TUESDAY TRAINING | 4.01K Race

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!

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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!

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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!

AND SO IT BEGINS – TRAINING

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.

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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.

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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.

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

FLYING LONG HAUL FOR A RACE

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!

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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!

PREP
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!!

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ON THE PLANE
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.

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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
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!

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DISNEYLAND 10K RACE RECAP – 2016

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…

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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…

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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.

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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

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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!

What I am Reading

Its not a huge secret that I love to read. While there are times throughout the year that I can read more than others I have been trying to prioritize it more and more throughout my year. As part of my 30 by 30 I am re-reading all the Harry Potter books and am almost finished with Goblet of Fire! Obviously with the release of Cursed Child (which I inhaled) Goblet took a bit of a back seat.

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I cannot say enough good things about Lost Stars. This is a young adult Star Wars book that runs the timeline of the original trilogy and follows two new characters in their battle of serving the Empire, joining the Republic and falling in love. You don’t need a lot of back knowledge to enjoy this book and if you liked Force Awakens you will love this!

My Recent Book Recommendations
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Lost Stars
First Comes Love
Lady Midnight
Why Not Me?

Want to Read
Dancing with the Tiger
The Singles Game
The Regulars
American Gods – Reading this before the show starts!!

You can always add me on Good Reads where I update all my books that I am reading!

What books do you recommend? Would love to hear if you have ready anything amazing recently!!

 

The Ultimate LA Girls Weekend

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I feel like these days we are always so busy… running around, working on our goals, living life to the fullest, but sometimes it is great to take a step back and have a nice girls weekend!

When my best friend Becca (have you seen her home tour!?!) texted me that she had a free weekend to come to LA, the ultimate LA girls weekend was in the books.
In my opinion, girls weekends should revolve around catching up and cultivating your friendships and food… food and wine are key ingredients.

Becca had a late flight into LA and I knew we would have so much to catch up on so we went back to my apartment for wine, cheese, and chips & salsa. Actually now that I think about it, chips and salsa has had a large part in our friendship.

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On Saturday, Becca needed to hit up her beloved 901 Salon and I got a run in before we met back up for tea at Alfred Tea Room to begin our adventures for the day. Alfred’s Tea Room is located on Melrose Place and is so #instagramworthy and I love anything pink!

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After some boba tea and some photos we decided we needed real food. We had lunch on the rooftop of EP/LP then hit the Culver City Hotel for happy hour. There is nothing better for a LA girls weekend than dining al fresco! For dinner we walked to Cannibal LA, a new hot spot in Culver City and then took the train back to my house to end the evening watching Ali Wong and laughing together.

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Sunday we met up for brunch with our friend Julia at Sunny Spot. Sunny Spot is perfect for an amazing brunch and I love that their bottomless brunch includes mimosas, bloody mary’s and a rum punch… so you can change it up a bit. The rest of the day was spent hanging at my house binge watching You’re the Worst and making homemade pizza before Becca had to return to San Francisco. All in all I think we had a great girls weekend!

What do you think makes a great girls weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Putting Together a Running Costume

Hey Everyone! So if you have followed my blog or instagram for a while, you know that I love runDisney and getting the opportunity to have some fun running… in costume! I have been Elsa, Cinderella, a tribe of Ewoks, Pocahontas, and a Stormtrooper (to name a few) over the years and have loved every second of it. Prepping my running costume is just as fun as running the race and helps build up excitement for the race weekend itself.

Putting Together a Running Costume

With the Disneyland Half on the horizon I thought I would share an (updated) version of how I make a running costume. I have gotten so much better at making these and have seen many people make some ill-advised choices for running attire over the years, but with this guide you will be up and running with some added character in time for your next race!

GET INSPIRED
After 4+ years of runDisney races I say, when it comes to choosing your costume inspiration, go with what you want. There will always be multiples of everything so have fun with it. I usually try and stick to the overarching race theme especially with Star Wars Half Weekends, Princess Half, and the Avengers Half… but with the upcoming Disneyland Half Weekend – well anything is possible.

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Pick your character inspiration and breakdown the key items that identify them and their color palette. For an Ewok this would be brown colors and their hood with ears. For Elsa it would be blue colors, sparkles and her cape. Mickey, of course, has his signature ears.

START WITH YOUR BASE
The biggest mistake I see in costume runners is not starting with the correct base. The way a costume breaks down, in my mind, is essentially you are wearing embellished athletic gear. Since you have your color palette decided, look through your running clothes or shop for some that would fit your character. I like to the have a top, bottom and socks to bring my color palette to life.

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Sparkle Athletic skirts have been a go-to for mine because they have so many colors and patterns (plus I look super cute in them). But I have also used tutus from the Halloween store. I also love Pro Compression socks for their ridiculous amount of color options and just for making amazing compression socks.

GET CRAFTY
Embellishing your athletic/running gear is what starts to bring your character to life! My Elsa costume started as a white running top. I found a child’s Elsa costume (on sale!) and took my seam ripper to it. I salvaged the cape and sewed it on the back of my running shirt and the skirt material became the sweetheart top similar to Elsa’s signature blue dress. Juliana just did a tutorial on how to make a Chewbacca bandolier on her site.

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Not crafty? Search the web! My Stormtrooper look was a crop top from Poprageous over a black long sleeve running top. I created my belt with some sparkle fabric and craft foam all held together with a hot glue gun. Juliana used a kids bike safety vest (found at Target) to really bring home her Darth Vader costume. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box!

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Copying a hairstyle or adding a color coordinated headband or visor always helps bring the look together. I always have a headband to keep my hair out of my face and use it to tie the look together. For Elsa and Pocahontas I rocked a braid similar to the characters. For the Ewok tribe it was all about the hoods! And if you know my last one featured here… well you officially win at life. But a simple cowl and goggles brought my Mara Jade look together.

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Easy accessories can really make the costumes. Crowns from the Disney Store or a mock braid like Juliana made (out of yarn) are lightweight, unobtrusive and really identify your character. Halloween costumes head wear, like Amidala’s headdress are great way to have extra fun, but we usually reserve these for the 5ks! Make sure to follow the runDisney costume guidelines and not cover your face.

Have any questions on putting together your own running costume? Let me know in the comments and I will be sure to come back to you! Cannot wait to reveal what we will be wearing for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

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Bad Wolf Brunch 2.0!

New Bad Wolf Brunch

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Welcome to Bad Wolf Brunch 2.0! We have done a little bit of house cleaning over here. While I love my Bad Wolf Brunch, the new version will have a wider arrange of content focusing on healthy living and lifestyle.

A few new things!
I have re-worked my categories to make the site easier to navigate as my content grows. There are added style and lifestyle categories, and the healthy living section will house all of my running posts.
Over in my nerdiness section I have divided posts out by fandom so you can easily search for any Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Marvel posts you want!

About Me
I have spruced up my “about me” page to give a bit more back ground information on my blog’s history and more contact information. I started using the line from Halloweentown a while ago in my instagram header “Being normal is vastly overrated” and I think this sums me up pretty well.

I hope you enjoy the new Bad Wolf Brunch and more regularly scheduled programming! See you next week for all the Bad Wolf Brunch goodness you love!

We Are Updating

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Hi All – We are updating BAD WOLF BRUNCH!

Be back sooner than you think!! xoxo