#GoFitYourself | Top Tips to Improve Recovery

Whether you’re amping up your workout routine to get ready for Summer, training for a race, or just staying healthy – Promoting recovery will aid in your goals.

If you can bounce back from a workout that means less debilitating soreness and that you’ll be able to fit in more training days.

Here are my top tips to help improve and quicken your recovery time.

Sleep:

This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes when you’re stressed or extremely sore, sleep can elude you. But, in reality, sleep is your number one ally. Your body regenerates and builds muscle at night, so try to make sure that you’re creating a calming bedtime routine, and getting those zzz’s.

Doctor’s orders!

Water:

Staying properly hydrated is an extremely important step on the road to speedy recovery.

Drinking enough water can help you avoid cramps, flush out toxins, and assist with reducing muscle swelling. All of those are painful side effects of hard work at the gym – And all of them can be alleviated by consuming enough water regularly.

Whole Foods:

What you eat before and after a workout will not only fuel your efforts, but also help your body bounce back. By fueling your muscles with whole foods and fresh produce you’ll be able to replenish your glycogen stores and ensure your body has maximum energy available for healing.

When you eat processed and chemical laden foods your body can actually expend more energy breaking the food-like substances down than it gets from the meal in return. You want to focus your attention on eating “net gain” foods – Healthy, whole foods that will be easy for your body to digest and offer a plethora of energy and nutrition.

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Epsom Salt Bathes:

I am a huge fan of Epsom salts and take bathes with them multiple times a week. A few of the benefits are that they draw toxins out of your body through the skin, relax the muscles, and help reduce swelling.

Trust me, they’re the perfect way to end a day where you put a great deal of stress on your body. I love both the Eucalyptus and the lavender versions!

Rolling & Stretching:

When you’re sore the last thing in the world you want to do is roll out those muscles. Trust me – I know. But you still need to do it.

I try to do 5-10 minutes of stretching and rolling before or after my midday workouts Monday through Friday. And during a particularly tough training week, I may dedicate an entire session to just stretching and rolling.

The song was right – You’ve got to be cruel to be kind!

What’s YOUR top recovery tip? Any tricks you’ve picked up and swear by?

This the fourth edition of my Virgin Sport #GoFitYourself series – I’m hoping to get everyone excited for the Virgin Sport Fitness Festival in October. Haven’t heard about it yet? Check out the first post here – Virgin Sport San Francisco. If you want to join me to run the SF Bay Half Marathon on October 15th I’m excited to say that I have a discount for anyone who wants to join!

Use “LAVIE” and you’ll get $10 off the cost of registration for the SF Bay Half Marathon.

Sigh up here!

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July Favorites | Activewear & Fitness Accessories

I tackled a number of different types of workouts and ran a Half Marathon in July, so this Favorites Round-Up is all about the activewear and fitness gear that I loved this month.

Favorite Running Gear:

My love affair with the Lululemon Tight Stuff Running Tights has exceeded a year now… Needless to say, the love is strong. I wear these every time I go running and for every race I run. They’re perfect – The pockets are awesome and they’re endlessly comfortable.

When I find something that I like, I rarely stray. In fact, I’ll often buy multiple pairs of the same thing. Case in point: I have two pairs of Saucony Guide Running Shoes, three pairs of the Lululemon Tight Stuff Running Tights, and four of the Lucy Activewear Racerback Tank Tops. In different colors of course.

For the San Francisco Half Marathon I wore the Lululemon Tight Stuff Running Tights, a black Lucy Racerback Tank Top, green Saucony Guide 10, and a long-sleeved Asics shirt.

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Favorite Class Gear:

I’m turning into a bit of a Lululemon junkie and in addition to their Tight Stuff Running Tights, I’m also absolutely loving their Fast & Free 7/8 Tight II. They’re super soft, comfortable, and extremely flattering. Again – It’s all about those pockets

Nordstrom’s Zella brand is another great activewear company and I may or may not have the Zella Pace Tank in multiple colors in my closet.

Favorite New Accessory:

C3Fit Compression sleeves & compression socks. I also wore these for the San Francisco Half Marathon and was really impressed. This is my first experience with compression accessories and I really liked how they made my legs feel during the race as well as after.

Next on my Must Try list? I want to get a fitness watch! Any suggestions?

What activewear tops YOUR list right now? What should I try?

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Skin Care Junkie | Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil

Hello all my skin care junkies!

This month’s best skin care products were, without a doubt, the Skinny & Co.’s Vanilla Sugar Scrub and Calming Facial Oil. These were AMAZING. I loved absolutely everything about them from the coconut oil-based ingredients to the smell to the impact they had on my skin.

