Welcome to another training Tuesday! Last weeks update was on instagram -> you can check it out here.

This was a great week for me! I really stuck with my nutrition and work out plan, while getting some good mileage in for my half marathon training.


Last Saturday – Pink Yoga
Bloomingdales hosted a Pink Yoga class at my local Bloomies! For $10 (all of which went to charity) we got to take an awesome Saturday morning yoga class and got some goodies. I love pop up fitness classes where you can change up your routine and experience something really fresh and usually from a great teacher.


Tuesday – Tuck Tuesday
Another Tuesday at Pure Barre – really loving this class!

Got my 5 Daily Moves in followed by some additional abs and leg work! Good at home workout!

I felt super nauseous so no work out for me…

Friday – Barre before Bar
I was able to make the 5:30pm Pure Barre class (which is the last of the day) to start my weekend right. Tons of booty work! I was glad to get a good workout in before celebrating my friends birthday and Saturday’s football watch party.

Sunday Runday at the Surf City 10
I will do a full recap on this race this week, but I had a great race shaving 3 minutes off my current fastest time… still chasing my 2011 PR but so close. I got a 10K so 6.2 miles in for my half training.


Never miss a Monday had me back at the 8pm Pure Barre class! Only my calves were sore from my race so it wasn’t too bad.

Here’s to another week kicking butt in the TIU 31 Day Challenge!


Ok I adore Halloween, remember #Basic&Proud! And naturally my favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus (with Halloweentown coming in close second.)
What? You love Hocus Pocus too? Well pour yourself a glass of wine and pop in your copy… seriously you can find the drinking game here.

It seems like every year more and more people remember their love of this film. Social media has exploded with love for this cult classic and well I cannot think of a better way to celebrate October than with the Sanderson Sisters!


Coffee Cup | Sarah’s Song Pillow | Black Flame Candle Door Mat | Sweatshirt | Jordandene Spell on You Tank

Here are some of my favorite Sanderson Sister finds across the internet – all are great for the upcoming weeks of Halloween goodness! What is your favorite?

Training + Tone It Up Tuesday

Welcome to another Training Tuesday and the first Tone It Up Tuesday! If I did my math correctly we are 100 days from the 10K of the Star Wars Half Marathon Light Side Race!! Plus I have officially started the Tone It Up 31 Day Challenge! All very exciting stuff her people.


Saturday – Day 1 of the TIU 31 Day Challenge!
Did PiYo Sweat for a 35 min work out plus the 31 reps of the daily moves. These daily moves are free and you can access them here.

Sunday – Sunday Runday
3.1 Miles out on the road. Per my training plan it was supposed to be 5 miles but the TIU challenge had you do a 5k. With the TIU 31 plan I am actually working out more and will hit higher mileage fast – so I figured it would all shake out in the end. Also my 31 reps. Surprisingly these were 3 rough miles. I told myself just make it to 2, then to 2.5 and finally convinced myself to the 3.1! Damn you never know when tough runs will sneak up on you…

Monday – Tuck  You Monday (hehe)
Monday evening I took my first Pure Barre class from the Groupon I bought (pack of 10). I have done Cardio Barre and Pop Physic before but really loved going to Pure Barre and felt like I got an amazing workout in!

Tuesday – Training Tuesday
30 minutes on the road as another training run!

So far the Tone It Up 31 Day challenge has been going good! My meal prep and food plan has been on point. I cannot wait until a few more weeks to start sharing some results with you!


Ok tomorrow is October 1st, so we can finally admit that it is fall. We are going to pretend like those last couple weeks of consuming pumpkin spiced everything was not us being crazy and just preparation… right? Right!

We all have our fall essentials that we need to make it through this transitional season, even here in LA where we lack any real change in weather. September was such a crazy month for me so I was so happy to have the September Popsugar Must Have Box to help me out with my fall essentials.


