The Weekly Pep Talk #184
Start March 5, 2012
Words to live by: "One of the best things to do sometimes is simply to be." – Eric Butterworth
Woman of the Week: Mary Sue W, who usually runs with us at Sawyer Camp, when we see her. It is always a real pleasure to have you join us!
Coach Stephanie’s Tip: Water, water. What an essential life element. Please remember to drink water on a regular basis for a healthy lifestyle. When you are training and sweating you want to add additional water to the mix. For workouts over an hour, you may want to add some electrolyte mix to that water because you are losing nutrients in your sweat and from evaporation. Small bits (2 oz. or less) on a regular basis is way better that big guzzles when you are excercising.
Dear WOW Women and Interested Readers,
What fun last weekend watching the trainees starting from Snow Park and heading out on their chosen courses. Everyone did really well! I was, as usual, very proud to be a WOW Team Member!
For some of you this was a first 13.1 miles and you did it with such aplomb. Rowena, Kathrina, and Kyoung completed their first half marathon distance last Sunday. Hurrah! Lizette had a great run and ran most of the way with Ann R, and Robbi C. I ran with Colleen, Michaela, and Fiona, interspersed with Julie, Ellen and Christy. Lily and Kyoung disappeared early. Where did you ladies go? I had so much fun talking, getting to know you better, watching how you’ve improved. Then there was that one guy…never found out if he was single or not…
Beth W, Eileen, Ellen, Iris, and Lesley showed up at Snow Park then headed off to do their leg of the relay. Read some of their comments in The Winners’ Circle.
BTW, ‘loved those WOW t-shirts!
You should all feel good about where you are in your training and where you are going. For some of us, this race will not be our peak and there will be other races in the future. For those of you who are uninjured, well trained, psyched and confident, this is your time! How Exciting!
This weekend is our final long run, to be done at a moderate pace for 14 miles or 3 hours, whichever comes first. We’ll be at beautiful Point Isabel. Our relay participants will be doing 80 minutes, at a moderate to strong pace. Isn’t it great to be able to see the end so near?
If the day is nice and you have time, let’s meet for coffee after our workout this weekend.
March 17/18 is a taper weekend for ORF and also the start of training for See Jane Run. On Sunday we have scheduled guest speaker, Dr. Sandy Baird, from Inner Sport in Berkeley. Sandy will be talking to us about preventing and managing knee pain in runners. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sandy will be talking at about 10:00 and will also offer one-on one consultations. Her bio is very impressive and is listed in full on the meetup site.
Also on Sunday, March 18, let’s bring snack food to Walden Park and do a little pre-race “getting psyched up“ celebration. With only 10 miles to run for the half marathoners and 90 minutes for the new See Jane Run Trainees, let’s celebrate with a little good food and casual conversation, along with the talk (and evaluations) from Dr Baird and a Q and A Session from your coach.
For new recruits or women continuing on with training for See Jane Run, I will also go through the 12 week training plan and other details for newcomers. Should be a fun day.
March 25 – Post Race Pasta Feed at Michaela’s!
Wonderful WOW Member Michalea R. and husband Tony have offered to host a post-race pasta feed for WOW Members and their families. You Must RSVP so we know who is attending. Starting between 4 – 5 on Sunday, March 25, Michaela and Tony will provide killer home-made pasta sauce (vegetarian, I believe) with meatballs on the side. Each of us is asked to bring a side salad or other side dish and a beverage of choice. RSVP on meetup please (It’s not posted yet) but will be soon. We’ll send directions to all who RSVP. Thanks Michaela and Tony!
Welcome Saturday Power Walkers!
We have a new group of women who are POWER Walkers training every Saturday with coaching from me, every other week. Welcome to Dawn P, Michelle S, Willie, and Donna R. These ladies walk fast! They start at 7AM then stay to walk with the WOW Fitness Walkers at 8:30. The goal is probably Nike Womens or San Jose Rock’n’Roll in October. Ready to start training with the WOW Team Power Walkers? Info on meetup…
Training for See Jane Run 5K and Half Marathon starts soon
ü Virtual Kickoff on March 15,
ü Neighborhood Kickoff on March 17
ü Practice starts March 18
Workout and Event Details are on Meetup at http://meetup.com/gowowteam
Here’s to Fitness, Friendship and Fun, the WOW Way!
P.S. Lauren is back! Yahoo!!
WOW Has Been Demoted. Please VOTE!
Don’t forget to vote for WOW asBest Bay Area Running Club! We have descended fromfirst to second place and need YOUR VOTE! Get friends and family, too!http://sf.cityvoter.com/the-wow-team-bay-area-women-s-run-walk-club/biz/282250 Go WOW Team! As a heads up, if you look and WOW is already in first place, hold off on voting. We want to be strategic here. However, for us to stay even 1 vote ahead of the other teams is an excellent strategy and will keep us in first place (once we get there!)
Success Teams are Forming! Join us!
March 8 – Mentor, Beth W
will be holding another Success Team Call
. Pam, Colleen, Beth, and Lizette have room for one more participant. If you are interested please tell us on facebook and we will invite you to Beth’s call or another group as it forms. Beth’s group meets on Thursday at 8PM.
All WOW Members are invited to be in a Success Team. Each group only has 5 members but you are not limited to which group you can join.
