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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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#GoFitYourself | Finding Balance

Some days finding balance in my life seems like an impossible pipe dream, while other days I feel like I’m nailing it. And honestly, I think that’s fine. Part of finding balance is about accepting that sometimes it’ll fall by the wayside, but rather than panicking or overcorrecting, you just start fresh the next day.

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Here are some basic tips and suggestions that can be applied to work towards a more balanced lifestyle:

  1. Make Lists – I don’t always follow my lists, and I don’t always remember to check things off, but the simple act of writing one helps me focus. So, each morning when I get through my inbox, I spend a few minutes thinking about what I need to get through that day and include any reminders to myself, and it helps me feel prepared and ready to tackle the day. My daily lists can include everything from what I’m making for dinner to my workouts to errands that need to be run.
  2. Schedule Downtime – Part of my day – Every day – Is set aside for ME. I know that you’re busy, you’re being pulled in a million directions, that you’re overwhelmed and overstressed. And because of all of that, it can seem impossible to make time for yourself. But it’s actually the opposite. If you do set aside time for yourself, you’ll be better equipped to tackle everything that the day throws at you. While I definitely consider my workouts “me time,” I also have a set nighttime routine that helps me wind down and prepare for bed. I get my things ready for the next day, do an Epsom salt bath, followed by my nighttime skin care routine, and a few minutes of meditation. Some days I only manage the bath, others I enjoy all the steps. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about trying!
  3. Exercise – Working out does so many amazing things for your body and mind, I can’t recommend it highly enough. From de-stressing to improving health to clearing your mind to giving yourself an endorphin hit – Exercise is clearly great for you. And another thing about working out? Anything is better than nothing. It doesn’t matter if you go for a 30 minute walk or take a 60 minute class or spend 10 minutes doing a bodyweight workout. You will benefit from all of them.
  4. Turn It Off – Between work and social media – It can seem like we have to be “on” 24/7. But you know what, you don’t have to be. Turn off your phone for part of the day – Just relax and give yourself a break. I promise, the world won’t end. I tend to take the evenings off – I may snap a shot of dinner, but for the most part, I’m away from my phone and enjoying my evenings fully.

This is the second post in my Virgin Sport #GoFitYourself series to get ready 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, 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!

How do YOU aim for balance in your day-to-day life? Any tips for me?

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Virgin Sport San Francisco | #GoFitYourself

Happy Fitness Friday everyone! I’m here today to share some exciting news! Virgin Sport is coming to San Francisco this Fall for the Virgin Sport San Francisco‘s inaugural three-day Festival of Fitness October 14-15.

The Festival:

This will be Virgin Sport’s first US event and they’ll be galvanizing the community to celebrate local art, music, culture, and fitness. The festival weekend will include everything from food & drink boothes and entertainment to fitness classes and races.

The Events:

For the runners out there, there are two races at the festival that you can sign up for – The Twin Peaks Mile and the SF Bay Half Marathon. They’re taking place on Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th respectively.

The Message:

Dreamt up by Sir Richard Branson and Co-Founder Freddie Andrewes, Virgin Sport was launched, along with CEO Mary Wittenberg, with the goal of combining the fun and adventure of fitness with Virgin’s very own brand of moxy.

Between now and the Festival, Virgin Sport is launching the #GoFitYourself campaign on social media to share their healthy living message and encourage people to get fit and have fun.

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And BONUS – I’ve got a discount for anyone who wants to join the fun in October! Use “LAVIE” and you’ll get $10 off the cost of registration for the SF Bay Half Marathon.

Sigh up here!

I’ll be running the SF Bay Half Marathon but encourage everyone to come out to support the fitness community in the Bay Area regardless of your running capabilities or fitness level.

Since we’ve got a couple of months to go – I’m going to be doing a series of blog posts with Virgin Sport to help us all get ready for the festival. We’re going to cover running, stretching, recovery, and even how to fuel your body for an active life.

So stay tuned!

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