5 Ways to Make a Comeback After a Running Slump.

So this post today is for all of my runner friends who are going through a bit of a rough patch with running. You know the feeling – your mind wants to run, but your body just isn’t feeling it…OR mentally you just can’t seem to get motivated at all! Well here are a few things you can do to get out of that current funk you are in.

YES…we all feel like this sometimes with running, don’t we?

Start easy…start slow…you have to start somewhere. I think sometimes we as runners tend to get in our own way. Running, especially racing, is OH SO MENTAL. I’m learning this more and more the more I start to want to improve. But know that running and training is all about building blocks. You have to have a solid foundation to stand on.

Sign up for a local, small race. You don’t have to run a marathon! I know, everyone is running freaking marathons nowadays! I think this generation really is always all about doing MORE MORE MORE. It’s always about being the best, going longer and harder. Well guess what? You don’t have to be that hard on yourself. A 5k or 10k as your goal is just as good as an ultra marathon if that is where your head is at right now.

Make it social. If you’ve been reading here a while you know I’m a big advocate of joining running groups. Sometimes that is just what you need to make a comeback. I run solo often as well but I got to a point with my running where running alone got boring to me. I lost my spark because running started to become somewhat of a chore. Now I mix it up with running clubs, and I hop around the local ones in the area. We have trail groups and road groups around here. Find one that works for you and make some friends. You will be glad you did.

Volunteer! This is something that I do not do enough. I am going to make it my mission in 2018 to sign up to do more aid stations and such at local races (it’s hard when you’re always racing! HA). I also would love to do some crewing and pace at some trail races. But volunteering is a great way to get out into the running community as well and get that passion back. You see others running and doing well and it may make you want to get out there and do the same. Plus, volunteering at races can have its perks! Often you will get discounts (or even free entries!) for future races if the race is small enough. This is especially true with trail races.

Realize that a comeback takes time. Especially if you are coming back from an injury or something like that. Don’t expect to jump back in and start killing it at races. Injuries take time to rehab but often if you give it enough time to heal you will come back stronger than ever. Believe it.

What are some ways you’ve made a comeback from a running slump?

2017 BMW Dallas Marathon Recap.

Happiest of Mondays to you! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I ran the BMW Dallas Marathon this past Sunday!! And I have lived to tell you all about it. I’m a tad sore today, but hey I survived. Let’s get to the nitty gritty, shall we?

Although I’ve completed this particular race series many times over the 8 years I’ve been running distance, this was the 2nd time I had run the full marathon course, and my 27th 26.2. I actually think the course makes for an excellent half course, providing just enough of a challenge with some rolling hills mixed in, but mostly flat and fast and showcasing many Dallas gems. This was the 2nd year in a row I had run 26.2 as a BMW race, which was super cool and I really felt like BMW as a whole did a fantastic job with many perks that made the race special (pancakes, wine tastings and beer at the finish, and pretty medals this year). The expo was super organized too. I arrived on Saturday to get my race swag and of course had to take a quick photo.

I had dinner and then was in for the night. Race morning I took the DART rail straight downtown, which was nice since the rail system is literally right in front of my apartments. I can literally hop on and I’m there (or anywhere, it even takes me straight to the airport terminals!) within minutes. This was so nice not to have to stress and worry about logistics and parking. I got there about an hour early and had time to stretch, use the ladies facility and such. They had the OMNI hotel open for the runners so it was nice and warm inside and folks were having coffee and taking photos.

The race started at 8:10 AM with a corral start, and I was in corral B. Shalane Flanagan and Meb Keflezighi were both at the start to wish us well which I thought was super cool – that they would go out of their way to be present for such a local fantastic race like Dallas! After the countdown we took off and were good to go! I felt SO good at the start and took off with guns blazing. I ideally wanted to BEAT my time of 3:47 from last year, but with the course changes and added hills in the back half of this race I wasn’t quite sure of how I would handle things that day. So I just honestly ran by feel and held on as long as I could. I saw a ton of dear running friends from over the years at this race, and my mama even showed up as a spectator along the course. That is absolutely the great thing about local races, support all the way around. As someone who often travels to races without knowing ANYONE, this meant a lot to me to see my family (including runner family) and friends everywhere.

After the half marathoners split off the race ends up going off towards White Rock Lake, a lake where I’ve done many training runs over the years. The temps were cool that morning but then ended up heating up with highs approaching the 70s. Bipolar Texas weather I’m tellin ya! I honestly would have preferred more cloud cover that day and for it to have stayed cooler much longer. The breeze coming off the water with the lake did definitely help.

