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How to Start Over as a Runner

Posted by on December 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The time you want to run the most is usually the time when you can’t. I had high hopes for 2016, getting back in top running shape after falling victim to a very long battle with depression. I let myself go for a long time and gave up on my running to focus on getting my head together. So, imagine my dismay when I walked into the doctor’s office in January for a new patient meeting only to be told to stop doing all physical activity until we could get my blood pressure under control. My goal for losing the weight I gained when I was being an emotional lump on a log dwindled to nothing and my heart became the focus. My blood pressure was through the roof and my heart rate was way too fast. Granted, I’m carrying around at least 30 extra pounds and attributed it to that. The doctor agreed that it was part of the problem, but that my family history of heart disease was more pressing. My dad’s cardiologist has purchased many dream cars thanks to my dad’s health. It took 10 months and numerous medication changes to get my blood pressure under control. We learned that beta blockers are great for your heart, but bad for runners who are attempting a half marathon. I ended up in the medical tent at the Daytona Beach Half in February. We learned that adding a diuretic to the new medication helped with some of the water weight that gets added to the body. And after three months of repeated good numbers, I finally got the okay to run again. But…at this point it’s been well over a year since I had REALLY run. My mind was still thinking like it was back in the day when a 10:40 mile was easy, my body had other ideas. I was basically starting completely over, as if I hadn’t even run before. And that is a tough thing to come to terms with when you are used to being a decent runner with a steady pace per race. Whether you are a newbie or just getting back into the habit, there is a key point that will make the entire process easier: be kind to yourself. It’s going to be tough, you are going to have bad runs, you are going to be angry and frustrated and all of that is okay. Just remember that you are starting something new and it’s going to take time to break bad habits and relearn new ones. Accept that you are not going to be able to bust out a 9-minute mile first run out, and celebrate each workout you do because you are doing something amazing. It’s not about finish times, it’s about finish lines right now. And that’s how I’m looking at it. I’m still carrying about 30 lbs around my body that needs to be shed, and that’s going to take time. I’m still rebuilding my conditioning, running intervals to help keep me going. (Yay, Galloway!) I’m going out there knowing that I’m not my fittest but wanting that euphoria of finishing a run anyway. My pace is slower than I want it to be, even slower than when I started running years ago but I’m out there...

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How to Deal with a Recurring Running Injury

Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A recurring running injury is not only physically challenging, but it is mentally tricky. While most of your brain says “REST” your heart says “RUN GO GET THOSE ENDORPHINS!” — and then your brain becomes a fickle beats. I don’t know about you, but I can always rationalize pain for endorphins. And I almost always regret it. My mortal nemesis is Plantar Fasciitis. I’ve been plagued with it several times over the past few years. Stupid Foot. You’d think I would know how to prevent it at this point, but each time it’s been triggered by something different (this time, it’s because I’m a complete klutz and I fell)– my high arches and skinny heels don’t help. Regardless of HOW is happens, I have been able to successfully recover from it. The method to my madness is outlined below. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. As soon as I feel the PF flares up, I ignore it. Obviously, this is not all going to be good advice. I KNOW that when I feel that aching sensation in my heel, I should stop running. But I am stubborn, as are most runners I know. I can mentally psych myself out for a few runs before I come to the full realization that I really need to stop running. I ran a full marathon during a miserable PF flare two years ago. I didn’t even want to run the marathon! Once I am truly out for the count, I complain about it. Endlessly. Duh. Rest, rest, rest, rest, rest. Maybe drink some wine or go on vacation. You’ll never feel lazier or like you wanted to work out MORE. I’m not going to lie – it sucks. Perform horrible painful acts of torture I use a golf ball on the sole of my foot to release some of the tension on the fascia. It’s just about the worst pain I have ever felt – and I had a 9.5lb baby without drugs (not intentionally – that’s a story for another time). After I use the golf ball, I roll it around on a frozen water bottle. I’ve also had my chiropractor perform Active Release on my fascia (poor dude – my foot are THE WORST). It might feel the worst at the time, but I swear it’s worth it. Complain about how horrible life is. Lack of endorphins = a horrible, terrible, no-good person. And I’m sorry, but cross training is definitely NOT the same. Wear the sexy sock. I think it speaks for itself. The sock looks ridiculous but it helps stretch both the fascia and your calf. It also makes your toes go numb, so I can only wear for 4-5 hours before ripping it off in the middle of the night. It does help… you just can’t feel your toes. Who needs toes? STRETCH Especially your calf and your soleus… This is something I ALWAYS neglect to do and it really has made a HUGE difference in my recovery. You use your upper calf muscles when sprinting and your soleus for endurance runs, so make sure you stretch BOTH. The soleus stretch (https://youtu.be/1i8QwoscojU) especially has brought me back onto the road of recovery. Here are some lame pictures of me stretching. You get the point. Calf Stretch...

