Summer ’17 #RWRunStreak

Who’s in?! I LOVE THIS STREAK! #rwrunstreak
This will be my 4th summer participating in this streak. Last year, we were on the road so it was tricky. Runner’s World also hosts a winter streak, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. These streaks always come at the best time, when I need that little extra boost to get out the door.


Run at least 1 mile a day from Memorial Day to July 4th ☀️☀️☀️  I made a little calendar so you can cross the days off or write how many miles you run each day in the circles! (I have a PDF version too, let me know if you’d rather have that!) More details on the Runner’s World site here:


The last few years I’ve started a Facebook group but I feel like we’re all in so many Facebook groups so I launched a Slack channel instead to try something new! If you want to participate in our channel, join here: Slack is a messaging app for teams/groups/shared interests etc. It’s kind of like a giant group text without all of the notifications. There are different categories or “channels” where we can talk about different topics. There are multiple channels I created so we can chat about different running related (and non running related) things. We can cheer each other on and shout out our miles and make new running connections! If you’re not into that, totally cool!


Whether you’re walking or running or run-walking, I hope you’ll join us! xo


How to Style a #Lularoe Julie – Let’s Count the Ways

It’s no secret that I love Lularoe. I think the clothes are designed for comfort and style, which I love. When I wear Lula to work, I feel like I’m cheating. The dresses, skirts – totally comfy and work appropriate!

Julia is stretchy and form-fitting which is not usually what you’ll find me wearing. I love looser, flowy clothes so this was a bit out of my comfort zone. After trying it on a few different ways though, I realized there are so many ways to take a fitted Julia dress and style it in a way that makes you feel more comfortable. I felt happy and confident rocking all of these stripes.

This Julia is unique, with stripes going 2 different directions and I wasn’t sure I could pull it off with my curves. Here are a few ways to style your Julia – which is your favorite?

My friend Sarah, from Lularoe by Sarah Merrill can hook you up with one of these dresses or a big selection of others, if you’re interested! All bling from my boutique @ xo

Chambray shirt. The 90’s called.
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Long vest. A TJ Maxx find.


Pup not included. Army jacket and vest.
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Basic Tee. Solid Tee from Target.

Just add a Blazer. Fancy it up.

With an Irma. Also, Lularoe. The high-low of the Lularoe Irma is great for this fitted dress.44

With coffee + a Lularoe Lindsay. Perfect pair.
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Ultramarathon: The Decision

The decision to train for and run 50 miles came from a slump, honestly.

Last summer and all fall I trained my butt off for the November Two Cities Marathon in Fresno. (Note: Fresno heat is no joke and training for a marathon our first summer here was an adventure.) The Two Cities Marathon was my first terrible race. I made all of the rookie mistakes that they tell you not to make. It was my 7th marathon, I should have known better.

  • I didn’t eat a good breakfast.
  • I didn’t plan my outfit well.
  • I started off too fast.
  • I didn’t pack enough snacks.
  • I ate Gu which I didn’t eat at all during training.

I cranked out the first 10 miles at a 7:52 pace which I didn’t even know my body was capable of. I was cruising. Then I just completely ran out of gas due to lack of a solid breakfast and on-the-run fueling. My vision started to go completely black and splotchy and I felt light-headed. That’s never happened before. I grabbed Gu packet from the next aid station because I knew it was probably my blood sugar making my vision go. The Gu helped my vision and also wrecked my stomach (which is why they tell you to never eat anything on race day that you didn’t eat during training…). #facepalm

I got moving again long enough to see Colin at mile 13. I cried a little a lot, handed him my extra jacket that I was carrying with me and my hydration pack, collect additional snacks and forge on. He ran for a few minutes alongside me and told me I could do this. I was barely halfway.

I hardly remember the out and back stretch on Friant. Hills. Sun. Pain. Cramps. Nausea. I just kept thinking about how this would be my 7th full marathon but the first one that has just gone all wrong. We’re all allowed a bad race. I guess I have been lucky to get through 6 pretty smoothly until now.

I finished with blisters galore. Finish line beer earned. My dream of Boston never felt so far away.

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Colin was there for me at the finish line and reminded me that hey, even though it was rough I still finished another marathon. I hit up the beer tent and put the race behind me, or so I thought. The next few weeks were spent recovering (a little) and focusing on the next big thing (a lot). I know that I didn’t give my body enough rest time before I started training for my next race: The Modesto Marathon in March. I jumped into a training plan that was more intense than the last because that was all I could think about: doing better than my November race and qualifying for Boston. Everything hurt in a way that I don’t usually hurt.

I was frustrated with myself. Tired all of the time. Achy. Cranky. My way of coping with the disappointment of my fall race was to overtrain for the next one. Bad move.

I felt like I was failing. It was my body telling me that I needed rest.

I deferred my March marathon registration to 2018 instead. I spent time reflecting on what my body and mind needed after November’s race. Another marathon so soon wasn’t it.

I needed a new goal and that’s where an ultramarathon came in. I spent a long time doing my research and decided on the LOVERS LEAP OF FAITH – STRAWBERRY on July 1. I am 4 weeks into training and I’m totally <insert every emotion you can think of here>. But hey, that’s what it’s all about, right? #allthefeelings

I run for a lot of reasons. Running shows me every day that I’m capable of more than I imagine. The rest of this year looks like this: Run my 50 mile race on July 1. Take a few weeks of yoga + recovery and then hit marathon training hard for the Two Cities in November. After all, 26.2 will feel like breeze after 50, right? 😉



A #StitchFix of Comfy Jeans

Ever since I can remember, getting to wear jeans has never really been something that I’ve been excited about. I’d rather wear a dress – to me, that’s much more comfortable. Too short. Too tight. No stretch. Too many holes. Too dark. Too light. Call me picky but finding jeans is nearly impossible for me. Everyone I ask has a different recommendation and none of them seem to be just right.

