Guardsmen Presidio 10 Mile Race

This post is… Wildly late.

Due to a troublesome foot injury I haven’t been able to run since the Guardsmen Presidio 10 Mile Race on April 27th. I took up running a few years ago when I trying to find ways to get outside for my workouts. What initially began as a way to get some air and shake up my fitness routine swiftly became a passion.

I love running. I love feeling the air whip past me. I love that my mind goes blissfully blank. I love the endorphin rush. I love hitting goals and improving my times. I love the feeling of my stress just melting away when my feet hit the ground.

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{I was beyond excited to pick this up!!}

After having back surgery in August 2013 I spent a long time regaining my strength and took running very slowly when I took it up a year later. The Guardsmen Presidio 10 Mile Race in April was my first race since surgery and I couldn’t have picked a better one.

We started by checking in at Crissy Field at 7:30am and the race began promptly at 8am. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful course – From Crissy Field we headed up the hill into the Presidio for a loop, then across the bridge and back, and then back around to the starting point.

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{View from my very first run across the Golden Gate Bridge. Yes, I’m that person!}

I finished the 10 mile race in 33rd place for my age group and was pretty excited that I averaged right around 8:30 per mile the whole race. Pacing has never been my strength, I get distracted easily, so seeing both my race chip and my Nike running app show that I was running at a consistent speed the whole race felt great.

The highlights for me were getting to run across the Golden Gate Bridge – A first for me – And indulging in some well-earned shopping at Sports Basement with my race discount. Bars + workout gear for the win!

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{Noshing on one of my favorites post-race, GoMacro Bars}

Have YOU ever run a race? What’s YOUR favorite race memory?

Want to read more about my love affair with running? Check out All Things Running, Running Essentials, and Running Style.

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The Painful Truth About High Heels

Let me preface this post by saying that I LOVE HIGH HEELS. Love unabashedly.

Just call me Posh Spice – Not only do I think better in heels, but I don’t feel like I’m completely dressed without them.

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{Statement Accessories}

Which is why this long overdue post is – Wipes away tears – So devastating to write.

After over a year of painful and frustrating foot issues, I’ve almost entirely stopped wearing heels.

<Insert audible gasp from audience>

Okay, fine, the gasp is probably in my mind.

But it’s strange for me to even write those words, let alone live them. I think I wore high heels 5 days a week for the first ten years of my career. They’ve been a staple in nearly every sartorial aspect of my life – Pumps for the office, strappy sandles for girls night out, and bold, eye-catching heels for fashion events.

And now…

Flats. Maybe wedges. Low wedges.

Truth be told, I’ve done a lot of things for fashion over the years – From squeezing into shapewear to spending an evening sucking my stomach in to sitting for hours in a chair for hair & makeup magic.

Not often pretty. Sometimes even painful.

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{Lace + Flowers}

But in the name of fashion, I was willing to sacrifice.

This foot injury has been the first time since my love affaire with fashion began, that I’ve hit my threshold. All-day pain and discomfort punctuated by shooting pain during each step, was apparently my limit. And sadly, ditching my heels hasn’t solved the problem, but it’s – Pun intended – A step in the right direction. And I’m committed to regaining my foot health.

So, will I be tossing out all my favorite heels? Nope. I’m stubborn. They’re staying right where they are while I dream of a hopefully not-too-distant future when my feet don’t scream in agony every moment of the day. But I am embracing this transition in the most positive way I possibly can – By reinventing my weekend style.

My personal style has been fairly consistent over the years – Classic looks, heavy on the dresses, with either heels or ballet flats. With both of those shoe choices – Sobs quietly – Currently unavailable to me, I’m having to learn to reach for other styles, mix and match pieces in new ways, and break some of the fashion “rules” I’ve lived by over the years.


{A by Anubha: Retro Swing Coat}

For example – Tennis shoes as street wear. I always though cute sneakers or slip-ons were fab on other ladies, just not my cup of tea. Give me a little black shift and round-toed flats – A la Audrey – And I’m a happy girl. And now… I’m investing in some new kicks. And enjoying the HELL out of the comfort.

So stay tuned for some new low-key looks here on MCLV that are a bit more casual, a bit more California girl, and a bit more relaxed on the style front.

Do YOU wear heels? What’s YOUR go-to pair of comfortable shoes these days?

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Vegetarian Weekly Grocery List

I’m a big fan of Farmers Markets and CSAs, but I also need to pop into at least one grocery store a week to stock up.

