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My First 10K Race

This past weekend I joined Women’s Health Magazine and Macy’s to support The Feed Project’s Run 10 Feed 10 – A 10k race to raise money to fight hunger here in the United States.

I was excited for this event for a number of reasons. First – I love getting involved with a great cause! I immediately created a Crowdrise fundraising page to support the charity – Caity’s Race To End Hunger.

Second – I’m a huge and long-time fan of Women’s Health Magazine so I was a little bit starstruck by the idea of running with them. Nervous, yes, but mostly just excited.

And finally – This was my first 10K race. I love running and fell in head-over-heels for racing this year. {Check out my posts on The Guardsmen’s Presidio 10 Mile Race and the San Francisco Half Marathon} So I was looking forward to getting a new distance under my competition belt. I’d heard that a 10k was the perfect length – No real training or stress necessary going into the big day, but a long enough distance to be able to push yourself and set some personal goals.

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Needless to say, I had high hopes going in!

  • Course: I’m starting to get fairly comfortable running this part of the city since both the The Guardsmen’s Presidio 10 Mile Race and the San Francisco Half Marathon followed at least part of this course. And I have to confess, running over the Golden Gate Bridge still hasn’t gotten old. Even in fog and rain – It’s breathtaking.
  • Organization: It was easy to sign up for the race, get bibs picked up, and find the location on the big day – It all went smoothly.
  • Race Day Vibes: Positive & exciting. The “dynamic stretching” courtesy of Barry’s Bootcamp was fun and uplifting, and it was fun to see the announcer – Beth Behrs from 2 Broke Girls.
  • Personal Performance: I’ve never had an “official” 10k race time but that was definitely the fastest 6 miler I’ve ever run. Thanks, mostly, to my great pacer. I was excited to have three people from my office sign up for the race and one of them ended up pacing me the whole time – For a new personal best time of 54:27

Have YOU ever run a 10k? What did YOU think?

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Run 10 Feed 10 – Women’s Health 10K

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining Women’s Health for the Run 10 Feed 10 – A 10k race here in San Francisco on Saturday, October 29th.

Why am I so excited?

This is an amazing cause! They began this event in 2012 to raise money and awareness for hunger. Since they started, they’ve raised enough money to provide 4.5 million meals to Americans in need through the FEED Projects.

This is the 5th anniversary and I’m excited to be joining the team as we work on the biggest fundraising year in yet!

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Want to support the cause? You can find my fundraising page hereCaity’s Race to End Hunger! 100% of the proceeds will go to the FEED Foundation.

Want  to run with me? I’d LOVE to have you! You can get $5 off your entry fee with the code WHPR5OFF and can sign up here.

Want to help out? You can sign up to volunteer on race day here.

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And don’t worry – For my amazing readers who don’t live in the Bay Area, I haven’t forgotten about you! This annual event put on my Macy’s and Women’s Health also happens in New York City and Chicago. So be sure to sign up for next year!

So far this year I’ve run the Guardsmen Presidio 10 Miler and the San Francisco Half Marathon, I’m looking forward to tackling the Women’s Health 10K exactly one week before I run the Golden Gate Half Marathon.

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{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

You know you’ve become a bit of a fitness nerd when you think a half marathon is the perfect birthday present to yourself…

So don’t forget, if you’re like to donate and support this amazing cause, be sure to check out Caity’s Race to End Hunger.

Have YOU ever run a 10k? Do you love racing?

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Women’s Health & Bikini Bodies

I love setting – And reaching – A goal, but I have to admit that these days part of me cringes when I read the ubiquitous “Bikini Body In Six Weeks” style blog posts, magazine articles, and books. As appealing as those airbrushed abs are, the days of dedicating myself to one goal and one goal alone – Like, say, a six-pack – Are long gone.

Now that I’m in my early thirties a large portion of my day is spent at work, chained to at my desk or on the phone or at a conference table, versus my early twenties spent running around campus and subsisting on as little sleep as my body could manage. And these shifts in my daily activity and day-to-day life have resulted in pretty significant changes in my body. What I need, how I handle things, what works best… I’ve had to rediscover these for myself as I’ve gotten older. Oh the joys of women’s health!

And as fun as it is to have an event or vacation on the horizon to look forward to and to motivate you to get into shape , these days I’m infinitely more interested in having a healthy, strong body that gets me through every day with energy & productivity.

