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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!

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!!

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.

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 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!

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.

• 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

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!

Stephanie Atwood

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

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!


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


Coach Tip of the Week: 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

The Weekly Pep Talk Issue 274 Start March 29, 2015

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

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


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


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

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

You are not alone.

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

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

On to See Jane Run!

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

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


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

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

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


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

Success Teams

by Member Appreciation and Go WOW Coach Lauren Ganes

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

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

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

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

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


Bay Area Go WOW News

Hi Ladies!

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

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

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

We’re super proud of you all!

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Keep the Spirit!

Coach Stephanie

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

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

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


#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!

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


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.


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!


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!


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


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


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!


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!


Amazon Books by Best Selling Author Coach Stephanie Atwood


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


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

WOW Details for Mar 15-21

Stephaney is prepared to go the distance. All 13.1 miles!

Join The WOW Team – Fit Women of the World for fun and some honest sweating as we walk or run our way to lifelong fitness.

Here’s what WOW is up to this week.

Wednesday, 6:30 PM Piedmont High School Track for all abilities

Thursday, 6:30 PM Las Lomas Track in Walnut Creek. Track for all abilities

Saturday, 8:00 AM, Sawyer Camp, San Mateo (20 min south of SF). 60 minutes or more. All abilities welcome.

Sunday, 8:00 AM – Taper at Lake Merritt – All East Bay Women meet here

Twilight 5K Runners, we will talk about your race before we go out on the course

Half Marathoners, we will talk race strategy and details after you finish your 3 laps

8:00 AM – 5K Racers will remain behind to talk about the race details while the half marathoners start on their 3 laps around the lake

9:45 AM – First talk afterward about next week’s race details at the Oakland Running Festival

10:45 AM Second talk about next week’s race details at the Oakland Running Festival

For directions and details on the routes, look at the Directions Tab at the top of the home page

Oakland Running Festival Trainees. Here is this week’s long run/workout

  • 5K – One time around the lake, HARD, pushing it. Get a feeling for the competition
  • Novice Half Marathoners – three times around the lake
  • Intermediate Half Marathoners – three times around the lake
Fitness Forever/Maintenance – One or more times around Lake Merritt. You choose.

EVERYONE does a 5 minute walking warm-up. After that you are free to break into your chosen workout style. If you are timing yourself, wait until you reach mile one to start measuring your time/mile.

Questions? Contact Coach Stephanie at coachstephanie@gowowteam.com
Coach Rob at coachrob@gowowteam.com

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

No longer running but love to walk…

WOW Women Love to Walk - With Strollers, Dogs, or Walking Sticks!

Hi Coach Stephanie – I saw your post to Yanicke and I’m curious about your workouts. I am no longer running, but love to walk. Am not training for marathons.

My questions:

  • Can I bring my 18 month old toddler with me in a stroller (I’m a solo mom)?
  • What do your workouts consist of? I saw the details of an intermediate workout: “10 min warm-up, 6 X 800 hard with 1:30 RI, 10 min. cool-down, stretch”- what does that mean for someone who is walking?
  • Do you have regular workouts that are nearby?
  • I see you’re at the Berkeley Marina – Thank you! K. in Berkeley

    See Coach Stephanie’s answer below in the responses…

    Weekly Pep Talk Start March 8, 2010

    The Weekly Pep Talk – March 8-14, 2010 Almost There!

    This Week is dedicated to Sara N. Your time will come. Do not lose heart.

    Dear WOW Members and Interested Readers,

    We are getting so close to the Oakland Running Festival, the FINAL GOAL for many of you! Are you getting excited? Do you feel prepared? If you have been sticking with the program you are going to be ready for The BIG DAY! It’s just around the corner!

    Last Sunday The WOW Gals were at The Berkeley Marina and many of you completed the 13 mile or 3 hour workout. Everyone had a good workout and the weather was ideal. I was very impressed at the tenacity of each member as she came through the aid station, re-supplied and kept going!

