Three Pink Things I Am Obsessed With For October

If you haven’t been able to tell, I am obsessed with PINK! It’s my absolute favorite color, because it’s the best color! Duh! Needless to say I love October because it all about two of my favorite things! Boobies and Pink!!

Yes, I know there are about 1,000,000 other ways to support Breast Cancer Research and Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about soooooo much more then just everything be recolored to the best color in the world. Check out the National Breast Cancer Foundation for more ideas and ways to help! Having said that I’m still gonna look for all of the super awesome Pink stuff this month that donates money to Breast Cancer Foundations!!

First up is the 24/7 Bra from ThirdLove

Pink Bra

ThirdLove will donate 20% of the purchase of any Pink 24/7 Bra!! These are the most comfortable bras in the world, no joke. It’s the only bra that I don’t take off immediately when I get home. I even have a discount code for $10.00 off a purchase of $50.00 or more – TLVIPKVZ10

ANDDDDDD they are even running a contest on Instagram!!  Check it out!!

Next, is the KitchenAid® 2-Speed Hand Blender 


KitchenAid doesn’t donate based on sales of their pink products. They donate $450,000 or more through their Cook For a Cure programs. Two of the programs are the Pass The Plate program, where you purchase a special plate, register it on their website, and make something delicious and pass it on to a friend. When your friend logs the plate on their website, KitchenAid will donate $5.00 to Susan G. Komen. The Second program is 10,000 Cupcakes where KitchenAid will donate $1.00 for every original picture of a Cupcake you bake and Share on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #10000Cupcakes and #donate. Don’t even give me a reason to make cupcakes, cause I will do and eat them all! How AMAZING are those!!!

Finally and my favorite this year is……………. The Ultimate Sandbag!!

Pink Sand Bag

Sandbags are such a great workout tool to use for functional training or “real life training.” Working with sandbags is like working real stuff we pick up every day like puppies, kittens, a bag full of donuts, you know everyday stuff. My absolute favorite part about this Breast Cancer Awareness Special is is taking the normal pick sandbag they sell all year round and giving people a 20% discount (use the code STRENGTH) and will be donating profits to Singleton Moms, a group to help single parents fighting cancer!!

So there you have it! My favorite pink stuff for October!

Have you come across anything amazing? Let me know!! I’ll probably buy it!

Kristen xo

How I Feel After a Leg Day in Memes and Gifs

This week I had an amazing leg day. With all of the CIZE’ing and teaching I haven’t been hitting the weight room as much as I like but with my wedding coming up I am now making it a priority again!

I love the burn in your muscles after a great weights workout but I always forget how hard it is to live with DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). The short explanation of the DOMS is tiny micro tears in your muscles that cause stiff joints, swelling in the muscles,  a reduction in range of motion, temporary reduction in strength and soreness (duh). Don’t worry these micro tears are not a bad thing! They can actually make your muscles denser, bigger and stronger! So basically a sore booty is a growing booty! YEAH!!

BUT this is what it feels like!!

When you leave the gym after your EPIC workout.


When you are getting ready for bed


When you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom


When it’s actually time to get out of bed


You get to work and the elevator is broken so you have to take the stairs


When you need your second cup of coffee from the office kitchen


Basically any time you have to get up from your desk


When anyone touches you


When your Sig. Other asks if you want to go to the gym


Finally when you make it into bed


So I’m gonna rock on and keep telling my friends that my walk is just Swag and not that every time I take a step it feels like I’m getting stabbed in the hamstrings.

Kristen xox

Summer Cocktails – Paleo and Organic


I like to get my relax on and enjoy a few adult bevies by the pool every now and then. One thing I’ve noticed recently is that once you start putting good stuff in your body, you feel really bad when you put in bad stuff. I’m not talking about emotionally, although that can happen too, but I’m talking about physically.

Now and days I feel like I can’t drink like I did when I was younger – maybe it’s just that I am just getting older better with age or maybe it’s because I don’t eat an entire pizza before drinking anymore. Whatever the reason, I wanted to find a way to enjoy a mixed drink and not get the sugar/alcohol shakes in the morning. So I came across two awesome summer mixers that are super tasty, low in calories, organic, Paleo, gluten free, vegan and just overall amazing. Over the weekend I tested out these two new cocktails!!


