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Music Run with 24 Hour Fitness

26 Apr

My registration for this event was comped. Because I’m an awesome super athlete. Shut up and let me believe that, okay?

Last weekend a friend and I packed up and headed for Pomona to do the Music Run by 24 Hour Fitness. This is a crazy fun event that I am going to do my best to explain.

First of all, it’s a night run that isn’t timed. That means you don’t get a medal, but it also means you can chill out and have some fun. We got there around 5pm and the place was already pumping. There was a DJ battle!

There were also food trucks, a huge Lite Brite (SO. FREAKING. COOL.), giant Jenga, and an obstacle challenge. I did not do the obstacle challenge. Let’s say it was because the line was too long and not because I was too chicken.

Since the run didn’t start until 7:15, we knew we had to eat before otherwise we would be starving. It would have been great to have some healthy options, but to be fair, no one held a gun to my head and made me order a milkshake. 😉

Then it was time for a warm up with some 24 Hour Fitness instructors. They did such a great job! I’ve really never seen a crowd get so amped up. Everyone was having a great time!

And then away we go!

While we waited, we bounced around a few giant beach balls. I told you, this isn’t like a regular 5K!

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We started running, but barely even got started before our carb loading for morons caught up to us and we (meaning me) started to cramp. So we walked, which was nice because we got to gab. The course was split up into five different sections, each dedicated to a different genre of music, with live acts interspersed. There were 120 speakers along the course pumping out rock, pop, country, hip hop, and dance. AND you control the playlist by voting in advance.

I was surprised at how fast it went – especially since we were walking!

Of course, there was some Prince on the playlist.

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And before we knew it, we were at the finish line! Which by the way, was another massive party.

This was such a fun night! And if you don’t live in LA, you’re in luck, because the Music Run is heading cross country. You can check upcoming dates on the website. They’re coming to Denver, Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, New Jersey, Austin, Houston, and Las Vegas. There are two registration options, Regular and Rockstar. With Rockstar registration you’ll get some pretty awesome swag, but either way you’ll get a rockin’ night. (That was lame. I’m really not cool enough to provide coverage for music things.)

Hiking the Hollywood Sign

20 Apr

I had a whirlwind weekend when Brother came to visit me for a few days. Yes, I actually call him Brother. That’s not a blog name. His real name is Dean if you really want to know. (And he wants me to tell my hot friends that he’s single.)

At any rate, he wore me out! I’m so tired I can’t even remember everything we did but I know we went to Porto’s a dozen times. And to burn off those delicious carbs, we decided to hike the Hollywood sign.

I live really close to Griffith Park and can’t believe it took me so long to do this hike! I wanted to bring Teddy in his stroller, but Brother said that was a stupid idea and he wouldn’t let me. It’s a good thing, because I barely made it up that freaking mountain. I never would have been able to push the Bear up.

There are a number of trails to the sign to choose from, and we went with the Canyon Blvd Trail, which is a moderate hike.

What to Expect:

The first part of this trail is the toughest because the elevation climbs up pretty quickly. I’m not used to actually climbing, so this was tough for me. Turns out I’m much better – and faster – on flat land.

You will get to a point where you can choose to go up and hike around to the top of the sign to get the best views of the city, or you can go down to hike around near the front of the sign and get the best pictures. We went for the photo opp.

After that, you’ll turn around and go back the way you came. It took us about half the time to get back down because it’s downhill. But we weren’t in a rush, and we weren’t pushing to go fast. We were savoring the views of nature. Plus it was hot.

What to Bring:

For the two of us on an 85 degree day, we brought three bottles of water. I’d say that’s the minimum you want to pack.

Bring sunscreen. Apply it when you get out of the car, and again at the turnaround point. Trust me.

Wear sneakers. The trail is hard packed but there is still a fair amount of loose gravel/sand/dirt/whatever so you want to have good traction.

And most importantly – have fun! The low route that we took to the front of the sign is a little shorter, about three miles each way, and it took us about three hours to do the full thing.

Easy Tricks to Hit 10,000 Steps

14 Apr

Do you use a pedometer? It seems like just about everyone has some kind of step counter these days, and we all want to hit our 10,000 steps goal! But it can be hard, especially if you’re like me and you have a job that traps you at a computer for most of the day, so here are some tricks I’ve come up with.