, also a mentor, will be offering a call on Tuesday nights at 7:30 PM
. If you are available at this time let us know (on facebook) and you will be invited.
I will also
be offering a Success Team Call on Saturdays, at 4:00, starting on March 3
, immediately before our regular coached call at 4:30.
is also forming a group and details will be posted soon.
Thanks to all of the leaders for hosting these call. You may contact Beth, Robbi, Eileen, or me, to learn how to participate. Go to the Winners Circle to start the dialog, please.
If you are interested in learning more, in general about Success Team Calls, you can look at a brief slide presentation at https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=ddqwb8vg_17jkmw8c9 and let us know that you would like to attend. These Success Calls are really fun and uplifting. Try to participate if you can.
Still Needed! – Oakland Expo Volunteers Needed
– The WOW Team needs volunteers to help at the Oakland Run Fest Expo. We can use members or friends and family. Here is what we need:
Friday, March 23
– Setup. 2 volunteers plus Coach Stephanie
Saturday, March 24
– Expo opens about 8AM. We’ll do 2 hour shifts until closing time (need to check times) so need 10 – 15 volunteers (this is the day you have to pick up your race bib so you’ll be coming anyway). This day it is best to have WOW Members at our booth if possible because you will be talking with the public and handing out postcards, etc. about the WOW Team.
Sunday, March 25
– The WOW Team has a booth at the race pavilion where we can leave stuff and meet and so on. We need non-participants so this is a good one to recruit family and friends.Times needed are from 45 minutes before (half marathon) race time to about 1:00. We will also need some clean-up here, after the race.
ORF Helpers: Thanks to the ladies below. I need more!
Iris T – Friday
Ellen G – as needed
Lauren G – as needed
Colleen B – expo
Eileen K – expo
Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon in October
– Lizette has offered to help with this. Laura did it last year. Could you two get together and, the rest of you let Lizette know if you want to enter? She needs your name soon to get us in the lottery. Thanks Lizette.
Post your love for the WOW Team on Yelp. http://www.yelp.com/biz/go-wow-team-oakland
Recap from prior weeks:
are now happening on Saturday at 4:30 PM. The phone number has changed. Please RSVP on the Winners’ Circle for this week.. Thanks!
Be sure to look over the Resources Page
on the WOW Team website to realize ALL the VALUE of your WOW Membership. Here is the link http://gowowteam.com/resources
Post on Winners Circle every week
– From Eileen’s great idea of starting a living WOW journal I am requesting that each of us post a training entry of some sort each week, on the Winners Circle. I will start today and encourage everyone to follow suit. This is a way for you to be accountable to each other and to share your thoughts and feelings about your training – ANY ASPECT! Let’s see where we can go with this. http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/295132213870830/
for your chosen race at the Oakland Run Fest. WOW Members get a $5 discount. The code is on our web page under the Resources Tab “For Members Only”.
Arrive early; win a prize –
WOW Sunday workouts start at 8:00. Please try to be at the meeting area, ready to rock and roll at that time or sooner. To reward those of you who follow through with this I’m offering a drawing when I have goodies to give away.
Upcoming random races and opportunities:
March 25, 2012– Oakland Running Festival, http://www.oaklandmarathon.com
April 14th – Redwood City, Sequoia Stampede, http://www.seqstampede.com/Stampede.html
April 22, 2012– Auburn Endurance Capital Marathon, http://www.endurancemarathon.org
May 5,http://www.ocmarathon.com/The OC Marathon and Half Marathon
May 6, 2012– Divas Half Marathon in San Francisco Bay – http://www.runlikeadiva.com
Join California’s Longest Party on May 5-6, 2012! Gather your friends, co-workers or families (12 member teams). Decorate 2 vans. Dress your best (costumes optional). Walk 128 miles or run 199 miles (3 times each, 5 miles in rotation) from the Wine Country, across the Golden Gate Bridge at midnight, to Santa Cruz. Please view TheRelay.com, call 650.508.9700 or email email@example.com.
May 17 – 19 –Fargo Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 10K, 5K, and Youth Run, http://www.fargomarathon.com
May 20– The 101st Running of Zazzle Bay to Breakers – Discount Code for WOW Members on our website at gowowteam.com
June 3, 2012See Jane Run Half Marathon and 5K in Alameda – http://www.seejanerun.com/t-See-Jane-Run-Half-Marathon-and-5K-registration.aspx
July 29, 2012– Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day http://www.thesfmarathon.com
Aug 26, 2012– Santa Rosa Marathon / Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – thesantarosamarathon.com
Sept 21, 20127th Annual Run at Work Day
November 18, 2012– The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Scottsdale-Tempe
Don’t forget to vote for WOW as Best Bay Area Running Club! Get friends and family, too! http://sf.cityvoter.com/the-wow-team-bay-area-women-s-run-walk-club/biz/282250
#1 – Go WOW Team – self portrait of WOW Cap by Coach Stephanie
#2 – Heidi H coming in to the finish of SF Half with a PR – photo by Lauren G
#3 – Kosheno M running the Oakland Half in 2011 – photographer unknown
#4 – Somd of the girls at the end of Oakland last year – Photographer Scott?
Note: If you have a question and are not yet a member of the WOW Team, post it on our Go WOW Team public facebook page and I'll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Members can post on The Winners Circle, our private facebook page. I'll check in on both. Go WOW Team!