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Jump Start Your Summer and Fall Training with WOW!

50 in 100

The WOW Team is adding 50 new members in the next 100 days and we want YOU!


A run like no other through the Napa Valley


Here is what the WOW Team Offers Every Day:

Professional Coaching with personalized training and goal setting

More than 7 neighborhood workouts (walking, running, speed work, and tempo runs) each week throughout the greater Bay Area. You may attend one or all!

Support online and through mentors (don’t live in the area? Train with WOW through our virtual support and coaching)

Ongoing enrollment. Join ANY time!


Best of the Best

The WOW Team was voted Best Bay Area Women's Run Club for 2012 by an ABC7 Poll.
Join the BEST. Be Your BEST!

Go WOW Team at See Jane Run Half Marathon 2011!


Summer Specials

May
Sports Nutrition Clinic every Saturday, online
Free at meetup.com/gowowteam


June
Power Walking Clinics

  Intermediate Running Clinics

    Starts June 6 in Walnut Creek, 5 Weeks $89. Here is the link
    Starts June 13 in Oakland/Piedmont, 5 Weeks $99. Here is the link

Hill and Pacing Clinics

Free to Members or Join Specific Event on Meetup


July
Start to train for

San Jose Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon Oct 4

  Humboldt Redwoods Half Marathon Oct 21


 


Special Prices

Sign up with a buddy and split the initial membership fee 50/50


Sign up in May for a $20 rebate*


Sign up in June for a $10 rebate*


Sign up by July 16, just in time to start training for fall 5K Walks through Full Marathons and get a $5 rebate

*(once we get all your paperwork)

Register Now

What better time to start your new lifetime of fitness?

Getting started: Details for you to join the WOW Team, as a full subscriber, or a drop-in are available on our website at Go WOW Team
 

Go WOW Team!

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You are always welcome with the WOW Team!

The Weekly Pep Talk – See Jane Run Here Comes the WOW Team!

The Weekly Pep Talk #189
Start April 9, 2012

Words to Live By: Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. – Michael Pritchard

WOW Woman of the Week:  Robbi Cook, from humble beginnings, you stuck with the program and made big progress. And, it’s not over yet. Keep up the good work Robbi. You are doing just what I hoped for WOW Members, making this an ongoing part of your life. Perfect!

Upcoming Events of Note:

Details for these special events are on meetup or below


Dear WOW Members and Interested Readers,

Vacations are good for many reasons. They allow you to look at things differently. I had a great trip to Boston and New York with my daughter and was pleasantly surprised by the insight gained while away. You women, in the WOW Team, who run with me on a regular basis, are very special. I know this! This was not the insight. What I realized was that I need to let you know how much I appreciate what we share.
In context, many of you are aware that I want the WOW Team to expand and be a national (eventually international) program. I want to accomplish this through online coaching support and neighborhood workout groups throughout the country.
However, without you, WOW Team local members, I would not know what a successful program we have. I would not have realized how meaningful our relationships have become and how, over time, we have grown as athletes! We are truly a team! We support each other; we push each other; we make each other accountable; we develop friendships; we grow because of knowing each other; we pace each other; we are creating lifetime fitness because we have found the pieces that make fitness an ongoing and essential segment of how we live. WOW!
When I had the time and space to realize this I knew the next step was to tell you, each of you and all of you how special we are as a group. WOW Team Members share a bond that, when given time to grow, taken seriously, and committed to, gives us the priceless gift of belonging. We belong together as WOW Members and each of us is better individually for what we gain from being a group.
Please share what we have, as WOW Team Members, with other women. Our gift will become more valuable with each new woman who shares the magic with us.

Go WOW Team! – Coach Stephanie


Sunday Talk about Knee Pain and How to Prevent or Treat It – Dr Sandy Baird will talk to us this coming Sunday in Emeryville – We have rescheduled guest speaker, Dr. Sandy Baird, from InnerSport in Berkeley. Sandy will be talking to us about preventing and managing knee pain in runners. She can be reached at drsandy@innersport.com. Sandy will be talking at about 10:00 and will also offer one on one consultation. Her bio is very impressive and is listed in full on the meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/GoWOWTeam/events/44872112/.

Bring a snack and plan to stay after the workout to listen to Dr. Sandy.


