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Today I’m sharing 5 questions to ask yourself when you want to quit or skip a workout. We’re going to figure out if you’re helping or hurting yourself. And this week’s show is life or death – as in last week we talked about life (making babies) and this week I have really bad news. But I have some resources to help in case you are going through a loss.  

New here? I’m Monica creator of RunEatRepeat.com at site I started to document my first marathon train
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ing and journey to lose weight. I ran a marathon, lost weight and much to my surprise the site grew a huge following and I fell in love with all things running, nutrition and health related.


Warm up:

Vegas passed away last week. I put a post together of some pictures of him here.


Resources for getting through good-byes and grief:

Option B Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandburg’

Heartbreak Ted Talk – How to Fix a Broken Heart with Guy Winch

 5 Reasons We Should Take The Loss of a Pet Seriously by Guy Winch

 How to Fix a Broken Heart – book by Guy Winch

“Imagine if we treated broken hearts with the same respect and concern we have for broken arms? Psychologist Guy Winch urges us to rethink the way we deal with emotional pain, offering warm, wise, and witty advice for the broken-hearted.

Real heartbreak is unmistakable. We think of nothing else. We feel nothing else. We care about nothing else. Yet while we wouldn’t expect someone to return to daily activities immediately after suffering a broken limb, heartbroken people are expected to function normally in their lives, despite the emotional pain they feel. Now psychologist Guy Winch imagines how different things would be if we paid more attention to this unique emotion—if only we can understand how heartbreak works, we can begin to fix it.

Through compelling research and new scientific studies, Winch reveals how and why heartbreak impacts our brain and our behavior in dramatic and unexpected ways, regardless of our age. Emotional pain lowers our ability to reason, to think creatively, to problem solve… “



Main Event: How to Know When to Push Yourself in Running and When to Take a Break

5 Questions to Ask Yourself…

1. Is it my body or my mind that wants a break?

Head to toe scan your body.

Is it physical? A certain body part? Is it tired / sore or potentially an injury?

Is it more of a mental block?

2. Is this an exception or the rule in my current training cycle?

What do the last few weeks of training look like?

Am I consistently getting in my workouts?

– If you have been bailing on a lot of workouts you might need to reassess your training plan.

Is it too advanced for your current fitness? Are you physically and mentally ready to complete 80% of the workouts?

3. How does this impact my goals?

How does pushing yourself to complete the workout align with my goals?

How does taking it easy impact your goals?

Will pushing yourself potentially hurt your body? Will it cause a ton of stress or burn out?

Can pushing through make you mentally tougher?

If your goal is to PR in the half marathon – you need to do the workout but you also don’t want to get injured or burnt out. So – will pushing yourself contribute to your training negatively?

4. Have I done this workout before? What was different then?

Am I able to do this workout physically? Am I able to do this workout mentally?

Have I been physically capable and or mentally capable of accomplishing this thing I’m trying to do.

Have I done this before… (quit on a long run, cut a run short, swapped speed work for an easy run)? If yes – how did that work out?

Was it for the best long term? Did I regret it? Did I have a really great workout the next time? Did it cause an injury?

5. Quit or Be kind?

Is this quitting or being kind to myself?

What would I want for my running buddy? What would I want for my 8 year old self?





These are the best audio books I’ve listened to recently.

I listen to books or podcasts most of the time and music sometimes while running.

These are my best recommendations from the last few months. I use Audible and have a subscription for a book a month.

I’m Fine and Other Lies by Whitney Cummings

Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor

Why Won’t You Apologize? by Harriet Lerner PhD

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Tag me on instagram @RunEatRepeat with what you’re doing while listening!


If you have a question – ask! Call the RER voicemail line or email RunEatRepeat@gmail.com


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Check out the Lace Up Race Discounts, Rock n Roll LA and Las Vegas discount and Revel Race coupon codes on the Race Discounts page!




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Tomatoes are in season through summer’s peak and the onset of fall (typically May through October), which means they’re ripe, ready, and perfect for incorporating into daily recipes.



But we urge you to think beyond salads and salsas. Or at least take advantage of our well-thought-out list of recipe ideas that reimagine the humble tomato.

Here are 15 ways to make ’em new again.

