RUN10 FEED10-National Charity 10K Race & Discount Code

Hello readers, I’m back from my l-o-n-g business trip to Mexico and catching up on my emails and blog posts now!

I recently received an invitation to the Run10Feed10 National Charity 10K Race (I ran this last year as part of my half marathon training). Here’s some info on the race and the cause (domestic hunger is actually something I worry about quite a bit)

RUN10 FEED10-National Charity Race with Women's Health Magazine & FEED Foundation

ABOUT RUN10FEED10:Women’s Health and FEED are partnering for RUN10 FEED10 10K race series to motivate consumers nationwide to help fight domestic hunger. RUN10 FEED10 has raised over 2.5 million meals to support the cause, and in 2014 the bar is set even higher. The concept behind RUN10FEED10 is simple: run a 10K and feed 10 hungry people in your community. Timed 10K races will take place in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Those living in Boston, Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C. can participate in one of the Women’s Health “Fun Runs,” and if runners don’t live in one of the RUN10 FEED 11 host cities, they can still participate by registering at to run a 10K in their hometown. Kicking off the event series in New York City on September 21, 2014, thousands of participants will run down the West Side Highway for the timed race ending at Pier 84 at Hudson River Park. A post-race wellness festival will feature yoga sessions, nutrition, beauty consultations and great giveaways from sponsors.   The RUN10 FEED10 races in Chicago and San Francisco, and also feature a robust wellness festivals post-race. Women’s Health is excited to partner with “Good Morning America,” the Emmy Award winning morning show, to bring RUN10 FEED10 to households nationwide and inspire viewers to run for the cause. Chief Meteorologist, Ginger Zee, will host the New York City flagship event, running alongside the

RUN10 Cities Include:


If you don’t live in a city that’s got a race, no problem! You can still do a virtual fun run on your own and get all the benefits by feeding those in your community and a limited edition FEED bag ( I got one of these last year. It’s really cute).

I hope you all can participate – there are a lot of walkers and it’s a really fun, non-competitive race. So it really is for everyone!

Use code R10F10PR for $5 off when you register at Run10Feed10. Let me know how your race goes!


Sunday Social – Faves

Peeps, my blogging has been rather sporadic recently, but the least I can do is participate in a Sunday Social!

Social Sunday, A Complete Waste of Makeup

1. Favorite scent
Orange blossom in the spring
orange blossom, spring, scents, southern california

2. Favorite food
I’m so over food lately. You’d think that would translate into a little bit of weight loss, but no.

3. Favorite sound
My purring kitty – it’s especially nice for snuggling and sleeping. I miss her so much.
cute cat hanging out

4. Favorite picture currently on your phone
This photo of me and 유씨 at Teotihuacan from his visit in June
Teotihucan, Temple of the Moon, Temple of the Sun

5. Best memory of the year so far
Hiking with 유씨 when I went home for Labor Day weekend.
Hiking, Verdugos, Beaudry North


 What’s your favorite scent?



Fragrance Friday – Crabtree & Eveyln

I recently found out there is a Crabtree & Evelyn outlet in Mexico City! I brought only three bottles of perfume with me, so of course I had to pop in and sniff around.
Now, before I purchased anything, I carefully studied the prices on the Crabtree & Evelyn website to see if the outlet prices were indeed a bargain. This task required currency calculators, a slide rule, and some paper, but I’m happy to report that prices at the outlet were ~25% less than the US website’s clearance prices.
Crabtree & Evelyn fragrance outlet in Mexico City

Crabtree & Evelyn fragrance outlet in Mexico City

I bought a bottle of lavender perfume, a hand cream, and a Summer Hill fragrance set that contained perfume, shower gel, body lotion, and talcum powder. Such pretty scents!


What’s your favorite perfume?


Summer Reading Challenge – Final Check-In

Good morning! Here’s my final check-in of the 2014 Summer Book Challenge hosted by Semi-Charmed Life.

I did not complete the challenge, but this was a lot of fun and gave me new ideas of what to read.

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier. This was a great read – suspenseful and surprising with themes of true love and loyalty.


10 points: Read a book that was written before you were born. The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier. WOW. I listened to this as an audiobook which really added to the drama and suspense.

