runDisney Wine & Dine 2016 + Disney Trip

Last year in November, I convinced Phil to run with me! I know what you’re probably thinking, no, I didn’t force him. 😉 But if he’s only going to run 1 half marathon ever, I definitely wanted it to be us running in Disney together! I had so much fun, despite the really early mornings, 3:45am!! Yeah, us runners are crazy. But the feeling you get crossing the finish line and knowing that a medal is waiting for you kind of makes it all worth it. And if you didn’t know already, I love Disney. There’s nothing like being in a magical place celebrating love, life, and amazing friends (Tiffany and Karla – we’re so happy they drove to Orlando to hang out with us)! Day 1 // ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex + Expo, Twin Peaks Day 2 // Mickey’s Holiday 5K (Animal Kingdom) A delicious breakfast buffet of […]

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New Orleans + NCL Cruise

Can’t believe our long awaited trip has finally came and went. I had a blast. We ate, we laughed, we played.. we almost got stranded in Honduras and so much more. I’m glad we were all able to get closer, build bonds, and have many memories to look back on. I’m extremely thankful to be part of this trip with such a wonderful group of friends. Thank You God. New Orleans,  Louisiana // Acme Oyster House, Cafe Du Monde, Oceana Grill, Brothers Fried Chicken, Willie’s Chicken Shack Cozumel, Mexico // Roatan, Honduras // Simon Explores Honduras.. *these are some pictures he took. Belize // Costa Maya, Mexico // *Watch in HD. Thank you guys for an incredible trip.

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Hello 2017.

Hey everyone! Happy new year. I can’t believe how fast 2016 flew by for me. There were a few sad days here and there, but overall, I am so thankful for the friends and family that made my year such a great one. There were a mix of challenges, lessons and certainly lots of laughter. Recap of 2016: Graduated 2nd bachelors (miraculously passed microbiology and Dr. Kant’s class in the same semester) Ran 4 half marathons, and 11 runs; totaling 106.9 miles for the year Made it in the runDisney online magazine as hipster Ariel and finished 3 runDisney runs! Was accepted and invited to attend BlogFest and IdeaWorld Fitness conference in Los Angeles President of honor society (yes, I probably was the quietest president you’ll ever meet) St. Jude Hero fundraising $500 for St. Jude’s children’s research hospital (Thank you for your help!) Took a few kickboxing lessons/classes and loved it Celebrated […]

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Grete’s Great Gallop Half Marathon Recap

To finish the Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Fred’s Team Presents Grete’s Great Gallop half marathon was a goal I had set for myself back in May 2015. I didn’t think I could do it in October 2015, so I didn’t sign up for the run. However, this year I signed up and told myself whether I run, walk or crawl.. I’m going to pass that finish line. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, but sleep is the most important thing for a run! The night before the run was my friend’s wedding, and some of my friends and I went bowling afterwards at around 11pm. A huge part of me knew I was going to regret it in the morning but I really wanted to hang out with the boys and thought, “Oh heck, I’ll be fine!” (Don’t be like me, get an adequate amount of sleep – your body […]

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NY EATS: AG Kitchen

If you like guac, you gotta check out this place called AG Kitchen in the Upper West Side. They prepare the guac right in the middle of the dining room using the best looking avocados and fresh ingredients. There’s classic, pineapple & pomegranate, papaya & mint, or the AG Guacamole trio – and you have the option of choosing mild, medium or spicy. We chose the mild papaya & mint guacamole. Even though the bowl is kind of small, making it pretty pricey for costing $11, it would make a good rare occasional treat given that the chips were also really good. So I actually wanted to check this place out originally because of a craving for an arepa. I love arepas. For those that don’t know what an arepa is, it’s a yellow corn cake. So of course I had to get the braised short ribs arepa. It was what I […]

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Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn 2016 Recap

Wanderlust 108 is something I’ve been wanting to attend, and when I saw that one of the stops this year was in Brooklyn, I quickly signed up and bought a ticket! For those that have never heard of Wanderlust 108 before, the event is basically broken down into 3 parts: 5K, Yoga and Meditation, in what they refer to as a mindful triathlon for the mind, body and soul. Plus there’s a DJ, Kula Market selling crafts and stands of healthy foods. I had a good time at Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn in Prospect Park. Only downside was lack of preparation on my part. I took the train to Brooklyn and got off at a stop near Prospect Park, but forgetting to check which part of the park I needed to be in. I got off at a stop that was VERY far from Nethermead lawn which I had to walk […]

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The First Time I Ran in a Race

NYRR RUN 5K: This was my very first organized run ever. August 6, 2015 @ Central park. I had been wanting to get into running for some time. Knowing I had to start somewhere, finally I did the unthinkable and signed myself up for this race, just to see what it was like and if I could actually do it. I got there late and almost decided to just forget about it. Luckily my mom was there to push me to do it, so I ran to the start line which was nowhere close to the subway station. At the end of the day, I was able to say I ran my very first 3.1 miles. Haha, I didn’t train or anything so who am I kidding? Of course, I didn’t run the whole thing without walking a mile or two. Point is I crossed the finish line. Because this was […]

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NYC Sweat Tour 2016 Recap

Back in June, a friend signed me up for an event that took place in New York City, specifically at Basketball City in Lower Manhattan. It was an event sponsored by Adidas, for us to work out with Kayla Itsines (the creator of BBG), which New York was one of the many stops that were part of the Sweat with Kayla Tour. Thousands of attendees showed up for this intense-yet-fun workout. The room was packed and filled with so much energy. Had lots of fun, so glad I went! Thankful for the opportunity to attend. XOXO

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LA BlogFest 2016 Recap

I stumbled upon something fascinating in which I applied to not really thinking much of it when I was doing research about a career in the fitness industry. Of course, I wanted to be chosen but I knew my chances of being selected were probably slim. I eventually got an email saying: “We received hundreds of applications and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. While you are a great applicant and I wish we had enough space for everyone, we are unfortunately at max capacity right now. I have put you on the wait list in case anything should open up.” I was bummed out, especially knowing I could have applied sooner but instead procrastinated, but I remained somewhat hopeful. Out of curiosity, I found out I was about 40th on that list. I soon pushed the idea aside, thinking 40 people to turn this event down would be unlikely. This was in March, so I […]

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10 Years of Body Image Highs and Lows

I’ve never really shared any of this with anyone before. Acknowledgement is the first step to improvement, right? Well here goes. The shorter version goes something like this.. I didn’t have a healthy relationship with food. It was either an enemy or a best friend. I felt sick all the time. So at several points I stopped eating, sometimes for days. There were also a lot of stress and emotional binge eating that happened on and off. I didn’t like how I looked or how I felt about myself. I remember crying in front of the mirror a lot. Then there would be months of avoiding mirrors. I thought boys didn’t like me because I wasn’t pretty enough. I knew my outer appearance doesn’t define me. I knew my weight is just a number. But I cared even when I told myself not to. I never felt beautiful. I never […]

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