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How to Fuel for the Big Race

Posted by on November 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Fuel for the Big Race

Good nutrition goes hand in hand with a solid program of practice runs and cross-training. Providing your body with the proper calories and nutrients increases energy, strengthens muscles and aids in recovery and injury prevention. When you are training for a race, be it a 5K or an ultramarathon, what you put into your body can be just as important as the miles you log on the road. Let’s take a look at how to prepare yourself for race day. During the training cycle… Let’s lay the groundwork for a successful cycle. Focus on lean proteins, healthy fats, whole grains and plenty of fruits and veggies, for optimum results. Eat the rainbow (and I’m not talking about Skittles). Snack on things like plain greek yogurt with fruit, veggies dipped in hummus, nuts, cheese and hard boiled eggs. You’re working hard, and it’s ok to treat yourself from time to time, but try to keep those not-as-healthy choices to a minimum to give yourself the best results. In addition, be mindful of your water intake. Drink when you’re thirsty and be conscious of replenishing fluids lost during workouts. The week of… Time to start locking it down. Meals should be balanced and not too heavy, but no need to feel restricted or deprived. This is also the end of taper – you’ve cut back on the miles, so there isn’t the need for quite as many calories. Try to limit alcohol during this last week. It’s dehydrating, and these are the days when you can create a great, hydrated base for race day. The day before… I confess, this is a boring food day for me. I tend to eat bland and beige, making sure I get in my calories, but not doing anything to upset my tummy. Peanut butter on english muffins or scrambled eggs are good go-to breakfasts. At lunch, I usually splurge on a burger.  I crave iron and salt right before a big race or long run and this is the easiest way to get it. Protein takes a little longer to digest, so by consuming it early in the day, I get it mostly out of my system by race time. I prefer to “carb-load” at dinner. A light pasta dish (no cream or heavy sauces), with a lean protein is my favorite. I tend to skip the side salad, but do have a glass of red wine with my meal. This is the day to avoid foods that are high in fiber, protein, fat or dairy. Try to keep the caffeine to a minimum, too. Anything that can cause any kind of gastric distress is best left for after race day at this point (you’ll thank me for this later). The morning of… The big day has arrived, and it’s time to make sure you have the right foundation for the miles ahead. This is not the time to experiment or throw caution to the wind: stick with the tried and true. If you generally only take a cup of coffee before you lace up, great. If you need a little more sustenance to keep you on track, go for it. For me, a plain bagel and an electrolyte based drink is just the ticket. Adding a little peanut butter is a great boost...

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2017 Best Damn Race Jacksonville Finisher Medals Revealed

Posted by on October 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Best Damn Race is proud to reveal the finisher’s medals for our 2017 Jacksonville races. As always, our medals aim to please and for this year we’re featuring all new designs. You can register to run...

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Best Damn Race Partners with Premier Event Management, series heads to New Orleans in 2017.

Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

September 19th, 2016 Florida’s fastest growing road race series expands to Louisiana to offer New Orleans a Half Marathon and 5K on March 26, 2017. NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 19, 2016) The Best Damn Race is headed to  Orleans on March 26, 2017, extending its race portfolio with its successful Florida based runs in Safety Harbor, Orlando, Cape Coral and Jacksonville. A registration blitz begins on September 23 with entries as low as $1! The Best Damn Race New Orleans provides participants with a race created by runners for runners while promising the ‘best damn’ race experience for all. “I am ecstatic about New Orleans becoming the 5th market in our series. It’s a perfect place four our running philosophy of Run, Eat, Drink, Party! Our priority is for each participant to have the best DAMN experience! Our partnership with Bill Burke and PEM will help us keep things local and logistically smooth.” Stated Nick Zivolich, CEO of the Best Damn Race. Participants receive a discounted entry fee, free gender specific tech shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post race party, with free beer, free food and free massages. Best Damn Race also provides all participants with free race day photos ($59.99 Value) The Half Marathon will start and finish at Louis Armstrong Park in the renowned New Orleans Tremé neighborhood adjacent to Congo Square off the French Quarter. Runners will pass the St. Roch Market in the Marigny then run down the oak tree lined Esplanade Avenue past the New Orleans Fairgrounds to the tip of Bayou St. John around the edge of City Park. This out and back route is flat and fast and will be USATF Certified. Offering a unique running course, Best Damn Race New Orleans will take you through some of the oldest and most historical neighborhoods in the city. “We couldn’t be happier to partner with Best Damn Race to help bring one of the best overall race experiences to New Orleans. The Big Easy is about to get a taste of one of the best post race parties in the country” said Bill Burke, Owner and Race Director of Premier Event Management. Registration will open on September 23 for the Best Damn Race New Orleans at http://neworleans.bestdamnrace.com. For sponsorship and expo inquiries please contact info@bestdamnrace.com or call (727) 726-4250. About Best Damn Race Best Damn Race ® is a running series created for runners by runners with events in Orlando, FL, Jacksonville, FL, Safety Harbor, FL, and Cape Coral, FL. BDR provides a big race experience at a local race price. It doesn’t matter if you are an elite runner, first timer, walker or using a baby jogger, BDR delivers the best DAMN race experience. BDR’s unique registration blitz allows all participants the opportunity to register for as little as $1. For more information on BDR please go to www.bestdamrace.com . About Premier Event Management Based in New Orleans, Premier Event Management (PEM) owns and manages some of the most widely recognized triathlon, running, cycling, endurance and multisport events in the world, including, New York City Triathlon, Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, The Nations Triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans, the ET Naperville Sprint Triathlon, the Alpharetta IronKids Triathlon and the Des Moines Triathlon. Premier Event Management specializes in event development, production, management, and corporate sports marketing...