I want to come home from work and want to put on jeans. I want to wear jeans on the weekend.

This is the note I sent my Stitch Fix stylist:

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I knew they’d nail it! What’d I get? 3 pairs of boyfriend, stretchy, comfy-but-cute boyfriend jeans. They all fit and I felt great in all of them! I wanted to keep them all but I just chose 1. I also got a cute tank and blazer – both which fit well and I wanted to keep them…but my budget told me not to do it and I listened.

This is how excited I was about this fix.

Try it! You don’t have anything to lose. They subtract your $20 styling fee from any one the items you choose to keep. Send me pics when yours arrives, I love seeing what is in everyones fixes!

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More posts on past Stitch Fixes here:
My latest #StichFix
Stitch Fix Review: My First Box



Pilates and your workday

I found this to be helpful so I am sharing with you all, enjoy! xo

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Sit at Work All Day? Here’s Why You Should Consider Pilates


Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings…

..these are a few (more) of my favorite things from 2016.












What are some of your favorite things?! xo


Things I’m Loving This Week 1/29-2/4/2017

Starting something new called “Things I’m Loving This Week” because it seems like every week, I find more and more things that I become obsessed with. This is just as much for me to keep track of what I love, as it is for me to share those things with you. Hope you like it.

Here’s what I’m loving this week:

  • The Official Social Media Recap Show: FYN Creative 
  • Being super vulnerable and telling people how I really feel. (a.k.a. channeling my inner Brene Brown)
  • Single-serve almond butter packets (saving the day when I forget to pack lunch and find one of these in the bottom of my purse, or in the back of a desk drawer). Thanks, Justin’s. You can find them in the grocery store in the PB isle.
  •  Being able to take our pup for walks now that he is done with all of his shots.
  • These work pants. I’ve had 2 pairs (black and navy) for 6 years and they just got holes/wore out and I ordered more. Yes, they are called tummy-control. #noshame


A year with #candibymandi

I have a little business (Chloe + Isabel by Mandi) and I like to do random giveaways and things that spread love and good cheer! For 2017, I’m doing a year with #candibymandi. You can check out the details below – if you want to join in (which I hope you do!) all you have to do is use #candibymandi in your posts each month.
How to play:

  1. Complete each challenge each month.
  2. If it requires you to post something, use #candibymandi
  3. Do a happy dance every morning. 😉
  4. Win prizes.

This month (I know there’s only a few days left 😉 ) all you have to do is shoutout that you’re participating either on Facebook/Instagram/email, etc… by sharing one of the 2 quote graphics below. If you have friends who want to join, yay! Tag them or tell them to use #candibymandi in their posts and to let me know if they have any questions!

Here is where I’ll be keeping track:

More leafy greens and local beer.

This is a picture of wine and a post about healthy eating. Or eating in general. Real talk: I’ve spent years agonizing over food. Trying to label myself: vegan, vegetarian, whole 30, paleo. I’ve self-imposed strict rules and guidelines only to be frustrated when I “failed”. I’m sick of it. Tonight I poured myself a big glass of Matt Bellassai’s wine and thought about the following things.

• I love cheeseburgers, craft beer, avocados, coffee, and chocolate cake.

• I run stronger and feel better when I’m eating cleaner.

• Life is too short for rules, how about guidelines?

• Let’s make 2017 the year of loving the body I have, celebrating what it can do, and taking more deep breaths.

• More leafy greens and local beer.

xoxo Cheers, pals.

2017 Fitness Goals (that scare me)

I feel like my fitness goals deserve the own blog post. I plan to update this post as I make progress as a way to hold myself accountable. What are you tackling in 2017? Anyone want to join me on any of these?

  • Qualify for Boston. omg I’m terrified writing that out loud.
  • Do 5 pull-ups, unassisted. This has been a goal of mine for years. This is the year. #strong
  • Hold plank up on hands for 2 minutes. (Current, 12/31 57 seconds) 
  • 30 push-ups in a row, no rest. Now that I can do a real push-up on my toes, time to get stronger.
  • 5K in under 23 minutes. (Current PR 24:25)
  • 10K in under 50 minutes. (No idea what my current PR is for this but it’s around 65 minutes)
  • Track all of my miles run in my planner so that I know how many miles I run for the whole year.
  • Yoga headstandCurrently: afraid.
  • Hold crow pose for 1 minute.
  • #RUNTHEYEAR : 2017 miles in 2017 (This one is a huge stretch, but I’m going to see how close I can get. I know my pal Joel is doing it too, anyone else?!)
  • Hit 10,000 steps a day at least 6 days/week. I use the app “Pact” to track this. It rewards you for your good fitness deeds and charges you (scary!) when you miss your goal. Dolla dolla motivation.
  • Try more workouts from magazines and my Pinterest boards to keep mixing it up
  • Body fat % down to 21-22% (Current: 27.5% – I use my Fitbit Aria scale to track this)

**Note: blogged while eating cookies and drinking coffee.
Should probably add “eat better” to this list as well. #everythinginmoderation