Fall is all about renewal (and football) and I love adding a new lip color to my rotation to spice up my look, and I am loving the Smith and Cult color that was sent to us in the box. I like that this lip lacquer has good color and is a bit lighter than what it appears in the packaging. September’s PopSugar Must Have Box also included a wide brim from Jack & Lucy hat is a necessity for life in LA! I always feel weird wearing hats but I snapchat’d it and got so many positive comments on it!


The Manicure Kit and Lint Roller that they included, while not the most glamorous, are probably the most useful. These are great travel items and since I travel so much for work I am always happy to have small, travel friendly products. I have not had a chance to try the hair mask yet, but it does smell amazing!!

These Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Bites are totally becoming a game day healthy snack -> TIU 31 Day Challenge starts Saturday!!

This months box included:
Jack & Lucy Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat, retail value $58
NCLA MANI-ER Tool Kit, retail value $16
BRIOGEO Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, retail value $36
FLINT Lint Roller, retail value $9.99
SMITH & CULT Lip Lacquer in The Warning, retail value $22
THE GLUTEN FREE BITES Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites, retail value $4.99

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The Must Have Box is a subscription box with monthly themed goodies. Loved this month’s box? Use the code SHOP5 for $5 off your first Must Have Box! Sign up here!

POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try in September. All opinions are my own.

#TIU 31 Day Challenge

I love fun ways to stay motivated for health and fitness and when the Tone It Up girls, Katrina and Karena, announced that they were launching a brand new 31 Day Challenge – I knew I was in! Between having family in town and being in Toronto, September was not my healthiest month. I am so excited to get re-focused on my nutrition and workout, while still working towards my race goals.


I am taking this challenge extra seriously as I will actually have the time to do it! October is turning out to be a pretty easy month for me…

If you know how Tone It Up works than you know that once you join as a nutrition member you get every plan FOREVER… So I will be getting the all new meal plan to really drive this challenge home. Strangely looking forward to this!

The 31 Day Challenge Starter Kit is already available, so I decided to get started with my prep. I made a 4 week long printable to be a handy little check off journal and will be customizing the work out plan to my needs. My printable will have my checking off my booty call workout, hydration, and the new 31 rep challenge. Plus I have included sections to fill in my meals (M1-M5).


For the workouts I will be running (obviously), using my PiYo dvd’s, the Tone It Up girls work out videos (free on YouTube) and a 10 class Pure Barre Groupon that I bought!

Alongside that I want to make my meal prep count! I am ordering these meal prep containers to really put my prep game on point. During my 31 Day Challenge I am also going to do my own beauty challenge / a little self care with a Kate Somerville Clinic To Go Peel and some teeth whitening.

With the addition of this challenge I will make my Training Tuesdays now Training & Tone It Up Tuesdays.

There is still time to get in on this challenge!! Anyone with me?




As announced on Friday – welcome to the first official Tuesday Training posts! My training for the 2017 Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon kicked off last week. In short recap: Tuesday was 30 mins on the elliptical in Toronto, Thursday 30 mins of pavement running, and Saturday was a 4.01K (which worked out to 2.6 miles on my Garmin) at the Prudential 4.01K Race!


I loved kicking off my first “long run” of this training season with a short, free race that started at 10am! The race was held at the Pasadena Rose Bowl so after a Friday night at Halloween Horror Nights, I spent the night with Juli since she lives closer to the start. I woke up at a leisurely 7:30am, we hung out and chatted, got dressed, and picked up a PSL at Starbucks before making our way to the Rose Bowl at 9am.

I have to say this race organization was on par with runDisney and Rock N Roll race series. They had plenty of staff volunteers who knew exactly what was going on! There was swag, plenty of water, tons or pre and post race entertainment and RUDY, our favorite race announcer! Parking was easy, as was our check in! They had 12,000 people registered for this free race!



It was a short race around the Rose Bowl so it was naturally inclined to a lot of walkers but I found my groove and settled into a nice pace. I was happy to see they had a water stop half way through. I finished up quickly and met up with Juli to play some games centered around why it is important to invest in you retirement – hence the 401K theme!

So week one of training was a full success! Ready to report back for week 2 next week!