Leaving the lake at mile 20 something, we were faced with a big hill that kind of came out of nowhere. And of course this is always tough to endure with already tired legs. That hill really did knock the wind out of me and I ended up having to walk a bit at a couple of water stops. Slowing down that much made me doubtful that I was going to PR. My heart sunk in disappointment. I honestly used to NOT CARE that I didn’t PR, but after seeing so much improvement this year with my running (going from nearly 5 hour finishes, to consistent sub 4) I kind of expect to go into a race to have my best time. I chalked it up to it just not being a good day for me, and told myself I’d still be happy with whatever my time was. I’ve accomplished so much this year, from running my very first 100 miler to winning overall female at a few ultra races. I knew regardless of the time, I would be proud and it would fuel the next race to perform even better.

We circled back into downtown and I looked at my watch which still had a little wiggle room away from last year’s 3:47 time and from my recent marathon in San Diego. After seeing this I perked up a little bit and moved a bit faster, my legs honestly felt like they could not move any faster and I just felt gross and dizzy. But I pushed it in and made it happen. 3:45:31 official finish time, seconds faster than San Diego and 2 minutes faster than last year! Hey, a PR is still an PR baby. I will take it, especially after feeling so off towards the end of this race.

This race really lit a fire in me to find a solid course to really knock it out of the park next year. I’m thinking of running a spring marathon, it could be somewhere in South Texas before it gets too warm. And of course, I will be back to my trails and ultras in 2018!! Cheers to a new PR and getting a kick in the pants to kick things up a notch in the coming year.

2018, I am ready for you.

How was your weekend? Anyone run a tough marathon course lately?

TGIFriday Faves.

Yaaas!!! It is Friday! I think that deserves a festive thumbs up don’t you think? Hope you all have a fun weekend planned! I’ll be running the BMW Dallas Marathon on Sunday. I’m ready for the 26.2 mile joyride!!

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And oh yes, I’ve been checking the weather for this weekend, and it is looking oh so glorious. I’m loving some chilly Texas weather.

I really wanted to use the above gif just because it is oh so awesome. And now I want ribs.

Anyway, let’s get into this week’s faves!!

Tips for motivating your 2018 racing season. I am eyeing some pretty awesome races (including trails) for next year. I’m definitely ready to get back on that dirt path!!

-Loving this look. I am in need this fall of some more dark denim.

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-Naughty and nice coffee mugs. I want both.

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Mistletoe ‘ritas!! I love festive drinks with fresh cranberries involved.

-Obsessed with all coasters from the South Austin Gallery. Aren’t they fun?! I have one in my office with the skyline of Dallas and now I want more.

Have a great weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? Is it snowing where you are?!
It was 28 DEGREES this morning! I did a chilly morning run and I am still thawing out.

Random Thoughts Thursday and Giveaway Winners Announced!!

I’ve got some Brooks Running promo code giveaway winners to announce!!! Thanks to those of you who entered my promo code giveaway yesterday. Here are the lucky two!

Jodi at My Kind of Fit

Randy at RunEatRalph

Congrats to you both and happy shopping! Please send me your email address at chelshu02@yahoo.com and I will reveal your exclusive 40% off special codes!

Let’s get on to the random thoughts for today, shall we?

I’m running the BMW Dallas Marathon this upcoming Sunday! Yes, I can’t wait and I think the weather is going to be pretty much perfection. Temps at the start close to the 40s? HECK YES. I am all in.

I don’t do very well with cutting back on miles leading up to race day. I’ve been scaling back which as someone who runs higher mileage is like pulling out my eye lashes one by one. My body is kind of enjoying the break though. But mentally it is tough. And I’ve got all the attitude and sass in the world this week. So DON’T COME FOR ME. LOL. Watch out, I bite.

But hey, I can chillax and do things like read books, catch up on TV and…dare I say, eat CARBS?! Hallelujah.

I’ve officially been listening to Christmas music and slowly getting into the spirit lately. Plus I’ll be going to my favorite gift exchange/purse party with coworkers which is one of my favorite holiday parties of all time! Lord knows I am in dire need of a new purse.

Do you make cookies/Christmas treats for people as gifts?! I have been thinking about what I will make lately. I kind of love doing Christmas baking. I think this year I will do my puppy chow and throw some Christmas M&Ms in there. Also, what a terrible name for a dessert right? But they are oh so good.