3 Must-try Cocktail Recipes to Celebrate the End of Summer

1. Caprese 2.0

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mmery twist on the Italian classic, chop 2 tomatoes and 2 peaches or nectarines into equal-size pieces. Toss with 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp white balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and let the mixture hang out for 20 minutes. Arrange the salad around a globe of room-temperature burrata and garnish with torn, fresh basil leaves.

2. A Better Bloody Mary Mix

Chop 6 large tomatoes and cook in a covered pot with 2 tbsp grated horseradish and 1 tbsp each Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and tomato paste until the tomatoes are soft. Puree and season with lemon and lime juices, salt, and pepper. Stir in minced cilantro and dill. Chill and mix with your favorite vodka.

3. Stuffed Tomatoes

Mix 1 cup cooked couscous and 1⁄2 lb browned ground lamb in a bowl with 1 tsp each cinnamon and cumin, 1⁄4 tsp turmeric, 1⁄2 cup golden raisins, 1⁄4 cup toasted pine nuts, 1 cup chopped parsley, salt, and pepper. Stuff into 4 hollowed- out tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil, and bake at 400°F for about 45 minutes, until tomatoes are soft and slightly shriveled.

Stuffed Tomatoes With Lamb and Couscous Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

4. Steamed Mussels

Ripe tomatoes bring brightness and sweetness to this classic dish. Saute 1⁄2 chopped onion, 2 minced garlic cloves, and 1⁄2 head chopped fennel in 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp butter until soft, about 7 minutes. Add 1⁄2 cup white wine and 1 cup quartered heirloom tomatoes (or halved cherry tomatoes) and bring to a simmer. Add 1 lb mussels, cover, and steam until opened, about 8 minutes. Finish with torn fresh basil leaves.

5. Succotash

Here’s how to sweeten up this late-summer barbecue staple: Char 2 ears corn on the grill. Cool, cut off the kernels, and toss with 1 lb cooked lima beans, 2 pints halved multicolored cherry tomatoes, 1⁄2 cup chopped parsley, salt, and pepper. Whisk a dressing with 2 tbsp each roasted pumpkin seed oil and champagne vinegar, 1 tbsp each honey and Dijon mustards, and 1 minced shallot. Pour the dressing over the succotash and toss.

Fit Food: The Benefits of Tomatoes

6. Tomato Tart

Arrange thin slices of red, yellow, and green tomatoes on store-bought frozen puff pastry, overlapping them like roof shingles and leaving a 1⁄2-inch border. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Bake according to package directions, topping with 4 oz each chevre and chopped hazelnuts halfway through. Garnish with a drizzle of honey and fresh tarragon or basil.

7. 10-minute Pasta

Toss 2 pints of cherry tomatoes with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Load into a grill pan and cook over direct heat on the grill until tomatoes are blistered, 7 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 1⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil on the stove with a pinch of red pepper and a dozen anchovies. Slowly cook until anchovies melt, then toss with the grilled tomatoes, 1 lb cooked spaghetti, grated pecorino, fresh oregano, and lemon zest.

Spaghetti With Fresh Tomato Sauce Eugene Mymrin / Getty Images

8. Fruity Gazpacho

Peak tomato season intersects with peak melon season. Bring them together in this cold soup. In a blender combine 2 cups each chopped tomatoes and chopped watermelon, 1⁄2 cup cashews, the juice of 1 lime, 1⁄2 red onion, 1 seeded red chili, 2 tbsp each red wine vinegar and olive oil, salt, and pepper. Puree until smooth, chill for 30 minutes, and garnish with fresh cilantro.

9. Smoky Salsa

Slice 2 large tomatoes in half and grill cut side down over direct heat until well charred. Cool, dice, and mix with 2 chopped avocados, 1⁄2 diced white onion, 1 seeded chopped jalapeño, a handful chopped cilantro, the juice of 1 lime, 1 tsp each ground cumin and coriander, and salt.

10. Fattoush

For an easy Middle Eastern bread salad, chop 3 heirloom tomatoes and toss with 1⁄2 sliced red onion, 1 sliced cucumber, 2 cups pita chips, 1⁄3 cup pomegranate seeds, 1 cup each chopped parsley and cilantro, 1 tsp sumac, salt, pepper, and 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil.

