Random Thoughts Thursday.

Well hey hey hey!! Cheers to it being almost Friday!! I have a bit of a 3 day weekend coming up (thank you extra PTO time) so I am super pumped that it is my Friday! So much so that I thought it called for a Taylor Swift gif. So yay for that.

Did you know that they call her fans SWIFTIES? LOL, I am honestly not a huge fan but this makes me giggle.

So without further ado let’s get to random thoughts Thursday, shall we?

I am thrilled because it is that time of year again that I stock up on all of my holiday teas.

My favorite natural foods store around the corner keeps ‘em fully stocked. Don’t you just love all of the holiday finds?

I also like to keep those little liquor chocolates around the house during Christmas time. For some reason to me they are so festive. I give them away as gifts as well.

Have you started listening to holiday music yet?!? Is it too early? I am starting to see all of the Christmas playlists pop up on my Spotify but I am hesitant to listen to them yet. For some reason this doesn’t feel right to me until after Thanksgiving has come and gone. LOL.

Is anyone running a Turkey Trot this year? For my veteran readers you know this is that time of year that I run my CHELSEA TROT. AKA long run on Thanksgiving. I usually do anywhere from 15-20 miles before turkey. Then celebrate post run with mimosas.

It has been a “high bun” kind of week, hair wise. Why fuss with crazy morning hair after running during the work week when you can just shower, wash, throw it up and go? It’s a classy clean look and you don’t look a hot mess after. I am all for it.

How is your week going? Who else is rocking the “high bun” with me?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to you! I’ve got some jams for your eardrums today!! Totally for your workout pleasure. Hope you do enjoy.

And check out where I’m teaching spin class next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

+ you can follow me on Spotify: thedancingrunner 

Let’s go for a ride!

Tip Toe- Jason Derulo, French Montana: Warm up
Rise- Laidback Luke, Mark Villa: Accelerations
Jungle- Putbull, Stereotypes, E-40, Abraham Mateo: Rolling hills
We Make it Bounce- Dillon Francis: Tapbacks
Pills & Automobiles- Chris Brown: Hill climb
Move Ya Body- Nina Sky: Jumps on a hill
I Get the Bag- Migos: Hill climb
The Game- Jauz: Sprints
Darkside- Ty Dolla, Future, Kiiara: Rolling hills
Butterfly Effect- Travis Scott: Seated/standing run
Get it Right- Moska: Tapbacks/Jumps
Workin’ Day & Night- Michael Jackson: Rolling hills
Pinata- Throttle: Accelerations
Swish Swish (Cheat Codes Remix)- Katy Perry: Sprints
XO Tour Llif3- Basstracks: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts and/or work week?

Morning Runner Truths.

The promise of coffee post run almost always is the driving factor to get me out of bed in the a.m.

Starting your run AT a coffee shop and ending it there is absolutely the best thing ever. It’s like “Cheers” – everybody knows your name.

Running with friends so early makes things 100 percent more fun.

Dedicated morning runners to me are like unicorns. Badass unicorns at that.

-Not everyone can keep up the morning run routine. Because, life happens.

-But some days you just have to MAKE it happen. Hashtag priorities.

Going to bed in timely manner makes all the difference.

You see a lot of interesting things so early in the morning. In Texas, it’s usually coyotes, bunnies, and squirrels. And the occasional stray random person walking their dog. They don’t bother you if you don’t bother them.

I feel super productive if I can bang out a 10+ mile run on a work day before 8 a.m. It’s kind of amazing what they body can do.

It’s never SUPER easy to hop out of bed at 4 or 5 something in the morning. But it’s always worth it.

What are some of your morning runner truths?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there and happy Monday to you! Hope your weekend was filled with great fun! I’m here to recap my running workouts from last week. Let’s get right on to it!

Monday AM- 8.22 solo miles in the a.m. Last week it was rather fall-like, weather wise. I was absolutely loving it! The change in daylight savings has really been working in my favor too, as a morning runner.

Monday PM- 4.15 miles before teaching spin. Since the time change of my class (from 5:45 to 6:30) it leaves me a little more time to get a warm up in. I park right at the gym, go for a quick jaunt and then head on over. Works out perfect.

Tuesday AM- 11.22 miles back with the run club crew. We have already seen a few early morning runners fall off the wagon. But there are still a dedicated few that like to link up with the group for some crack of dawn miles.

Tuesday PM- 4.03 miles with a few speedy strides thrown in. I always for some reason feel faster towards the middle of the work week. So I try to do my speedier stuff on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays.

Wednesday AM- 8.25 super early hump day miles. I had a dentist appointment at 7 AM (ugh) so it had to be done. Feels good to get it out of the way though before the busy day.

Wednesday PM- 4.31 double day miles after the long work day. I got caught up on my fave pop culture podcast and just got it done.

