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I Am Empowered! Empower Race Weekend Review and Recap! (Coaches Corner)

The Empower Race Weekend was a beautiful weekend of yoga, running, and, yes, plenty of empowerment. Don’t miss my race review, my race recap (my first race and longest run pregnant!) on this episode of Running Coaches Corner Link Up!

Whoa, it has been a while since I wrote a race review! My last race was the Shamrock Shuffle, which feels like FOREVER ago. My last big race with review was the Mag Mile Half Marathon last summer! Do I even remember how to do this?

Empower Race Weekend Review

Empower Race Weekend Review and Recap @Suzlyfe Full review at


General Information

The Empower Race Weekend (or Empowered Race Series) is a race weekend that takes place in the Bay Area around San Francisco, California. The Craneway Pavilion is a huge warehouse event and corporate space on the Richmond Marina and directly adjacent to the Rosie the Riveter Museum–so appropriate for the message of Empowerment for the Race Weekend.

Originally planned to include a half marathon on Sunday, instead a yoga class was added to Friday night at the Expo. Unfortunately, I missed this yoga class due to travel, but I was able to participate in the rest of the weekend (see below for my recap). 

Price-wise, the weekend was very affordable, and there are various packages depending on whether your planned on racing or just do yoga or both. 

The race was directed by Titatnium Race Events, and the yoga led by Sweat Pink, with the partnership putting on the whole weekend! Everyone received a Race Weekend Tech Shirt, and 10K Finishers received a special Momentum Wrap as a medal.

Empower Race Medal Shirt @Suzlyfe Full review at

Directed towards women as well as young girls, but there were some young men and husbands present.

Race Experience

A 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile race were offered. All courses were out and back along the marina. Super flat, fast and with a turns that were totally manageable. Chip timed for a PR course! The 5K and 10K started together at 8 AM, and the 1 mile run (focused on young girls) started at 9 AM. There were multiple water stations along the way, and public restrooms for use if needed (rather than portapotties). 

Empower Course Maps 10K. Full review at

Yoga Experience

Again, I missed the Friday night yoga led by Jamie King, but I was able to catch her Sunrise Yoga class the next morning (see below). There were multiple yoga options that encompassed everything from a good stretch to an HIIT workout that also incorporated yoga. All classes were open and accessible to all levels–do what you can and try something new! 

The ladies of Flex and Flow led all the yoga classes, and they did an AMAZING job!

Finisher Area

The finisher area, also the starting area, had multiple vendors an volunteers with drinks, bagels and snacks, and happy faces to return to. Back in the Pavilion, next to the Yoga, Sweat Pink sold merchandise, as did Athleta and a few other vendors. 

Empower Race Weekend @Suzlyfe Full review at

There were plenty of places to hang out, and public (real) restrooms) aplenty.

The Ultimate girls race weekend--with more than just running! #iamempowered @fitapproach #sweatpink Click To Tweet

Empower Race Weekend Recap

Sunrise Yoga

I would have loved to sleep in, but there was no way that I was going to miss sunrise yoga with Jamie King. She did not disappoint! She led us through a Vinyasa flow that limbered up our creaky, stiff, and SUPER tight bodies (or was that just me?) that focused on our running muscles (particularly those hammies and core). I definitely felt nice and loose after, particularly because she added in those camel poses that were, as she said, like “yogi coffee.” 

10K Race

The 5K and 10K started together and followed the same course (the 5K turned back at a little over 1.5 mi) as described above. It was a “San Francisco Day”: blustery, cool, foggy, and the air was wet. We were all trying to stay warm at the beginning, knowing that we would feel better once we started moving. My goal was very much in line with my Successful Goal Setting post, the goal was to run solid and run happy. 

And I did! 

People passed me, I passed people. We ran together. It was a run for fun with new friends and in a totally different environment. I loved running around the marina, looking at the houses that fronted it, and though the path was technically open, it was a sheltered course without many people fighting for space!

I didn’t carry my Garmin, I just ran, and by the end, though I was ready for a break (and a snack, lol), I felt strong and was able to pick up the pace for the last .2 miles. Especially motivating was the fact that the Run Like a Girl 1 Mile race had started, and I didn’t want to be beaten!

Empower Race Finish Medal @Suzlyfe Full review at

But I finished strong with a 9:01 average 😀

Empower Hour Yoga

I missed out on the HIIT Yoga with Liz, which I would have loved but would likely have killed me, and after refueling with bagels and snacks at the post race party, I went back to the yoga area and changed into warmer clothes (my Spyder tights) and hung out with the Sweat Pink ladies and recovered from the race. I’m glad that I had that time, but even so, I wasn’t sure how much yoga I would be able to do.