What are you looking forward to this holiday season? Any Christmas races?

A Christmas Run Playlist and Brooks Running Promo Code Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday!! So I’ve got a rockin’ Christmas RUNNING playlist as well as an exciting giveaway today!! TWO lucky readers will get an exclusive 40% off code to use over at brooksrunning.com! All you have to do is comment below to be entered into the giveaway. Only one code may be applied per order. The winners will receive a special code to enter at checkout for 40% off items, valid through December 12th.

The winners will be announced tomorrow!

Until then, enjoy a jammin Christmas run playlist with some old holiday jams and new! And follow me on Spotify where I post updated playlists on a weekly basis!!

What do you want for Christmas?
An instant pot, and and an abundance of new Brooks Running shoes!!

Running Group Etiquette.

Running clubs and groups are such a fantastic way to develop accountability. For those of you that train primarily solo, it can definitely be a great way to shake up your training and stay motivated during times when you’d rather be sitting on your couch eating popcorn and watching Netflix!! Here are a few pointers when dealing with running in social groups and ways to get the most out of being involved in a runner tribe.

Yes, Karen from Real Housewives of Potomac said it best.

Leave the headphones at home. Or if you must keep one in one ear and not both. Get to know the people you are running with. Chatting with runners especially during a long run is a great thing and you don’t want to be distracted by music blaring in your ears. It’s best to stay alert and aware of what is going on.

Be familiar with the route. If there is a route that is posted online or something ahead of time try to familiarize yourself with it. That way in case you get disconnected with the group you are aware of things and you can get yourself back safely.

Establish a general pace prior to the run. Running groups are great for this typically because usually there will be someone out there that goes at your pace. Be sure that the folks you are running with run a similar speed as you, or if they’re faster that you are able to adapt and keep up. It can be to your advantage to run with faster friends sometimes too. Try it.

Running talk. Try not to be a BRAG-alicious runner. We get enough of that on social media. We are all on our own running journeys. Honestly unless someone asks, I don’t bring up the fact that I’ve run 100 or 50 miles. It’s generally not relevant to the conversation. Ask people about themselves and learn about what makes them tick.

Run opposing traffic. This one is so important. Especially in the morning and with blind curves in the road. A lot of drivers just simply are not paying attention. Always assume that they aren’t and do what you need to do to stay safe.

Any more rules of running etiquette to share with the group?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi, hey and hello! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!! Let’s recap some weekly miles, shall we? I was able to get in just over 71 miles of running last week, including the Rock n Roll San Antonio half marathon! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 8.12 miles before the busy work day. Last week was fairly warmer and a tad on the humid side! It kinda felt like springtime which was pleasant. But we are back to some cooler temps this week so I am super pumped for cooler running leading up to this race! Woot woot.

Monday PM- 2.32 miles. Quick warm up before gym.

Tuesday AM- 11.15 miles with the Irving Running Club. I host the early group during the work week. Sometimes it can be hit or miss but lately there have been some stronger runners in the mix. I love me some dedicated morning running peeps.

Tuesday PM- 3.02 evening miles before teaching a spin class. Just warming up the legs after the long day. It has been super dark out after work!! It’s so funny because 6 pm rolls around and it feels like midnight?

Wednesday AM- 8.1 hump day miles. Gotta love solo moving meditation.

Wednesday PM- 3.22 evening miles with some speedy strides thrown in. Felt good to go faster.

Thursday AM- 11.37 run club miles. I started early with one of the gals and we finished up with the group.

Thursday PM- 3.2 quick miles around the park. Had some time to kill.

Friday- Normally my rest day, but since I knew I’d be traveling on Saturday I did a quick run before I hit the road to San Antonio. 7.12 miles done.

Saturday- REST DAY. Road trippin’ to SA! It’s around 4 hours and some change give or take of a drive without crazy traffic. I stayed at the most wonderful AirBnB. I tell you what I have been SO spoiled with AirBnB in the last few trips, I don’t think I’ll ever stay at a hotel again. Fresh Trader Joe’s Coffee and a french press for the win. They know the way to my heart.

Sunday- Race day! Woke up, had some of that incredible coffee and made my way to the Alamodome! Truthfully this race was just a quick tune up for next weekend’s race. (And thanks to Brooks Running for the comped entry) I felt super good the whole way through despite the fact that it rained pretty steadily towards the back half! BMW Dallas Marathon I am ready for you.