Now, it should be noted that after I had the idea for this post, but before I wrote it, I was scrolling through Facebook and found a very similar post written by Karen Sommerfeld. Karen is way funnier than I am, and a MUCH better writer. So hers is probably better. Plus we had a few of the same ideas, so I had to come up with some new ones.

Treadmill Desk

I don’t have a treadmill desk at work, but I do have a fancy desk that goes from sitting to standing with the touch of a button. I have my DIY treadmill desk at home, and even though I don’t use it all day, it really does make a difference at night. I use it when I write blog posts, waste time on social media, and catch up on emails. I can do all of that without sitting on my butt!


I don’t know why, but for some reason I lack the coordination to read on a treadmill, but I can read while I walk slowly around my house. I’ve found that this is also a great way to unwind at the end of the day. You’re not supposed to use screens for thirty minutes before bed, so I use that time to pace around my condo with a good book.

Dance, Dance, Baby

When I’m in the kitchen I like to crank up a fun playlist and bust a move while I put away the dishes. I boogie while I sweep. I shake my groove thang while I fold laundry. Not only does it increase my step count, but it really makes the boring chores go faster.

Calf Raises

You know when you get to the end of the day and you’re like, 50 steps away from your goal? But you’ve already washed your face and brushed your teeth and you’re standing at the edge of your bed? Keep standing there and do some calf raises. You’ll tone your legs and your rear, and each one counts for a step.

Happy Fitness Friday!

12 Feb

Do you like that? Fitness Friday is a thing I just totally made up, but it sounds legit. At any rate, I like alliteration and this is a cute way for me to share some fitness odds and ends I’ve found lately.

Born to Run

Have you heard of this book? Born to Run is a great narrative about how we evolved as distance runners, and the amazing feats that some of us still perform. I’ve always been amazed by people who run ultra marathons, but after reading this book I don’t think they’re so crazy. This book made me want to run. Then I started running and remembered how much I hate running. But I have been doing more of it since reading this book, so I guess that’s a good thing.

YG Studios

There’s a new fitness studio in town, YG Studios, and it’s not your typical gym. It’s built around trainers, and designed to help give these fitness professionals a space to grow their businesses, while giving people access to their favorite trainers. It’s a really cool concept, and you should definitely check it out. They have locations in New York, California, Chicago, and Seattle, so check out the studio near you!

Yoga with Melissa

Speaking of new fitness in town, if you’re in LA, your yoga experience just got way better. Because Melissa Burton is teaching classes now! I went to her class at Athleta in Pasadena and it was excellent. She’s really a natural – she provides encouragement and corrections and does a great job of creating a welcoming environment. If you missed it, don’t despair! Melissa will be teaching Heated Power Vinyasa Flow at Stadium Fitness Yoga in Pasadena on Sunday, February 28.

Les Mills Combat

Yeah, I know, I’ve got a lot of different workouts going on these days. But I’ve been doing Les Mills Combat and I am loving it! It’s a fun mix of boxing and mixed martial arts and it makes me feel like a total badass. Spending half an hour kicking an imaginary opponent in the groin is an amazing stress reliever. You get to picture anyone you want! And then punch them in the head! Really, what else do you want from a workout?

Shakeology “Ice Cream”

3 Dec

If you’re anything like me, you’re still fighting your way out from the carb-fat-sugar hangover of last week. My body has been screaming for healthy foods, but I’m not quite ready to give up my desserts. And so I created this…

That’s right, Shakeology Tropical Strawberry Banana “Ice Cream”. I put ice cream in quotes because it’s not actually ice cream. I know, that just blew your mind. Here’s what you need:

2 frozen bananas
1/2 scoop Tropical Strawberry Shakeology
Optional: 1 Tbsp cashew or almond milk

Here’s where it gets complicated, so you’re going to want to pay close attention.

Mix all of those things in a blender.

Eat with a spoon.

My $12 Target clearance blender (shockingly) isn’t the best, so I was left with some banana chunks. It’s fine, it still tastes the same.

The end result is shockingly good. I mean really, it’s creamy like soft serve ice cream, sweet, and it definitely hits that “need dessert” spot.

I made mine with Shakeology for an extra protein and good stuff boost, but you can make it with just plain bananas and it’s still amazing. You could even get creative and add natural peanut butter, or coconut, or whatever you want. But seriously, frozen bananas in a blender or food processor somehow magically equal ice cream.