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11. Pickled Green Tomatoes

Fill a pot with 2 cups water, 2 cups cider vinegar, 1 cup sugar, and 1⁄4 cup salt, and simmer until the sugar and salt dissolve. Put 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds, 2 tsp fennel seeds, and 3 sprigs dill in the bottom of a 32-oz jar. Fill the jar with thick slices of green (unripe) tomatoes, pour in the hot brine, seal the jar, and refrigerate for at least a week. Layer on burgers.

12. Ceviche

In a blender, puree 1 cup each coconut milk and lime juice, 1 tsp sugar, and 1⁄2 tsp fish sauce. Pour over 12 quartered scallops, 1 pint halved grape tomatoes, and 1 minced Thai bird chili. Cover and chill for an hour, until the scallops are “cooked” through by the acidity.

13. Tomato Butter

Toss 3 halved plum tomatoes with extra-virgin olive oil and roast cut side down in a 450°F oven until caramelized, about 45 minutes. Puree the tomatoes, cool, then whip in 2 sticks salted room-temperature butter, 1 tsp minced rosemary, 1⁄2 tsp thyme, and 1⁄2 tsp crushed juniper berries. Use as a dip for raw vegetables or finisher for grilled steaks, poultry, and seafood.

14. Tangy Tomato Soup

Roast 5 lbs chopped tomatoes in a 450°F oven until caramelized, about 45 minutes. As they’re roasting, sweat onion, garlic, shallots, 1 sprig each rosemary and thyme, salt, and pepper in 2 tbsp butter. Add 2 tbsp tomato paste and saute. Add the roasted tomatoes and 1 quart buttermilk, and simmer gently for 30 minutes. (Don’t worry if the buttermilk breaks.) Cool and puree until smooth; garnish with minced chives.

Tomato Soup Shruthi Venkatasubramanian / Getty Images

15. Smørrebrød

This open-faced sandwich is go-to comfort food in Denmark. To make it, smear 1 slice of dark rye bread with creme fraiche or cream cheese and top with halved cherry tomatoes, flakes of smoked trout, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, minced chives, salt, and pepper.

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Okay, so you’re on a diet. But life doesn’t stop. The weekend’s approaching, you have friends and they want dinner. In fact, your group might love to meet up at one place in particular—the one with the amazing salmon, to-die-for appetizer or, of course, chocolate molten lava cake. Meeting up for dinner is like the go-to event when making plans. It’s an opportunity to get out, catch up and just forget about an incredibly busy, stressful week.

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ne on a diet finds themselves in a bind. It’s so tempting to just toss all caution to the wind the minute you see the featured entrees listed at the hostess booth, or the second the waiter asks you what you want to drink. Having friends that don’t share the same health goals can make it even harder.

So, what do you do? We could say, “willpower to the rescue,” but we know that’s not gonna cut it. So, focus on why you are actually there. Hint: It’s not the chips and salsa. You made plans with your friends, to be with your friends. Enjoy the time you have with them because obsessing over food was never really part of the agenda. Check out the restaurant’s website before you head over to get a glimpse of the healthy options. Many offer the nutritional information now. If you have a clear idea of what you should order going in, there’s no way to slip up when you’re going out! The Nutrisystem Eating Out Guide is also an excellent tool, providing all sorts of suggestions for making this decision and keeping diets on-plan, for any of your life plans.

Whatever you do, skip these six calorie bombs to avoid total diet destruction:

1. The Booze

Alcohol is any diet’s worst enemy, and we’re sure you’ve heard it before. A round of drinks equates to empty calories, roughly a hundred and twenty at a time, without the fun mixers. It might also leave you feeling horrible the next day (both sick and guilty). If you have an exercise regimen, chances are, you won’t even feel capable of taking it on after a night out drinking with friends. Worst of all, the booze you have out with your pals has the capacity to mess with your inhibitions and lead to a chain reaction of diet mistakes. Ever go out with your friends (and healthy intentions) to grab a salad and, after a few drinks, end up ordering the loaded pizza? This isn’t an uncommon story. Save yourself from the mess and order water or a zero-calorie, flavored beverage. If you must have a drink, stick with one light beer or glass of dry wine, then get back to the aqua.

