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Special Giveaway: Entry to the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon or Marathon

September 13, 2010

Is this you doing the quad flamingo stretch in San Francisco? Could be.

Let me take you back 5 years. I was pregnant. I stuffed pillows between my knees and under my belly, and I still couldn’t sleep. I was eating bags of Twizzlers with astounding speed, and accordingly, was gaining weight as fast as the Biggest Losers shed it. I was, in two words, not glowing.

And, since this was our second kid, I knew what was coming once I birthed the little nugget: postpartum hell. Even less sleep. Massive, aching boobs. A body so tired, even pushing the rocking chair felt tough. Too many hormones, and, accordingly, too many tears. I knew how well I weathered the first couple months of motherhood. In two words, not well.

On a walk/waddle one day, I knew what I needed: a marathon to train for and look forward to. With a buddy. Sounds insane to crave a marathon when I knew I wouldn’t even be able muster the energy to find a shirt that didn’t have burp stains on it. But the reality is this: I knew needed something for me. Not for my toddler, not for my husband, not for my still-to-be-born babe. In order to keep the cuckoo in the clock, as one runner put it so aptly in Run Like A Mother,ย  I needed me time and a goal. I knew, with amazing certainty, that the combination equaled a marathon.

But not just any marathon. Had to be a special one, one that got me fired up when it was 3 a.m., I was doing a paci sweep for the fourth time that night and I had 7 miles on the docket at 5:45. Had to be a destination race because I wanted at least 48 hours–not just 4ish–hours away from the chaos. I had heard of the Nike Women’s Marathon (NWM) in San Francisco, but didn’t know much about the race, then in its third year. So I spent some “work” hours tracking down the details–a Tiffany necklace at the end, a Ghirardelli chocolate stop along the course, a scenic route that ran next to the Pacific Ocean–and was sold.

San Fran or bust. With SBS.

Many of you know the rest of the story, which is recounted in the introduction to RLAM. The NWM is the race that launched the feature in Runner’s World,which launched the book–and is the reason we’re all here right now. (So, in three words, thank you NWM.)

Today, thanks to Nike (again), we are incredibly psyched to be able to share the NWM experience–the race that holds a very special place in our hearts–with one lucky reader. We are giving away an entry to the 2010 Nike Women’s Marathon on October 17, 2010, the extremely popular race that was sold out in late April. The entry will go to a random reader, and can be used either the half-marathon (13.1 miles) or the full (26.2 miles) marathon.

All you have to do to win is answer this: Why do you want to be part of it? For the chocolate? The necklace? The chance to test your quads on the hills? Because your friend got in, you didn’t, and you want to run with her? Because you’ve run 10 miles at once, but haven’t had the courage to try 13.1 yet? Because you want to experience what it feels like to hear the footfalls of 20,000 female runners? (It’ll give you the chills, I promise.)

Here’s the fine print, which is incredibly important, so please read closely:

1. This entry is non-transferable. So if you win, you–not your buddy or someone from Craigslist –wear the number.

2. The prize can be entry into either the half or the full marathon; you decide. Before you freak out and say, no way am I ready to do that, realize the NWM is a beginner-friendly race. Sure, there are few hills–lots of hills, actually–but the course for both races is open for 6.5 hours, which is a very doable amount of time to cover 13. 1 miles. (And last year, the average time for the marathon was 5:17.) Plus, if you’re a walker or walk/runner, you’ll find plenty of company on this course.

3. All we’re giving away here is the entry. (Sorry: gotta sell the movie rights to RLAM before we can be more generous.) You need to get yourself to SF, find a bed to sleep in and some food to eat before the race. We’re hoping to schedule a RLAM happy hour with the winner–and all the other RLAM’ers running–and if that happens, we’ll buy you a drink too…that’s in the budget. To repeat, the race is October 17, 2010, which is 5 weeks away.

4. This contest, unlike our other giveaways that are more forgiving in their deadlines, closes at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 14th.ย  You need to put your answer about why you want to run it in the comments section below by that time. We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page by 8:30 EST.

So do you have some frequent flier miles, some motivation, a dream to run in The City by the Bay and a free weekend on October 16th and 17th? Chime in, runners, chime in.

175 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelly permalink
    September 13, 2010 3:39 am

    This 38 week pregnant Mom is up at 4am because there are too many things on my mind. Wish this race entry would be transferrable to 2011, because I just don’t think I will be in marathon shape 3 weeks post partum. Regardless, it’s a fun giveaway idea and kudos to whoever is out there that can be spontaneous and take advantage of it!

    Hope to be marathoning next Fall, that’s ‘the goal’!

  2. September 13, 2010 4:45 am

    WOW!!! This is amazing!!! The Nike Women’s Half-Marathon would be absolutely awesome for me. Personally, I’ve always wanted to take a super-long roadtrip vacation to California to drive up and down the coastline. I think being able to run along a portion of the beautiful Pacific coastline would be like the icing on the cake. I think that in itself is what makes that a gotta-do-before-I-die race in my book. Not to mention the Ghirardelli and Tiffany motivations. Its a pretty special day for me when I get to have Ghirardelli chocolate. And I gotta say that the finest piece of jewelry I own is my wedding ring set… I love it, and its a beautiful set, but it’s probably considered dust by Tiffany’s standards.

    Its so convenient too, because I happen to be training for two half-marathons, one of which is scheduled the day before the NWM. So I know I would be in top shape for it… I just did a 10.25 mile run 2 days ago! Even if I don’t win, this race is definitely one I hope to do in the coming years. But it would be totally incredible if I was able to knock this one off my list this year!!!!

  3. Jana permalink
    September 13, 2010 5:38 am

    I am an Army wife living now in the deep south. I spent the last year away from my husband and my last race was a full marathon last fall. I am training for a half (last long run was 10.3 miles), yet I haven’t signed up for one yet. It is so hot here, so acclimating to the heat has frustrated my racing. I’m not sure when it the temperature will cool down here to make that happen. For the last few years I have wanted to fun the San Fransisco half or full marathon. The tiffany necklace would be wonderful!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway… Probably the best I have ever seen. An entry to a ladies only half or full marathon in San Francisco, and a weekend without kiddos. Unbelievable!!!

  4. Ace permalink
    September 13, 2010 5:53 am

    Wow! Thanks for this post! 37 weeks pregnant and up at 4 am over here! Like Kelly I don’t think I’ll be ready to run 2 weeks pp. But I am inspired by the idea of picking a marathon for next year to get me through those first few weeks/months of new baby. So far I have ambitiously set my sights on the 4 mile Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving. At least it’s something!

  5. lizsavel permalink
    September 13, 2010 6:32 am

    My goal for this year is to do some desination races. I am signed up for the Mini Marathon in Myrtle Beach at the end of OCtober. But I would love to do the half in SF! It sounds like so much fun and it would definitly give me a reason to travel and leave the kiddos home with daddy for a weekend. Thanks for the chance! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. September 13, 2010 6:35 am

    My heart is racing as I type this. On one hand, it is due to the excitement of this opportunity. On the other hand, I can help but think: What if I actually win this giveaway??? But, the reason I am entering it is because I have recently developed (and am trying to hone) a new attitude about life. I am trying to seize more opportunities, take advantage of what life throws at me, and enjoy every precious moment. In general, I live my life very low risk, very safe, and very content. But, I also know that (as Eminem often shouts in my ear during a run) you only get one shot (do not miss your chance to…). Opportunity doesn’t always present itself, and so I am going to give it a shot and roll with it. If I win, that is a sign that it was meant to be and that I am ready for a new adventure. And it will be an adventure…I will have to go by myself, as the costs of the trip would be too much for my family of four to manage. I have never been west of Ohio. I have never traveled or stayed in a hotel by myself. I have never run a half-marathon. (I ran my first race last August; I am training for a 10K that is September 26; the most Iโ€™ve run is 8.15 miles.) I have never even considered running a race that wasnโ€™t within 30 minutes of the comforts of home. But, I have never been in a better place, mentally or emotionally, to do this. So here goes nothingโ€ฆ

  7. September 13, 2010 7:17 am

    I know if I win this, there are some things I’d have to figure out (like how to get there) but I know my husband would be fully supportive of this endeavor. It’s scary for me to even think of going to Cali by myself, let alone run a half marathon by myself…but I’m up for it! (Joyce, you sound so much like me!)

  8. Megan permalink
    September 13, 2010 7:23 am

    Last weekend I tackled and kicked proverbial ass on my first 1/2 marathon, after running my first mile on a treadmill less than a year ago, spending the entire winter training for my goal of running a 5k. All this week I have been telling everybody who will listen that I have no ambitions to go for the full…but…after reading this, if I win I will do the full! OMG it is in print and now I am committed!

  9. Adriane Lioudis permalink
    September 13, 2010 7:37 am

    I would do just about anything for that slot!! I want to run for, selfishly, a day totally away from my 5 kids on the West Coast. When I was younger, I thought I’d end up out in Oregon. Fast forward– married, in Cleveland, with a 6 y.o., 5 y.o. triplets, and a 3 y.o. I run for sanity and me time I don’t feel guilty about, but I dream of my old fantasy on the west coast.

  10. Chris permalink
    September 13, 2010 7:43 am

    Got married under the Golden Gate Bridge 13 years ago…. We love SF!! Would make it my third half for 2010! (tried getting in to Nike in April – one of the many ladies that did not. Picked another race that weekend I would rapidly bow out of!)

  11. Carol Finn Sanzone permalink
    September 13, 2010 7:45 am

    I had my fourthchild in April. My oldest is almost 8. In order to be a good happy motivated mom this summer, I signed up for 3 triathlons while I was pregnant! I did the Syracuse Iron Girl race with a bunch of sisters and friends, another sprint tri at the end of summer ( found gears on my bike I didn’t know it, or I, had) the third race was an Olympic distance one – I changed that to a relay, and did the mile swim for the first time.
    I also ran the 15k Boilermaker race for the second time.
    Now school is started, and I am trying to work out a schedule with my treadmill and my kids and myself. I like to give myself slightly impossible goals. Makes the thrill of completing the task that much greater.
    I never thought I’d be a runner.
    Never thought I’d be a triathlete.

    I never thought I’d run marathon..

    As I sit here holding my sleeping baby, and try to motivate myself to go fire up the treadmill, I know one thing:
    Life is full of surprises.

    • Carol permalink
      September 14, 2010 6:04 am

      Please take my hat out of the ring.
      Good luck to all the ladies on the blog!

      Thank you for challenging my ideas of what I can do -I’ve found several local races to work towards. Just too busy now to leave the family for a weekend.

  12. September 13, 2010 7:46 am

    I wanna do this! I so enjoyed watching all the goodness and sweat at the Eugene Women’s Half, that now I’m ready to move into the light of going for a longer distance. Count me in, and pick me, oh random comment picker!

  13. Maria Young permalink
    September 13, 2010 7:48 am

    Yes, yes yes! This has been on my list for quite a while. Would LOVE to run San Fran. My bags are packed!