And you know what that means? That means skipping the “Bikini Body In Six Weeks” program in favor of being healthy every day. I want to feel good today. And tomorrow. And the day after. That means staying on top of a diet and fitness regime each and every day. Yes, there are rest days from the gym. Yes, there are “cheat” meals where I indulge my not-so-great-for-me cravings. But gone are the days of binge drinking and staying out all night and eating whatever I want.

So with the goal of living a healthy, happy life in mind here’s a peek into my weekly diet & fitness routine & some of my recommendations for mastering your own. What I try to keep in mind is: If you want to feel great, you have to treat your body great most of the time.

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Fitness:

I have a three-pronged attack when it comes to my fitness routine: (1) Walking, (2) Physical therapy & Weight Training, and (3) Yoga. Each of these accomplishes something important and has its own separate reward.

  1. Walking – Giving up my taxi habit had two major benefits, I stopped wasting money and I got dramatically healthier. These days I walk between 3-5 miles each day during the week and 5-15 miles on weekends. Not only is this a great way to decompress after work or after leaving a social event, but just getting outside and seeing my beautiful city never fails to put a smile on my face. I like to check my steps on my FitBit!
  2. Physical Therapy & Weight Training – You can find me in the gym at least five days a week. And at least three times a week I’m there twice for stretching & rolling in the morning and a workout in the afternoon. The key to circuit training is to keep yourself engaged and to push yourself. I rarely do the same workout twice and constantly mix things up. A great way to keep your body from hitting a plateau? Try adding in different equipment & gym paraphernalia – Resistance bands, medicine balls, free weights, rowing machines, and kettlebells are all great.
  3. Yoga – Learning to love yoga has really changed my relationship with my body. Only a few months have passed since this love affaire began, but I can’t imagine life without my favorite class. Finding the right class and instructor can be a challenge, but once you do you’ll find yoga is a great de-stressing practice, that it gets you in touch with your body, and you’ll leave feeling at peace. Bonus? Handstands!

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Food:

Nutrition is something that I find endlessly fascinating, I take classes on the subject and read anything that I can get my hands on. What I’ve noticed over the years is that there will always be new data & studies available, there will always be a divergence of interpretations & opinions with regard to that information, and that industry “professional” will never see eye-to-eye. Never. The arguments are endless – High fat versus low-fat, vegan versus paleo, high protein, low carb…

My take away is two-fold: (1) Moderation is key, and (2) Eating a healthy diet filled with fresh, local, organic produce is best. Stay away from processed foods. Limit takeout & restaurant meals. Choose whole foods whenever possible. It’s that simple in my mind.

I’ve tried a number of ways of eating over the years – Everything from raw to paleo – And have settled on my current diet because it gives me the most energy and makes my body happy.

Happy body = Happy life as far as I’m concerned.

  • High raw, mostly vegan, gluten-free – I usually eat raw until dinner with smoothies, produce & nuts making up the bulk of my daytime food. I don’t eat dairy or meat and don’t eat gluten-free replacement foods like breads, pastries & pastas. I love to bake and when I have a sweet tooth raw, vegan ice cream or cookies are quick & easy, but I avoid anything processed or pre-made whenever possible.
  • Intermittent fasting is something that I’ve come to really appreciate – This means not eating until later in the day to give your body a chance to burn existing fuel. Even more than the fat-burning properties, I’ve found that my digestive system really appreciates the mini fast each day. This means that I’m regularly eating “breakfast” between 12pm-1pm.
  • For years I ate 5 mini meals a day or even snacked continually throughout the day rather than eating any full-sized meals. However I’ve found that three meals a day with the middle meal being the largest suits me best. {For now anyway!} What throws me off more than what I eat or how much, is when – I have trouble sleeping and wake-up starving if I eat my largest meal of the day right before bed. I try to give myself a couple hours between dinner and sleep.
  • Hydrate! Hydration is incredibly important and getting enough fluids can effect everything from controlling cravings to getting a good night’s sleep. Water, green & herbal tea, and coconut water are all on my Must Have list each day.
  • And last but hardly least – SLEEP. If you don’t sleep well, nothing will go the way you want it to. Nothing. Not only will your skin look older, but your memory will slip, you won’t recover from your workouts, and you won’t have the self-control to stay out of the candy drawer at your office. So do yourself a huge favor and make sure your clocking enough quality sleep time.

What do YOU think about my goal to stay healthy year-around versus “cramming” all the dieting & working out into a six-week period to get ready for bikini season?

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{Guest Post} Food & The Daily Battle

Welcome to Part II of the Women’s Health series here on Moi Contre La Vie. Today we’re going to hear more from Megan of Kaia F.I.T. Sacramento on the daily struggle to eat well. If you’re new to this series be sure to check out Megan’s bio {Guest Post: Women’s Health} and her previous post – Fashion of the Fitness World.

