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Need a fall half? Or tri?

One of the things I love about being an ambassador for See Jane Run is that I’m connected to an amazing group of women that share similar goals with me. I’m also given the opportunity to learn about new events throughout my area.

Since I’ve been a little MIA lately, I haven’t been able to write about two events happening in the San Francisco Bay Area in October.

The first one scares me a little, as a Jane who is deathly afraid of her bicycle. But the more brave ladies out there will love this one.


In addition to the many half marathons See Jane Run puts on, including the Alameda one I ran in June, but the store only puts on one triathlon and duathlon each year right over the hill from me in Pleasanton.

I have a confession: At some point, I really want to do this triathlon. I always thought a See Jane Run tri would be my first crack at the multi-sport challenge. But I’m still very much afraid of my bike … so I’m not quite ready for it yet.

I keep telling my husband that my road bike, which currently sits on its trainer, will get some use one day when I just get tired of it sitting there. But after several outdoor falls, usually having to do with clipping in, I decided during marathon training last fall that it wasn’t worth the pain if I hurt myself and couldn’t run.

The event is a sprint triathlon: 400-yard swim, 12-mile bike ride and three-mile run.

While I’m pretty sure I can handle the run, I haven’t been in a pool for nearly a year (since I took lessons and my swim school closed) and I’m not comfortable riding more than a couple miles.

But, there’s a good deal right now on the Oct. 5 event. If you sign up now you can save $10 by using the code TRIDU13.

Even better is that two of my fellow ambassadors are raffling off free entries for the event.

Aleksandra at Confessions of a Caffeinated Mother and Christine at ChristineCre8s are each offering up a free entry. So run over to their blogs (clicking on the bold blog title will take you to the appropriate post on each) and enter for your chance to win a free entry.


One of the most random videos anyone showed me on the web last year was The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger.

Haven’t seen it? We need to fix that.

I laughed the entire way through this video. Then my husband fell in love with it when he watched it. I even bought him a “Honey Badger Don’t Care” shirt for his birthday last week.

So when Kerina, our See Jane Run ambassador organizer and all-around social media guru, mentioned a new race in San Rafeal, I KNEW I had to run the race. It’s called the Honey Badger Half Marathon. And it sounds awesome.

honeybadgerIt will be my first trail half marathon. And it’s one of a series of races put on by a still relatively new racing company.

The event takes place at China Camp State Park and features 10K and 5K alternatives for those not quite ready to run 13.1. I’m not even sure I’m ready to run 13.1, but I’m crazy enough to sign up for it.

The inclines are scaring me a little too.

But it’s a race named after the Honey Badger. How can you go wrong?

A trail half marathon? In October? In a nice Bay Area regional park? To me it sounds perfect.

The ladies at See Jane Run are helping to promote the event, which means I get to pass another discount code on. If you want to save $5 off the already reasonable registration, you can enter the code JANE during registration.

To get the best rate, register now since prices tier up on Aug. 31.

You may even see me out there … at the half. And maybe, if I get a little more brave in the next year, at the tri in Fall 2014. If I can learn to love my bike.

Run-nerd moments in Oakland


Today I ventured into Oakland to visit the See Jane Run store where I met up with the fabulous trio of ladies staffing the store today, including social media manager Kerina. A couple weeks ago, I asked if I could come and chat with the team and ask some questions for a series of blog posts I’d like to do on different running topics.

I’ve been considering doing “ask the expert” posts for awhile, but had never had direct access to the pros in the field. When I found out I was a See Jane Run Ambassador for 2013-14, I KNEW this would be the perfect opportunity to ask questions and get some good advice for runners — newbie to advanced.

I’m excited to report that I got a ton of great information from the ladies at the store today. I’ll be going over my notes and photos in the next couple days to develop a series of “Ask Jane” blog posts. So far the topics will be on warm-weather running, hydration (a big conversation today) and fueling.

I’ll also admit to having some run-nerd moments while speaking with the ladies today. I rarely have a chance to geek out about running and related topics, but today it felt like I was having conversations about running with myself! The staff was incredibly friendly and attentive.

I also partook in a little warm-weather running retail therapy, grabbing up a lightweight Nike Sculpt Tank and an MPG pair of Prelude Knee Tights. Since I’ve been hydrating quite a bit lately, I bought a new Klean Kanteen See Jane Run water bottle with the 5K and half marathon logo.


A big thanks to Kerina, with me above, for helping me set this up. I’m glad I was able to come into Oakland and get answers to questions every runner has. I’m excited to scour through my notes in the next couple days and start bringing these posts to life.

Guess who’s running for chocolate and champagne?

I’m up late. Working. Because my students’ put out a newspaper this week and my freelance stuff got put on the back burner for more than a good minute. I have to churn out work through the weekend now.

Normally I’m cranky by now and just want to put my head on my pillow and sleep (especially because I’m supposed to run 15 miles today).

But I just got some great news. Not even great. No. Better than great. AMAZING NEWS.

I’ve been selected as a See Jane Run Ambassador for the coming year!




That means I get to participate in the See Jane Run Alameda Race on June 8! That also means I get to represent a brand that promotes running as inclusive to all women, no matter the size or ability. It means I probably get to meet Lori Shannon, the woman behind this amazing concept! And I get to run for chocolate again! (That cute little tin above? That’s a “cheer up” present from my husband from the 2011 race where I didn’t do all that well on the course. I’m TOTALLY avenging my previous time!)



Now I’m so pumped I want to run 15 miles right now! Since that’s probably not advisable at this hour, I’ve instead created a “See Jane Run” category on my blog. So much more to come on this!