  14. Kelly Longfellow permalink
    September 13, 2010 7:52 am

    I would love to win this for the chocolate, the necklace, the experience, the excitement of running with a huge group of awesome & strong women. How empowering would that be?!

  15. Holly permalink
    September 13, 2010 7:53 am

    I want it because I want to get a Tiffany necklace from a firefighter in a tuxedo!

    Secondarily, I like chocolate, I’ve always wanted to visit San Francisco and have never been there, and I’m running the Twin Cities marathon on 10/3, so I’ll be ready to roll–might as well use it while I’ve got it.

  16. September 13, 2010 7:58 am

    I want to do this because it’s days after my 36th birthday. I wouldn’t consider myself fit, but I am on my way to being the fittest I’ve ever been. I did the Eugene Women’s half marathon. I wasn’t ready. I walked several miles of it. I want to do it again and jog the entire thing even if my jogging is still so very slow. I want to do it because I have 4 kids. And I’m single. And because both my parents are gone. And I want to feel successful. San Francisco, I lived there once, but I don’t remember. Before I was 2 years old I was taken from my mother by my grandparents due to her neglect. They drove 12 hours straight just to come get me.

  17. Sue permalink
    September 13, 2010 7:59 am

    Why do I want to run the NWM?

    -to test and prove to myself that I am strong
    -to be more than mom/wife/co-worker
    -to feel the strength of women running together

    Oh, and meeting SBS and DM and getting a Tiffany necklace and chocolates wouldn’t be so bad either ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. September 13, 2010 8:01 am

    I’ll be there, I’m already signed up for the full marathon! So excited to see you all in SF!

  19. Staci Williams permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:03 am

    I’ve done “women’s only” races before and they are FUN!! I’ve not yet done a 1/2 marathon…..that’s what I’m training for. I would love to participate for the glory, the pain, the fun, the exhaustion, the chocolate AND of course, the necklace!! Plus, I LoVE Nike stuff! They have the best clothing. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for the offer! Good luck everyone!
    Staci Williams

  20. Rita permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:16 am

    Wow, what a race! This is one of those things in life that I would love to do but probably never have to courage to register for myself. I am a stay-at-home mom and like most others I never do anything that is just for me. I would love to cross the country and run a race that is just for women, celebrating strength and beauty in women!! Something I could do just for me, not my kids or my husband, just me and the road. To be honest, not sure what I would do for those hours of running without them? (I almost always run with my daughters in the double jogger) Run at my own pace and not have to stop to pick up a dropped sippy cup along the way? Weird! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. September 13, 2010 8:17 am

    I’ve never done an all Ladies race before and since this one is in S.F. near where I grew up, I think it would be the perfect 1st one for me. To be with so many like minded women, how awesome that must be.

  22. Marnie permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:18 am

    There is nothing more inspiring than running a race—-whatever the distance. I can only imagine the power of the NWM-a huge group of all women! I need inspiration right now. Oh, I still get my runs in 3 or so days a week but it’s hard to do it most days. But I do it because I know I NEED it, my mind needs it, my husband and 4 kids needs it. Maybe that little trip to SF will do the trick.

  23. Jodie permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:27 am

    I am the proud momma of a 1 year old child and we are already looking at planning part two starting next summer. Ialways thought that after having my first I would use running to get myself back in shape. I have now come to realized that going out for my 5am runs or our family weekend runs are my saving grace. I have signed up for a few 10k’s this fall but I am itching to go for the gusto and build up to a full marathon (much to my husbands non-surprise- I have a tendancy to go balls to the wall so to speak). I may not be able to finish as strongly in 5 weeks as I would like but I think that Tiffany’s necklace might be good incentive to get my but across the finish line ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Jennifer permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:27 am

    …because I fell into running begrudgingly, and much later in life than most… just 5 years ago I had never run more than a 5k.

    …because the NWM is the reason I started doing half marathons on a regular basis… the dream of entering the NWM has always been this elusive, “someday!” goal.

    …because I’ve entered 4 years in a row and have been denied each year.

    …because running for me is a way to connect with girlfriends, and nothing symbolizes that more than the NWM. To run with that many strong, confident women… chills indeed.

    …because last year I happened to be in San Francisco on the day of the NWM, going to lunch at the Beach Chalet, and saw hundreds of elated runners milling about, glowing in their accomplishments. And I was so proud and so, so jealous. Then the firefighters trickled into the restaurant in their tuxedos and sat down right next to us – rubbing salt into my wound just a tad!

    …because I will be in San Francisco that weekend anyhow – ticket is already booked – fate, perhaps?

    I would love this opportunity. I’ve never run a half “alone” before, but there’s something exciting about knowing that I might show up at the start line alone but I certainly won’t cross the finish line alone. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  25. OtherJulie permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:30 am

    Would love to do it! Grew up near there…and ran the crazy Bay to Breakers back about 9 years ago. How cool!

  26. Kelly Nash permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:30 am

    I am writitng to enter for the Nike Womens Marathon giveaway. I would love to win this spot for many reasons. I just really started running in April. My goal to start running was because I signed up to do a half iron man in October. I have done many sprint triathlons but have never run over 4 miles before. I met a wonderful group of girls who live in my area and run, they run with a group called Rc3 (running chicks of cave creek). I have never met a group so welcoming and motivating before. They have taught me how to run, how to pace myself, and have motivated to me run farther and faster than I have ever thought possible. I went into running with the mindset that I hated it and have come out with the mindset that I love it and cant wait for the next run with these gals. I now run with them 3 days a week, 8 miles, 10 miles, and 16 miles and feel great the whole time. As I have been running witheach of these gals I have found out that they all put in the lottery for the Nike Womens Marathon as a group (before I started running with them) and the won the lottery and will all be going as a group. They have inspired me in many ways and I feel proud to run with them. So this is one reason I would love to win your contest. Another reason I would love to win, is that the SOMA half iron man competiton that I had signed up to do Oct 24th was cancelled 3 days ago. The tempe town lake dam (which held the swim part of the race) broke. the city of Tempe then decided to make the race into a duathlon and because of this many people withdrew from the competion. I was excited because now there would be 2 running parts of the race, but to my dismay the race was cancelled friday night. All of the training I have worked so hard for was now taken away from me. So, to win this entry to the Nike Womens race would be wonderful, not only will it take the place of my cancelled race, I woud get to race it with the women who have trained and helped me to run.

    thank you so much xo
    Kelly Nash

  27. Cheryl permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:31 am

    I’ve never run Nike (haven’t won their lottery), but wanted to since it started. Yippee, a second chance!! No better place to run than SF and no better “treats” along the way and at the end!

  28. OtherJulie permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:33 am

    Sorry…I forgot to add….would love to run freely in SF…not pushing a jogging stroller. I love chocolate…never have had anything from Tiffany’s…and a high school friend’s hubby is a firefighter there. (They give out the necklaces.)

    It would be cool!

  29. Diana Reid permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:34 am

    As a mom with 3 small kids (4.5 year old boy and 18 month old twins) who is also attending school full time to get her masters in Nutrition, my story is pretty much every busy mom’s story — running is my touchstone, my sanity-provider, my private time, my happy place. I’ve not done a marathon since the twins were born, but have scrambled hard to do 6 half marathons so far this year. A trip to san Francisco to really push myself back out there would be truly amazing!

  30. September 13, 2010 8:46 am

    Because I’d rather run than go to my 20 year high school reunion that weekend! And I’d really like that necklace…

  31. September 13, 2010 8:55 am

    OOooo, I have wanted to run this race for a few years but never have been able to get in. I’m not in any shape to run a full….but I’d probably do it anyway :). I just did the SF Marathon this summer and I LOVE the city. My gf lives right on the water so I’d have a freebie place to stay and some FF miles I could use and yeah…I’d kill for that neckace. Hope I win :).

    Thanks, guys, for all you do!

  32. Joanna permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:59 am

    Oh my goodness, I would love to win entry to the Nike Women’s Marathon. I tried this year to get entry the old fashioned way, and didn’t make the random drawing. I was hoping it would be my first half marathon and I could get the infamous Tiffany’s necklace but once I didn’t get in, I signed myself up for the San Francisco marathon instead (I’m a local). The hills were brutal but running across the bridge and of course finishing was so rewarding – and the best part? While we ate brunch afterwords, my sweet boyfriend surprised me with a Tiffany’s necklace he had picked out! He wanted me to have a way to remember my first big race ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would love to run the Nike Women’s – I’ve just been thinking about a good fall race to up my training for and it would just be really incredible to have it be this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Jami permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:03 am

    I just ran my first half marathon (Parks 1/2M, Rockville, MD) yesterday. It was amazing! Everyone on this blog understands all of those emotions and feelings that are mixed in finishing the First of ANY length race. This offer is like Karma. I was just considering whether it was my Big accomplishment as I turn 40 in October and I can rest on what i’ve just done, and BAM here this is. Rather than go into a rest week, I will amp up for a 16 miler this coming Sunday, in the slim chance that I’ll be picked. Can I go from a 1/2 to a full in 5 1/2 weeks. I certainly can. Thanks even for the chance and for getting me out of resting on my mental laurels!

  34. September 13, 2010 9:04 am

    Although I’m already in the NWM, I wanted to comment in support of my super running buddy, Kelly Nash who has already written a comment. Kelly has been training with all of us from RC3 who made it into NWM via the group entry/lottery. She didn’t enter because she was training for a triathlon the week after (Soma). Soma was cancelled due to the dropped registrations after the swim portion was cancelled. Tempe Town Lake’s damn burst and all the water is gone!

    What Kelly forgot to mention is that she is a super Mom who inspires all of us with her many extracurricular activities such as volunteering at a wildlife owl rescue, getting certified to teach yoga, and who still manages to fit in all her sports with family time. Those of us that got into Nike from RC3 would love to have Kelly join us. She has been getting up at insane hours (we start as early as 4 am here in hot AZ) just to run and support us. I think I speak for all of us at RC3 when I say we just love her and it would be so great if she can participate with us.

  35. Sheila Kofahl permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:11 am

    I would love to win this prize- The Nike event is on my to do list. My girlfriend, Amy, got in it this year- she is the person that started me running. It would be so cool to go do it with her. I can make it happen if I win!
    Why do I want to do it- I’ve never been to San Fransisco, and I don’t own anything from Tiffany’s… yep, that’s pretty much it!!! I want some Tiffany’s!
    Thanks for offering a great prize.

  36. Heather permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:21 am

    Me! Me! I want in! I am currently training for a 1/2 and haven’t been to San Fransisco since my honeymoon 13 years ago! It would be an awesome opportuninty to revisit the city and do something I love! Thank you so much for the chance!

  37. September 13, 2010 9:22 am

    Oooh, because I’m actually trained for it! I’m doing the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon on November 13, my first marathon post-second kid. He’s, um, FIVE. As in years old, not months. I work full-time and have two small kiddos (and an awesome husband) and a marathon sounds like a freaking SPA right now.

    I went to San Fran on my honeymoon and have tried to get into this race several times, no dice. It was a women-only event that started me running in 1998 and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH.

    Also, I train on hills. I eat hills. I LOVE HILLS. I NEED THIS SO MUCH! Can I beg? I’m begging. Thanks.

