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RnR San Diego 2017 Recap


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rock 'n' Roll San Diego 2017 was a special one for me.  Michelob and Rock 'n' Roll asked me and four my friends to run the race and follow us for the entire weekend.  We did everything from attending the VIP party with Meb to the 5K shakeout run to running all 13.1 miles together on race day.  We ended the day, of course, with a Michelob beer and dancing with Michael Franti.  This video perfectly capture the weekend and the special bond you share with your running friends.  See the recap here:


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2017 Long Beach Marathon Ambassador/Discount Code


Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Super excited to announce that I have been chosen as an ambassador for the Long Beach Marathon on October 8, 2017!  What does that mean for you?  You can get 10% off any of the Long Beach Marathon events using coupon code RUNWITHMELISSA.  Hope to run with you all in October!
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How "Winging" a Marathon Made Me Fall in Love With Running All Over Again


Monday, April 10, 2017

I just want to start off by saying, this post is not about how you should "wing" a marathon.  And while "winging" is in the title of this post, I incorporate high intensity cardio into my life at least 5 times a week (whether it's spinning or running), which definitely helped me during race day. Now with that little disclaimer out of the way...


Six days before LA Marathon my friend Lindsey asked me if I was interested in running the race. Linds and I spin and run together a lot, and she knew I was getting major FOMO from seeing everyone in the running community registered for LA Marathon.

Here's Linds and I having way too much fun post spin:

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I looked at my weather app and saw that the weather was the best it had been in years for LA Marathon (2 years ago the LOW was 82). And thought, why not?  Though my longest run had only been 6 miles since November, it was the first time in awhile I was consistent with both morning and afternoon workouts and felt like I could definitely run a marathon if I needed to (haha key word is needed).  All I needed was $165 and some courage.  So within minutes, I responded back to Linds, "I'm in."

I don't think it hit me until literally the night before the race that I was going to be running twenty-six point two miles.  I didn't get much sleep the day before and kept waking up feeling anxious.  What the heck did I sign myself up for?  I've run races with a broken heart, and even a broken hip... but never without mentally training myself for running the distance.

I made sure followed every pre-race prep in the book. I wore clothes I had worn tons of times before.  I lathered myself up with Glide and Vaseline.  I brought gels I had taken 100 times before.  I was as ready as I could be. And you know what?  It was probably the best, most fun marathon I had ever run (even though this was the third time I was doing this course).  Sure it wasn't my best time, but it wasn't my worst either.  Here's now "winging" a marathon made me fall in love with running all over again.

1.  I wasn't sick of running.
Running a marathon is hard.  Training for a marathon is harder.  I always tell people how it's like adding a part time job.  You have to do speed runs, long runs... there are even runs to recover from previous runs.  On top of that you have to cross train, think -- spin, yoga, weights.  Your entire life outside of work becomes running.  But for this race, I didn't stick to any schedule.  I did yoga when I felt like my body needed yoga.  I ran because I wanted to run.  I went spinning if I needed an extra push from an instructor.


2. I wasn't worried about finishing at a specific time.
When you train for a race you get fixated on a certain time you want to finish.  "I have been running 8 min miles in my recovery runs and 9:30 runs on my long runs, I can totally finish the race in under 4:30."  You think of all your runs, do all this math, and set these expectations of yourself.  But for this race, all I was concerned about was finishing.  I was able to actually enjoy the race, because I wasn't fixated on how fast I should or shouldn't be running.

3.  I was able to actually to enjoy the race.
I've ran races where I didn't even hug my boyfriend who met me at 3+ different spots during the race.  Or missed a friend that was out cheering out in the blazing sun for hours.  But this race was different.  Every friend out there was my extra burst of energy.  I gladly stopped to give hugs.  I read all of the funny signs along the way.  And I realized that this is the heart of running.  This is why you run these races.  Races are your party to celebrate all of the hard work you've put it.  Somewhere in the midst of training, I forgot that.


4. I realized I didn't have to follow any specific schedule to run a marathon.
I always thought I had to run a specific amount of speed runs, or long runs, or recovery runs to run a marathon.  But here's the truth:  I'm never going to be the fastest runner.  That doesn't mean I won't get faster, or won't improve.  But it's okay to run to the beat of my own drum.  I started running 3 years ago, and I can't compare my year 3 to someone else's year 5 or 7.

5.  I really started to believe that I am a freakin' rock star.
Training can be discouraging at times.  I have friends who are less active than I am, that don't quite understand why I would miss a girls' night to do a long run in the morning, or why most of my "vacations" involve long races or strenuous hikes.  Little things can add up that sometimes make me wonder if all of the time and money spent on running and training is really worth it.  But running this race made me realize all of the benefits my consistent training for the past 3 years has given me.  Running is so powerful and has cured me in so many endless ways. As I ran this race, I remembered where I started, and where I am now.  Just the knowledge that I can run 26.2 miles any ol' time I want, made be realize that there is nothing in this world that I can't do.


