Race Recap – Fit Foodie Run San Diego

Hello, hello!


Guyssssssssss. I had a blast at the Fit Foodie Run on Saturday! I hope a lot of you attended, because I definitely had a great time and feel so lucky to have been a part of the fun.

As you know, I was lucky enough to be named an ambassador for the race this year, and so as a result, I knew a lot about the amazing events the weekend held and the sponsors that would be there in the finishers village.

…..But I was still blown away.

A couple of my good girlfriends/favorite SD runners joined me for the 5K this year, and we had so much fun soaking up the sights and sampling the goodies at the finish line (obviously the best part). I’ve mentioned it before, but the area the race was held (the Embarcadero along the San Diego Harbor) is one of my very favorite places to run in the universe, and definitely in San Diego, so that made being there extra special. thumb_IMG_0774_1024

(This ^^ shot was re-shared on Instagram by Health Magazine’s official account, which made me feel like a superstar for the rest of the weekend. 😉 )

For the race itself, it was a bit congested at the start because of the narrow path in the embarcadero (it opened up about half a mile in as we got to the main strand of the harbor), and I made the rookie mistake of setting off after my friend Jen, who’s a speed demon (no joke – she’s amazing and came in third in her age group at this 5K). I’m like a 8:45/9 minute/mile, so that wasn’t the smartest because I couldn’t sustain it despite best efforts. I have a goal of working on my speed, but it’s one I haven’t voiced too often because it sorta scares me…. but more on that another time.

I’ve never been to a race – 5K, 10K, half marathon, whatever – with such a robust and lively finishers’ area. Oh my goodness – the place was jam-packed! All the brands there were friendly and excited to be a part of the event, and had healthy treats and other goodies on hand to share with everyone. It was incredible. We almost couldn’t believe our eyes and didn’t even go for breakfast after the 5K – we just ate all the samples in the finishers’ village!

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*Start line! I was live tweeting til we got going, which sounds way cooler than the reality. 😉thumb_IMG_0753_1024 thumb_IMG_0754_1024 thumb_IMG_0758_1024 thumb_IMG_0760_1024 thumb_IMG_0761_1024 thumb_IMG_0762_1024 thumb_IMG_0764_1024 thumb_IMG_0765_1024

*Quest Bars! I’m still on the hunt for the seasonal pumpkin pie flavor, but I hear it’s at a local 7-11 near me….thumb_IMG_0770_1024 thumb_IMG_0771_1024 thumb_IMG_0772_1024 thumb_IMG_0775_1024

*This cold brew dirty chai from Califia Farms was delish — I’d never had it before.

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San Diego, I love you to pieces.

I finished with an official time of 25 minutes and something seconds, although the course was actually about .05 miles short…. so I ran past the finish line to make up for it. Type A for the win.  😉

I spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with friends and exploring Normal Heights/Kensington areas, which I didn’t spend too much time in when i was living there unfortunately. It’s adorable!


A tremendous thank you to the Fit Foodie Run, as well as Cooking Light and Health magazines for letting me participate in this great race! It was such a fun experience and a wonderful weekend overall.

Happy Thursday! xo



FRIYAY.IMG_0552Lately, my concentration has been the pits. No focus. I’m honestly unsure where the hours are going. It’s like I just fly through each week. Before I know it, Mondays become Fridays become Mondays again.

I’m happy. Don’t get me wrong… like super happy.

Races and Girls on the Run (I’m on the board of directors for the local chapter here – have I mentioned that?) and crossfit and running and friends. All the happy.

But somehow it feels like I got onto a conveyor belt. Or one of those moving sidewalks… you know, like at the airport?

I’m talking career wise, here. I’m Type A bananas and that means I like plans and I’m always hungry for what’s around the corner. I love my current job and company, don’t get me wrong, but I like to have a long-term target, and goals for the grander picture.

I went for a walk last night before dinner and starting to think a little bit about all this. The tangle of to-do’s and could do’s and current vs. horizon.

My dad always told me while growing up that you need to have a fire in your belly. You have to have goals – BIG goals – that keep you pushing forward and reminding yourself who you are and where you want to go.

And recently I’ve been floating through…. preoccupied with the present. That’s probably a good thing, right? A GREAT thing. ‘Bout darn time. Yet still, I want a plan. I want to get my booty back to writing more frequently, and make good on that Huffington Post blogger gig (read my HuffPo piece here). And other stuff that I need to unravel in my heart. Fire in the belly, leeeeeet’s go.

But how do you hone in again? How do you recenter and look forward without losing track of the present too?

No, really – any tips?

Does anyone else feel ^^ this way too?

I’ll let you all know what I figure out….. and tthat concludes this pre-weekend ramble. 😉 I’m ready for some weekend goodness (including a doughnut).

Happy Friday! xo

Working From Home

Good morning, friends!

IMG_0420I thought it might be about time to share some updates on my life. I mean, this is my blog after all, right? And considering I’ve been the blogging phantom lately…. whoops.

SO, I started a new new job in September (have I already mentioned that?) and I’m now working with the military again, and am working from home. My company is on the east coast,  and hired me as their California sunshine representative. 😉 As you may be able to see from my desktop image above, I take that role very seriously (photo is of the Wedge here in Newport Beach).

