Win a Private Zoom with Meb, 1/2 Mile Salomon Challenge, New Pod and an Upper Body Workout

Run Local Wednesday 2021 Week #17

This week we’re celebrating all of our Silicon Valley Half & 5K presented by Excite Credit Union participants as well as those who have been with us for 4 months completing all three events in the San José Series 🎉

Check out our interactive leaderboard as well as our latest Run Local Zine San José edition 👀

📺 On Run Local Wednesday’s IGTV, J.T. is joined by Excite CU’s VP of Community Relations, John Hogan, to discuss the San José community, especially supporting youth education.

J.T. also welcomes, Marc Santos, a first-generation college student attending San José State University thanks in part to East Side Education Foundation resources and a scholarship.

🎁 Win a PRIVATE ZOOM WITH Olympic silver medalist, Boston & New York Marathon Champ, Meb Keflezighi. Register for the Silicon Valley Half or 5K by Sunday evening and be automatically entered. 

🎙 A special Run Local pod has been dropped with SavvyMoney President & CEO, JB Orecchia. The former VP of Marketing at Disney & part of the founding team of Free Credit Report, discusses the connections between financial & physical health as well as insights on financial literacy and your credit.

💪 Take your running to the next level below with California Elite Fitness by strengthening your arms & upper body in today’s Run Local Wednesday Workout.

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ Want to win shoes? How about a free hat? 20% discount on shoes? Pick up the pace mid-run with the Salomon San Francisco 1/2 Mile segment challenge on Strava by May 11.
  • WIN: 10 runners will randomly be selected at the completion of the challenge to receive a free pair of Salomon road running shoes
  • LOCAL BONUS: 30 Salomon hats are up for grabs at each of the below locations. Simply complete the segment, head into one of the stores, show your Strava badge and you’ll score a hat. But be quick, these prizes are first come, first served!
    • Sports Basement Presidio
    • San Francisco Running Company Mill Valley
    • A Runner’s Mind Sacramento Street

📣 Share with us your #RunLocalWednesday running route, post-run coffee shop, restaurant, or other local favorites on social for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter and win Run Local gear.

Register & Win!

Silicon Valley Half & 5K

April 23 – May 2
Half Marathon & 5K
Benefiting Silicon Valley Education Foundation

Arms & Upper Body Strength

Although many runners focus on lower body strength to improve their running, upper body strength is vital if you want to get to the next level. The arms and the legs work in a coordinated, yet alternating, manner with one arm moving forward as the opposite leg moves back. This alternating and repetitive motion keeps the body in rhythm and balance, creating efficiency as you run. If both upper and lower body muscles are strong, performance will improve. An added benefit of improving upper body strength is an increase in muscle mass allowing our body to store additional glycogen, which is used as fuel during endurance events. If you allow your upper body and arms to become weak, muscles will fatigue during longer runs. This will cause your form, rhythm, and coordination to fail, creating strain on your body, depletion of energy, and diminished performance.

Check out our arm and upper body video with 10 exercises to improve your strength and running performance!