Category Archives: See Jane Run

Twas the Night Before Tri and a GIVEAWAY!

Remember when I used to swim and bike, in addition to running like a madwoman?

See Shauna Tri!

See Shauna Tri!

That sure was a lot of fun!  In fact, one of the things I’m most looking forward to when the marathon is completed is getting back on the bike and into the pool.

Anyone who participates in any of the three sports, let alone all of the three sports (back to back!) knows that there is a LOT of gear involved.  While I’m no expert triathlete, I can confidently say that one of the most essential skills is organization.  The last thing you want is to discover that you’ve forgotten an essential component as you’re setting up your transition area.

Or LEAVING transition.  Gloves: Check.  Bike: Check.  Helmet: ACK!

Or LEAVING transition. Gloves: Check. Bike: Check. Helmet: ACK!

Here are some tips for having a smooth, organized race.

* Set up your transition area and practice transitioning.  This will GREATLY improve your confidence, comfort and speed on race day.  Your fiancé will definitely not laugh at you.
Bonus points for wearing your goggles in the living room.

Bonus coins for wearing your goggles in the living room.

* Make a list.  Check it twice.



* As you put the items into your bag, check them off on the list.  This prevents you from becoming paranoid, taking out things as you double-check and then leaving them at home.

It's all there.  DON'T TOUCH IT.

It’s all there. DON’T TOUCH IT.

* When you arrive at the race site, set up your transition area exactly as you’ve practiced.  

* Smile, breathe, and (dolphin)kick booty.  Repeat on bike and run.

Want an opportunity to practice these skills?  Well, I’ve got the perfect late season tri for you!

Wait, these caps are SO CUTE.

Wait, these caps are SO CUTE.

My favorite running store: See Jane Run (for which I am a proud ambassador) is presenting a SPRINT TRIATHLON at Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton on October 5th.  

I can’t tell you how much I would love to participate in this event.  If I weren’t doing another, endurance event the next day in another state (ahem, I’MRUNNINGAMARATHON), I would be there in a heartbeat!  See Jane Run’s races are wonderfully positive and fun.  Shadow Cliffs is a great place for a beginner and experienced athletes alike.  Since I can’t race, I’d love to give YOU  the opportunity to race!

To win a FREE RACE ENTRY to the See Jane Run Sprint Triathlon on 10/5, all you gotta do is answer this question:

What’s your favorite night before the race ritual or activity?

I will pick a winner at random on Monday 9/29.  There is not a lot of turnaround time so clear your calendar and stock up on Gu just in case!  I know a great store where you can get it…. 😀







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Chocolate and Champagne….WE MEET AGAIN!

A beautiful morning to crush my 5K PR

A beautiful morning to crush my 5K PR

Finally, my first race of 2013!  Due to an unfortunate bout of posterior tibial tendonitis, I had to take most of March off running and miss two scheduled races.  Recovering and rebuilding fitness while training for my first triathlon has meant slow and conservative running.  My longest run since late February has been 4 miles and I hadn’t done any speed-work.  I had a few speedier runs off the bike but it wasn’t until last week when I discovered that I’m close to as fast as I was when I was training for RNR San Jose half marathon.  That was hugely liberating because I no longer felt pressure to do well at this morning’s race or tomorrow’s tri.  Seems a little counter-intuitive, I realize.  I promise I’ll explain that feeling more next week.  I’ve got a race to recap!


Slept wonderfully.  I knew that barring catastrophe, I would PR and even if I didn’t, I would absolutely crush my 32:24 from last year’s SJR race.  Most of the week, my thoughts have been racing (PUN) as I’ve tried to fall asleep.  Happily, I was calm and woke up to 5:30am sunshine.

Despite being an ambassador for See Jane Run, I did not know when my race started.  I swear, everything I read on the website said 8am and made no distinction between the two races.  I remembered that last year, the 5k started after the half marathon so I was confused.  Since it is the necessary curse of the Bay Area professional musician to be extremely early to EVERYTHING, I always run (PUN) the risk of standing around a race, alone, in the cold for an hour as my muscles stiffen.  Aiming to arrive for an 8am start, I gave myself a good amount of time to park and take pictures but not so much that I’d get stiff.  Would have worked perfectly except the 5k started at 8:30.  Whoops.  Guess I can’t read…

I did get the chance to meet another SJR Ambassador and blogger Karen.  We took pictures of each other because we both came to the race alone.  Yet another reason to make more running friends and run races with them.