Jalagreeno 2.0 Paleo-ish Margarita

What you need:

Jalagreeno 2.0 from Project Juice
100% Aqave Tequlia – I used Camarena

Ok, before anyone flips out on me about Paleo stuff, I understand that there is some debate on weather or not Tequila is Paleo. It’s derived from plants with no added sugars (as long as it is 100% Agave), gluten free and low-carb. So for all intents and purposes, if I’m Paleo and am going to drink, this is my jam.

I like my Margs frozen but for health reasons I do not own a margarita machine, but I do own an ice tray. I froze a full tray of Jalagreeno 2.0 and got out my magic bullet (best purchase of my life). 4 mixer cubes and 1.5 oz of Tequila is perfect for a single serving and easy enough to make again when you are ready for number two.


Organic Watermelon Berry Martini 

What you need:

Watermelon Berry mixer from Project Juice
Organic vodka – I love Prairie Vodka

This is possibly the easiest drink to make ever. Pour 2 oz of Vodka and 2 oz of Watermelon Berry in shaker with Ice. Shake it up and pour. The hard part is drinking more then two and still being able to walk.

The good news is that you can make a ton of drinks with these bottles of mixer. Bad news, you have to drink it all with in 24 hours of opening the bottle because there are no preservatives in them (hidden good news). Good news, you can freeze  whatever is left over. So there really is no bad news.


Please drink responsible and don’t drink and drive!

Here are the nutritional fact on each mixer for a 4 oz Serving:

Jalagreeno 2.0
Calories 28
Total Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 4mg
Total Carbohydrate 5g
-Sugars 4g

Watermelon Berry
Calories 38
Total Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 12mg
Total Carbohydrate 9g
-Sugars 7g


Totally acceptable beach drink!

I do partner with Project Juice for run club and enjoy a delicious juice from them from time to time. However, this post was not sponsored by Project Juice. It was sponsored by me and I just really really love their stuff! PS. They ship their juices if you don’t live in the bay area. If you called and asked nicely I bet they would ship the mixers for you! Just Sayin’

Kristen xox

Two Instructor Life Hacks!


Ok… so these are not just for instructors – anyone can use them! But I use them mainly for my group fitness life.

1. De-cluter your life

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in instructor Dvd’s?

I found these handy dandy little Dvd sleeves. They hold two disks, have a section for notes as well as the cover! The way I decided to store my library was, notes in front, then the Dvd’s, and then the cover folded in half in the back. The reason I did this was was so that I could still see the song list on the back of the sleeve. This makes 3 Dvd sets shrink down to the size of one Dvd case.

I am still constructing my office but this took my DVD collection from an entire book case to just one cube!!

2. Stretch the life of your workout clothes.

I love to wear black when I exercise but having to wash my stuff all the time tends to fade out my workout gear. Quite often the color fades before the clothes actually wear out. When that happens I like to extend the life of my stuff by performing a little at-home-dye-job.  Sounds easy enough but there are a few things to keep in mind when doing this:

  • Only try this is if the only other option is throwing away your piece of clothing. I wouldn’t try it on a perfectly fine pair of Lulu Yoga pants.
  • Make sure everything on your piece of clothing is black. If there is anything on them that white or a different color, that part can turn to a weird shade of gray.
  • Wear gloves. The dye will turn your hands black!
  • Make sure your sink won’t stain. There is no point in ruining your bathroom for a $40.00 pair of shorts.
  • After you finish, wash your clothes one more time. Black sweat is not natural or cute.

I buy RIT dye from the grocery store for $2.99 a bottle. There are instructions on the bottle but the way I like to use it is in the sink – one piece of clothing at a time. I use hot hot water and an old kitchen spoon to mix it all up. I let it soak for about 45 min, then rinse out all of the dye. Finally, I wash it by itself just to get out any excess dye.



If it doesn’t work then I am am only out $2.99 and then I go buy new shorts, because obviously I need them. DUH!

Kristen xox

CIZE LIVE is here, FREE Sneak Peek on July 9th!!

You may or may not have heard that there is a new group fitness class that is coming out from Beachbody Live called CIZE LIVE. What is CIZE LIVE?

Here is a little peek of me CIZEing it up in my back yard!

CIZE LIVE is a dance class for everyone. It is a great workout and makes people feel amazing… like the hottest, baddest, backup dancer on the planet! It’s about getting lost in the music and letting go of the world around you.