{Side note: When I’m stocking up on pantry basics I order from Thrive Market. I’m slightly obsessed with their vegan, gluten-free, organic options. So many choices!!}

A mixed household – i.e. omnivore & vegetarian – Means a little planning is necessary to make sure that everyone gets what they need during the week. This is also when weekend meal prep becomes a total life saver. And time saver!

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So here’s my vegetarian/omnivore weekly grocery list:


Fresh fruits & vegetables are the bulk of my shopping every week. I like to get what’s local and in season when possible, though I’ll definitely seek out specific ingredients when I’m trying out a specific recipe.

Here’s an idea of the types of produce I’ll grab in a given week, though it always varies.

  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach & romaine lettuce
  • Broccoli, cauliflower & Brussels sprouts
  • Peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Cabbage
  • Green beans or sugar snap peas
  • Radishes
  • Onions
  • Potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Lemons & citrus
  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Bananas


  • Raw, Gluten-Free Oats
  • Chia Seeds
  • Quinoa, barley, brown rice, or faro
  • Hummus {I usually have 2+ tubs in the fridge at any given moment}
  • Raw almonds, cashews & walnuts {Occasionally pecans as well – Raw, unsalted}
  • Dried fruit {Blueberries, cranberries and/or raisins, without added sugar}

Animal Products:

Yes, I’m a vegetarian who cooks meat for my S.O.

  • Organic, free-range chicken breasts {Not that he cares about organic}
  • Organic, free-range eggs
  • Parmesan {His favorite dish is tomato basil chicken which takes about 20 minutes, so I keep all the ingredients on hand}

And where am I getting my goodies?

In addition to Thrive Market, my Eatwell Farm CSA, and the Ferry Building Farmers Market here in San Francisco, I also go to a health food store called Nature Stop in North Beach and Trader Joe’s. I absolutely love TJ’s!

What’s on YOUR weekly grocery list? Do you cook a lot?

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Summer Songs

I’ve talked about it before {Workout Playlist & Winter Playlist}, but music, and the songs that I’m listing to, have a huge impact on my workouts.

That includes everything from the bold playlists at Barry’s Bootcamp and TRX, to what’s in my Spotify lists at a given moment. I tend to create a playlist whenever a new mood strikes me – Slower, dramatic tunes for zoning at work, sing-along country tracks for roadtrips, and heart-pumping, upbeat songs for my workouts.

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My current workout playlist – Called Pura Vida, was inspired by my recent trip to Costa Rica – And includes some of the following songs:

  • Electric Love – Borns
  • Old Thing Back – Matoma &  The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
  • Ginza – J Balvin
  • Broken Arrows – Avicii
  • Powerful – Major Lazer & Elle Goulding
  • The Fix – Nelly
  • Summer – Calvin Harris
  • Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo
  • Coming Over – Dillon Francis
  • Nothing Left – Kygo & Will Heard
  • Are You With Me – Lost Frequencies {A current favorite!}
  • Lean On – Major Lazer
  • Crave You Adventure Club Remix – Flight Facilities
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  • Cheap Thrills – Sia
  • Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes
  • Into You – Ariana Grande
  • Please Don’t Go – Joel Adams
  • Work From Home – Fifth Harmony {Guilty pleasure! :)}

Plus some fun retro tracks like The Supremes, Beach Boys, and Beatles. Mais bien sur!

I just made this Spotify list public so you can check it out the rest of the list here – Pura Vida.

Let me know what you think! Want more of my playlists to be made public?

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MCLV Style: Outdoor Workouts

I practically live in my workout gear. When I’m not at the office, I’m probably in leggings and a tank, heading to workouts.

Comfort is paramount, I assure you.

I try out a number of activewear brands throughout the years and I love getting to give new pieces a go. But I’m loyal when I find something that I really love. I wear the gear that I love to death!

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Cheetah Print Tank – Fabletics

Sneakers – Nike Free 5.0

‘Coast’ Mesh Inset Stirrup Legging – Alo via Nordstrom

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And these stirrup pants?

Wildly comfortable!

I’m a huge Alo Yoga fan and couldn’t adore these stirrup leggings more. I actually got my first pair of Alo goddess leggings on my last visit to Ritual Yoga.


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{Photography by Garry Alexander}

Another huge favorite of mine these days?

These Fabletics Adventura TanksI’ve raved about them before – Are a serious staple for me. They’re comfortable, flattering, and a killer deal price-wise.

I think I have four different colors of these tanks at this point…

What’s YOUR favorite workout brand? What kind of gear are you wearing for YOUR workouts?

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