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Weekly Pep Talk Issue 2, Start Dec. 3, 2007 Revisited

Ask About Running
The Weekly Pep Talk
Second Issue
This week is dedicated to Jamila S. (who balances family, friends, & running with grace)
Monday, December 3 – Sunday, December 9, 2007
Week 48 in 2007
Send comments to: Stephanie@askaboutrunning.com

Hello to All!

I hope you enjoyed last week’s inaugural issue. The holidays are upon us in full force with rich food and increased social obligations. It becomes even more difficult to get exercise now with the short days in addition to holiday happenings yet, it is certainly important!

I’d like to talk about Cross Training a bit because it can help you get in your needed exercise while dealing with all the challenges to your time during the winter holiday season, even when running isn’t possible.

CROSS TRAINING
Cross training, for runners, refers to exercises that are different than running. This could be almost any form of conditioning that gets your heart pumping at a minimum level and duration. So, if you walk instead of run, you are cross training. If you swim, you are cross training. If you do yoga, you are cross training. The caveat here is that the activity needs to be done at a minimum heart rate level of 60% with continuous movement for at least 20 minutes or you are not replacing your running with another type of fitness training. You must have an equal or greater level of intensity to the exercise in order to replace running as your cardio-vascular training method.

STEPHANIE’S DEFINITION OF CROSS TRAINING FOR RUNNERS
Cross training, specific to runners, refers to exercise that compliments, but does not include, outdoor/distance running, AND increases the heart rate to 60% or more of maximum heart rate* for 20 minutes or longer.

Another factor to consider is that you will not start out at a 60% rate. Your heart begins exercise somewhere significantly below it. When I’m on the elliptical machine at the gym it usually takes about 10 minutes to get up to my 60% rate. So, give yourself a minimum of 5 minutes to warm up and another 5 minutes to cool down at the end. Your total workout will be a minimum of 30 minutes. This is why, in our track workouts, we always warm up a bit before getting into the meat of the workout.

This is not to say that activities like gentle yoga or easy walking lack merit. That is not the case. They are forms of movement that stretch and strengthen different muscle groups, but they are not increasing cardio-vascular strength or capacity. Stretching activities and other exercise, even if not rigorous, is important to runners for balance as we tend to have major muscle groups that get no attention while other groups (our quadriceps, for example) get REALLY STRONG. I’m differentiating here to clarify my definition.

More on cross training, stretching, and other exercise in future issues. I hope this was a good beginning for you.

UPCOMING EVENTS…
Christmas Classic and Miracle Mile, Sunday, December 23, 2007, Sponsored by Ohana Road Runners. This is a great time to get a PR on your mile! The course is DOWNHILL! If you’re up to it you can also run the 5K. I have run with this group before and always have a lot of fun. You May Run Or Walk. You may sign up on the day of the race (or in advance). All is well organized, low key and their races always benefit a local charity. http://www.ohanarrca.org/
Details are also listed on the AskStephanieAboutSports@yahoogroups.com Calendar.

As mentioned in the first issue, I offer training schedules for the runs listed below. To know when to start your training and to view the schedules go to AskStephanieAboutRunning@yahoogroups.com and look under Files. Presently the schedule for the Kaiser Permanente in February is listed for both the half marathon and the 5 K. Also look at the Calendar for upcoming events and the starting dates for these other runs.

• The Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon & 5K February 3, 2008
xnet.kp.org/sanfrancisco/index.html
• The London Marathon April 13, 2008
www.london-marathon.co.uk
• The Boston Marathon April 21, 2008 http://www.bostonmarathon.org
• The Bay to Breakers/San Francisco May 18, 2008
http://www.ingbaytobreakers.com/main.html
• See Jane Run Women’s Half Marathon & 5K May 31, 2008
• http://www.seejanerun.com/t-See-Jane-Run-Half-Marathon-and-5K.aspx
• The San Francisco Half & Full Marathon & 5K August 3, 2008 http://www.runsfm.com/home.html
• The Disneyland Half Marathon and 5K August 30/31, 2008 www.disneylandhalfmarathon.com
• The Chicago Marathon October 12, 2008 http://www.chicagomarathon.com
• The Nike Women’s Half and Full Marathon October? (couldn’t find)
www.nike.com
• The New York City Marathon November 2008?
www.ingnycmarathon.org
• The Honolulu Marathon December 14, 2008
www.honolulumarathon.org

Please send me information on other runs. I’ll check into them. I especially want to know if the runs are for women only and, if they are well organized!

How is the training going for the Kaiser? I know some of you are preparing for the half marathon. The 5K would be a great new year’s resolution to start working on now for you new runners or holiday partiers. You still need some motivation to get out there and run! Entry fee goes up after 1/11/08 and there is a limit to the number of participants. All race details are on the official website http://xnet.kp.org/sanfrancisco/index.html.

Send me your stories, comments, and questions about life and running. My E-mail is Stephanie@AskAboutRunning.com.

If you haven’t already joined the group website, please go to AskStephanieAboutSports@yahoogroups.com and join! I would love to have you as a part of this group of active, interesting women, who live a life style that includes giving themselves time for activity. The site offers articles, tools, and encouragement to keep up the good work!

• The Sunday walking/running program will launch on January 6. Full details out soon!

• Start thinking running tours. We’ll do one this summer and one in fall/winter. Details are coming soon…

• Hold on for the official launch of the Ask About Running Website

*MAXIMUM HEART RATE
To calculate MHR with a simple formula try this:

Start with 220
Subtract your age from this amount
Subtract your resting pulse from this amount
Multiply this figure by 60%
Add in your resting pulse

This is your 60% heart rate, a standard percentage used to establish cardiovascular improvement with exercise.

Example

220-40 = 180
180-60 (resting pulse) = 120
120 X.60 =72
+60 (resting pulse) = 132 Minimum Training Level Heart Rate (60%)

Have a great week! Enjoy family, friends and your time for exercise. I’ll be back next Sunday.

