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Hello! I’m in Florida. It’s in the United States of America. I used to come here all the time back in the day – remember? For those of you that are new to RER I married a guy from Florida (Ben) a long time ago. And we’d visit his family here a few times a year for holidays, their annual family vacation and randomly when flights were cheap.

We are on a break Ross and Rachel style – but permanent.  I’m visiting to see him and his family and taking care of some loose ends – I mean, split ends – Ben was also my hairstylist back in California.

Or something like that…

Anyway. I’m here equally on business and pleasure and trying to enjoy  all the sights and sounds of Florida I missed – like warm weather! It’s so hard to suffer through SoCal winters!! (<- sarcasm font needed) I’m considering starting a GoFundMe page to raise money so I can fly south for the winter every year as redheaded-Mexicans cannot survive in freezing temps…

Until then I’m going to enjoy this very short trip and I’ll be back soon with more. For now I want to share my favorite RUN – EAT and REPEAT updates from February 2018!

Best RUN EAT and REPEAT of February Favorite RUN

Surf City Half Marathon – Ah! I needed...

Check out RunEatRepeat on Instagram for the latest running and eating fun or follow me on Facebook to join the RER team!

Today is a special episode because it’s part of the Nutrition for Runners series. I reached out to my friend Steve Mackel because I wanted him to explain his strategy for fueling during a race. It’s the 10 – 30 – 45 method I use in races – and I realized I haven’t talked about it lately.

But we ended up talking about carb-loading, what to eat before a race, what to eat during a race and after a race – and I didn’t want to hold out this information in case you’re running the LA Marathon this weekend or training for a race and can use this in training!

Before I get to the interview I want to tell you about Steve because he has an impressive resume and so much experience working with athletes of all levels… from first time half marathon runners to seasoned veterans trying to PR or qualify for...

Hello! Today I’m working with Silk on a dairy free yogurt recipe. If you love overnight oats but can’t have dairy this is a great alternative to using greek yogurt or milk for make ahead oatmeal.

Creamy Pear Overnight Oats Recipe


  • Silk Vanilla dairy free yogurt
  • 1/2 cup quick cook oats
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Directions: Mix ingredients. Let set overnight or at least 2 hours. Stir and top with nuts, PB, dried fruit or your favorite oatmeal toppings!

I mixed half of the chopped pear into the oats and used the rest to serve around the glass. The chia seeds are optional but I love how thick they make this meal and I love the lil chew they add.

This recipe uses Silk Dairy Free yogurt in Vanilla. They also have a strawberry flavor that would be great with fresh strawberries instead of pears.

Today I’m sharing some ideas on what to eat before a run or race. Whether you’re training for your first 5K or running your 14th marathon – you need to fuel your body probably. It makes a huge difference in your performance and recovery. And I should know because I totally crashed and burned at the Tustin Hangar Half Marathon this weekend partially because I didn’t fuel properly.

What Runners Eat – Podcast Series on the best foods for training and running:

This is the start of a series on what to eat before, during and after a run while training for a half marathon or full marathon. Practice any ideas that you see or here about what to eat during training. Figure out what works for your body.

What to eat the day before a long run or race.

What to eat BEFORE your run or race – the morning of your race or before you do a hard training run.

What to eat DURING your run or race.

What to eat AFTER your run to help you recover.

My usual pre-race or long run meal is Thai or Chinese food with a lot of rice and a lot of soy sauce. ..

Hello! I ran the Tustin Hangar Half Marathon today! I’ll be back with a race recap soon. (But first I want to do a quick update for the 1st half marathon group.)

It’s been a super drizzly weekend here in Orange County! And I had some fun light-up shamrock sunglasses that I couldn’t end up wearing because they didn’t fit with my visor but I’ll try to (sham)rock them for St.Patrick’s Day!!

What I wore to the Tustin Half Marathon in honor of St.Patrick’s Day:

Sparkle Athletic visor

Green sequin bow for St.Patrick’s Day

Green Clover Clips on my braids

Green Stripe Running Tank (similar)

Stay Fit Running Belt 

Long Running Shorts

Pro Compression Socks

Skechers Running Shoes


Half Marathon Training Week 4

It’s week 4 for anyone following the first half marathon program with RER. If you’re following along and running with us – check in with your body and motivation. How’s it going?

> Does your body feel energized? tired? any areas super sore?

