Five Secrets to Regaining Motivation to Run

Contributed by Stephanie Laska, a 2017 Ambassador for the 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 you ... More

5 Common Half Marathon Mistakes

Contributed by Kelli Hashimoto, a 2017 Ambassador for the Berkeley Half Marathon.  It's less than one month until the 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 avoid them. That way, ... More

Advice to Bounce Back from a Bad Race

Contributed by Briana Ottinger, a 2017 Ambassador for the 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 in 2015. ... More

How to Improve Your Mindset While Running

Contributed by Erin Garvey, a 2017 Ambassador for the 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 feel like ... More

3 Ways Running Changed My Life

Contributed by Amelia Wood, a 2017 Ambassador for the 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 everything in my ... More

Top 3 Places to Run in the East Bay

Contributed by John Lee, a 2017 Ambassador for the Berkeley Half Marathon.  One of the best things about training for a race is the opportunity to explore one’s local surroundings by foot. I usually drive to work or to Trader Joe’s the same way every time, via the shortest and simplest routes. Going for a training run with a certain ... More

4 Tips to Take the Plunge from a 10K to a Half Marathon

Contributed by Amelia Wood, a 2017 Ambassador for the Berkeley Half Marathon. Ready to take the distance plunge from 10K to half marathon but don’t know where to start? Have no fear! This runner’s dilemma can be easily solved using organizational tools you already have in your toolbox: research, planning, and of course, the right ... More

5 Reasons to Take on the SF/Berkeley Challenge

Contributed by Stephanie Laska, M.Ed. Stephanie is a 2017 Ambassador for the Berkeley Half Marathon. What is the San Francisco - Berkeley Challenge you ask? We challenge you to consecutively run any distance of The San Francisco Marathon and any distance of The Berkeley Half Marathon and earn a FREE, exclusive commemorative second medal ... More

3 Tips for First Time Half Marathoners

Contributed by Erin Garvey, a 2017 Ambassador for the Berkeley Half Marathon. People flock to running for all types of reasons. For some, it’s about a getting a daily dose of endorphins, putting them in a good mood all day long; for others, running is about weight loss, weight management, or being an anchor in a healthy and active ... More

Earning the SF/Berkeley Challenge Medal

Not just another medal showing that I had crossed a finish line — but an embodiment of my new commitment to running and a healthy lifestyle, racing not just to cross another time off my list but to keep moving forward toward new goals. More