Best,
Stephanie Atwood

Copyright 2007 All Rights Reserved

Weekly Pep Talk Issue 1 Nov 25, 2007 Revisited

Welcome to the Inaugural Issue of The Weekly Pep Talk

Tackling the hills at Inspiration Point

To add perspective to the wonder of Go WOW Team I am publishing each of the Weekly Pep Talks starting from Issue 1. If you are one of our WOW Members who has been a part of this group since 2007 please comment here. And thank you so much for being part of this awesome group of women. Go WOW Team! – Coach Stephanie

Ask About Running
The Weekly Pep Talk
First Issue, November 25, 2007
This week is dedicated to runner Jane M. (we’ve had some great runs together!)
Monday, November 26 – Sunday, December 2, 2007

Hello to All!

Welcome to the inaugural issue of The Weekly Pep Talk; commentary on life for women who run. My name is Stephanie Atwood. Many of you know me from my work as a running coach. There is more to life than running yet, when Running Becomes a Part of Your Life, it will influence all other aspects. This was the impetus for writing this weekly digest.

We all have lives outside of our running yet; running has brought us together in one way or another. I want to share all kinds of news and information that are related to us as runners and as women!

TRAIN FOR POPULAR RACES
I’m going to choose well known races throughout the country and the world and give you training schedules and tips for these specific
events. It’s always the right season for some great races. Training
schedules include:

• The Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon & 5K
• See Jane Run Women’s Half Marathon & 5K
• The Boston Marathon
• The Chicago Marathon
• The Bay to Breakers/San Francisco
• The New York City Marathon
• The Honolulu Marathon
• The Disneyland Marathon
• The London Marathon
• The Nike Women’s Half and Full Marathon
• The San Francisco Half & Full Marathon & 5K

If you notice that I’m predominantly indicating races in California,
and specifically the Bay Area, it’s because that’s what I know.
Please feel free to send me information on other runs. I’ll check
into them. I especially want to know if the runs are for women only
and, if they are well organized!

Right now, I’m focusing on the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon and 5K Run – February 3, 2008. Starting today, you have 10 weeks to get prepared for this race. 10 weeks is enough time for either event. For the Half Marathon, you should already be running, even if not training officially for this race. I’ll give you an intermediate training schedule for the half marathon. For the 5K (3.1 miles) you can start from scratch and be ready for this fun event.

The entry fee goes up after 1/11/08 and there is a limit to the
number of participants. All race details are on the official website
http://xnet.kp.org/sanfrancisco/index.html. So, if you haven’t
already started training, Now Is The Time!!

INTRODUCING THE AUTHOR
This issue I’ll tell you about myself. The research was easy! In my
senior year of high school the entire class had to run a mile for the
President Kennedy Physical Fitness Test, as required for all
graduating seniors. We girls never ran on the track. In fact, we were
not allowed to run in high school running programs. At that time
there was no Title 9.

I failed miserably in my attempt, having no idea how to pace myself.
I felt abandoned by the P.E. Dept. having no concept of how to run
that far. Our “Girl’s” PE Program never offered any type of running
program in my entire 4 years of high school. Thank goodness things
have now changed.

However, this event piqued my interest in learning more about my
physical limits and “pushing myself”. My chosen graduation present
was a trip to a girl’s Outward Bound Course in the Cascade Mountain Range. Outward Bound introduced me to my inner ability to overcome both mental and physical fears and obstacles. In addition to rock climbing, rappelling, and 3 days alone in the woods with no food or sleeping bag, I completed running a “marathon” at the end of the 26 day course! It was life changing…

I loved learning that a woman like me could do these things! I
blossomed with the realization that I could overcome mental and
physical barriers that had seemed impossible. These barriers were
self-made and I could change them! This was a wonderful awakening for an 18 year old.

Graduating from high school created many life changes as I headed out on my own, not knowing what direction to go in. Living on my own, with a full time job and part time attendance at a community college, gave me ultimate freedom and limited time. I stopped exercising and gained more than 40 pounds. Oh, those morning doughnuts, endless cups of coffee and sitting all day were changing me in ways I hadn’t realized. I had so much to learn about what really mattered.

RUNNING ON A REGULAR BASIS
When I realized that change needed to occur I was positive that I
could make it happen. It would take work and believing in myself but
I knew I could do it! I started running after work in a park across
the street from where I lived. I ran when it was dark because I was
embarrassed for people to see me. Running/Jogging at that time was
not common, especially for women. One time around the block equaled 1/8 of a mile. It took about a month before I ran 8 times around that block, but I was on my way!

30 pounds lighter and a few years later I ran my first official
marathon and placed third female! Another milestone had been reached and I was hooked. I have been running ever since.

THE ESSENCE OF THE STORY
The essence of this story however, goes way beyond my love of
running. The true benefit has been the gift of fitness, discipline,
and the psychological/emotional lift that running has given to me.
Running has offered comfort and clarification to me during difficult
times when the rest of my life was in turmoil. There have been many
trials throughout my life (as there are for all of us) and running
has been a steadfast friend. There have even been epiphanies (of a
sort) during my running. Little assists and major realizations have
occurred and, as any runner knows, they just happen! How could I give that up?

Now, if I had to stop running for reasons beyond my control, I would
have the wonderful memories and knowledge of the commitment I made when I COULD run. I would carry within me the solace of knowing that I was given a gift and took full advantage of it while I was able.

You owe it to yourself to use this gift, too. The distance you run is
not the issue. How fast you run doesn’t matter. That you get out and
maintain your well-being; that you run to show your appreciation for
the ability to move; that you realize how much better you will be,
for those around you, when you take care of yourself through
exercise; these are what matter!

A USEFUL WEBSITE FOR WOMEN
Amy Montemarano started a new website for women who travel and want to run with other women during their stay. She offers information forvacation sites and for business travel. Check out her website at www.womenruntheworld.com. Isn’t this a great idea? Thanks for putting it together Amy.

