Luck of the Draw: Nike Women’s Half Marathon

Nike Women’s Half Marathon

At the beginning of the year I finally incorporated running into my weekly workout routine. I‘d been dragging my heels for a long time since I don’t like running on treadmills and the few times that I ran outside for my workout, I realized that it was different from simply jumping on a cardio machine. When running outside I had to keep in mind the weather and I could only take a few things with me.

Well I bought all my running gear and started heading out on runs. The first few weeks were a bit challenging, but I began seeing an improvement in my endurance level. I now run a few times per week and average 6 miles per run. RunKeeper has become my favorite App to track my runs. The App allows me to look back and see how I’ve improved.

A few months ago I volunteered at a Marathon and got the opportunity to award medals at the finish line. I’ve received a few finisher’s medals myself from shorter races, but I would have to say that congratulating runners at the finish and placing medals on them was an incredibly rewarding experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was very inspiring to see runners of all levels accomplishing person fitness goals.

While volunteering I met one of the Pace Leaders and they planted a seed in my head. They encouraged me to train for a marathon. I’ve entered several 5K and mud runs, but no long distance runs. While I feel a marathon would require a lot more training, since I’m now running regularly, I’ve decided to enter my first half marathon this fall.

After making this a personal fitness goal, the first run that came to mind was the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. Last year I heard many great things about this race, which made me even more excited to register for my first half marathon.

Nike Women’s Half Marathon

I went on the event website and after reading the registration information, I quickly realized that my only chance of running would be through a random draw that opened on the following day.

I joined thousands of runners and entered the Nike Women’s Half Marathon Random Draw. Knowing that notifications would be sent by June 27th, like many others I anxiously checked my e-mail account for a Nike e-mail and credit card for a Nike charge. I think this is the only charge that I’ve ever looked forward to receiving.

Then finally on June 26th I received my long-awaited Nike e-mail, I rushed to open it and it basically read “unfortunately your entry was not accepted”. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed, I really wanted this to be my first half marathon. However, as with any draw, I realize that there is no guarantee.

Although my name was not drawn, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon is an amazing event that I still want to be a part of this year. For this reason, I plan on volunteering the day of the race.

My goal is still to enter my first half marathon this fall and I’m looking forward to a new PR….Personal Record for non-runners :)

Good luck to anyone running in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco!!

Have a great week!

Relay For Life of Modesto at Johansen High School May 17, 2014 9am

Relay for Life of Modesto at Johansen High School May 17, 2014 9am

Relay for Life of Modesto at Johansen High School May 17, 2014 9am

Relay for Life of Modesto at Johansen High School May 17, 2014 9am

 

Relay For Life of Modesto
Event Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Event Time: 9:00 am
Event Location: Johansen High School 641 Norseman Drive Modesto, CA 95357

What Is Relay For Life?
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement.

Celebrate
During a Relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome.

Remember
We remember people lost to the disease, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer.

Fight Back
The event inspires Relay participants to take action against a disease that has taken too much.

Opening Ceremony: 9:00am
The Opening Ceremony brings everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress, and to remind everyone that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority.

Survivors Lap: 9:30am
During the Survivors Lap, upbeat music plays as all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.

Luminaria Ceremony: 8:00pm
The Luminaria Ceremony is a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.

Fight Back: 9:00am
The Fight Back Ceremony symbolizes the emotional commitment we each make to the fight against cancer. The action we take represents what we are willing to do for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community to fight cancer year-round and to commit to saving lives.

Closing Ceremony: 9:00am
The Closing Ceremony is a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate that each of us has committed, through our participation in a Relay event, to fight back against this disease over the next year.

For More Information Visit: Relay for Life of Modesto

Stockton Asparagus Festival and Great Spear-It Run 5K April 25-27, 2014

Stockton Asparagus Festival and Great Spear-It Run April 25-27, 2014

Stockton Asparagus Festival and Great Spear-It Run April 25-27, 2014

Stockton Asparagus Festival and Great Spear-It Run April 25-27, 2014

The Stockton Asparagus Festival is a non-profit charity. The proceeds of the Stockton Asparagus Festival are shared by over 129 charities that are represented by the Spear-It Staff volunteers.

Each charity receives a “donation” based on a schedule of units, or hours, for the work performed by the volunteers.

In 2013 the Asparagus Festival was able to distribute $63,500 among the charities involved.

In the past 29 years, over $5.9 million dollars has been contributed back to local charities directly from the Stockton Asparagus Festival.

This would not be possible without the continued help of the community.

Get pumped up at the Great Spear-it Run!

Sunday April 27th at 8AM

New this Year! 1-Mile Superheroes Fun Run!

Prizes for best costumes (4 categories):
• Adult male/female and
• Child male/female

Choose from three scenic courses at the beautiful Downtown Stockton Waterfront; a fast and flat 1-mile, 5K and 5-Mile.

All races end at the Weber Point Events Center. 1-Mile starts at 8 am, 5K and 5-mile starts at 8:20 am

SAVE on tickets through dealsaver.com!

For More Information Visit: The Stockton Asparagus Festival

Relay For Life of Turlock May 18-19, 2013

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Event Time:
May 18-19, 2013
8:30am

Event Location:
Dutcher Middle School
1441 Colorado Ave.
Turlock, CA
Track, on the corner of Hawkeye & Olive Avenue

Opening Ceremony: 8:30 am
The Opening Ceremony brings everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress, and to remind everyone that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority.

Survivors Lap:  9:00 am
During the Survivors Lap, upbeat music plays as all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.

Luminaria Ceremony:  9:00 pm
The Luminaria Ceremony is a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.

Fight Back:
The Fight Back Ceremony symbolizes the emotional commitment we each make to the fight against cancer. The action we take represents what we are willing to do for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community to fight cancer year-round and to commit to saving lives.

Closing Ceremony:
The Closing Ceremony is a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate that each of us has committed, through our participation in a Relay event, to fight back against this disease over the next year.

For More Information: Turlock Relay for Life