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Prepping for the Star Wars Half Marathon 2017

Hey Guys – so first off HAPPY NEW YEAR! My first race of 2017 is going to be my favorite race weekend of the year – the Star Wars Half Marathon Light Side Weekend. Once again I will be taking on the Rebel Challenge consisting of a 10k followed by a Half Marathon!

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I thought that today I would share some of my most helpful posts and recaps from years back for any of you preparing for the race weekend!!

Prep Posts
Best Post Race Cocktails
Best Pre and Post Race Restaurants
Putting Together a Race Outfit or Costume

2016 Race Recaps
5K and Expo Recap
10K and Meet Ups
Half Marathon Race Recap

This will be my third rebel challenge so if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments! Recaps coming next week!

Infinity Gauntlet Challenge 2016 Race Recap

If you follow me on social media you might have been a little surprised to see me run 19.3 miles during the runDisney’s Super Hero Half Marathon Weekend. Well a last minute opportunity popped up for me to go out and run… not one race but two – so I dove right in and said sure why not!

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My mom was already in town to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages so we rallied and booked probably the last available hotel room in Anaheim for our weekend at Disneyland. See I can totally be spontaneous – (put that on my dating profile).

After the craziness of working 15 days straight I got to escape work a little early on the Friday before the race. We picked up Juli form downtown LA and made out way down to Anaheim pretty early on Friday. Per our usual routine we headed straight to the Expo. We got our bibs and then walked around some. This expo was a little lack luster compared to the Disneyland Half expo (which restored my faith in expos). We did stop for our race expo drink – it’s totally tradition now!
The themed drink for this race weekend was the Dr. Strange’s Elixir with Red Ruby Absolute Vodka, sweet & sour, blue curacao and Sprite.

We had a quick dinner at Tangaroa Terrace before going to our respective hotels and getting ready for the Dr Strange 10K. I have to recommend Tangeroa if you ever find yourself at Disneyland needed to carbload and short on time – we got an amazing meal that was quick and cost efficient.

Dr. Strange 10K

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Since this race was pretty much as short notice as it gets I didn’t have a lot of time to put together a race costume… but I wanted to have some fun. I completely adore the Netflix original Jessica Jones and as a Marvel babe I decided to dress as the most kick ass lady round. I found some “jeggings” from Target that weren’t completely see though and a scarf from H&M. I had a water bottle in a paper sack to look like a beer but sadly I don’t think people quite got it.

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I really enjoyed the 10K – it seemed like it was the same course as Disneyland which made you run 2 miles before any character photos… great for those who run. It did seem like the runDisney team might of made some timing errors because I was in line to get my photo with Dr Strange, well above the required 16min mile pace and they told us the balloon ladies would be there in 6 minutes… so I had to bale out of that line and run on to the finish. Not a big deal though by any means but I was more ahead of pace than that, even with stopping for characters!

For the 10K I ran my usual 45 secs run to 30 secs walk and did not take any fuel during this race. I did carry a pack of Sports Beans but felt fine and did not need to use them.

Festival of Holidays

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After a shower and quick trip to Target (because I only packed one pair of socks) we went to California Adventure to have lunch at the Festival of Holidays booths. Its like a mini Food and Wine Festival celebrating the different foods of the Holiday season. My favorites were the Nosh and Nibbles and Abuelita’s Kitchen! This strangely reflects my life – white, blonde, protestant girl with an affinity for matzo ball soup and tamales.

After killing time celebrating all things Christmas in DCA we met up for our super early dinner reservation at Wine Country Trattoria – our favorite place to carb load. With the sun going down early we were all ready to turn in pretty early.

Avengers Half Marathon

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It was an early morning for the half… I woke up at 3:45am to get to the shuttle and the start. I am not going to lie I was a bit nervous about running the half. I have been training for Light Side (in January) not a challenge in November…but my mother reminded me that I have run halfs on way less training. So I decided that I would just go with and see how I felt. For this race I decided to not worry about a costume and just rocked my new 501st SoCal Garrison tank and my favorite red Sparkle Athletic skirt with Mudbuster shorts underneath.

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It actually went surprisingly well! I started with my usual 45:30 intervals and figured I would adjust as needed. The only adjustments I did were in between character stops I just started running on whatever interval I was on. Once we got out of the parks I felt surprisingly strong. After we got out of Angels stadium I knew this was going well. Mile 9 and 10 came so quickly that I knew I was finishing this challenge strong.

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Mile 11 came time for some Hamilton and a cruz to the finish! Any one else rocking “My Shot” in their playlist?

Like I said we were done before I knew it! I was surprised and pleased with my performance… guess my training has paid off and I am even more pumped for Star Wars in January!

Post Race Brunch

During the Expo we saw that Steakhouse 55 was having extended brunch hours for race weekend. Since we did not have a lot of planning time we did not make dining reservations but were able to snag a table here. Can I say (although maybe I shouldn’t) this is the best kept secret at Disneyland!?!

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Seriously and amazing brunch at an excellent price. They had some specials since it was a race weekend and we enjoyed mimosas to celebrate. I will be a repeat customer and highly recommend this for the next time you need a post race brunch option.

After a few castle pics and watching the Christmas parade we called it a day and headed back to LA but this was an amazing and EPIC Super Hero Half Weekend! Next up Star Wars!!

 

Holiday Gift Guide – For Your Workout Partner

First off – thank you all for bearing with my lack of posts while my real life job took over for a bit…
I found a moment this weekend to take down all of my Halloween decor and it was a bit bare so I decided to start decorating for Christmas. I am not the kind of person to skip holidays but it feels like time is flying and I want to embrace the Christmas season as long as I can!

With that I am so excited to start my gift guides for this year! Over the next two weeks I will be sharing my gift suggestions for the nerds in your life, girly girls, moms, and some cute stocking stuffers.

I thought I would start off with one of the main aspects of this blog – gifts your your workout partner or any girl in your life who loves to live an active lifestyle! This gift guide is for runners, Soul Cycle addicts, barre flies, and #TIU girls alike! What is better than gifting a little health this holiday season!

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Pinch Provisions Fitness Kit | #TeamSparkle Tank | Momentum Jewelry Motivate WrapsRose Gold Nike Air Max Theas | Gold Metallic Swell Bottle | Garmin Vívoactive | Tone It Up Snapback | Sweaty Betty Black Infinity Sports Bra | IT’S ALL GOOD: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great

Who are you gifting for this year?

TRAINING + TONE IT UP TUESDAYS

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.

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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.

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

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

Thursday
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.

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Monday
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!

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.

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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!

#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.

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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).

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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?

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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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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!