UPCOMING BITS AND PIECES:
• Stay tuned for details about the Sunday running program that
will launch in early January, 2008.
• Start preparing for the upcoming running tours to England
this summer and the NYC Marathon in November of 2008.
• Hold on for the official launch of the Ask About Running
Website

The easiest way to continue to receive this weekly digest is to subscribe to my Yahoo Group at AskStephanieAboutSports@yahoogroups.com and you’ll be on the
automatic mailing list.

Please send me your stories, comments, and questions about life and running. My E-mail is Stephanie@AskAboutRunning.com. I’m very
excited to see how this digest evolves.

And, if you are training for the Kaiser Half and 5K, be sure to open
the Training attachment on this E-mail or check the group site or
contact me directly. We’re going to have a lot of fun with our Weekly Pep Talk!

Best,
Stephanie Atwood
Stephanie@AskAboutRunning.com

P.S. Photos were added in this current version for a nicer presentation. These early issues were originally published as emails from word documents.
Go WOW Team

8K Double Adventure Run

We have a race June 21 at the scenic Land’s End Park. I would like to invite your group to participate, and offer you a 5 dollar off promo code “GOWOW”. You are welcome to set up your tent in our recovery zone.

The race is 8K Double Adventure Run. It’s a 5K followed by a 3K with a
recovery half-time break in between. The times are added together for
scoring. The Double was created in 2011 by Runner’s World founder Bob
Anderson.

Race info and registration is available at http://sanfranciscodouble.com

Thank you,
Waitman Gobble waitman@doubleroadrace.com via gmail.com

Nike Wants You for their Commercial

Nike wants YOU* (or some other woman in the Bay Area) to be featured in an upcoming commercial.

Nike-download

To be filmed in the Bay Area (location still to be determined) on June 8.

They will be checking in with Go WOW Team on May 20 (not May 19) at 6:15, at our Lake Merritt workout, to interview any interested women right before our run.

Jordan Shively works for a filming company and will be conducting brief interviews (1-2 minutes). The general demographic is a running woman between the ages of 25 – 38 (if you look those ages, you don’t need to be those ages). He was fairly vague beyond the age demographic and gender.

*They will also be hiring extras so you have a couple of chances to participate.

Just show up if you are interested. If you need to check in with Jordan call 925 699-5808
– Coach Stephanie

Questions Provide the Key – Weekly Pep Talk Start May 11, 2015

The Weekly Pep Talk #277

Start May 11, 2015
by Stephanie Atwood
 

Questions provide the key to unlocking our unlimited potential

– Anthony Robbins.
 
This quote was retrieved from our January 2010 Weekly Pep Talk. This newsletter, The Weekly Pep Talk, has been sent consistently since 2007!

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WOW Woman of the Week: Robbi Cook is one of the longest term members of Go WOW Team. She is a quiet, consistent (and surprisingly daring!) member. Thank you for your support of Go WOW Team Robbi. It’s been a good adventure so far. Where do we go next? Here is a quote from Robbi after her second half marathon in 2010. ”Thank you WOW team for inspiring me to run my second 1/2 marathon! I never would have imagined doing this a year ago…more

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May Birthdays – Lily Chien-Davis, Edie Cote, Faith Wolper-Terwilliger, Kim Lowe, Kelly Woodard, Kathryn Levenson, Christie Aereias, Gretchen Treffilletti, Jessica Mangaccat, Michaela Ristaino, Pam Skiles, Aisling Lipton, Ingrid Canepa, Becky Freeman, Sara Tarantino. Happy Birthday Ladies!

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See Jane Run Discount Coupon 25% off for anyone. You don’t have to be a WOW Member. And, this applies for all races, all distances, including Alameda and Seattle 5K, half marathon and the fall duathlon, triathlon at Shadow Cliffs! Code: SJRAMB15300 at www.seejanerun.com
 
Ready to Beat Fat, Get Fit, Go from Couch to Accomplished? Join Coach Stephanie on Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 PM 

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Coach Pep Talk for the Week: 
Maca. Who knows about maca? I know some of you use it already and I am thinking of adding Maca Capsules to our current supplement list at AtLastTheBest.com.
 
What is maca? It is a root, grown in the high altitudes of South America. It is totally natural and has been touted as having magical qualities including higher energy levels, hormone balancing and increased libido. My main interest, as a nutritionist and coach, is in a natural pick-me-up as a morning alternative to coffee.
 
Maca is high in natural starch, meaning it has a high glucose content. This is clearly part of why it would give someone energy.  I know of people who put a bit of maca powder in their smoothies in the morning for its “super food” benefits. However, the 1 tsp. recommended dosage does not infer that one would get a sugar rush. Granted, the powder is dehydrated and much denser than the fresh root but there is probably more to its energy potential than just its starch content.
 
I have tried maca powder sprinkled on oatmeal and found it quite unappealing. Some describe it as “tasting like dirt”. Thus, the capsules (or v-caps) to be precise (vegan-caps) would offer the energizing effect and the convenience of taking the supplement whenever you like rather than having to blend with other food.
 
Tell me if you use maca and what your experience has been. I am very interested in whole food nutrition and supplementation, when possible. Maca seems like a good option and one that I am adding to my morning regimen. Who else takes maca?
 
Here is a link to an interesting article about maca and the appropriate dosage for healthy use. 

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Fill in your workouts online through our WOW Team/Strava Challenge (Kim C joined!) or continue using the paper form for the WOW Team Challenge. Your choice but be sure to DO IT! If using Strava just list Go WOW in the title of your workout to distinguish it from other non-WOW workouts. I’ve been listing all my workouts based on time, not miles. You can do both but I will only list my races with times. This will keep the rest of my information a bit private while still sharing the important stuff and keeping me “honest”.
 
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. Come on ladies! There are more of you out there!
 

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

 
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. I am now at 48 hours and zeroing in on the 50 hour badge. Who else is there?

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Marathon Minute: from Coach Lauren – Read more about WOW Team Mentors on our Website Blog. These posts go all the way back to 2010.
 

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Bay Area Go WOW News
 
Hi Ladies!
 
