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Forming a Relay Team

Jan 2015 Coach Lauren Ganes, Marathon and Membership Coordinator

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Happy New Year!  The WOW team is now actively training for the Oakland Running Festival.

How will you participate?  5K? Forming a Relay Team?  Half Marathon?

In 2014 the WOW team had 5 teams participating at ORF and 5 teams ran in the Christmas Relays.  Relays are so much fun because of the camaraderie of working as a small team.   And of course the fun increases because you have other WOW members waiting with you at the chip exchange point.

There is an art to establishing the relay teams.  You want to make sure that your team will finish before the course is rolled up.  So in forming your team you need to establish just how fast each member will run 6 miles.  How fast was their last 5k OR 10k?  They will be a little slower for 6 miles than their 5K.

One way to form a team is to have your 2nd fastest runner run the first leg, while your slower runners run the middle two legs, and your fastest runner runs that final leg.  You can also just base it upon team members’ location or schedule. Most importantly, keep in mind that you have enough time for your team to finish before the course is closed.

My suggestion is that if you can’t run a 12 minute mile, you should participate in the 5K.

There will be instructions on the ORF website for establishing teams.  Let people know on the Facebook Winners Circle that you are looking for people to form a team.

Here is to a speedy New Year and the formation of Relay Teams for ORF!


Running strips away the differences in people

MARATHON MINUTE by Coach Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

December 9, 2014

“Running strips away the differences in people.”

expo Fil Lauren 300x245 Running strips away the differences in people This quote resonated with me when I read it in Runner’s World  a few months ago.  As part of a running  group you meet new people outside of your work, neighborhood, ethnicity or age group.  It is a rich experience to share moving and staying fit while learning about new people and establishing new friends at the same time.

As the New Year approaches new members will join our running group.  We will all maintain our old friendships, and still look forward to welcoming and meeting new members.

We all share the same goal of staying fit and we get inspired by hearing about our teammates’ struggles and successes, physically and emotionally.  While moving, we get a chance to chat and make new friends.  There is a wonderful support system that exists in our diverse group.

Let’s continue to support and celebrate our fabulous WOW team with our common goal of staying fit in the New Year.

Marathon Minute – 1 Mile

by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

IMG 1120 480x640 225x300 Marathon Minute   1 MileIt was such a wonderful feeling to join so many WOW women on a run Sunday morning!  This Sunday morning WOW Women covered a variety of distances:  15 miles, 14 miles, 10 miles, 7 miles, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, as well as a variety of intervals of 9:1, 4:1, 2:1 and straight running or walking.  It is such an honor to be part of this supportive group of runners!

1 mile this Sunday represented a huge difference.  For the marathoners (Lizette, Marta and Julia), training for the CIM marathon, 15 miles was a short, but fairly fast run.  For the half marathoners (Lauren, Vera, Jessica, Kelly and Leti), training for the Berkeley Half marathon, 14 miles was a long slow distance run.  Whatever distance we train for, there is always a challenge.  It was just interesting that our challenges this Sunday were different by 1 mile, but exponentially different for the final race.

Our congratulations to Rosalind Makris on running her first 5k this weekend!  Roz has walked full marathons, but this was her first running race.  Way to go, Roz!

Sending best wishes to Jackie Ray who will be running the Big Sur Half Marathon this weekend. Good luck Jackie!

For the Berkeley Race be prepared:  bring some water and/or electrolyte liquid. the first aid station is at 2 ½ miles, the second is at 5 miles, the next is at 8, then 10 and 12.  One station will have GU.

For CIM:  there are 17 aid stations, the electrolyte is Powerade, and they will also have GU.

WOW Women continue to stay strong!

by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

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Pat, Lizette, and Lauren after CIM 2012, State Capitol in the background.

What a beautiful trail and beautiful day we had at Lafayette Moraga Trail for the very longest run in training for the Oakland Half Marathon. 14 miles or 180 minutes is quite an achievement, way to go WOW Women!

