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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!

TOP IF OFF
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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RUNNING THE WORLD FOR ORLANDO

Good Morning Brunchers! As you know I am a runner and I am a nerd – so a natural home I found for myself was the Hogwarts Running Club! Basically you place your self in the house of your choice and get house points by running or biking miles… beyond that we do #somuchgood. We use Charity Miles and host virtual races to raise funds for various charities.

In its first two years, Hogwarts Running Club has raised over $420,000 for deserving charities making a direct impact in the lives of veterans, animals, literacy campaigns, and children battling (and beating!) terrible diseases. Normally, all fundraising and such is done 100% within the club.

However, we are doing something different for the next two weeks. Right now runners from all over the world are partaking in a virtual run around the world starting and ending at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. We are raising money for The Trevor Project which provides crisis suicide intervention for LGBTQ teens and young adults ages 13-24 in memory and honor of all those lost in the tragedy that occurred this week. A tragedy that took the life of a friend I have know since I was in elementary school – so this one is personal for me!

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In our very first day we have already met half of our goal – talk about #somuchgood! I will be walking and running everyday to help Slytherin win this race around the United States to help teens, find healing, and hopefully spread a little joy.

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If you can help contribute, you can do so here: http://hrc.racery.com/r/hrc-virtual-race/#@badwolfbrunch

If you can spread the word of what we are doing that helps too! For these two weeks we are all in Dumbledore’s Army and We Run as one!

Hogwarts Running Club (HRC) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that organizes virtual running events inspired by the wizarding world designed to promote walking/running, provide unique and awesome medals, and, most importantly, raise money for deserving charities in order to accomplish our mission of changing the muggle-world one mile at a time.

San Diego Rock N Roll Half Marathon Recap

Hi Brunchers! So I took an un-planned and unexpected break from the blog… life gets in the way. But seriously I have missed this!

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In the mean while I went for a little run this weekend… 13.1 miles around San Diego!

This was my first time running the San Diego Rock N Roll and personally I loved it!

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On Friday after work I took the Amtrak Surfliner down to San Diego. I felt like such a city girl… I took the new Expo line straight from my house to Union Station to get on an Amtrak to San Diego – heres to public transportation! I got in late and went to the hotel to go to sleep – we had a late Thursday night at Disney Trivia!

On Saturday morning I got up around 9:30am, got dressed and made our way to the expo. My cousin Juli of 4wellrules was there as well! The expo was great. Really well organized and had amazing vendors and samples. I picked up some samples and bought some Gu’s for the race. I sadly could not find ProCompressions booth which led to us being really sad about not having the new waves socks…

Sunday our wake up time was not too early but still 4:45am is earlier than I like. We got up and got dressed. We had bagels and breakfast in the room and got some coffee in the lobby. It was a bit of a trek to the starting line so we hailed a taxi with a new running friend. Our taxi driver was AWESOME and got us to the start in less than 5 minutes.

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We made our usual porto-potty stop which was the only complaint of the race for me. The lines were VERY long – clearly did not have enough restrooms for the runners. After a the long line, we prayed quickly and went to our separate corrals. I was in a further back corral and waited a long time to start, but eventually it was my turn to cross the start line.

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I was going for time for this race so I changed my interval time to :45/:30 to have more just a touch more running time. The race was great but really hilly. The crowd support was amazing and if I was not going for time I would have taken advantage of the many shot, beer and bloody mary opportunities on the course. San Diego does know how to party!

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There was also an amazing support for the Wear Blue: Run to Remember organization which runs in memory of our fallen heroes. There was a memorial section of the run leading to a tunnel of American flags. It was an amazing, sad, thankful and proud moment.

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Luckily the weather held out and it did not get too hot. The sun stayed behind the clouds. The last few miles of the course were really hilly with a lot of ups and downs – literally and metaphorically. It was around mile 11 I started to slow down and struggled through 12. I saw that I had a chance to meet my goal I turned on Hamilton “My Shot”, re-focused and hauled it in to meet my goal!

