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Race Recap: See Jane Run 5K (Alameda)

Yes, this race was over 3 weeks ago. Yes, it is summer vacation and the kids are out of school making it hard for me to think/write. Yes, I’ve fallen behind on my blogging responsibilities but I’m back home and trying my best to catch up this month! I swear!!!

Anyhoo, the See Jane Run 5K/half in Alameda, CA was held on June 22nd this year and I ran the 5K for my 5th year in a row. If you read this blog or know me IRL, you know I have been injured and unable to run since February- this race was my first since recovering from my injury and I was SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY to run 3 miles with some of my favorite people and was treated, in the typical See Jane Run style, to copious amounts of post-race champagne and chocolate afterwards! Can’t get better than that!  Continue reading

Giveaway: See Jane Run Race Entry!

It’s that time of year again, friends! Spring is almost over and the summer race season is upon us so it’s time to get moving- what better motivation to do so than a run for chocolate and champagne in the good ol’ San Francisco Bay Area!!!

I am a HUGE fan of See Jane Run (girl power, my favorite city, plus champagne AND chocolate after the finish- just doesn’t get better than that!!!) and as a 5th year runner of their Alameda race and a second-year ambassador, SJR has graciously offered my readers a chance to win a FREE entry to the See Jane Run 5K/Half Marathon for Chocolate and Champagne on June 22nd in Alameda.  Read on to find out how to enter…  Continue reading

Ambassadorships Abound!

I am super stoked to announce that I have been chosen as race ambassador to the San Louis Obispo Marathon, See Jane Run, and the San Francisco Marathon this year! When I mention this to my friends, I am often asked, “What’s an ambassador? What do you have to do?” and “That race is really popular, why do they need you?” Here are your answers…

An ambassador is basically a cheerleader for the race- these are races I am happy to write about as I absolutely love the organizers as well as the race itself, and in the case of SLO, supports a cause close to my heart. As an ambassador, I write/tweet/pin/post about the race often, getting readers excited, motivated, and inspired to run. It is a mutually beneficial relationship- I help promote the race, getting them more registrations and more social media exposure, while the race promotes Running4theReason, sends more traffic to my blog and gives my readers perks in the form of registration discounts and, often, entry giveaways.

It is an honor to be chosen, that’s for sure, and it is equally an honor to be able to use these platforms to share my running story with more people as a way to encourage others to lace up and hit the road- I’m 39. I’m a mom. I’m a middle-of-the-pack runner… and if I can do it, so can you.

Please read on to access your perks and let me know if you will be at any of these awesome races!

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Giveaway: See Jane Run Triathlon!

As an ambassador for See Jane Run, I am offered the opportunity to participate in each SJR athletic event as well as give away an entry to a lucky reader here on the blog. A few months ago, I was asked if I wanted to participate in See Jane Run’s upcoming triathlon and I respectfully replied, “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am an on-two-feet-kinda-athlete. I have done some long-distance cycling and even did the Muddy Buddy ride/run in 2011 (which was a hilarious catastrophe!) but have never, ever, ever, EVER swam in open water as I am a big chicken and never really learned how to tread water.

Nevertheless, I have always been so very impressed by my triathlete friends- the running itself is hard enough, I can’t imagine mastering swimming and cycling on top of that! AMAZING!- so I interviewed a couple triathletes to get their take on this incredibly challenging and rewarding sport and am also offering one lucky reader an entry to the See Jane Run Women’s Triathlon on Ocotber 5th in Pleasanton, California. Keep reading to learn how to win! Continue reading

See Jane Run WINNERS!

Your comments, shares, likes, tweets and pins are in and I am happy to announce the winners of my Mother’s Day Giveaway for 3 race entries to the See Jane Run half marathon and 5K race for champagne and chocolate on June 8th, here in Alameda.

I just know the suspense is killing you but before I announce the winners, I want to explain how they were chosen… each person that left a comment was given a number on a spreadsheet- let’s say Amy was first, she got #1. Then Jane was second, left a comment and tweeted the link, so she got #2 and #3. Then Anna was third, left a comment, shared the link, liked my page AND pinned the post she got #4, 5, 6, and 7. And so on and so forth until my spreadsheet had over 70 entries total! Woo hoo!

... and a free race entry!

… and a free race entry!

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Mother’s Day Giveaway!

This is what it's all about!

How I love my precious family- this is what it’s all about!

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day- I had such a fantastic day relaxing and spending time with my wonderful hubby and gorgeous children. Whether you spent time with your mom or received much pampering as a mom, I hope you got to take advantage of the day and were reminded of just how special moms are, how we work to make sure the lives of our children are The Best, and how limitless our capacity for love can be.

While I love, love, love my family to bits, I also make sure to wish a Happy Day to my peer moms- the girlfriends I spent just about every day of the week with when my kids were just babies, the women who are there to reassure me when I doubt my ability as a mom, those sisters who offer lots of hugs on top of a couple hours of babysitting time with the occasional glass of wine and shoulder to cry on right when you need it most.

In 2009, I started a mommy running group and our first race together was the See Jane Run 5K and Half Marathon.  Today, to celebrate my fellow mommies, women, girlfriends, and sisters, I am giving away 3 entries to the upcoming See Jane Run race for Chocolate and Champagne here in the Bay Area! Read on to find out how to enter… Continue reading

More For Boston

Vigil at Snow Park in honor of the Boston Marathon (photo credit: See Jane Run)

Oakland’s candlelight vigil in honor of the Boston Marathon (photo credit: See Jane Run)

Last Thursday, I attended a 3 mile run (1 mile for each victim) followed by a candlelight vigil in honor of the Boston Marathon. The event was organized by See Jane Run and it was fantastic- we ran the streets of Oakland with police escorts, gave several moments of silence for all the victims within the supportive arms of our running community and found a bit of comfort therein. We brought awareness to our city and showed that we won’t be stopped- I felt so honored running through my hometown, people clapping as we ran by saying, “God bless you, runners, go Boston!”  It was moving, it was emotional and it was healing…

PLUS, yours truly got interviewed for the local news that night- click on this pic to catch the brief news segment… I said lots of deep and profound things about how the events in Boston have effected our tribe as a whole but they only used these 5 seconds- I’ll take it!

Click here to see the news clip- I'm at 1:20 :)  (photo courtesy BFF Amy)

Click here to see the news clip– I’m at 1:20 (photo credit: BFF Amy)

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