The Weekly Pep Talk Issue 274 Start March 29, 2015

Quote of the Week: “If I can imagine it, I can achieve it.” – Anthony Robbins

WOW Woman of the Week: Shout out to returning Member Kathrina Weekes! Now you have to come see us a bit more often, OK? Promise? Is the See Jane Run 5K on your list for this year?


April Birthdays – Rebecca Novick, Elke Russell, Karin Tulloch, Jen Wuest, Kosheno Moore Takahashi, Emily Tharp, Colleen Blakelock, Julie Traylor-Cruz. Happy Birthday Ladies 


Coach Tip of the Week: Race let-down. It is common to put a lot of effort and expectation into your race training. Distance doesn’t matter. It is the mental, emotional commitment that you put into your training that makes reaching that goal truly important. When it’s over, then what?

It is extremely common for a sense of let-down and loss. Like, what just happened? You trained hard, you got nervous and excited. You raced! Now it’s over. Oh my!

You are not alone.

In coaching and training lingo this fits in with the concept of periodization meaning that, as in life, there is time and need for ebb and flow, up and down, high and low. So now that your race is over, give yourself a pat on the back for what you accomplished. Then give yourself permission to feel a bit lost, even depressed. It goes away…

You are not alone. I mentioned to our group on Sunday, we at Go WOW Team want to make fitness something you include in your life on a regular basis and hopefully, for as long as you can move. One of the benefits of this club is that, because we always meet, every week, all year. You just need to get yourself out here even when you are a bit down. We’ll get you moving!

On to See Jane Run!

As I also mentioned on Sunday, this is our first week of training for the See Jane Run 5K and Half Marathon (also, on same weekend, the Zooma 10K and Half Marathon). So, welcome new trainees! We’ve got your back. Also, it’s not too late to join us for training. Now is the time! Jump in!

You long time members, or recovering ORF (or Livermore) racers, it’s all good! I look forward to training with you at all your individual stages. Let’s not forget to appreciate what we all have…the gift of moving our bodies!


Link to the WOW Team Challenge Form. Are you filling in your WOW Team Challenge Form? We have several members who have claimed their 10 hour dog tag. Who will be next?

  • Kim Conner
  • Allison Hickey
  • Kathleen Davis
  • Jacque Keller
  • Nicole Dryden

Please announce your 10 hour achievement on Facebook and keep track of your hours. We will reward you at our next Wednesday or Sunday workout and will put your photo on the Facebook Winners Circle and Go WOW Team page. Who else has gotten to Level 2 at 10 hours completed? Now, keep going to the next level at 50 hours! That’s some major miles…


Marathon Minute: from Coach Lauren – It’s short so I decided to post the whole things right here. You can also refer to it at the following link on our website.

Success Teams

by Member Appreciation and Go WOW Coach Lauren Ganes

Fitness and friendship, is there anything better than that? The warmth and support of the WOW team provides the opportunity for women to explore, succeed and reach goals they never dreamed of.

As a member of WOW for nearly 6 years it has been a privilege to watch women grow, whether walking, running or training for a triathlon.

We have Coach Stephanie to thank for not only founding the team, but for providing an environment where women feel safe to challenge themselves with the bonus of creating lasting friendships.

And thinking about friendships, and how meaningful the WOW team is, reach out to the members of your Success Teams today. Say hello, wish them well (email or phone) and, if you haven’t seen them recently (or ever!) encourage them to work out with us real soon. Everyone benefits when we share in the success of fitness by working out together.

Thank you, Coach Stephanie for supporting us all in our quest to stay fit!


Bay Area Go WOW News

Hi Ladies!

The last few weeks have been hectic and exciting and brought out the best in you WOW Women. Congratulations to all racers and especially for the time you devoted to training. That’s where the commitment lies. That’s where the improvement comes from. It’s also a place that I know many of you appreciate having those WOW Buddies out there to keep you pounding the pavement, week after week.

I want to offer a special congrats to those ladies who ran the half marathon. The amount of training is significant and they followed through week after week. I think almost all of our runners had personal bests.

  • Rosa Kaderas-Redmond came in under 2 hours with almost 2 minutes to spare and 2 minutes better than last year.
  • Nicole Dryden finished her fastest half marathon yet by about 4 minutes!
  • Allison Hickey ran her first half marathon race with control and, of course, a best time ever!
  • Cecilia Han just gets out there and moves! I’m not sure about your time.
  • Lizette Byer ran the whole race with her daughter making this possibly the best half marathon she’s ever run!