Gamely participating in cheezy 80's group warmup.  Get yours, girl.

Gamely participating in 80’s group warm-up. Get yours, girl.

I also got THIS GEM.

M' nailed it.

M’dear………you nailed it.


One MAJOR improvement See Jane Run made this year was a wave start!  The first wave was for runners 6-8:59mm.  I could have seeded myself there but instead, I chose to be in the 9-11mm wave, hoping that the 9mm’ers like myself would be in the front.  They were and I didn’t experience any bottle-necking.  I did have the secret pleasure of passing many, many people as I took off strongly.  Probably too strongly.

In an effort to keep the recap shorter than the race, I’ll just say that it was successful and it was hard.  I started at a pace that felt sustainable and by the first mile marker (which came at the exact moment my Garmin buzzed, yessss) I was pretty tired.  It was kinda hot.  I could feel that I was dehydrated.  Whoops.  I didn’t drink much this morning, hoping to avoid having to use the porta-potty.  Mistake but it only made the pace harder, not impossible.

I maintained a pretty consistent pace until the last mile when I had to slow down a bit.  There were several times when I was desperate to walk and I emphatically “inspired” myself.

No f*cking way.  You didn’t walk a single moment last year and it was your FIRST RACE.  KEEP SHUFFLING!”

And keep shuffling I did.

Feel free to put that on a chevron background and pin it.

I was surprised to see how even the splits were!  Do I care that the pace went up instead of down?  Not really.

Lap 4 nubbin omitted because I forgot to turn my Garmin off until about 30 seconds after I crossed the finish line...AGAIN.

Lap 4 nubbin omitted because I forgot to turn my Garmin off until about 30 seconds after I crossed the finish line…AGAIN.

My tummy was starting to reject my sustained heart rate but I trusted that I wouldn’t have an explosion and kicked it in at the end.



Official time: 27:31 (8:52/avg)

AG: 15/280 (updated 6/9)

Overall: 100/1623 (updated 6/9)

WOOOOO!  That’s about a 2 minute PR over my trail 5k last November and nearly a FIVE MINUTE improvement over last year’s See Jane Run.

After the race, I destroyed two bottles of water, wandered the post-race expo, and begged lots of people to take my picture.  I also picked up my adorable champagne glass with yummy See’s truffles.  Very good choice, SJR!  The lemon truffles were delish!  In the next few days, I’ll do a photo-dump post.  It’s time to wrap this up and get my ass over to the expo for tomorrow’s motherf*cking TRIATHLON.

Oh wait.  One more.


WHO PR’D TODAY?  Link to your recap!

*Rankings were based on gun time which I think is whack since there were 2 minutes of holding between wave starts and the results say that my gun time was 29:48.  Hoping this gets updated later…

Updated 6/9!

Truthy Tuesday – Race Week Miscellany

This week is less confessional and more of a thought dump.


* On Sunday night, I had about an hour and a half of panicky thoughts about this weekend’s tri.  I was curled up in bed, trying to fall asleep, but my mind was committed to visualizing every aspect of the race.  I could see myself bobbing in the water before the start.  My heart started to race and my shoulders crept up to my ears as I imagined myself getting tired during the swim.  I took a deep breath and imagined myself getting out of the water, unzipping my wetsuit, finding my bike, yanking off the suit…




These thoughts were so detailed, I’m pretty sure I imagined the entire race in real time.  Heart would race, shoulders would creep, big deep breath, repeat.  Eventually I resorted to counting Merlins to calm down.

I wish, dude.

I wish, dude.

* I absolutely can’t wait to marry Tim.  (Oh yeah, I’m engaged!)  I had a nice moment at TDM the other day when a woman complimented my ring and said the sparkling distracted her through thigh work.  Bling!  We’ve been engaged for almost three years so it’s nice to feel like a bride from time to time.  November can’t come soon enough!  Also, (and sorry in advance for the brag) he came home with a pile of nomination essays for Teacher of the Year.  I read them all with the hugest grin on my face.  His students praised him for being fair, funny, easy to relate to personally, and for making history come alive in a way that was interesting and relevant.  Several also said that he “wasn’t racist.”  So that’s good!  ?????  Go honey!

Loves cats and is not racist.

Loves cats and is not racist.

* I’m really looking forward to See Jane Run 5k this weekend!  I wish I could give it my all and get the huge PR I expected pre-injury and pre-Mermaid registration.  My foot is strong but I haven’t done any speedwork since February and I still struggle at paces that used to be recovery.  I think I can squeak out a PR but I also don’t want to push too hard since the main event is Sunday!  The game plan is not to hold back from the start and push in the last mile, if I can.  It will still be a really fun event!

