Moms RUN San Jose

For Moms who run, by Moms who run…Moms RUN this Town!

It’s been so long…I can’t even think of a good title….

Hello and Welcome to the 1st blog post of 2014!!

Are you still out there, oh, loyal followers?  I hope so!

It’s been 9 months since I had my 3rd child and 9 months since the San Jose Chapter of MRTT celebrated it’s 1 year birthday (yeah, I timed it that way!  =) And I gave myself 9 months to get “adjusted” to life as a mom of 3…well,the time has come so I am BACK!!

But changed…being a mom of 3 is definitely harder than being a mom of 2…don’t let your friends fool you! They say the transition from 1 to 2 is the most difficult but I beg to differ. I’ve definitely had to rearrange priorities to accommodate having two school age children and an infant.  And yes, the baby does just go everywhere – ballet class, gymnastics class, piano class, art class – and he probably doesn’t get as much floor time or reading time as my older kids, but I like to think he is still learning things and having fun.

I’ve been back to running since I was about 3 months postpartum due to having a c-section.  But even that hasn’t been the same. I’ve run a few 5Ks , did the Title 9K again (great race!) and did the Mermaid Serena 10-miler.  I even did the Warrior Dash again! However my “Inner Competitor” seems to be missing.  All those races I did “just because” – just because a bunch of my lovely running mamas were also running it, just because I had committed to it last year, just because the price was right to do a race I hadn’t done before.

But I haven’t felt the need improve my speed or increase my distance.  With all the hormone changes that comes with pregnancy, not to mention all the stress of daily life, running has been enjoyable but not FUN!!  Like life with 3 kids – enjoyable but not FUN!!  It’s become something I “have” to do. And yes, when I do it, I like it.  But if it wasn’t for my Moms RUN this Town group, I wouldn’t have run as many miles as I have postpartum.

Now some of you might say, “That’s OK! Just enjoy the run!”  You are probably the same people who say, “Don’t worry about the dishes or laundry! Just enjoy the time you  have with your kids!”  And while I do feel/think this way for the most part, I also know that the dishes need to get washed and the laundry needs to be done – it’s hard to enjoy your kids when they don’t have any underwear….

So, with 2014 already underway, I am on a quest to find my Inner Competitor…not because I am a competitive person, but because I want to my “drive” back!  I want to find that passion that I had when I first started running.  So with that being said….

I signed up for a marathon!!  Oh yes…I am BACK!!!

How true! Now to figure out that name of this little baby….

How true! Now to figure out that name of this little baby….

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Books from Bug Virtual Race

Virtual races seem all the rage right now.  You can run a virtual race any time, any where – that’s the beauty of it! If you’re going to run the distance anyway, might as well get a medal for it, right?  One of my favorite sites for virtual races is the Fit4Life Race Series - great bling and they have tons of virtual races to keep you motivated if bling is your thing!

This past Thursday, August 15, 2013, the San Jose Chapter of Moms RUN this Town participated in a virtual race started by one of our virtual members.  I call her a virtual member because she lives in Washington, but really, Crissy is a true San Jose Mother Runner!  She’s one of those runners who travels for races and she’s been down to the SJ area enough that she qualifies to be one of us.  Now, if you ask her, Crissy will tell you she’s “just a wogger” but Crissy is much more than that!  Crissy is one of our most inspirational members! She created the Books from Bug Virtual Race to honor the memory of her daughter, Halleigh, who passed away due to epilepsy when she was 14 years old after battling the disease from the age of 8.  Crissy has also run 34 half marathons in 22 months to remember her precious, Bug.  All the proceeds from this virtual go to buying books which are then donated to hospitals, schools, libraries, shelters and other places to benefit kids age 3-14.  Since Crissy started the Books from Bug Virtual Race, books have been donated to facilities in 8 states and 2 countries.  Such is the power of a mother runner’s love!

As a mom who has also lost children, I know how devastating it can be….the sadness of losing  someone who you birthed can be paralyzing and numbing.  For me, running was what started me moving again. The simple “left foot, right foot” movement kept my sadness from totally consuming me and allowing me to move forward – not running away from the pain, but each footstep a way to honor my babies, my empty arms and make meaning of that pain.