They did it! The Golden Gate Relay is now over and seemed like quite the event. They started in Calistoga and just kept going until they got to Santa Cruz. Congratulations to the 12 women who participated: Karin T, Lizette B, Allison H, Leslie G, Gina H, Gretchen T, Lori W, Jessica M, Michelle K, Cecilia H, Nicole D, Tres F!

We are in the process of putting together a book about the experience and will let you know when it is published. I will produce a Kindle book first and, who knows, we may turn it into a best seller!
 
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there. It always surprises me how many of you choose to get out and run rather than sleep in. You are some awesome mothers!
 
It was great to see Sophie J join us last Sunday after having just graduated with her Masters in Family Counseling while also running a family with 3 small children. So good to see you Sophie. Keep coming!
 
Coach Lauren is on a trip to Greece and Turkey until mid June. Yikes! What am I going to do? Have a great trip Lauren. We miss you already.
 
The half marathon and 5K training is going well. I see our new members gaining strength and speed. If you stick with the plan you will be well prepared on race day for a quality race. And, I can guarantee you will not finish last!
 
So much of participating in a race is the confidence to finish. All of you have already completed the distance many times or, if you are training for the half marathon, you are building steadily. Now it is just fine tuning your training and sticking with it. Don’t give up! You can do this!
 
This Thursday will be the intro/orientation for our Couch to Accomplished Program. Join the call to learn more about this amazing fat burning program.  And if you haven’t listened to the videos I offered earlier this month, here is a link to all 4 segments with videos about your perfect body, 7 minute exercise sets, and the importance of water. I hope some of you will join me on Thursday for the live call of Beat Fat, Get Fit, Couch to Accomplished
 
When: Thursday May 14, 6PM
What: Dial in call with Coach Stephanie to explain how to become a more efficient fat burner
How: Dial in: 1 712 432-3011 Code 211360
Additional: Coach Stephanie will go over the 10 day program for how to burn more of your body’s stores of fat. This is based on her best-selling book Belly Fat Blowout and works for already lean athletes or “wannabe’s who would like to reduce that donut around their waist.
 
It’s free and you will learn a lot.
 
See you Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday. I’m up for this. How about you?
Coach Stephanie
 
See Jane Run Racers
Faith Enemark
Holly Haley
Kim Connor
Marybeth Temples
Coach Stephanie
Nicole Green
Gretchen Treffiletti
Rosa Kaderas-Redmond
Allison Hickey
Who else?
 
Other
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
 
Big Sur it is! You voted, we listened! Go WOW Team will be participating, once again, in the Big Sur 5K and Half Marathon on November 7-8. Mark your calendars now as you have to sign up early to be guaranteed a spot in the race. You also need accommodations and Go WOW handles some of this, or you can do your own. Either way, you need to prepare EARLY.

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Bits and Pieces…
 
Start your own WOW Team neighborhood group. We’ll help! We’re just in the testing stages of this but if you want to start your own group contact StephanieAtwood@gowowliving.com. Let’s expand and share the Go WOW LOVE in your city or state!
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Information:
At Last The Best and Go WOW Living are offering all products recommended by Coach Stephanie, including supplements, books, and more. Check it out! http://atlastthebest.com
 
Go WOW Team is our team website! http://gowowteam.com.
 
Facebook Links – Please LIKE us on our public page at http://facebook.com/gowowteam and http://facebook.com/wowliving and, for Members only, ask for an invitation to The Winners’ Circle (details in your New Member’s Welcome Letter)
 
RSVP on Meetup – Whether you are a member or drop-in, please RSVP on http://meetup.com/gowowteam . Members do not have to pay an additional fee, just click through when you RSVP. Your Meetup RSVP also assures that if we need to cancel, you will be notified!

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Amazon Books by Best Selling Author Coach Stephanie Atwood
 
Books are also available online at our new website at http://atlastthebest.com and on Amazon in Kindle format and paperback.
 
Belly Fat Blow-out 2! http://amzn.to/19hyouV Sequel to the bestselling Belly Fat Blowout 1. Lose inches, balance blood sugar, reduce night sweats, burn fat and be a better athlete.
Belly Fat Blowout Book 1 http://amzn.to/ZkB8A2 . Now in paperback, too.
Run Faster Race Even Better http://amzn.to/WYNXje
Run Faster Race Better http://amzn.to/Wi5Qfg Now in paperback, too.
Journal – A Day of Achievement and Inspiration – in paperback only http://amzn.to/1o9OCjr
 
Please leave a review on Amazon.com if you can. I love the feedback and the positive reviews help sell the books. 20 words are all it takes! Thanks – Coach
 
Share your updates and photos with us on The Winners’ Circle.  Let’s help each other stay accountable and let each of us know that we are important. That’s what running buddies do! That is why the WOW Team exists! Let’s get this done together. Go Running Buddies!
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Note that meetup and the Go WOW Team website offer directions by clicking on the maps and location links. It’s better, oftentimes, to look over our pre thought out descriptions than just setting your GPS and heading out. Some of our locations are difficult to find using GPS because they don’t have a precise address. When you RSVP if for any reason we need to cancel, we can notify you. Please RSVP. Thanks!
 
Questions, comments? Post them on Facebook, if possible. Meetup works too.
 
Upcoming Events of Note: (this is not a complete WOW Team calendar)

  • May 14 – Couch to Accomplished, Beat Fat, Get Fit was postponed until this date. Join us for the live call
  • 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
  • June 27 – Tres’ Trail Run
  • June 28 – Triathlon Orientation Talk and Clinic 
  • July 11 – Plan Nutrition for Peak Race and Training Performance – a talk by Coach Stephanie at Road Runner Sports in Berkeley 

Details for these special events are on meetup. For the full calendar of WOW Workouts go to our website at or http://meetup.com/gowowteam
 
Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation 2015 Calendar of Races – Want to race as a team? Join our Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation (BAWRF) and get in on the fun. Contact Coordinator Lizette if you plan to participate at Lizette.byer@gmail.com . Here is the link to the schedule of races and how to register. http://www.pausatf.org/data/2015/RRSchedule2015.html .
 