As you might have seen on social media (or have just guessed) I am once again running the Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon which takes place in January. I am taking on the Rebel Challenge for the third time which includes a 10K on Saturday followed by a Half-Marathon on Sunday.

Star Wars Half Running

I obviously run in between my races but I have not followed a stringent training plan in a few years. I felt like it was time to hit the reset button and re-train for the Rebel Challenge from the ground up all of which kicked off last Tuesday while I was still in Toronto. So far I have the two weekday training runs under my belt and my first “long run” this weekend. I am following the Jeff Galloway training plan designed for the race.

My point for training is not as much to work on my physical fitness but the crucial mental aspect of training as well. While it will be great to be in top shape for my upcoming races, I am excited to re-learn the commitment aspect of full on training.

Live Joyfully - Bad Wolf Brunch

My job requires that I travel for long periods of time (up to 2.5 weeks) and I have never been good about prioritizing my training during these times. While I need to be realistic in my training while work takes priority, it does not mean that running and training is non-existent.

I am great at training when I have loads of time on my hands, but as soon as I hit a busy work week (for example Film Festivals) my training has always taken the backseat. I am convinced that I can do both – and do both well!

We all know training is about prioritizing and sometimes sacrificing some of your time to your training plan. My goal for the festival was to get one run in… I packed my running shoes, knew it was a day I could complete it and I DID. Each week I am planning on giving a training update on Tuesdays – so you can follow along, find inspiration or give me encouragement… or a swift kick in the butt.


So here I am world, putting it out there – holding myself accountable in my training. Let’s see what happens.


Many of my friends will be taking off later in September to fly to France to run the inaugural runDisney Disneyland Paris Half Marathon. My cousin Juliana will be one of these lucky runners!


Flying trans-atlantic or “long haul” for a race is a different kind of challenge from flying across the country or driving to a race. Last year I flew from Berlin, Germany to Orlando for the 2016 Princess Half Marathon so I have a little bit of experience in flying across the pond to get to a race. Beyond my race travel experience I fly to Europe several times a year for work and like to think I know what I am doing!

Beyond the usual race weekend prep of making dining reservations and packing you will want to consider your travel needs in the air. In this post I shared a general idea of what I pack in my long haul carry on. It has changed a bit over the last year but many things are the same! Oh and I totally got that Lo & Sons Bag -> Best carry on ever!!


So you are ready to go and at the airport! If you can splurge for a higher class, like business or premium economy, it will be totally worth if, if not extended leg room is a great option that is also budget conscious. Being able to extend your legs is key! I always wear compression socks on the plane but this is especially helpful for a race flight. Make sure to pick up a big water bottle at the airport as you need to stay and keep hydrated on the flight -a little Nuun never hurt either. You won’t want to risk losing your running shoes if your baggage gets lost, so I always wear mine on the plane for a race.


My plane routine is to get seated/settled and watch a full movie. Eat dinner and take a Tylenol PM with dessert. I normally put on a movie that I have seen a few times to help me relax while the Tylenol/Advil PM kicks in and I fall asleep. I do drink wine on a flight, but that is a personal choice. Remember to keep drinking your water! An eyemask or hoodie will help blackout any light so you can fall asleep. Try the one I use…  the HoodiePillow Travel Pillow is amazing!

Fighting jet lag is actually easier than you think. Once you to Europe you need to stay awake. I like to drink Berocca, which is similar to Emergen-C and available throughout Europe to give me an energy boost and help my immune system. Then my first stop off the plane is straight for an espresso. My second tip is to get the sun in your eyes. Your body will adjust when it starts recognizing the daylight. Try to stay awake until at least 8 or 9pm – scheduling a dinner helps… then off to sleep you go!

What can I say – I am a tad bit jealous of all the amazing adventures you Disneyland Paris runners are going to have, but I wish you all the best time! Someone (cough Juli cough) can bring me back some Marie or Alice in Wonderland trinket not sold at Epcot!

Let me know if you are running or having some serious FOMO in the comments!