    Claire D and Elke V led the pack, while Joanne G and puppy swept the course. Julie Y has made tremendous progress and her tenacity is laudable. Heidi H is so steady and determined. And then we have Ann B, Stephaney C, Jennifer B and Jennifer W, Jessica M, Brenna J, Gini H, Kathryn L, and Kathleen G. Each of you is …Click here for the rest of the news…


    There’s lots more to this weekly pep talk! Don’t miss all the good stuff… See for yourself.

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

    WOW Workouts Mar 1-7, 2010

    Join The WOW Team – Fit Women of the World for fun and some honest sweating as we walk or run our way to lifelong fitness.

    Listen up. This stuff is important!

    by Coach Stephanie Atwood

    Tuesday, 6:00 AM Kezar Track, San Francisco, 60 minute intervals for runners only. Must RSVP by Monday at 9:00 AM

    Wednesday, 6:30 PM Piedmont High School Track for all abilities

    Thursday, 6:30 PM Las Lomas Track in Walnut Creek. Track for all abilities

    Saturday, 8:00 AM, Sawyer Camp, San Mateo. All Abilities Welcome

    Sunday, 8:00 AM. Practice at The Berkeley Marina. Meet at Sea Breeze Market

    For directions and details on the routes, look at the Directions Tab at the top of the home page

    Oakland Running Festival Trainees. Here is this week’s long run/workout

    • 5K – 60 minutes*
    • Novice Half Marathoners – 3 hours or 13.1miles, whichever comes first
    • Intermediate Half Marathoners – 13.1 miles (1 miles warm-up) plus 12.1 miles on pace
    Fitness Forever? – 60 minutes or more. You choose.
    EVERYONE does a 5 minute walking warm-up. After that you are free to break into your chosen workout style. If you are timing yourself, wait until you reach mile one to start measuring your time/mile.

    *Depends on your ability – go for at least 45 minutes “pushing yourself”. The rest is to increase your time on your feet.

    Questions? Contact Coach Stephanie at coachstephanie@gowowteam.com
    Coach Rob at go@gowowteam.com

    Go WOW Team!

    The Weekly Pep Talk Feb 22-28, 2010

    Lauren G, glad to have the hills out of the way. On to the food at our Lafayette Reservoir Run
    Go Ellen Go!

    The Weekly Pep Talk – February 22-28, 2010

    This week is dedicated to Sarah T. Thank you for helping with the SF WOW Team!

    Dear WOW Members and Interested Readers,

    Did you all have as much fun as I, last Sunday? What a great day! In spite of the weather it was a super experience. I can’t say enough good about lululemon coming through with that fantastic brunch. Thank you to Sylvia, Lindsay, and Baker Junnell. Thank you to Sylvia’s family for their help, too. Thank you to the entire lululemon staff for their support of The WOW Team. When can we do it again?

    Week 8 of 12 weeks! WOW! This weekend is a 12 miler or 2 hours and 40 minutes (whichever comes first); next week 13 miles; the week after 14 miles; 10 miles, then…Race Day! You 5K Trainees are on the same time plan with a lighter mileage schedule. In fact, your training time is up to 60 minutes and will stay there for the remainder of the training. VERY CIVILIZED!

    Volunteers needed for our 13 mile practice run March 7 – Volunteers needed for our upcoming training workout on the Oakland Half Marathon Course. Bring out the spouse? The WOW Team and LMJS will practice on the actual course on March 7.

    I need:

    1. A bicyclist or runner to accompany me while marking the course in the morning. Time requirement (6:30 to 8:00 AM approximately)

    2. People to “man” the aid station at 6 miles (approximately). This can be any age. We’ll offer water, energy drink, gu, and oranges (maybe). This could be an individual, a family, friends, whatever. Time requirement from (8:00AM to 10:00 approximately). Please let me know if you are interested in assisting. Contact Coach Stephanie at coachstephanie@gowowteam.com

    We have new photos from Lafayette Reservoir on facebook


    There are also some photos on the website so check’em out. Thank you to Lauren G and Ellen G for taking these great photos.

    Granola, please? – Dear lululemon, Sarah K loved your granola. Do you have a recipe you would share? Thank you very much. The WOW Team.

