Running, Fitness, Race Recaps, Fun, Ultrarunning

Perpetual Motion Race Recap.

It has been quite some time since I have recapped a race, yes?! With the PanDEMI Moore and such going on I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus on large crowds and races etc. So I decided I wanted my fall/winter race experience to be a bit more “mom and pop” intimate.

A friend of mine who is a race director told me about her race and after looking at the signup fees I decided this was going to be my choice! I simply wanted to close the year out with some fun miles, and time on my feet while rocking out to my jams.

In terms of training I put in a 20 miler as well as a few other longer runs – so I knew I could put in the distance. My concern mostly was “can my attention span hold long enough to keep going for 6 hours” on a little over a .5 mile loop. I didn’t read the details actually and thought the loop was a little OVER a mile. Once I arrived I saw the tiny circle and had to adjust my expectations a bit.

This particular race also includes a 12 hour and a 24 hour distance. So my plan really was to check out the 6 hour and if I liked this race enough I would return in some capacity to run something longer. The 6 hour folks lined up and the gun went off right at noon. The 12 and 24 hour peeps started in the morning so they were already off to the races.

I started off with a pretty conservative pace but knew it would be a run/shuffle event especially with the humidity and it was a WARM Texas day. Temps soared to close to the 80s and with no cloud cover I got a tad sun burned in the sun! It was funny the temperature conditions reminded me of our beach weather when I was in Florida.

I did enjoy the crowd though as it was a lot of peeps there that I’ve known being in the DFW runner community for so long. It was folks of all ages out there and a lot of “Marathon Maniacs” (a group I was a part of before I stopped paying fees HAHA) and ultra runners that I know and love. So we talked about running and such while we kept trucking along.

After 3 hours passed the whole race goes COUNTER CLOCKWISE which absolutely helps with this short boring loop! After the 3 hour mark I will admit my boredom set in…so with the change up it kind of keeps things a tad interesting. The race volunteers were so great as well, keeping us stocked with snacks and cold refreshments. That part of the run very much made it feel like the trail race community.

Trail races are really good at taking care of the runners needs especially running the ultra distance. That is also another thing I love about intimate races (as someone who has done the HUGE ones and the mom and pop ones)

At the end I got over the marathon distance which I was thrilled about!! Even with all of the power hiking/shuffling/running I wasn’t sure I would make it but my determination and grit made it happen. I also had a podium finish (3rd female overall) which I was so pleased about. Got a fun pretty glass award AND a medal.

Overall I was happy I chose this race and so happy to get in my mini ULTRA. Haha. I would absolutely go back for this race simply due to awesome volunteers, great swag and small race feel.

I’ve signed up for the 50 miler for 2022 – my 7th 50 miler – so I will be keeping things going with my running and of course teaching all of my classes at the gym.

Cheers and happy racing to you all who will be closing out the year as well with some race fun.

When is the last time you have podium finished a race (let’s celebrate you too)?! Running any races soon?

Christmas, Fitness, Fun, Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and Happiest of Fridays to ya! I’m so very ready for some Perpetual Motion! Come tomorrow your girl will be running ALL DAY with some ultra action. Can’t wait! Pray that the weather gods are good to us.

Let’s get to my faves from this week!

How to fuel long runs with real food. I am actually a huge fan of this. Some of my favorites are the squeezable packets of applesauce (I am grabbing some today for tomorrow’s ultra), dried apricots and those dang medjool dates. Freaking love those.

Setting boundaries around the holiday hoopla. So important especially during these crazy times we are living in.

5 ‘good mood’ foods that boost serotonin and soothe stress. Salmon and eggs for the win.

All of the Christmas lights along my running routes this week. Love that folks are getting into the spirit down in Texas.

And there you have it! Have a lovely weekend.

Do you have your Christmas décor up yet??
Abso-freakin-lutely.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running, Ultrarunning

Random Thoughts Thursday.

What a WEEK it has been on the work front! But alas I am squeezing some time to myself in. I’ve been doing some dark runs lately and I enjoy changing it up. Just call me Chelsea “change it up” TheDancingRunner Ross.

I am RACING THIS WEEKEND (say what?!) and I have to say this is going to be a much needed time on my feet, ultra fun run!! I’ve already seen the course, and I am excited to get out there with some of my friends. My good friend (who used to take my spin class back when I taught at 24) is the race director of this race. She’s also a badass ultra runner! Should be some good times.

I am doing the baby ultra (just 6 hours) there is also a 12 and 24 hour run. I kinda like ending the year on a ‘baby ultra’ note. I will get a feel for this race then if I end up liking it I’ll return next year for something longer.

On Cyber Monday I did some shopping and signed up for MY FAVORITE RACE the Hachie 50! That is one race I do not mind doing over and over again.

As much as I enjoy the 100 miler distance – I mean I did do it, twice I will say that is one race distance that you do have to change it up to enjoy. For me at least. I do know lots of trail runners that do the same races multiple times, just to get the different buckles and bragging rights. I am a believer in once you’ve done the HUNDO you can just say you’ve done one and people (your average Joe) will be more than impressed.