Nike Lottery is Open. Deadline to Register April 20
Lizette and Laura have been helping with details on the WOW Team training for the Nike Half Marathon on Sunday, October 14, 2012. If you want to join the lottery group drawing with WOW for this event, you must register by April 20! Details are on the Winners Circle and on the Nike site. Be sure to use our code listed above. You will not be charged unless we get into the lottery.

Whether or not we get into Nike, we will also train for the San Jose Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon on October 7 and (unofficially) some women want to train for the Redwoods Half Marathon on October 21. We have a full fall ahead of us


Summer Hiatus – Just so you know my plans, WOW will use the summer to work on technique and developing an individualized, year round, fitness program. We will keep our workouts shorter for the month of June (after racing at See Jane Run) through Monday, July 16 when we will begin picking it up again for San Jose or Nike in the fall.

Why and how? – If, in fact, WOW is to be a year-round, ongoing fitness program, we all need some down time, some maintenance time, some lower intensity periods. How to do this? Use the summer for shorter, more skill-focused, and fun runs, just for the heck of it! Want to enter a few 5 or 10K races? This is the time! Want to try a cross country race or tough mudder, trail run? Go for it! A summer break means you have an opportunity to work on your own goals… or not.

Track Clinics, Hill Workouts, etc.- I’ll add a few more skiils to your portfolio during the summer that you can practice as you enjoy your freedom of movement, just for the heck of it!

Does this sound OK? Let me know your thoughts.


Sports Nutrition and Weight Control – I want to invite you to a talk this Saturday that will introduce you to some nutrition concepts related to sports, weight loss and good health, overall. It will be right before my normal online coaching call and everyone is invited to participate. Please RSVP on meetup if you plan to attend and I will send the call-in information.

Time: 2:45 – 3:00, Saturday, April 14
Topic: Sports Nutrition – Energy and Weight Control
Where: WOW’s Virtual Coaching World
Cost: No Charge
RSVP: on meetup


Upcoming Random Races and Opportunities:
April 14thRedwood City, Sequoia Stampede, http://www.seqstampede.com/Stampede.html
April 22, 2012 – Auburn Endurance Capital Marathon, http://www.endurancemarathon.org
May 5 – 2012http://www.ocmarathon.com http://www.ocmarathon.com/ The OC Marathon and Half Marathon
May 5-6, 2012 – Gather your friends, co-workers or families (12 member teams).  Decorate 2 vans.  Dress your best (costumes optional).  Walk 128 miles or run 199 miles (3 times each, 5 miles in rotation) from the Wine Country, across the Golden Gate Bridge at midnight, to Santa Cruz.  Join California’s Longest Party on 650.508.9700 or email run@therelay.com.
May 6, 2012 – Divas Half Marathon in San Francisco Bay – http://www.runlikeadiva.com
May 17 – 19 – Fargo Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 10K, 5K, and Youth Run, http://www.fargomarathon.com
May 20 – The 101st Running of Zazzle Bay to Breakers – Discount Code for WOW Members on our website at gowowteam.com
June 3, 2012 See Jane Run Half Marathon and 5K in Alameda – http://www.seejanerun.com/t-See-Jane-Run-Half-Marathon-and-5K-registration.aspx
July 29, 2012Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day http://www.thesfmarathon.com
Aug 26, 2012 – Santa Rosa Marathon / Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – thesantarosamarathon.com
Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day
October 7, 2012 – San Jose Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-jose
October 21, 2012 – Humboldt Redwoods Half and Full Marathon http://www.redwoodsmarathon.org
November 11, 2012 Malibu Marathon, Half Marathon and Supathlon – www.malibumarathon.com / www.malibusupathlon.com
November 18, 2012 – The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Scottsdale-Tempe
www.womenshalfmarathon.com/scottsdale-tempe


Photo #1 – Iris T and Robbi C after See Jane Run 2011. Photo by Lauren Ganes
Photo #2 – The WOW Team after See Jane Run 2011 – Photo by Lesley’s Hubby
Photo #3 – I really do love this photo from Lafayette Reservoir – by Lauren Ganes
Photo #4 – More Lafayette Reservoir – by Lauren Ganes
Photo #5 – At the Oakland RunFest Expo – Photo by Kosheno’s special friend


Note: If you have a question and are not yet a member of the WOW Team, post it on our Go WOW Team public Facebook Page and I’ll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Members can post on The Winners Circle, our private facebook page. I’ll check in on both. Go WOW Team!

