille Beach with the start right in front of the Hurricane Restaurant.

So are you up for the challenge? A beach race is tougher than a road race. My Race #1 chip time was 30:53, and even though I was hoping to break 30 minutes (which I can usually do on the road), I'm still really pleased because of that AG award.

What About You?

Have you ever placed top three in your Age Group at a race? Were you expecting it, or did it come as a pleasant surprise? Is that a goal of yours if you haven't yet earned an Age Group award?

Monday, June 6, 2016

And the Winner is...

Spartan Race Entry Giveaway Winner

Congratulations, Scott! You've won a free entry to any US Spartan Race.

A Little Something For You

Thank you to all the contest entrants! You've been emailed a code for 10% off any US Spartan Race entry.

Blog readers, if you're interested in the 10% Spartan Race entry discount, make a comment on this blog post and I'll send you the code.

Get Ready For Spartan Fit!

Race Creator Joe DeSena's new book is now available for Pre-Order HERE.

Who's Ready to Mud Run?

Yeah, still not me. But I applaud all of you who take the plunge and push yourself through that dirty, filthy mud. Takes guts.

Anyone signed up for a mud run? Which one? Have you done it before? If it's your first time, are you nervous or excited?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Nat'l Running Day: Enter to Win FREE Spartan Race Entry

Who Wants a FREE Entry into a Mud Run?

If you've been reading my blog, you won't be surprised to learn that the answer to the above question is...NOT ME!!

That's why I'm thrilled to be able to extend an offer given to me for a FREE Spartan Race entry to YOU, dear readers.

New Book by Spartan Race Creator Joe DeSena

For the mud run and Spartan Race fans out there, you'll be interested to learn that Spartan Race creator, and author of Spartan Up!, is releasing a new book called Spartan Fit! I have yet to read the book, but if you're a fan of Spartan Races, this is likely a book you'll enjoy. Pre-order HERE.

Happy National Running Day From Me to You

Enter the Rafflecopter (below) and you'll have a chance to win a FREE Spartan Race entry! One winner will be emailed a code, which will work one time for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in any Spartan Race in the continental US.

You'll note that adding a comment on this blog is mandatory in order to enter the contest, so tell me all about the reasons why you love mud runs in this or any other blog post. If you post under Anonymous, please write your name in the comment so I know who to email if you win!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What Do You Carry On Your Run?

Most of the time, I just want to run and not be burdened with anything in my hands or on my person. I'm more of a minimal runner in that sense.

The Essentials for a Run

So what do I HAVE to have for a run? Technically just my shoes, socks, sports bra, shorts, and a top. But I do love listening to podcasts and audiobooks while I run, so usually I'll have my iPod with me. If my shorts don't have pockets, that requires something to carry the iPod if I don't want it in my sweaty hand the whole time.

There is one essential element for every runner: Water. Generally, I'll scout out my route ahead of time with planned stops at water fountains. In Florida especially, water stops are crucial, but with my planned routes, I don't have to carry it. Drinking plenty before and after also helps.

Some Options from St. Pete Running Company

To Carry or Not To Carry?

Yes, I've tried the Hipster belt, and I really do like it. I don't notice it, truly. I haven't loaded it up with more than my phone at this point, so that will be a true test once I do that. Again, I like the "less is more" philosophy during a run.

I've tried running with a water bottle belt, and it's not my favorite. Too much bounce. When I wore an armband with my iPod inside, I had this strange burning sensation on my arm. It irritated me enough that I took the armband off and haven't tried one since.

I have used a smaller belt that fit my phone, but whenever I tried to add anything else (such as keys, gel), the bounce becomes noticeable.

What About You?

What do you take with you on your run? How much can you handle carrying? Are you like me and prefer less to more?