> Is it hard to make time to run? What do you need to do this week to make sure it fits in with your schedule?

Hello! I want to recap my running and eating and random activities from my trip to Florida. I’m trying to get back to taking pictures of my food and things I see on my run for more frequent posts – and I took a bunch!  And this is a special edition because I was traveling and saw and ate some fun stuff!

Running in Florida:

The best part about running around here is it’s FLAT. The only hill I run is when I run to the beach and over the bridge to Manasota Key.  Oh – and to be honest I don’t actually run up that bridge because the view is so gorgeous I always walk it and look around and take super deep breaths trying to soak it all in.

The slight drawback of running in Florida is that I live in PST so my body thinks it’s 3 hours earlier and it’s hard to wake up early to run. But – ya gotta wake up early to run here or the heat will destroy as hope of a good run. So, I set my alarm for early even though my body thinks it’s in the middle...

Hello! How’s it going? I’m happy to get back to posting more often!! Let’s do some updates… I have race discount codes for a few local half marathon, 10K, 5K runs. I’m celebrating National Cereal Day and I have a cookie hack to share!

1. First – yesterday’s podcast was posted a little weird. We accidentally had it on super speed and it sounded wild! It’s fixed now but if you downloaded before about 10am PST you need to delete it from your downloads and clear your cache. Go to your apps > Tap Stitcher (or your podcast app) > Storage > Clear cache.

Thank you so so much for understanding and being kind to me when I mess up. I really appreciate it! Seriously. xoxo.

2. Today is National Oreo Day!! I posted a fun life hack for eating Oreos on Instagram here.

3. I need to update you on this week’s half marathon training plan!!

Half Marathon Training Week 3

It’s week 3 of your half marathon training! How are you doing? Feeling strong? Feeling like a runner? Feeling hungry??

This week we’re adding another mile to the Day 2 run. So it’s…

Day 1 – 2 miles – Run 2 minutes / Walk 1 minute
Day 2 – 3 miles – Run 2 minutes / Walk 1...

Hello! Today’s episode of the Run Eat Repeat podcast is serious and talking about sad stuff like death, divorce and doggos dying. I’m sharing some thoughts on the big losses I’ve experienced this year. I have a unique perspective on this because I’m always super grateful for my life – almost in this weird way. Anyway – let’s talk about it…

Within the past year I have had to deal with the loss of my marriage, my Grams – probably my closest family member to pass so far in my life and yesterday my dog. What the hell.

This is more loss in the past 10 months than I’ve experienced in my entire life up to this point.

It’s been super hard sometimes.

And other times I realize that I’m very very blessed.

First – the facts of some of the sad stuff from this past year:

Roxy went to doggie Heaven on Monday. Ugh. So sad.

I already had a trip planned for the next day to see Ben’s family. His dad is very sick and this is probably the last time I’ll see him.

I’m going through a divorce.

My Grams died in July and my aunt died last month.

So yeah – a lot of suck. Some of these things I’ve processed and come through -and...

What to do when you are flying from Orange Country to Tampa:

Bring a lot of snacks. I brought trail mix, grapes, an apple, a  Quest bar, popcorn and got a Subway salad at the airport. Oh! And Delta has Kind Bars as a snack option now!

What to do when you made it your resolution to ‘get ready’ and you haven’t been taking pictures of it to prove that you don’t wear yoga pants all day everyday:

Take a pic in the airport bathroom even if you look like a complete weirdo and the lighting is shlt.

What do you do when you want to stay hydrated AF:

Carry around the world’s largest water bottle. I have a huge 48 oz Nalgene but it...

My dog Roxy went to doggie Heaven yesterday. I had her for 13 years – since she was a tiny fluffy puppy! She was the first dog that was 100% mine and I really really wanted her. I bought her myself around sophomore year of college after asking my mom and boyfriend for a puppy for Christmas. They didn’t deliver and I  wished I’d written Santa a letter in the off chance that he still believed in me….

Well – I was on a doggie mission and I decided to get a pup for myself. I got her from a family near Long Beach a few weeks after Christmas – all I remember is it was nighttime and I was beyond excited.

She was so good from the very beginning! I think she had one accident inside – but basically house trained herself!

(Around this same time I found kitten sized Vegas – I got them fixed on the same day and that’s another story I’ll tell ya one day.)

I took her to puppy training at the park where I learned that – dog training isn’t about training...