But then Nicci started teaching, and she just kept us going. She manipulated the Sun A sequence so that we didn’t always realize what we were doing until we thought about it and realized, oh, we are back at the beginning! She reloosened our re-tightened muscles and, at the end, I was exactly where I needed to be. Nicci was a fabulous teacher, and I now am thinking about moving to Portland. 

Empower Race Yoga @Suzlyfe Full review at

PS if you are in Portland, you can find these amazing yogis at Flex and Flow Studio!

Final Thoughts

In the end, I am so happy that I got to run a strong 10K with my little running buddy on board, rather than running the 5K and then run walking the half marathon. This was a great run for me, and it helped me prove to myself that I can still run 6 miles–my longest run during my pregnancy!

Am I SO MUCH SLOWER than I used to be? Yep. Do I care? Sometimes, honestly. But not really. I am just happy to be running happy in my pregnancy. I am so blessed to have that!

With regards to the Race Weekend, I HIGHLY recommend you keep your eye out for the next Empower Race Weekend. Do the yoga, do the race, and then do more yoga. Even if you aren’t a “yogi,” you will benefit so much. There were women of all shapes, sizes, and ages, and they all were there to show themselves what they were made of.

Just like me. 

Racing is about so much more than PRs.

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  • Reply Sarah Dudek

    Real bathrooms is such a bonus for a race, especially when pregnant. Just wait until a few weeks from now, the appreciation grows with your belly!

    August 9, 2017 at 6:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m not looking forward to the amount that I know I will have to pee lol

      August 13, 2017 at 7:11 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    Sounds like an amazing event! I love the incorporation of yoga with the runs.

    August 9, 2017 at 6:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really set the weekend apart

      August 13, 2017 at 7:11 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Sounds like a fun and very empowering weekend! Congrats on being able to run so well–I could barely walk much less run during my pgs! I swear it took everything out of me. Anyways, looks like it was just what you needed!

    August 9, 2017 at 6:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve been so lucky and thankful for running during this time1

      August 13, 2017 at 7:11 am
  • Reply lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Sounds like a great wkend all around. I have never been to San Francisco area. I bet the weather was beautiful.

    August 9, 2017 at 6:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Weather was cold and blustery, but it shaped up! SF is so much fun!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:10 am
  • Reply Alicia @Bridges Through Life

    Sounds like a fun event! I am looking forward to another Wanderlust at the end of September in Philly again.

    August 9, 2017 at 6:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I had fun at Wonderlust, but I had a GREAT time at this!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:10 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I can only imagine how much fun and inspiring all of the sweat pink ladies are!

    August 9, 2017 at 6:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love them so much!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Debbie

    I wish I could have been there. I’m so glad you had a great run. And don’t worry. If you choose to get faster after baby, you’ll do it. Though I do understand the feeling of sometimes missing that speed!

    August 9, 2017 at 7:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s kind of like missing the fact that you could drink more when you were younger, lol

      August 13, 2017 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Sounds like a fun weekend! You are running so strong through pregnancy – 6 miles is awesome when growing a human in you! I hope Yoshi enjoyed his/her first race!

    August 9, 2017 at 7:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Arms flapping the whole time lol. I’m just trying to stay consistent and happy!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    This looks like a perfect weekend! I actually love the combination of a 10K with yoga classes — perfect! I’d love to do this weekend sometime.

    August 9, 2017 at 7:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally spoiled me!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:08 am
  • Reply Suzy

    YAHOOOOO! This is so great. A 9 mile average is SO GOOD! I am so impressed. Mad respect for you, Susie!

    August 9, 2017 at 7:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you other Suz! I appreciate that coming from you, Ms Speedy

      August 13, 2017 at 7:07 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Sounds like so much fun! I had so much FOMO with all your posts over the weekend. I hope to meet the SweatPink family soon.

    August 9, 2017 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You haven’t met them yet? They are AMAZING

      August 13, 2017 at 7:07 am
  • Reply Kimberly G

    Sounds like a great weekend and I love the momentum jewelry wrap!

    August 9, 2017 at 8:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I thought it was a great touch.

      August 13, 2017 at 7:07 am
  • Reply Emily

    That looks and sounds like such a fun time; I LOVE the community around running. This makes me miss going to races. I haven’t gone to one since Thanksgiving of last year!

    August 9, 2017 at 9:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This was a truly exceptional group–intimate and so inspiring!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:05 am
  • Reply Lora @ Crazy Running Girl

    Love this! Sounds like an awesome experience, and I agree, there’s much more to racing than just getting a better time. Since learning this, I can appreciate racing even more.

    August 9, 2017 at 10:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really does make all the difference, doesn’t it?

      August 13, 2017 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner

    So glad you had a great first race with Yoshi! That sounds like a really fun weekend and it seems like you made the right choice to do the 10k.