Point Isabel should feel a bit easier with only 10 miles or 120 minutes. That is the beginning of your taper week. This is a good time to stay well hydrated and get some extra rest. You have put time, discipline and effort into your training, now it is time to rest, relax, and remind yourself that you are ready for race day.

On race day, keep everything the same as your training; do not make any changes to clothing or fuel. Visualize the course and the finish line, and think of a mantra to keep you going.

Since I will be out of town, missing this exciting event, please post your thoughts after the race in The Winners Circle.

SUCCESS to all the WOW Women, runners and walkers; have a great half marathon, relay or 5K!

Marathon Minute

March 5, 2013 by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

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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 – Hydration, One More Time

by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator, February 19, 2013

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Pat C, Lizette B, and Lauren G at the CIM Relay 2012

Amazing!  WOW Half Marathoners  completed 130 minutes of running on Sunday at beautiful Inspiration Point.  And this Sunday they will increase their time and or mileage to 140 minutes or 13 miles (whichever comes first). This is an incredible accomplishment!  Thank you, Coach Stephanie for creating a great training program.  It is so wonderful to know that on Sunday mornings you will have friends to run this long and increasing distance with.

As you add these longer distances it is important to stay hydrated.  Hydration begins now, during the week, by making sure you are drinking plenty of fluids.  Since it is currently cold, in addition to water, you might want to include tea or soup to stay warm.

Lemon-Lime Gatorade will be at the 8 Aid stations along the Oakland Marathon course, make sure you try it before race day.  If it doesn’t agree with you, make sure to try another electrolyte liquid like Nuun or Gu Brew.  You want an electrolyte liquid with sodium, potassium and calcium. Try to have 16 ounces of electrolytes with you this Sunday.  I always use my 1 minute of walking as a time to hydrate.  The electrolytes help maintain the hydration of your leg muscles.  You don’t want a side stitch or muscle cramp to interfere with your run.

A WOW member, Kara Waltz, who is a chiropractor and soccer player told me that she drinks a large glass of water and another glass of electrolyte liquid on Saturday night before training, races, or games.

After your long run it is equally important to eat some protein within the first 30-60 minutes.  Additionally, drinking an electrolyte liquid all afternoon will aid in a faster recovery.

Hydrating early and often is a key to a successful half marathon.

Go, WOW Women!

Marathon Minute – Training picks up

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The girls take a walking break in Sunday’s training at Heather Farms

by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

Sunday was a beautiful day out at Heather Farms where the WOW women training for the Oakland Half Marathon ran for 2 hours!  It is so exciting to continue to add the extra distance for your very first time.  It’s a great achievement for all.

These training runs are important to not only learn that you run this distance, but also to understand what foods, electrolytes, and clothing work for you.

While it was cold at the beginning of the morning, it warmed up as we ran.  Either beginning the run with a little less clothing than is comfortable at the time, or wearing a layer that you can easily wrap around your waist is helpful in this kind of weather.

Most women now have fuel belts or are carrying a hand-held bottle.  Make sure that your electrolyte liquid and gels agree with your stomach.  The Oakland Half Marathon will be providing water and lemon-lime Gatorade at 8 stations along the course.  They will also have Gu gel, some salty snacks and fruit along the way.

Don’t forget to eat a breakfast with protein and carbohydrates to support your long run.  Bagels and peanut butter, oatmeal with milk, protein shakes, waffles, and bananas are common breakfasts of runners.

Remember to rehydrate after your run.  It’s important to drink water, and/or more electrolyte liquid, and my personal favorite, chocolate milk.

Keep up this great training and you will definitely cross the finish line with a smile on your face!

Go WOW Women!

Marathon Minute Feb 5

by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

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From left – Lauren G, Julia H, Aida D, and Libhin S at the Christmas Relays 2012

Congratulations to the WOW women, Edie, Emily, Julia and Kim.

Three participated in the Kaiser Half Marathon and Emily ran the 5K race on Sunday!

How exciting for Edie and Kim who completed their very first half marathons, way to go ladies!

Congratulations to Julia on breaking the 2 hour half marathon with a personal best by 5 minutes. Julia ran the half marathon in 1:55:24, now that is impressive! Bravo, Julia!

