Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon Discount Code

If you don’t mind out and back races, there is a nice discount code being offered for this race. From now until midnight on Monday, November 27, use the code THANKS to get $20 off the entry fee! This probably doesn’t apply to the 5K distance but I haven’t tried it so who knows!

Currently the race is priced at $140 for the full and $130 for the half (which is kind of steep in my opinion).

The marathon and half marathon will be held in my hometown, Huntington Beach, and will be on February 4, 2018.

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Black Friday 2016 Deals for Yogis and Runners

I unfortunately have to be physically near a mall on Black Friday. I’m visiting my in-laws and they live near one. Other than that, I am hoping to be as far away from shopping centers as possible for the remainder of the year. I used to be one of those people that got up super early to catch the first deals at the mall but I’ve discovered you can get the same awesome deals without leaving the comfort of your bed. And I’ve just become a grumpy old lady that doesn’t like crowds and how crazy people get towards one another over a tv.

I’m pretty good on gear this year so I’m hoping to be spending my long weekend logging miles for my first marathon or getting some hikes in. But for all of you, I’ve compiled deals that I’ve been seeing to prep you for your holiday shopping or gift-giving needs. Most are for Black Friday/Black Friday weekend and based on what I see, I may update for Cyber Monday.

Alo Yoga – 30% using code INSTA30 or ALOVIP30

Athleta – 20% online and in-stores

Beyond Yoga – 30% off online using code BLACKOUT 

CorePower Yoga – 20% off gift card purchases online or in studio

GapFit – 50% using code TGIF50 (applies to everything at Gap in-store or online)

Manduka – 25% off their gift guide items and free shipping for $50+

Old Navy Activewear – 50% off this and the rest of the store

Onzie – 40% off the entire website on Friday with code GIVINGBACK

Sweaty Betty – 25% off Black Friday weekend

Target – 30% off C9 Activewear for Black Friday

Fitness Trackers – list of deals for fitness trackers/smart watches

Runners! Pretty full list of Black Friday deals from Runner’s World for gadgets, clothes, and brands. I noticed a Garmin GPS watch at $80 off. Check out the list here.

 

Win a Teacher Training Scholarship

I listen to yoga podcasts (am I revealing something super nerdy about myself?) and it’s crazy to hear how inexpensive yoga teacher training used to be…I’ve heard $600 or nothing at all depending on when you started teaching. AND there definitely weren’t hourly requirements back then either.

This isn’t the first time I’ve groaned about how expensive teacher training can be. I’m always on the lookout for scholarships or discounts. Most that I come across prioritize yoga teachers who already teach in underserved communities (so if that is you, there is a lot out there!). And I would love to devote my time teaching to underserved communities but reality means rent, food, utilities and other basic necessities of life that make that life very hard and nearly impossible living in the Bay Area. Even if you teach at studios or high end gyms as some of my colleagues do, they are still struggling. The yoga industry has become super expensive but that is not reflected in teacher pay. If you are a full time teacher, you are running around town teaching over 20 classes a week and it’s super exhausting. When I quit my job and took on 10-15 classes a week, I lost some of the joy and inspiration that I enjoy so much in my current teaching. And you are constantly hustling. Which is why I enjoy it as a side job/hobby.

And if I haven’t inadvertently scared you away yet from becoming a yoga teacher, here is some good news! CorePower Yoga is offering 3 teacher training scholarships this fall across the country. So if you have been considering this path, check out the link and be ready to answer how yoga has impacted your life and why you want to do yoga teacher training. And always check out the official rules. Contest ends September 2.

 

Coupon Code for the SF Marathon 2017

Are you the type of person that can’t commit to something next week? Well then this post is not for you.

If you are willing to commit to a race almost a year ahead of time, then you could be rewarded with some pretty decent savings. This post is for The San Francisco Marathon, which I ran a few weeks ago for the fifth time. I especially love the second half since it reminds me how grateful I am to be in this city, whether as a tourist or resident.

If you aren’t familiar, there are a TON of options for this race, including an opportunity to run 52.4 miles! But the main events are the full marathon, the first half marathon, and the second half marathon. The first half starts along the Embarcardero, crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, and then back over the bridge to Golden Gate Park. The second half starts in Golden Gate Park, goes through some iconic SF neighborhoods, and ends on the Embarcardero. The full marathon covers both courses.

The first half tends to be the draw for most people but personally, I didn’t care for it. First off, it starts at 5:30 AM. 5:30 AM?!?!?! Unless you are an elite runner, you feel like you are in a can of sardines by the time you get to the bridge. It feels like a shuffle versus a run since it is so packed with people and there really isn’t  a whole lot of room to move around the crowd. Karl the Fog tends to take over the bridge towers and the first half is hilly. The perk is that you are done early enough to hit up any popular breakfast/brunch place without having to wait in line since you will be the first one there.

The second half has my heart. It’s more sleep friendly, though the start time was an hour earlier this year at 7:15. There are some rolling hills but the course is net downhill. You go through Golden Gate Park (hello Buffalos!) and so many wonderful SF neighborhoods including Haight Ashbury, the Mission, Potrero Hill, and Dogpatch. You run by AT&T Park, under the Bay Bridge and then finish on the Embarcardero.

The race next year is scheduled for July 23, 2017. It will be the 40th anniversary and the marathon is currently priced at $110 and both half marathons are $95 each. The coupon code 10TSFM40 will get you an additional $10 off and is good through November 1, 2016. That means $85 for the half marathon and nowadays, that is not a terrible price

Happy running!

Discount on San Jose’s Rock n’ Roll Races

It’s been a hot minute, I know.

