Breakfast this morning was a winner thanks to pecan crumbs!
On Sunday Ryan and I were on dinner duty for a couple in our small group that had a baby last Tuesday. (Baby Aleiah is so adorable. Teeny tiny!) We decided to make them a mini-Thanksgiving that featured some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes including sweet potato casserole. Ever since then, I’ve been snacking on the chopped pecans that we had leftover from the casserole and poured the remaining pecan crumbs into a bowl of overnight oats that I made last night.
I didn’t think they’d add much flavor since the pecan crumbs were rather miniscule, but they packed a punch. A delicious morning meal!
Plus a hot mug of frothy coffee on the side!
How Do You Find Races?
When I first set a goal to run a 5K without stopping back in 2007, I Googled Orlando-area races which led me to Track Shack’s website. Track Shack is a local running store in Orlando and the store’s website is constantly updated with upcoming races. It is a great resource for runners in the Orlando area and I used it regularly when I lived there to find local races that interested me.
Now that I live in Ocala and local races aren’t as prevalent, I’ve expanded the way I discover races. Here are some of my favorite ways to find new races:
I’m sure most of you are very familiar with Active.com. It seems like many races – big or small – direct race participants to Active.com to register. Sometimes I find the search capabilities on Active.com’s website a bit frustrating, but I highly recommend the Active.com app! I downloaded it on my phone and love using it to find races in cities that I’m visiting, like the Jacksonville St. Patrick’s Day 10K.
This website is fantastic! It is really easy to search for races by location, distance and date. It will frequently direct me back to Active.com to register, but I typically use this website to find races more often because I find it very user-friendly.
- Sign Up for Email Updates
When they email me about a race in my area or a race that sounds particularly intriguing, I jot it down on my calendar so it’s on my radar!
Another email service that I recently discovered through a partnership with FitFluential is Blood, Sweat and Cheers.
Blood, Sweat & Cheers is a newsletter packed with fun, out-of-the-box activities and events like marathon tours around the world or midnight runs with glow sticks and neon paint. The newsletter features races and fun runs all over the United States. (They also have an NYC-specific news for those of you in the NYC area!) BSC is also currently running a giveaway where anyone who signs up for their newsletter is entered to win a GT Performer BMX bike or a $150 Lululemon gift card!
This website is a great resource for trail races. It sorts all trail races by state in chronological order. As someone who recently discovered trail races, I’ve checked this website a handful of times in search of upcoming trail races within driving distance of Ocala. (Tampa friends, the Picnic Island Adventure Run looks like a blast!)
- Local Running Club Websites
From what I’ve seen in Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Jacksonville, many running clubs or local running stores do a great job of listing upcoming local races. If I am planning to visit my parents in Jacksonville, I know that the 1st Place Sports website is a great resource to check for races in the Jacksonville area.
Question of the Morning
- How do you find races? (Triathletes, please feel free weigh in since I don’t have anything specific to finding great triathlons in this post, though I know some of the above websites have triathlons listed on them as well.)
- What is the craziest race you’ve ever done? How did you find out about it?
The craziest race I’ve ever done was the Central Florida Hero Rush last fall. It was AWESOME! I found out about it through Ryan’s work since they formed a team and we signed up to participate with his company.
Disclaimer: FitFluential, LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.