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Monthly Archives: September 2016
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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POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try in September. All opinions are my own.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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!