And Emily V, we weren’t sure if this was either your first or fastest 5K but congratulate you for getting out there!

There were plenty of women training for the Oakland Half Marathon on Sunday at the San Leandro Marina. For some this was the first time they have run for 110 minutes, or 10+ miles.

Nicole and Lesley T both raised important questions this week-end. Do you do other exercise beyond running? Coach Stephanie provides us with a day by day training program that slowly increases our mileage, and also gives us the opportunity to work on speed through track work-outs and tempo runs. It also suggests cross training for a regular part of our workouts.

Stretching and strengthening exercises for your core, arms, and legs are important to incorporate into your weekly work-outs. We did some of that at Lake Merritt with Coach Stephanie last Wednesday. Fitting in cycling, swimming, dancing, yoga or any activity that uses your muscles in a different way than running will be beneficial to your training.

Again, CONGRATULATIONS to Edie, Emily, Julia and Kim! Thanks for inspiring the WOW Team!

Marathon Minute – Hydration and More

JANUARY 21, 2013, by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

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Lauren (2nd from left) and buds after the ORF 2010

WOW Women walkers training for the Oakland Marathon walked 17 miles on Saturday! BRAVO!

Sunday there were over 30 WOW women at Point Isabel staying fit by moving for 60-80 minutes. Coach Stephanie reminded us about the importance of hydration and that for runs over 60 minutes we should carry some water or sugar free electrolyte liquid. Some women wear belts that have a pocket for water bottles, and other women use hand-held bottles. Both Amphipod and Nathan provide excellent belts and hand-held bottles.

The Oakland Running Festival is one of the best organized marathons I’ve ever participated in. This year the half marathon will have 8 aid stations with water and lemon/lime Gatorade. There will also be a port-a-potty at each aid station. In addition, some aid stations will have a salty snack and Gu gel.

It’s important to try the Gatorade out on a training run to make sure it agrees with your stomach. If it doesn’t, there are many other products that you can try.

Now is the perfect time to find out which electrolyte liquid, gel or shot block is best for you.
With the right balance of electrolytes and gels you will have the energy to cross the finish line with a smile on your face!

Pre-Race Fueling

Perfecting Your Prerace Food Strategy

What and How much should you eat and drink for your prerace breakfast? By Monique Ryan, M.S., R.D.

If you’re like most runners, you spend the final days before your half- or full marathon feasting on high-carbohydrate foods. But a good nutrition plan doesn’t end with that last plate of pasta the night before your race. Just as important is your prerace breakfast, which helps restock the liver glycogen (or stored energy) that got depleted overnight. “Liver glycogen keeps your blood-sugar level steady during exercise,” says Jackie Berning, Ph.D., R.D., sports nutrition and metabolism professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Your morning meal provides fuel for your brain, helping to sustain motivation and concentration during a long race. But just how much should you eat on race morning to optimize your performance? Probably more than you think. Here’s how to choose the ideal amount and combination of foods and fluids to power you through to a strong finish.

The best prerace breakfast consists mainly of carbohydrates, since they’re digested most rapidly and are your body’s preferred fuel source, says Penny Wilson, Ph.D., a Houston-based registered dietitian who works with endurance athletes. Small amounts of protein will help stave off hunger during the later miles. Limit or avoid fat and fiber; the former takes too long to digest, while the latter can cause bloating and GI problems. “I recommend foods like a bagel and peanut butter, oatmeal with milk and dried fruit, or yogurt and toast,” says Wilson. Other good options include a banana and high-carb energy bar, waffle with syrup and strawberries, or even a bowl of rice.

For runners who tend to feel queasy on race morning, sticking with liquid carbs can help prevent GI problems while still providing energy and hydration. Smoothies, juices, and sports drinks all pack quick-digesting carbs that empty easily from your stomach, says Wilson.