Race for Money and Points. The Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation is Official
Specifically geared to racing in the USATF Sponsored Series that offers money and points to qualifying teams. Any woman may join us who loves to compete. You don’t have to be a WOW Member because this group will require separate, individual membership and annual team membership and insurance through USATF (United States Track and Field). Group information is available at http://meetup.com/bawrf-usa .There is a lot of information on the PAUSATF site, too. We list ourselves as BAWRF or Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation.
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Be sure to look over our website at Go WOW Team website to realize ALL the VALUE of your WOW Membership.
Post on Winners’ Circle every week –Open to all WOW Members, current and former – Be sure to join if you haven’t already!  http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/295132213870830/
 
Photographs:
#1  Robbi Cooke and Coach Stephanie at the Redding 9 miler, photo by Lauren Ganes
#2  Maca Root in its natural state. Photo from superiorsupplementmanufacturing.com
#3  The Golden Gate Relay Dynamic Dozen at the finish. Photographer unknown
#4  Eileen K at the finish of her leg at the Christmas Relays in SF, photo by Lauren Ganes
#5  Eileen K sprinting to the finish at the Big Sur 5K, photo by Lauren Ganes

 

5 Reasons Why Swiss Chard is Good for You

Swiss chard is not only vitamin-rich, it’s one of the prettiest vegetables in the garden.

Swiss-chard-go-wow-living

With stems ranging from red, to gold, to deep purple, this leafy green is a treat to eat.

Here are 5 reasons to incorporate this powerful food into your diet starting today.

1. Chard is loaded with phytonutrients that work to protect your body’s antioxidant stores, helping to fight cancer and maintain eye health, decreasing your risk of cataracts.

2. Vitamin C is this vegetable’s middle name. Just two small handfuls of chard supply over a third of your daily dose of vitamin C.

3. Chard’s high levels of Magnesium and vitamin K help protect you from osteoporosis. A veggie this green impacts everything, even your bones!

4. Chard is fiber-rich. A dose of fiber goes a long way toward decreasing your cholesterol levels and reducing your risk for heart disease.

5. Chard is full of vitamin E, which decreases your risk of developing coronary artery disease and other heart problems.

What’s your favorite Swiss chard recipe? Here’s one that I absolutely love and can’t wait to share with you!

Chard Frittata

  • Serves 4 – 8 people
  • 8 eggs, beaten @ 7g protein per egg
  • 21 cups of raw chopped chard (stems and leaves OK) @7g carbohydrate per cup of chard*
  • 1-2 cups of chopped onion @ 15g carbohydrate per 1 cup of onion
  • Garlic, chopped, (to taste)
  • 2 TBSP Olive or Coconut Oil
  • 8 sticks of string cheese @ 7g protein per stick
  • 6 oz goat cheese @ 4g protein and 2g carbohydrate per oz
  • 4 oz grated parmesan cheese @ 10g protein per oz

Directions

Add oil to a large cast iron or heavy metal skillet. Sauté onions and garlic over medium heat for 1 minute. Add chard stems and cook another 1 – 2 minutes. Add remaining chard leaves and cook until leaves turn bright green. Season lightly with salt, pepper, herbs of your choice, and a bit of Tabasco Sauce. Stir all together and mix well.

Turn stove heat to low. Pour beaten eggs over mixture to cover evenly. Do not stir. Let the eggs permeate the spaces between chopped chard and onions. Turn off heat.

Arrange 8 sticks of string cheese in a star pattern on the top of the frittata. Pinch segments of goat cheese and place in-between string cheese to make a decorative look on the top of the pan. Lightly sprinkle parmesan over top of everything.

Turn on the broiler and, when broiler is HOT put pan under the flame and brown the top of the frittata. I like mine to get nice and almost burnt. The heat from the broiler should finish cooking the eggs. If they are not solid already place the pan in the hot oven (broiler turned off and door closed) and let the egg mixture finish cooking.

Enjoy hot or cold. Cut into 4 – 8 pieces.

Breakdown of Protein and Carbs

Ingredients

Grams of Protein

Grams of Carbohydrate

8 eggs

56

N/A

21 cup chard

Some

147

1 cup raw onion

Some

15

Garlic

N/A

N/A

Olive Oil

N/A

N/A

8 pcs string cheese

56

N/A

6 oz goat cheese

24

12

4 oz dry parmesan cheese

40

N/A

 

Total Protein 176

Total Grams of Carb 174

 Substitute frozen spinach to save chopping. [Reference: http://nutritiondata.self.com/].

Discount at Athletic Outpost

 

10% Discount on Running Shoes and Equipment

 

Tim Ketron is offering WOW Members a 10% discount when they mention The WOW Team. Bring in your old shoes if you’re looking for new ones and pay with check, cash, or debit. No credit cards, please. Athletic Outpost is located at 1528 Bonanza Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4524 (925) 943-6453. http://athleticoutpost.com Thank you Tim!

Keep some room in your heart… Weekly Pep Talk Start April 27, 2015

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”

Quote of the Week by Mary Oliver (submitted by Coach Lizette Byer)

The Weekly Pep Talk, Issue 276
by Coach Stephanie Atwood

 

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WOW Woman of the Week: I’m not sure when we last commended Karin Tulloch for her many contributions to Go WOW. Most recently this would be her coordinating the pieces for the upcoming Golden Gate Relay. You are awesome Karin. I love running with you!

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

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Watch this series of 4 videos leading to the culmination in our next session of Couch to Accomplished. Videos 1 and 2 are now available.

1. Your perfect body. You’ve already got it!

2. 7 Minute Workout

Videos 3 and 4 are coming soon…

Next Couch to Accomplished Series starts May 7.

Coach Tip of the Week:

You have heard me talk about heart rate at different ages and working out at 100% or 65% or somewhere in-between. You might have even heard me tell you that you will sometimes work at 105 or 110%. What?

The chart below helps to show the approximate pulse rate, at different ages, for different levels of effort. It is remarkably accurate given that we think of ourselves as so different, from one to the next. How does this apply to our workouts?