For our Books from Bug Virtual Run, we had 7 mamas come out and run.  It was a beautiful summer day and we met at great park with an out and back running trail.  We each went our own pace, did our own miles and in our own way, honored Halleigh and all the babies and children who have left us too soon.

Our lovely mamas and kiddos after our run! Plus, the awesome medal and swag.

Our lovely mamas and kiddos after our run! Plus, the awesome medal and swag.

“Running in the New Normal”   for Lucas and Larissa, written Sept 2006.

Running through the Fall

Leaves crunch under my feet

Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot

Steady rhythm

Like a heartbeat

or the flap of (angel) wings.

I think about my babies

Born too early, born too small.

They will never feel the crisp autumn air

Or see the brilliant golds and reds against

a cloudless blue sky.

I have to see for them

Feel for them

A memory of lost opportunities

Lost What Ifs

Lost Possibilities

Lost Little Lives

How can I go on?

Left right, left right

Through the pain

Left right, left right

Through the sad beauty of death

Lack-luster red and gold beneath my feet.

I look up, I look ahead

Trusting that this season will pass

Leaves crunch under my feet

Left right, left right

And I move forward.

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Running MAD…The Right Way

Summers can be hectic and this summer was no different for our moms at the San Jose Chapter of Moms RUN this Town.  Our race calendar has been full with several of our moms doing local races as well as larger races like Ragnar.  Our chapter has also grown to over 230 mother runners!!  WOOHOO!!!

Two weeks ago, we had  25 running mamas participate in MRTT’s 2nd Annual Summer virtual race, RUNNING MAD!  We had an “Alice in Wonderland” theme for this race and let me tell you our mamas are MAD about running!  We were originally going to have a 6 AM start for the half-marathon runners to beat the heat, but these mamas then requested (that’s right, they ASKED for it!) to start at 5:30 instead!!  CRAZY MOTHER RUNNERS!!!  Here they are at the start…

Running before the sun rises doesn't phase these Crazy Awesome Mother Runners!

Running before the sun rises doesn’t phase these Crazy Awesome Mother Runners!

Our 10K and 5K runners started at a more reasonable 7 AM.

We're ready to run this MAD Race!!

We’re ready to run this MAD Race!!

Some of our moms brought their kids with them (older kids as well as the little ones in the strollers).  Some of our moms ran for time and some enjoyed a lovely early morning walk with some great swag at the end!

Mad Swag!!

Mad Swag!!  We had a medal, a koozie, and a Running Mad for Boston bracelet. Not shown are the nail polish, Burt’s Bees lip gloss and lip balm, various yummy energy bar samples, a hair tie and other little treats!

 

We all enjoyed some post race refreshments at the end.  We had some lovely mamas who came to cheer us on and who brought yummies to enjoy as well.  If there is a reason to wake up early and run, these mamas are IT!!

This past Friday, we also hosted a running form clinic at a local running store, Running Revolution.  The clinic was sponsored by Newton Shoes.  Brad from Newton Shoes explained to us as well as showed us how the correct running form can really improve your ability to run longer and faster.  I definitely learned a lot!  Some of the drills were funny but when done right, you can really tell the difference.

So, "left, right, left, right" and not "right, left, right, left"? =)

So, “left, right, left, right” and not “right, left, right, left”? =)

High knee drill – I’ve only seen this done in the movies….

No, we are not doing the Sloppy Swish dance from SNL…it’s a running drill!!(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBzG0CCAx4U)

Yes, mother runners know how to have fun on a Friday night!!  Raffles and refreshments ended this clinic on a high note (and by “high”, I mean “great” – we’re not “those” kind of moms!).

Our fall race calendar is getting full and there are still some great races to be done in August!

On a personal note, I have just started back to running after having my babe in April.  Yes – it was a long hiatus and I am paying dearly for it, but I have enjoyed sleeping in and nursing these past few months.  After a few “false starts”, I feel I am back in the game and my mind is set that I am getting back into my usual running routine.  I have a few races scheduled for this fall – the Title 9K, SJ RnR, the Mermaid 10-miler in SF – so I need to get to running!

