Random Races and Events

Christmas Relay finish by Ann RGo WOW Team is happy to post upcoming random races and fitness event. These events are not part of our organization and are posted as a community service. If you have an event for us, please send the information in the format below to Go@gowowteam.com and we will do our best to get it on the roster!

August 11, 2012 – Garin Regional Park, Hayward – Run in the Park 

The 2012 Schedule is:
9/15 Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley
9/29 Redwood Regional Park, Oakland Hills
10/13 Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline, Richmond Fees: Early Bird: $28 thru 30 days prior, Pre-Reg: $31 thru Wed. prior, Race Day: $35

Saturday August 25 – Pacifica Coastal 5K Run and Walk Festival 9-2:30pm www.pacresourcecenter.org/blog/?p=459

Aug 26, 2012 – Santa Rosa Marathon / Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – thesantarosamarathon.com

Sept 9, 2012 – Feather River Falls 1 mile and 5K www.featherfallsrun.org.

Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day

Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 HERS Keep abreast 5K/10K Run Walk http://www.herskeepabreast.org/

Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 Peak Hike with Breast Cancer Fund, Mt. Tamalpais http://www.breastcancerfund.org/2012peakhike $10 off use discount code seejane

October 7, 2012 – San Jose Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-jose

October 21, 2012 – Humboldt Redwoods Half and Full Marathon http://www.redwoodsmarathon.org

November 10, 2012 Mermaid 5K, 10K – http://www.mermaidseries.com/san-francisco#!__san-francisco

November 11, 2012 Malibu Marathon, Half Marathon and Supathlon – www.malibumarathon.com / www.malibusupathlon.com

November 18, 2012 – The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon in Tampa, Florida. Coach Stephanie is running this.

Sunday, December 2, 2012 – CIM Marathon Relay Challenge – $120 per team through August 1 – http://www.runcim.org/page/show/219125-relay This is a WOW Team Annual Event. Join a team soon!

Saturday, December 8, 2012 – Walnut Creek Half Marathon and 5K http://www.runwalnutcreek.com

Sunday, March 24, 2013 – The Oakland Run Fest

Marathon Minute March 5, 2013

March 5, 2013 by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

From Left, Robbi, C, Julie Y, Coach Stephanie, and Lauren G in the Redding 10 Mile Race on Sat. March 2, 2013
From Left, Robbi C, Julie Y, Coach Stephanie, and Lauren G in Redding at the 10 Mile Race on Sat. Mar 2, 2013

I loved seeing the sea of pink shirts and friendly smiles on Sunday morning before the large contingency of WOW Women began their Oakland Half Marathon Practice run.

Eileen, Lesley and I were disappointed that we did not work at an Aid Station along the Half Marathon route where we could see our team mates.  However, we were gratified  to work an Aid station at mile 12 for runners continuing on for 20 miles. (And the first runners we saw were Beth W and her friend Kathy who were practicing for the relay!)

The runners were so grateful for the Aid station that provided them with Gatorade, water and GU.   The majority of runners wanted Gatorade. They happily filled their own bottles with our Gatorade or water. Another runner used our cups of water and dumped in a packet of “EmergenC Calcium, Vitamin D”.  This was also a point where the runners were ready for GU.   Each runner was grateful for the Aid station because they needed to fuel their body.

Our 14 miler this coming Sunday is a good time to finalize your fueling.  Plan ahead.

  • Will you fuel by time or by mileage?
  • When do you usually lose momentum?
  • How much Gatorade (or other electrolyte liquid) or Gu (gel) or shot bloks do you need to keep your energy up?
  • You want to feel strong for the entire run.

Some runners take their GU within 15 minutes of the start, and continue to take it every 45-50 minutes.  Make sure you drink water with GU so you don’t get a huge sugar spike or upset stomach.  If you are using Shot Bloks, or sport beans, you take those more frequently than GU.  You can also use a combination of Shot Bloks and gels. Think it out ahead of time and bring what you need plus a little more (just in case).

Take advantage of this final long run on Sunday to reap the benefits of good fueling to insure a successful race day.

Marathon Minute

May 20, 2012 by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

Photos by Lizette Militar Byers

Ready, Set, Go! WOW women are more than ready to take on the See Jane Half Marathon!

We all owe Coach Stephanie our gratitude for marking the course for us. We now have the psychological edge of knowing the course. THANK YOU, COACH STEPHANIE!

And our heartiest thank you goes to Lizette who kindly kept a water station for us. We wish her well on her 100 mile bike ride on June 3! Go, Lizette, go! We are cheering you on!

Christie and Kathy going strong on their first 13.1 mile practice run.
Do you remember how you celebrated your 30th birthday? Bravo to Christie A. who celebrated her 30th birthday by running 13.1 miles for the very first time! And Bravo to Kathy W who also ran 13.1 miles for the first time! Way to go ladies, and you looked strong as you came to the finish line.

Brave Evelyn joined us and ran the 5K course. Ellen also ran, and Vera, Pat, Rebecca, Beth, Lauren, and Coach Stephanie all completed 13.1 miles.

Next week we will be in taper mode, running 10 miles.

Go WOW Women!

Taper Week

MARATHON MINUTE – July 24, 2011
by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

It was so wonderful to see the WOW women finish their taper run this morning with smiles on their faces! BRAVA! to all the WOW Women participating in the S.F. Marathon and Half Marathon!

You have step by step, followed through on training with track work-outs, tempo runs and long runs, and now you are ready for Race Day.

You have earned your relaxed week, take it easy, get some rest, hydrate and eat well as you visualize crossing the finish line. Can’t sleep the night before, don’t worry, it’s normal, your adrenaline will keep you going on race day.

Make sure you lay out your clothing and all the items you need the day before the race.

The WOW Team is looking forward to cheering you on at the finish line, so be on the look-out for our bright pink shirts and white hats.


6 Weeks to SF Marathon and Half

The WOW Team is gearing up for the SF Marathon, Half Marathon and Progressive Marathon!

Here is a list of participants:
1. Aisling F

2. Coach Stephanie
3. Filomena B
4. Iris T
5. Heidi H
6. Lauren G
7. Julie Y
8. Jeanetta M
9. Beth R
10. Kathrina W
11. Pam S

Here is the training mileage (or time) for the weekend workout

Progressive Marathoners – 60 minutes with 5 minutes warm-up then 50 minutes steady and 5 minutes cool-down

Novice to Intermediate Half Marathoners – 11 miles or 130 minutes, whichever comes first

Intermediate, Experienced Marathoners – 11 miles with 1 mile warm-up, 6 miles at HMP, 1 miles steady, 3 miles at HMP