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Kaiser Half Marathon

I was excited to kick of 2017 on a healthy note by running the Kaiser Half Marathon on February 5th.

After getting the bug last year, I ended up running four races in 2016: The Guardsmen Presidio 10 Mile Run, The San Francisco Half Marathon, the Women’s Health Run 10 Feed 10, and the Golden Gate Half Marathon.

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Read on to see what I thought of this one and how it compared to last year’s races!

  • Course: I haven’t had a chance to do much running in Golden Gate Park {other than crossing the San Francisco Half Marathon’s finish line}, so it was really fun to get a change of scenery for this race. The first half of the course was around the park and then there was a stretch on the Great Highway with really breathtaking views. And – Bonus – This was without a doubt the flattest course I’ve ever run!
  • Organization: Very well run – No pun intended. Tons of staff to answer questions and hand out water cups and cheer for runners. And, I have to say, this is the first finisher shirt that I’m actually keeping. Usually the sleeves or the torso are too short, but this long-sleeved tee is perfect!
  • Race Day Vibes: It was a big crowd and everyone was packed in to hear the introduction and watch the 5K runners take off. The Half Marathon started with lots of excitement and the course was great since it offered a chance to see the leaders head back towards the finish line. It kept me going to see the top runners push themselves and getting cheered forward!
  • Personal Performance: Between the Golden Gate Half Marathon and this race, I moved from Telegraph Hill to South Beach. Which means that I started running exclusively on flat roads – Virtually no hills or trails. I was very curious to see how (or if) that would impact my race time. Luckily, there was only a little elevation for this race, so I was able to take nearly 10 minutes off my time.

Side note: I didn’t do extensive training to shave time off, I was just feeling the race day vibes at the start and kept pushing myself. When you’re running you need to be sure that you’re listening to your body and not pushing beyond your capabilities. Your body can take a lot of punishment, but you don’t want to cause injuries.

What’s YOUR first goal for 2017? What’s on the calendar for you this year?

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2017 Fitness Adventures: Love Story Yoga

After starting an ambitious new project last year called 2016 Fitness Adventures with fellow Bay Area healthy living blogger Jill from Champagne for Everyday, I’m thrilled to say that we’re back at it!

Welcome to the first post of our 2017 Fitness Adventures!

Today I’m here to share my thoughts on the new Love Story Yoga studio in the Mission. The studio was co-founded by Lululemon Global Yoga Ambassador Stephanie Snyder and is more than just a yoga studio – It’s a hub for San Francisco’s yoga community with classes, teacher training, events, and workshops.

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The Low Down:

I headed over to the studio on a Sunday morning – It’s on Valencia and 16th, a block from the 16th Street Mission BART station, and a ~30 minute fast walk from my new South Beach pad.

The studio itself is really spacious {especially for San Francisco!} with two floors of bright, loft-like space and a warm, welcoming seating area when you enter.

There’s also a changing area with lockers and showers downstairs for getting ready for class or cleaning up afterwards.


I took the Vinyasa Flow Level 1/2 and it was just what I needed – Restorative and uplifting. The studio is heated just enough for a good sweat without being overpowering, and the instructor was sweet, helpful, and easy to follow. They offer various level classes, as well as teacher training, so you can find the one that’s a good fit for you.

I was two weeks out from a race and sore from running and cross training – The class offered the perfect amount of stretching and relaxing. I felt empowered and ready to tackle the day when I finished!

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While I haven’t given all the classes a try yet, I found the Level 1/2 Vinyasa Flow to be exactly what I needed. It was restorative for my body and the perfect mental escape to start off the day. The studio is easy to get to and welcoming, and you can rent mats and towels if you don’t feel like bringing anything with you or if you’re popping in after work.

Definitely a Must Try if you’re a Bay Area yoga lover!

Miss out on our 2016 Adventures? Check them out below:

What’s YOUR favorite Bay Area yoga studio? Any classes I should try?

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Workout Schedule: Weight Training & Race Prep

After finishing up the Brittany Dawn Fitness 60 Day Challenge at year-end I hopped right into the Tone It Up 6 week New Year Challenge. While I’ll be writing a full review and sharing my progress when the challenge ends, I wanted to pop in to share the killer workout schedule they’ve laid out.

Since I have the Kaiser Half Marathon coming up, I modified the workout schedule somewhat to make room for longer runs and to ensure I’m not too sore to get in my miles.

Here’s a breakdown of the workout schedule I’ve been following the past few weeks.