Thursday AM- 10.26 miles with the run club. I had a flat tire that morning! HAHA. Gotta love being a grown up. Thankfully the tire store was right next door, it turned out that I needed 2 new front tires. So I got that done and felt all productive and ish.

Thursday PM- 2.22 warm up miles before gym with speedy sides thrown in again. It felt good to go faster after kind of a crazy start to the morning and then the long work day.

Friday- 8.12 miles, running on my rest day. I felt good this week so thought it would be a good week for a streak.

Saturday AM- 20.05 miles with the White Rock Running Co-Op. Great run with socializing and mimosas at the Taco Joint after.

Saturday PM- 4.22 evening miles before date night. Nice & easy sorta recovery run.

Sunday- 15.27 miles to hit my 100 for the week. Woo freakin’ hoo.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Anyone have a fun race or (races) coming up?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to you! I am without a doubt ready for some fun free time this weekend. I’ve got some long running, straight chillin’ and good times on tap! Let’s get to this week’s favorites.

-A brilliant sunset on double run day. I have to say I run at all times of the day but I am loving the change with daylight savings.

Should you wear compression socks during travel? I say sure, without a doubt.

Fall 2017 nail colors. I am absolutely digging that Tom Ford Smoke Red.

Pumpkin diet for 24 hours? The basic B in me really likes this.

-Did you know that Drew Barrymore makes her own rosé? YES WAY. I am all about it.

Have a great Friday!

What are you up to this weekend?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello there! It’s random thoughts Thursday time!! How are you? Man, this week went by kinda fast did it not? To me it definitely did. I am glad! Bring on Friday and the weekend. But first, I have a few thoughts on this wonderful day.

I am loving all of the Texas ciders I’m discovering as of late. Most of you know I’m more of a vino gal, but to hang out with runners and be one of the cool kids who drink beer, I’ve had to find something that I enjoy. If you are in Texas you must try Austin East Ciders or Bishop Cider Co based out of Dallas. Especially their OG brew – my absolute fave.

Work has been absolute pure insanity (tight deadlines and international stuff we have been working on) and all I want to do is go home and color, watch Sesame Street and be a kid again. Can anyone relate? Hashtag adult problems.

-Thank goodness for running. It has been 100% pure stress relief for me as of late.

Some days, though I actually really want to get back to taking boxing classes. Like not aerobics Tae Bo kickboxing, but real damn boxing. I have a running bud who is an instructor at a boxing gym too so maybe I can get the hook up.

Okay I am only saying I want to do that because I want pink boxing gloves. Preferably with rhinestones on them.

Yep, pretty much how it works.

Who watched the Real Housewives Reunion part one!? I have a love/hate relationship with Leeanne. Like, I totally know she has anger problems and starts drama but she’s good tv. Gotta love the trainwrecks.

Chivalry is not dead. I’ve been on a couple of dates with this one dude (yes an online guy) and he was just the utmost gentleman. Made me feel like I was a princess or something. Can guys everywhere just be like that!? Fellas, take note.

In other news, this makes me laugh. Probably because it’s oh so true. Love being an instructor, it can be crazy from time to time. But it is one fun side hustle.

What are some random rants/thoughts on your mind this week?

Weds Spin Playlist.

It’s that time again! Spin playlist Wednesday. I’ve got some great workout tracks for cycle and fitness enthusiasts alike! Hope you enjoy. And check out where I’ll be teaching next if you’re local.

Um, can we talk about how crazy that gif above looks?! That dude has some powerful legs and core.

Also follow along on Spotify where I post playlists on a weekly basis!

Let’s go for a ride!!

Told You So- Miguel: Warm up
Kumbaza- Chuckie: Accelerations
Tambourine- Eve: Rolling hills
Just a Lil Bit- Frey: Jumps
On the Floor- J.Lo: Tapbacks
Reverse- Sage the Gemini: Rolling hills
Energy- Drake: Seated/standing run
Freak (And You Know It)- Joe Stone: Taobacks/hill climb
Body Operator- DJ Spin King, French Montana & Jeremih: Sprints
Like This- MiMS: Active recovery
In The Air- Bad Royale, Killa Graham, T-Pain: Hill climb
Run This Town- Offaiah: Accelerations
Bad & Boujee- Migos: Rolling hills
Sweet Memories- CID: Jumps on a hill
Electric Feel (Justice Remix)- MGMT: Hills climb
After Party- Dorrough: Sprints
South of the River- Tom Misch: Cool down

Tell me something random about your Wednesday!
Work is crazy – I am powered mostly by coffee and running today.

Post Run Routine.