Came across this deal and wanted to share – Groupon is offering some savings off of the Rock n’ Roll race series in San Jose, with a 5K at $30 to the half marathon at $79. This race seems to be priced a little more affordably than some of their other races in the series. While the discount isn’t huge, it’s still a discount and it beats scouring the internet for discount codes. You have two more days to buy the deal from Groupon and then you will still need to register for the race via the instructions – read them carefully. The race is in early October.

Happy running!

Free Subscription to Yoga Digest – ENDS TODAY

I just saw this today so hopefully some of you will be able to take advantage of this deal.

Yoga Digest is a yoga lifestyle magazine and is offering a free print and digital subscription for 1 year. No credit card information needed. No strings attached. My Yoga Journal subscription expired and I didn’t renew so looking forward to checking out this magazine.

Sign up NOW since the offer is only good through tonight, Sunday May 15.

Getting Discounts on Race Fees

Sure, any of us could go out for a run at whatever distance without spending a dime. But it’s so much more fun when roads are closed off to cars, a ton of people cheering you on, music and aid stations along your route, and of course, the glorious bling as you cross the finish line. Yes, all of this costs money (here’s an idea of the costs associated with a race) but some of these race fees are becoming outrageous – the New York City Marathon costs $266 with processing fees! Unless you live outside of the United States, you can expect to pay nearly another $100.

I definitely plan to add to my bling collection this year but I definitely can’t afford to do a ton of these, especially when travel is involved. Here are some of my tips to cutting costs on race fees:

  1. Google the race name with words like coupon, promo, or discount. I do this every time, even if the race fee is reasonable, because who wouldn’t want to save a few bucks? RetailMeNot or similar sites typically will pop up with various codes – try them all out. For one race, I went through about 10 codes and wanted to give up, but then the second to last discount code saved me $20!
  2. Go to the expos of other races. They usually have vendor booths for upcoming races and offer discounts if you sign up at the expo.
  3. Sign up for the race the day after it’s over. Sure, it’s a year away but signing up early guarantees the cheapest prices.
  4. If you run enough races a year, consider getting a membership with Active Advantage. It’s $70 for the yearly membership but they usually waive processing fees and the fifth race is free, up to $70, so paying for itself.
  5. Smaller races are sometimes cheaper. AND depending on your speed, it can be easier to place at smaller races!
  6. If you are looking for a race in SoCal, here’s a website, RaceSched, with a compilation of race discounts and coupons.
  7. If you are a member of a larger running group, check with them to see if they already have or can get a discount to an upcoming local race.

Hope this is helpful. If anyone has any other websites or tips, please feel free to share in the comments. Happy running!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals for Runners and Yogis

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

I’ve always liked this quote and actually wrote it down twice in my journal today. But let’s be honest, I love new fitness related gear and accessories. I actually just took advantage of an REI member discount last week and got a much needed (well, much wanted) GPS running watch.

So once again this year, here’s a list of running and yoga related deals that I compiled from my search on the internet for Black Friday/Cyber Monday/general holiday deals so you don’t have to! Just don’t take advantage of these deals at the expense of trampling over people or being in front of the computer all day.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Runner’s World has compiled a pretty awesome list of deals from a ton of retailers including Beats by Dr. Dre, Garmin, Apple Watch, Athleta, New Balance, Saucony, Oiselle, and CamelBak.

ALO yoga – 30% off full-priced items; promo code AYB30

Athleta – 20% off sitewide from Black Friday until December 1

Beyond Yoga – 30% off regular priced items, extra 15% off sale; promo code: EXCLUSIVE

Gaiam – 20% off sitewide on Black Friday plus free shipping with a minimum $25 purchase

Gap – 50% off sitewide and in-store, including Gapfit; promo code BLKFRIDAY

Lucy Activewear – 30% off this entire weekend

Mala Collective – 20% off sitewide through Monday November 30

Manduka – 25% off sitewide from November 24-30

Picky Bars – 30% off sitewide through Monday November 30

Sweaty Betty – 30% off; promo code: BLACK30 (IMO, this company’s stuff is RIDICULOUSLY expensive to begin with)

Zensah – 50% off selected items; promo code ZensahBF50

Zobha – 20% off Black Friday and Saturday; promo code: THANKS

2XU Compression – 30-40% off depending on how much you spend; deals go through November 29

CorePower Yoga – $80 for a $100 gift card in studio

Yoga Tree (for those in the Bay Area) – 5-class pack for $64 from November 26 – 29

UPDATE: Amazon has Cyber Monday deals with 30% off certain items including shoes. I just got another pair of running shoes with the discount! Promo code: cybermon

Feel free to share other deals in the comments section.

Ridiculous Deal on Coffee

I don’t know about all of you but coffee is responsible for my AM runs and yoga sessions. Even if I’m not doing any of these things, without it, I can’t really function and am pretty much a miserable person. And if you’re like me and coffee fuels your life, this deal will perk you up.

Whole Foods is selling a cup of coffee for 25 cents. That’s right, a quarter. Might as well be free. Actually, I take that back. Quarters are super valuable to me (coin-op laundry anyone??).

The deal lasts through the end of September and there is no limit to how many cups you can get. So go get your coffee on but beware of getting sucked into the rest of the store…

National Yoga Month

It’s September, which means it’s National Yoga Month!

If you are a reader of this blog, chances are, you know the amazing benefits of yoga. If you are newer to yoga, National Yoga Month was designed to raise awareness and educate people about the health benefits of yoga – you can read more about those benefits here at the Yoga Health Foundation website.

You can also get yourself a Yoga Month card, which is good for ONE FREE WEEK OF YOGA at participating studios nationwide. This is good only if you are new student at the studio. So if you are newer to yoga or if you have been practicing for 10 years, sign up for a Yoga Month card and check out some new studios/teachers in your neighborhood.