  38. September 13, 2010 9:22 am

    I live in San Francisco, run about 5X a week and I have never been able to get in to the Nike race! And of course I would love to see that infamous necklace and the nice men who pass them out. Haha!

  39. sarah permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:32 am

    awesome giveaway!!! i would love to run in an all womens race, especially in SF, one of my favorite cities. I have never been able to get into the Hippie Chick (local all womens race in OR) and would love to be involved in this EPIC event. i even have a place to sleep and I LOVE THE HILLS, sick, I know!!

  40. Sarah permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:37 am

    I’ve been looking for a marathon to run this fall that fits in my schedule and this one would do it. i think i could scrape up enough dough for airfare.

  41. Lenora permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:40 am

    We ALL have a story! We are ALL amazing! We ALL deserve to win!!
    Consider my name in the hat ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. September 13, 2010 9:49 am

    Hard trying to win something you wouldn’t want to take away from people probably more worthy. My biggest reason for wanting to run Nike: I haven’t been home in three years, and my family hasn’t met my baby(s). I miss them and long for them to see my amazing family and to see all the hard work I’ve put into it (the kids and running). Rewarding to more than just me. They, too, suffered while I was ill. And it would be great for them to hold the grand-babies they never thought they’d have, and to see a daughter run, when at one time I couldn’t walk. I need a reason to get me back sooner than our trip next year.

  43. Czarina permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:50 am

    I would love to participate for the glory, fun, exhaustion, chocolate AND of course, the necklace from a fire fighter in a tuxedo!!

    I signed up a few times and have not won their lottery yet. Thanks for another chance!! No better place to run than SF and no better โ€œtreatsโ€ along the way and at the end!


  44. September 13, 2010 9:53 am

    I want to run the Nike Women’s Half-marathon because San Francisco is one of my favorite places in the world, and I would LOVE to race there!

  45. Julie Cox permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:54 am

    For me, it is about a life shift. I’ve been dealing with a tough work situation all year. Knowing that I could allow things to linger, I scribbled a goal on my dry erase board in the gym.
    10-10-2010 – Be happy at work.
    For me, the supportative environment of a women’s race would be just the ticket to allow a bit of selfish time to solidify the new plan and launch the next life phase.

  46. Lisa permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:55 am

    I have wanted to do this race ever since I read your RW article and picked up RLAM. I love doing races that are for WOMEN. I have a milestone birthday coming up and I have been tossing around the idea of doing another marathon. Haven’t done one for TEN years! That was before I had my three kids and time just hasn’t been that abundant since. I would love to HAVE no choice but to do it. And of course, who doesn’t love chocolate and jewelry?

    But running with all those great women in San Fran would take the cake!

  47. September 13, 2010 10:01 am

    Wow! Awesome giveaway! Throw my name in for the random picker please. Would love to do it for so many reasons but first and foremost, it would be my first half (first race) and how cool would it be to run with so many amazing women? Bonus–my family could see me run it (maybe even the boys, if plane tix aren’t too much $$). We don’t have any plans that weekend (YET!) and unlike the half I’m signed up for on 10/30, with our crazy schedules, no one in my family will be there to see me start or finish. That has me bummed. So, it is very fitting, given our lives of late that we would go half way across the country just to be together for something like this.

  48. September 13, 2010 10:02 am

    Everyone who’s run this says it’s incredible and what’s not to like? Running, great scenery, cool swag, cool people. Sounds like a dream. I would LOVE to do this!

  49. September 13, 2010 10:03 am

    I ran this race last year and absolutely loved it! The support is amazing! The course is beautiful! I loved the necklace! Finishing at the beach is fabulous! I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t enjoy this race and want to do it again! Because of that, I’d love to do it again ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Beth B. permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:05 am

    Wow this would be awesome; what a great give-away! I would love to win and have the opportunity to run with 19,999 strong powerful women who are out there getting things done!

  51. Amy Adlich permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:13 am

    Wow – to run the Nike Womens Marathon would be one word…AMAZING! To be surrounded by strong women whom all share a common goal; to run and finish.
    My favorite aunt moved to San Fran last Dec and I haven’t seen her since to be able to run this all women’s race & spend the weekend with her would be priceless!
    Thanks RLAM for being such an inspiration to women everywhere.

  52. Kristen Silver permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:15 am

    Why do I want to run this event? Because over the past spring and summer life has taken away the confident and driven woman I was and left me as a shell of who I was. I am desperately trying to find that woman again, I miss her so much!!

  53. Amy Adlich permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:18 am

    Also forgot to say that this race benefits the Lukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, my grandmother (my aunt’s mom) passed from Lukemia several years ago…she is missed by all and I will run in her honor and memory.

  54. Yeiko Menzies permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:20 am

    Wow, what a giveaway! I would love to do this race! I have always dabbled in running since highschool, but then after I started having kids (4 of them: they are 7,5,3,1) it became very difficult to get out the door at any time for exercise and sanity time. When I was prego with my last baby, I started getting the itch to get my body back with three months left in the pregnancy. That was pure torture! I was so motivated, but was limited to what I could do. So 8 weeks after my little babe was born I started to run, but by month 4 of running to say I was exhausted would be an understatement. So this past spring I put the running shoes back on and haven’t looked back since. I wanted to train for a 10km, but all of a sudden one weekend I was running a 14km and I had a fleeting thought that maybe, just maybe, I could do a half marathon. I will admit I was also in the middle of reading my RLAM book and was being inspired through the laughter and practical advice that came from it. I decided to just keep adding the mileage and see where it lead to. I am up to 18km (sorry I am up in Canada and so everything is in kilometers for me!) and boosting it up to 22km does not seem as daunting as it did a few months ago.

    I have never done a race ever. To be honest it makes me nervous, but after reading the book, joining this group and daily reading about all the other inspiring women who are finding that difficult balance between marriage, children, work and running. I would love to experience any race, but the NWM sounds like an amazing place for women to bond, encourage and have fun!

  55. Judy Anderson permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:22 am

    I’d love to do the half marathon. With my 3 kids in school for the first time, I am officially done with the baby, toddler and preschool stages. What a better way to celebrate!

  56. September 13, 2010 10:23 am

    I really want to do a women’s race, so that’s what primarily attracts me to NWM – and that men in tuxedos hand over the Tiffany medals at the end. It sounds so special! After all, I like that we can be powerful AND pampered!

  57. Christine permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:29 am

    This sounds amazing! I have always wanted to do a destination race. I am running Twin Cities marathon two weeks before. Would love to run in CA and tackle some hills!

  58. Sannie permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:35 am

    Training for my first half marathon October 3 in Atlanta and can’t wait! I’d love to win this and be able to do another 1/2 just weeks later. . .maybe with my husband along for the quick weekend trip and my two little girls at home with friends for our first weekend away with kids? A girl can dream . . .

  59. Grainne Keogh permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:40 am

    Hey if you are not in you can’t win right!!

    I am training for the NYC Marathon which is only around the corner! I Ran the San Francisco Marathon in 2006 and I am anxious to run again in San Fran. One to put away my fear of the hills but two to experience it again 4 years later!!

    I feel like I am moving in the right direction, I am taking a step in the right direction, I will not let my mind give up, my body is telling me I can do this half marathon!

    Yes, it is ok to be afraid to try something new but believing in yourself you will feel the fear and overcome it.

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  60. Jennifer permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:46 am

    The Nike Women’s Marathon is my dream goal race. I would love to take part because after a move to a new city and losing my running partner in the move it has been really hard to get my bottom in gear. Running for me has been the key to losing over 70lbs and keeping my sanity with my 3 very young boys. I have been training for a 1/2 – kind of…. The race in 5 weeks would be just what I could use to get myself back on track. Perhaps my old running buddy would join me for support and the week-end away from her 3 children. Thanks RLAM for a dream opportunity!!! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  61. September 13, 2010 10:46 am

    Why do I want to win a spot at NWM? Well, for a long time I’ve been training and running distances on the east coast, and at the same time I’ve been stretching my life goals. I blog, I train, I wrangle three kids… and I go to school so that I can afford the three kids later when they are really expensive. My race schedule is sometimes a bit last minute. So why would it be awesome to win an entry? I have a relative in SF whom I have never visited, so if I won it, I could savor the moment and enjoy it without a tremendous amount of “mommy guilt” (aka – I spent money on me when we clearly needed 24 unsharpened pencils and 12 more glue sticks for back to school). IF the race was anywhere else, I wouldn’t be able to toss my name in the pot. Further more, that race falls on a weekend when I’m scheduled to run 20 miles, and seriously, what’s an extra 10K between friends?

  62. Alison H. permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:47 am

    When I saw this giveaway first thing this morning, my immediate reaction was “bummer!” I just gave my husband the go-ahead for a guys weekend Oct 15-17, and I am letting him use all of my frequent flyer miles to get there.
    But the more I thought about it, the more I thought “what the heck????” IF I win the entry, I WILL find a way to make it work. I have several close friends who live in SF, and I have been making vague promises to visit them for years. Flying solo to California to run a race solo is so far beyond my comfort zone that I am squirming in my seat as I type. But it would be an amazing challenge, and a much-needed reminder that there is more to me than wife and mother.

  63. Patricia moeller permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:48 am

    I am a mom of 2 boys, 4 and 6. I got so busy with them that I missed the deadline for the Portland marathon. I’m trying to qualify for the Boston marathon so I can run it for my 40 th birthday. Besides, I’d rather eat chocolate than gu.

  64. sharlaelizabeth permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:56 am

    I spent the weekend supporting a runner friend (and hopefully a future RLAM tribe member) as she ran her first 10K at the Iron Girl Seattle. It was one of the most amazing experiences. The sense of strength and camaraderie was enough to bring tears to my eyes. (Meeting SBS had essentially the same effect on me.) I came home on Saturday and announced to my husband that I WILL be running the Eugene Women’s Half next year. I would of course, love to run the Nike Women’s half this year. While I do enjoy jewelry and chocolates, for me, the experience would be all about running with 20,000 other women. The nearly 3,000 this weekend was a moving experience for me, so I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like in San Francisco. Being that it is just a few days after my son turns 5, the timing of it makes it really appealing to me.

  65. September 13, 2010 11:02 am

    I have heard how much fun this race is and of course everyone loves the necklaces. Women’s events have such a great atmosphere and are so much fun to expereience – and this one by far I think is one of the “must do” women’s events. For the past few years I have entered the lottery for this only to not get it. I tried to win a few slots in a raffle at my local running store and alas no luck. I am hoping I can get lucky on this contest!

  66. Amanda permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:06 am

    I would love to run the Nike Half! I have been training for a marathon this coming March – so doing this race would be a great mid-way practice run. AND my best friends live in SF – so it would be a great excuse to see them!!