We’re super proud of you all!

I want to thank all of you who jumped in to help out with details where you could. The leaders of the relay teams took on extra responsibility to make sure their teams had the pieces together. Thank you Leaders!

The volunteers who helped out at the Expo on Saturday were invaluable. We got a good bunch of names to add to our mailing list.

The group on Sunday who helped set up and managed the tent included Lauren Ganes, Sandy Baird (Dr. Baird), and Joanie Zecherle. All three of these ladies spent hours out there serving us, helping us, encouraging us racers. It was a big sacrifice of time and does not go without appreciation.

Thank you again everyone and congratulations to all you fine racers. It was fun, wasn’t it? Now we head into training for the See Jane Run 5K and Half Marathon.

Our orientation on Saturday and trail run on Sunday showed interest in both the 5K and Half. Currently I know we have Marybeth Temples, Kim Connor, Holly Haley, and Faith Enemark planning to do the 5K. Who else is training for either one or the Zooma races in Napa (same weekend)? Keep me posted. I’ll try to keep a list for you to know who is doing what. Also, just to see how many read this far, we have a 20% discount at See Jane Run by using code PROMO20. Be sure to enter you team as Go WOW Team.



New, Free! Wednesday Community Boot Camp at Bella Vista Park in Oakland. Join me for this new community gathering – free boot camp at 8:30 every Wednesday morning. Details on Meetup

Vote for a Fall Half Marathon and 5K. I’m soliciting votes for a fall half marathon and 5K Destination Race. We always have so much fun with these! Any suggestions are welcome but I am especially looking into the Wine Country Race in October or Big Sur again in November. Both of these races fill early so, once we determine our race, you’ll need to make a commitment. Make your comments on Facebook please.

Keep the Spirit!

Coach Stephanie

Upcoming Events of Note: (this is not a complete WOW Team calendar)

  • May 16 – Saturday Trail Runs, check with Tres on the series of trail runs that she will lead for intermediate runners. First one is May 16 at 1:00. Details on Meetup.
  • May 23 – Saturday workouts with Susan Haworth in Alameda. Susan has offered to help out with some Saturday fun workouts for all levels. Starting On May 23, with about one each month. Details coming soon on Meetup.
  • May 31 – practice on See Jane Run Half marathon Course
  • June 20 – 21 – See Jane Run Expo and Race Weekend

Details for these special events are on meetup. For the full calendar of WOW Workouts go to our website at or


#1  San Leandro Marina with Kathrina (Kathy) 2nd to the right

#2  Victory!

#3  See Jane Run from 2012?

#4  Oakland Run Fest Go WOW Tent 2015 with Ann Ritzma, Pat Chase, Anne Olson, Elaine Porter, Lauren Ganes

Note: If you have a question please post your question on the WOW Team facebook page  and I’ll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Go WOW Team!


Track for the Week of April 9 – 15, 2012

Work out with The WOW Team. It’s fun!

Everyone warm up on the track for 5 – 10 minutes (2 – 4 laps)

Intermediate Workout (6 months or more base work)

1 X 1 mile at hard pace (5 – 10K, Recover with 400m jog or walk (don’t stop completely)

1 X 2 miles at hard pace (5 – 10K) pace yourself to finish all 8 laps and try to be consistent, Recover with 800m jog or walk (don’t stop completely)

1 X 800m at 5K pace, Recover with 400m jog or walk (don’t stop completely)

1 X 800m at 5K pace, Cool down with one or 2 laps walk or jog


Novice or Maintenance

2 X 1 mile with 1 lap hard, 1 lap easy, 1 lap hard, 1 lap easy – walk or jog but be consistent for the entire lap, Rest 2 minutes between sets.

1 X 800m with 1 lap hard, 1 lap easy. Proceed to cool down.

Cool down walk or jog 1 full mile, 4 laps. Go for the endurance!


Not sure of your pace? Talk to Coach Stephanie. She has an answer for you.

Please make any comments on our public Facebook page or on the Winners’ Circle. Thank you!


Track workout for the week of Jan 30 – Feb 4, 2012

Do 1 mile warm-up followed by dynamic stretches

1 mile at tempo pace with 2 min break

2 miles at tempo pace with 2 min break

800 meters at tempo pace with 2 min break

800 meters at tempo pace

Cool down 1 -2 laps walking or jogging


Don’t know your tempo pace? Check with Coach Stephanie

If you are a novice to the track, don’t worry about the pace. Try to finish 1/2 of each segment of the workout going medium hard. Then rest until the others all finish and take their 2 minutes break. Everyone start the next segment together. This applies to runners or walkers.

