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When feeling overwhelmed or anxious, picturing yourself in a place you love can bring you back to a sense of calm.

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Hello! Today I’m answering my #1 most asked running gear question – What running shorts are you wearing? Where can I get them? And I’m touching on a few other super popular questions on running like how many miles a week I run and my strength training routine. If you have a question for me – ask! That’s what I’m here for! Well, I’m here to party but I’m also here to ask questions…

In case you’re new to this lil ol’ website / blog / social
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media situation – I’m Monica Olivas, a red-headed Mexican on a mission to run a lot, eat a lot and talk about it a lot here and on I started that site as a journal to remember my first marathon training journey – and never expected anyone to read it. Well, a few people did! And then a few more did!! And now it’s a huge online community of people who love/hate running and love/like eating! Welcome!

Warm Up:

– I touched the Queen Mary!! I can’t believe I’ve never run the route all the way to the boat before!! … I ran with Steve this weekend – Coach Steve from the Sole Runners. He was on episode 72 – What to Eat During a Race or Long Run


I gave Coach Steve a really hard time about the ol’ bait and switch run. But it was the best and I feel really motivated to start training for a race.

– If you have questions for Coach Steve or want any specifics on his big BQ let me know and I’ll have him back on the show!

– Next races… still need to register and plan but that training run really helped my confidence. I’m probably running the Lexus Lace Up Races and a few others through the end of the year. Use discount code RER10 to save on registration!

– I’m finally ready to move. It’s been in the back of my head movies for a year and I’m going to set a date to list my place so I have a deadline to do everything I need to do.

– I kinda want to rent a beach house for a week or long weekend somewhere around SoCal… but I’ve never used Air B&B before. Is that better than kayak? Other recommendations??


Now let’s talk running questions!!


My most frequently asked questions about running and eating are:

– What running shorts are those? (Sometimes it’s – What running shoes do you wear?)

– How many miles do you run a week? Do you do other cardio or cross-training?

– What’s your strength training routine? How do I incorporate strength training into marathon training?

– What’s your favorite race distance?

– When is your next race?

And today I’m addressing that first question on running shorts. Here are my favorites and some tips on how to find the best pair for you!

The Best Running Shorts – no chafing, no thigh rub, run faster, laugh harder

One of the most common questions I get on the blog, Facebook and Instagram is… some variation of

– What running shorts are those? Where do you get those running shorts? What shorts are you wearing to run?

 Brooks Green light Tights 7” inch shorts 


Road Runner Recharge 6” shorts


Adidas Techfit 7” Running Shorts


Baleaf Women’s High Waist 8” Shorts


Avia Flex Running Shorts 

I’ve seen these at Walmart and on Amazon. They also have a shorter pair so make sure you’re getting the correct length for your body.

Road Runner Recharge Compression Printed 8” shorts

Road Runner Sports Recharge Compression 8” shorts

Road Runner Sports also has a 12” pair of shorts – Run Walk Play 12inch Knee Shorts

Road Runner Sports Discount!

Use code RUNEATREPEAT to Save 20% when you sign up, or Save 10% without sign up. Some exclusions apply, see site for details.


The Best Running Shorts Tips:

– Look for a pair that are long enough to cover the area of your thighs that rub. I aim for shorts that have a 6”, 7” or 8” inseam.

– Look at how long the leg area is from the groin – not how long they are overall. Some shorts have a high waist or are cut to sit on your hips low or high. You want to know how long the leg part will be when wearing them.

– High quality compression fabric is important. Cheap or thin fabric is more likely to ride up / not stay in place. And the wrong fabric will not be flattering (read as: if you are self conscious about your butt and thighs jiggling – you want quality compression fabric). Look for a pair of shorts that is a combination of Spandex and Polyester or Nylon. The same fabric rules apply to capris and leggings.

– They’re supposed to be tight. If you’re used to running in loose running shorts with the built in chonies underwear– compression type shorts might feel revealing or weird. But if you try to get them loose they’ll move around and that’s often how chafing starts!