10 points: Finish reading a book you couldn’t finish the first time around. (You must have at least 150 pages left in the book to use it for this category.) Overbite by Meg Cabot (I borrowed this from the library a while ago but it was due before I had a chance to read it). I really like Meg Cabot books – they’re always fun and light reads.

10 points: Read a book from the children’s section of the library or bookstore. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This was my childhood favorite and I really enjoyed listening to the audio book.

15 points: Read a book that is on The New York Times‘ Best Sellers List when you begin reading it. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (#25 on the NYT Paperback Trade Fiction List when I read it). I didn’t like this book too much. It was a bit disjointed and snarky.

15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe. What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wisemanhistorical fiction about involuntary commitment to an insane asylum in New York during the time of the Depression. I saw this on Jen‘s list and I’m glad to have read it! I think it’s YA.

15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge. (Yes, you will have to wait until the first check-in to choose this book! So no one will be able to finish this challenge in only one month; sorry!) .
Fail- I had a couple of books on my list for this category but never got around to reading them.

20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title. No other words will count—including kids, offspring, etc.—so please don’t ask. :) The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan. I love this genre of fiction – first generation, hyphenated Americans, IDK what it’s called – the friction between immigrant parents and their US-born kids always interests me, and the story itself was completely engrossing.

20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014. (Here are 16 ideas to get you started, but I know there are plenty more options.) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. There were a lot of twists and turns in this story – I am definitely going to read more from this author because I could not put this down!

25 points: Read a book written by a blogger. Fail – I really couldn’t find any that interested me.

25 points: Read a biography, autobiography or memoir. Escape from Camp 14 by Blaire Harden. I remember hearing about this North Korean’s escape from a labor camp a few years ago, amd his story really blew me away.

30 points: Read a pair of books with antonyms in the titles. The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty- I really enjoyed this book about secrets spanning generations, and Liane Moriarty is one of my favorite new authors. This month, I read Elizabeth the First Wife by Lian Dolan. It was an okay book. I liked the snarky descriptions of Pasadena’s upper class. I just can’t get into Shakespeare, but I liked the way the author analyzed the characters.

What are you reading? Happy Hump Day!



Fitness Friday Link-Up

Hola amigos, today I’m linking up with the lovely ALG, Uninterrupted for Fitness Friday.

ALG Uninterrupted

I guess I’ll do a Friday – Friday recap of my workouts.

I was home for the weekend and 유씨 took the day off work, so we went for a nice hike in the Verdugos. We booked the uphill climb, but took our time meandering back down, chatting and enjoying the beautiful morning.
Hiking, Verdugos, Beaudry North

I popped on the treadmill at our apartment gym for 4 miles while catching up on my soaps. This attempt at running was no bueno – I was slow, tired, and had very little stamina.
saturday run
I re-started Couch to 10K for the umpteenth time – I need the run/walk cues and I really want to speed up (I feel like I’ve been saying this for months now, but whatever).  The result was much better than the previous day.
sunday runMonday:
I had more soaps to watch, so another 3 miles on the treadmill.
Monday runTuesday:
I flew back to Mexico City and had no workout. Unless running around the airport counts?

I barely made it to work at 9am – no workout. I slept like a log!

Back with my workout buddies; we drew up a new schedule. Somehow we determined that today was Body Beast Build Legs. OUCH (By the way, Body Beast is on sale for $39.90 this month).
We have a new addition to our Beachbody Mexico City Fit Club and she’s killing it!
Body Beast Build: Legs, Body Beast for women
Friday (today):
My new workout buddy and I split up for cardio this morning – she hit the elliptical and I did Week 1, Day 3 of Couch to 10K. We reconvened for P90X Ab Ripper X. This is probably the best ab workout, ever. Ever!
P90X Ab Ripper X

So those are my workouts for the week – not great, because didn’t start my Body Beast/running/Ab Ripper X schedule until Thursday. I do not operate efficiently without a schedule! Who knows how much longer I’ll be in Mexico City, but I’ll stick to this routine for the next 2-3 months.

What exercise did you do this week? If you need help choosing a routine, let me know!