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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


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!


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.


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:


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!


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:


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.


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!


The Right Stuff

In Fashion on August 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Missy Franklin photographed by Bruce Weber via vogue.com

I love the summer Olympics for all sorts of reasons, but most of all because of Wonder Women like Missy Franklin who inspire us mere mortals to be our very best. Seventeen days ago, I began the Go Shiggy Go 30-Day Challenge in hopes of tackling my total lack of core strength following my second C-section, as well as 20 stubborn pounds of residual baby weight. The GSG challenge was started by photographer Shiggy Ichinomiya, a friend of a friend, and has two basic rules: 1.) Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days straight and 2.) Post a photo of yourself exercising to your Facebook page (or on your blog) to keep yourself accountable. Even if that photo reveals crows feet and one’s propensity to sweat like a maniac.

Half way in, here’s what I’ve learned: I can always find 30 minutes—even if that means briskly walking the baby in the stroller around the neighborhood for a half hour or so. Second, having the right stuff, as in gear, is kind of essential to enjoyment. And last, it’s good to mix things up. So far I’ve relied on my very, very favorite form of exercise—running—as well as hiking the canyons and taking BRUTALLY challenging core sculpting classes at Pop Physique in Hollywood.

However, the most fun has been swimming! I hadn’t done laps since college and whoa, what a workout. To that end, I thought I’d share some of my favorite “stuff” that has helped keep me on track for my challenge. I’d love to hear your favorites, too! Please post!

I’ve long been a fan of any and all René Furterer hair products, but this René Furterer After Sun Shampoo is the ne plus ultra of apres-soleil products. I can’t tell you how CRAZY I am about this product. Its secret weapon is palm butter, which helps remove chlorine build-up and leaves hair feeling refreshed and smelling great. I also love the leave-in conditioner spray from the same line.

Only after I googled did I discover that I’d purchased the same Speedo Women’s Vanquisher Goggles as Missy Franklin, only hers are more fun in pink. For those of you in Los Angeles, both colors are on sale right now at Big 5 on Wilshire Blvd. I love these as they don’t fog up or fill up with water.

Running shoes are such a personal thing, and I highly recommend you go to a professional running shop (like FrontRunners in Brentwood) to have your stride evaluated. Personally, I’ve hit my stride with the Brooks Trance (I’m on my second pair). They are lightweight and the cushioning helps reduce impact, especially running on roads.

It might seem counterintuitive that the best running socks are made of wool, but I’ve road-tested the hell out of these Smartwool Running Socks and they are hands-down the most comfortable athletic sock I’ve ever worn. According to the company’s website, “Research shows that because of wool’s effective moisture management, you maintain a lower and more stable core body temperature when wearing wool next to skin instead of synthetics.”

For sunscreen advice I turned to one my favorite Olympic golden girls, Kerri Walsh (how AMAZING was yesterday’s match???), who uses COOLA Organic Suncare. The COOLA Sport Mineral SPF 35 Citrus Mimosa is waterproof for up to 80 minutes, which is great for swimming laps or an intense run.

And finally, every girl knows that you can swim a little faster, run a little farther, climb a little higher if your nails look good. Currently I’m involved in a love affair with Tom Ford’s Scarlet Chinois Nail Lacquer. You should see just how pretty it looks while swimming the crawl…

Running with a Bunch of Bums

In Out of Town on May 15, 2010 at 8:30 am

© San Francisco Chronicle, Photo by Brant Ward

I’ll be hopping a flight later today to head up to San Francisco, where I’ll meet my sister and one of my dearest friends in the whole wide world for dinner tonight at A16 to carbo-load for tomorrow’s 12K run. Bay to Breakers is one of the world’s oldest footraces, and is delicately described on the website as featuring “world-class athletes in addition to costumed runners and ‘fun-loving’ folks out for a great day of running and walking through San Francisco.” I’ve long wanted to run Bay to Breakers, which starts at the Embarcadero and ends at the “breakers” of Ocean Beach, but have been thwarted by injury, wedding showers, pregnancy and all manner of obstacles, some more fun than others. But this year—the race’s 99th anniversary—I’ll be joining in the fun if not the “fun-loving” nudity. Bums away!

Sea Bass with Pea Tendrils and Shallots

In Food, Recipes on May 11, 2010 at 9:33 am

In three weeks I need to be poolside, and so it’s time to clean up my act at the table. That—and my sister and I are running Bay to Breakers in San Francisco this weekend so now is as good a time as any to take a break from the gin and tonics and focus on feeling great. To get my head in the game, I loaded up on bunches of broccoli rabe, pea tendrils, spring onions and some gorgeous sea bass and local hamachi at the Plummer Park farmers market in nearby West Hollywood yesterday morning. Check out these pea tendrils—only $1/bunch.

I sautéed some shallots in a little olive oil and then added a handful of pea tendrils at the last minute, tossed and set aside. Meanwhile, I steamed a bunch of broccoli rabe, which got tossed with some pepper flakes and a little grated pecorino. For the sea bass, I cooked it stovetop for a couple minutes over medium heat in a Le Creuset grill pan, then put the whole pan in the oven at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Pea tendrils are just so good. Kind of like a cross between snap peas and spinach. I love how sweet and fresh this piece of sea bass tasted along with the crunch of the pea tendrils. I noticed, however, that Mr. Foodinista left a few tendrils on his plate. I guess you can lead a steak-and-potatoes guy to pea tendrils, but you can’t make him eat.

Run, Foodinista, Run!

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


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!