– Pay for it. Some of my favorite running shorts are more expensive than the workout shorts I can get at Target or wherever. But I’m looking for shorts that are long enough to not ride up, high quality compression fabric – and those things are not easy to find. So, I’d rather pay for more expensive running shorts and enjoy my run instead of pull at them the whole run or feel self conscious. And in my experience running shorts like the ones mentioned last a long time (and I’m running in them a lot!).

Chime in on Instagram with your favorite running shorts, capris or pants suggestions!!


1. Puffy key chain – right now I have a fluffy pink heart that I got at the Dollar Store. It’s so perfect for finding my keys quickly in the blackhole that is my purse. Also – the key ring part is a clip so I don’t have to squeeze my key back on the ring when I drive somewhere to go run. I suggest everyone that has to remove their key from the key ring often look into a key ring with a clip!


2. Cereal with granola in it. I love granola but it’s so calorie dense! So I really dig cereal that has granola clusters to help balance it out.

3. Kind strangers.

Thank you for listening!!

Please leave a review of the podcast in iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcast app. It really helps other people find out about the show. And/or tell someone about it and maybe show them how to find me!

What are you doing right now?

Take a picture or screenshot and post it to Instagram tagging @RunEatRepeat so I can see what you’re doing right now!

I’m…. well, I’m recording this podcast! But earlier I was making breakfast and loading the dishwasher while listening to podcasts!


If you have a question for me – ask!

Email your question to – let me know if you prefer to be anonymous and I won’t share your name – OR –

Call the Run Eat Repeat voicemail line at 562 888 1644 and leave a message asking your question!

I also have been posting a question box in the Instagram Stories a few times a week so you can leave your question there. And just a head’s up – I can see who asked the question so if you want to know about my bathing suit area or who I’m sleeping with you’re welcome to ask but yeah… not sure if you realized that’s not anonymous? I’m not here to judge… just wanted to remind ya!


Have a great run!!

Chime in on Instagram with your favorite running shorts, capris or pants suggestions!!

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You wouldn’t think that putting food in your mouth could take weight off your waist—especially not between meals. But if you snack on the right stuff, at the right time, in the right way, your between-meals hunger-buster can also be a fat-fighting tool in your weight loss arsenal. These six strategies will make your snack a healthy pit stop on the road to success.

1. If you can, save the snack for after lunch.

Holding off can help you consume less all day. A study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association fou
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nd that dieters who snacked in mid-morning tended to eat more throughout the day than participants who had a snack after lunch instead. The bonus: After-lunch snacks tended to be healthier, containing more fiber from fruits and vegetables. Of course, if you’re on the Nutrisystem program, feel free to enjoy that mid-morning snack! We’ve built the program specifically so that you get the nutrition you need in portions that make sense.

7 Pain-Free Lunch Habits That Melt Pounds (and Burn Calories!)

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2. Snack on fiber.

The fiber in those afternoon snacks can have a direct correlation on belly fat: For every 10 grams of the fiber eaten, dieters have as much as four percent less fat around their middles. Including fiber from cut veggies or an apple at snack time will also help you lose weight all over: Fiber makes you feel full quickly, and then helps you feel full longer by controlling the speed of digestion.

3. And include some fat.

Pairing fiber with healthy fat, like from a pre-measured portion of nut butter or a piece of string cheese, can add to these benefits: A Johns Hopkins found that participants who ate a high-fat, reduced-calorie diet lost 10 pounds in 25 fewer days than those on a higher-carb diet. And when they’re the right fats, they can do even more: Another study found that people eating a diet rich in monounsaturated fat, like the kind found in olive oil and avocado, lost body fat and weight without reducing calorie intake.

Fats: The Good, the Bad & the Gray Area

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4. Step away from your computer. And phone. And tablet. And TV…

Distracted eaters require more taste sensations—more saltiness, more sweetness, more crunch—to feel satisfied with their food. A study from the Netherlands found that participants had a harder time determining the sweetness of a sugary beverage when they were also trying to concentrate on a mental task.