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Spotlight: Sturdy Girl Sports

This is a new segment called “Spotlight” where we review companies and/or products and tell you a little about what running moms like to buy, wear, and use on our runs.  Not that we’re high maintenance or anything, but I know my running mamas have very specific needs and wants when we are “running the town” so if we like something, we’re pretty sure you will too!  And if you don’t, please let us know! And if you want us to try your company/product, we’d be more than happy to do so – just contact us at sanjosemrtt@gmail.com!

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Our spotlight today shines on Hilary Heath of Sturdy Girls Sports.  I “met” Hilary when I inquired about her great line of women centered performance wear for our 1 year anniversary party.  Hilary generously sent us two of her performance shirts for us to add to our raffle for our party.  The lovely mamas who won her shirts LOVED how the material felt, it’s sweat wicking ability and and the great design.  I interviewed Hilary via email to find out more about her and the Sturdy Girl brand.

MRTT: Hilary, you gave up a career in high tech to start the Sturdy Girl Brand.  How did your previous career help you in your new endeavor (or did it)?  What made you decide to take the leap from high tech to sports bras?

Hilary:  I started my high tech career in software sales and later moved into corporate marketing roles.  I went from small start up software developers to progressively larger and broader companies. Over the years and across the different companies I held a variety of marketing positions from product marketing to program management to strategic alliance type positions. I felt like I had a good grasp of all the different skills required to start and manage my own company.  I took the leap when the last company I was at starting reducing headcount in order to trim down before being sold off to another company. It just felt like the right time to start career number two.  My husband gave me the final push and said “I think you should do it. If it doesn’t work you can go back into tech, but you’ll regret not trying and you’ve been talking about it for a while.”  Let me just say, I am grateful to have a supportive husband!

MRTT: You’ve really taken into consideration all the things about bras that women have been complaining about for so long and have fixed them WHILE making the bras stylish and beautiful.  What was it like when you finally realized, “This is it! This is the sturdy girl bra!”?

Hilary: I have to say I breathed a huge sigh of relief!  I went through many prototypes and my factory over in Taiwan was growing wearing of sewing and resewing all the modifications.  I think what really made it come together was during a trip to my factory when I put on a prototype and wore in front of a whole room full of people. I just stood up there in front of everyone in one of my bras (my factory project manager, the factory owner, the lead sewer, etc…) and showed them the issues that needed to be corrected and they were clearly able to see what I wanted done.  I’ll say it was a little embarrassing but the very next prototype was the final one!

MRTT:  You also make performance tops and bottoms – what were your inspirations for those pieces? What problems do they correct that other brands won’t (i.e. have you found the cure for “camel toe”? =)   Are they made using the same technology as the Sturdy girl bras?

Hilary:  Honestly, I only wanted to design and make sports bras in the beginning but two things sent me down the path of adding to my line. First, I learned that you have to purchase minimums of each fabric and those minimum quantities are actually quite high.  Sports bras don’t consume a lot of fabric and even more challenging is that mine use 4 different fabrics not including the elastics and trims.  So I needed to find a way to use up the extra fabric in a logical way.  Second, I signed up to show my gear at a running retailer trade show and I realized that my mannequins would have nothing covering their bottom parts if I didn’t design bottoms for them!  In the end, I LOVE the way the shorts, capris and pants came out!

In terms of problems that they correct, I realized that I didn’t like shiny, sheer material used in many legging or pants, I didn’t like the potential for camel toe, I didn’t like the drawstring and I never had enough pockets. I decided I was going to address those four things.  I was able to get my hands on an extraordinary fabric that is super soft with just the right amount of compression and density.  The pattern was set up to allow for the right amount of triangular space in the gusset so that camel toe wouldn’t come into play. The extra zip pocket on the lower leg of my pants is just right for stashing an id or money or a key, so that you can use the hip pocket for stuff you need to easily access while out on a run or while in the gym.  I started looking at silicon grippers to replace the drawstring and learned there are about 1,000 different varieties!  But in the end I went with a soft, small silicon gripper that was good at holding the bottoms up without feeling like it was pinching anything in.  In the end I put a considerable amount of time and effort into the bottoms even though they weren’t part of the original plan!

MRTT: Some of the members of our Moms RUN this Town Chapter are nursing moms.  Have you thought about making a bra that would be more conducive to nursing moms?  We have moms who will nurse before a run, run with their baby in a jogging stroller then nurse afterwards (or if the baby is getting fussy, stop their run to nurse, then continue).  Needless to say, current sports bras are not the most nursing friendly and wearing a regular nursing bra is not really comfortable or supportive.

