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Looking for something fun and local to do this weekend?  Lululemon Athletica is sponsoring a 5K/10K run through Hellyer County Park in San Jose, CA this Sunday, September 4, 2011.

Online race registration is now closed, but the Lululemon store at Santana Row will be taking in-person tomorrow from 7pm-9pm.

The race includes both a 5K and 10K run and Lululemon will be hosting pre and post-race yoga in the park.  More information can be found online here.

Race Date:  Sunday, September 4, 2011

Race Begins:  9am

Distances:  5K and 10K

Cost:  $33.50 (5K); $38.50 (10K)

Pre-Race Yoga:  7am



This month’s issue of Runner’s World Magazine has a special section on half marathon training.  If you’re looking for some training ideas, pick up a copy of the magazine today.

This showed up in my in-box this morning.  For those of you training for The Giant Race on August 27, August 6 is a good day to spend doing a long 10 miler.  Participants get a complimentary post run breakfast and access to Club One for the day!  And if you missed out on signing up for the race, RSVP to the August 6 run (and attend it, of course), and you might just win two race registrations.


When: Saturday, August 6th – 8am-10am*
Where: Club One at Embarcadero Center »

Join Race Director JT Service at Club One for a Giant Race Q&A Session, followed by your choice of a 4 or 10 mile training run. We’ll end back at Club One for stretching, breakfast treats and complimentary day use of the club, locker rooms, and amenities.

Added perk – we’re giving away TWO Giant Race registrations on 8/6! Just RSVP and attend for your chance to win.*

Please email by August 2nd with names of yourself and your guests.

With less than 2 weeks to the San Francisco Marathon (which includes 2 half-marathon routes as well as a 5K race), there’s little time to start training.  However, regardless of your running goals, the 5K option is a great way to get you out of bed and running on a Sunday morning.  And for those of you who don’t do metric, 5 kilometers is only about 3.2 miles.

According to the race organizers, the 5K race is almost sold out.  Registration fees are only $30 The race is flat and easy and starts/ends right near the Ferry Building.  The 5K race starts at 7:45am and you have 1 hour to complete the course (which equals about a 20 minute mile).  If you’ve never run a race before, this is a great chance to start!

A couple of people have asked me about this in the last month or so, so I thought I’d do some research on the subject and update the masses on how one registers for the San Francisco Nike Women’s (Half) Marathon.  Here’s the bad news: unless you’ve already registered for this year’s race on October 16, your options for making it to the finish line (and collecting that Tiffany’s necklace) are pretty limited.

Never heard of this race but just read the words Tiffany necklace? (Oh and did I mention that it’s handed to you by a fireman in a tuxedo?)  Read on…

The race, which follows 26.2 (or 13.1) miles of San Francisco, is limited to 20,000 runners. It sells out every year and the random drawing giving away the ability to just REGISTER for those coveted bibs occurred in April.  Registering for this random drawing was held for only 10 days.  I have heard that your chances for being randomly selected at the drawing increase if a) you have already run the race, and b) you register as a group (and then enter the drawing individually, but with a group ID).

Registration fees are $130 for the half-marathon and $150 for the full marathon.  Most of the runners are, well, women, though men are welcome to run as well.  Race proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

More of the nitty-gritty is available online at  This year’s race is sold out, but check back early next year so you don’t miss out on the drawing registration period.

There is one way to run this race without scalping someone else’s bib.  You do have the opportunity to join Team in Training and be guaranteed a spot in the race.  The only catch?  Other than training with a group (I still can’t figure out if this is optional…) and you have to raise minimum funds for the race’s beneficiary.  For more information on Team in Training, check out their Nike Women’s Marathon website here.

Any past race runners have any words of wisdom or stories to share??

With just over 8 weeks left until the Giant Race on August 27, I finally got around to posting my official training schedule on a calendar.  This calendar is public and is available on Google Calendars by searching for  I have color-coded the workouts to draw the eyes to the running (yellow), non running (blue), long runs (purple), and rest (green) days.

