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.
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
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!
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
#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