Hilary: I think that is a great idea!  The challenge however will be designing a supportive running bra that comes apart easily for nursing.  Anytime you add adjustable parts you introduce the chance for bra failure (something coming apart unintentionally during a run) and you also introduce the chance for chafing since adjustable parts have connection points and those connection points are often where friction develops.  But I’ll put some thought to it!

MRTT:  I love how your apparel addresses women’s workout needs for something comfortable, supportive and stylish while also taking into account your social and environmental footprint. I know a lot of our moms take that into consideration when making a purchase.  Was finding this balance (of great clothing and being socially and environmentally conscious) something difficult to accomplish?

Hilary: Everything in life and work is a trade off.  I found a great factory that is owned and run by a women (kind of cool) and she felt strongly about meeting all labor and environmental requirements in order to be certified. I could pay much less and make more money by going into countries that don’t care, but I decided the trade off was worth it to me. Because my company is private, I am not under pressure of investors to show a greater profit.

MRTT: What is your favorite workout to do? What is your favorite workout outfit (i.e. which style bra/top/bottom)?  I’m thinking along the lines of, “you’re not only president of the Sturdy girl brand, you’re also a client”!  Maybe I am dating myself so if you don’t remember that commercial, here’s a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuRLGdGnqSU&noredirect=1.

Hilary:  Irma, I totally remember that commercial!  It’s awesome.  Maybe I should put together a YouTube video myself!  Ok, here’s my answer.  My favorite workouts seems to change depending on the season but overall I really love to do long, weekend runs with my friends so we can just talk and run and generally catch up with each other.  In the summer I really love to go on long hikes with my friends for the same reason.  Plus it feels great to get to the top of a mountain peak and then look at the beautiful view from the top.  Where I live in Boulder County Colorado is filled with amazing hikes!  In the summer I also break out my road bike and do lots of cross training.  What I love about being on my bike is that I can cover so much more ground than I can running.  Overall, you can tell I am a bit of an aerobic junkie.  As for my favorite outfit, I will just say that I wear all my bra styles and like to trade off between them.  I like wearing the tank style bras in the spring/summer under a light weight cycling jacket because the two layers are just right for warding off the wind.  I like wearing the prints because they feel pretty even if they are under another shirt.  It’s like my little secret. For the bottoms I probably wear my capris more than any of the other styles because they work in so many different types of weather.  I wear the pants all the time when I am not working out – which is kinda funny – but they are comfortable and flattering and I just find that I wear them all day long.

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Well said, Hilary!! I know my running mamas are enjoying their Sturdy Girl tech shirts. Next time, Sturdy Girl has a discount code, we’ll be sure to post it on our Facebook page so you can try one and be Sturdy Girl too!

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And Life Runs On…

It’s been weeks (months?) since my last “real” post, before the Boston Marathon bombing, before having a baby (oh yeah, did I mention I had a baby about a month ago?), before life changed…

Link to original image here

Link to original image here

Well, if growth is measured by my pants size, then yes, I have chosen to grow!  Oh, if only…

Change and I are not friends – especially when it comes up quick, with no warning.  Yet, even if change comes slowly (like over 9 months) and with a “heads up” (or “down” – haha! birthing joke!), accepting and adapting – the “growth”  part – is a difficult process for me.  Isn’t that where the term “growing pains” comes from?  Yet change is an inevitable part of life – whether we want to or not, we change every day of our lives – sometimes for better and sometimes for worse; sometimes on purpose and sometimes due to factors not in our control.

One of the positive changes that come with running is weight loss.  We’ve had several mamas lose a significant amount of weight through running (in conjunction with healthy eating and other lifestyle changes).  Having other mother runners to keep you motivated and accountable is a definite bonus of being part of a moms running club!  I can’t wait to start running again and begin my change process from “Jabba the Hutt” to “anything that doesn’t resemble me wearing a suit of jello”.