2. Bread and Butter

This is the hard one. Every good restaurant has a waiter leave a beautiful assortment of bread slices or rolls on the table with butter for spreading. This situation is a carb-lover’s dream and worst nightmare, all bundled up into one health fiasco. The refined, simple carbs in a slice of bread might lead to instant satisfaction, almost a sugar high if you will, but just one will rarely do. The fiber is lost, along with the rest of the nutrients during processing. It won’t fill you up, so the waiter will keep filling up your basket. The butter: Just more calories and fat. Don’t be afraid to ask for a plate of fresh veggies to nosh on. While it may sound silly, they’ll most likely be happy to oblige, and you’ll feel better munching on something that keeps your blood sugar stable and your waistline in check. Or, have some at home before you head out so you aren’t ravenous by the time the bread basket rolls around.

3. Guacamole

Don’t get us wrong, we love avocados. In fact, we have a whole list on The Leaf of brilliant ways to use avocados. Avocado contains all sorts of nutrients and monounsaturated fats to keep you lean and your heart healthy. But, guacamole is the avocado-plus recipe: It’s avocado, plus a lot of extra ingredients (the sky’s the limit) that the chef of the day feels like tossing in. Fruit, cheese and bacon…. are all additions that can turn a basic recipe into a restaurant’s signature appetizer. Everyone’s always looking for the new thing, and restaurants, a way to stand out. Pair it with tortilla chips and you’re done for!

Guacamole is absolutely addicting and even the nutritional powerhouse, avocado, is something to be eaten in moderation because of the high calorie-count. It’s easy to lose sight of how much you’re eating very quickly. An order of guacamole and tortilla chips at a popular chain restaurant gets close to 1500 calories! Go out with your best bud, and the two of you have taken down 750 calories before the main course. Look for the plain, untouched fruit and have a tablespoon of that mashed (one Extra).

4. Fatty Salads

Sorry to burst your bubble, but even the salads at restaurants require a sharp eye, when you’re on a diet. Lettuce, tomatoes and onions are all wonderfully nutritious and best enjoyed fresh in a bowl, but, when your favorite joint gets fancy with their creations, all bets are off. Fried tortilla strips, honey roasted nuts, cheeses and creamy dressings take the calorie and fat counts higher than you could even imagine. Portion distortion is also at play, with a meal usually fit for three.

The Nutrisystem Eating Out Guide sites Applebee’s Grilled Shrimp ‘N Spinach Salad as a sneaky diet saboteur, worse than their seven-ounce sirloin. This seemingly innocent diet option has 1,000 calories and 66 grams of fat. Who could’ve guessed?

Our suggestion? Go as raw and basic as possible. Stick to the fresh vegetables, fruits (one cup of berries is a SmartCarb on Nutrisystem) and two tablespoons of fat-free dressings (one Extra on Nutrisystem). Skip the crispy carb toppings like tortilla strips and croutons. Limit the cheese (to one slice or ounce of low-fat, a PowerFuel on Nutrisystem) and ask for chicken or shrimp prepared plain (two ounces of cooked chicken is a PowerFuel, while three ounces of shrimp is a PowerFuel). If there are eggs, just have one as a PowerFuel for the evening.

5. Wings

Chicken wings are rarely grilled. They are spiced up and deep fried for an appetizer with a nutritional makeup that could ruin anyone’s appetite. Just one serving of medium buffalo wings at a well-known restaurant chain packs 1,090 calories! Want to know how many are from fat? 500. One night out for dinner should never take over your calorie allotment for the day, and this one gets mighty close.

This should be eye-opening, especially due to the fact that most store brands of hot sauce come with a big, fat zero in the nutrition label. Wings are pretty much all skin to begin with (why you bite the meat out from so many of them) from there, the frying drives them into the grave.

If you really love wings, experiment with an air fryer at home. The Leaf has an amazing recipe for Air Fryer Drumsticks. At the restaurant, ask for some hummus or shrimp cocktail instead. A quarter cup of hummus is a SmartCarb on Nutrisystem and you can pair it with all the fresh vegetables your heart desires. Three ounces of shrimp is a PowerFuel on Nutrisystem and one tablespoon of cocktail sauce translates to an Extra.

6. “Pan-Fried,” “Scalloped,” “Battered” or “Creamy”

The Nutrisystem Eating Out Guide is on-point with this one. The way a food is prepared can spell the difference between a “diet do” and a “diet don’t.” Anything pan fried, scalloped, battered or creamy might as well be labeled “fat-bathed.” All of these cooking methods suggest that the fish, poultry or potato has been greased up with butter, oil or lard. And, your diet goals most likely aren’t on the chef’s mind… Flavor is.