Track!

Go Eileen! Got to warm you up!

Track for the week of March 12 – 18, 2012

Warm up on the track for 5 – 10 minutes (3 – 4 laps)

6 X 800 meters (2 laps) hard with 400 meters at a recovery pace (easy jog or walk). The recovery phase is to keep you moving but allow time to recover partially, not fully.

Cool-down of 2 – 3 laps

Stretch

Please make any comments on our public Facebook page or on the Winners’ Circle. Thank you!



The Weekly Pep Talk – Less than 2 Weeks to Oakland and 12 Weeks for See Jane Run

The Weekly Pep Talk #185
Start March 12, 2012

Words to live by:  "Do the thing and you will have the power." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Woman of the Week: Pam Skiles – as humble as they come. Soooo much improvement!  
 
Coach Stephanie’s Tip:  Time to focus on the other aspects of racing and tapering beyond the physical training.

  • Plan your water and snack stops based on the actual course. How will you handle them?
  • Determine what you will wear and why
  • Take time to visualize yourself on the course, running effortlessly and with confidence.  Go over this scenario several times in the next period before your race
  • Be mentally and physically prepared for a wonderful, exciting (maybe a bit scary) day! 

Dear WOW Women and Interested Readers,
 
Our longest training day is now out of the way. Whether it was 14 miles (woo hoo!) or a shorter, faster practice for the relay or 5K you ladies rocked it!

The focus for most of us is the upcoming Oakland Run Fest. That said I want us all to remember that WOW is here for us FOREVER (I hope)!  Wherever you are in your training, let’s do it together, have fun, push ourselves, and be assured that this is what the WOW Team is truly about – lifetime fitness, friendship and fun.

Can you feel the fitness vibes? Go WOW Team!
 
We had more than 20 women show up last Sunday at Point Isabel.  This included 4 new (or almost new) women. Janette, Emily, Gloria and new WOW Member Vera ran with us and those women were MOVING!
 
It was good to see Christie, Pat and Lauren again after their being away. Laura, I loved seeing you out there again and love your positive attitude.
 
Kudos to all of you “regulars” who showed up on Saturday or Sunday. Elaine, Mary Sue, Eileen, Michaela, Amanda, Iris, Lizette, Ann, Kyoung, Julie, Pam, Kathy W, Robbi, and Rowena who made the daylight savings time adjustment. Lesley and Lily showed up too, just about an hour after starting time! Good that you did the workout ladies, all of you!
 
We also missed a couple of you who were out sick. Get well Ellen, Colleen and Christy.
 
If I missed your name, and you were present this week, please forgive me. I try to mention everyone and rely heavily on our sign-in sheet to help my recall. Each of you matters so much! Accept my apology if I ever skip your name. It is not intentional, believe me…
 
And, for those of you reading this, who have not attended recently, please join us soon! We miss you!
 
To women everywhere and especially you wonderful WOW Members; you make my dream of bringing fitness to all women, more of a reality, every time you participate. Thank you! You are amazing!

Go for it!
Coach Stephanie


This Week with WOW:

Come to our kick-offs and orientations this week:

  • March 14 – Wednesday, Track in SF, 6:15 AM, Walnut Creek, 6:30 PM, Tempo run or walk at Lake Merritt, 6:30 PM
  • March 15 – Virtual Orientation, Call-in on Thursday, 6:30 PM. Learn about WOW. Learn about training for See Jane Run Half Marathon or 5K.
  • March 17 – Neighborhood Kick-off to train for See Jane Run, Saturday, 8:30 AM
  • March 17 – Virtual Orientation, Call-in on Saturday, 2:30 PM. Learn about WOW. Learn about training for See Jane Run Half Marathon or 5K
  • March 18 – First Neighborhood Training for See Jane Run. Taper run for Oakland. Celebration for All! 8 AM 

Details and RSVP on http://meetup.com/gowowteam


15 Minute Quickies

As part of my continued efforts to get quality information to each and every one of you, in a convenient and current format, here is a link to the first of my series of15 Minute Quickies. TheseMP3 format downloads can be listened to at your convenience and have invaluable information on all aspects of training. This first one is titled Tapering, and is geared to all of you who will be racing in less than 2 weeks. Please let me know what you think. Here is the link http://www.mediafire.com/file/uoofrln3r81e1qr/Tapering.mp3  The information should be very helpful and the entire presentation is less than 15 minutes!
 