Eating without distraction and concentrating on the act and flavors of the food is called “mindful eating” and lots of studies have shown such eating to increase weight loss success without focusing on calories. It can also help with disease: An Ohio State study found that three months of mindful eating helped diabetes patients lower their blood sugar.

Don’t be scared off: “Mindful” doesn’t mean meditating while you eat. Just turn off Facebook, sit down, and save reading your email for five minutes while you snack: Focus instead on the textures and flavors of what you’re eating—savor your snack as a break from stress, then get back at it.

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5. Leave evidence behind.

When you eat something that leaves behind some detritus—peels from tangerines, or shells from in-shell peanuts or pistachios, for instance—the remains may serve as a visual cue of how much you’ve snacked, sending a message to your brain that helps you feel more full and satisfied.

That’s the theory researchers came to after a 2011 study involving pistachios: In the study, students in a lecture hall were given pistachios, and allowed to eat freely during a class. Half the students got in-shell pistachios, while the other half received nuts that had already been shelled. The group that had to shell the nuts, leaving the discarded shells on the table, ate 41 percent fewer calories, but felt just as full and satisfied.

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6. Eat a measured portion, not out of the bag.

If you snack on something poppable like nuts, chips or crackers, pre-measure your serving. Otherwise, you’re likely to over-serve yourself, because you’re probably bad at estimating portions. That’s not a knock on you personally—Americans are generally bad at estimating portion size. In a study from Nature, men and women correctly guessed the amount of food in a portion only about half the time. And they tended to underestimate portion sizes when it came to snacks and sweets.

So measure out the portion before you eat. If you don’t have a food scale or measuring cup handy, your hand can help: For things like nuts and pretzels, a one-ounce serving is about the same size as a tennis ball would be in your cupped hand. Measure that out, eat it and move on with your day.

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The ketogenic diet can be dizzyingly complicated.

You want to load up on fats and protein, and keep your carb intake low—but all fats and proteins aren’t alike, and there are some veggies higher in carbohydrates than others. Oh, and fruit is pretty much banned.

But don’t worry: We’ve put together the best and worst of each category so you can go keto with confidence.




Eat this:

Saturated fats including coconut oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, duck fat, tallow, and lard—all essential for a health
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y immune system, dense bones, and proper testosterone levels.

Monounsaturated fats like olive, avocado, macadamia, and almond oils, which boost heart health and provide vitamin E—important for vision and a strong immune system.

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Polyunsaturated omega-3s such as wild-caught salmon, sardines, and sustainably harvested seafood—to prevent heart disease and stroke and reduce blood pressure.

Medium-chain triglycerides, fatty acids that are easily absorbed and used for energy. Linked to weight loss, MCTs increase satiety and rev-up metabolism.

Not that:

Refined fats and oils like sunflower, canola, soybean, grapeseed, and corn oils, which have been processed at high temperatures, creating free radicals that can damage cells.

Trans fats, such as margarine and other spreads, which contribute to weight gain, increase stroke risk.


Eat this:

Meat and offal (e.g., tongue, liver, heart) from grass-fed or pasture-raised animals—it’s low in calories and contains vitamins like A and E along with tons of antioxidants.

Wild-caught and sustainably harvested seafood, which is higher in omega-3 fatty acids and better for the environment than farmed fish.

Free-range organic eggs, which contain higher levels of vitamin A and E, beta carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids than the farmed variety.

Not that:

Factory-farmed animal products and seafoods, which are lower in nutrients and often worse for the environment than their healthier counterparts; and processed sausages and hot dogs, which, more often than not, have preservatives called nitrates that have been linked to cancer.

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Eat this:

Dark leafy greens, like Swiss chard, spinach, kale, and lettuce.

Lower-carb veggies, like cucumber, celery, asparagus, squash, and zucchini; cruciferous veggies, like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts; nightshades, like eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers; root vegetables, like onion, garlic, and radishes, and sea veggies, like nori and kombu. The guidelines are simple: focus on dark, leafy greens, then the stuff that grows above the ground, then root vegetables.