So, what’s an extra stick or half-cup? Just about a massive calorie load, you don’t want. Instead, look for words like “roasted,” “grilled” or “baked.” You’ll still get flavor, but the taste will come mostly from the quality of the foods themselves, not whatever suspicious fat they’re masked in.

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All you need is just a little help to throw the party of the year. And it all comes down to the food.

Quick appetizers for parties are a dime a dozen, but choosing the right ones offers an opportunity to stand out among the rest. Have fun with your menu and everyone else will, too. It’s just a huge plus when the options won’t cause any diet destruction.

Get ahead of the game (pun totally intended) and explore these healthy quick appetizers for parties:

1. Party-Perfect Pico De Gallo

Finding appeti
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zers for parties is a process, but salsa is a must for any good party spread. This Party-Perfect Pico De Gallo is a healthy, fresh dip to pair with all of your favorite whole grain chips and crackers. Can you say, “muy delicioso?” Crank up the heat with some splashes of hot sauce.
2. Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush is a hearty dip that some might say tastes a lot like hummus. Filled with healthy fats from olive oil and nutrients from eggplant, this recipe is an excellent way to switch things up. Flavorsome and balanced with the smokiness of cumin and garlic powder, Baba Ghanoush is a mouthwatering topping for crunchy, salty whole wheat pitas.
3. 5-Star Skinny Chicken Nuggets

Shock all of your friends with chicken nuggets that aren’t breaded or fried, but totally look it! Rolled up in a mix of spices for a flavor kick you have to taste to believe, the 5-Star Skinny Chicken Nuggets are a shareable treat anyone can enjoy. Even the kids will love munching on these bad boys!
4. Nacho-Style Roasted Chickpeas

Who doesn’t like nachos? Thank the heavens for a recipe that brings the classically scrumptious chili flavor of nachos to an exceptionally healthy plant protein. The Nacho-Style Roasted Chickpeas are crisp and crunchy in the best way possible. Fuel your spirit, party and overall health by tossing these quick appetizers into the mix.
5. Beet and Goat Cheese Appetizer

Just like your favorite team, this guy here can’t be “beet.” Being average is so last season, when recipes like this Beet and Goat Cheese Appetizer can be thrown into the mix. Appreciated even by those with minor lactose intolerance, goat cheese provides a soft cushioning between layers of distinctive beet earthiness. Busy applauding the elegance of this hors d’oeuvres, not a single guest at the party will realize just how healthy their snack of choice is. Beets are not just beautiful, they are also full of iron and potassium.
6. Skinny Spinach Dip

It seems unlawful to have a party and not pull out the spinach dip. So, here is a Skinny Spinach Dip to make your weight loss dreams come true and keep your guests satisfied. Even though spinach dip is usually loaded with fat, on its own, spinach has so much nutrition to offer. Greek yogurt is a protein-powered foundation for this garlicky, veggie topper. Pine nuts provide healthy fat to trick your taste buds into thinking you’re eating something a bit naughty. We’d be surprised if there’s anything in this bowl by the time dinner rolls around.
7. Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

Packing a huge punch, these Cauliflower Buffalo Bites are essentially a vegetarian bowl of wings. Need more appetizers for parties? While it may be hard to hold back from such a tantalizing, spicy appetizer, feel free to get a bit carried away with these. Just Vegetable and Extra servings, here. Nutritionally and calorically, this recipe is vastly different from your favorite takeout wing order. Even the unhealthiest of eaters will have to admit a newfound interest in wholesome foods.
8. Not So Devilish Deviled Eggs

Hold the mayo, please! Not So Devilish Deviled Eggs use Greek yogurt for a protein-packed starter that’ll please a crowd. Deviled Eggs are irrelevant now because the Dijon and paprika swirled into this recipe come together for a taste that is absolutely divine. Keep the party going all night because hunger will be the last thing on everyone’s mind.
9. 5-Star Cucumber Dill Dip

5-Star Cucumber Dill Dip is the ultimate way to freshen up the evening menu, without ruining anyone’s appetite for the heavier meal ahead. Cucumber, dill, lemon juice and Greek yogurt fuse together as light and refreshing PowerFuel. A bit similar to a Greek tzatziki dip, this quick appetizer recipe counterbalances a lot of the meatier shareables that might grace your table.
10. Loaded Potato Skins

