Coming Back From an Injury

Contributed by Kelli Hashimoto, a 2018 Ambassador for the Biofreeze San Francisco Marathon and Berkeley Half Marathon. Imagine this: you are getting excited to start training for your upcoming race and just like that, you find yourself dealing with a nagging injury. For us runners, being injured is the absolute worst thing that can ... More

Our Running Stories: Mother and Daughter (times two!)

Contributed by Lisa Gonzales, a 2018 Ambassador for The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon. In high school, my after school time was spent at the track at Gilroy High School, but let’s get something straight. I wasn’t that fast. Don’t get me wrong, I could hold my own, yet my little “pee wee” legs weren’t enough to challenge all ... More

Running with a Pace Group

Contributed by Lisa Gonzales, a 2018 Ambassador for The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon. Are you a first time half marathoner? Do you have a tendency to go out too quickly in a race and end up running out of gas before the finish line? Do you have a goal to run a faster race? If you answered yes to any of these questions or if you just ... More

Running with a Training Team

Contributed by Lisa Gonzales, a 2018 Ambassador for The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon. Here’s something to consider...running with a training team. Sure, I can probably help you come up with some reasons why it won’t work: you don’t have the time, it’s too much effort, the schedule won’t be flexible enough for you, and a half ... More

How To Overcome Running Challenges

Contributed by David Lam, a 2018 Ambassador for The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon.  Through the course of our experiences as runners, we’ll be faced with many challenges that can catch us on our heels. These challenges can be in the form of injuries, a waning motivation to run, or terrible weather conditions on race day (see The ... More

Five Secrets to Regaining Motivation to Run

Contributed by Stephanie Laska, a 2017 Ambassador for the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon.   So, you’ve had a dry spell – haven’t we all? Oh, and we are talking about running here! Maybe it’s been a few months (or years – gasp!) since you’ve hit the pavement, but I’m here to assure you that all is not lost. Let me help ... More

5 Common Half Marathon Mistakes

Contributed by Kelli Hashimoto, a 2017 Ambassador for the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon.  It's less than one month until the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon and it is almost time to start thinking about race day. As you start thinking about race day preparation, here are five common half marathon mistakes and our best tips on how to ... More

Advice to Bounce Back from a Bad Race

Contributed by Briana Ottinger, a 2017 Ambassador for the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon.  I’ve been a runner for over 6 years and in that time I have completed several 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and triathlons. I’ve had races go well, finishing with shiny PRs and races not go so well, even ending up in the ER after a race back ... More

How to Improve Your Mindset While Running

Contributed by Erin Garvey, a 2017 Ambassador for the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon.  While there are tons of people who love running, there are probably many more who absolutely despise it. When I hear non-runners talk about their disdain for the sport, more often than not, their reasons are based in two categories: 1) because they ... More

3 Ways Running Changed My Life

Contributed by Amelia Wood, a 2017 Ambassador for the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon.  Throughout my seven years of running, many of my friends and family members have wondered what inspires me to continue to lace up my shoes. I should first mention that I was not athletic at all growing up. I despised gym class and would do ... More