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2016 Best Damn Race Cape Coral Finisher’s Medals Revealed

Posted by on August 16, 2016 in Best Damn Race News | 0 comments

Best Damn Race is proud to reveal the finisher’s medals for our 2016 Cape Coral race(s). As always, our medals aim to please and for this year we’re featuring stained glass, real sand and an awesome ribbon. Check them out! Stained Glass ✔ Real Sand ✔ 4.5″ Tall and Wide ✔ (10K is 3″, and 5K is 2.5″) Awesome...

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How The Registration Blitz Works: aka How do I get that $1 entry?

Posted by on March 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

HOW DOES THE REGISTRATION BLITZ WORK?   Many of you want to know how the registration system works and how to get your best shot at the deeply discounted prices. Here is a quick tutorial on how it works and what you can expect in the next 3 weeks if you are trying to register for Jacksonville 2017, Safety Harbor 2017, or Orlando 2017. How RunSignup Works: RunSignUp calculates race price availability upon credit card checkout. The reason they do this is it is the most reliable mechanism to handle a sell out situation in regard to the price buckets. There is a very accurate count and a very accurate time stamp on when someone clicked on the submit credit card information and it successfully completes. What does that mean for you? That means when 2,000 of you go on the website at “exactly” 12pm EST you will select your race and will all more than likely see $1 next to each race option. You will then fill out your information and get to the check out page. When you get to the checkout page page you will see what the current price is. For this example: Let’s say you are registering for the Half Marathon and it took you 60 seconds to get to the checkout page. If 100 people have already checked out before you then you are going to see $45 for the Half Marathon price. If you then spend another 30 seconds putting in you credit card info and 250 more people finish their registration in that time, then you hit submit,  it will then give you a message that says “your price has changed to $55”. You then will need to hit submit again to lock in that price. This is why its KEY for you to setup an account with them and have all of your info (shirt size, emergency contact, credit card) stored on your account. (More on that below) Why does it not hold your price on checkout page?  Trying to hand out tickets like a deli when people first start registering is a very messy way to do this. The fact is people do not complete the registration process. So say we gave people 15 minutes from the time they got their “deli ticket”, that means there would be a bunch of expirations after 15 minutes.  And this would repeat several times with unknown periods of deli ticket availability. For example, if there are 1,000 participant slots and 1,000 deli tickets are handed out within 3 minutes Only 800 complete within 15 minutes, then 200 deli tickets are available again 15 minutes later. Of those 200, only 150 are used. Which means there are 50 more available 15 minutes after that. This is obviously not very fair or easy. How can I checkout faster? Runners can speed up the process by following these instructions to Registration Blitz Success. Please note that even if you follow all of these directions, many of you will still not get the $1, $5, $10, $15, etc. prices. On top of that, many of you will get the “your price has changed” message 1 or more times as explained above. We know many of you get frustrated with this process. Trust us, It would be easier for us to just charge the going rate for a Half ($65-$105), 10K...

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Special Olympics is the selected charity partner for BDR Safety Harbor 2016

Posted by on October 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  TAMPA, FL – Special Olympics Florida-Hillsborough County is the selected charity partner for the Best Damn Race® taking place on February 6, 2016, in Safety Harbor. “Special Olympics Florida-Hillsborough County is incredibly honored to be the beneficiary of the Best Damn Race,” said Director Sarah Taylor. “Together we can spread awareness around the Tampa Bay community as to what Special Olympics programs offer as well as raise funds for people with intellectual disabilities. All ages are encouraged to train and compete in the organization’s year-round competitions as well as engage in programs for healthcare, leadership and inclusion.” Best Damn Race Saturday, February 6, 2016 Safety Harbor Marina Park Half Marathon – 10K – 5K – Challenge Best Damn Race® is a running series created for runners by runners. The goal is to provide a big-race experience at a local-race price. It doesn’t matter if participants are an elite runner, first timer, walker, or using a baby jogger, Best Damn Race wants you to have the best DAMN race experience! The post race is a celebration of all athletes! “We are extremely excited to help raise awareness for Special Olympics. These outstanding local athletes are an inspiration and we plan to support them in their journey,” said Nick Zivolich, CEO of Best Damn Race. Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972 and is one of the largest volunteer-driven athletic organizations in the state. Special Olympics Inc. is the world’s largest provider of fitness training, education and athletic competition — coupled with social, life, and leadership skill development opportunities — for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or a similar developmental disability. Additional information can be found at http://specialolympicsflorida.org/hillsborough/ You can also make a donation by CLICKING...

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Cape Coral 2015 Finisher Medal’s Revealed

Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Best Damn Race News | 0 comments

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