One potato, two potato, three, potato, four! These healthy, Loaded Potato Skins will fly off of the tray and that’s the way it should be. Full of fiber and nutrients, the potato skins are the primary reason spuds receive so much praise from health experts. Cheddar, sour cream and chives are irresistible on their crunchy, potato base with this one. Bacon bits: Totally unnecessary.
11. 7-Layer Southwest Dip

Don’t get us wrong, all dips are wonderful, but the 7-Layer Southwest Dip might be the king of them all. Beans, salsa, avocado, cheese… the list keeps going. Seven layers and none of them boring, this appetizer is fit for a crowd. It provides wide-ranging nourishment, counting as half a SmartCarb, one PowerFuel, one Extra and one Vegetable, so no stomachs will be rumbling at your next party!
12. Shrimp Cucumber Bites

Savory, delectable hummus tops water-dense cucumber and nestles low-calorie shrimp for that perfect nosh your party needs. No matter what the nature of your gathering, these Shrimp Cucumber Bites will always keep things incredibly classy. An unusual, yet tasteful pairing, these little guys will be the recipient of high praise across the board.
13. Crunchy Kale Chips

Superfood central, right? Well, it’s true. Kale is a health fanatic favorite for a reason. Folate, vitamin C, fiber and more are disguised in Crunchy Kale Chips that would make anyone rethink the taste of this leafy green. It all comes down to seasoning, and garlic powder does it well. Garlic, onion, salt and pepper bring life to a vegetable that some say lacks this zing on its own. It is surprising how fast chips disappear, even when they’re undisputedly healthy ones.
14. Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Typically reserved for creative, foodie-type restaurants or frozen boxes that require thawing first, spring rolls bring something special to the party. Try your hand at Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce for a fresh, exciting snack that won’t interfere with any bikini season plans. Juicy, succulent chicken dripping with creamy peanut sauce is all wrapped up, but not even the rice paper can contain the piquant goodness of this appetizer. Leave some space for this one, people.
15. Slow Cooker Kale and Beef Meatballs

Slow Cooker anything is sure to make an appearance at this game time celebration. And why not? Preparing these sinfully delicious, tomato sauce soaked Slow Cooker and Kale Beef Meatballs clears up space in your oven and on your stove for plenty of other dishes. Practically falling apart as you move your fork into their hot center, beef has never melted in your mouth in such a satisfying, nourishing way. Garlic, oregano, chili flakes… oh my! Try not to cry when you find out Parm makes an appearance, here, too. Three meatballs. Two PowerFuels. And one very, very happy eater.
16. Easy, Cheesy Spinach Cups

Nothing is better than cheese and spinach, supported by a little cup of potato you can take right to the couch with you. Not a bit of action will be missed because taste meets convenience with healthy Easy, Cheesy Spinach Cups. You might even say, all of the action is really in this appetizer because the taste is a total touchdown. The crowd you’re hosting will definitely agree. These crispy, crunchy vessels of melty mouth madness aren’t just party starters, they’re party essentials. They just also happen to be a secretly light recipe.
17. Shrimp Taco Bites

California natives aren’t the only ones nomming on shrimp tacos anymore. Way lighter than standard, meaty Mexican cuisine, Shrimp Taco Bites make any appetizer spread way more exciting. Spiced up, chili flavored seafood is paired with a crazy simple, crunchy whole wheat tortilla cup you make yourself. If you’re already planning on whipping up some of our healthy Pico De Gallo, put some aside for this recipe to give your assortment of hors d’oeuvres even more of a nutritious, homemade quality. SmartCarb choice simplified.
18. Caprese Kebabs

Caprese Kebabs make a statement on the table with their lovely display of mozzarella, tomato and basil. Don’t believe us? Check out the quick appetizers’ recipe video. Essentially a portable, Caprese salad, this appetizer doesn’t disappoint. If you have the time to stick the various ingredients on skewers, definitely give Caprese Kebabs a shot for a nutritious, flavor-packed food that couldn’t be simpler. Involving the kids with this one is a really creative way to bring the family together and save a bunch of time.
19. Shrimp Spring Roll with Chili Soy Sauce