  67. September 13, 2010 11:09 am

    Running. It’s the one thing I have yet to find my stride in. My consistency is lacking, but when I do run, I really feel as if the world is being moved by my feet touching the ground… least that is what I visualize! I tried to get into the Nike Marathon this year with a team of four, but our number wasn’t called up. I would love to be part of the Nike Marathon to find my stride alongside other women finding theirs! And of course the fact that there is chocolate and a pretty necklace helps! thanks for offering this second chance to those of us trying to get in! You can bet, I will be trying again next year too! Namaste!

  68. Tamara Hatton permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:10 am

    I would love to be chosen to race with so many inspiring women…….Exactly a year ago sitting in marriage counseling I knew that my life was falling apart at the seams. Postpartum depression, a struggling marriage, a general feeling of unhappiness and anxiety was upon me and I knew that no amount of xanax or medication was going to do the trick. I had to get out there and set a goal, do something for myself. Take a moment everyday to run away, be present within myself and clear my head. At that moment I knew I was going to run a marathon. People insisted I was crazy but that just made me want it more. Of course the marathon turned into a half marathon for 2010 but in 2011 I say BRING IT! I started training with BellinghamFIT and haven’t looked back. The way I feel after a long run is a feeling I cannot explain, the feeling of accomplishment is comparable to giving birth to my 2 boys without any pain meds, I always remember that when I am on my long runs, if I can do that I can do anything. Also I love the look I get from my husband when I get back home. He is so proud of me and I finally feel happy, strong, and in control in of my marriage and life. Amazing how one simple change in your life can deliver so many emotions, make you a better mother, wife, daughter or sister and transform you from an ordinary chrysalis into a beautiful butterfly. I would love to run a race with so many beautiful, inspiring women, many who can relate to my struggles and others who are fighting their own battles but all are out there for the same reason, to feel proud and free….. Oh the Tiffany necklace wouldn’t be bad either. ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Monica permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:17 am

    For the Chocolate stand, For the challenge of the hills, For the tiffany necklace.. all of it. Furthermore I love San Francisco! Whats most important is I’ve always stuck to half marathons but I want to do a whole one now!

  70. Janine permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:22 am

    I would love to win this contest as payback for all the weekends I shoulder an extra load while dear hubby is off on some crazy mountain bike race. Can’t think of anything sweeter than telling him, “Hey babe, I’m off to San Fran for 13.1 miles, chocolate and jewelry … the juice boxes for the soccer game are in the bottom drawer of the fridge. See ya!”

  71. Kelly permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:22 am

    Who doesn’t love chocolate and Tiffany?? Seriously though, I just trained for and completed my longest race ever – the Annapolis 10 Miler – and it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought despite everyone warning me it was a tough race. I trained all summer and was ready for the hills come race day! It inspired me to sign up for a local 1/2 Marathon in October but its already sold out, so this is perfect timing for me! I’ve never been to San Fran, and I would love to keep my training up for another month and reach my next goal! Did I mention that chocolate is my favorite food??

  72. Christine permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:27 am

    Because: I really want to run like a mother.

    I’m not a mother, but one of my biggest concerns about having children is being pregnant + giving up running, and I just can’t because it is a part of my soul. I love the inspiration that is here; that I can have both: a family + running. Thank you. THANK YOU!

    We’re hoping to start a family in 2011…and this would be a great way to celebrate running + children!

  73. Heidi Dietrich permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:35 am

    I would love to do this marathon because San Francisco is such a spectacular city. I lived in the Bay Area a decade ago and miss it. I wasn’t a marathon runner at that time, so it would be so great to experience the neighborhoods and streets from the running perspective. Also, doing an all-women’s event sounds very inspiring and cool.

  74. Katy permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:37 am

    I want to do it to say “I DID IT”. Like dimity, I want it for ME!

  75. Lisa permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:40 am

    The necklace sounds cool, chocolate is always good, but mainly I want the sense of accomplishment, that I could actually complete something like that. My youngest child is now in high school, so I am finding a little more me time, and remembering that I do love athletics myself, not just watching my kids compete.
    Plus, I love SF – I have only been there once but the coast is so beautiful.
    So I would love to compete, to have the opportunity, and to actually be able to accomplish a half-marathon.


  76. Michaela permalink
    September 13, 2010 12:16 pm

    I’m reading this while chugging the largest latte I could buy and pulling up the bags under my eyes, as our 5 week old decided not to sleep last night until about the time our 6-yr-old and 3-yr-old daughters were waking up for the day… And despite the sheer exhaustion that comes with pulling all-nighters and all-day-ers as a SAHM, all I can think about is how energizing my next run will be. I had my post-partum checkup about 3 weeks after our darling daughter was born, and the doc gave me the go-ahead to start running as long as I felt good. And damn, it felt GOOD. It felt good to get out of the house (for 20 minutes) and feel the wind blowing through my hair (and my spit-up crusted t-shirt) and to break a sweat (and leak in front as well). I am not yet up to half-marathon training, but I am going farther each day and marveling at all the amazing things that this body can do. I don’t know how the husband would react if I won, but I know how I would- WOO HOO! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway, and good luck to whoever gets to run it ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Ingrid Adams permalink
    September 13, 2010 12:20 pm

    I would like to run because I’m in training to run a half marathon for my daughter’s 40th birthday! And I LOVE San francisco.

  78. Kristen Hayes permalink
    September 13, 2010 12:24 pm

    I would love to run the Nike’s Women and these are the reasons why: I have never traveled much and would LOVE to!!!! My husband went to SF once for business and I have been horribly intrigued to go there for years to visit Ghirardelli, oh and to see the bridge. But really to eat chocolate. I am a chocoholic and when he told me about the cafe I was hooked!
    Besides the chocolate part, the race would be amazing!!!! I actually just finished my first half marathon of my life yesterday in Naperville, IL. It was amazing! The race was quiet and parts of it were secluded. We ran in a forest preserve on a gorgeous September day. The sky was a sparkling blue and the scenery was beautiful. Little ponds and a great little forest area. I ran with a friendโ€™s husband and my brother. I was the slowest of the group finishing in 2 hours and 21 minutes but I was beaming. At the finish the boys were waiting to welcome me in along with my friend, my mother, my sister, my husband and my 4 kids. When my 2 year old saw me turn the corner I heard her scream with delight to see me. Awesome! I never thought I could run 13.1 mile continuously, but I did and I think I looked good! Today the runner’s high is still strong. However when I have to go up and down the stairs I really remember each one of those 13 miles. Today carrying the laundry baskets for my family of six is a very tough job. But I would totally do another half marathon anytime! Where do I sign?
    Good luck to all that enter, this is a great opportunity!

  79. September 13, 2010 12:29 pm

    Good luck, all you hopefuls! I would love to participate one day, but this year is not for me. It sounds awesome! Can’t wait to hear who wins. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~K

  80. Melissa B permalink
    September 13, 2010 12:34 pm

    I’ve been training hard these past few months to do a sub-2 hour half. I have a half marathon on Oct 2nd but would love another chance to PR.

  81. Holly permalink
    September 13, 2010 12:42 pm

    When I was pregnant, I would watch with envy as my husband would walk through the door after a good hard workout, drenched with sweat and wish I could go for a long run too. Not being able to run for a short time was the hardest part about being pregnant. As we are planning to be pregnant again, this would be great race to train for and run in before having to stop running again. Thanks for the great blog…..such a motivation!!!

  82. September 13, 2010 1:10 pm

    I got butterflies in my stomach reading this week’s giveaway with the possibility of winning. This race is a high priority on my Bucket List. Why? Like the motto for this years’ race states, “run to be.” I have a great life, two kids ages 7 and 8, a super nice, supportive husband that travels often and a dog and a cat. I’m lucky enough to be a full time mom and a part time math professor. But I still need something that defines just me and me alone. And running does that. I will get up at 4:30 am to sneak in a run if the day is going to be crazy. And when I get crazy and stressed out over my rather simple life, my family tells me to go on a run. And I don’t have a problem with the fact that this will be my only chance to get a piece of jewelry in a Tiffany’s box…WHAT A TREAT! San Fransisco is one of my favorite cities and I haven’t been there in over 10 years. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  83. September 13, 2010 1:38 pm

    Despite the obvious draw to the chocolate and meeting some amazing RLAMers, it sounds like the perfect Plan C to what might otherwise be an uneventful 2010. Although previously signed up for Fargo Marathon in May and the Triple Lake Tahoe Marathon in September, I had to defer both races due to circumstances beyond my control (my brother’s wedding in May and an SI joint dysfunction that prevented me from being marathon-ready (let alone triple marathon ready for a September event). So, I’ve had my sights set forward on a possible Plan C. Although October might still be a little too soon, I am a true Marathon Maniac in the sense that I can’t possibly back down from such a great offer! Run, walk, stumble, or crawl, I’ll finish a marathon sometime this fall ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. September 13, 2010 1:47 pm

    Wow! What an amazing giveaway! I would love to run the NWM, for a couple of reasons.
    First, I have never ran an all-women’s race. I know, crazy, huh? Where I live there just aren’t too many women-only events. I can’t imagine the feeling of being surrounded by strong women, each striving to reach their goal.
    Second, I try to live my life as an example to my four children (isn’t that the definition of motherhood?!). Through running (and racing) I have tried to show them the importance of setting goals and then doing the work to reach that goal. They are so supportive of everything I do, but they especially love to watch me race.
    Finally, San Francisco is a fabulous city. It is definitely one of my favorites! But, I have NEVER ran there. Never. Isn’t that embarrassing? My inaugural SF run at NWM–that would be amazing!

  85. Megan permalink
    September 13, 2010 1:56 pm

    I haven’t raced since my single disastrous xc season in high school. I’ve been so terrified that adding in a race will make me feel competitive and subsequently inadequate about something that is usually just for me and leaves me feeling like just maybe if given the opportunity I could be superwoman. This race sounds like exactly the sort of low key, celebration of the simple joy of running that might be able to prove to me that races can be a part of my running life without making me feel like I don’t have any business being out on the course with all these “real” runners.

  86. Caren permalink
    September 13, 2010 2:09 pm

    I used to run to get away from things. I would run away from bad decisions, bad relationships and bad thoughts. Now I run towards things. Towards strength, towards self esteem, towards my family. It would be my dream to run towards my two children and husband at the end of the Nike Women’s Marathon. The feeling of accomplishment would be worth all those miles I logged running away.

  87. Dana permalink
    September 13, 2010 2:17 pm

    I’d love to run the Nike Women’s Marathon because I LOVE San Francisco — I went to college and law school in the Bay Area, and miss it a lot now that I’m down here in L.A. I have many amazing memories of being a student and learning how to be an independent woman in that city. I’d also love to run it because I finished my first marathon last March, and this would be the perfect follow-up for me, a race in another city where I have a lot of personal connections, with the added bonus of being all women (which I think is very empowering).

  88. Tracy Heizer permalink
    September 13, 2010 2:32 pm

    I was there last year…. in the dark, early morning hours as the marathoners began to line the streets of San Francisco. I couldn’t find my friend who was running with Team-in-Training among the 20,000 runners so I walked up and down the streets… watching…. listening… taking in the tremendous and incredible site that had become my city, as people of all ages, races, and stories began to line up…. The whole city was abuzz like I had never seen it before. And even though I had wanted so badly to be in amongst the runners, my experience as a spectator was just as moving to me. Watching people carrying signs of their loved ones lost to cancer…. holding hands as they walked…. cheering… crying…. running like they never had before…. crossing the finish line….. it was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever seen! And I would love nothing more than to be a part of that this year….

