Ready to Race in San Francisco!

Well, I couldn’t help myself.  I said I wasn’t going to sign up for any more big races this year – having already done two half marathons this summer.  But then I got an invite to Run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco on October 18th through ClassPass, which is pretty much a dream come true.

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I’ve had this San Francisco race on my “must run” list for years and years, but the timing and circumstances (read: two pregnancies) have never been quite right.  Tiffany necklace at the finish line?  Gorgeous California scenery?  YES please!  Check out their announcement post and you can see the other five bloggers I’ll be running with!

And honestly, it is the perfect partnership because I am LOVING my ClassPass.  I was given a free month to check it out earlier in the year, and I’ve paid for it on my own ever since because I like it so much.  Looking forward, one of my running goals is to try to regain some of the speed I had in a former life, and I think cross-training and strength workouts will be a big part of that.

I’ve talked about ClassPass here before, but in case this is new to you – it is a membership program that allows you to access classes and fitness programs at gyms and studios all over the world for one flat monthly fee.  In Seattle, we pay $79/month, and you can go to as many classes as you can want – the limitation being that you can only visit each individual studio three times each month.  It’s great because it pushes you to try new things and hop around, rather than just doing the same old thing over and over again (which ends up not being very effective!).

Here in Seattle, I’ve been exploring all different types of classes and studios, and I’m discovering new workouts I never would have tried if I’d had to pay $20+ for a single visit.  My personal favorites are (my beloved) Barre3, Pure Barre, FlyBarre, and CorePower Yoga (sculpt class – omg!). 

Seattle-area readers – any favorite classes or studios you can recommend?!

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Another fun feature is that if you and your friends are both using ClassPass, you can see what classes they have signed up for and join them.  One of my closest friends here is about to take her HUNDRETH class, and she has gotten into incredible shape over the last few months – it’s really inspiring! 

Last but not least, a new feature they just released – if you are in the Boston or NYC area, you can sign up for races directly through ClassPass!  And if you live elsewhere, you can use the “flex” feature to sign up for a destination race in one of those locations.  Hopefully this comes to Seattle soon!

I have been doing barre classes for years now, but I’ve always sort of flip-flopped between doing mostly barre and yoga and very little running (winter/spring) and then doing mostly running and fewer indoor classes (summer/fall).  But I’m finally realizing that my body responds much better to a balanced approach of BOTH at the same time, and I’m so excited to put that to the test as I train for this next race. 

I’m just coming off of a half marathon I ran a few weeks ago, and my approach going forward is to essentially start over – back down to base mileage and work on building speed and strength as I build back up to race distance.  As part of the ClassPass Runner program, we’ve been partnered with Nike Master Run Coach, Blue Benadum, to help us build the best running plan.

My personalized plan is going to look something like this:

  • Run: 3x/week – two weekday workouts (hills and speedwork) and one weekend long run
  • Classes: 2-3x/week – a mix of barre, power yoga, and other strength workouts
  • Rest:  1-2x/week – days off of official workouts that mostly just involve walking with the kids and dogs

For my last few races, I’ve posted a lot of training updates on Instagram, but haven’t written too much prior to race day.  My hope this time is to pop in here weekly and give a better look at how training is going, what fun new classes I’ve tried, and just generally give a better picture of how I’m building up to this race.  Hopefully I can keep up with it!  This past week was my first official training week, and so far it has been a success!

  • Monday – rest day (6-hour drive home from weekend trip!)
  • Tuesday – 3.25 mile run
  • Wednesday – yoga sculpt class (hot yoga with weights – my new fave!) at CorePower Yoga
  • Thursday – 5 mile run (in 94 degree heat – ouch!)
  • Friday – rest day
  • Saturday – haven’t done it yet, but this will be my long run of 5ish miles!

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Running home toward dinner is a powerful motivator!

For any of you who are interested in trying out ClassPass yourself, to celebrate this exciting race partnership, they are giving away a one month membership to ClassPass to one of YOU guys!  Winner must be new to ClassPass (sorry to existing members!), and must live in a city where ClassPass is available (or travel frequently to one!). 

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To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me something new you’d like to try if you win!  Giveaway will end Friday, August 7th at 12pm PST.  Good luck!!

Many thanks to ClassPass, the Nike team, and our coach Blue for this awesome opportunity.  In 7 years (!) of blogging, I’ve never been able to do race partnerships or travel because the timing and circumstances just weren’t quite right (school –> moving –> kids).  When I got the invite for this race and I saw that it was in October – the ONE weekend that landed right between my boys’ birthdays – I knew it was meant to be!  Thanks for supporting me through another race – I can’t wait to run the hills in California.  Okay, and get my necklace!  :)

Happy Friday!