Part 2: Food… The Daily Battle

I love ice cream, especially cookies & cream. I love cheeseburgers and extra crispy french fries. I can put down a serious amount of pizza. I love crafty cocktails and champagne. I worked in fine dining restaurants for 10 years and was privileged to indulge in some amazing dishes and glasses of wine…

But now I work in the fitness industry. And I constantly try to balance my view of food… Fuel or Delicious Goodness? My answer is both.

The majority of the time, on the day-to-day, food is fuel. Looking at it that way leads me to eating cleaner, leaner, and healthier. I view myself like a machine and if I want to run properly, perform well in my workouts, and feel energetic all day, I need to provide myself with the best fuel available.

I personally feel the best when I eat multiple times throughout the day, always beginning with breakfast. I feel great when I eat lean meat and eggs, lots of veggies and greens, and fresh fruit. I like nuts and trail mix for snacks and dried fruit for dessert. Avoiding the starchy carbs, dairy, and sugar is essential to feeling good.

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However, coming from the restaurant industry, I love nothing more than a nice dinner out. I appreciate a perfectly cooked noodle and a salty piece of pork belly. And I absolutely love home-made ice cream and cookies at my mom’s house. These are the good things in life.

So, how do I balance it? When do I decide to devour a sandwich and when do I stick to a salad full of veggies? I practice MODERATION. I try to stick to healthy ‘fuel’ most of the time. When I treat myself to ‘carbs’ and sugar, I view it just that way… As a TREAT. I think it’s better that way anyway. I feel like crap when I eat sugar and bread days in a row and I stop appreciating it.

Everyone has to make their choices, each and every day. But awareness is where it all begins. If you never go without bread, dairy, sugar, alcohol, etc., how will you ever know how you feel without it?

Our go-to detox at Kaia FIT is 7 days without the following:

  • All starchy ‘carbs’ (bread, tortillas, rice, potatoes, etc.)
  • Sugar over 9g per serving (besides sugar naturally found in fruits/veggies)
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy
  • Processed Foods (if you can’t pronounce something on the label, avoid it!)

Eating clean is a great feeling and I highly recommend letting yourself experience it. And remember, “All things in moderation, including moderation.”

A big thank you to Megan for this great insight into her way of thinking about nutrition. It’s very easy to get into patterns of binging or restricting, so avoid all the negative side effects of both of those ways of eating and try practicing moderation as Megan has suggested.

What’s your personal approach to your daily diet?

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Links You’ll Love

Health & Fitness:

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Here are some GREAT things to keep in mind as you’re working through your list of New Years Resolutions for 2013 – The Things Successful People DON’T Do.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been shivering my way through this recent cold front in Northern California. Rain in December I’m used to. Wind & air so cold it feels like it should be snowing? That’s new. If you’re in a similar boat these simple tips can save your booty this Winter – Stay Warm!

Keeping your energy levels up during the way can seem impossible sometimes. Day-to-day you may feel changes due to diet, the amount of sleep you got, stress levels… And while you can’t always control every aspect of your life, there are some things that you can keep an eye on to help with this – Fatigue Facts: 5 Things That Make You Tired.

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While I enjoyed all of the “round-up” style posts during December to celebrate the end of 2012 I have to say that this was one of my favorites so I just HAD to share – Best of 2012: My Favorite Vegan & Raw Recipes.

Staying inspired and positive about your body is an important step towards being happy and healthy! See what The Huffington Post has to say about keeping your attitude in check – Seven Ways To Be More Body Positive In 2013.

Fashion:

There’s nothing quite like a flashy new campaign to get you in the mood for some serious shopping. That’s part of the reason we adore fashion magazines, right? Well Fashionologie has the low-down on all the killer campaigns for Spring here.

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Finding stylish but simple new updos that’s keep my hair out of my eyes is a new mission so I was thrilled when I stumbled upon this fabulous tutorial – Beauty How To: Braided Bun Tutorial.

Need some inspiration to get creative with your hair this Winter? Check out Rebecca Minkoff’s 2013 Ushers In A New Wave Of Hairstyles for some serious tips.

I ADORE Winer outwear & accessories so this Glitter Guide post had me in raptures. If you’re similarly inclined head over for their Style File: Chic Winter Wear and prepare to swoon!

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If you’ve been trying to find a fabulous statement necklace but have come up empty so far, why not make your own? This DIY Charm Necklace from I Spy DIY is to die for!

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