This was my fastest half marathon since 2014 and achieved my goal of getting back under 3 hours! We celebrated at the We Run Social crew’s After Party at the Hard Rock Hotel. Suja also sponsored the event with cocktails and Pro Compression hooked us up with new tees!

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It was amazing to run this race and get even more confidence in my running. If I could meet my goal on a hilly course with an injury than lets see what I can do next! More on that injury tomorrow…

Great Race LA Race Recap

Hello brunchers! Another race and another recap… I am really going for it this year!
You may remember I shared my 2016 Race Schedule here – oops its already out of date. I added the Great Race of Agora Hills 10K at the last second.  The OG Ewok Crew (also commonly called my friends) were all running and invited me to join the fun.  I ran this race in 2014 and really enjoyed it then and was excited to get to run it again!

GREAT RACE wmI headed up to Agora Hills on Friday later afternoon after work… thankfully I got out a bit early and just ahead of the 5pm traffic. Agora Hills is about an hour away from where I live and work in LA. This is a lovely little area that I always adore visiting. Juli had gotten there first and we arranged that she could get all our bibs for us. Thanks Juli!!

We got a hotel (where we all bunked in) that was luckily right next door to a Trader Joe’s. We knew our room had a kitchen so we decided to cook dinner instead of going out which ended up being very entertaining for our crew. We made rice and pineapple chicken completely forgetting this race is sponsored by Dole – but we decided to think we totally planned this as a theme… right? Right! 2 bottles of wine and lots of water and Nuun later we were all rolling, Buffing, taping and stretching. Seriously I think between 4 of us we have every sports medicine tool known to man. We were knocked out by 10pm. Our runner sleepovers are THE BEST!

Saturday morning was not too early since we are accustomed to runDisney’s super early schedule. The great thing about this race is that it is affordable as very well organized. Our bus was outside the lobby ready to take us to the start. We all got a coffee and got on. Juli took an Uber since she was running the Pacific Coast Half but the rest of us got on our 10K bus.GREAT RACE START

We arrived with plenty of time to go to gear check, use the restroom and make our way to the start. We cheered on the Chesebro Half racers (yes thats two different halfs in one race event) and looked for me a trail runner dude… Single and shopping ladies and gentleman. After they all ran down the hill we made our way up to the top to find our runDisney friend Rudy announcing the start! This course is a great but hilly course through the horse community of Old Agora. I love anywhere I can run and look at horses (and talk to them like a crazy person). The very end is on a semi trail where I can be a badd ass #trailrunner (ok confession I think trail runners are super cool and I want to be one.)

From running this course before I knew after the trail it was a straight shot into the finish so I ran the end pretty hard. I had my sparkly new Garmin Vivo Active set on lap mood so I knew my miles were looking good – I had slowed a bit during the hilly section but thought I could have a good time in the bag. Turns out I did!

GREAT RACE RESULTS

My chip time was 1:18:08 which is my fastest 10K time since 2013! I took 5 minutes off my course time from when I ran it in 2014 and got a new time to submit for corral placement! I was very pleased with my run! After the race the Great Race is known for their finisher party. I ate my free pancakes and Starbucks while I waited for Juli to cross the finish line.

After she finished we went back to the hotel for some pool time and lunch. It is becoming a tradition but we had some margaritas and medals to end the day!

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This is seriously turning out to be one of my favorite races and will definitely be running it again!

I have also added a new page in my menu where my most up to date race schedule for the year will be!

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Coaster Run 10K Recap

Well brunchers – another fun race recap! On Sunday (March 6th) Juli and I ran the Coaster Run 10K through Knotts Berry Farm!

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We had a very wet and rainy start to the race as we drove from LA to Buena Park. It rained all night and all morning right up until the race start. We came prepared with rain jackets and Scotch Guarded our socks and shoes before we left. This Scotch Guard method seemed to really work. We were early enough to not have traffic but accounted for the fact that LA has no idea what to do when it rains – so we gave ourselves a little extra driving time.

We got to the race, parked, suited up and went to grab our bibs. We ran into our friend Greg and then pretty much went to the corrals to start.