Next Title – Week 1 of 12 – Start Training for a Half Marathon. What to do each day of your first week.
 
Please let me know your thoughts and, if you have any topics you would like me to speak about. Enter your comments on our public Facebook page at http://facebook.com/gowowteam  or the Winners’ Circle – for members only.


Congratulations to Kelly Woodard who ran a super marathon in Napa, two weeks ago. Go Kelly!


Train for See Jane Run, March 14, 17, 18th
Join our virtual community on March 14th or 17th to learn about WOW and training for See Jane Run or come to our neighborhood Lake Merritt Kick-off and meet Coach Stephanie in person. Actual training starts March 18…


Intermediate to Advanced Training Strategy for your Next Race
Ready to kick up the training a notch? This series of calls, offered by Coach Stephanie, will enhance your training when you are ready to talk “pace, distance, speed, and calculated strategies“for improving what you’ve already started.  If you are able to train at a sustained heart rate of 80% or higher for 30 – 60 minutes, three times a week (or more), you will benefit from what your Coach can offer you in this training. Starting Saturday, April 7, Coach Stephanie will record a series of calls from members submitting questions ahead of time. These calls will start at 3:00 and the topic will be discussed for 15 minutes with questions and dialog following. Post your questions on Ask Coach Stephanie on Facebook, please

  • Intermediate to Advanced Level Training
  • Starts Saturday, April 7 at 3:00 PM, PST
  • These calls will also be recorded for later listening
  • A neighborhood clinic will be added soon to enhance your training. Stay tuned

March 18 is a Taper Workout or Starting point for See Jane Run
Finally, you get to taper! Half Marathoners do 10 miles or 90 minutes, whichever comes first. Relay, 5K, and new SJR Trainees will do 75 minutes or 7 miles, whichever comes first.

Bring snack food to Walden Park and, in addition to our workout, we will add a little pre-race “getting psyched up “celebration, education, and race details session. For new recruits or women continuing on with training for See Jane Run, I will also go through the 12 week training plan and other details for newcomers. Should be a fun day.

On Sunday we have scheduled guest speaker, Dr. Sandy Baird, from Inner Sport in Berkeley. Sandy will be talking to us about preventing and managing knee pain in runners. She can be reached at drsandy@innersport.com. Sandy will be talking at about 10:00 and will also offer one on one consultation. Her bio is very impressive and is listed in full on the meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/GoWOWTeam/events/44872112/


March 25 – Post Race Pasta Feed at Michaela’s!
Wonderful WOW Member Michaela R. and husband Tony have offered to host a post-race pasta feed for WOW Members and their families. You Must RSVP so we know who is attending. Starting between 4 – 5 on Sunday, March 25, Michaela and Tony will provide killer home-made pasta sauce (vegetarian, I believe) with meatballs on the side. Each of us is asked to bring a side salad or other side dish and a beverage of choice. RSVP on meetup please. We’ll send directions to all who RSVP.


 
Welcome Saturday Power Walkers! We have a new group of women who are POWER Walkers training every Saturday with coaching from me, every other week. Welcome to Dawn P, Michelle S, Willie, and Donna R. These ladies walk fast! They start at 7AM then stay to walk with the WOW Fitness Walkers at 8:30. The goal is probably Nike Women’s or San Jose Rock’n’Roll in October. Ready to start training with the WOW Team Power Walkers? Info on meetup…
 
Don’t forget! Training for See Jane Run 5K and Half Marathon starts This Week

  • Virtual Kickoff on March 15 and March 17
  • Neighborhood Kickoff on March 17
  • Practice starts March 18

Details are on Meetup at http://meetup.com/gowowteam


Success Teams are Forming! Join us!
 
If you are interested in learning more, in general about Success Team Calls, you can look at a brief slide presentation at https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=ddqwb8vg_17jkmw8c9 and let us know that you would like to attend. These Success Calls are really fun and uplifting. Try to participate if you can. All WOW Members are eligible.


Still Needed! – Oakland Expo Volunteers Needed – The WOW Team needs volunteers to help at the Oakland Run Fest Expo. We can use members or friends and family. Here is what we need:
 
Friday, March 23 – Setup. 2 volunteers plus Coach Stephanie
 
Saturday, March 24 – Expo opens about 8AM. We’ll do 2 hour shifts until closing time (need to check times) so need 10 – 15 volunteers (this is the day you have to pick up your race bib so you’ll be coming anyway). This day it is best to have WOW Members at our booth if possible because you will be talking with the public and handing out postcards, etc. about the WOW Team.
 
