Finding that balance & SJR TRI GIVEAWAY

It’s been a long time, and my blog has been neglected. I started a new job a few months ago, and I’ve been in transition- taking everything in, and finding time to enjoy my life as best as I can. 
 
This new job has me now commuting into San Francisco. The first few weeks were tough- waking up way earlier and getting home way later that I was used to. Feeling tired and sleepy and getting used to public transportation. Needing coffee but not wanting to be dependent on caffeine. So on and so forth…
 
Since starting my new job, one thing that has been affected has been my training- my short maintenance runs and short workouts during the week. I was always good with keeping up my short runs twice a week since I was able to run around the neighborhood at my former job. But adjusting to my new schedule had left me tired and barely enough energy to get home, have a decent meal, and keep up with taking care of my apartment. 
 
How do you find a balance? From working full time, taking care of your kids/family, training/regular exercise, hobbies, etc. How do YOU find that balance? How do you manage to keep it all in check without amping up on too much caffeine, burning out from exhaustion, losing your head, and/or some combination of those all together? I tried to run immediately after work and just stay in SF but that would lead to dinner after the run, to me getting home late since the train headed back home wouldn’t be as frequent. 
 
Here I am trying to find ways to keep a balance with my 14-15 hour days and train for a bunch of half marathons coming up in the Fall…but how about those of you who are training for more? A Triathlon, perhaps? Not only do you need time to get runs in, but some swim, biking and brick workouts too! I can’t even imagine having to train for a Tri (I would consider a Duathlon, but I’m scared of open water so no Tri’s for me).
 
See Jane Run Tri / Du

See Jane Run Tri / Du

 
The kind people of See Jane Run (for whom I’m an Ambassador by the way) have graciously offered me to give away one FREE race registration to their SJR Triathlon taking place on October 5, 2013 in Pleasanton, CA! I attend their Half/5k event during the Summer and their events are always well organized and fun.
 
So, what do you have to do to enter? It’s easy! 
1. Comment below with the ways that you are able to find a balance in your busy life. 
2. Tweet or post on Facebook about this giveaway. You must link to this blog post. When posting on Twitter, please use hash tag “Cre8sSJRTri”. When posting on Facebook, please “SHARE” the blog post from the  Christine Cre8s FB page.
YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH STEPS TO BE PROPERLY ENTERED FOR THE GIVEAWAY.
 
Deadline to enter the giveaway is Thursday- August 29, 2013 at 6:00pm Pacific. A winner will be chosen by random.org and will be contacted via email. If winner does not reply back to claim prize within 48 hours of initial contact, then a new winner will be selected.
 
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Race Recap: 2013 See Jane Run 5k

One week ago today, I ran the 2013 See Jane Run 5k for the second year in a row with my good friend Lianna. We had such a great time last year that we decided we would run it every year together to kick off summer. A friend/running/tradition type thing. And besides, who wouldn’t want to run for chocolate and champagne?

 We woke up early and got ready and drove to Alameda. We found parking in the same neighborhood as last year and walked to the staging area. Unfortunately, the park bathrooms were locked, so we had to head to the porto-potty lines. I checked in my bag and then we headed to the Starting line area.
The second year that we're running See Jane Run

The second year that we’re running See Jane Run

This year SJR added waves. YAY! Lianna and I decided to start in the 12-15 minute/mile group. We were going to take it easy and have fun with the race. (Lianna was going to be participating in the Mermaid Tri the following morning, thus playing it totally smart at SJR).
Good Morning, Start Line!

Good Morning, Start Line!

The course for See Jane Run Half and 5k is flat. An advantage for the first timers. Also, I love that it’s right on the waterway in Alameda. Lianna and I were doing intervals and just enjoying the run. As we were getting closer to Shoreline Drive, I heard cowbell in the distance and sure enough, it was our friend, Francis, ringing cowbell and showing awesome support for us!
Lianna and I totally took our time with the race, running and walking, just having fun with it all. My training hasn’t been the best, and she had a Tri the following day so there wasn’t any pressure at all to PR.
We made it and crossed the Finish Line together! We picked up our cute bling and enjoyed the festivities after the race. Thank you See’s Candies and Barefoot Wines for the awesome yumminess after the race!
We did it!  2013 edition

We did it!
2013 edition

I love running into friends at races. Shortly after crossing the Finish Line, I spotted Susan and we met up shortly after and had to take a picture in our SJR Ambassador shirts!
2013-2014 See Jane Run Ambassadors

2013-2014 See Jane Run Ambassadors

Got cowbell? Nothing like race support from friends! Thanks Francis for the support!
MOAR COWBELL, please!

MOAR COWBELL, please!

 

The motivating posters that SJR has are amazing. This one is my favorite and Lianna and myself have to take a picture with it every time.

Truth

Truth

 

Another awesome See Jane Run event is in the books! Chocolate, champagne, and more fun race memories with friends to add to the vault. Thank you for a fun and beautiful morning in Alameda.

 

I Ran for Chocolate... and champagne.

I Ran for Chocolate… and champagne.

Are any of my blog readers in Boise, Idaho? Or do you know of anyone in the Boise area? See Jane Run is having their annual 5k and Half Marathon in Boise as well and registration is still available for their June 22, 2013 event. Sign up and register and you are guaranteed to have a fantastic time. SJR puts on amazing events to women athletes on all levels. You get super cute bling, chocolate and champagne (in a collectible glass champagne glass for you to keep!). Check out the SJR Boise race page here.

It’s Ambassador, Ms. Ambassador if you’re nasty.

Official See Jane Run Ambassador

Official See Jane Run Ambassador

I’m proud to announce that I was selected as a See Jane Run Ambassador! See Jane Run has been a brand that I connected with from the very start when I went from ZERO running to training for my first Half Marathon. Their Rockridge store was where I had my first gait analysis and bought my first pair of legit running shoes (Asic’s Gel-Kayano 17’s). I’m super excited that I was selected to be apart of their Ambassador program- they are such an awesome company that represents women athletes to their utmost, something that I highly respect and connect with.

See Jane Run was started here in the Bay Area, and not only do they have their annual Half Marathon and 5k races that takes place in Alameda every June, but they also have events in Boise (Idaho), Seattle (Washington) and Wichita (Kansas)! Last year, my good friend Lianna and myself ran their 5k race for the first time and it was such a fun and well-organized event that we decided it will be our “annual kick-off to summer” race to run together. I can’t wait to run it with her in a few weeks!

Lianna and myself at the 2012 SJR Bay Area Finish Line

Lianna and myself at the 2012 SJR Bay Area Finish Line

Which leads me to this…why don’t you join us?! I have a discount code to share with you all! Save 10% for the SJR Bay Area races that take place on Saturday- June 8, 2013. Use code: SJRSFAMB13 and register NOW. I mean Helloooooo? Why wouldn’t you run a race where you get champagne (in a super cute collectible champagne flute for you to KEEP, might I add) and chocolate at the Finish line!? Oh yeah…did I fail to mention that part? More details on my 2012 SJR Alameda 5k in a blog post to come in the very near future. 🙂