Track workouts should be at the 100 – 110% level in most cases. This chart is based on a 2 mile run. Track workouts often don’t come close to moving that far and make it up by adding extra effort to the workout.

Tempo workouts should be in the 90% range (85-95 is OK)

Endurance workouts should be in the 65-80% range.

Why? You already know the drill. We have different goals for each of our workouts and these paces help you accomplish those 3 different workout goals.

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

 

Did anyone try the granola recipe? Tell me what you thought? Post your response on Facebook or our website. Thanks.

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Fill in your workouts online through our WOW Team/Strava Challenge (Kim C joined!) or continue using the paper form for the WOW Team Challenge. Your choice but be sure to DO IT! If using Strava just list Go WOW in the title of your workout to distinguish it from other non-WOW workouts you do each week. Enter cycling and running, and walking workouts. I’ve been listing all my workouts based on time, not miles. You can do both but I will only list my races with times. This will keep the rest of my information a bit private while still sharing the important stuff and keeping me “honest”.

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. Come on ladies! There are more of you out there!

  • 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 – Read more about WOW Team Mentors on our Website Blog

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Bay Area Go WOW News

Hi Ladies!

I’ve been out of town for a few days. Of course I missed my WOW Buds. It is good to get away once in a while and experience a change of pace. Training continues and our novice members are getting stronger every week, even when I’m not around. Thanks to Lauren Ganes for heading up the Sunday training at Heather Farms.

Also congratulations to all racers last weekend! From 2 local trail races, a run across the Golden Gate Bridge, a half marathon in San Luis Obispo there were a large number of WOW Women out there moving! Misc. details and photos are on Facebook. What would we do without Facebook?

The Golden Gate Relay gals will be showing their stuff this coming weekend. Your WOW Team wishes you a wonderful experience. Keep us posted on your 24 hour escapade. Sounds crazy and like a lot of fun!

I’m cutting things short due to lack of time but will see you on Wednesday, April 29 and look forward to “catching up”.

Take care,

Coach Stephanie

See Jane Run Racers

Faith Enemark
Holly Haley
Kim Connor
Marybeth Temples
Coach Stephanie
Nicole Green
Gretchen Treffiletti
Rosa Kaderas-Redmond
Who else?

Other

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

Big Sur it is! You voted, we listened! Go WOW Team will be participating, once again, in the Big Sur 5K and Half Marathon in November. Mark your calendars now as you have to sign up early to be guaranteed a spot in the race. You also need accommodations and Go WOW handles some of this, or you can do your own. Either way, you need to prepare EARLY. Details to follow…

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Bits and Pieces…

Start your own WOW Team neighborhood group. We’ll help! We’re just in the testing stages of this but if you want to start your own group contact StephanieAtwood@gowowliving.com. Let’s expand and share the Go WOW LOVE in your city or state!

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Information:

At Last The Best and Go WOW Living are offering all products recommended by Coach Stephanie, including supplements, books, and more. Check it out! http://atlastthebest.com

Go WOW Team is our team website! http://gowowteam.com.

Facebook Links – Please LIKE us on our public page at http://facebook.com/gowowteam and http://facebook.com/wowliving and, for Members only, ask for an invitation to The Winners’ Circle (details in your New Member’s Welcome Letter)

RSVP on Meetup – Whether you are a member or drop-in, please RSVP on http://meetup.com/gowowteam . Members do not have to pay an additional fee, just click through when you RSVP. Your Meetup RSVP also assures that if we need to cancel, you will be notified!

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Amazon Books by Best Selling Author Coach Stephanie Atwood

Books are also available online at our new website at http://atlastthebest.com and on Amazon in Kindle format and paperback.

Belly Fat Blow-out 2! http://amzn.to/19hyouV Sequel to the bestselling Belly Fat Blowout 1. Lose inches, balance blood sugar, reduce night sweats, burn fat and be a better athlete.

Belly Fat Blowout Book 1 http://amzn.to/ZkB8A2 . Now in paperback, too.

Run Faster Race Even Better http://amzn.to/WYNXje

Run Faster Race Better http://amzn.to/Wi5Qfg Now in paperback, too.

Journal – A Day of Achievement and Inspiration – in paperback only http://amzn.to/1o9OCjr

Please leave a review on Amazon.com if you can. I love the feedback and the positive reviews help sell the books. 20 words are all it takes! Thanks – Coach

Share your updates and photos with us on The Winners’ Circle.  Let’s help each other stay accountable and let each of us know that we are important. That’s what running buddies do! That is why the WOW Team exists! Let’s get this done together. Go Running Buddies!

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Note that meetup and the Go WOW Team website offer directions by clicking on the maps and location links. It’s better, oftentimes, to look over our pre thought out descriptions than just setting your GPS and heading out. Some of our locations are difficult to find using GPS because they don’t have a precise address. When you RSVP if for any reason we need to cancel, we can notify you. Please RSVP. Thanks!

Questions, comments? Post them on Facebook, if possible. Meetup works too.

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

  • May 7 – Next session of Couch to Accomplished begins
  • 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 24 – Couch to Accomplished, Beat Fat, Get Fit was postponed until this date. More news is coming…
  • May 31 – practice on See Jane Run Half marathon Course
  • June 20-21 – See Jane Run Expo and Race
  • June 27 – Tres’ Trail Run

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

Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation 2015 Calendar of Races – Want to race as a team? Join our Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation (BAWRF) and get in on the fun. Contact Coordinator Lizette if you plan to participate at Lizette.byer@gmail.com . Here is the link to the schedule of races and how to register. http://www.pausatf.org/data/2015/RRSchedule2015.html .

Race for Money and Points. The Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation is Official

Specifically geared to racing in the USATF Sponsored Series that offers money and points to qualifying teams. Any woman may join us who loves to compete. You don’t have to be a WOW Member because this group will require separate, individual membership and annual team membership and insurance through USATF (United States Track and Field). Group information is available at http://meetup.com/bawrf-usa .There is a lot of information on the PAUSATF site, too. We list ourselves as BAWRF or Bay Area Women’s Racing Federation.

