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Finish Strong, Finish Pretty

In Fashion, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on February 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

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On February 17, I’ll be running the Pasadena Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon as the token brunette on a team that includes four smoking hot blondes. This past Sunday we ran 12 miles, including a steep incline up San Vincente to Sunset Boulevard. I can still feel it! I’ve never run this course before, and it’s supposed to be gorgeous—starts at the Rose Bowl and winds through town to the California Institute of Technology campus and back. Any time I’ve run a race, I always hear my first running coach, Curtis, saying “finish strong, finish pretty!” Which basically means smile when you cross the finish line, even if you threw up at mile 9 of the LA Marathon in 90-degree heat, fractured a toe somewhere around mile 20 (see below) and were near tears as you limped your way through miles 22-26.2 for an overall a pace that was almost an hour longer than your training runs. Smile!

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But see? Here I am smiling for real this time at Dan Tana’s post-marathon, below, enjoying a Makers Mark Manhattan and a nicely charred New York steak.

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That which does not kill us, only makes us stronger and makes that finish-line cocktail taste like it arrived on a beam of light. And honestly, all joking aside, running the 2007 LA Marathon remains one of the most incredible experiences of my life. And I still love to run (maybe not 26.2 miles) so on February 17 for our 13.1, I’m focusing on the “pretty” part of the picture.

1. Hydrate! Fuel Belt makes the best two-bottle belts of the bunch, and I love all the new color combos like this one in Hawaiian Punch:

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2. Fuel! The aforementioned fuel belt also includes a nifty neoprene pouch for holding your mobile phone and fuel for endurance during longer runs. I’ve tried them all—chews, goos, energy bars, jelly beans, you name it—and hands down my favorite are the Clif Bar Shot Bloks in Black Cherry. Each serving has 50mg of caffeine, the equivalent to a small cup of coffee. Run like the wind!

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3. Go the distance. I love my Lululemon running skirts and Nike Tempo shorts for shorter runs, but when we’re talking about longer distances it’s all about running tights. Trust me when I say not all running tights are created equal. Low-rise leggings, while perhaps sassy at the gym, are not your friend on a long run. My favorite two designs for comfort are Adidas by Stella McCartney and GapFit. The Stella McCartneys are spendy at $110 a pair, but they’re truly the best of the best. I like that they are “natural rise” and the tech fabric she uses doesn’t get any better:

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I also love GapFit gFast Climate Leggings, which are even a little higher rise than the Stellas. And at $55, what’s not to like?

GapFit gFast heathered leggings - charcoal gray

4. Chocolate Milk. It does a body good. Really. Recent studies show it’s better than most sports drink for muscle recovery.

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5. Put on a happy face. How best to do that? Run with friends, the kind who secretly drive through Hollywood on the Saturday night before your long run, attaching inspirational personalized posters to lamp posts to surprise the team and keep them motivated climbing that brutally steep hill to Sunset Blvd…you know who you are!

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Advantage: Home Office

In Fashion, Media on January 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm

One of the greatest perils and perks of working from home is the potential for procrastination. Today I blogged over on HERMAN MILLER LIFEWORK about my favorite flavor of procrastination, namely watching the Australian Open with a cup of freshly brewed Mexican Santa Cruz coffee. The item includes commentary on the genius color scheme Nadal wore vs Murray the other day (click here to read). But what I didn’t get into was my disappointment in Murray’s, I mean Judas’s, sartorial selections. Murray is the highest-ranked Brit to swing a racket since Fred Perry, who was #1 in the world from 1934-1938, and Murray paid tribute to his predecessor by donning the laurel logo until last November, when Adidas came calling to the tune of £10 million. Sorry, Murray. You may play like a champion, but you no longer dress like one:

Andy Murray for Fred Perry: Awesome

Andy Murray for Adidas: Not Awesome

The Comeback Kicks

In Fashion on September 7, 2009 at 3:36 pm
oudin's custom adidas via getty images

oudin's custom adidas barricade v kicks via getty images

It’s all tennis all the time over here—maybe too much so, in fact, given that my husband is at the ER at Cedar’s with his tennis partner, who is awaiting results of an X-ray. But while the guys were duking it out on the tennis courts, I was at home watching Melanie Oudin make a stunning comeback in today’s upset against Petrova. I’m thinking it was her shoes that gave her the edge. Look at them! Love the pink and yellow combo. Oudin designed them herself, and while WWD reports that hers won’t be available to the public, we mere mortals can customize our own using MiAdidas.com. It’s pretty safe to say that I am ALL OVER THIS.

Run, Foodinista, Run!

In Fashion on January 2, 2009 at 8:08 am

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January 2 typically marks the start of my annual three-week “dry out” (starting any sort of regimen on January 1 is masochistic) but since I was on a recent nine-month dry out, I’m bagging it this year. Instead, I’m focusing on getting back into a running routine, which means—obviously—that I need some new gear. My favorite for both form + function is Stella McCartney for Adidas. I ran the 2007 Los Angeles Marathon in Stella McCartney ¾-length running tights, which are super comfy and breathable, and even hold up well in the rain. But I’m feeling like post-baby, maybe that’s a look I’m not quite ready to rock. Which is why I have my eye on these lightweight woven shorts in “Dark Concrete” to go over the tights. They have a zip pocket for your house key, removing one less excuse for why you can’t go out for a quick neighborhood run…

Update 1/9/9: For the ultimate in what to wear while training, check out Pink, PR’s and Pinot Noirs blog!