Not that:

Starchy, high-carb vegetables, like potatoes, peas, corn, yucca, parsnips, beans, yams, and legumes are great, nutritious whole foods that work well in the regular diet of a guy looking to get healthy and fit—however, their elevated carbs make them a no-go for achieving ketosis.

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Eat this:

Full-fat dairy products, such as yogurt, cottage cheese, cream, sour cream, goat cheese, and other cheeses. Note: Dairy should be eaten sparingly, but when you do eat it, stick with full-fat, as it’s more filling and nutritious.

Not that:

Milk—but not cheese—is off the list because it contains a lot of lactose, a form of sugar, which makes it high in carbohydrates. When cheese is made, all the sugar is eaten by bacteria and turned into lactic acid, cutting the carb content way down. Low- and reduced-fat dairy products are to be avoided as they’re overly processed, which strips out nutrients like the fatty acids that make you feel full. Plus, sugar is often added to make up for a loss of flavor and texture, so some actually have more sugar than full-fat dairy. Resist shredded cheese, too, as it contains a carby potato starch that keeps it from sticking together.

Nuts and seeds

Eat this:

Macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds. Be careful when eating nuts, as they’re calorie-dense and can easily put you over your carb limit for the day.

Not that:

Cashews, pistachios, and chestnuts are on the higher end for carbs in nuts, and should be avoided.

3 Supplements to Make the Keto Diet Easier


Eat this:

Avocados are low in carbs and have great fat and fiber content; berries are OK since their carb content is negligible; and 1 cup of tomatoes has just 6g of carbs.

Not that:

Fruits in general, dried or otherwise, are forbidden since most have high sugar and carb content.


Drink this:

Water, sparkling water, seltzer, black coffee, unsweetened and herbal teas, unsweetened nut milks, wine, light beer, and liquor. Caffeine is fine for most people—just don’t go pouring in sugar or milk; the same goes for tea and nut milk. Lower-carb alcohol in moderation is OK, especially if you’re at the point where you’re just trying to maintain weight.

Not that:

Soft drinks, fruit juices, sweet wines, craft beers, and flavored liquor are filled with way too much sugar and/or carbs to be allowed if you’re serious about keto. Some people will drink diet, or “zero,” soft drinks, but avoid them if you can because the citric acid and aspartame often found in them may derail your trip to ketosis.

The 4 Best Keto Diet Recipes to Cure Any Craving


Eat this:

Sweeteners like stevia, erythritol, and xylitol can be made a part of your keto diet, but try to buy only the pure versions, as the powdered products usually have a small amount of sugar added as a bulking agent.

Inulin is a sweet and starchy plant fiber that helps regulate blood sugar.

Monk fruit powder is 300 times sweeter than sugar and doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste like stevia.

70% cocoa dark chocolate and cocoa powder are packed with antioxidants.

Not that:

Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, and agave nectar need to be ditched. Even if honey and agave are healthy whole foods, sugar is still sugar and will bump you out of ketosis.
The complexity of flavors you find in Malaysian chicken saté are hard to replicate—and impossible to forget. Cubes of chicken are marinated in a fragrant combination of spices, including lemongrass, ginger, and turmeric, then grilled so the marinade forms a crust.



The skewers are the perfect way to shake up a cookout, especially at the end of summer when you’ve had your fill of ribeyes, brats, and burgers.

Enjoy this Malaysian chicken saté as an appetizer or se
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rve up a hearty batch as the main course.

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Here at Men’s Journal, we test a slew of different products for our job—and everyday life. Here, with no particular theme, is the gear we love this week. We think you will, too.

A Portable Kayak You Can Carry on Your Back, Kickass Socks, and More Gear We Love
Scoria Silicone Keyboard Protector Keyguard Skin cover for 15.6 Inch Laptop
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Easy to attach, remove and wash.
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