13.1 done plus the quarter mile that I ran back to the car. HA. You know I had to record all of it.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Have you stayed at an AirBnB? How did you like it?! 

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello there! Happy fabulous Friday to you! I hope you have some weekend fun in store. I am looking forward to some fun running this weekend!! Can’t wait for this race. 13.1 and of course a margarita and some Tex Mex after!! Haha, it’s only right in SA.

Hey, I know the gif says #iFlyAlaska but work with me here!! LOL.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

This 2017 runner’s holiday gift guide!! I especially love the runner’s kitchen. Someone buy me an instant pot for Christmas, please and thanks.

Developing extraordinary resilience. Yes. Love it love it.

Turkey chili stuffed acorn squash! I actually have not bought any squash in a while so I need to get on it.

-Pumped about the royal engagement! I think they make a beautiful couple. Plus she is an absolute knockout. Girl crush over here.

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-This amazing view on the run! Running off the beaten path makes my soul happy.

And that’s all for this week! Have a fantastic weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Anything wild/crazy/adventurous/fun?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hey there and happiest of Thursdays to you! It’s random thoughts Thursday, my favorite day for shenanigans. It’s the day that I talk about running, life and just whatever in general. So let’s get into it, shall we?

Hope your week is going fantastic. To me this week has gone by pretty fast! I have been sorta busy work wise so that helps.

Well first I’d like to talk about Christmas races. Are you all into it?! I used to do a local race called the Jog’r Egg Nog’r every year because not only did I always get some sort of age group award, but there was always spiked egg nog at the end. I’m talking different kinds too. It was pretty fantastic. And then they CANCELED it! Out of nowhere!! I was so heartbroken. So now I have to find a new holiday race to love. The Jingle Bell run is fun but it’s only a 5k. I need like a Christmas MARATHON. How fun would that be?!

I am really super duper ready for the weekend. I’m running a FOR FUN TRAINING RUN half marathon this weekend, Rock n Roll San Antonio. I got a comped entry so I figured hey why the heck not. Plus it will be a fun road trip and friends will be there and such. I am all about it. Then the BMW Dallas Marathon next weekend, 26.2 style.

Keeping it real. I am not above deleting and/or unfollowing people on social media lately. And not feeling bad about it. Yes, it’s petty but sometimes a very necessary thing to do. You feel me?? I feel like people feel like they can get sassy because they are behind a computer screen or telephone. You tried it. 2 snaps and we keep it moving. HA.

I have to admit though, dealing with “frenemies” will make you realize how much your cherish your true blue friends. You know, the ones where you can pick up like time and just life in general has not even passed. I just love it.

Did you hear about Matt Lauer getting FIRED?! I actually watch the Today Show too, in the mornings after my early runs.. Man, everyone is getting exposed over this stuff lately. It’s quite a shame.

In happier news, I’m bringing the pink Christmas tree back! Yes, it’s so girly and I just love it. I’m going to start changing the ornaments up every year to make it snazzy.

Have you seen the Christmas tree with only race medals on it?!? Simply a genius idea.

And that is all for now!

What are your random thoughts today? Do you have your Christmas tree up yet? Real or fake?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! Happy hump day to you. I have a sassy workout playlist for you today!! It is aptly titled “Rumble in the Jungle”. HA!! So let’s get into it, shall we?

Be sure to follow me on Spotify and check out my current schedule to see where I’ll be teaching spin class next.

Let’s go for a ride!

Rumble- Roulsen: Warm up
Mi Gente (4B Remix)- J Balvin, Willy William, 4B: Accelerations
We Found Love- Rihanna: Tapbacks
Higher- Taio Cruz: Hill climb
What You Know- T.I.: Seated/standing run
In the Air- Tom & Jame: Sprints
Jungle- Pitbull: Active recovery
Play Hard- David Guetta, Ne-Yo, Akon: Jumps
Know No Better (Super Cruel Remix)- Major Lazer, Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, Quavo: Rolling hills
Paradise- Benny Benassi, Chris Brown: Jumps/Tapbacks
Run This Town- Offaiah: Hill climb
Boom Boom Pow- Black Eyed Peas: Rolling hills
Rinse & Repeat- Riton: Accelerations
Everytime the Beat Drop- Monica: Seated/standing run
ILYSM- Steve Aoki: Sprints
Pony (Jump On It)/Sick Individuals Remix- Tough Love, Ginuwine: Hill climb
Blue Ocean Floor- Justin Timberlake: Cool down

What songs are you grooving to this week?