This schedule assumes that at the training starting point I am already comfortable running almost 20 miles a week.  If you’re completely new to this whole running thing and have not been working out for the past couple of months, it is inadvisable to ramp up your mileage too quickly.  If you’re body isn’t ready, you can sustain injuries pretty quickly.  Even shin splints, as common as they are, can set your training back a week or so.  One of the most common mistakes for new runners is the idea of “too much, too soon.”  If you’re really motivated to run run run and have a hard time telling yourself to stop (even when you’re in pain), your body might break down for you. has a great section for beginner runners, including a training plan for getting started on the right foot.  If you are comfortable with increasing your mileage and workout intensity today, just remember to also know your limits – and keep those blister band aids and anti-chaffing sticks handy.

My training regime will require a mix of running, cardio, weight lifting, core exercises, and yoga.

  • My mileage will not increase significantly from week 1 to week 9 and I will peak with 27 miles in week 7.
  • I have 4 designated running days per week with the shortest run on Tuesdays and the longest on Saturdays (or Sundays).
  • Long runs will ALWAYS be done outside
  • Monday and Thursday runs may involve a combination of stairs, hills, and flat ground.  A track, like Kezar, is perfect for integrating all three.
  • Cardio exercising will be done on either the elliptical or bike and will go uninterrupted.
  • Weight lifting is still important for runners.  Just ask Thomas Woodward.
  • Core training will be done using the Nike Training Club App, Jillian Michaels videos, or an interval training class at the gym.
  • Yoga will be done once per week as a compliment to all of the cardio and weight training.
  • My one rest day per week is mandatory.
  • My goal is to go for distance over time.  I would like to clock the race in under 2 hours, which is about 9:10 minute miles.

Looking for a template for your own training regime?  Check out my training calendar – search for through Google Calendars.  Got any training suggestions?  Let me know.

The countdown to The Giant Race continues…just over 60 days left to kick that training regime into gear.  One important aspect of half marathon (or any distance) training is running part of the actual race route at some point during your weeks leading up to race day.  Once your feet get a chance to test part – if not all – of the route, you can better anticipate the twists, turns, and vertical changes come race day.  Knowing what to expect too can also help you adjust your training regime.  Hill running is always a good addition to your training schedule – even if your race is completely flat.  However, in San Francisco, hills can jump up on you, even on race day.  The first time I ran a half marathon I knew that I would have a pretty long, albeit gradual climb, about one-third of the way into the race.  However, I did not realize that around 12.5 miles I would have another hill to battle.  I made it, but I was not prepared.

This week’s run introduces you to part of The Giant Race’s half-marathon route.  It also includes a hill around mile 7.  During the actual race, this hill pops up at mile 4…and then there’s another, much less steep climb at mile 9.  I have adapted this week’s run to just 8 miles – and I have purposefully avoided running along Pier 39 and Fisherman’s wharf (unlike the actual race).  Why?  Well, it’s hard enough to walk along Jefferson St. let alone run it unless you’re out at 6am or into the night hours.

This week’s 8 mile run will take you from Fort Mason (chosen because it has free parking) to the ballpark and back.  Much of the run is along the Embarcadero, which is an excellent path for uninterrupted (read: no intersections – just a few driveways to be careful of) running.  If you do head out in the direction of the ballpark, check the Giant’s schedule first.  Running around the stadium on a game day might not be as fun as it sounds.

1. Start in the parking lot next to Bay and Laguna Streets.  Head east through Ft. Mason to Van Ness and Bay.  Follow Bay until it dead ends at the Embarcadero.

2. Head across the street and make a right on the Embarcadero.  Follow this until you get just past the ballpark.  Make a left before the intersection and follow the ballpark around back to the water.

3. Head back towards the Embarcadero.  Continue on the same route from which you just came until you hit Van Ness.

4. On the Fort Mason side of Van Ness turn right and head towards the water.  Just before the entrance to the pier, look to your left and you’ll see a road heading up-hill.  Take this street.  At the top of the hill you will come to a grassy area – almost a clearing.  Follow the foot path to bathrooms up ahead.  Just beyond this building is the parking lot (and your starting point).


8 Mile Fort Mason to Ballpark Run


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