Wednesday, March 4, 2015

10 Reasons You Should Run The OC Marathon With Me!

I remember obsessively watching The OC from my couch in a cold suburb of Chicago when I was in high school.  I’d fantasize about what it would be like to live somewhere like southern California.  So glamorous and sunny and warm. Ahh. To think I could be tan year round without ever lying in a tanning bed!  Then MTV came out with the reality show version, Laguna Beach, and I was even more obsessed because it was “real.” I even made my college boyfriend take me to Laguna Beach on our summer vacation and I looked everywhere for Kristen Cavallari and Lauren Conrad.  No luck. I can’t even believe I am admitting any of this…

Remember them?

Fast forward, I live in southern California now and I get to be an ambassador for The OC Marathon!  I am super excited for this race and it just so happens to fall on my birthday weekend, which makes it an even bigger deal. ;)

  1. Scenic oceanfront course. #enoughsaid
  2. It’s still pretty damn cold everywhere else in the U.S. in early May.
  3. Racing at sea level is the best.
  4. The course only has relatively small hills – so it’s great if you’re looking for a BQ!
  5. The early start time means you’ll have plenty of time for a nap.
  6. One of the sponsors is Massage Envy. You know what that means…
  7. The OC Marathon is part of the Beach Cities Challenge.
  8. As of today, $54,459 has been raised for charity by OC Marathon runners!
  9. There are fish tacos and live 80s music at the finish!
  10. You get to celebrate my 29th birthday with ME!

Okay, if that wasn’t enough for you to register right this second, just watch this video:

What are you waiting for?! Come run with me!!

Did you used to watch The OC or Laguna Beach?

P.S. I still haven't met anyone from either show. Still on the lookout whenever I'm in the area.

Favorite character?

Seth from the OC. Such a sweetheart that one!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lunchtime Running + A Healthy Chocolate Shake

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Renew Life Formulas for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hi guys! Happy Tuesday. I thought it was already Wednesday until about halfway through the day so that's a bummer. I have a super busy week so I had to squeeze in today's run at lunchtime. Luckily, I work down by the harbor so it's a nice spot for a "runch" if need be. I'm pretty proud of myself for getting it done and looking like a hot mess at work for the remainder of the day.

I'm running the San Diego Half Marathon this weekend which also finishes right downtown by my office. It's a great course and I'm super excited to run it for fun...again.  One of these days I will actually train for and race a half marathon.  Who else is running?

from last year's San Diego Half Marathon

I am patting myself on the back for running at lunch and also for finally taking the blender I won at my company Christmas party out of the box! It's been living on my shelf, collecting dust until I got a big jug of Skinny Gut Shake in the mail to try. It was the perfect excuse to finally dust that sucker off and put it to use.  The blender is cool but the protein powder is my new favorite.

Here are the deets on the Skinny Gut Shake (and why I love it!):
  • 20 grams of Organic, Grain-free Protein from seeds and legumes to help build muscle*
  • 10 grams of Prebiotic Organic Fiber, including acacia fiber, to help curb appetite by helping you feel full*
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  • Organic Fruit and Veggie Antioxidant blend plus vitamins and minerals to nourish cells*
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  • Low fat and low calorie
  • Available in delicious natural vanilla and chocolate flavors
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  • No Added Sugar
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  • Vegan
It doesn't really get much better than that.  I don't typically use protein powders because a lot of them contain a whole bunch of crap, for lack of a better word, and I'd rather just eat my protein. But the Skinny Gut line is great for digestive health and there are a ton of benefits to consuming it, such as:
  • Curb appetite by helping you feel full*
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  • Optimize nutrient availability*
  • Support cell nourishment*
  • Helps to build muscle
Because of the great chocolate-y flavor, I drink protein shakes as a healthy dessert.  For instance, the other night I had a crazy sweet craving and I was still hungry so I made myself a fruit smoothie with some chocolate Skinny Gut Shake and it totally satisfied my sweet craving and filled me up so I could go to sleep without a rumbling tummy.  The BONUS is that I get my dessert and my probiotics for the day.  Happy gut, happy me!

If you want a more basic chocolate shake, you can blend Skinny Gut Shake with a frozen banana and some unsweetened vanilla almond or coconut milk.  It's amazing.

I've tried a lot of protein powders and to be honest, I dislike most of them. This is truly one of the few I can not only stand, but I actually enjoy. I'd recommend checking it out if you're looking to try something ORGANIC, grain-free, and with no added sugars. Plus, it has the bonus of 10 billion live probiotic cultures.* Win/win, people.