We first ran through Knotts Berry Farm. This was actually my first time being here… ever. I now know what it feels like to not be a Disney usual when running through the park. I wanted to be sure to use a real restroom while I had the chance but had no idea which was the last one… so I just picked one. I was impressed that there was one character stop for this race with Charlie Brown and Lucy (with like noline) so of course I stopped!

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After our time in the park we ran through Soak City waterpark – another first – before we hit the streets. This course actually went by pretty quick. I started slowly to avoid slipping but as the roads dried and I got in my groove I picked up the pace! My last two miles were sub 13 minutes which is really good for me.

Juli finished ahead of me and got me a peace of pie so I didn’t have to wait in line. Every finisher gets a medal and Knott’s signature boysenberry pie.

MEDALSeeing as we were minutes from Disneyland – we stopped at Starbucks changed into clean clothes and went to Disney for a few hours to grab lunch and some Star Wars action.

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PRINCESS HALF MARATHON RECAP – 2016

Hello brunch babes – some of you may know but I have been gone for nearly three weeks traveling through Berlin, France then onto Orlando Florida to run my 4th Princess Half Marathon! It was a little bit stressful flying from Germany to Orlando for a race but sometimes you do what you have to do! So without further adieu… let us pull up your chair and Bad Wolf Bruch kindly presents your 2016 Princess Half Marathon Race Recap!

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PRE-RACE

So like I said I was in Germany and France for two weeks before my race-cation so I had to do some logistics. Berlin is freezing this time of year and Florida is nice and warm! I packed all my Florida clothes, including my race outift, up in and box and mailed them to my mom to bring to Florida with me. All my winter clothes and my running shoes made the trip to Germany. So basically I had to be fully packed for both trips far in advance. This actually led to outfit planning and looking cuter!

On Friday I flew from Frankfurt to Orlando landing at 6pm east coast time. My jet lag was not too bad – I made myself stay up the entire flight and watch movies. Once I landed it was on to the Magical Express then to my DVC Home Resort The Grand Floridian to meet my mom, cousin Juli, and god mother aka Momma 2.

Once at the hotel we went to Magic Kingdom to add my annual pass to my magic band… this took an hour. My original plan was to go to the park for a bit but we ended up on the boat to Polynesian to get a snack and a margarita. I managed to stay up until 10:30pm!

SATURDAY – EXPO

One of the good things of jet lag was I was ready to rock in the mornings. We went to the Expo first thing on Saturday morning while Juli was running the first part of the Glass Slipper Challenge. I love the Princess Expo. It is big with all pixie dust and girl power a girl could need. I got my bib, race shirt and picked up a new Sparkle Athletic skirt. I was not overly impressed with the official merchandise for this race and was so happy I got my epic race jacket last year that I love so much!

My mommas (real mom and god mom) saw the Glitter and Go princess makeover station and before I was out of the expo I had been paid for and they were waiting for me. I was a little hesitant but ended up loving it. They did a simple hair twist, glittered me up and gave me a light up crown. I ended up keeping the twist in for the race!

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WE RUN SOCIAL

After our amazing time at the Star Wars Light Side Meet Up, Juli and I knew we wanted to go to the Princess Half #WeRunSocial Meet Up – as always, this was a highlight of my week. I got to meet so many amazing runners and online friends. The great ladies of Sparkle Athletic were so kind and generous made this an epic We Run Social giveaway meet up… Thank you!

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Oh and the ProCompression game was on point as always!! I love all the colors ProCompression offers! I am so thankful for #WeRunSocial this community helps make running fun, friendly and I get to meet a lot of badass runners who are super cool and don’t care that I am slower than them… runners are runners!

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RACE DAY

Sunday morning came and for once it was not so early for me! I had decided to be Elsa for the Princess Half because she is pretty much my spirit animal. Juli ran as Rapunzel – so we sort of matched as being “new” princesses. These we probably our most time intensive running costumes yet – yes those are darts on a running shirt that I freaking sewed. I wish I would have gotten a better picture but the back has a cape as well!

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Juli and I got on the monorail and arrived at the Epcot start quickly. Juli was in a higher corral than me so after a quick prayer we separated (for a bit) to wait for the race to start.