    Confirming this weekend – I apologize for the delay on the WPT (Weekly Pep Talk). It kind of got away from me and now it’s already Friday. You can usually find all the information you need on our website and on the meetup sites for each region.

    Saturday’s workout is in San Francisco at 8:00 and includes a 60 minute tempo run starting at Judah and The Great Highway and will head over to Land’s End. It’s a hilly course – 6 miles out and back. For competent runners only, led by Sarah T. Go WOW Team on Meetup

    Sunday we offer two separate locations for all WOW Members. Walkers, runners, run/walkers, Running Festival trainees and general fitness women – Everyone! We’ll meet at 8:00 at Arbolado Park in Walnut Creek or Sawyer Camp in San Mateo. You can RSVP at http://meetup.com/gowowteam or Go WOW Team on Meetup, or http://meetup.com/go-wow-team-sobay

    Details for all these workouts are on the main WOWwebsite at http://gowowteam.com

    Beyond Training – Running and Racing Your Best

    Join running professionals Coach Stephanie Atwood, Dr. Selina Shah, and Chi Running/Walking Instructor Hazel Wood for an afternoon symposium about running your best and getting the most out of your training. Details for this March 13 Workshop in Walnut Creek are available through THE WOW Website or http://stridebystride.com. Register before March 6 and save 20%.

    Make comments, please. I love to hear from you! Go to http://gowowteam.com/comments and write away!

    The WOW Team Challenge – Level 1 Bags are ready. Turn in your times and claim your prize! Details on the website at http://gowowteam.com/wow-team-challenge/

    We’re a Team! The Shape up SF Walking Challenge is back in 2010 – The WOW Team is signed up and ready for you to join. Just go to the link below and look for our team under the join team menu. We’re listed as Go WOW Team. Anyone, anywhere can join and get prizes for walking, running, exercising of any sort. It’s fun and it helps keep us on our fitness targets. http://www.shapeupsfwalkingchallenge.com/home

    Race Discounts

    March 27/28 – The Oakland Half Marathon and Twilight 5K = $5 WOW Coupon Code – Whether you register for the Twilight 5K on March 27 or the Half Marathon on March 28, you can save some money by using our WOW Team Discount. It is also a bit cheaper to sign up on Active.com rather through register by mail. The link is http://www.shapeupsfwalkingchallenge.com/home

    When asked about the name of the group put Go WOW Team! The $5 discount code is WoW2010. It is case sensitive. The same discount applies to all races. We were given 50 total slots so sign up soon! Please let me know if you have questions.

    April 18 – Martinez Brickyard – 4 or 8 Miler in Martinez $17.00 Discount Price for WOW Members

    May 16 – Bay to Breakers – 12 K, 7.2 miles. Group Discount for $39.00

    July 25 – SF Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, Progressive Marathon – Discount TBA

    Here’s to fitness and fun as a group. Thank you for being a part of The WOW Team!

    Coach Stephanie – coachstephanie@gowowteam.com

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    “Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.” – Tom Hopkins

    WOW Workouts Feb 8-14

    Go WOW Team!

    For the Week of February 8-14, 2010

    Here’s what WOW is up to this week. Join The WOW Team – Fit Women of the World for fun and some honest sweating as we walk or run our way to lifelong fitness.

    Tuesday, 6:00 AM Kezar Track, San Francisco, 60 minutes for runners only, not walkers, yet.

    Wednesday, 6:30 PM Piedmont High School Track for all abilities

    Thursday, 6:30 PM Las Lomas Track in Walnut Creek. Track for all abilities.

    Saturday, 8:00 AM, Java Beach at the Zoo. Tempo Run 60 minutes

    Sunday – 2 Separate Workouts
    8:00 AM, Harbor Bay Ferry, Alameda 45 minutes to 10 Miles

    8:00 AM Heather Farms, 45 minutes to 10 Miles

    Oakland Running Festival Workouts
    5K – 45 to 60 minutes (5 min warm-up, 30 minutes steady, remainder of time DPA*)
    Novice Half Marathoners – 2 hours (120 minutes)
    Intermediate Half Marathoners – 10 miles
     Fitness Forever? – 60 minutes or more. You choose.
    *Depends on your ability – go for at least 30 minutes “pushing yourself”. The rest is to increase your time on your feet. 