Wow – I had apparently missed runDisney and racing because I had the best time running the Disneyland 10K. This year I just ran the 10k because I normally end up leaving the country for work a few days later… which I am today (Tuesday.) So I was very happy with my decision to only run the 10K to make sure to soak up the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, but still have time to get my life in order before I leave!

My mom had come into town for the race, but also because this weekend marks the end of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration – where we had to say goodbye to Paint the Night and our beloved Disneyland Forever Fireworks.

I got off work around 3pm on Friday, grabbed my mom and we were off to Disneyland. We drove directly to the Expo, where we had plenty of time to get my bib and walk around! Juli (who was there the night before for 5K bib pick up) met us at the Expo and we got our celebratory and new tradition race expo cocktail. This time it was a Rum Runner…

Rum Runner

I have to say we really enjoyed the expo this year. Have to applaud Disney for brining back the ABC screening room and we loved the Emmy set up they had. Cigna is such a great partner and they also helped bring their “A Game” to this expo. Cigna had sponsored an airbrush tattoo station, custom race signs, and overall their presence really elevated the expo. We stopped by to say hi to the girls at Sparkle Athletic and Juli and I picked up some new matching skirts! We did a drive by of the official race merchandise booth but didn’t purchase anything…


I carb-loaded at Tortilla Joe’s, went an renewed my Annual Pass, then was checked into the Marriott Suites and in bed by 10:30pm – all my gear prepped for the morning!

I had been hinting at it on social media but this year I ran as Marie from Aristocats! I woke up a bit earlier than usual to make sure I could get me makeup (which included a pink nose and whiskers) on point! For my Marie I had a white running shirt, white Sparkle Athletic skirt, my favorite pink Pro Compression socks, a tail that was sold at Disneyland, cat ears I got from Amazon, and a oversized pink bow from Disney World. Overall it was a pretty easy costume to do and I got so many compliments on the course…

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Speaking of the course I enjoyed it! My only gripe was their was no restroom (porto included) until we hit Cars Land/ Bug Land at around mile 2.5. I am not one of those people that is usually in need of a restroom early in the race – but I know those people are out there. I did like that all the street running was front loaded… I felt like the character stops had shorter and faster lines since you had to run first in order to get there. I got every picture I wanted with very little lines. I skipped 2 character photos which still had short lines. I was in corral C – so not fully the back of pack, but compared to the Star Wars 10K these lines were greatly improved.

Marie Running

I loved seeing some random characters out on the course… so many are now strict to the theme. I did think we needed some official photographers for castle photos but a helpful cast member snapped one for me!

Before I knew it I was running through Downtown Disney and to the finish line. Some runner technicals of this race – I ran a :45/:30 run-walk-run ratio and clocked a 10:50 first mile (very fast for me). I took one packet of Sports Beans around mile 3. I finished the race with a smile on my face and some new bling to match!

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After the race it was showers and Cove Bar followed by the biggest We Run Social Meet Up I had ever been too. So happy to meet so many new people and catch up with old friends! I just love the We Run Social community!

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After that my mom and I finished up the day with the new Frozen show at the Hyperion, some dinner, and a final viewing of the Paint the Night parade and Disneyland Forever Fireworks… I was awake for over 15 hours and killed it! Such a great weekend and race I will not forget!


september to do list

So basic and not ashamed I am so happy September is here… this means football, my tv shows are back, pumpkin everything and Halloween is just around the corner.

I start my September at the Toronto International Film Festival for my #IRL job! Some fashion bloggers have their fashion week prep, well mine is film festival prep. I love visiting Toronto and drinking all the #PSL’s (Pumpkin Spice Lattes) I can while I am there.

I will also be doing a FULL re-train for my half marathon season which kicks off in September. I am following this training plan with the race goal of the Star Wars Half – Light Side in January. I will be running other races leading towards that but wanted to do a full re-train this year! I also have been feeling the yoga itch lately and will be incorporating some more ohm back into my routine!

What are you looking forward to in September? Let me know in the comments!