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Refinery29 X adidas Running: Greater Every Run Event in Santa Monica


Thursday, March 23, 2017


Wow, has it really been almost two weeks since this event?  Time has been flying by way too quickly lately.   I'm in week 5 in my second yoga teacher training, and lately it feels like I haven't had enough time for anything!

Anywho! Two weeks ago I was given the honor of leading the 3 mile run for the Refinery 29 X adidas Running event on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.  Even though I had been to many, many running events, this was the first time I was leading and I was both excited and nervous.

The event was so much fun!  There were treadmill dancers that were so impressive (haha I can barely just do the minimum on the treadmill -- run!).


Attendees got to try on the Ultraboost X (which I love btw, see my review here).  It would have been nice if attendees got to take them for a run during the event, just to see how amazing they really are.



Meagan and Remi led the 1 and 2 mile runs.  I love how beginner friendly the event was.  Many of the girls I talked to said they were running their first mile.


Diana and I led the 3 miler.  Diana wanted to rest her recovering ankle for LA Marathon, so I became a little more nervous knowing I'd be taking the front.


But omg it was so much fun!  Three miles go by so much quicker when you're running with friends (and new friends!).  And the best part?  I had a few people tell me how they hadn't run 3 miles in awhile and really appreciated my encouragement during the run.


After the run, everyone got to cool down with juices from Juice Served Here.


Hope to lead some more runs in the future!









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Review: adidas Ultraboost X


Thursday, February 16, 2017


Last week, I had the honor of being able to attend the adidas Ultraboost X launch in San Francisco with 100 hand picked ladies from all over the world.  It is still always a little surreal to be surrounded by so many inspirational women.  I've been to a number of events in the past, but it never ceases to amaze me when I hear other peoples's journeys and what led them to living a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle.  Even more amazing was that we were some of the first women in the world to try the Ultraboost X for the first time.


So let's talk about shoes.  First, let's talk about the original Ultraboosts.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love my original Ultraboost shoes.  I've ran everything from a mile to a marathon in these shoes without any issues.  Now, if you've read my review of the PureBoost X, you would know that I'm not a fan.  I own a few pairs of these shoes and almost never reach for them when I'm going out for a run.


At first glance, the Ultraboost X looks like the original Ultraboost and PureBoost X had a baby and named it Ultraboost X.  adidas describes the shoe on their website as:  Designed to respond to the way your foot moves through each stride, the shoes feature a floating arch and an adidas Primeknit upper that hugs and adapts to your foot throughout the gait cycle. boost™ delivers maximum energy return, and a stretchy outsole flexes to adapts to the way your foot strikes the ground.

To better understand my review, it'd help to know a little about my running and what I normally run in. I have a neutral gait/mid-foot strike. I also have a normal arch.  In Nikes, I train in the Pegasus and LunarTempo (which were sadly discontinued).  In adidas shoes, I train in the Ultraboost.  Here's a little break down of the some of the shoes I just mentioned:

adidas Ultraboost Xadidas PureBoost XNike Pegasus 33Nike LunarTempo
Weight: 10.7 ouncesWeight: 6.5 ouncesWeight: 8.6 ouncesWeight: 6.2 ounces
Stack height: 30.5 mm (Heel) / 20.5 mm (Forefoot)Stack Height: 25.5mm (Heel), 16.5mm (Forefoot)Stack Height: 29mm (Heel), 19mm (Forefoot)Stack Height: 26mm (Heel), 18mm (Forefoot)
Runner type: NeutralRunner type: NeutralRunner type: NeutralRunner type: Neutral
Price: $180Price: $120Price: $110Price: $110


I was surprised to see how heavy the Ultraboost X are, because they feel incredibly light.  The upper is Primeknit, which is the only knit that I don't have to break in for months for them to stop hurting my feet (I have wide feet).  In fact, I was able to run/train in these for almost 10 hours a day for 2 straight days without any blisters or issues.

The arch is actually surprisingly supportive and a major upgrade from Pureboost X, which I attribute to the to the Primeknit upper.  In the Pureboost, I felt that the "floating arch" was punishing me, but in the Ultraboost X, the floating arch is comfortable and slightly supportive.

Another thing to add is that the Primeknit upper gets rid of that annoying heel tab that used to dig into the back of my foot in the Pureboost X.

The midsole is adidas' famous Ultraboost technology.  If you love the midsole of the original Ultraboost, you will love the Ultraboost X because they are literally the exact same.  With the Pureboost X, I felt like I didn't get enough support in the forefoot (since I'm a forefoot striker), so if the midsole is something you didn't like about Pureboost X, I think that the Ultraboost X will definitely be your jam.

And lastly the outsole is Continental™ Rubber.  If you don't know what Continental™ is, it's a friggin' tire company!  It was raining for most of our stay in San Francisco, and I never felt like my feet were slipping during the runs.