    Questions? Contact Coach Stephanie at coachstephanie@gowowteam.com
    or Coach Rob at coachrob@gowowteam.com

    Go WOW Team!

    10 Miler Feb 14

    The WOW Half Marathon Training Team will be moving for 2 hours or 10 miles (whichever comes first) on February 14! That’s getting up there! Be sure to bring extra water or energy drink, a snack, and layers of clothing. The 5K Titans will cover a civilized 45 minutes to 60 minutes in preparation for their upcoming 5K Race on March 27.

    February 14, 2010

    WOW Workout10 Miler at Harbor Bay – Alameda – Follow the link

    10 Miler at Heather Farms Park – Walnut Creek – no route link yet but look at Go WOW Team on Meetup for details

    The Weekly Pep Talk Start January 25, 2010

    The Weekly Pep Talk, Week 4 of 2010 – You are doing it! January 25 – 31, 2010

    This week is dedicated to Cathy D who, with her buddy Pat G, is training to walk her first half marathon. Keep it up! You’re doing great Cathy!

     Dear WOW Members and Interested Readers,

    The weather didn’t cooperate during the week but, our weekend workouts were all relatively dry. And you ladies were out there pounding the pavement! Good work! I heard that Tami, Joanne, Pat, Cathy, Jen, Jessica, and Coach Rob put in their time at Arbolado Park while Kathleen, Gini, Mayra, Heidi, Ellen, Kerry, Marlene, Helene, Sara, LyFranshua, Claire, Jennifer, Sarah, Yelda, Lauren, Rachel, Susan, Kara, Julie, Marly, and I met at the Emeryville Marina to do our miles. If I missed your name I apologize. You didn’t sign in, that’s all!

    Thank you to Kara Waltz (Alive Chiropractic) and Jessica Medsger, PT at Sutter Health who, along with yours truly, talked about common injuries and prevention. This was our third in the series. Next week we’ll talk about breathing, pacing, and hills. Each week we try to bring you additional information that can help you cross that finish line or up the fitness level without injury and with a smile on your face!

    The ladies did anything from 40 minutes to 7 miles and all looked super. By the way, our Saturday group ran at the Presidio in SF. Sarah, Kim, Kerry, Filomena, Lizzy and I welcomed new member Brynden who did a great run along the Embarcadero over to Green Street and back. It spit a bit, off and on, but compared to the weekdays, the weather was Perfect!

    Bookmark our new website at http://gowowteam.com. We are adding more details and useful information every day. Please be sure to look at what’s happening this week with our workouts. We list track details, locations, routes, times, etc. all on that same site. You’ll also find training programs and payment options, and more. This week’s workout details are all there, waiting for you to check them out.

    Mark your calendars! – On the calendar tab you can view ALL WOW WORKOUTS for the entire Bay Area. Remember that, once you join the WOW Team you can come to any workout, anywhere. http://gowowteam.com/calendar  By responding to the workout write up for the week you can also RSVP if you aren’t a member of meetup.com

    Our 4th week of training already – Believe it or not, this is our 4th week already in 2010. If you have been actively participating you should be noticing a difference. If you are slacking off, DON’T! You can do this! Believe in yourself! Let The WOW Team help.

    In the next few weeks we have several special workouts. Please try to come to each of them:

    February 21 – WOW Fun Run/Practice in Walnut Creek with a brunch afterward sponsored by lululemon. Come out and run your workout from 50 minutes up to 11 miles and celebrate that we are HALF WAY through our training for The Oakland Running Festival Half Marathon and 5K! This will be the ONLY workout site for the day.

    February 28 – WOW Members will do their 12 miles, 2 hours 40 minutes, or 60 minute workouts at Sawyer Camp, San Mateo. This site is a great place to check your pace, speed, and stamina on a gorgeous out and back route. Coach Rob may also offer a WC workout but this location will be the “Inner East Bay” location for the day. I chose it because it is fun, safe, and a great place to put in the time and check your pace with mile markers along the route.