Hello! On today’s Run Eat Repeat Podcast I’m answering 3 great questions… How do you lose weight when  you have hypothyroidism?  – Should you do a shakeout run before a race? and  – Is organic food better for you or just more expensive??

If you have a question for me you can –>>> email it or leave a message on the RER podcast voicemail line! Email me at with “Podcast Question” in the subject line or the VM # is 562 888 1644 .

Weight loss and hypothyroidism:

Question: I’ve been following your blog for a long time and remember you mentioning thyroid issues.
I was wondering if anything changed with your thyroid management that contributed to your weight loss that wasn’t mentioned in your videos.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and am so curious about hormones, anti-inflammatory diet, etc…to aid in my treatment (asides from my thyroid meds).

Monica: I’m sharing what I eat and what supplements I take to lose weight when dealing with hypothyroidism. Check out the links below for more information on posts where I share diet changes and supplements.

Note: I don’t have Hashimoto’s and a lot of the questions I get...

Hello! Today I’m checking with week 2 of the 1st half marathon plan… There’s a video explanation and the workouts from week 2 below. I’m answering a few running and food questions too. We’re talking about Weight training while training for a half marathon… What to eat while training for a half marathon… and … Can I run more than the program’s suggestion?

Let me know if you have any questions.

Week 2 – First Half Marathon Training Plan

I’m going over week 2 of the half marathon training program and answering a few of the questions that came in this week.

If you are interested in joining the group training for a half marathon race in June …

sign up for the 1st Half Marathon Training Plan June Group here

And here is my video guide on the second week of the plan…

Half Marathon Training Questions Week 2

Question: Hi Monica!

Hope you’re having an amazing day!

First off, you’re totally doing an amazing public service with this, so really, thank you.

I have two points that I’d really appreciate you addressing in an upcoming YouTube video for the 1/2 marathon training, if...

Hi!! The Run Eat Repeat podcast will be back next week! I’m answering your questions on weight loss & hypothyroidism, warming up before a race and organic food vs. conventional. But we’re taking Friday off this week because my editor is super annoyed with me and needs a few days off. I think you can understand how hard it is to work with me.

Okay… now let’s talk about food and fitness and um, green peas. 

I tried a new bean today – have you ever had whole green peas? Sure most people have had had split peas – but WHOLE PEAS? That’s totally different except, the same just squished together.

I went to my favorite store… aka The 99 Cent Store and as I was perusing the beans – I compared garbanzo beans with other options and saw green peas have a pretty good nutrition profile! So I got a bag of raw whole peas to try.

I soaked them overnight and this morning cooked them in the crockpot with water and garlic cloves. I cooked them...

Hello! Let’s play a game! It’s called “Home Yelp”…

How to play: You cook something delicious. I eat it. Then, I text you a certain number of fun emojis to say how much I liked it.

Yeah? Want to?

Okay. Maybe you’re too busy to drop everything and cook for me right now (we can set a time for next week) so I have another game idea – “Would you rather… “

Let’s do a round of Would You Rather for Runners based on my little day:

Would You Rather for Runners

Would you rather…

a.) wear ONLY running clothes for 1 year

b.) have ONLY 1 running outfit (top/bottoms/socks/sportsbra) to year for 1 year

(I’ve gotta update ya on my resolution to get dressed everyday!)

Would you rather…

Eat ONLY bread as your carbs for 1 year


NOT eat any bread for 1 year (but you can have grains and pasta – no pizza or anything on bread either)

I finally bought Dave’s Killer Bread after seeing it on food blogs since 1986. I’ve tried it at events but never actually bought a...

Hello! Today I’m talking with a sports medicine and physical rehab expert on the best ways to avoid getting injured while running and training for a race. She’s one of the editors of the book The Long Distance Runner’s Guide to Injury Prevention & Treatment – and it’s amazing. This book touches all the bases of a runner’s body and how to take care of it.

Warm up:

The First Time Half Marathon Training Plan is out and this is week 1!! Last call if you want to join!

Sign up here for the 1st time half marathon training group Feb to June. It starts this week and runs until June 9th.

There’s a FB group so we can train together. If that’s not a good fit for your running goals – join the Team RER FB Page for accountability and motivation.

And I have so much to fill ya in on but I don’t know if this should go too long… Let me know if you prefer 1 or 2 long episodes a week or more short ones?

Question… What do you prefer when it comes to podcast length?

Podcasts that are 1 hour or longer?