How is your week going so far? 

Have you tried the #SkinnyGutShake? Let me know what you think!

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Five Things Friday

Hi guys! Happy Friday. Longest week ever, no? Just me?  I am thrilled to have a few days off and since it is actually supposed to rain in San Diego (which never happens) I am planning on having some lazy time.  Tonight I'm having dinner and drinks with some friends in east village and then at some point over the weekend I need to run 18 miles.  Yikes. Hopefully I can find a rain-less window of time to run over the weekend or else I have a date with the treadmill... again.

Okay here are my random five things this Friday...

1 | My last long run

Not too shabby. I hope to run a similar pace for my 18 miler this weekend.

Lake Miramar

2 | Favorite Running Weather

I love winter marathon training in San Diego. I am pumped that we're supposed to have 61 degree temps over the weekend.  It's about time! I suck at running in the heat. My favorite running weather is actually around 50 degrees but let's be honest, it rarely gets that chilly here in SoCal. 

ideal running -> 50 degrees and lots of big trees

3 | Scenes from the past week

friends out on a school night. bad idea.

evening run from home.


4 | Should Athletes Eat Fat or Carbs? 

The New York Times posted an article about fat as fuel for athletes and I found it super interesting.  I personally would be miserable on a low carb/high fat diet but I know so many people who love it and thrive that way.

Full article here.

5 | Good Luck, Phoenix Marathoners!!

So many amazing women and bloggers are running the Phoenix Marathon this weekend and I want to give them a huge shout out and wish them SO much luck. I am crossing my fingers and toes that Christina qualifies for Boston so we can finally meet in 2016. She is so fast and strong so it all comes down to race day and the conditions she's faced with. Good luck, everyone!!

HAPPY FRIDAY! Gimme 5... GO!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I Got a Facelift!

I decided to re-vamp the old blog because I was just tired of the look and feel. However, there have been a few hiccups along the way so please excuse the weirdness while I transition to a new look. SoCal Runner Gal is under construction but she'll be looking better than ever in no time!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Barre + Brunch at The Dailey Method

I’ve been completely under the weather and not at all myself the past four days.  I feel like a total zombie and if I had it my way, I’d be sleeping like 18 hours a day.  It makes me realize how much I take my health and energy for granted!  Luckily, I have turned a corner…at least I think so. This past week was sort of a bust in terms of workouts because I was only able to run twice (gasp!) so of course that has me stressing about marathon training. I did also get in a barre workout and a spin class but it was not my usual week in workouts. That’s life though, right? Sh*t happens.  I am moving on and making every mile count this week.

Sunday I went to a super fun “Barre and Brunch” event at TheDailey Method (TDM) and Craft & Commerce with Teresa hosted by ClassPass.  Both the studio and restaurant are in Little Italy, one of my favorite hoods and only a mile from my house, so it was hard to pass on this event despite feeling like complete crapola. I powered through and somehow miraculously made it through class. I’m still wondering how I did that because it was a TOTAL ab and bun burner.  I guess it speaks to the power of group exercise.

The owner of the studio taught our private barre class and she was fantastic! Despite sort of hating her for the torturous movements she made us do, I actually loved her. She made us all laugh and killed us in the most loving way possible.  The Dailey Method studio is chic yet cozy and has a very welcoming vibe.  Although it is definitely a boutique studio and it happens to be in a trendy neighborhood, it doesn’t feel the least bit pretentious. I found this to be a pleasant surprise.

love my ToeSox in barre class

The focus of the Dailey Method is ALIGNMENT. I freaking love this about TDM! Their goal is to ignite awareness with hands on adjustments and cues throughout class because proper alignment brings balance. It’s crazy that when I think I am doing an exercise correctly, I'm way off! With the instructor’s help I was able to actually hold proper alignment and perform the exercises as intended.  When you do them right, they burn so much more!  The motto at the Dailey Method is “Burn Bright Dailey” and damn, they aren’t kidding.

a blurry pic is better than no pic. us with the owner/instructor extraordinare

This is only the second barre class I’ve ever taken and I loved it start to finish. It is the perfect complement to running as it strengthens the core and the booty. Both of these areas tend to be weakest on runners yet they’re critical for healthy running and injury prevention. If I could manage to squeeze in two Dailey Method classes a week I think I’d be golden.

After we burned our asses off brightly, we walked over to Craft & Commerce for some brunch action. I felt pretty crummy by this point and was just dying for a coffee.  They fed us epic portions and we left with happy, full, and soon to be sore tummies.  Thank you, ClassPass, for such a fun event!  They know how to throw a party for us fit peeps. 