While your usual bagel and banana might power you through a morning of meetings, it’s not enough to fuel you through a half- or full marathon. Research shows that consuming 1.5 to 1.8 grams of carbohydrate per pound of body weight is ideal for improving performance, says Berning. For a 150-pound runner, that translates to 225 to 270 grams of carbohydrate–or about 1,000 calories, which may sound like a lot just before a hard effort. The key is to get that meal in early–three to four hours prerace to be exact, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. That gives you enough time to digest so your stomach will be fairly empty and your muscles and liver totally fueled. If you’re not sure you can stomach 1,000 calories at once, you can divide them up into two smaller meals, says Berning. In that case, eat 200 to 400 calories four hours before the start, along with 12 to 20 ounces of water or sports drink (giving you plenty of time to hit the porta potty). Between 90 minutes and two hours before the start, eat most of the remaining carbs–again, choosing easy-to-digest options.

Since many races start at 8 a.m. or earlier, you’ll have to set your alarm for a very early wake-up to hit that four-hour window. If that’s not realistic, you may choose to eat your entire prerace meal just two hours before the start. But because you’ll have less time to digest, eat only one gram of carbohydrate per pound of body weight (or 150 grams, or 600 calories, for a 150-pound runner)–sticking with foods and liquids you know are very easy on your stomach. Since you’re consuming less, you do risk running out of liver glycogen, which will cause your blood sugar to plummet and may mean you hit the wall. So be vigilant about fueling early in the race (consuming 30 to 60 grams of carbs per hour) to keep your energy levels high.

Finally, have your last 25 to 30 grams of carbs 30 to 60 minutes prior to the start. This could be an energy gel or chews (with 12 to 16 ounces of water) or 16 ounces of sports drink. “This provides the last shot of fuel to hold you over until you get into the rhythm of fueling midrace,” says Berning.

Berning also stresses that every runner has different food and fluid tolerances, which means a plan that works for one runner might spell GI disaster for another. That’s why it’s key that you practice your prerace meal strategy during training. “The stomach and gut need to be trained to handle food before a long run,” says Berning. She suggests trying different combinations to find the one that works best for you. And once you find the perfect mix, stick with it. “Eat the exact same meal on race morning that you practiced with in training,” says Wilson, “and you’ll be set.”

Can’t stomach one huge morning meal? Divide it up. Here’s how a 150-pound runner would fuel

3 to 4 hours prerace
1 cup cooked oatmeal with 2 tablespoons honey 62 g of carbs
6 ounces yogurt 17 g
1 large banana 31 g
2 tablespoons raisins 16 g
4 ounces juice 14 g
12 to 20 ounces water 0 g
Total Carbs = 140 g

90 minutes to 2 hours prerace
1 slice bread with 1 tablespoon jam 28 g
24 ounces sports drink 47 g
Total Carbs = 75 g

30 to 60 minutes prerace
1 energy gel or serving of energy chews 25 g
8 to 12 ounces water 0 g
Total Carbs = 25 g

Recover Right
How to eat and drink after you cross the finish – right away and beyond

Focus on carbs
Eat half a gram of carbohydrate per pound of weight. For a 150-pound runner, that’s 75 grams, or the equivalent of a bagel and banana.

Eat protein
Consume 15 to 20 grams of protein to kick-start muscle repair. Get it from a high-protein energy bar along with fruit, or a PB&J.

Drink up
Aim for 20 ounces of fluid. Including 200 mg of sodium or more will boost fluid absorption. Try sports drinks and recovery shakes.

But skip the booze
You’re already dehydrated. Wait at least several hours, till you’ve had a chance to rehydrate and refuel, and then toast your finish.

Keep it going
For the next 48 hours, continue to focus on eating plenty of carbohydrates and modest portions of high-quality protein.

79% of runners always have breakfast in the morning before a race, According to a poll on

EAT BETTER: If you’re prone to midrun GI trouble, try cutting back on fiber, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners, all of which can exacerbate symptoms.


by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

To quote, Ellen G, “check it off your bucket list ladies, running in a TYPHOON!”  We will all be talking about this experience for years to come.