    March 7 – All WOW Members will meet in Oakland to practice on the actual half marathon course. We will meet up with the Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders to practice on the real thing – the actual Oakland Half Marathon Course. Come on out and join us! Afterward, anyone who wants to “splurge” on the seafood buffet at the Lake Chalet (on Lake Merritt) can certainly eat without guilt and partake of the delicious seafood! This will be the ONLY workout site for all members.

    Weekly Workout Information – This week’s current workout information will be confirmed and posted on the main website and on each local geographic site.

    http://meetup.com/gowowteam – All East Bay Go WOW Groups of Awesome Women check for details here.

    Let us know if you have any questions:


    We try not to cancel even if it rains! However, I think we did the right thing last week. Check the main website about 2 hours in advance for any possible changes. http://gowowteam.com/home

    There is a charge for WOW workouts. For pre-paid members there is no extra charge. For drop-ins, the $7 fee includes any presentation, followed by the running or walking workout after. We hope to see you there!

    WOW is a happening thing, because of you! You make the difference! Go for it!

    To Fitness! Coach Stephanie

    Coach Stephanie Atwood
    Road Runners Club of America Certified Long Distance Running Coach
    National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
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    With long distance running, sports nutrition, and personal training certification, Master’s Competitor Stephanie Atwood is the ideal trainer and coach. Stephanie also speaks about being “Fit for Life”, a story of tragedy and triumph that ranges from winning races, climbing Everest, death, cancer, and growing up as a DeBolt – the family that inspired the Academy Award winning movie “Who Are The DeBolts and How Did They Get 19 Children?”.

    The WOW Team is an official club registered with Road Runners Clubs of America.

    Weekly Pep Talk Start January 11, 2010

    January 11 – 17, 2010

    WOW Relay Team Members at CIM 2009

    Here’s what WOW is up to this week.  Join The WOW Team – Fit Women of the World for fun and some honest sweating as we walk or run our way to lifelong fitness.

    Note: Training for The Oakland Festival in March – either the half marathon or the Twilight 5K has already started. It’s not too late to  join! Ask us for details and the free training programs for novice or intermediate, runner or walker, half marathon or 5K. You can do this!

    Join us for your training whether you have a specific goal or just want to stay fit and have some fun at the same time. Go WOW Team!

    Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:00 AM New Time!  Kezar Track, San Francisco, 60 minutes for runners only. This is a hard, fast,running workout, not geared to walkers or walker/runners. Both Wednesday and Thursday track workouts include walkers and runners.
    Wednesday, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
    Piedmont High School Track for all abilities (including fitness for walkers)

    Thursday, 6:30 – 7:30 PM Las Lomas Track, Walnut Creek for walker/runners and runners

    Saturday, 8:00 AM Meet at Java Beach at the Zoo for 60 minutes. Must be a competent runner who can run for 60 minutes minimum. Drop-ins are always welcome.

    Sunday, 8:00 AM Meet at the Harbor Bay Ferry Landing in Alameda to walk, run, or walk/run. Minimum 60 minutes for all.

    Sunday, 8:00 AM at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek to walk, run, or walk/run. Minimum 60 minutes for all.

    All participants will do an initial 5 minute walking warm-up. After that the Twilight 5K walkers or runners will do 30 minutes steady plus 30 more minutes at any pace to equal 60 minutes total. Half marathon novice trainees will do 70 minutes, Half marathon intermediate trainees will do 7 miles. The rest of us can keep the pressure low and just do what feels right.

    Questions? Contact gowowteam@gmail.com

    Please RSVP at


    Directions – go to the tab at the top of the page and scroll to your chosen location.

    Stephanie Atwood is a nationally certified long distance running coach, personal trainer, and founder of The WOW Team, a women’s running and walking group in the Greater Bay Area. The WOW Team – Fit Women of the World meets throughout the Bay Area, several times each week. Drop-ins are encouraged.