  89. Tina permalink
    September 13, 2010 2:58 pm

    I need something to get me running again and the idea of running in my favourite city in the whole wide world would just do that. I wouldn’t be able to run a whole marathon, but I could do a half…..

  90. Charity Manwaring permalink
    September 13, 2010 3:04 pm

    Why do I want this?

    After 3 years of Grad school (my husband) 3 kiddos, and 30 Alaskan winters, I would sure like to be somewhere warm in October…the Tiffany necklace and chocolate is just a bonus ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. September 13, 2010 3:11 pm

    Because I fell in love with San Francisco while running (Bay to Breakers, not just for crazy people) and I’d love the opportunity to get back there and run again!

  92. Katie permalink
    September 13, 2010 3:14 pm

    OOh, so fun! I’d love to do this for three reasons: 1) Chocolate stop on the race. 2) Tiffany necklace. 3) San Francisco – such an amazing city!

  93. September 13, 2010 3:40 pm

    Why WOULDN’T you want to run this?!? I tried to get in with my Sole Sisters this year and didn’t…it would be my first Half. And even though I put my alternate race (Sacramento’s Urban Cow) on hold due to knee tweeking a few weeks ago…I would WALK this one just to say I did (well, the Tiffany’s necklace handed out by tuxedo’d firefighters doesn’t hurt either). We all know I wouldn’t walk…but you get the picture!

  94. Debby permalink
    September 13, 2010 3:44 pm

    Oh I’ve dreamed of this race. I’d love to run the 1/2. It would be a great FIRST for me!
    -first 1/2 of my life
    -first Tiffany necklace
    -first trip to SF alone!

  95. Kristi Rutter permalink
    September 13, 2010 3:48 pm

    I would love to run this race. A few years ago I did my first half and loved it!!! Running brings peace of mind especially in the early morning before my 3 little ones are awake!! I would love to win an entry into this race, thank you for the opportunity.

  96. Rebecca permalink
    September 13, 2010 3:52 pm

    I just got back from a visit from a bestie (aka a good friend) who is picking up her life and moving from Chicago to SF next week for a new job…a city where she knows no one and will be living alone in a studio apartment. She mentioned that one the the things that excited her about the move was a chance to start fresh and that one of her goals was to get back into an active lifestyle and lose some of the extra weight she is carrying so that she can be an all around healthier person.

    After reading this I realized maybe I could be a part of her jump start if I paid a visit and and that possibly cheering me on in an event such as this would be an awesome trigger or maybe even surge in what is hopefully a new and great start in her life. And maybe a visitor shortly after her arrival would be reassuring that although she is across the country, she has family and friends that are only a plane ride away.

  97. September 13, 2010 4:04 pm

    Why would I want win an entry? Because: I have never been to San Francisco, because I would like a chance to better my half marathon time, because after taking on the Wilson Bridge, it seems fitting to take on the hills on San Fran. But really? Winning this entry would make my Run Like a Mother would be a symbol of my year of returning to running, for real (well ok, at my speed it does not qualify as running- lets say jogging)–but the gist is the same. I spent so much of this year suffering from depression and not knowing how to get myself out of my haze. But my running has helped me see past it, it has helped me remember what it feels like to set a goal and achieve it- and it has helped me show my daughter that while things can be tough, persistence and dedication can get you through anything.

  98. Laura permalink
    September 13, 2010 4:04 pm

    Four years ago, I watched and cheered for my cousin running her first Nike Womens Marathon.
    Three years ago I went the night before and jumped out of bed at 4am to be a volunteer for the nike womens marathon (pretty sure I walk 10 miles myself that day).
    One year ago I decided I was ready, registered and didn’t get in. I did the Nike+ Human Race, was offered a chance to get in on the action, and didn’t know the email bounced because Facebook is blocked in the school district where I work.
    This year I registered as part of a team, hearing my chances would be better, apparently that’s just a rumor.
    Yesterday I was offered entry, for $115. Two weeks ago I was in a car accident and I just spent over $1700 to get my car fixed and I’m flat broke.
    I would LOVE to win entry into the nwm and be the one running for a necklace while others cheer me on!

  99. velvet permalink
    September 13, 2010 4:12 pm

    Right after I had my first baby I ended up getting really sick. I was to the point where I could barely even walk around the block. I’ve been very blessed with an amazing husband and supportive family. Now, I’m back up and running…HOORAY! I’ve been reading and hearing that many women become even stronger runners after pregnancy. This summer I’ve taken 20 minutes off of my 1/2 marathon PR and would love the opportunity to beat my marathon PR!

  100. September 13, 2010 4:45 pm

    I would love love love to run the NWM! I would love to run with my fellow Team In Training teammates. I run with TNT in honor of my late father-in-law who bravely battled multiple-myeloma for three years. We lost him this May. It would be an honor to run in my purple singlet to benfit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thank you for the opportunity!

  101. Sarah Nelson permalink
    September 13, 2010 5:28 pm

    Last year I moved to SF with a fiance I loved, a job in my field and a whole lot of hope. Almost immediately my relationship fell apart, then my department lost our entire program and I lost my job. I spent all fall and winter at an entry-level job that I hated, traveling for work, quickly gaining weight and totally depressed. About 40 pounds overweight and angry, I couldn’t keep up a with a yoga class and I got a stitch in my side after jogging a few blocks. Then in April, once I was able to stop traveling I decided to make some huge changes. I just didn’t really think I could do it. I needed to, I just didn’t think I was worth it.

    Thank God for my new roommate! When this woman moved into my house I thought she was so quiet and calm- oh how wrong I was! All winter while I was traveling and hating it, she was getting up at 5 am on Thursdays and Sundays to train for the Aids Life Cycle! She rode her bike to Los Angeles from SF and loved it.

    I don’t know what exactly made us plan to get up at 7 one morning and walk up Buena Vista Hill- but we did. I guess she was cross-training, I was just riding on the coattails of her motivation. But we kept going on these long walks. She didn’t let me quit and she wouldn’t listen to me talk about how weak I was. We went beyond walking and moved into jogging. We started looking up training plans and stretches. We started foam rolling and icing sore knees. Two months into it I was jogging for 30 minutes.

    We convinced each other to join a half-marathon training group and now I’m up to 10 miles! Every week it’s a little further! I found my joy- I found out that I love running and I love my body! Now I’m the one motivating other people!

    Here’s why I want to run the NWM- because I love this city- It’s here I found my independence. I want to be at a race that winds though my new home.
    Because I am all trained up and I didn’t get in! My running group is doing it- but I’m not!
    Because I want to line up for a race with thousands of strong women and take my place with them.
    Because I’m running for love- love for myself and love for my friends and love of life.

    But I’ll be okay even if I don’t do it. “cause I’m stronger and faster than I’ve ever been.
    And hey, I live here, maybe I’ll just crash it?

  102. Hollie permalink
    September 13, 2010 6:11 pm

    Iwould love to win because I know I can do it in SF. Not something I would have said a little over a year ago on the eve of my first 10k when I had no other goal but to finish it. It was at pacific crest race weekend in bend oregon and a I met a friend of a friend who was single and had no kids. I was admiring her Nike half tee and heard all about the necklace and her bonding experience. I just kept thinly that there was no way I could and that I really did not want to. But after the 10k, one ten mile in my home town, a half back at pacific crest the next year and the first Eugene women’s half… I know I can and I want to. Running has created a competitiveness in me I never had. But not with others, with myself. As a stay at home mom I don’t get raises, bonuses, awards or promotions (not putting down the power of a hug and kiss). Running has given me a way to see growth in strides. I hope my desire to go faster and farther rubs on my kids no matter how they put it to work. Plus I have a pregnant inspiring friend going that I would be thrilled to run with. Thanks formthe opportunity and staying up late to read all the pleas for an opportunity to “just do it”

  103. Susan Parker permalink
    September 13, 2010 6:15 pm

    Why do I run? To be strong and healthy to play with my children, to be fit and fun for my husband, to be confident and healthy for myself, for the love of my time with my running buddies who always have an ear and some ideas. I run because my dad is a multiple marathoner and he has been an example my entire life of a man of discipline, capable of so much at many ages due to his focus on the love of fitness and the great feeling of discipline. Running is so much more than a sport, it is a way to see new places, a reason to be with friends, a perfect start to a day as the sun is rising. When my boys are older, I hope they look at my running and know it is good to have an outlet, to be a participant in life, to be strong and healthy, to have discipline, and to follow what gives you great joy in life! For all those moments running with my sweet husband, the many runs with my great dad, my mom, my sister, my friends, I am so grateful to be a runner. Now bring on the hills! Let’s go to San Francisco!

  104. Susan Parker permalink
    September 13, 2010 6:17 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  105. Jane permalink
    September 13, 2010 6:17 pm

    I’ve only been running for a year now – and I’ve been flirting with the idea of signing up for a half. Can I do it? Well, Hell…. let’s find out!!!!!! Your comment about it being beginner-friendly boosted me enough to hit the comment button. I would totally do it if I’m chosen.

  106. Jennifer Nielsen permalink
    September 13, 2010 6:20 pm

    Ohhh -pick me, pick me! What an awsome opportunity to run with some wonderful women. After having my second baby in April, I have been wanting to train for something amazing, I just didn’t know what. Now I know! Being able to run to my children and not with them in a double jogger would be heavenly too. I can’t wait to lace up in San Fran!

  107. September 13, 2010 6:42 pm

    I want to run the half marathon because I have been training for one since March. I am running my first half on Sept 26th and I think this would be an amazing second race! I have never trained as much as I have in the months after the birth of my son (Oct ’09). I would love to be one of thousands of women with similar stories…and thousands of women with different stories. I want to run this race because I CAN!!

  108. Erin permalink
    September 13, 2010 6:44 pm

    I have been working and training. I would love for my daughter to see mom do something cool. I have been following Coach Jay’s running program and everything! Yeah!

  109. April permalink
    September 13, 2010 6:44 pm

    Considering I just picked up running 4 months ago, who knew I would have come this far in my dedication to running. It just proves how goals that seem unimaginable can actually form to reality. I went from barely a mile of running to now having logged 10 miles. I am training for a half-marathon and what a way to fulfill my first if I was to win this challenge. I have been a single mother of my ten year old. Life was always focused on her and I never gave myself any attention. Running is something I can passionately do without feeling selfish that I am finally doing something for me. Going to this race would be the first time I achieve something for myself in a long time. I have come to realize I will still be a great mother despite spending some time for me.

  110. Beverly permalink
    September 13, 2010 6:56 pm

    I would love to do this race! I wanted to sign up for it, but my husband was in an accident in Jan. I was unsure of where he/we would be in Oct. He made a remarkable recovery and I have started training for my first full in January. I would love the opportunity to run this race.