Podcasts that are 15 to 30 minutes?

Podcasts that are...

Hello! How’s it going? I am so excited about all the response to my first time half marathon training plan!! WOW! I am so excited (and overwhelmed). But I think I’m caught up on the most important things for now – if you signed up you should have received the plan and first email. If you signed up but didn’t get it – email me!

Oh! Before I forget – are you watching the Olympics? I kinda love it!

How  ‘bout we talk about my running and eating for a quick second?

I listed my workouts from this week below. Instead of a written down running log I’ve been taking notes on my phone. This seems to work better for me and I actually do it. It’s not super detailed but helps give me an idea of how a run went and if there was anything I want to remember about how I felt, fuel that worked or didn’t work, etc.

What I’m eating highlights include perfectly ripe strawberries and avocado – just not together.

Training plan for your first half marathon! This is a run / walk plan is for someone who wants to complete a half marathon. It’s a 3 day a week program designed to get you to the finish line in about 16 weeks. Let’s go!

Want to run your first half marathon this year?  

Have you been thinking about it for a while?

Not sure where to start or what training plan to use?


Hello! Let’s do this! I’ve received a ton of comments that your goal is to run your FIRST or fastest half marathon this year.

Well – I’m going to hook you up with a first time half marathon training plan! No more excuses – you have a plan.
Now pick a race that’s at least 16 weeks out and start training! (We’ll work on the fastest half another time – sorry speedsters!)

Want to join the training group?

1. Start now! February 18 is week 1!!

Train with other runners that share your goal! If you want to start now and train with us you can join in! I’ll send out emails with reminders and tips each week. And I’ll answer questions in the private Facebook group.

I wrote the training plan specifically for a few friends and family members that want to run...

Hello! How are you? I’m good! Just been runnin’ and eatin’ and repeating the same mirror what I’m wearing pictures over and over since my New Year’s Resolution is to ‘get ready’ everyday. And while it’s NOT been 100% – I have been a lot better about looking semi-presentable most days. I’ll take it.

I just wanted to get back in the groove of blog updates on all things running, eating and Monican-ing. These are some of the random pics on my phone right now… Let’s see!

On running – the Surf City Half Marathon helped me get back in the groove but I took it easy the week after the race.

I felt like I was getting sick and didn’t want to push it. So my mileage last week was low – mostly easy runs. I tried to get up and at ‘em for a long run Saturday but it didn’t happen.

Pre-run fuel… Spark and english muffin with banana and PB.

Hi! It’s Monica… ya know, from Run Eat Repeat?

I’ve been getting a lot of messages that you miss my old random running and eating posts.

I definitely miss hanging out more here.

It makes me happy that you still want to know what’s going on with me.

So I am trying to reorganize my blog and podcast schedule.

I’ll be back soon with this weekend’s half marathon race recap and a new schedule of posts.

I know not everyone listens to podcasts but the funny thing is that the podcast is very personal. I think it probably feels more one-on-one then the blog.

So I want to ask that you download a podcast app and listen to the most recent few run eat repeat podcast episodes.

You might actually like that better than this!

Or you might realize that I’m super annoying and you don’t want to follow either. In which case I’m really shooting myself in the foot here and I need that foot to run!!

But really I think it’s a great way for us to hang out and you can listen to it while you work out. Multitasking FTW.

I’m still trying to figure out how much running and nutrition information to post on the podcast...

Hello! You know how I always talk about stretching? Well, I’ve figured out a few realistic, non-BS ways I make myself stretch even though it’s hard for me to do something I don’t wanna do.

Check out 5 tips to stick to stretching on the podcast today!

**AND I have a lil note for my readers – I’ve been getting a lot of messages that ya miss my original random runner and eating and life updates. So I’m working on bringing some of that back! Stay tuned.**

How I Make Myself Stretch Even Though I Don’t Want to and Have ZERO Self Discipline

1. Grab a drink and snack
2. ‎Put on a podcast or show
3. ‎Set timer
4. ‎Stretch… do what feels good
5. ‎publicly shame myself or… don’t give up  – Even though I fail at this very often I haven’t given up on myself.

Now let’s break it down…

1. As soon as I get back from a workout or run that I plan on stretching after…

I get Spark or iced coffee and sometimes I’ll get fruit or trail mix to eat while I stretch.  I drink Spark as a pre-workout or just randomly throughout the day (but not after 3pm because it has caffeine).