    August 9, 2017 at 10:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It all worked out for the best!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Laura

    That sounds like such an amazing experience! I love CA weekends – the weather is almost always perfect, and everyone seems to be outdoors and active. Love that you got to run and felt so good!

    August 9, 2017 at 11:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was gorgeous in the afternoons. I should have slept in ;D

      August 13, 2017 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Katie

    I would have LOVED to go! I really want to take one of Jamie or Liz’s classes because they look SO good!

    August 9, 2017 at 11:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are AMAZING. Get thee to Portland!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    What a fun weekend! If only it wasn’t so far away in Cali, I would have loved to go!

    Congrats on your longest run with your little buddy! How exciting!

    August 9, 2017 at 12:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You should have just picked me up along the way! It was really cool to have this as a pregnancy memory!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Sounds wayyyyyy more fun than my weekend. Ample bathrooms are the best, right?!

    August 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Girl, you don’t even know. And yeah… I’m sorry about what you are currently dealing with…

      August 13, 2017 at 7:01 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    I love that quote…”Racing is about so much more than PR’s.” TRUTH! Sounds like a great weekend 😉

    August 9, 2017 at 2:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It truly was fabulous!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:00 am
  • Reply Hannah

    I would love to combine a race with some yoga classes. This sounds like so much fun!

    August 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Such a fabulous day!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:00 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    It’s sounds like it was a great time! I love that you got the wrap as a medal!

    August 9, 2017 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I thought that was such a great touch!

      August 13, 2017 at 7:00 am
  • Reply Erica @ Erica Finds

    Definitely sad to have missed it (but still a bit irked that my message to the race company re: half marathon was never answered and I was not notified that the race was cancelled ever.) Really weird! Hopefully, next year will come together (or they’ll come to Chicago instead). Most importantly, glad you felt good and had fun! You’ll have plenty of time for speed later! 🙂

    August 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Eh, I’m just taking my time! I”m sorry about the snafu with the half. That is on Titanium (the race company)

      August 13, 2017 at 7:00 am
  • Reply Marina @ Happy Healing

    This sounds like such a fun event/all the things I love combined (yoga and running)! I’ve never done an event like this but now I want to find one!!

    August 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Search them out! Wanderlust is another series like it, but I liked this better.

      August 13, 2017 at 6:54 am
  • Reply angela @ happy fit mama

    Sounds like a fun little getaway! I love the combo of running and yoga so my heart would’ve been quite happy with the whole weekend.

    August 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You would have loved it. And you would have loved the trails 😀

      August 13, 2017 at 6:53 am
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Glad you got to run the 10k with yoshi. I’m pretty sure I would love a weekend like this! I was at yoga the other day and the instructor said that if we did yoga daily, we’d put massage therapists out of work! Kinda interesting! Guess I need to up my yoga 🙂

    August 10, 2017 at 8:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That said, sometimes, you just want a massage, lol!

      August 13, 2017 at 6:53 am
  • Reply Cassie G.

    What a fabulous weekend and a great recap! Thank you for sharing. Definitely interested in going to one of these in the future.

    August 10, 2017 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do it! I couldn’t recommend it more.

      August 13, 2017 at 6:52 am
  • Reply Jamie King

    So glad you joined us for our first (of hopefully many!) EMPOWER Race + Yoga events! And so very glad you woke up to join me for the early yogas!

    August 10, 2017 at 11:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You were an amazing teacher! Thank you for having me!

      August 13, 2017 at 6:52 am
  • Reply Alyse

    YAY, so fun to hang out with you and Yoshi last weekend! Thanks for traveling all that way – and for dealing with so.many.frustrations. to be there for our first EMPOWER race! XOXO

    August 11, 2017 at 1:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You guys made it 100% worth it!

      August 13, 2017 at 6:52 am
  • Reply Nicci Randall

    I’m so glad you made it out that weekend! It would not have been the same with out you! So much fun doing yoga, running, and eating all the things with you! You should def come to Portland 😉 And I am trying to make a trip to Chicago happen for sure!


    August 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      UM YOU BETTER. And I really want to come to Portland. I’ll see if I can convince Alex!

      August 13, 2017 at 6:37 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Way to go, mama! What an awesome race weekend! So cool that there were so many activities rather than just a single race.

    August 11, 2017 at 11:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really was a comprehensive experience 😀

      August 13, 2017 at 6:37 am
  • Reply San

    Oh wow, what a great weekend and event. I need to look into it for next year… it sounds like a really neat experience! And congrats on this great 10k (with plus 1)> 🙂

    August 14, 2017 at 7:17 pm
  • Reply The best race I didn’t run - Fit Approach

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    August 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Agness of Fit Travelling

    This seems like an amazing idea to spend the weekend, Suzy. How often does this even happen?

    August 17, 2017 at 8:01 am
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