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I’m Running The Nike Women’s Half-Marathon In SF With ClassPass

August 03, 2015

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Photo Credit: Courtney Pierce Photography

Let me preface this announcement with the honest truth, I’m not runner. I’ve never ran a half-marathon, or even a 5K before. I’ve eaten a a food marathon (does 4 dinners in Dallas count?).

Nike Women's Half Marathon 2015

I’ve been training with ClassPass for the past couple of months and have loved the flexibility and spontaneity of trying different studios. Everything from yoga (power with weights at CorePower is my favorite), pilates, boxing, even pole dancing. So when ClassPass asked me if I’d interested in representing them at the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon in San Francisco on October 18, 2015, I was hesitant. And mostly scared. 13.1 miles?? There’s no way I can run 13.1 miles. But I’m up for a challenge, and this is definitely a bucket-list worthy item.

If you’re not familiar with ClassPass, it’s an all-access pass to the best fitness studios in cities around the U.S., London, Vancouver, and Toronto. You pay one fee ($79/month in Austin), which gives you access to all of the classes at any of the studios in the ClassPass system. This is an incredible deal! I was paying $130 a month for CorePower membership. Not only can I take CorePower yoga classes now, but also all the other studios in Austin. Traveling? You can also use your ClassPass to take a class in any city.

You can now sign up for races through ClassPass just like you book a class! From Spartan, to Color Run and many more, it’s now easier than ever to find races and classes, all through the ClassPass platform. Email races@classpass.com if you have any questions. Currently races are only offered in Boston and NYC. If you aren’t in Boston or NYC, use your Flex to sign up for a destination race!


It’s official on the ClassPass blog (you can also meet the 5 other ladies that will be running with me!):

While Jane really loves to travel and try new restaurants, running a half-marathon is on her bucket list. She has her bachelor’s in nutrition but it wasn’t until March 2014 that she really started to get into fitness, when she was the social media manager of a healthy food concept. Once she had the opportunity to see other people living a healthy and happy lifestyle, she realized she needed to make a change. Jane is looking forward to checking another healthy goal off her list.
See how Jane trains on her blogA Taste of Koko, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Starting last week, I’ve began running two miles every other day. Baby steps!

A Taste of Koko stretching

Photo Credit: Courtney Pierce Photography

Blue Benadum, Nike Master Run Coach, has given me training and curated the perfect 12-week training program that’s tailored to my experience and ability. I’ve also been using the NIKE+ Running App and NIKE+ Race Companion app to track my runs, and will be using ClassPass to train for the half-marathon.

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Week 1:  July 28-Aug. 2

Tues – strides x 6-8
Wed – 20 min easy run
Thurs – 1 min hard, 2 min easy run x 8
Friday – 30 min easy run
Sat or Sun – 4-5 miles (long run) *see note below*
Week 2: Aug. 3 – Aug. 9
Mon – Class, try Pure Pilates Austin
Tues – strides x 8-10
Wed – 30 min run
Thurs – 5-6 mile (long run)
Fri – 30 min easy run
Sat or Sun – Class, try Breath and Body Yoga



Enter to Win One Month of Free ClassPass

ClassPass has generously offered a free month of ClassPass membership to one of you guys! Enter below:

Big thank you to ClassPass, Nike and Nike Master Run Coach Blue Benadum for this amazing opportunity!


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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