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Leggings & Tank – Fabletics

Sneakers – Saucony


  • 5-7 mile run


  • Body Love Cardio + Abs
  • 60 minutes walking


  • Body Love HIIT
  • 90 minutes walking
  • SoulCycle class


  • Body Love Arms
  • 60 minutes walking
  • 30 minutes stair master


  • Body Love Total Body
  • 60 minutes walking
  • 30 minutes Arc Trainer


  • Body Love HIIT Booty + Abs
  • 60 minutes walking
  • 30 minutes stair master


  • Body Love Total Body Ball workout
  • Women’s March!!

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{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

Note: If you’re interested in the running aspect of my training schedule, I’m sure you find it strange that there’s only one run on there! I have a post coming out shortly all about how I train for races so be sure to stay tuned!

How has YOUR fitness routine gone so far in 2017? Have you tackled a challenge?

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Cold Weather Running Gear

We chatted about Winter fitness two weeks again, specifically indoor workouts that you can tackle to stay in shape during this time of year if you’re not a fan of heading outside to deal with the elements.

But you know what?

Some people out there actually love Winter workouts!

I’ve been posting some outdoor time on Instagram this season and have gotten a few questions about how I stay motivated to get outside and how I stay warm. So here’s my cold weather running gear round-up!


Getting out the door is half the battle. Maybe even more than half. Simply put, if you’re dreading your run, you won’t enjoy it. And if you don’t enjoy your run, what’s the point of going?


  • Get a running buddy, someone that’s sure to get you up & out the door. No friend who love to run as much as you? Join a running club or download an app with motivators to keep you going.
  • Set a goal for yourself – A race or a new speed personal record – That will help keep you inspired.
  • Make sure to include a proper stretching session both before an after your run, don’t risk injury by hitting the streets with cold muscles.

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What’s YOUR go-to cold weather running gear? Am I missing any essentials?

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Brittany Dawn Fitness: 60 Day Fall Challenge

After doing a personalized macro plan and 30 days of training with Brittany Dawn Fitness at the end of the Summer, I decided to join the 60 Day Fall Challenge.

So what did the challenge entail? Similar to the 30 Day Brittany Dawn Fitness program, the main components were:

  • Weekly check-ins and macro adjustments with Miss Brittany Dawn herself
  • 60 days of programming for the gym or a modified schedule for home workouts

There were also some additional bonuses – Lists of stretches, food recommendations, challenge rules, FAQs etc – That were aimed at participants new to the fitness or healthy eating party.

Read on to see, and read, what I thought of the program!


One of my favorite fitness quotes is “You can’t out-train a bad diet.” It’s so true. And I’ve always had a healthy – Pun intended – Appreciation of the importance of nutrition when it comes to meeting fitness goals. That being said, even though I’ve never been an avid calorie counter, I did spend years keeping calories in mind. They weren’t the most important thing to me, but I was aware of them.

The number one take away that I have from starting macro counting this Fall, is that you need to feed your muscles to see growth. Since my back injury I’ve been more interested in being strong and healthy than slim, but I still never quite got comfortable with a higher calorie diet. But I’ve seen more progress in my body and a more dramatic increase in strength since September than I have in all the years I’ve been focused on health and fitness.

While I’m not going to share my macros, as they were customized to meet my individual needs, I will say that I’m eating WAY more than I did six months ago. And way more calories. It’s not about how many calories, it’s about what kind of calories.

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I love, love, LOVED the programming for this challenge. While a 60 day challenge during the end of the year has some inherent hurdles – Holidays, travel, social obligations, cocktail parties – I felt like I did a really good job of staying on top of the programming because I was so excited and looking forward to each workout.

My arms and abs got a lot more defined during the program, but more importantly, I gained a lot of strength.

I worked especially hard on the moves that I either dislike or that are more challenging for me due to my back injury, like deadlifts, and really saw progress throughout the 60 days.


Just like the 30 day Brittany Dawn Fitness program that I purchased, this was my favorite part of the challenge.

Each Monday I sent progress pictures, my measurements, weight, and a note about how I was feeling. It was really fun to look back and see how far I’d come. Such a motivating tool!

I’ve never shared selfies on this website and I’ve also never shared before-and-after type of photos before. But I really want to inspire my wonderful readers to try something new and challenge themselves in 2017, so I’m sharing my personal progress pictures here. I’m not claiming to have it all figured out or to be perfect, but I’m trying and I’m thrilled with my progress.

I think that if I can motivate just one person to take their health more seriously this year – I’ve succeeded!

What is YOUR fitness goal for 2017? What would you like to accomplish this year?

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