I actually thought the corse crowding (that Princess is known for) was not as bad this year. I did my usual 30:30 (30 seconds running / 30 seconds walking) and was keeping my solid 13:30 pace.

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The highlight of the race was when Elsa saw me and said that I brought my ice powers – that girl knows us blondes stick together!

I skipped the first few pictures and caught up to Juli in Magic Kingdom – we stuck together from Fantasyland through the Prince photo at around 9.5 miles. We stopped for so many pictures… almost all of them – but hey that is what the Princess Half is for in my opinion.

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Juli finished just conveniently ahead of me with just enough time to grab some champagne and meet me at gear check… if you ask me I think I timed this one just right! We toasted our Moet in the parking lot then headed back to the room for a quick shower before breakfast at Kona Kafe.

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Princess Half is always an amazing race for me… not time wise but I love the sense of girl power and accomplishment that comes with the weekend. Seeing so many runner tackle their first half is so inspiring and reminds me of why I started running! Its not about the medals or the photos – its about knowing your body can do amazing things and being there for each other! Until the next one friends!

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STAR WARS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND RECAP – The Half Marathon

Alright my brunching babes – welcome to the first #NERDGIRLSONTHERUN link up!

We finally made it to the half marathon – the main event, the battle of Yanvin, my walk through the cave of Degobah… just kidding it wasn’t bad at all.

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Seeing as how I was conquering the half I set my alarm a little bit earlier than the previous days –  a whole 10 minutes earlier. My alarm went off at 3:40am and today it was just me getting up at dark:thirty. As always, my gear was packed and clothes were laid out. I even slept in my compression socks and shorts. I was downstairs and ready to get on the bus by 4:00am – but this made no difference in the end as the bus made more hotel stops for the half than it had for the 5K and 10K. I knew I had plenty of time and I am not the person who needs to get there an hour early anyway. I fueled with my usual Gatorade (for sugar and electrolytes) and these new Granola bites that worked really well for me.

I was in corral C for the half so knew I was pretty well situated in the middle of all the runners. We stood in the corrals for what seemed like forever and (sorry TMI) I knew I was going to have to pee. Typically the first porto’s have crazy long lines, but I saw at the 10K the day before that the barrier was broken down for a set right across the start line and headed to those. Done and done – no line – moving along.

Star Wars Half RunningI ran a strict :30 to :30 pace and was holding strong at 14 minute miles. Again this course got a bit crowded at points, especially near the hydration stations. I stopped for a quick castle pick, as always, and kept making my way through the course. I took my time to enjoy running through the parks since Disneyland races are front loaded to make sure I could re-focus myself when I hit the streets of Anaheim.

I got so much love from people for wearing my 501st shirt and in true Mallory fashion, a matching sparkle skirt and hair bow! People from other garrisons stopped me to say hi, and our fellow teammates could easily cheer each other on. Oh and I some how missed the Speeder Bike stop in the 10K – obviously I had to stop for this photo opp.

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Once we left the parks, I quickly re-focused and got down to run. I am probably one of the few people who do not mind down and back courses, which this race features. I like being able to see the fast guys coming back down.

I knew my 501st and Rebel Legion friends were at mile 8 and I just kept pushing myself to get to them. I was at mile 8 and was thinking where are they… Finally around mile 9 I saw all my fellow 501st members, as well as the Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercs. A HUGE THANK YOU for coming out and cheering for us on – you truly make this event!
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High fives and selfies with my Star Wars crew gave me some much needed energy (oh and that gel helped too) and I picked up the pace. In the middle haul of the course I ran into some friends and met the nicest lady who I spent a mile chatting DVC with – the hard stretch between 9 to 11 flew by. Mymom was camped out around mile 11 with some Red Vines and the sign I made for our Ground Pounders. I pulled over to chat with her then kept going. Some of my fellow Ground Pounders stopped to snap a pic with the sign!
501st signBefore I knew it Downtown Disney was in my sights and I was coming in for the finish! The mix I was running too perfectly timed my entrance to the with the Star Wars score. At mile marker 13 I stopped to snap a pic and put away my phone and headphone… I like my finish line picture to look nice – ran on for .1 more miles to an amazing finish.