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Be sure to look over our website at Go WOW Team website to realize ALL the VALUE of your WOW Membership.

Post on Winners’ Circle every week –Open to all WOW Members, current and former – Be sure to join if you haven’t already!  http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/295132213870830/

Photos:

Photo #1 – Karin is sitting on the gate, having just finished a run at Redwood Regional Park. Photo by Lauren G

Photo #2 – L-R Leti, Karen S, Lizette, Karin T, Tres, Julia

The Weekly Pep Talk Issue 275 Start April 13, 2015

WPT 275 by Coach Stephanie Atwood

Quote of the Week: “Failure to plan means planning to fail.” – Brian Tracy

WOW Woman of the Week: Let’s give a shout out to Janet McGee. Special lady who drives over from SF on a regular basis to join us. We like it when you join us Janet. Come often!

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

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Coach Tip of the Week: Three purposeful workouts a week. This will get most of us where we want to be. Continue reading The Weekly Pep Talk Issue 275 Start April 13, 2015

Running Deaf – Why Headphones don’t belong in Racing or Training

For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain, and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight – George Sheehan

multiple contactsI have commented on this subject in another article and would like to change the angle a bit this time. I can’t imagine the world without sound. Being deaf, running deaf would change the dynamics of relating to this world. Thus, an artificially induced removal from the outside world, while running a race is definitely not my cup of team.

Headphones (while working out and, especially racing) are an issue for me in two ways:

    1. I am reminded often during races how dangerous it is to be unaware of the people around us. People get so caught up in their artificial headphone sounds that they lose touch with the crowd around them and what is happening in the real world. This has led to uncomfortable and unsafe encounters.

    2. What are you running from? The sounds of the world are around you and the energy of the world is there for you to savor. When you race or do training runs, take advantage of that amazing energy out there. And stay much safer. A final benefit is that you will probably run faster without your music. Run with friends, instead and get them to push you!

    Please consider leaving the headphones OFF or at least use only in one ear so that you can be safe for yourself and those around you.

    Thank you!

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?

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

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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!

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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
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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…

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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!

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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.

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Other

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 http://meetup.com/gowowteam

Photos:

#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!

Forming a Relay Team

Jan 2015 Coach Lauren Ganes, Marathon and Membership Coordinator

2014 WOW ORF Dina (480x640)

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!

 

The Weekly Pep Talk Issue 261 Start September 29, 2014

Where Did the Time Go? It’s Almost October!

Welcome to The Weekly Pep Talk Edition 261
Starting September 29, 2014

by Coach Stephanie Atwood

Words of Wisdom:  “A snowflake is one of God s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!” –  Anonymous

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WOW Woman of the Week: I have to thank Tres Fontaine big time for all that she does for this club. Tres you are an awesome athlete and also as generous as they get. Lucky WOW!

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Good-bye Michaela (sigh…)

It’s official. Go WOW will be losing our dear friend Michaela Ristaino to her new location in Florida! Too far to commute, we understand. All of you are invited to join us this Wednesday, October 1 for informal drinks after the workout at Lake Merritt with Michaela and/or mark your calendar for a brunch buffet after the October 19 workout at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek. I’m working on getting her to start up a WOW Team in her new neighborhood! Continue reading The Weekly Pep Talk Issue 261 Start September 29, 2014

The Weekly Pep Talk Issue 260 Start September 15, 2014

Do You Tri?

Start Sept. 15, 2014
by Coach Stephanie Atwood
I just realized that I have actually written 260 Weekly Pep Talks. Yowza!

Words of Wisdom: “If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t.” – Lyall Watson

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Book Reviews Needed. Will trade for books! If you will take the time to review one or both of my new books I will be happy to send you a pdf version to download. This means that you don’t have to purchase the book and can have full access to the material today. What I need in return is a review to be placed on Amazon.com on September 22 (for the newest book) and ASAP for the other book.. Are you interested?

Only 20 words from you could make a big difference in sales. Thanks for the LOVE! Contact me by email at StephanieAtwood@gowowliving.com and I will forward a pdf attachment right away!

Free book for your Review

Thanks to all of you who have already given my books your review. This has rocked my Comfort Food Meals to #3 in the “Cooking for One” Category! http://amzn.to/1oqr8lp

Gluten Free Meals for One, including a meal plan, shopping list, and recipes is set to publish on September 22 and is now available for pre-launch sale.  http://amzn.to/1ujOOhd

To make a review you just scroll down the page where the book is featured on Amazon. It’s easy. There are examples of other reviews to help you understand.

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WOW Woman of the Week:  Leticia Duenas is one of the longest term members in Go WOW dating back to 2005! This was actually before WOW started and I was coaching for See Jane Run. At that time Leticia was single and without children. She is now married and has two young boys! Talk about some life changes. Thank you for your friendship and support of WOW Leticia. It’s been quite a journey and we’re just getting started!

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September Birthdays: Jacqueline Rickman, Jessica McElroy, Janet Mc Gee, Tami Price, Mayra Montoya, Sharon Alberts, Joann Denning, Mary Sue Weston Thomas, Sophie Jani, Tiffany Akins-Dunbar, Dawn Robinson, Julia Halsne. Happy Birthday September Girls!

Coach Tip of the Week:  Race week! This is the time to focus on lots of rest, eating good, healthy food, staying hydrated, and visualizing your race day. I encourage you to mentally picture and physically go through the transitions from swim to bike to run (triathlon) or run to bike to run (duathlon). This weekend will be a learning experience for all of us and should also be fun! Be sure to plan to join us afterward for breakfast at Dean’s Restaurant in Pleasanton.

Here we go!

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Marathon Minute: – http://www.gowowteam.com  . Stepping out of your comfort zone? Lauren shares her recent experience with this.

