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Train. Eat. Shop. Repeat.

Train. Eat. Shop. Repeat.

So yet again I’ve been MIA, but for a HUGE reason. This is big guys.

I’ve decided to open up my own online store for those who want to order the Bondi Band headbands that I will be selling to benefit the American Cancer Society!


I’m pushing everything to the max right now with training for the marathon AND getting all of the logistics in place to move forward with my fundraising event. I’m hoping to have everything up and running by Monday! I’m so excited! I mean, what’s better than to contribute to an amazing cause AND get a little workout awesomeness for yourself?

This will make it a lot easier keeping track of orders which ALSO means I’m willing to offer more designs. I’ll be offering all of the designs that I mentioned in my previous post! The Facebook page is all set to publish once the store is up and running. It’ll be up until October so keep an eye out for the launch!

Meanwhile, I’ve still been on track with my marathon training and only missed out on one day while my cousins came down from Minnesota to stay for the weekend! I definitely don’t get to see them as often as I’d like to.


They came down for my other cousin’s grad party where we were ALL reunited and in one place.


It’s definitely harder to get together when everyone has their own schedule. One of my other cousins (who was also on the Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship show is moving out to LA in September….and I’m going to miss her like cray….


I couldn’t be more excited for her though as she starts her new adventure! I was pretty proud of myself too by limiting my wine consumption. Last weekend was my first glass of wine in WEEKS. That must be some kind of record.

And can we just take a moment for my feet that got the royal treatment as well? I FINALLY got around to getting a pedicure and after all of my training…I had to remind myself that I was in public. It felt so damn good, I didn’t want it to end.

Once everyone left, I was scheduled for a long run and it was HOT by the time I got out to hit the pavement. Apollo was channeling my mood about it….


BUT after that nothing else was on the schedule so I pretty much just stayed in workout clothes all day. This Montiel teardrop bra is one of my favs. Not exactly the best for running, but so awesome for lower to medium impact exercises or just lounging about.


Also, call me crazy, but while I’m glad that after next week, I’ll be on vacation…I’m also bummed that I’ll be missing out on yet another group run and REALLY not getting my miles in. Luckily my miles don’t start to ramp up substantially until August, but I’m bummed and I hope it doesn’t hurt me too much.  I highly doubt anyone will want to join me on a run in the morning and I’m not about to go running around in the middle of nowhere by myself. #bearsnothanks #horrorfilminthemaking.

My kettlebells will definitely be going with me on this trip!

Have a safe and happy 4th everyone!!


“Have a Great Run”

“Have a Great Run”

Wow is it Friday already? Thursday night I didn’t get the best news. I got a call from my dad saying that my uncle passed away in his sleep. To say I was stunned would be an understatement. I just emailed him a few days prior talking to him about me registering for the Chicago Marathon. This isn’t happening. It can’t. What happened? How did this happen? So many unanswered questions. It happened so suddenly. Although it is a blessing that he passed away peacefully. At least for that…I like to think that he wasn’t in any pain. He’s in the center in the photo below with my other uncle and my Dad who is on the far right. The three amigos.


He’s had a full and wonderful life seeing his kids grow up and have kids of their own. The sky will shine a little brighter each night. His last words to me were to “have a great run.” Those words have been with me every single time I’ve hit the pavement since and will be going forward. He’s always been so supportive and giving. This is also the father of my cousin who is battling cancer. It’s been rough. HOWEVER…yes…I will have a great run…especially next week when I have my Soldier Field 10 Mile race. I’ll be thinking of my uncle each and every mile and I will make it my greatest run yet.


So hug your family and friends a little tighter today. Don’t put off telling them how much you love them or how much they mean to you. Don’t let your busy life prevent you from having a simple cup of coffee with your loved ones or have a night out with them just because you couldn’t get away or had other plans that really weren’t as important. You never know when that chance will be taken away from you. Rest in peace Uncle Armand. <3