**If you don't know about ClassPass, seriously check it out. It's the most amazing thing to hit the fitness world and I am beyond obsessed. Total game changer! If you want to sign up for a 10 day trial for only $10, use this link. It will change your life.

Your thoughts on barre? Love it? Hate it?

I love it and think it's great for running!

Have you had the flu this year?

If you're healthy, enjoy it and embrace it! Sickness is the worst!

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Perfect Weekend + Week in Workouts

Even though I've been running for what feels like forever, I still find it shocking how much of an emotional rollercoaster running (and especially marathon training) is.  One week I'm on top of the world smashing my mile repeats like it ain't no thang and the next week I feel like I'm running in quicksand. Unfortunately, this past week was definitely the latter. But at least this is my life:

80 degrees in February

Here's what my week in workouts looked like:

Monday: 4 miles (ew. awful.)
Tuesday: Indoor Cycle at SparkCycle
Wednesday: 6 miles (4 @ 7:24 pace)
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: Hot Yoga
Sunday: 14 miles (@ 8:34 pace)

The positives of this week: I got in two non-running workouts. The negatives: Every run sucked. Every single one.

Remember how I was supposed to run the California 10/20 this weekend? Yeah. That didn't happen. I overslept (because I haven't been sleeping well lately) and was super bummed because I was excited about that race. That left me with 14 miles to do on my own sans a fun race environment and in the midst of a heat wave. You know what that means -> TREADMILL. Thank god for Olivia Pope...she got me through all 14 miles.  Oh and my real-life girlfriend who joined me at the gym and ran on the treadmill next to me. ;) That helped a ton.

So back to the weekend. It was just lovely!  Friday night Brittany and I got massages and then had fro-yo and popcorn for dinner and saw The Theory of Everything. It was excellent! Brittany always picks the best movies. Saturday we grabbed some breakfast and coffee at Influx then hit up a hot yoga class at YogaSix in Solana Beach (I'll review that studio soon!) and then had an impromptu beach day. We topped off the perfect afternoon with an acai bowl in Encinitas then headed home.

We had plans for a three course dinner date but canceled because we were in the mood for something way more low-key and ended up getting a few slices of pizza and out for ice-cream at an adorable little ice cream parlor. Because...Valentine's Day...and Sunday long run? Excuses, excuses...I know. :)

yeah, we demolished that.

Sunday we slept in (oh glorious SLEEP!) and then hit the gym for the lovely terrible treadmill run I mentioned earlier.  Brittany laid by the pool while she waited for me to finish and take a shower and then we went to see American Sniper. Holy intense.  We ended the weekend with some delicious kale salads at home while catching up on Girls and then of course I stayed up too late reading (The Goldfinch). So once again, I'm sleepy from depriving myself of much needed ZzzZs. I need to get it together.

And here we are, back at Monday. I have to work on President's Day but it feels like the entire world is off today!

Did you celebrate Valentine's Day? 

Are you off today?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Weekend Plans & What's Been Sucking Up My Time

Happy Friday! I haven't been around the blog much this week and while I'd love to say it's because I've been busy running a ton of miles that's not the case. It's pretty embarrassing but... I started watching Scandal (I know I am so late to the game) and well, it's kind of ruined my life. At least my social life. I still ran and went to SparkCycle but then I would dash home afterwards, get cozy in bed and watch Scandal until way too late. I've been super groggy all week because that damn show has kept me up with its stupid cliffhangers! They get me every time!


Here's a helpful tip...if you're only on Season 2, don't google "Scandal Memes" because way too much will be revealed to you on Google images. I am so angry right now...

I am so excited it's the weekend (so I can watch more Scandal) and because it's going to be a good one. Brittany and I are doing dinner and a movie tonight and then tomorrow morning I'm probably going to go to another live music vinyasa class at Riff's.

Saturday night, for Valentine's Day, I'm taking Brittany to Trilogy Sanctuary for a three-course vegan dinner with a live violinist. Trilogy is an aerial yoga studio and organic, vegan cafe and it's absolutely MAGICAL. It's on a rooftop with views of the ocean in La Jolla. It's seriously stunning and the energy is so great.

Sunday is the California 10/20 race!  10 miles, 20 bands, all along the beautiful coast. PERFECTION. If you haven't signed up and feel like joining, visit and use code 1020KATE to save $10. :) I'd LOVE to see you out there.

I can't wait! I need to get 14 miles in so I'll have to add on but it's going to be a total blast, I know it. 

Fun weekend plans or V-Day plans?