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2018 Golden Gate Half Marathon

I was excited to celebrate my 36th birthday this year by running the Golden Gate Half Marathon for a second time, completing my 6th half marathon since I took up running. I ran it two years ago and it turns out that I got virtually the same time despite not training! 🙂 Read on for my thoughts on the race and my performance.

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  • Course: My last race was the Kaiser Half in February which was a fairly flat race that starts and ends in Golden Gate Park, and includes running along Ocean Beach on the Great Highway. The Golden Gate Half is completely different! Starting near Ghirardelli Square you run past Crissy Field to the bridge, across, and back around to the start. It’s a hilly journey, but absolutely gorgeous. The day was bright and beautiful, no fog on the bridge or anything.
  • Organization: If you’ve ever been to the Ghirardelli Square area you know that it’s a nightmare to navigate. Tiny streets, zero parking, millions of tourists, and the San Francisco speciality, one-way streets. Now add thousands of wandering runners and their supporters. It was… Messy. Not a good space to start/finish and not a good space for the bib pick-up and expo.
  • Race Day Vibes: The race starts pretty late, 7am, so it wasn’t particularly cold and was already light. I’ve brought sunglasses to races before and regretted it, but this was the first time I didn’t have them and wished that I did! Since it was sunny and there was no fog, I got pretty hot! Lots of people and lots of excitement. One thing that happened a few times during this race that I’ve never seen before, was people stopping in the middle of the running path to take selfies. Actually blocking the path and having runners colliding with them, while they stopped to take photos. It was kind of baffling.
  • Personal Performance: As I mentioned above, I failed to train for this race. This Summer there were lots of weddings and events and weekends away, plus fires in Northern California that meant outdoor running wasn’t possible. Excuses, excuses, I know. But, but the time the race rolled around, I had only been in the habit of running 2-3 times a month, and hadn’t tackled any long runs in preparation. That being said, I’m all about that cross training life, and was still working out regularly, and in pretty good shape in terms of cardiovascular health. I headed out on race day to have fun and enjoy the views, but with no expectations. I hoped to get under 2 hours, but was planning to listen to my body and not overdo things. Check out the times for my six half marathons below! 🙂

I’m planning to run the Kaiser Half again in February and I’ll be running the San Francisco Half in July after getting married!

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Project Comeback | Activewear Loves

Welcome to my Project Comeback series! If you’ve missed out, you can check out these previous posts: Project Comeback | A Week of Workouts & Project Comeback | What I Eat in a Day. Today we’re here to talk about activewear!

Whenever I amp up my fitness goals, I find that I both want and need new gym gear. When you’re feeling great, you want to show off what you’ve got. And when you’re working out twice a day, you need a lot of gear unless you have time to do laundry on a daily basis!

Here are a few of my current favorite pieces:

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{Shoes // Sports Bra // Leggings // Shirt}

Zella All In Vision Leggings from Nordstrom – Zella is a long time favorite of mine. Their gear is comfortable and flattering. These leggings are no exception – Love the little details on the legs.

The Incredible Lightweight Max Sports Bra by Victoria’s Secret SportVS Sport has killer sports bras. I’ve never ordered one that I didn’t end up loving. The Incredible Lightweight Max is just what its name implies. It’s a lightweight, easy to wear piece, but with maximum support. Perfect for HIIT workouts!

Breeze Short Sleeve Run Tee from Sweaty Betty – I’m super picky about my t-shirts because I have a long torso and a shorter tee can end up looking like a crop top. This running tee is cute, goes with everything, and is a good length.

Speed Her TR Training Sneaker by Reebok – I spend a lot of time searching for running shoes. When you’re running races and logging lots of training miles, your shoes are make or break. What I never realized though, was how important shoes for cross training were. These training sneakers provide the perfect platform for weight training or bodyweight circuits.

What activewear is on YOUR must have list? Anything I need to try?

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Project Comeback | A Week of Workouts

There’s something about birthdays…

I love birthdays. I love celebrating other people’s birthdays and, after the occasional short-lived panic attack, I love celebrating my birthday too. But, despite my love of birthdays, the anticipation of one arriving can sometimes send me into a bit of a frenzy. I always want to feel, and look, my absolute best on each birthday. So at the end of Summer or the very beginning of Fall I’ll inevitably have a moment of “Oh wow – My birthday is in ___ weeks. Time to get serious.” And I’ll proceed to order all the anti-aging products at Sephora and start working out like a crazy person.

This Summer was especially fun and, if I’m honest, indulgent, so this year’s birthday pandemonium has had a touch more hysteria than normal. Enter – Project Comeback.