One day I may run another one, but I think eventually I’d like to do the 24 hour race (running for time as opposed to distance) and get more than 100 miles in on a flat, fast course. Hopefully the ‘rona won’t get worse and I can set my sights on that for 2022.

I will say that this without a doubt made me giggle yesterday. Omarion is an r&b singer for those who don’t know.

Share some randomness with me about your day!!

My fellow hundo runner peeps- I know I have a few out there…like you Ash…anyone out there enjoy doing the same 100 milers over and over again?!? Maybe there’s something about the familiarity of it and knowing you can finish.

Fitness, Music, Spin class, spotify, Weds Spin Playlist

Weds Spin Playlist + My Top Songs 2021.

It’s a great day for some HOT jams! I’ve got some high energy songs for your workouts this week. Be sure to follow along on Spotify where I’m updating hundreds of my playlists on a weekly basis!

Plus you can find my spin instructor schedule here if you want to book a bike and come to class.

I love that Spotify has put out our “Top Songs for 2021”! As an instructor that puts great thought into my music I enjoy looking back and reminiscing on the memories.

Apparently my audio AURA – is bold and motivational haha. I can dig it! Thanks Spotify for the good times and sweat in 2021.

Let’s go for a ride!

Bad Behaviour- Mabel: Warm up
The Beat- Mike Williams: Standing run
All Day and Night- Jax Jones: Rolling hills
Vivid- Quintino: Accelerations
Flex- Rich Homie Quan: Jumps
BURNITUP!- Janet Jackson, Missy Elliot: Rolling hills
I Got U- Duke Dumont: Sprints
Cinema- Benny Benassi, Gary Go, Galantis: Active recovery
Swish Swish- Katy Perry, Cheat Codes: Climb
Melanin- Michael Brun, Kah-Lo: Jumps on a hill
Canned Heat- Jamiroquai: Climb
Bust ‘Em- Party Favor: Accelerations
Sweet But Psycho- Ava Max, Morgan Page: Rolling hills
The Right Song- Tiesto: Sprints
Day and Night- Majid Jordan: Cool down

What is your audio aura for 2021?! Feel free to share your top Spotify songs with me!

Fitness, Fun, Running, Ultra Running

Beach Vacation Recap, Turkey Day Plans and Wednesday Thoughts.

I am back from my extended weekend vacation!! And what a fun time it was. So much has been going on with work and personal stuff that this getaway could not have come at a better time. I just needed to run in a beautiful tropical place, see some palm trees and put my feet in the sand.

A girlfriend of mine has a place there so we went down to her spot and she showed me around her neck of the woods. Ft. Lauderdale is actually full of lots of culture and the cutest authentic coffee shops and fun beachy eateries. Fresh shrimp and beautiful beverages were had every single day.

It was quite cloudy most of the days but the afternoons were sunny so in the mornings I enjoyed running in the ‘hood with the ocean breeze hitting my face.

The humidity was intense but I really loved getting a good sweat on before hitting up the coffee shops for my post run iced coffee.

We went down there just the two of us (only children unite) and danced the nights away. She is like my sister from another mister.

I mean you truly also cannot beat these Florida sunsets and listening to the sounds of nature.

We both really did enjoy ourselves and really felt like we did not want to come home, but back to reality!

I have some long running scheduled for this week leading up to Perpetual Motion. Just an ULTRA ‘fun run’ for me in the coming weeks and I love that the pressure is off for this one. I plan on just closing out my year by getting lots of miles/time on my feet in.

I’ve also just been doing solo runs with everything going on in life (and being an only child) being solo is how I deal with things and life and such. A recharge of sorts. People that know me best know this and that it is nothing personal. Some days you just want to be around people who really know you, and get away from the hustle and bustle. I’m kind of at a time in my life where I want to do just that.

Thanksgiving will be lovely though. I plan on going to visit my Mama Bear and eating lots of mashed potatoes. Oh, and of course, running a Chelsea Trot.

Have a fantastic Turkey Day!

Any fun plans for your Thanksgiving? Are you running a Turkey Trot, or traveling anywhere?

Fitness, Spin class, Weds Spin Playlist

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! Like clockwork, I’m back with your spin cycle playlist on hump day. Plus a workout included for my fellow spin instructors!!

Find me on Spotify and see where I’ll be teaching classes next.

Let’s go for a ride!

Turn Back Time- Diplo, Sonny Fedora: Warm up
Mad Love- Mabel, Blinkie: Standing run
We Make it Bounce- Dillon Francis, Major Lazer: Sprints
100% Pure Love- Crystal Waters: Rolling hills
Turn Me On- Riton, Oliver Heldens: Jumps on a hill
Now and Later- Sage the Gemini, Henry Fong: Climb
The Way I Are- Bebe Rexha, Lil Wayne: Accelerations
Alive- David Guetta, Ronald Clark: Seated/standing run
Booty Work- TPain: Climb
P.Y.T.- Michael Jackson: Active recovery
Desperado- Rihanna, 3LAU: Rolling hills
Poison- Bell Biv Devoe: Jumps on a hill
Bring It Home- Sick Individuals: Sprints
5 A.M.- Kartell: Cool down

Feel free to share some of your workout jams from this week with me!