Don’t forget to breathe, use strong legs with soft foot landing, and pump those arms!

Please post your comments on our facebook page. Thanks!


Heidi H and Ellen G striding strong at Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley

Track Workouts for the week of January 16-22, 2012 written by Coach Stephanie

Intermediate to Advanced Runners
Warmup 10 – 20 minutes
6 X 800m at slightly more than your 400m pace (5 – 10 secs per lap additional) with 1 1/2 min rest in between each interval. Focus on breathing and quick turnover.
Cool down jog or walk 5 – 10 minutes

Novice to Intermediate (less experienced runners and walkers)
Warmup 10 – 20 minutes, walking, jogging, dynamic stretches
4 X 400m hard (walking or running) plus 400m steady immediately following (not easy on this 400m but slightly slower than the first 400m) with 3 min rest in between sets. Focus on breathing and light, mid-foot strike. May want to shorten stride and see if the foot strike gets “lighter”.
Cool down jog or walk 5 – 10 minutes

Note: The important part of both workouts is that you work at a level that is really hard!

Try taking your pulse and measure if you are in the 95% range immediately following the hard part of the workout.

P.S. It is difficult to get a heart rate monitor to work accurately on track workouts due to the short spurts of activity and the way the monitor tracks your movement. I recommend not using them or continually checking them. They can be very distracting! – Coach


Track Workouts for the week of January 9 – 15, 2012 written by Coach Stephanie

Intermediate to Advanced Runners
Warmup 10 – 20 minutes
8 – 10 X 400m at max speed with 2 min rest. Focus on breathing and quick turnover.
Cool down jog or walk 5 – 10 minutes

Novice to Intermediate (less experienced runners and walkers)
Warmup 10 – 20 minutes
8 – 10 X 400m at steady speed with 2 min rest. Focus on breathing and light, mid-foot strike. May want to shorten stride and see if the foot strike gets “lighter”.
Cool down jog or walk 5 – 10 minutes

Train with WOW and See Jane Run

The WOW Team has teamed up with See Jane Run to offer race training throughout the year. Our Saturday team will focus on increased speed and specific race strategies. The workouts are geared to women who can run one mile in 10 minutes or less, or a 5K in 32 minutes or faster.

Training Includes:
Wednesday morning track workouts geared to improved speed and pace. These are held at Kezar Stadium at 6:30 AM.

Saturday long runs at varying locations in SF and at Sawyer Camp on the Peninsula.

If you would like to run the Oakland Half Marathon with a time between 1:45:00 and 2:15:00 join our Saturday group and get ready to get pushed.

WOW workouts will alternate between San Francisco and Sawyer Camp (San Mateo) except for the official training run on the course, in Oakland, on Sunday, March 6.

Pay on our website, please. Register in advance or sign up the first day of training.

Meet Saturday, January 8 at the See Jane Run Store on 24th Street for our first workout and a shoe clinic immediately afterward (discount prices, too).

Sign up with WOW at

Go WOW Team

Track Workouts

Coach Stephanie’s track workouts for the weeks of October 4 – 17, 2010

Bring a digital watch to time yourself. This really helps you stay on target even if you’re not trying for a specific time goal.

Week of October 4 – 10, 2010

Marathoners and Intermediate to Advanced Runners
Warm-up 10 – 20 minutes
Bring a watch to time yourselves. We’ll push each other around the track!
5 X 1000 all with 400m recovery lap in-between
Note: you will be running/jogging during the recovery phase as well as the hard phase.
Cool-down 10 minutes

Novice to Intermediate Run, Walk, Run/Walk
Warm-up 10 – 20 minutes
5 X 800 with 2 minutes rest in-between each lap
Cool-down 1 – 2 laps easy

New to Track or Recovering from Injury

Please perform this workout in the outside lanes as speed is not the focus
Warm-up 10 – 20 minutes walking steady plus dynamic stretches
Sideways walk on straights (alternate sides)
Walk curves with arms pumping
Straight walk 1 lap for recovery
50 calf raises and lowers, 25 ankle circles in each direction (both legs), and/or 25 leg swings (both legs)
Repeat set 3 – 4 times
Cool-down 1 – 2 laps easy

Week of October 11 – 17, 2010

Intermediate to Advanced and 10K Racers
Warm-up 10 – 20 minutes
2 X 1600 and 1 X 800 with 400 RI
Cool-down 1 – 2 laps easy

Novice to Intermediate and Marathon Taperers – Run, Walk, Run/Walk
Warm-up 10 – 20 minutes
6 X 400m with 400m RI
Cool-down 1 – 2 laps easy

Veg out Track Workout for Any Week
Warm up with the group
Set the music, earphones in 1 ear please, stay in the outside lane
Just keep moving!