  111. Kelly permalink
    September 13, 2010 7:29 pm

    I started training for my second half-marathon six weeks after my second child was born. I ran for months pushing the running stroller to get to my race in May. I ran the whole race in less than perfect conditions-I didn’t hit my goal time.

    After 2 weeks of pretending to rest my body, I started training again hoping to do a much better race in the fall. I ran all summer with my double stroller in the humid, hot weather as my 4 year old yelled, “Mommy, why are you walking?”

    My husband encouraged me to run the Spirit of Columbus but I refused since it was the first weekend after returning to teaching and being away from my girls after 15 months. Call it being selfless. I was hoping to run the Spirit of Pittsburgh in November…it was just canceled.

    So, I am looking for a race AND I would really like a Tiffany necklace…I am always jealous of my friends who have the earrings, ring, bracelets, and necklaces (but I will earn mine!) This would be a totally selfish endeavor for me, but I don’t care. I have logged almost 500 miles this year, pushing my kids all the while. I probably will have to find child care since it is cross country season and my teacher/coach husband is gone from 6:20 AM until 6:40 PM every day, but I don’t care. I think I deserve a 48 hour trip, a race, a glass of wine, the ocean, sitting for a few hours on a plane with NOTHING to do.

    Keeping my fingers crossed!

  112. KathyinMN permalink
    September 13, 2010 7:55 pm

    I’m already in, so if you pick me, pick someone else. But I had to post…Why this race? Because of the Tiffany necklaces…because of the fireman in tuxedos and Godiva chocolate. Because I want to run a marathon in every state, a lofty goal for someone already in their 40’s with only 3 states done. But if I start now, maybe I’ll be close by the time I’m in my 60’s…and why not try? So this is my California race. And why not this one? The one for women? The one who’s finisher medal I could wear every day?

    So go ahead and pick someone else. Someone I can say hi to at the start line and congratulations to at the finish.

    • September 13, 2010 9:11 pm

      Kathyin- I just wanted to say you rock! My entry is somewhere above, but I love your idea to run a marathon in every state! You can do it!!!! Would love to say hi and high five at the finish with you too! We will see!

  113. September 13, 2010 8:01 pm

    I love to run! This hasn’t always been the case though. I taught myself to run after 25 years of never having ran a mile and being teased as the ‘chubby girl’ in school. NOW…I LOVE to run and can do it! -Something I didn’t believe I could do for a long time.

    I’ve just the last few years been entering races and can’t explain the fixation I have with them. Sadly, I’m torn each time I sign up because of the cost of the race and the burden it brings upon my family. So, I ran a 1/2 last month, deciding that it was going to be my last for a while. I finished 6 minutes shy of a goal I’ve been trying for 2 years to reach and was so sad that I had decided I needed to cut back on racing. Sad because I didn’t meet my goal.

    I wanted to sign up for the Nike Women’s Half, but knew I couldn’t justify the cost and NOW…NOW…it’s a giveaway! I can’t tell you the emotion I feel. I want to run it so badly. I’ve ran an all girls race (Girls on the Run 5k), but never an all women’s race. I can just picture the beauty of thousands of women racing, all with some purpose in mind. I want to be in the RACE!

    My husband doesn’t run and thinks I’m a little cukoo, but he supports me. He’s never been to San Francisco and it’d be so romantice to take him there and feel his love and support as I run.

    I hope I can enjoy this fabulous race with so many other women!

  114. September 13, 2010 8:52 pm

    I am a single mom. I love to run. I have had two near death experiences in the last ten years. Each time, running and the dream of once again becoming fast and healthy has been a huge part of what kept me going. In the last couple years, I have made it my life goal to inspire and help others to dream and believe in themselves and their potential. Winning this entry is yet another way I can inspire others to dream and live their lives with intention and passion.

  115. Amy permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:57 pm

    Why run the Nike Women’s?! For all of the below reasons….and most of all ‘bragging right’, DUH!! I’m a runner mom of 3 and I would do you Mothers proud!

  116. Beth permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:09 pm

    Why do I want to run/walk the Nike Women’s Half marathon? Yes, I love chocolate and anything from Tiffanys. (I’ve kept the box and ribbon, ladies!) However the main reason I’d like to go is because it’s the weekend before the 19th of October. The 19th would’ve been my Mom’s 60th birthday. I’ve been trying to find something meaningful to do that weekend to honor my mom. Running around SF dressed in a Team Hope shirt trying to get the word out about Ovarian Cancer would be great. Incidentally, San Francisco was also the last ‘girls weekend’ trip my Mom took with her sisters and mom the summer before she died. Thanks for the consideration. Thanks for listening. Thanks for being there for all of us.

  117. Jennifer permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:20 pm

    What better way is there to show support and love towards someone who has given me so much in the past year, than to physically endure a half marathon with her. This prize isn’t about the chocolate, the necklace, the firemen in tuxedo’s…..heck, it really isn’t even about the 13.1 miles. This prize is about returning to my sister the love and support she has graciously given to me over the past 13 months. The birth of twins, a husband going through his second major surgery, not knowing how the next month’s bills were going to be paid (let alone the food on the table) the list could go on for hours. We both have 4 children, there is never enough time for anyone, especially quality “sister” time. She is entered and ready to run this race…….I would struggle through the second half for sure…..but to be there together, supporting one another, like sisters should…….the prize could be priceless. One small way to say thank you to one very giving person. Thanks for the chance!!!

  118. September 13, 2010 10:04 pm

    I’ve been drooling over this amazing race for about a month, it just looks so fantastic! I am already committed to running the Vancouver Girlfriends Half Marathon the same day with one of my best friends…so, don’t pick me. But what an amazing giveaway!

  119. Karri Thompson permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:17 pm

    I want to do this race to prove to myself, my children and my students that anything is possible! I teach emotionally disturbed students in a poverty torn neighborhood. Often, these students can not answer the simple question- “What is your dream?” I have explained to them that I am always concurring my dreams! I graduated college when I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I participated in a run/bike race and I am working towards running my first 1/2 marathon! I so want to be a part of this amazing event! It would be wonderful for all the children in my life to see that we can all achieve our dreams-with hard work!

  120. Jennifer permalink
    September 13, 2010 10:22 pm

    MMMMmmmm Ghirardelli chocolate:)! That would be just one reason to run this race! Since my son was born in 2007 I have lost 80 pounds though exercise. A 1/2 marathon is something I have always wanted to try but have been too scared to take that leap! Over the last year, I have gained 10 pounds back and it has been really difficult to lose it for good since, I know I need to change up my exercise routine and this would definitely do it while fulfilling a goal I have had for the past couple years! It is also my ten year anniversary this October and my husband and I were trying to plan a trip to San Fan, so how perfect! Even if I don’t win I will put this race on my calendar for next year!

  121. Rosemary permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:25 pm

    Me! I want to do it. Why? this summer I moved to the West Coast from the East Coast, left my home, my job, my friends — and now am trying to be a West Coast girl. My kids just started new schools, I miss my awesome running group and can’t find one here, my husband is traveling all the time for his new job, and I am stressed out of my mind. This would be awesome. So, that’s why I want to go to SF in October and run 13.1 miles! ๐Ÿ™‚

  122. Robin permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:41 pm

    Nike was the first race I ever did & I’ve not been able to get in since!
    Also, husband & I will be adopting soon-ish, so I’m intrigued by your book & blog as I look forward to finding life balance!

  123. September 14, 2010 5:33 am

    First of all…because today is my 41st birthday, and when my husband asked me what I wanted to do for my special day, I told him I’d like to run with my girlfriends! How cool would it be to win this entry?!

    The very first race I ever entered (before I even ran, before I even understood what races were all about) was the Race for the Cure 5K in Little Rock in 1998. There were about 7400 participants-all women. The experience was AMAZING. (The next year there were over 10,000 women running.) In eleven days I’m running the Women’s Half in Nashville which will certainly be even more incredible. To run the Nike Women’s Marathon (or Half since I don’t think I’d be ready for a full by then) would be unimaginable! Just thinking about it gives me chills.


  124. September 14, 2010 5:48 am

    I love the idea of running with all or mostly WOMEN! I ran the Disney Princess Half marathon earlier this year and it was the best running experience of my life! It was awesome being surrounded by so much pink and running skirts. It was sooooo cool to see so many women supporting eachother … and just having fun. It was laid back and chill. There were few men trying to “pass a skirt”. I’d love to do something like that again. And, I’ve never been to California OR San Fran!! Would love to get away with my mom for the weekend (without the kids in tow). That would be a fun, bonding experience!! She rarely makes it to many of my races, and when she does, she’s helping out with my two small children. I’d love for her to see why I love this sport so incredibly much!!

  125. Cindy permalink
    September 14, 2010 6:25 am

    Wow, we lived in San Francisco pre-kids, it would be great to run there. I wasn’t a runner when we lived there so it would be fun to run it now. And chocolate and a medal are always good! It would be good motivation to run more than 6 miles.

  126. Traci permalink
    September 14, 2010 8:26 am

    I’m 14 weeks pregnant with #3. Since this will be our last, I’ve been thinking about doing a marathon this time around since I’ve never done a pregnant marathon:) (I know, weird thing to check off the bucket list….) I’ve been dreaming of doing the NWM in 2012 for my 40th, and to get California done for the 50 states. It would be very cool to run with that many women!

  127. Vickie permalink
    September 14, 2010 9:11 am

    Would love to try my hand at the NWM again! The first half is beautiful while the second half is a physical/mental challenge.

    Good luck to all the runners!

  128. Laura Kriegel permalink
    September 14, 2010 9:14 am

    I found running at 39. I’ll turn 43 in two weeks. I could barely run a block when I started. This past April I completed my first marathon.

    In the midst of my marathon training…and if truth be told even before…my marriage was falling apart. With every strike of each foot, on every mile, up every hill, I processed and grieved. I wondered what I was running from–or to. I worried about my 8 year old. I let go of anger and fear, embraced my tears and thought about starting over as a 40-something mom. My divorce was final a few weeks after I crossed the finish line.

    I’ve continued to run since I completed the marathon but frankly, I’ve struggled. The ups & downs and the emotion of the past year have taken it’s toll. My mojo could use a recharge and running the NWM would be the perfect place for that. It would be an opportunity for me to celebrate a new beginning, starting over, living my life for me and loving who I have become.

  129. Calleen permalink
    September 14, 2010 9:25 am

    Wow…I would love to win a entry to the Nike Women’s Marathon. I could list many reasons why I would really love to win this entry but I think the biggest reason that is coming to my mind right now is that I have been really feeling lately like I could use a little getaway. I have five kids, two jobs and I have started going back to school full time this semester. On top of that I am in the tapering phase of training for a marathon. My life just seems really crazy! I have never been to San Francisco and have ALWAYS wanted to go there…and running a half marathon there right now would be just the thing to give me the little getaway that I am really, really needing just about now ๐Ÿ™‚

  130. Annette Johnson permalink
    September 14, 2010 9:54 am

    There is no better way in the world to create a sisterhood than with running. More good comes from the time you spend on the road with other women, incredible things happen. Think of the power that is unleashed when women work together towards a common goal. I would love to be a part of that history making day. I turned 50 this year and my goal was to be 50 and fit, not 50 and fat. I reached my goal and lost 25 pounds and ran 6 half marathons, one a month, but couldn’t find one for October so this would be a dream come true. Thank you for being so generous to give this away and help one more woman.