Bottom line:
It's a bit pricey for a shoe ($180), but I think that it's a very attractive shoe.  I ran 5 miles in these today (my longest run in them), and could definitely see myself wearing them for even longer runs since they remind me so much of the original Ultraboost.  Additionally, I could see myself wearing these shoes on a run, training, or even out to brunch with my girlfriends.  The Ultraboost X is an incredibly beautiful shoe and I think its versatility definitely makes up for it's high price point.
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Soap for Sweaty Skin


Wednesday, February 1, 2017


When you sweat as much as I do, it starts to become really common to take more than one shower a day. With that (and since dry winters in California already make my skin so dry), I’ve become really picky with what I wash my skin with. I find that sodium laurel sulfate tends to dry my skin and make it flakey.

So when SweetSpot Labs invited me to try out their products, I was really excited! Their washes are coconut based (which I was particularly excited about since I love putting coconut oil in my hair) and pH balanced to maintain nature’s intended chemistry.

When you first put it on, it comes out of the bottle a bit creamy. My favorite scent is Neroli Mandarin.


 But once you add water, it works up to a nice lather. I especially love it because it is so moisturizing, that even if I forget to put lotion on for the day my skin feels nice and moisturized.

And the best part? SweetSpot Lab’s gentle washes are free of glycerin, sulfates, parabens, gluten, soy, and dairy ingredients! Making it super friendly for anyone who has sensitive, overwashed, constantly sweaty skin like me! I ended up buying extra bottles at my local Target for about $7. If you try it out, lmk how it goes. :)


 Happy Friday!!

This post was sponsored by my friends at Sweet Spot Labs, as always all opinions expressed are my own.
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Sequoia National Park - 2017, January 1-2


Tuesday, January 3, 2017



Adam and I decided pretty early on that we preferred to receive gifts that were experiences rather than things. And this Christmas was no exception.  When we opened our gifts we realized we really were two peas in a pod when we both got each other gifts to visit a National Park!  Adam's gift to me will be in May to Yellowstone National Park.  His gift from me was a trip to Sequoia National Park for New Year's Day.

I put together a little fun fact sheet for him:

Coupled with this Osprey Backpack and snow cleats (which btw, are amazing! Definitely recommend them for easy to medium hikes in the snow/ice). We got off to a late start since we were out late for New Year's Eve and got side tracked on the road at the outlets.  But finally made it to the park around 3pm.  We didn't have much time before sunset, so we headed straight to the Giant Forest Museum.


(Image courtesy of visitvisalia.org)

It was fun and interactive and a good way to learn the story of the giant sequoias and Giant Forest.  Just outside of the museum is The Sentinel, which is the 42nd largest Sequoia in the world:



The Sentinel is an "average" sized tree, but is still about 27,900 cubic feet (790 m³) in volume.


We wandered off a bit and caught one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in my life: really photos do not do it any justice:



Then we headed back to our hotel room.  We love to camp, but we definitely recommend renting a hotel room if you plan to travel in the winter.  We are slowly acquiring "real" camping gear, but we aren't quite equipped for winter camping yet.  We stayed at the Comfort Inn in Three Rivers.  Without traffic it's about a 15 min drive to the park entrance; it takes about 1-1.5 hours to get to the Giant Forest from the hotel.  Our stay was very affordable (under $100/night), our room was clean, and it included a pretty delicious continental breakfast (we are suckers for make your own Belgian waffle). As someone who used to be pretty picky about hotels, I am finding that inns are very comparable and much more affordable.

The next day we headed back to the park and went straight to the Giant Forest. But not without stopping at some of the numerous photo-op areas (they have signs with cameras that let you know when there is a scenic overlook coming up):


On a side note, Adam and I have become pretty good bargain shoppers.  Adam is wearing one of the layers from his Northface Thermoball Triclimate Jacket which we both bought at the outlet; Adam got his for $110 and I got mine for $90 (I'm wearing mine in the photos where I have a white jacket on).  I'm wearing the Patagonia Better Sweater fleece jacket that I got at the REI Garage sale for $70.  We're both wearing duck boots.  I got mine at Target on sale for $22.  I was really impressed that they kept my feet warm and dry as we hiked through snow, which was sometimes knee high.  We're learning that it's pretty easy to get affordable, quality winter gear, you just have to be willing drive to the outlets or wake up early for sales. :)

Anyway, we headed straight to the Giant Forest, where we found a cool photo op with a fallen sequoia:


We also learned more about General Sherman, which by volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth.  It stands 275 feet (83 m) tall, and is over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter at the base.  General Sherman is over 2,200 years old.



Our DSLR lenses weren't wide enough to capture the entire tree unless we were very far away from the tree, so we had to take a pano photo on our iPhone to fit the entire tree.  We didn't even know you could take a pano photo vertically until we saw another group doing it on their iPhones:


Unfortunately, many parts of the park are closed in the winter.  But we were able to to do an easy hike through the snow via The Congress Trail.  I will say that there is something extra enchanting about the sequoia groves in the winter, and definitely recommend exploring in the winter even if some of the main trails are closed.  I'll leave you with photos along our trail:












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