Sunday, March 25 – The WOW Team has a booth at the race pavilion where we can leave stuff and meet and so on. We need non-participants so this is a good one to recruit family and friends.
 Details to follow. Times needed are from 45 minutes before race time to about 1:00. We will also need some clean-up here, after the race.  
 
ORF Helpers: Thanks to the ladies below. I need more!
Iris T – Friday
Ellen G – as needed
Lauren G – as needed
Colleen B – expo
Eileen K – expo
Pam S – Race Day Tent


Nike Women’s Marathon and Half Marathon in October – Contact Lizette if you are interested in participating. Facebook is best for starters…


Post your love for the WOW Team on Yelp.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/go-wow-team-oakland
 
Recap from prior weeks:
Coaching calls are now happening on Saturday at 2:30 PM. The phone number has changed. Please RSVP on the Winners’ Circle for this week. Thanks!
 
Be sure to look over the Resources Page on the WOW Team website to realize ALL the VALUE of your WOW Membership. Here is the link http://gowowteam.com/resources
 
Post on Winners Circle every week – From Eileen’s great idea of starting a living WOW journal I am requesting that each of us post a training entry of some sort each week, on the Winners Circle. I will start today and encourage everyone to follow suit. This is a way for you to be accountable to each other and to share your thoughts and feelings about your training – ANY ASPECT! Let’s see where we can go with this. http://www.facebook.com/groups/244142088969843/295132213870830/
 
Arrive early; win a prize – WOW Sunday workouts start at 8:00. Please try to be at the meeting area, ready to rock and roll at that time or sooner.  To reward those of you who follow through with this I’m offering a drawing while I have goodies to give away.
 
Upcoming random races and opportunities:
March 25, 2012 – Oakland Running Festival, http://www.oaklandmarathon.com
April 14thRedwood City, Sequoia Stampede, http://www.seqstampede.com/Stampede.html
April 22, 2012 – Auburn Endurance Capital Marathon, http://www.endurancemarathon.org
May 5, http://www.ocmarathon.com/ The OC Marathon and Half Marathon
May 5-6, 2012 – Gather your friends, co-workers or families (12 member teams).  Decorate 2 vans.  Dress your best (costumes optional).  Walk 128 miles or run 199 miles (3 times each, 5 miles in rotation) from the Wine Country, across the Golden Gate Bridge at midnight, to Santa Cruz.  Join California’s Longest Party on 650.508.9700 or email run@therelay.com.
May 6, 2012 – Divas Half Marathon in San Francisco Bay – http://www.runlikeadiva.com
May 17 – 19 – Fargo Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, 10K, 5K, and Youth Run, http://www.fargomarathon.com
May 20 – The 101st Running of Zazzle Bay to Breakers – Discount Code for WOW Members on our website at gowowteam.com
June 3, 2012 See Jane Run Half Marathon and 5K in Alameda – http://www.seejanerun.com/t-See-Jane-Run-Half-Marathon-and-5K-registration.aspx
July 29, 2012Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day http://www.thesfmarathon.com
Aug 26, 2012 – Santa Rosa Marathon / Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – thesantarosamarathon.com
Sept 21, 2012 7th Annual Run at Work Day
November 18, 2012 – The Lady Speed Stick® Women’s Half Marathon Scottsdale-Tempe
www.womenshalfmarathon.com/scottsdale-tempe
 


Please VOTE!

Don’t forget to vote for WOW as Best Bay Area Running Club! Get friends and family, too! http://sf.cityvoter.com/the-wow-team-bay-area-women-s-run-walk-club/biz/282250 


Pictures
#1 – Pam Skiles herself, finishing her first ever 5K – photo by Mars Larsen
#2 – Coach Stephanie walking at Point Isabel – photo by Lauren G
#3 – Pam S, Kathy W, and Sarah at Popint Isabel – photo by Lauren G

Note: If you have a question and are not yet a member of the WOW Team, post it on our Go WOW Team public facebook page and I'll do my best to post a response there within 1 business day. Members can post on The Winners Circle, our private facebook page. I'll check in on both. Go WOW Team!