Do You Run for Chocolate and Champagne?

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We all have our reasons for running. I first started as a way to lose some (imaginary!) weight.

[In reality, I was in high school and weighed all of 90 pounds. Oh well. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?]

Before long, I discovered the effect of endorphins — not that I knew exactly why running made me feel so good back then, but it sure did! — and I was hooked. Oh, and the imaginary weight materialized, but in the form of lots of muscle. Go legs!

But the best part of running, I find, is that I can treat myself to whatever I damn wish. Namely, chocolate. And sweet sparkling Moscato D’Asti – so what if it’s made of 60% sugar?Yup, you could very well say that I run for chocolate and champagne.

Which is why I was so excited to find out I’ve been chosen to be a See Jane Run ambassador. You see, See Jane Run’s moto is I run for chocolate and champagneit’s what I’ve been saying all along! See Jane Run, in case you haven’t heard of them, is a women-owned, women-run athletic apparel company, with stores in San Francisco, Oakland and Danville, Calif.

Aside from their great collection of women’s running stuff (from shoes to clothes and accessories: anything you may need to feel and look awesome on the run), SJR also throw a number of half marathons, 5Ks and triathlon/ duathlon events throughout the year.

I ran the See Jane Run half marathon in Alameda last year and enjoyed the race so much, that I signed up for this year’s half the minute registration opened — nearly a year in advance. I’m not even kidding.

The See Jane Run half marathon/ 5k is a women-only event (though men can and do run it, as well), with a beautiful flat course. I ran 2:10 last year, with very little training. (This is when I decided to get my stuff together and started the Own It: Half Marathon training plan from Train Like a Mother.)

I’ll never forget the camaraderie and fun spirit of this race! I had run out of gas with about a mile to go and was walking, when a woman passed me and said “Come on, are we going to do this in under 2:10 or what?” She gave me the strength to start running again — thank you!

The fun continued well after the 13.1 miles, with champagne for all finishers (and a beautiful champagne flute to keep, in the photo above), Ghirardelli chocolate and many other treats at the post-race expo. Oh, and a free photo booth with fun props to use (you can’t tell in the picture below, but I’m wearing a tiara, like the fabulous princess that I am):BabyRuns “ran” the kid’s race: I say “ran” because the course was a mile long and he made me carry him on my back for at least half a mile… but proudly ran through the Finish line on his own, amid loud cheering and applause.

Fueling up post-run.

If you haven’t signed up yet, head over to their registration page and do it now!

Use discount code SJRSFAMB13 for 10% off, too!

I’ll be there, of course, and I’ve set a pretty ambitious goal for myself: I’d like to run a sub-1:55 half marathon this year. Ideally, 1:50.

Anyone willing to pace me?

2 thoughts on “Do You Run for Chocolate and Champagne?

  • May 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I was hoping you’d pace me for a 2:10! 😀

    • May 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Come on, you can do a 2:10 without even trying! This is a perfect course for PR-ing, you should just come shoot for a 1:50 with me 🙂


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