The WOW Team encourages fitness, through running and walking, for all women, all sizes, all ages, all abilites, all year round. Join us!

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WOW Workouts This Week

Coach Stephanie at Dolores Park - SF Sharing Information

May 31 – June 6, 2010 – What is WOW up to?

Tue June 1, 2010
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Track and Core Bootcamp for Women
Where: Las Lomas Track, Walnut Creek – Extra Fee

Wed June 2, 2010
6:00am – 7:00am – Kezar Track, SF – speed workouts every Wednesday AM
Where: Kezar Stadium, north central section of the track, near Arguello and Lincoln

7:00 – 8:00am – Kezar Boot camp – outdoor focus on core, strength, flexibility, and power. Extra fee.

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Piedmont track workouts
Where: Meet on the track

Thu June 3, 2010

6:30pm – 7:30pm Track and Core Bootcamp for Women
Where: Las Lomas Track, Walnut Creek – Extra Fee

Fri June 4, 2010

Sat June 5, 2010

8am – 9am Run Lake Merced/Zoo Area, SF- 60 Minutes – 11 miles – Runners only
Where: Meet near Java Beach Cafe on Sloat Blvd. For details look at the directions tab on the home page

Sun May 30, 2010 – Berkeley Marina, Berkeley- 60 minutes to 11 miles
Where: Meet at the Seas Breeze Market. Full details on the website under – 8AM


Track Workouts including GymBoss

Watch the turnover

Long Distance Int – Advanced Runners – 10 – 20 minute warm-up, 2 X (4 X 400, 1:30 RI) 2:30 rest in between sets, 10 minute cool-down

Run/Walk or Slow/Fast Gymboss Practice – 2X2. Use the route around Lake Merritt (5K course) to practice with your gymboss. If you want to set a different time, no problem. Just use the time increment to complete the whole workout! Run 2 minutes, Walk 2 minutes. Warm-up for 5 minutes before starting the timer…

Veg. out – De-stress – walk or jog around the lake. Keep a steady pace and listen to your breathing. Start with 5 minutes warm-up to get those muscles warmed and ready to move.


Track Workout May 19

Half Marathon/Marathon Trainees – 10 – 20 minute warm-up, 4 X 800 with 1:30 RI, 10 minute cool-down

Maintenance – 10 – 20 minutes warm-up, 400m HARD X 4 (1st lap skipping, 2nd lap walking/arms pumping, 3rd lap high knees, land on toes, 4th lap heel kick, toe landing) followed by rest until 800 group returns, 10 minute cool-down

Strength Training – 10 – 20 minutes warm-up, Maintenance lap followed by:
Lap 1. 10 pushups
Lap 2. 20 squats
Lap 3. 20 lunges
Lap 4. 20 calf risers

Veg out workout – 10 – 20 minutes warm-up plus walk or run one entire lap hard, one entire lap easy. No stopping, please


Track Mar 17 & 18

Kerry S at dusk, on the Piedmont track

WOW Group Track Workouts for March 17 and 18, 2010

Int. Track workout with 10 min warm-up, (400, 800, 1200, 800, 400, 800, 400) with 1 minute RI, 10 min. cool-down

Novice Track – 200 Hard plus 200 Easy – Rest 1 minute, 400 Hard – Rest for Int. to catch up plus 1 minute, 600, 400, 200, 400, 200

Maintenance – 4 laps steady pace, rest 2 minutes, repeat once or twice depending on pace

See you at the track!

Track Mar 10-11

Debbie T and River K at Kaiser Half Marathon

The WOW Team track workouts this week will continue to push you. For a half marathon there is not much of a taper required so we’re still trying to get the full enchilada out of each of you.

Intermediate Track Workout – 10 min warm-up, 6 X 800 hard with 1:30 RI, 10 min. cool-down, stretch

Novice Track Workout – 10 min warm-up, 6 X 400 hard with rest until intermediate group is also rested, 10 min cool-down, stretch

Maintenance and “Veg-out” long day at work Workout – 10 min warm-up, 1 lap hard, 1 lap easy, 10 minutes easy at end, stretch.

Questions? Contact Coach Stephanie at

Go WOW Team! Ongoing fitness for women through running and walking