So I don’t know about you but most runners tend to have down a bit of what we call a post run routine. Sometimes mine changes from day to day, but there a lot of things I tend to do after putting those miles in to help me in the process of recovering and getting back out on those roads (or trails) stronger than ever! Here are a few things that I like to do right after I log my miles on my Garmin and sync to Strava. (Because duh, Strava is important.) Let’s be friends!

Get your stretch on. For me this is absolutely crucial post workout. Even after teaching my cycling classes at the gym I try to include a good stretching type of routine. I am really into post run yoga stretches (especially ones that open up the hips and stretch the hamstrings) And I also love planks and side planks for the core. Here are some great post run stretches you can include after you get those miles in.

Hydrate/replenish calories. A good mix of protein and some carbs always works for me. I love eggs post run, or a refreshing homemade smoothie with almond milk. I also religiously carry a 64 ounce water bottle (you can buy them on the cheap at Five Below!) that I leave at my desk and just chug chug all day long. I like to keep things simple. I don’t do the whey protein or whatever chemical laced hot new thing anyone else is doing. Generally real food and real hydration seems to get the job done.

Shower/compression socks. Specifically after a harder workout I will put on some compression socks to help promote blood flow. It could just be a mental thing but my legs truly feel better with the compression socks on. I leave them on for a few hours while I’m doing chores or chillin’ around the house. Pro Compression is a great resource if you are looking into these.

Quick nap to recharge. Usually this is on the weekends after a long run and if I have gotten up especially early that day. You’ve gotta love a good power nap.

Try to keep moving throughout the day. My biggest thing after a run especially during the work week is to stay mobile. I have a Varidesk at work that I can adjust to stay upward and I tell you what this has worked wonders for my hips and back. Sitting after a run just does not do my body any type of good. Keep moving is the name of the game. Motion is lotion – that is the best way to recover and get back to running stronger than ever.

What is your post run routine?

Weekly Running Report.

Hello! Hope your Monday is going well. I’m here to recap some running workouts – I was able to get in just over 87 miles of running last week! So thankful for these strong legs of mine.

Let’s recap, shall we?!

Monday AM- 8.23 early miles. My legs were tired after the weekend workouts so I just made it happen. I tell you what it’s always easier once you get out the door.

Monday PM- 4.12 miles before teaching a class at the gym. I just park at the gym now and go run. Lately I’ve been playing Dora the Explorer and I found a new to me pretty route nearby! Love when that happens.

Tuesday- 10.35 miles on Halloween! We had a nice turnout for the run club. It’s starting to be that time of year where people fall off for the morning runs that I host, so I’m glad we have a few dedicated folks that still like to run early in the fall and winter.

Wednesday AM- 8.33 solo miles in the ‘hood. It was fun since I live in a young/professional city type area things are always bustling even at 5 a.m. I even saw some boot campers getting after it.

Wednesday PM- 4.12 sunset miles on double run day before watching a bit of the World Series with a good friend. Yay for the Astros!

Thursday AM- 14.05 early miles back with the run club again. I got an early head start and then finished up with them. The sunrise was stunning that morning.

Thursday PM- 3.05 miles before teaching back at the gym. Just warming up the legs from the long work day.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday AM- 16 miles and some change back with the White Rock Running Co-op. I like running with this group because they push me, they are very supportive of one another and they just are laid back and like to have fun! I kind of look forward to my Saturdays running with them now. We run early, done by 9 am or so…then everyone goes to the Taco Joint for mimosas and breakfast tacos. I have not tried the tacos yet, but you’d better believe I had myself a mimosa post run. Cheers.

Saturday PM- 4.12 miles in the early evening, it was already pretty dark out even at 7:30 pm or so. The people watching was on point.

Sunday- 14.14 morning miles over by the golf course with some hill work thrown in. Temps were actually in the 90s yesterday with lots of humidity. I think we will be back to some fall temps this week though.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Tell me about your upcoming marathons!

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello and happy Friday to you! I am still in shock that it is November already. Seriously…the year is almost over!! I simply cannot believe it. I am more than ready to gear up and get back into racing season! Fall & winter time are without a doubt my favorite seasons for some Texas running.

Inspo for me to make my own mulled wine…it’s going to happen, soon!!

Let’s get into this week’s faves!

48 fun facts about the 48th annual NYC marathon. Number 30, holy wow.

-Receiving a score of A+ on my wellness test for my benefits at work!! You know, where they take your blood work and your stats and all of that. I feel like a superwoman superhero healthy rockstar.

The best Whole Foods staples for busy bees. I think I need to stock up on some more chickpeas to make this recipe.

Massage Envy’s total body stretch featuring the streto method. Honestly it kinda feels like doing restorative yoga. I swear by massage therapy (been doing it for years) and love this new addition to my therapy sessions lately.

-And this, because it is just so ME.

That’s all for this week! Have a great weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Who is running the NYC Marathon?!? If so, best of luck!!