  131. Laura permalink
    September 14, 2010 10:01 am

    Two reasons I should win the entry:
    1. I was born in September 1970. That’s right, 40 is coming at me like a freight train. I have had a 1/2 marathon on my list of things to do by the time I’m 40 and this would set my 40th year on this earth off to the perfect start.
    2. I started running in August 2009. I did my first 5K in September 2009 and my first 15K in October 2009. I am currently training for the 15K again this year. What I have not been able to do is call myself a runner. I know runners. They have marathon and half marathon medals to show for their hard work. I feel that calling myself a runner somehow devalues the term. Trainign for, running and completing the 1/2 in SF would allow me to own the moniker “Runner”.

    Writing this is in fact a dare to myself to own it. If you select me as the winner, you would essentially be double-dog daring me to be a runner. (I don’t turn down double dog dares ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. Beth Gish permalink
    September 14, 2010 10:49 am

    Wow! What an opportunity! For the past three years I have run the NWM 1/2 and loved every footstep of it. All the grand things you hear about this race are true: the feel of the collective heart beat at the start in the early morning dawn, the thousands of footsteps on pavement as you carve out your rythm on the way to the Embarcadero, the aroma of damp eucalyptus leaves to lift you as you climb the hills into the Presidio, the first glimpse of the Pacific just when you begin to feel your knees, and finally the salty air as you cross the finish line!

    This year I entered the lottery and was very disappointed to not make it in. I would LOVE to run it again this year……it’s sort of become an annual “check in” for me to be grateful for good health and show solidarity and support for friends who are diagnosed with cancer each year. Sadly, a mom from our infant playgroup that formed over 8 years ago was just diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery yesterday, here in Portland.

    To whomever wins this gift of entry to the race…enjoy and take time for every sensation along the way!

    Beth Gish

  133. Julie Long permalink
    September 14, 2010 11:17 am

    Would love to run this race! Just ran the Annapolis 1o miler in late August. It was hill and hard, but fun. It was also the first race, my 3 boys (ages 8, 6, and 3) saw me run. Today just ran hill repeats- for fun?!!?! Vowed to continue running those hills to make running the Annapolis race or any other future hilly race easier. San Francisco sounds like an excellent place to run some hills! I’ve never been to San Francisco and in fact we just took our first trip to California this past spring. I would love to explore more of California and what better way than on foot in a road race. I’ve also been looking for a half-marathon in order to help me keep up the endurance I built up for the 10 miler.

  134. September 14, 2010 11:30 am

    I would love to run this race for so many reasons! It’s local, the awesome Tiffany’s necklace, to conquer some hills, and because 2 ladies that I’ve come to know online are going to be there! I am already planning on making the drive down to support them, but how freakin’ awesome would it be if I ran it too! (pretty freakin’ awesome!)

    I’m a mom of 2, a law school student and just this past weekend ran/walked 28.15 miles on a treadmill (9 hours straight) to help raise money for ACS Relay for Life. I would love to win this entry!


  135. Susan permalink
    September 14, 2010 11:34 am

    Last year I didn’t feel right as I was running the Nike half and my time wasn’t what I was hoping for. Turns out I was a little pregnant (a happy surprise at 43 after years of trying for a second kid.). Sadly, it didn’t stick and I always wonder if the race was the cause. I’ve run the Nike three times and I hate that the sense of accomplishment I’ve earned is tainted by a touch of sadness. I still run but not like before. I think a do-over might fix that.

  136. September 14, 2010 11:42 am

    Last year several of my friends ran the Nike Women’s Marathon and had an incredible experience doing it. That inspired me to turn my long runs into marathon training and I ran my first marathon, CIM, in December. I would love to have the Nike Women’s Marathon experience myself!

  137. Theresa Whiteley permalink
    September 14, 2010 11:56 am

    Hmmmm…why would I love this entry….I would love to run in San Francisco. I would love to do a women’s only race and I am in the middle of marathon training and could totally do this half/full.

  138. Erin Merrifield permalink
    September 14, 2010 12:42 pm

    Caveat – I am not doing this for the number. I am submitting this entry for my wife who is very supportive of my running. It’s a surprise, so I am not asking to transfer this, I am asking you to award it to her.

    You see I have been running for 28 years. I’m hardcore, 100+ mile weeks, 20+ races a year, travel overseas for the occasional race and across the country often for a race. I met my wife in 2000 so she has always known me as a runner. We have two kids and while she would back me up when I say I am every involved in their lives, what goes unspoken are the Saturday and Sunday mornings where I am out running for 2+ hours while I prepare for a marathon. I go early so I can get back well before lunch, but she still has to care for two kids, and the youngest is turning 13 weeks today, while I am out running through the rain, sun, fog, cold, heat.

    I would not be as successful as I am today without my wife. Running would not be as enjoyable with her since she gets to share in the spoils of my occasional victory and the associated trips we take. She planned our wedding around Hood to Coast – why? Because she knows that H2C is part of my running DNA for the past 27 years.

    If my wife wins this I am the one who will watch two children while she runs across the City for 2+ hours. I will be the one to shuttle both down to cheer her at the finish. I will be the one to massage her legs and buy breakfast. I will be the one to listen to her stories of the race.

    Running may be a solitary activity, but that only applies when you are out pounding the pavement/trails. As a runner we are only as good as those who support us, lucky for me I’ve got someone who is great at supporting me. So, now it is my turn to support her.

  139. Chelsea Martinez permalink
    September 14, 2010 12:43 pm

    Why? Because I am worth it! I am worth the motivation, the hard work, the goal, the pay off, the achievement, the love for myself to accomplish it & to prove to myself that anything I set my mind, heart & body to I can do! It would be amazing to have something like that to look forward to, to get excited about, to get you through your tough runs. To keep you motivated, strong, & dedicated to running! To run with other women just like me who have families and children and homes to take care of. Bills, stresses and jobs to deal with and yet they still find the time to do something for themselves, something they love, something to make them feel good about being them, they train, they sweat, they may even shed a few tears but they do it, they run! They set a goal with one thing in mind, achieving it, crossing the finish line! Running with women like that would be so amazing, so inspiring, it would be a true runner’s high!

  140. Keely permalink
    September 14, 2010 12:46 pm

    Chocolate, jewelry, running and San Francisco. All sounds great!

  141. Abby permalink
    September 14, 2010 12:56 pm

    I ran 9 miles this morning. My longest run in almost 4 years. I climbed up on the rock in my neighbor’s front yard and cheered out loud for myself since no one else was around. It’s time for me to believe I can run further and faster. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can run the half.

  142. September 14, 2010 1:01 pm

    I would love to do this Marathon. I have always wanted to but decided that I should stick close to home for my first marathon – Eugene Marathon in May 2010. My goal since I started training for Eugene was to qualify & run Boston. I had a tibial stress fracture while training for Eugene but still was able to walk/run it. I ended up doing okay, only 12 minutes over qualifying time. My stress fracture is now fully recovered and I’m looking for a marathon to qualify for Boston with. This one would be fantastic!

  143. Joy permalink
    September 14, 2010 1:23 pm

    To have the opportunity to run with like minded ladies!

  144. September 14, 2010 1:29 pm

    I’m a California girl who would love the chance to go back home and do a nice BIG half marathon before my husband deploys again!
    I did a half this weekend, but was 6th from last with just over 500 finishers total. I miss living in big areas with big races!

  145. Beth permalink
    September 14, 2010 1:54 pm

    A year ago, if you had told me I would be entering to win an entry in a half marathon, let alone actually be able to train for it in a month, I would probably have smacked you for being insane. The past year has been amazingly transformational for me, I signed up for the Shamrock 8K, met my goal (1. not hurt myself 2. complete the race 3. run the whole way, no matter how slow) and with the encouragement of friends, running clubs, and family, I find myself a runner 8 months later … I ran my first half marathon in Oregon Wine Country on my 42nd birthday (Fueled by Fine Wine) and I love it! I need a “next half” to train for – something to motivate and encourage me, and I love the Nike Women’s half – all women, firefighters and jewelry … oh – and in San Francisco, my all-time favorite city!
    Winning this would be a crown jewel in my year … I’ll probably cry my way over the finish line. Yep, I’m a runner, someone I never ever ever thought I would be …

  146. Kerri permalink
    September 14, 2010 1:59 pm

    My whole life I’ve been something for someone else: a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a girlfriend, a captain, an employee. I have had the best life, but it’s been because I’ve found ways to find joy in pleasing others. When I took up running it was the first time I ever felt like I satisfied myself. I set my goals and expectations, I fulfilled them, I reaped the rewards. Now that I have moved to a new state and started a new job, I have found myself at a loss for motivation. My running has not been inspired lately and I can see myself searching for that joy I had in running, now in OTHERS. I need something to get me back on track and back to finding ME time and ME joy. This race would be just that for me.

  147. September 14, 2010 2:16 pm

    Oh my goodness!! I had no idea that this was such a great race. I totally want to do this some time. It would be a dream come true. All those goodies at the end….NO WAY!! That’s insane. No wonder it sells out so fast. I would love that race but not thinking I could swing the airfare and hotel this time. I will put it on my wish list for next year. I’m going through a mental block right now. My partners are both injured and it is just not as much fun running 5-6 days a week by myself so my runs and workouts have suffered. I am putting this race on my goal for next year and going to take my girlfriends. Maybe I will win this awesome giveaway next year ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your book. I am reading it and have talked about it on my blog a bit. Love Ya’ll (yes, I’m from TX).

  148. Lisa Bandiera permalink
    September 14, 2010 2:17 pm

    WOW—this is amazing! I would be so thrilled to run this race for so many reasons, but the main one being I am a single mother of 2 beautiful daughters, now 5 and 7….we have been the 3 Muskateers since they were not even 1 and 3, and I have been running my whole life. I’ve run in several races but they have not ever yet been there to see me do it b/c they’ve been too young, the weather is too foul or the crowd too large …although they’ve logged many, many miles with me in the B.OB.!! My #1 goal is to raise them knowing how stoorng and wonderful it is to be a woman who is fit and healthy, who sets her mind to something and does it…who isn’t driven by a number on the scale but rather by a PR for a marathon, a swim meet, whatever it is they choose to do. For them to see me run and finish a race would be the greatest gift I could ever have…for right now at these sweet ages they do believe I can “do it all” work, run, raise them, be great mom, friend, sister, daughter, professional and runner. Without running none of that is possible….in their eyes I am Superwoman, and for that I wold love to run this race adn have my daughters see me do what I love so much to do!!!

  149. September 14, 2010 2:18 pm

    Because I’ve loved pushing the envelope as a pregnant runner while keeping my health and safety, and that of my baby, in check. I’m now 28 weeks pregnant – I did my first 25K in July heat in Texas at 5 1/2 months pregnant and just did a 15K race on Labor Day and was only 8 minutes off my time at the same race last year! I like seeing what I can get done while devoting so many resources to this baby growing within. This race would be a great way to cap off this pregnancy with a fun final running event.