I don’t have a real desk at home, per say, but I make a point to work at a table and have a clean area. And a pretty, festive space because… you know, that helps. So fresh flowers, lots of light, my gold planner (yes, I use a paper planner – what year is it?), a notebook, post-it notes……. all the requirements for my work space. IMG_0419And snacks, but that’s a given.

Whenever I tell people I work from home, they usually say one of the following: “That’s so awesome, I wish I could work from home!” or “I don’t think I could get anything done working from home.” And then I say ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yeah.

Because quite honestly, I feel both of those on the daily.

Working from home has a number of obvious perks, like the flexibility and ability to wear yoga pants 24/7 (without breaking a sweat). But there’s also some challenges, like feeling like a recluse being coworker-less (besides my digital buds – thank God for gchat and work instant messaging systems) and getting distracted. You need to have a strong work ethic and an ability to self-motivate when you work from home, which luckily I’ve never had an issue with.

But, it’s all about balance.

I actually LOVE working in loud spaces, like coffee shops.  I can quite literally work from anywhere (long as there’s wifi) which, honestly, is my favorite aspect of teleworking. And the coffee shops! I focus much better when there’s a million things going on around me – loud voices, grinding espresso machines, music playing – versus perfect silence. I’ve alwaaaaays been this way, and in college would usually write my million page papers in the local Starbucks by campus instead of the library. So as you can imagine, my workspace also looks like this more often than not.

IMG_7866(^^That’s Better Buzz Coffee in Encinitas.)

Basically any coffee shop in the area that offers free internet access (cool decor is a perk). The baristas at my local Starbucks have already memorized my order.

I don’t hate it.

I usually head over to a coffee shop for half the day. It’s a nice change of pace and keeps my brain focused. Since I work with east coasters, I start my work day around 7:30am and end a little bit earlier (usually) than the typical. Yay for three hour time differences!

This post is actually inspired by WeWork, a network of shared office space all across the country. They’re not in Orange County yet, although a different community office space did recently open up in my neighborhood to unite teleworkers/offer shared desk space. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it’s a wonderful concept. The cost (at the co-working space in my neighborhood) is the only thing holding me back – it’s a bit more than the average cup of joe at my usual “office.”

And that’s it! Happy Tuesday, loveys. xo

Being a Fit Foodie 5K Ambassador


Happy Thursday from wannabe Florida. 😉 Jokes.The never-ending swampy summer struggle is real here in southern California. It’s almost impossible to get your basic white girl on when the weather makes scarves and boots and pumpkin lattes miserable.

Anyways, I have some fun news to share! fit foodie2(via)

You may have already noticed the notes on my Instagram profile, but I’m now an ambassador for the Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend in San Diego! I’m beyond excited, can I just tell you that? The race series is hosted by Cooking Light and Health, aka two of my very favorite magazines. It may sound silly to some, but I’m honored to have my name anywhere close to those publications. And as we all know, I will most definitely run for food.

Pancakes mainly, but I’m not TOO picky.IMG_8274

(…that was my pre-run dinner before my first half…. I was proving the pancake was as big as my face. Success.)

The San Diego race is on Saturday, November 7. That’s 3.1 miles through my very favorite city to run in, and in my favorite spot in said city to run (the Embarcadero, on the water). I haven’t run in SD since my glorious half marathon in March – aka my favorite half marathon thus far, besides the first one – and I’m stoked to get back down there.

It’s no secret that I love SD, so any excuse to go down and visit my favorite people in town is one I’ll take. But an excuse that comes filled with delicious snacks and wine and tied with a big running bow? Um, yes. Yes, please.

This year, the race’s theme is “Calories Burned. Calories Earned,” and a percent of funds from the race are going toward the American Diabetes Association. I actually have a personal rule where I’ll only run a 5K race (and pay a registration fee) if the race either somehow benefits my community in some way (like is connected to a nonprofit I believe is) or looks like it’ll be super amazing incredible sauce. How lucky that this is both!Fit Foodie1


To be clear, as an ambassador, my race fee has graciously been comped, for which I’m grateful. BUT, I also have a discount code for YOU!

For 50% off registration for the 5K in San Diego, use this promo code: PINKTYPEWRITER

Sooooo, who’s going to join me?! The weekend is also filled with a cocktail party on Friday night and a sweat session on Sunday…. and of course, all the amazing sponsors and brands that will be out during the the actual 5K (um, Quest Nutrition bars?! Kashi?! Cupcake Vineyards?! …and the list goes on).

I seriously can.not.wait.

For more info, check out their website! Or leave me a comment/email/whatever. :)

Have a good one, loveys! xo

Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Newport Beach Wine and Food Fest at the Newport Beach Civic Center.

IMG_0128There were over 200 wines being poured and lots of bites from local restaurants here in OC. I probably drank double what I ate, but….. no regrets.

Wine and food fests are pretty much my favorite thing ever, because really what’s better than being outside in sunny weather drinking and snacking?


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IMG_0084 IMG_0085Anyone else there as well? It was such a wonderfully done event, although more water coolers would probably have been useful considering the number of people. I’m already excited for next year.

Personal favs of the event? Pasta from Filomena’s (see above), roasted veggies from True Food Kitchen, brut champagne from Louis Roederer, and the wine from a local classic, Hi-Time Wine Cellar. 😉

Thank you to the Newport Beach Food and Wine Fest for having me!


Happy Tuesday! xo


If you were at the food and wine fest as well, tell me what your favorite part was!

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