Esprit de She 5k Palo Alto Race Recap- #SpiritOfHer

I ran the Esprit de She 5k in Palo Alto, CA.  It started at 6:30pm on a Thursday evening.  I got there early enough to pick up my race bib and swag.  The reusable bag and race tank are both very cute. I would actually use the bag and wear the shirt! Woohoo!

Everything was set up beautifully.  It wasn’t overly crowded.  I found parking easily and everyone volunteering was super friendly.
They even had a tent offering massages. Always a plus.

You know it’s a women’s race when the urinals in the port-a-poties have fake flowers in them. haha


The wind had really kicked up by the time we started running.
The course was an out and back on a trail that was paved and than turned into a dirt and gravel trail. It was a nice trail though. In parts it was quite narrow, but still fun.  There were only about 500 runners.

After the race they had the “Bubbly Tent” where you could get 2 free glasses of champagne or wine.  Awesome!  Great touch for a women’s race.

I ran an 8:59 pace and I had a really good time.  I would definitely run another Esprit de She race and highly recommend this race series.

Here is another really awesome part!  I get a pair of women’s Sketchers GOrun2 shoes for running this race, BUT  I thought I would rather give them to one of you!  The color availability will be based on what size shoe you wear.  Enter below and when the raffle is over I will contact the winner for their shoe size.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

USA only please. You will need to sign for the delivery of these shoes.  Good luck!

I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.


  1. Britt @ Fit Fit Britt Britt | 3rd Aug 13

    I’m in the market for new running shoes and would love to try something different!

  2. Bonnie | 3rd Aug 13

    Haven’t run an esprit de she. Looked it up and not one in my area. Sounds fun though. Love Skechers! Haven’t tried this kind though.

  3. Kristen @ The Smith Summary | 3rd Aug 13

    Unfortunately the Espirit de She has never been in my area but I would love it if they would come (hint, hint). The shoes look neat, never tried Skechers for running shoes though. I have a pair that I walk in that are comfy.

  4. Elizabeth Goodman | 3rd Aug 13

    I have been wanting to run an Espirit de She race!!! I have never tried Skechers but am always looking for something new!

  5. Sami @ Go Go Mountain Girl | 3rd Aug 13

    This looks like a FUN race! There was one in Denver and I missed as we were on vacation. I will definitely have to make the next one.
    I love the t-shirt, I don’t know about you but I’m not thrilled with all of the tech-T’s they’re giving away now-a-days. I hate the way they feel and smell 🙂

    Cute blog! I’m glad I found you 🙂

    • Half Crazy Mama | 3rd Aug 13

      I agree with you. I also love and pretty much exclusively run intank tops, so the shirts don’t get worn a lot except for the long sleeves in the winter 🙂

  6. Dawn | 5th Aug 13

    Haven’t tried the shoes or the race! Would love to try both. Will have to see if there are any of the runs in FL….sounds awesome!!

  7. Jessica L | 5th Aug 13

    I’d love to run one of those races and get that shirt and bag, cute!
    I have tried on the sketchers go run, but haven’t bought a pair. They seem comfy though! I do have a pair of go walk, and love them!

  8. Abby | 5th Aug 13

    I haven’t tried them yet! I would LOVE to try some new Skechers! They are really cute!

  9. Cecil @ Dreadmill Drummer | 5th Aug 13

    Is the giveaway open to men wanting to win for their wives?

  10. Carrie H | 5th Aug 13

    I have never run one of their races, they haven’t been close enough to my home and have never tried the Sketchers!

  11. Cecil @ Dreadmill Drummer | 5th Aug 13

    Even though they sound very appealing I have not tried the Sketchers GOrun2 shoes yet. And being male I haven’t ran the Esprit de She. 😉

  12. Margaret Partain | 5th Aug 13

    I am a newbie to running and would love to give them a try! 🙂

  13. Laurel C | 6th Aug 13

    I want to try both!

  14. Karen @karenlovesotun | 6th Aug 13

    I haven’t run any Esprit de She races because there aren’t any in my area. Crossing my fingers that Athleta will come the East Coast!
    I would always love a pair of new shoes, especially ones I haven’t tried before! 🙂
    Karen @karenlovestorun

  15. Hannah J | 6th Aug 13

    No and no, but i love sketchers

  16. Leetra@runningmylife | 6th Aug 13

    I would love to try those shoes! I’ve always loved sketchers but never tried their running shoes.

  17. kim | 7th Aug 13

    Sounds like an awesome race to do. I will have to check out that series. Thanks for doing the shoe giveaway!!!

  18. desi | 7th Aug 13

    I’ve never done Esprit de She but I really want to. They look great, but there aren’t any near me.

  19. Paul mathias | 7th Aug 13

    I would love to run one of these but there not in my area.. I see a road trip coming up!!

  20. Deb @ ItsAllAboutMeFitness | 7th Aug 13

    I love the flowers in the portapotties 🙂 I have never heard of this all womens race series, but will be checking it out now! Sounds like a ton of fun! 🙂

  21. Lisa N. | 7th Aug 13

    I’ve never run a Esprit de She race. I tried the original Sketcher’s Go Run shoes but not the new ones. I liked the shoes but didn’t end up purchasing them. I’d love to win these!

  22. Jen M | 8th Aug 13

    I haven’t tried either, but I’ve been wanting to! There was an Esprit de She race in Chicago a few weeks ago when we were visiting, but it was the night we were arriving in town and I knew I’d probably never make it in time for the race (which we didn’t).

  23. Louise Bourque Cunningham | 8th Aug 13

    I love the Skechers GoRun 2’s.. they are a great midfoot running shoe!

  24. Katie | 8th Aug 13

    I haven’t tried either, but I’ve heard great things about both!

  25. Anne | 8th Aug 13

    I haven’t run the race, I don’t think there is one close to me but it sounds/looks like fun!

  26. Nicole | 9th Aug 13

    No to both questions, but I would definitely love to try the shoes!

  27. Charlene S | 10th Aug 13

    I have not tried either and I would like to try both.

  28. Meghan @ Crazy Casa K | 12th Aug 13

    I haven’t tried either – but, would love both 🙂

  29. Martha | 12th Aug 13

    I wish there was an esprit closer to me! It sounds fun.
    And yay new shoes! Thanks for the giveaway!

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