Here’s how it works. The full class starts with a warm up; a few dance moves and some stretches.  After the warm up is the breakdown! That is bulk of the class and breaks down all of the moves, putting them together for a 30 second combination.  Then the magic happens. Then it is time to CIZE it up!! Time to dance your heart out!! Not only does it make you feel great but it cranks up your heart rate like crazy! After the show, there is a cool down and a core section.

I know that I might be a little biased but this is the most fun I have had in a class in a long long time! And more importantly, when I’m done I’m also covered in sweat!!!

  • Length: 60 min classes
  • Equipment: None
  • What to wear: Tights, a comfy top, and funky shoes
  • Difficulty level: 5… but you are going to sweat your butt off!
  • Pros: Awesome workout without feeling like a workout at all.

For more information you can go directly to or comment below with any questions!! You should also come and try it out with me on July 9th in San Francisco…for FREE!!!


For those you that are interested in becoming instructors, I have an instructor training in San Francisco on August 16th. This is open for registration on – but hurry!! – this is one of the first certification classes in the Bay Area and is limited to 40 people!!!  Email me with any questions at

Kristen xo

How To Run Faster


Here is a question I get allllllllllllll the time!! Kristen, how can I run faster? Oh and yeah, I know I look crazy in that picture! That’s how  you feel after at the end of a half marathon.


First let me say, I am not a certified running coach, I am a fitness professional but not in running. I was an assistant cross country coach for like a season, I ran cross country and track in high school, I run a bunch of races but I am not a certified running coach so this is all based on my opinion and experience.

So now how to run faster! The only way I know to actually get faster at running is to run faster. Ha ha, sounds simple and hard at the same time, right. Let me break it down. When I say you have to run faster to get faster, I don’t mean just will yourself to run your normal routs faster then you do on the reg. That sounds kind of daunting especially if you are doing a lot of miles during the week and your runs are long!  Although I have total faith you could do that, there is an easier way.

Track Repeats

I personally believe that track repeats are the easiest/quickest way to speed up your pace. Here is a list of what I like for best for each race length:

5k – 200 meter repeats
Pace – Your one mile pace
Amount – 20 (sounds like a lot and it might take some time to get to 20 but once you do, I’m pretty sure that you’ll be crushing it)

10K  – 400 meter repeats (By far the hardest, but kind of the most rewarding too)
Pace – Your 5k pace
Amount 10-12

Half Marathon  – 800 meter repeats
Pace – Your 10k pace
Amount 6-10

Marathon  – 1600 meter repeats
Pace – Your 10-15 seconds then your desired marathon pace
Amount 4-6

There are a Zillion different variations that you can do with track workouts but I like to keep it simple, zone out, and focus on the work. Chances are that the first time you do these you might not get to the full amount of repeats, that is OK. Start with a few and work up to the full amounts. If you add this to your training, I would be shocked if you didn’t get faster times.

Now you can just do this on the road but I would suggest finding a local track that you can go to. This reduces distraction, makes the distance that much more consistent each time and the terrain will be nice and smooth for you.


Here is an example of a track workout that I did a few years ago. It was mile repeats. I did three repeats with a mile warm up and cool down. I was training for marathon at this time. I actually ran the repeats a bit to fast, 6:30 pace. That is not anywhere near my desired marathon pace but you get the idea. On a side note, even though I was running my track workouts faster I didn’t hit my time goal that race. Faster isn’t always better, just saying.

I would love to hear what are your favorite speed workouts if you have them!!

Kristen xoxo

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I’m BACK!!! AND a Free entry to ANY See Jane Run race!!!


Wooooooo whoooooo!!

Hey Guys! I missed you!! There is sooooooooooo much to catch up on!!

Running, CIZE Live, new food stuff,  more exercise and I’m working on a new look for the blog!! What what!!

I know I have been away for a while but to make up for it I one have one free entry to any See Jane Run Race!! There is one next weekend here in the Bay Area! We can get free bubbles together after the race!! BOOM!


To enter all you have to do is………

-Like my new FB page! (I know it is basically the same as my old one but some technical stuff has changed, don’t worry about just hit like xox)


Like my Instagram!!

Or you can do both for extra credit!!

If you already like those share this on your Facebook, Repost on Insta, or Comment below!!  I’ll announce the winner Monday!

Can’t wait to catch up more on all of the exciting thing going on!!

Kristen xoxo