Christy H. is one of our newer members.  She joined our chapter, and was so motivated that she started her own chapter in Morgan Hill/Gilroy (a community south of San Jose). As the chapter leader of the Morgan Hill/Gilroy Moms RUN this Town, Christy is now inspiring other moms to run and be involved in community and national races.  Christy writes about her adventures on her blog, Adventures in Christyland and on her Facebook page.  If you’re in the Morgan Hill/Gilroy area and would like to join the Moms RUN this Town Chapter there, click here.

Christy's Before and After pictures - WOOHOO!! Go Mama!!

Christy’s Before and After pictures – WOOHOO!! Go Mama!!

Despite all the awfulness that can happen in this world, we can still make positive changes in our lives and in the lives of others.

Last month, our mamas ran to remember those people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and helped raise money for the victims through the national MRTT “Boston-Run-Remember” shirt sales.  As a national moms running group, MRTT raised thousands of dollars for the Scott Rigsby Foundation.

San Jose MRTT - BOSTON STRONG

San Jose MRTT – BOSTON STRONG

Life runs on…change is inevitable….growth is optional…but easier if you wear your Wonder Woman outfit….

Yes - mother runners are wonder women!!  (Thanks Bernadette G. for letting me use your B2B picture!)

Yes – mother runners are wonder women!! (Thanks Bernadette G. for letting me use your B2B picture! And no, “Robin” is not part of our MRTT chapter! =)

 

 

 

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Boston Strong

It’s been a while since my last post. We’ve had a lot of things happening – as a chapter and for me, personally – that have prevented me from being more consistent with this blog.  But the events at the Boston Marathon is past Monday deserves acknowledgement.

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The tragedy of the Boston Marathon Bombings have had a profound effect on the running community – and the MRTT running community is no exception.

Moms RUN this Town – San Jose will be joining other runners this Monday, April 22 at 6 PM to show our solidarity with those affected by this awful event.

Please join us and Pavement Runner who started this movement.  Click on Boston Strong San Jose #61.

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As a national running organization for moms, we have also raised money through shirt sales for the Scott Rigsby Foundation, Aid for Boston Fund.  Here is the link to the blog post on our main MRTT Blog:

http://momsrunthistown.com/blog/boston-proceeds-to-aid-for-boston/

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Looking for other ways to help?  Join a memorial run in your area.  Or you can show your support with your wallet - these items from MRTT were NOT created for profit.  ALL proceeds will go to the Scott Rigsby Foundation, Aid for Boston Fund.  Other items for sale indicate which aid fund their profits will benefit.

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This past week, the San Jose Chapter held several runs to show our support to those affected by this tragic event:

San Jose Moms RUN this Town DO NOT run away....

San Jose Moms RUN this Town DO NOT run away….

We run for those runners who didn't get to cross the finish the line....

We run for those runners who didn’t get to cross the finish the line….

for the family and friends who didn't get to see their runner complete the Boston Marathon after all their hard work training for it.....

for the family and friends who didn’t get to see their runner complete the Boston Marathon after all their hard work training for it…..

for the first responders - the police, paramedics, fire department...and the every day person who helped those in need on this tragic day.

for the first responders – the police, paramedics, fire department…and the every day person who helped those in need on this tragic day.

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15 Minutes

I LOVE when people I know get their “15 minute of fame”.

Check out this article about one of the mamas in our MRTT group:

Meet Karla from realfitmoms.com

Karla says she isn’t a “runner” but she definitely has a runner’s mentality! I love how she makes time to work out whether it’s popping in a workout video at home while her kids play or meeting some of us MRTT moms for a power walk at mall.  Karla was working out up until the day before her baby was due – yes, she is a “super mom”!!!

And this TV news article is from one of our MRTT chapters in Minnesota.  We are up to a 510 chapters nationwide and in Canada!!  Yes – MRTT is “international”.

Champlin/Maple Grove Chapter of “Moms Run This Town” on Channel 12 news

When is the SJ chapter going to get their 15 minutes?….oh, soon…very soon…..

The future is close at hand....

The future is close at hand….

In the meantime, check out one of my favorite blogs, Bucket List Productions and VOTE for Leslie to win her “Trip of a Lifetime”.  Leslie is another inspirational mama – yes, I live vicariously through her…

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Running…it’s a “Girl” thing…Race Reviews for the Hellyer HM/10K/5K and the JUGS Virtual 10K

I know it’s more than a “girl” thing – and fact is, we’re not “girls” here – we are women, mothers, wives/partners/lovers, sisters, daughters, friends, workers, advocators…the list can go on of all the different “hats” we wear every day of our lives being female in this world.