* SJRSFAMB13 is still the code for 10% off the registration fee for the 5k or half marathon.  Join me!

Chocolate and champagne at 9am.  I mean, come on!

Chocolate and champagne at 9am. I mean, come on!

* I had a massage at National Holistic Institute in Emeryville yesterday.  My buddy Jenn works there and got me in on their teacher appreciation day!  I opted for Shiatsu and got a very nice, sweet massage therapist.  They’re all students but totally professional.  I was so, so sore yesterday.  I honestly didn’t feel a tremendous difference after the massage but I certainly didn’t feel worse and it was a relaxing hour.

* My semi-secret time hopes for my races this week are: <29:19 for See Jane Run.  I’d love to be around 28:00.  For the tri, I’d love to do the swim in 10 min, the bike in 45, and the run in about 22 min.  It would be cool to finish the entire thing in 1:30ish.  If I don’t, no biggie.  I truly just want to finish with a smile.  That was convincing, right?

* So far, overlapping the first weeks of marathon training with tri training feels terrible.  I need stay in the tri zone but I hate that I can’t give my full effort or mental space to marathon training.  It scares me.  Once I complete my first couple longer runs, I will feel much better.

* This season of Mad Men is so excellent.  I love the color and the energy.  Also, this week’s Game of Thrones??? Dang.  Brutal.

* I am still hella sore.  I am going to be a triathlete in five days.  That is cray.

Anyone wanna brag about their darling?  Got some Tuesday truth to share?

It’s All Happening!

Happy Friday!

Yesterday, I was chatting about my upcoming tri with whoever will not cover my mouth with their hand a friendly woman at See Jane Run.

Speaking of See Jane Run, there’s still time to register for their 5k or Half-Marathon in Alameda on Saturday, June 8th!  You can save 10% with the coupon code SJRSFAMB13.  Let me know if you’re going to be there!  I’d love to meet up! 

She asked when it was and I said “about two weeks.”  Except, it’s not.  It’s actually in about ONE week.

Shit is getting real.

I’ve read about a trillion articles about transitions, race plans, open water swimming, etc. but I’m re-reading them all now that we’re so close!  I may not be a talented swimmer, cyclist, or runner but I am a top-notch Googler.


Tomorrow morning, I meet up with my Tri Club (oh yeah, I joined a Tri club.  Did I forget to mention that?) for my first open water swim.  A couple of hours have been dedicated to researching this particular topic.  Lots of posts about panic attacks.  I suppose it’s possible I could freak out but honestly, I’m only nervous about the temperature of the San Francisco Bay at 7am and about looking like a fool in front of all the experienced Oakland Tri folk.  My childhood summers were spent lazing in the Russian River, swimming in pools on vacation, and splashing around Lake Tahoe at choir camp.  It actually never occurred to me to be afraid of “open water” until I started reading all about how terrifying it supposedly is.  

With singer buddies in Barbados, April 2011.  This is not terrifying.  This is heaven.

With singer buddies in Barbados, April 2011. This is not terrifying. This is heaven.

The only other thing I’m nervous about is my ability to put on my dang wetsuit.  The first time posed a serious challenge.  The suit has been sitting in my closet, waiting for me to get up the nerve to try again.  

Armed with a stick of bodyglide and a stopwatch, I went for it, hoping to get it on in under 10 minutes.  That seems insane but you don’t know the leg meat I’m working with.  

I hate this infinity.

I hate this infinity.

I passed the 10 minute mark and I was still at the knees.  And beginning to sweat.  My new time goal was 15 minutes.  Yes, it’s entirely possible that it will take me longer to put on my wetsuit than to complete the swim.  Good thing the swim isn’t last!  I finally got it on but the crotch was still too low.  And it took entirely too long.  Peeled it off and began again.



The second time was a bit better but it still feels like it takes much, much longer than it should.  I watched a couple videos where skinny Minnies slid the legs right up.  Their legs are thin.  My legs are not.  Not helpful, YouTubes.  

Wetsuit is tiring.

Wetsuit is tiring.

I decided to try again today with a plastic grocery bag over my feet and HUZZAH!  (Almost) immediate success!  It slid up much more easily.  I didn’t time it but it felt quick enough that I won’t be completely embarrassed tomorrow morning.  Huge relief!

Open water swimming!  Bring. On. The. Tips.