IMG 6047 398x640 186x300 MARATHON MINUTE  CIM  2012It is such an honor to be a member of the WOW team, and being part of the relays pulled us all together with individual and communal strength.  Alone, I doubt if any one of us would have ventured out in that rain to run, but knowing that your team mates were counting on you, out we went.  And it turned out to be memorable and lots of fun for the 6 relay teams!

I can still hear Pat C laughing while waiting at Leg 2 as the rain just poured down on Ann, Vera, Michaela, and myself (Lizette was already on the run).  That was just the beginning, because we all ran/splashed through the infamous ankle deep water.

It was so wonderful to greet our team mates at the transitions, and to later see the posts and pictures that surfaced on the internet, even while we were running.  (Thanks, Colleen!)

It was particularly special to celebrate the race with so many WOW Women at the sunny Capitol steps.

Thank you Coach Stephanie for providing WOW members with a safe environment where all women can participate and stay fit, grow, and reach beyond their expected potential.  We all reaped the benefits this week-end!

Way to Go, WOW Women!

5 Tips for Walking or Running in the Dark

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Working out with a group creates safety even in the dark. Photographer unknown

by Coach Stephanie Atwood

On these cold, black mornings and evenings, that stay dark until many of us start working and become dark before we leave the office, we are faced with a dilemma; work out in the dark, head inside to exercise, or skip it. Two of those options will receive an OK from me and one doesn’t cut the mustard.

If you choose to work out at the gym then excuses should never be an issue.

My personal preference is outdoors whenever possible but this has to be tempered with reality.

Here are some tips to working out outdoors in the dark:

  1. Join a group or enlist a buddy to work out with you. There is safety in numbers and the more the merrier.
  2. Get a good flashlight or headlamp and make sure you have batteries that are charged. It takes some getting used to moving quickly in the dark and accepting a limited range of vision to work from, but a good flashlight will give you ample illumination to move comfortably.
  3. Most people will slow their pace or shorten their stride in the dark to allow for less of their senses filling in details. This just makes good sense when your vision is limited. Your feet need to be more attuned to the surfaces they’re touching and given a bit more time to interpret the results. Bumps and breaks don’t always show up when you’re only seeing black and shades of grey so feet have to take on additional work.
  4. Arms also need to be at a bit more attention, meaning that they will be working just a bit harder. This is to allow for a change of balance when your brain is working with information that depends on eyes less and feet more.
  5. Wear reflective clothing – shoes, gloves, jackets, pants, and hats all come with reflective strips and will up your visibility to others, especially cars. There is nothing worse, as a driver, than to see a pedestrian darting into or out of your car’s path, at just the last moment.

The Bay Area has a climate that accommodates working out almost every day outside. We are blessed with decent weather and beautiful places to exercise. With a little planning and some common sense you can have the benefit of fresh air and open space to enhance your exercise regimen. What could be better?

by Coach Stephanie, Bay Area Women’s Fitness Writer and Founder of Go WOW Team

originally published at

Coach Stephanie Atwood M.A. has been running and coaching for more than 3 decades. With certification from US Track and Field, Road Runners Club of America, National Academy of Sports Medicine and more she is truly a professional in her field and has helped thousands of runners achieve their goals. As Founder of Go WOW Team Coach Stephanie offers opportunity for each woman to find her athlete within and push those boundaries to see just how far she can reach.

Marathon Minute – Humboldt Half Marathon


Eight WOW Women were delighted with the results and the exquisite environment of the Humboldt Redwoods Half Marathon!

Congratulations to Julie, who came in 5th in her age group! Julie continues to welcome each new member to WOW and help them with their run/walking. Iris was the perfect companion as they ran/walked at least 11 of the miles together. Iris, you are such a great friend.

Bravo to Robbi, who surpassed her goal with a PR of 2:13! Eileen was close behind as she crossed the finish line with a PR of 2:15!

Christie and Michaela were another awesome pair and also reached their personal goals.

Laura persevered through injury and crossed the finish line with a smile on her face.

Most important of all, we enjoyed the beautiful run underneath the canopy of the old growth redwoods. The weather was perfect, and the out and back course allowed us the joy of seeing our team mates along the course.