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Go WOW News

Dear WOW Ladies and Interested Readers,

Last Sunday at Point Isabel was so much fun! We had new faces – Jennifer; returning faces like teachers Erin ConklinKathrina Weekes and Kathleen Gadway; and we also had some women checking out their bikes after taking a few decades’ hiatus – Go Ellen Gordon! It was also nice to see Jessica Mangaccat, Tricia O, and Julia Halsne walking their dogs.

And of course we had a super group of runners and walkers who show up on a fairly regular basis and make it all worth being somewhere by 8AM on a Sunday morning. Super Sunday. Really fun!

While the triathlon is the big thing for this weekend and we encourage all of you to come out and participate or support The TEAM, we also have a workout planned at Emeryville Marina. Lori Whittock will head up that workout for runners and walkers with our half marathon trainees going for 10 miles or 120 minutes (whichever comes first). Thank you Lori, for helping out!

Broads Run Broadway is Saturday, September 27, Saturday night, 6PM in downtown Oakland. You can still register for this fun, costume event and join several of your WOW Teammates in this low key, untimed, 5K (3.1 mile) run, walk, or hop, costume event with prizes and a good looking jacket as part of your registration fee. http://www.corrigansports.com/broads-run-broadway/

I’m still checking on details for our triathlon this weekend and will be organizing a call-in on Thursday evening. If you have any questions or comments about the triathlon OR Broads Run Broadway feel free to call in on Thursday, September 18 at 5:30Pm to talk with Lauren Ganes and Me. The call in number is 1 712-432-3011, Conference Code 211360. Also check on Facebook for updates.

List of GO WOW Participants for this weekend’s Triathlon and Duathlon:

1. Rebecca Malberg

2. Kathleen Davis

3. Gina Assoni Hewlett

4. Nicole Dryden

5. Elaine Porter

6. Ann Ritzma

7. Maria Carmela Keys

8. Stephanie Atwood

9. Cecilia Han

10. Nancy Rivard

11. Eileen Killory

12.  Vera Chrebtow

13.  Leslie Griep

14.  Mayra Montoya

15.  Lauren Ganes

Welcome to newest member Lynn Sanderson!

Here’s to a great race this weekend to all you tri and duathletes!

Go for it!

Coach Stephanie

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Bits and Pieces…

Belly Fat Blowout reduced price from September 17 – 20. If you haven’t picked it up yet, here’s your chance at a reduced rate. 72 hours only. Both Book 1 and 2 are available for only a brief period of time at reduced rates.

Also reduced is Belly Fat Blowout 2, the sequel. 72 hours only!

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Start your own WOW Team neighborhood group. We’ll help! We’re just in the testing stages of this but if you want to start your own group contact StephanieAtwood@gowowliving.com. Let’s expand and share the Go WOW LOVE in your city or state!

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Amazon Books by Best Selling Author Coach Stephanie Atwood

Launched!

Fresh to Freezer Meals for One: Quick and Easy Complete Meal Plan, Shopping List and Recipes. Please leave a review on Amazon.

Coming September 22!

Gluten Free Fresh to Freezer Meals for One: Gluten Free Meal Plan, Shopping List, and Recipes

Scheduled for release in October!

Paleo Meals for One

My books are also available online at our new website at http://gowowliving.com and on Amazon in Kindle format and paperback.

Belly Fat Blow-out 2! http://amzn.to/19hyouV Sequel to the bestselling Belly Fat Blowout 1. Lose inches, balance blood sugar, reduce night sweats, burn fat and be a better athlete.

Belly Fat Blowout Book 1 http://amzn.to/ZkB8A2 . Now in paperback, too.

Run Faster Race Even Better http://amzn.to/WYNXje

Run Faster Race Better http://amzn.to/Wi5Qfg Now in paperback, too.

Journal – A Day of Achievement and Inspiration – in paperback only http://amzn.to/1o9OCjr

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

  • Sunday, September 21 – See Jane Run Sprint Triathlon – WOW is an official training team for this event
  • Saturday, September 27 – Broads Run Broadway – a 5K fun run, especially for women. Go WOW is Official Program Training Team
  • Sunday, November 16 – Big Sur Half Marathon – WOW will make this our “end of season away-event”
  • Sunday, December 14 – Christmas Relays at Lake Merced in San Francisco. WOW will put teams together under WOW (all ages) and BAWRF (age related, competitive teams)

Details for these special events are on meetup. For the full calendar of WOW Workouts go to our website at http://gowowliving.com/calendar-of-events or http://meetup.com/gowowteam

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Photo Credits –

Photo #1 – Book Covers

Photo #2 – Leticia Duenas is second from the left. Also in photo (from left in back) Yolande Sterling, Jeanetta Mack, Coach Stephanie, Ellen Gordon, front Gwenn Smith, Virginia Guinto

Photo #3 – Happy Birthday!

Photo #4 – Go triathletes and duathletes! Photo from the AASK Walk/Run around Lake Merritt in August.

Photo #5 – Eileen Killory at the UN Peace Run

Marathon MInute – Camarederie

CAMARADERIE

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Remember when you ran your first mile?  Then you graduated to running around Lake Merritt?  How about your first 5K?  Did you go on to run a 10K or a half marathon?  And a few WOW members have run full marathons.  Each of these requires dedication and training to reach your personal goal.

Our warmest congratulations to Julia Halsne and Lizette Byer on completing the CIM Marathon last Sunday.  Both women, with determination, persevered through pain to cross that finish line.  It takes plenty of time and dedication to train for a marathon.  It takes mental fortitude to get you to the finish line.  Bravo to these incredible women!

Our relay teams also gave their very best efforts this week-end, including our fast team coming in 2nd in female running groups!

I think the best part of the week-end was the camaraderie of WOW Women at the dinner, within their relay team, on the buses, waiting for team mates at the exchange and again finding team mates at the end of the race.

Our thanks to Coach Stephanie for creating a group that provides friendship and fitness for all women.

Go WOW Team!

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!

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 RIGHT STUFF
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.

GETTING ENOUGH
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.”

PRERACE MEAL PLAN
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 runnersworld.com.

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.