As Asian food continues to explode in popularity, having a few spring roll recipes down is a huge advantage. Claim that long awaited title, “Hostess with the Mostest” by cooking up these quick appetizers. This recipe for Shrimp Spring Roll with Chili Soy Sauce is certainly one of the appetizers for parties people love. Every mouthful of this starter will bring a smile to your guests, excited to try something out for the ordinary. Addicting is almost an understatement for the combination of chili and soy drenching the fresh shrimp. Everyone will take note of how attractive and fancy these appetizers are, but not a single party-goer will be cognizant of the fact they are eating their vegetables. Mission accomplished.
20. Brussels Sprout Skewers with Mustard Marinade

You will never hear the phrase, “I hate Brussels sprouts” ever again. Well, as long as everyone always eats these Brussels Sprout Skewers with Mustard Marinade… It’s jaw-dropping how such a small addition of whole grain mustard can change the flavor game for an amazingly nutritious food. Guests will love that they can grab a skewer and go right back to socializing (or watching the game, sorry…). The mustard that soaks these vegetables may be incredibly delicious, but it is also a sneaky source of turmeric and really low cal. So, really, you can’t go wrong putting this recipe into the mix.
21. Roast Beef Bites

Introducing baby, open-faced sandwiches, graced with tender roast beef. If there is anything to celebrate at all, you’ll want a deli delight to appear. Roast Beef Bites are a skinnified version of a long-time favorite. Just a tiny taste of the horseradish and mayo blend makes this pumpernickel cocktail bread with beef a newly desirable starter. All that guilt of scarfing down an entire roast beef sandwich is left at the door as these perfectly portioned hors d’oeuvres allow room for a variety of other appetizer goodies. Main courses are overrated, anyway.
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Half Marathon Race Morning Routine Video – here is my morning routine for race day. I’m sharing everything from wake up time to what I drink while getting ready to what I eat before a race. I try to plan out what I’m going to wear, eat, drink, time-line, post-race needs and more. This video is exactly what I did, what I ate, how I prepped before a half marathon.


This pre-race routine is footage from the morning of the OC Half Marathon. It was a very early wake-up and I really was getting ready to g
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et to the starting line and run 13.1 miles so I’m a little nervous – but that’s real life! Race morning can be stressful and I get nervous every time. But planning out your run or race morning can help ease your nerves a bit. Checkout how I get ready to run and let me know if you have any questions!

Half Marathon Race Morning Routine Video:

(Watch the full video on YT or FB now. They’re exactly the same – just giving ya options on where to watch.)


* Half Marathon Race Morning Routine via YouTube *


* Half Marathon Race Morning Routine via Facebook *



Half Marathon Race Day Tips:

Lay out all your gear the night before.
Make sure your phone / watch / other are charged and ready to go.
Plan out your drinks and food that you’ll eat / drink before the race.
Know how you’ll get to the race, directions and where to park.
Double check race start time, how long it will take to get there, park and get to the starting line.
If you’re meeting up with friends or family communicate where you’ll meet them.
If they’re spectating the race – tell them what you’ll be wearing and about how fast you’ll be running.
Pack a post-run bag if you want a change of clothes or certain food after the race. Most races have gear check but anything that’s not essential you can keep in your car or give to your spectators to hold.


Half Marathon Gear I used in this video:

Pro Compression Visor

Sunglasses – look for 100% UV protection & polarized

Brooks Sports Bra – Any Day Sports Bra

Run Eat Repeat shirt – available in my Spreadshirt shop

Road Runner Sports Shorts – 8” Recharge Shorts

Pro Compression Socks

Brooks Running Shoes – Save 20% at Road Runner Sports >> (where I get my shorts and shoes)  >> when you use code RUNEATREPEAT to sign up for their VIP Program. Or save 10% using code RUNEATREPEAT if you make a purchase without VIP club signup.

Sports Sunblock

Garmin GPS Running Watch – I have the Garmin Forerunner 235


Road Runner Sports Discount – This the the running gear store I go to for shorts, fuel, shoes and gear. And they’re offering RER followers a discount right now!!

Save 20% at Road Runner Sports >> (where I get my shorts and shoes)  >> when you use code RUNEATREPEAT to sign up for their VIP Program.

Or save 10% using code RUNEATREPEAT if you make a purchase without VIP club signup.