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Application – For this duo, first you use the scrub as a full-body exfoliator and then you apply the facial oil as a moisturizer. Both go on easily and you can actually use the calming facial oil as a make-up remover, cleanser, and a moisturizer. Three-in-one!

Immediate Results – The first thing that you’re going to notice is the smell. The sugar scrub smells AMAZING. Like a yummy coconut dessert. You’re left feeling soft and supple after a few minutes of luxurious exfoliating. Your skin will also feel pleasantly moisturized because of the oil.

I was a little nervous about the facial oil. I’ve been trying more oils this year, but I always wonder before trying a new one if this will be the one that breaks me out. Luckily I’ve had nothing but wonderful results from this. The scent is extremely calming, sort of like how you smell after a wonderful massage, and it goes on really easily. I was surprised by how quickly it absorbs as well, your skin just feels soft after a few minutes, not oily at all.

Thoughts – While I loved the smell and the results, I think I might actually love the ingredient list for these two goodies even more… Crazy right? These two products take raw beauty to a whole new level. The scrub is made up of coconut oil, vanilla bean, and coconut sugar, while the facial oil contains coconut oil and therapeutic-grade essential oils: lavender, Roman Chamomile & Holy Basil. Isn’t that amazing?

And bonus – You can actually EAT the scrub. It’s 100% edible. And trust me, with the amazing smell, you’re going to want to!

Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products? Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, and Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask.

Have YOU ever used raw coconut oil in your beauty routine?

Note: This blog post was sponsored by Musely, however my opinions are my own.

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The SF Half Marathon | Second Edition

Last weekend I tackled the SF Half Marathon for the second year in a row. Last Summer this race was my very first Half Marathon and set off months of excited running and racing. Between the end of July and the beginning of February I did four races – The SF Half Marathon, the Women’s Health 10K, the Golden Gate Half Marathon, and the Kaiser Half Marathon.

When I signed up a few months ago, after taking a little break from running, I was extremely excited. I started a new training program and was setting some goals for myself to work on over the Spring and beginning of the Summer.

Unfortunately, a week before the race, I re-injured my back. With an existing spinal injury, running is all about finding that delicate balance and I work hard to find a program that works for my needs {I talk more about my training in Race Training for the Injured.}

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{Lululemon Tight Stuff Running Tights // Lucy Racerback Tank Top // Saucony Guide 10 // long-sleeved Asics shirt}

  • Course: Since I moved to South Beach last year I’ve had little to absolutely zero hill exposure during my weekly runs. Needless to say, I wasn’t excited for the hilly stretches… But, despite that, the San Francisco Half Marathon is one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever run. From the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero and around Fort Mason until you’re running straight down Marina Blvd surrounded by fog and stretching to see the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun comes up. Just amazing!
  • Organization: The expo for this race is serious business – From gear and tech gadgets to food, drinks, and supplements. They’ve got it all. The big day went smoothly as well, the volunteers were great, and the aid stations were excellent. I loved the Gu Energy Chews available on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Race Day Vibes: It was a MASSIVE crowd. Finding your wave and the right start time was a little intimidating with the sheer number of people milling about, but everyone was excited and encouraging which helped ease the tension. The post-race vibe was great too – Everyone was so psyched and all the volunteers I chatted with after finishing were funny and helpful.
  • Personal Performance: After re-injuring my back, I wasn’t actually sure whether I was going to be able to run. Each day I felt a little bit better so I tried to keep an open mind and just waited to see how I felt on Saturday. Truthfully, I went out to the starting line Sunday morning planning to just start the race and see what happened. I wasn’t sure if I’d walk the course, just run a mile or two, or turn right around and go home. Luckily I found a friend a few miles in and we kept ourselves relaxed and enjoying the race, and I was able to finish the full 13.1 miles. So, while this race wasn’t anywhere near a PR, I would call it one of my favorites because I was just so thrilled to be out there!

This is the third post in my Virgin Sport #GoFitYourself series to get us all excited and prepared for the Virgin Sport Fitness Festival in October {check out the first post here – Virgin Sport San Francisco}. If you want to join me in October to celebrate fitness, or run the SF Bay Half Marathon, I’m excited to say that I have a discount for anyone who wants to join!

Use “LAVIE” and you’ll get $10 off the cost of registration for the SF Bay Half Marathon.

Sigh up here!

Have YOU run a half marathon? Does everything always go okay on race day?

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 | Beauty Picks & Accessories

With the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale winding down and some of my favorites picks for women, men, and kids starting to fly off the site, it seemed like an opportune time to share my ultimate beauty picks and accessories before they’re gone.

Jewelry and skin care and makeup – Oh my!

Skin Care & Makeup:

 

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Handbags & Accessories:

Don’t forget to check out my clothing and activewear picks here!

What’s in YOUR Nordstrom basket this year?

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