We were sorry to see Michaela and Christie leave after the race. The rest of us celebrated our victories with Margaritas and Mexican food as we watched the Giants win game 6. It was a great way to recover from a fabulous day.

Way to go WOW Women!

Note from Coach Stephanie: While it was not a PR, Lauren ran the fastest of her 4 half marathons of this year, with a time of 2:10!

Marathon Minute 10-8

by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

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Coach Stephanie and Lauren at the Walnut Creek Half Marathon, BFF

WOW Women showed their power at the San Jose Rock and Roll Half Marathon this week-end. Bravo to Lizette and Coach Stephanie for breaking 2 hours, Lizette at 1:57 and Coach Stephanie at 1:59, and 4th in her age group. You two were flying! And bravo to Leti who was also flying along the course with under 10 minute miles.

Congratulations Ann, on a well-run race without cramping. And of course, our hats off to Elaine on finishing her very first half marathon.

New WOW member Pat Venerable was in San Jose walking the half this past weekend. We look forward to getting to know you better Pat. Keep walking fast!

Although it was not in a race, Eileen ran continuously for 13.1 miles for the first time this week-end. Humboldt participants are now in various stages of staying strong, or in taper mode with the half marathon coming up on October 21.

This is an important time for the Humboldt half marathoners to: fuel well, (focusing on protein, complex carbohydrates, less refined sugar) hydrate well, and rest.

Training continues for the WOW women training to walk the Oakland Marathon in March.

Again, congratulations to Coach Stephanie, Lizette, Leti, Ann, Pat and Elaine on their successes at the San Jose Rock and Roll Half Marathon.

All WOW women thank Coach Stephanie, for guiding us and inspiring us to reach our individual potentials.

WOW Women, Fit Women of the World, Go for it!

Obesity and You

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Obesity can kill you. Exercise can make a difference.

This is not my article and I have lost the source. The information is disturbing but gives us data to be able to start making some corrections. – Coach Stephanie

The title of skinniest state in America still goes to Colorado, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In 2011, Colorado’s obesity rate was 20.7 percent — the lowest in the nation.

Between 2005 and 2009, Colorado remained the sole state with an obesity rate below 20 percent. Now, no state falls into that category, the CDC says.

In 2011, 39 states had obesity rates of over 25 percent, and 12 had obesity rates over 30 percent. The highest obesity rate was in Mississippi, in which 34.9 percent of the population is obese.

[Related: Most Americans ignore the truth about obesity]

Obesity rates were high in the South in general, with about 30 percent of people in that region qualifying as obese. In the Midwest, the rate was 29 percent, followed by the Northeast at 25 percent, and the West at 24 percent.

After Colorado, the lowest obesity rates were found in Hawaii (21.8 percent), Massachusetts (22.7 percent), and New Jersey and Washington D.C. (both 23.7 percent).

After Mississippi, the states with the highest obesity rates were: Louisiana (33.4 percent), West Virginia (32.4 percent), Alabama (32 percent) and Michigan (31.3 percent).

Because the CDC made changes in the way it collects information about obesity in the country, estimates from 2011 onward cannot be compared with estimates made in the past. The current estimates come from a telephone survey known as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a national telephone survey that now includes cellphone-only households, as well as those with landlines.

Complications of obesity include heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, the CDC says.

Marathon Minute 10-1-2012

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Elaine P on her last long run before the half marathon in San Jose. Photo by Lauren G

Dedicated to Elaine Porter, our WOW teammate who has trained so well and will be running her very first half marathon on October 7 in San Jose!  Go Elaine, Go!

by Lauren Ganes

It’s fall, it’s October, and that means that the WOW women are just finishing up their training for two different half marathons, San Jose Rock and Roll, October 7 and Humboldt Redwoods Avenue of the Giants, October 21.

In addition to Elaine; Ann, Leti, Lizette and Coach Stephanie will also be running in San Jose this Sunday.  We wish you all strength and consistency as you speed along the race course.  Now is the time to reap the benefits of all your training.