But one of the things that I LOVE about being part of the running community and being female is the connection you feel to others- whether you know them personally or not.  The simple fact that you have run a mile or 2 or 13.1 or 26.2 with another person creates a bond that usually lasts longer than the run.  The added bonus of being female enhances that connection since (I believe) most women live in relation to others.

In the past two weeks, the women of the SJ-MRTT have run several races that have proven once again that moms DO RUN this town!!  And we run it, not just for ourselves but to honor others as well.

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On March 2, we had moms running the Hellyer Half Marathon/10K/5K; the Kings Mountain Trail Race and the SF Color Run.  That’s right – 3 races in one day and our moms were there!!!  I went to the Helllyer Race which was a lot of fun (even though I didn’t run it).  I did hear from our other mamas that the Kings Trail Race and the SF Color Run were a blast!!

The Hellyer Half Marathon/10K/5K is part of the Brazen Racing Race series.  They really put on a well organized race that is walker and hiker friendly.  This race was lead by a bunny on a bike – I guess the premise is that the runners are a pack of dogs chasing the cute little rabbit.

Yeah, I know this is the 2011 medal, but the premise is still the same....

Yeah, I know this is the 2011 medal, but the premise is still the same….

While I am not a proponent of this (poor bunny!), I did really like the scenic route, the food and the fun atmosphere at this race.  We had 4 mamas running this race and they all had great time!

Moms RUN Hellyer!

Moms RUN Hellyer!

Hellyer Ann E Hellyer Ann E 2 Hellyer Atsuko and Pat

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On Sunday, March 3, we also did a virtual 10K for JUGS which stands for Just Us Girls Sharing, a non-profit from Walla Walla, WA who help give financial support to people who are undergoing cancer treatment.  One of our members was being honored by JUGS.  She’s undergone 3 battles with cancer and is currently in treatment again.

So, if she (and countless others) can go through chemo and radiation and still run…then so can we!!  I am always so amazed and humbled at how strong our bodies (and minds) are.  And how hard we can push ourselves – whether it’s running or staying up late with a sick child or having enough patience to not yell when they spill the milk – AGAIN.

We had 6 mamas running this virtual 10K and a lovely day to go along with our lovely run.

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Will run for JUGS!  Boo to cancer!!

Will run for JUGS! Boo to cancer!!

And to top it all off, check out this great BLING!! It’s so unique and fabulous! It’s a necklace and you can interchange the setting inside.  How cool is that??

Yes, one of the reasons why I run is for the BLING!!

Yes, one of the reasons why I run is for the BLING!!

But wait there’s more….our mamas have been busy so look out for MORE race reviews….

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D is for DIVA!!

diva  From The Urban Dictionary
A diva is a female performer, usually an opera singer, who is extremely talented but very imperious and tempermental. But the distinguishing factor is that her talent permits somewhat uncouth behaviour. A diva is not necessarily difficult to work with, she is just very professional and and has a low tolerance for incompetence. A diva is NOT just some no-talent pop singer who thinks everyone should acquiesce to her every whim, or even worse, some woman who is unecessarily rude, mean, bitchy, and often stupid just because she “knows what she wants” and revels in being high maitenance. These woman do not deserve the title of diva, because they have no redeeming talent or quality. They are simply loud and oboxious bitches. True divas should be treated with respect for their enormous talent and strong will.

That definition is actually the 4th one in the Urban Dictionary as the 1st three definitions were not that flattering to women, but I think it is the most accurate.  Women who are true divas “earn” that title – yes, we have high standards and demands, but we are worth it!!

And yes, I said “WE” because I think all women should have a little bit of diva in them. That star performer quality that says, “Hey, I know my worth and I want to make sure YOU know it too!”

Hence, my EXCITEMENT in partnering with the Divas Half Marathon and 5K Race Series.  The Divas Half Marathon and 5K in San Francisco is scheduled for May 5th, 2013.  This race has EVERYTHING a diva could want:

  • A spinning, blinged out medal that you can put your photo in.
  • Feather boas, tiaras, roses and bubbly – oh my!
  • A women’s tech shirt and personalized bib
  • A course with great views and a 3.5 hour time limit (perfect for walkers)
  • Post Race Pool Par-tay!!