Running, Weekly Running Report

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there and happy new week! New week – new goals – let’s get down to business.

I have to say the sunset last night was absolutely spectacular after my weekend 20 miler. I had to get out and shake the legs out and enjoy this view. Let’s recap last week’s miles, shall we?! I ended up running over 40 miles for the week and I’m feeling great building my endurance back up after the off season.

Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- Active recovery day / taught my spin class at the gym. I actually do love getting on the bike especially after a weekend of running. It’s something about spinning the legs with some sprints and hill climbing that I really love.

Tuesday- 6.31 miles watching the sunset after work. Getting the legs moving after the hectic workday.

Wednesday- 4.02 miles with a quick out and back. I am actually kind of enjoying running in the evenings with the sun setting a little earlier. Brings a whole new energy when I do run at night that I absolutely love.

Thursday- 3.03 miles in the morning before the busy work day of teaching at the gym plus work. Love getting out on the local lake and seeing the usual early risers like myself.

Friday- Early morning 4.25 miles. Love kicking off Friday AM with a RUNrise.

Saturday- 20.02 miles with a good buddy!

We have been changing the routes up a LOT for our longer weekend runs which brings a fresh energy into these longer miles. Honestly I feel like that is what I enjoy the most lately about running longer. New scenery to explore.

Plus the leaves now starting to show some color down in Texas has been lovely.

Sunday- 3.03 miles to hit my numbers for the week. Nice and cool easy breezy miles does the body some good.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you run some long miles and get out and enjoy the view? Or did you enjoy the view from your couch?!
Both amazing weekend options. No discrimination here.

Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest sunny Friday! I was able to get up for a glorious crisp cool run this morning. After a marathon WEEK of teaching classes at the gym and running and such. I have to say, I’m in dire need of a hot yoga session or two right about now. Just stretching these tired runners muscles of mine in a heated room sounds absolutely lovely right now.

Let’s get into this week’s faves!

Jocelyn Rivas just ran her 100th marathon before 25. Love this and can definitely vibe with how she looks at running and training.

Love Tom McGrath’s ULTRARUN journey. We all do it for different reasons…and his story is a beautiful one for sure.

Check out the best indoor cycling shoes for your strongest ride ever. I’m currently into the Giro brand but also love me some Pearl Izumis.

10 brain boosting breakfasts that take 5 minutes to make. I’m all about express meals for on the go crazy days. Anything with eggs or protein packed is a definite YES.

And there you have it! Make it a great Friday!!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Packing for next week’s vacation, running, spending time with my people.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning the weather was OH SO CRISP for running. I can’t really describe it any other kind of way other than crisp. I think I am going to change my fave running temp to 50 something degrees. It is like not too hot, not too cold, you know?! And you don’t have to wear gloves but you can wear shorts and then maybe a light long sleeved top. My jam.

Next week I get to go on an ACTUAL vacation! You guys I am oh so ready to get on an airplane and head to the beach. Thank you baby Jesus for friends with condos. I mean seriously there is so much good still left in the world. Blessed and filled with gratitude for good people in my life.

This song today is such a vibe. I could play it on repeat all day long.

My coffee is so much better this week with peppermint added to it. It is that time of year after all. Bye bye pumpkin spice.

People have been complaining about it getting darker earlier with daylight savings but you know what?! It is something about us falling back an hour that has given me some fresh energy. Even in the evenings I feel like I have a little pep in my step. I even want to run in the darkness longer (when I run at night because y’all know I like to change it up).

I feel a hair color change coming soon also. Yes…changes are coming and I’m loving every bit of change in the air right about now. Stay tuned.

Also, Happy Veterans Day to all of my veterans out there. Blessings. 

What is your ‘perfect running temperature’?!?

I feel like I have two. 55 and 69.

Fitness, Spin class, spotify, Weds Spin Playlist

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! Busy work day but I thought I would bring you some jams! Lots of newbies on the playlist for your workout pleasure.

Find me on Spotify and check out my current schedule to see where I’ll be teaching classes next.

Let’s go for a ride!

Boasty- Wiley, Stefflon Don, Idris Elba: Warm up
Shivers- Ed Sheeran, Jax Jones: Rolling hills
Bug a Boo- Joe Stone: Accelerations
Get Right- Jennifer Lopez: Standing run
My Universe- Galantis, Coldplay, GTS: Climb
Fireball- Pitbull, John Ryan: Standing run
Don’t Phunk With My Heart- Black Eyed Peas: Jumps
Feels Right- Jocelyn Alice: Sprints
Sweet Memories- CID, Kaskade: Active recovery
Inside Out- Zedd, Griff: Climb
Five More Hours- Deorro, Chris Brown: Jumps on a hill
No More- DubVision: Rolling hills
Piece of Your Heart- Meduza, Goodboys: Seated/standing run
Underwater- Tujamo: Accelerations
Save My Soul (Sunrise Edit)- 5 Boroughs: Cool down

Feel free to share some hot tracks/throwback workout jams with me!