At a time when you become distracted or fatigued during a marathon, it often helps to have a mantra.  Our San Jose racers have trained well and can remind themselves that they have trained for this race and they will finish strong. 

A few other mantras to consider:  “lighter, softer, faster”, “one step at a time”, “think strong, be strong, finish strong”.

I encourage you to think of a mantra, or an inspiration to help you move along your marathon or half marathon course.

San Jose half marathoners, all of the WOW team will be with you in spirit on Sunday.  GO FOR IT!

As Sally Edwards said at numerous Danskin Triathlons, “The woman who starts the race is not the same woman who finishes the race.”

Race Workout and Pacing Charts

Heart Rate Calculations

This chart is comprised of averages for certain ages and is based on an all out 2 mile run for the initial 100% Max VO2

 Age 70 65 60 55 50 45 40 35 30
100% 150 155 160 165 170 175 180 185 190
90% 135 139 144 148 153 158 162 166 171
80% 120 124 128 135 138 142 146 149 153
70% 105 108 112 118 121 125 128 130 133
65% 98 101 104 107 111 115 118 121 124


Race Pace Chart

Race Chart Statistics

  Time Time Time Time Time Time Time Time Time Time

2 Mile Race

19:28     19:55 20:22 20:49 21:17 21:46 22:15 22:45 23:16 23:48
Per mile 9:44 9:57 10:11 10:24 10:38 10:53 11:07 11:22 11:38 11:54
Per lap 2:26 2:29 2:32 2:36 2:39 2:53 2:46 2:50 2:54 2:58
5 Km Race 31:12 31:54 32:37 33:22 34:07 34:53 35:40 36:28 37:17 38:07
Per mile 10:02 10:16 10:30 10:44 10:58 11:13 11:28 11:44 12:00 12:16
Per lap 2:30 2:34 2:37 2:41 2:44 2:48 2:52 2:56 3:00 3:04
10 Km Race 1:05:31 1:07:00 1:08:30 1:10:03 1:11:37 1:13:14 1:14:53 1:16:34 1:18:17 1:20:03
Per mile 10:32 10:46 11:01 11:16 11:31 11:47 12:03 12:19 12:24 12:52
Per lap 2:35 2:41 2:45 2:49 2:52 2:56 3:00 3:04 3:06 3:13
13.1 Mile Race 2:25:39 2:28:56 2:32:17 2:35:43 2:39:13 2:42:48 2:46:28 2:50:12 2:54:02 2:57:57
Per mile 11:06 11:21 11:36 11:52 12:08 12:25 12:41 12:59 13:08 13:34
Per lap 2:46 2:50 2:34 2:58 3:02 3:06 3:10 3:14 3:17 3:23
Marathon 5:05:48 5:12:41 5:19:43 5:26:55 5:34:16 5:41:48 5:49:29 5:57:21 6:05:23 6:13:37
6:13:37 11:39 11:55 12:11 12:28 12:44 13:02 13:19 13:37 13:56 14:14
Per lap 2:54 2:58 3:02 3:07 3:11 3:15 3:19 3:24 3:29 3:33


Not all times or distances are indicated on this chart. For more information and additional times and distances I recommend the website put out by the Santa Clarita Runners. Go to and find out the details for any pace and most distances.

Random Races and Events


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

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

Sept 9, 2012 – Feather River Falls 1 mile and 5K -

Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day

Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 HERS Keepabreast 5K/10K Run Walk

Go 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 and we will do our best to get it on the roster!


Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 Peak Hike with Breast Cancer Fund, Mt. Tamalpais $10 off use discount code seejane

October 7, 2012 – San Jose Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon

October 21, 2012 – Humboldt Redwoods Half and Full Marathon

November 10, 2012 Mermaid 5K, 10K –!__san-francisco

November 11, 2012 Malibu Marathon, Half Marathon and Supathlon – /

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 – This is a WOW Team Annual Event. Join a team soon!

Saturday, December 8, 2012 – Walnut Creek Half Marathon and 5K

Sunday, March 24, 2013 – The Oakland Run Fest