3:13:10 was my timed chip finish which I am pretty proud of! Last year I finished in 3:23 with no character stops so I will take those 10 minutes I shaved off and smile. I am slowly getting back to where I was time wise and will keep pushing on to improve.

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Overall, this race weekend gave a huge boost of confidence as a runner. I tackled 22.4 miles over three days, with improved times, and I felt great afterwards (which is a very important sign).

We finished the rest of the day at the parks where we actually got to ride a lot of rides and took a bunch of pictures. We had an amazing meet up with our friends in the Stormtrooper Crew.

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We ended the weekend with a great dinner with Napa Rose and said our goodbyes. Juli and I will be running the Princess Half Marathon in February, but we would not see Chris until we take on the force again with the Dark Side race in April at Disney World.

I can’t wait to read what my fellow #NERDGIRLSONTHERUN have to say and share my next running adventures with you!
Be sure to join our #NERDGIRLSONTHERUN link up!


Nerd Girls On The Run

NERDGIRLSONTHERUNGood morning brunchers! Who run the world? Girls! Listen ladies the Queen has spoken.
I am happy to say that these days it feels like we nerdy girls are taking over the world and we are running it too. At runDisney Avengers Half and 10K I noticed that so many more girls were running because of their love of Marvel and I am sure that Star Wars will have the same result.

This inspired me to create a community of girls who love to run and love to nerd out so #nerdgirlsontherun was born.

My cousin Jules (a huge nerd too) is my co-conspirator and we want you to join in too! Be sure to check out #julesandmal for our crazy antics. Juliana runs 4 Well Rules which is an amazing running blog full of facts and race recaps. If you have questions about running – she has answers.

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If you are combining running and good old fashioned nerdy fun hashtag it #nerdgirlsontherun!
This can be a race, a training run, a nerdy playlist, channeling yoda on your run, your running gear, or if you are starting out running and looking for support.

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My main goal is to create a group of supportive women who can cheer each other on, challenge and motivate each other. Let us know how your training is going, what your racing, and if you need support.

Once a month we will host a link up to share posts on a topic that combines nerdiness and running, but will keep the conversation going in between.

So suit up super heros, lace up those shoes, and let me know…
are you with #nerdgirlsontherun?

Bad Wolf is Getting Fit

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Good morning brunch babes! Well I am going to have some real talk with you fine ladies (and gents). Over the last few months I have really shifted my priorities. I am still nerding out, but right now I am really nerding out about fitness.

I joined Class Pass a little over 2 months ago and have really upped my work out game. I am routinely working out 4-5 times a week now with everything from ballet, to aerial silks, to pilates. If you want to follow my fitness journey specifically I have created a new instagram account @badwolffit.

I am still running and today is actually day 1 of my Star Wars Half Marathon – Light Side training! Woo Hoo! Light side you ask? Oh yes… as of this morning it is official I am a Kessel Runner. This means I am running both the light side and dark side half marathons at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. I am so excited to be running this with my cousin!

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Fitness is really taking up a lot of my time and headspace right now. But I am going to continue to press on blogging! I still have fun to share with you all!

Currently Craving – Workout Edition

Hello brunch babes! Well I have been on a bit of a health kick lately. Training for my next round of half marathons begins in September but I have been stepping up my workout games the last couple of weeks. I have fallen in love with barre class and have seen more changes in the body with this than I ever have with running.

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Water Bottle // Barre Whore // Dance Pants // Another Night at the Barre // Troopers // Barre Socks

Since it is very clear I have a shopping problem I am currently craving all new workout gear to fuel my newest addiction. A few of these items will be coming home with me, but I have set limits. For example that Barre Whore tank will be headed my way when I check off 20 Pop Physic classes! How cute is that Look Human Another Night at the Barre tank!

Look Human is one of my favorite sites for funny workout and nerd shirts and Bad Wolf Brunch readers can get $5 off their first purchase here!

What workouts are in your routine?