Check out the Race Discounts Page to save on races now!


The Lexus Lace Up in Irvine 5K SOLD OUT! And the half marathon is very close! So if you want to run the other Lace Up Races – Ventura, Palos Verdes or Riverside – register now using code RER10


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Between political protests, head injuries, and greedy owners, it’s easy to hate on the NFL. But amid the drama, there’s still plenty of on-the-field action to root for. The 2018 NFL season has some exciting young players looking to come in and dominate, including Saquon Barkley and Sam Darnold, and teams like the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New Orleans Saints all made moves this offseason to try and knock the
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Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles off of their perch.

How 15 NFL Players Train and Get Shredded for the Football Season

The 2018 NFL season kicked off with the Eagles beating the Atlanta Falcons, keeping Philadelphia on a win streak that dates back to the playoffs. Speaking of the playoffs, the NFL always has teams that jump from worst to first, and Odell Beckham Jr. is hoping to lead the New York Giants on that path this season after signing his record-breaking contract during the summer.



Up-and-coming teams like the Houston Texans and Rams, led by quarterback Deshaun Watson and running back Todd Gurley, will both try and make some noise this year, while established players like Von Miller and Larry Fitzgerald will look to continue their Pro Bowl-level play into 2018.

Here’s a look at the 15 reasons why you should be excited for the NFL this season.
Hey friends! Happy Friday! YAY for the weekend. What do you have going on? We’re doing the usual: meeting up with friends for dinner, hanging out with the fam, and just taking it easy. We’re also seeing Les Mis this weekend since it’s touring. The weekdays always feel so hectic; it’s nice to slow down over the weekend and see what we get into. I’m taking the girls to Disney pretty soon, so some of our adventures will include procuring supplies (= matching outfits heh) that are necessary. I’d love to hear wha
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t you’re up to!

It’s time for some Friday Faves. I always love to hear what you’re enjoying, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments below. 

Read, watch, listen:

Why rewards and punishments don’t work.

BRB gonna cry. 

Two marriage hacks.

How to read more books.

Thank you for listening to this week’s episode with Ashley Pitt! (It’s a fun one.) If you leave a review for the podcast (thank you!), please head here to get Barre Blast for freeeeeeeee. 

Fashion and beauty:

– Obsessed with these tees from lululemon. They’re perfect to wear with leggings for when I don’t feel like getting dressed in real clothes. They’re super soft. I used to make fun of the Pilot for only wearing lululemon on the weekends and lately I’ve been doing the exact same thing. (Sizing tip: they’re a little big bigger so you can go down a size.)

– Miller sandals are on sale! I might snag another pair for next spring. This tunic is also on sale. I have quite a few colors in this one and love them for the mornings where I get dressed quickly and still want to look put-together.  


– A flamenco lesson! I’ve been determined to book at least 1-2 *fun things* each week to look forward to. (Please keep in mind, sometimes it’s super small like taking a bath with a book and a glass of wine.) It can be so easy to creep into groundhog day syndrome, especially with back-to-school and all of the weekly activities, so I figured that it was time to try out a hobby that was purely fun. So many pieces in my life intertwine, and my job is purely fitness-based, which I LOVE, but it feels like such a treat to do something that’s not really related to anything. 

Flamenco is HARD. The footwork and arm work is difficult to coordinate, and even though I danced for a very long time, it’s unlike anything I’ve done before. I love to challenge and I love the belief that in flamenco, you aren’t seen as *good* at it until you’re in your 30s or 40s. You need the life experience to really convey the emotion.

I’m pretty sure my face was pure concentration the entire hour. No emotion lol.


I’m not sure if this will be a thing or something I revisit occasionally, but I really enjoyed it. Olé all day, baby.

– I finished Shameless, FINALLY. (And yes, I saw the news and almost cried. Just don’t take Lip away, mmm k?) Now I might actually study, read or just work at night again instead of being glued to the TV and Frank’s antics. We shall see. 

– This syrup is a serious gamechanger.  I took it last week when I had the head cold of death and it melted my sinus headache away. I’m a huge believer and ordered 3 more boxes for the upcoming season. 


Build-a-combo bodyweight workout.

Jennifer Garner’s amazing arms are not an accident.

Latest for WebMD is here: how much cardio do you really need?

What’s something you’re loving this week?



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