I adore having goals and something to reach for. I thrive when I’m pushing myself and trying to achieve something tangible. What I’m trying to say here, is that I’m hyper-competitive. And I’m definitely my favorite opponent. So, with almost 6 weeks to countdown, I’m happily chugging along towards my goals. While diet is a huge factor in a healthy lifestyle and in losing weight, I’m going to focus on the fitness aspect first.

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So, without further ado, here’s a week of workouts in Project Comeback:




  • 11am: Stretching + 20 minute bodyweight circuit
  • 5pm: 30 minutes of cardio + sauna



  • 11am: Stretching + 20 minute core workout



Tell me the truth – How do YOU deal with birthdays?

Note: This isn’t a guide for anyone else, nor am I telling you how you should workout. Everyone responds to different types of workouts and intensity, and if you’re unsure how to get started on your fitness journey, I recommend talking to a trainer or consulting your doctor first to ensure you’re healthy enough to begin working out regularly. 

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The Bay Club | #BayClubHappy

This would need to be your first time visiting Moi Contre La Vie to be unaware that I’m a bit of a fitness nut. To put it nicely. I love Barry’s Bootcamp, Soulcycle, OrangeTheory, WheelHouse, and have really enjoyed trying out a host of local pilates and barre studios in San Francisco. I also like to do bodyweight and weight training sessions, and look forward to my weekends in part because that’s when I get a chance to run. All that being said, everyone plateaus. When The Bay Club reached out to ask if I was interested in a short-term partnership, I jumped at the chance!


First, the Bay Club is a well-known and respected institution in San Francisco. They have a handful of facilities, including ones with tennis courts and pools, and I’d had the chance to visit a few of their locations over the years.

Second, I was in the midst of a lull in my fitness routine. I was bored. I had hit a plateau and wasn’t making any progress, which was leaving me increasingly frustrated. When you use working out as your stress reliever, among other things, it’s not a good feeling when you don’t look forward to your gym sessions!

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While there are two gyms near my office in the Financial District, I found myself venturing to the main San Francisco location on Greenwich, and the tennis club in SOMA, the most often. Both facilities are large, with lots of space and equipment, and amazing locker rooms. The Greenwich location, simply called the Bay Club San Francisco, is the largest. It has an indoor pool, massive gym and cardio centers, a gift shop, basketball courts, a gorgeous spa, a café, and tons of classes throughout the week. Oh, and happy hour.

It’s basically a small town.

And while all of those facilities are great, the primary reason that I kept coming back for more was my personal trainer Kristina. I worked with a personal trainer the first time that I ventured into the gym after my back injury, but otherwise I’ve worked out alone. My new Bay Club membership included a free training session so I promptly set one up. When asked what I’d like to work on, I suggested using some of the machines, as I hadn’t had much exposure to them over the years. I left the first session sweating profusely, but smiling. And was still sore three days later. I like to be sore. I like to know that my workouts are, you know, working. When I got back from my trip, I emailed her about training packages, and now I’m on my second pack of 10 sessions.

A trainer teaches you, pushes you, and engages you. It’s really the last one that I’ve found most appealing. As I mentioned above, I was feeling frustrated and stagnant. I need to remember what I loved about training and change my perspective, which is what Kristina has done.

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Tone It Up’s 7 Day Slimdown

I’ve been following the inspiring ladies of Tone It Up for years. I’ve done their Bikini Series countless times, workout challenges, bought product bundles, and used their nutrition plan. But one of my favorite challenges of theirs is the 7 Day Slimdown. It’s a great, easy, clean program that you can do before an event, photo shoot, or just as a healthy reset. Plus it’s only 7 days long which is much less intimidating than an 8 week challenge!

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You can check out more about the Tone It Up 7 Day Slimdown here. Below are my favorite parts of the program and the things that I’ve seen the most benefit from during the occasions that I’ve done it.

  • Increase water consumption – I’m a thirsty girl and I’m usually pretty good about drinking my H20. That being said, it’s always good to have some encouragement.
  • Limit salt – I am a confessed salt junkie. Their recommendation during this 7 days is to reduce the amount of salt you’re adding to your food to help with water retention and bloating.
  • Daily cardio – A big part of their recommendations is to do some cardio daily. I actually really enjoy this part, it really gets your body nice and tired so you sleep well!
  • Cut starchy carbs – Lots of fruits and veggies, always, but start limiting starchy carbs like potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, oats, and cereal to help reduce bloat a few days before an event or photo shoot.
  • Ab-Solutely – Do a 5-10 minute ab burner every day. You can find great ones on the Tone It Up website.

And last, but not least, a spray tan or sunless tanner is a GREAT way to look slim and toned in just minutes!

Tell me – Have YOU tried the 7 day slim down?

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