  150. Dawn Imel permalink
    September 14, 2010 2:48 pm

    I am a 41 year old mom of two who had always hated running. I would say that if God meant for us to run he would have given us 4 legs. That was until my 4 legged pal thought we should run part of our usual 4 mile walk back in March of this year. Soon I was running more of the route than walking it. On July 4th, 25 pounds lighter I finished my first 5K in 34 minutes. I set my next goal for a 10K in late August, but found myself running that fairly easily a couple of times a week and decided to set my new goal to run the Half Marathon at the local QC Marathon on 9/26. My training got sideswiped by an IT Band issue a few weeks ago and I finally was able to start training again yesterday. I am still fearful that it will be pushing it to now get ready in less than 2 weeks…but 5 weeks I know is doable!!! Meeting my goal of a half marathon in my favorite city in the world, San Francisco along with all these other amazing women would just be icing on the cake!! On a side note…thanks for the blog, FB and book. You don’t know how much of an impact you have on us mother’s who run!! (And that means alot coming from a mother who never thought she could run)

    • Robin permalink
      September 14, 2010 3:01 pm

      Hey — like the Moline Iowa/Illinois half? It would be cool knowing there was another RLAM fan there if neither of us is in San Francisco!

  151. Robin permalink
    September 14, 2010 2:58 pm

    Why? Same as everyone else I suppose…the firemen, the necklace (though it would probably be the keychain for me this year), over 2 years of wanting to be just like Dimity and SBS after reading the Runner’s World article.

    I think it is also because I am already training for a fall half this year, despite having a baby 4 months ago, so that I can run the full NWM next fall with my sister. I ran through pregnancy with that goal in mind and it keeps me going when the result of running and coordinating nursing and fatigue and work and everything else sets in. This taste of the experience would surely keep me moving through the hard Iowa winter!

    This may be a logistical challenge, but I would love to run this race this fall. If not — I have another half just waiting for me!

  152. Lori permalink
    September 14, 2010 2:59 pm

    I just want to go somewhere…
    I don’t know how I’d get there if I won…
    I’ll figure it out I guess….
    just like I always do when it comes to running. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  153. Sarah S permalink
    September 14, 2010 3:09 pm

    I would love this because it’s finally beautiful weather in Chicago and it’s fun to run outside in the fall (for training). I have family in the Bay Area and this would be the perfect excuse to go see them!

  154. Jill (jillybean) permalink
    September 14, 2010 3:33 pm

    In 1990 (at the age of 17), after severing my patellar tendon in a serious car accident, my orthopedic surgeon told my parents and I that I would NEVER walk without a limp. I’m pleased to say, I not only walk, but also run without a limp! I started running last November, and have finished two half marathons since. I cannot think of a greater 3rd half for my first year of running. As I saw on a shirt during my first half in NYC last March, ‘running may not add more days to my life, but it adds more life to my days.’

  155. katie permalink
    September 14, 2010 3:40 pm

    Why do I want to be part of this race? I ran a 1/2 three weeks ago, and have been looking for another to keep me motivated. I have a college roommate who I haven’t visited in, oh, 7 years, who lives in the area and has graciously offered me a place to crash. I would love to see her, and would love to experience the race. Plus, the Tiffany neclace sounds like pretty cool.

  156. Sharon permalink
    September 14, 2010 3:45 pm

    After a heartbreaking year of battling pelvic stress fracture after stress fracture & unable to make it to the start line of all my planned races, I gave up all hope of ever being able to run again. I felt like I was cursed & maybe running just wasn’t in the cards for me. After a painstakingly long recovery period (over a year), I was finally able to redeem myself this spring. I have since run 4 half marathons & will be running the Chicago Marathon on 10-10-10! Faith & hope is what kept me going and I am brought to tears every time I am able to line up at the start line with all the other runners. I would love to run San Fran & would be so happy to win entry through your contest ๐Ÿ™‚

  157. Dara permalink
    September 14, 2010 4:03 pm

    I want to run the NWM because running with this group women is being a part of something bigger than myself and that makes me a better runner!
    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to run!

  158. Kristine permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:33 pm

    This would really motivate me to get my butt back into a regular running routine again. I have no idea what happened, 3 years ago at age 41 I ran my first marathon and leading up to it rank several halfs and other races for training. I am signed up for the Philadelphia ING Half this weekend, the first Hershey Half marathon October 3rd and just can’t get in the groove not to mention I have been feeling guilty leaving my kids while I run. It was a normal part of my day and feel like I have lost it, I need rejuvenation & motivation and soon!!!!!!

  159. Jayne permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:51 pm

    I would so LOVE to run this race. Last spring I was going through an identity crisis. I was a 35 out of shape mom. I had a full time job at a marketing agency but I knew I was on the brink of joining the ranks of the um-employeed (which eventually did happen). I needed a goal, needed some structure. I needed an outlet. I decided to “attempt” to run a 5K. I trained all spring and ran my 1st 5K at the end of June. I can’t even put into words what this did for my self esteem my self confidence as well as my parenting. I became a better person, mother and friend. My only regret is that I didn’t start running sooner. Since then I’ve run numerous 5K’s and I ran my first 1/2 on July 4th of this year. I’d love to run this race in San Fran (none the less) to better my time. I can’t think of a better place or race to run and celebrate all that running has done to change me!

  160. Stefanie permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:51 pm

    I would like to run because I’m so inspired by my sister’s long distance running and would love the opportunity to go to San Francisco to run with her!

    Pick me!!!


  161. Sahana permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:56 pm

    I’ve been training and hoping that somehow I could get into the sold out race. I have 2 daughters – 2 and 3 years and have been out of running for a few years, but have come back hard this year. I’ve done 10 and 12k races but have never done a half marathon. I’d love to run this race while my mom is visiting from Hawaii and my sister, husband and daughters are there to cheer me on.

  162. September 14, 2010 5:59 pm

    I would LOVE to be a part of the Nike Women’s Marathon or Half. What an amazing experience it would be. I recently discovered blogging and the joy of having friends to share this running journey with. What a great experience to be able to share it with that many other women. I lost my Mom 6 years ago and started to get healthy for my two girls. What a great way to show them the power of being a woman and how much running can bring to your life. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

  163. Lillian Aninag permalink
    September 14, 2010 8:34 pm

    I have an amazing sister, Lisa, who has run the Nike Women’s Marathon for the past several years. She is a woman who has it all. She’s intelligent, a good mother and wife, is very hardworking in her career, but more importantly, she inspires people to be the best that they can be.

    Each year she tells me what an awesome experience it is to run this race. The Tiffany necklace…the chocolates…the beautiful sites of the city…but more importantly, the thrill of accomplishing something and achieving her goals are just some of what she shares. I’ve always listened with great interest, but never imagined myself as a runner. And me at 48 years old, no way!

    That was, until last year…

    It was September 2009, when I was diagnosed as a borderline diabetic. Knowing that I desperately did not want to pass that borderline, I knew I had to do something. I decided that the junk food diet had to go and the days of no exercise had to change. But what could I do?

    I quickly thought about my sister, Lisa, who was (and still is), in great health and in tip top shape. “But she was in that condition because she is a runner,” I thought.

    Running was far from my mind, so I decided that walking would be my thing. The first walk around the block tired me out. Lisa encoursaged me and told me that it was a good start. Feeling confident, I continued to walk. It wasn’t long before those short walks turned into power walks for one mile. Then the walking turned into jogging two miles. More weeks passesd and the jogging turned into 5K! I surprised myself!

    I excitedly reported to my sister of my newfound love of running. Today, we now share the running endorphins. Who would have thought…me a runner! For my birthday, Lisa encouraged me some more. She gave me the wonderful book,”Run Like a Mother” which has truly inspired me.

    Now, I am hooked! Each day I eagerly awake at 5:00 a.m. before my husband, teenage daughter, and identical twin daughters rise, to run an average of 5-7 mile before work.

    I am happy to report that I am diabetes free. I attribute this accomplishment because of setting attainable goals and accomplishing those goals. Lisa’s encourqgement has a great deal to do with it too!

    Perseverance, encouraging others, and doing your best are just few of those things I want to represent. Who knows? Maybe someday in the future, my three daughters will “Run Like a Mother” in the Nike Women’s Marathon too like their Auntie Lisa!…And perhaps like their mother!

    Should I be chosen, this first official marathon would be the most incredible experience for me!!! What a thrill to run alongside my sister, Lisa, to say thank you to her for inspiring me not only to run, but to alwways be the best that I can be!

  164. Sahana permalink
    September 14, 2010 8:43 pm

    I’m not sure I answered the question exactly. I would love to have the Tiffany’s necklace that I would wear to remember the event – not like a silly finishers medal that I’d never wear. I also have run Bay to Breakers and would enjoy doing another race in San Francisco.

  165. September 14, 2010 10:09 pm

    I’m running a marathon on November 7th and have been trying to find a final half-marathon in mid-October for final training. There are lots out there – but none really “grab” me.

    The Nike, though, would be simply amazing. I have no airmiles to use up; I would have to turn my life upside down to get away for the weekend. It would be so, so worth it!

  166. Brianna O permalink
    September 14, 2010 10:09 pm

    Wow! This would be the most amazing experience!! My friend is running the NWM full 26.2. She is the person that told me that I could be a runner. I just started in January. I’m not quite up to marathon distance but I would love to share the experience of running the half with her in San Fran. She’s like the big sis I never had and it would mean so much!

  167. Ashley Primeau permalink
    September 14, 2010 10:30 pm

    There are three main reasons why I want to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. The first being that my great grandparents have never been able to see me run a race, I have had the end of the marathon taped by my great boyfriend and sent to them, but since they live in San Francisco and can’t travel on a plane because they are ninety this would give them the opportunity to see me run a marathon before they pass away. The reason why this is so important to me is as a child I was always overweight. In ninth grade, I remember weighing myself and I was at 193. Fast forward to high school and I made the decision to lose weight the right way, diet and exercise, and have been in love with health and fitness ever since. My love for running started after college graduation, and they always tell me how proud of me they are because my parents are still unhealthy and have not made the choice to change their lifestyle. My grandma, who passed away from pancreatic cancer when I was a sophomore in high school, was always very active, but I was never able to be active with her. Every time I run, I am running with her spirit within me. I just wish this one time I could run with her in the beautiful city of San Francisco with my great-grandparents cheering me on!

  168. Dawn Hendon permalink
    October 31, 2010 3:53 pm

    Great Idea…I recently heard about the NWM on a Chicago Bus…just ran my first marathon 3 weeks ago in Chicago…planned to run last year but my Mom passed away 6 days before ther race and was laid to rests the day before the race…needless to say I was in no emotional shape to run…this years after grief and gorging sweets…I was in to physical shape to run …but …with the motton I WIN ON 10-10-10…I did it! WHOOO-HOOO… Looking forward to running the NWM in 2011…keep me posted.

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