Oh – and did I mention the support and running love of about 6000 other women running the race not to mention the spectators?

RUN LIKE A DIVA!!!

RUN LIKE A DIVA!!!

I haven’t done a Divas race before but our friends over at Big Girls Run 2 did the one in Puerto Rico and had an awesome time! Check out their review here.  And we have some moms from our Moms RUN this Town chapter who ran the Divas last year and LOVED it!!

Will you let your Inner Diva come out and run this race? You know she deserves the recognition of her talent and hard work.  You know she deserves boas and tiaras and roses for running 13.1 or 3.2 miles.

I think there should be a special urban definition for a Running Diva.  Here’s mine:

  • A RUNNING DIVA is a female athlete who knows that a mile is a mile no matter how fast she runs it; who believes that running makes her better at all the different roles she has in her life (mother, partner, worker, friend); who incorporates running (or other workouts) into her weekly routines because she knows that she needs and deserves that time for herself; who encourages others to live a healthy lifestyle through her example.  A running diva celebrates her running accomplishments – whether it was getting out for a run despite being tired from staying up late with a sick kid, finishing a 5K or marathon, joining a running group despite being afraid of being the slowest or the only one doing a run/walk – by setting her next running goal.  A running diva is particular about what running clothes and shoes she wears and usually stays loyal to the brand that works for her.  A running diva also knows that her best running accessory is a tiara and a Moms RUN this Town Bondi Band. True Running Divas should be treated with respect and admiration for their enormous persistence, stamina, and commitment to running, their families/jobs and themselves.

What else would you add?

Which tiara should I wear for my run today??

Which tiara should I wear for my run today??

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The Campbell Valentine 10K/5K Fun Run – Race Review

We had a great time at the Campbell Valentine Fun Run this past Saturday, Feb 9th. We had about 25 moms show up to run, plus a few dads and kids.  For some of the moms, this was their 1st race since joining our group.  Here’s a pre-race picture of some of us with the Campbell Heart!

Who loves to run?? MOMS love to run!!

Who loves to run?? MOMS love to run!!

There were booths set up  from Whole Foods and few other vendors (no, I didn’t get a picture, but I will next time!).  Our moms really liked the “hometown” feel of the race – they had volunteers cheering on the runners, several water stops, friendly runners who cheered each other on.  It was also small enough that it wasn’t overwhelming for those running a race for the 1st time, but large enough that it felt like a “real race”.  There were also a variety of runners – young, old, various body types, families enjoying the race environment and those looking for a PR.  The overall female winner of the 5K was 47 years old (see results here) and the overall female winner of the 10K was 49 years old (see results here)!!!  How AWESOME is that?!?  We had several moms run with strollers (singles and a double) – the paved path and volunteers directing the way made it easy to navigate the route.  And a few of our moms PR’d on this route.  YAY!!!  One of our moms, Lorena, even won 3rd place in her age division for the 10K.  Way to go, Lorena!!

Some of us post race.  Our own, Lorena, won 3rd place in her age division! WOOHOO!!

Some of us post race. Our own, Lorena, won 3rd place in her age division! WOOHOO!!

There was a different out-n-back trail for the 5K versus the 10K.  For those doing the 10K, there were several places where runners had to go single file (so not double stroller friendly at those points).  There were also several bridges to cross or go under which could get confusing, but the volunteers did a great job of steering runners to the right route.  The swag bag was full of yummy goodies, but the shirts could be updated to tech shirts with a women’s cut option (currently they are unisex cotton shirts).  Cute design though!

Here's a lovely volunteer with a shirt (courtesy of the City of Campbell Website)

Here’s a lovely volunteer with a shirt (courtesy of the City of Campbell Website)

 

Overall – we had a GREAT time at this race and would definitely do it again next year!  The Campbell Valentine 10K/5K Fun Run is definitely a well run race, with great people running and volunteering/working the race.  If you’re looking for a race with that home town feel (even if you’re not a Campbellian…Campbellite??) – check out this race for 2014!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Love, Love, Love!!!

Love, Love, Love!!!

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