TGIFriday Faves.

Hey hey hey it is Friday!! I am without a doubt ready for some sunshine this weekend! You guys, the weather in Dallas today is supposed to be just ridiculous. Ridiculous as in awesome.

HIGH OF 85 DEGREES?! My eyes are surely playing tricks on me. I am smiling like this girl right about now. Get me to the nearest pool STAT.

Let’s get into this week’s faves!

5 healthy lunches all under $3 that will fuel your work week. Yes! I’m all about keeping it simple. I need to get asparagus back on the menu.

Colorful sundresses…now that the weather is warmer I can abandon my jeans AKA “leg prisons”! Yes I said it. Legs out all season long.

Aliontherun’s podcast interview with Des Linden. You must listen to it. I really just like how down to earth she is and listening to her talk about running Boston this April. Plus, she runs for Brooks! So that makes her even more awesome.

I just signed up for a fall marathon! Super excited to run a Revel race finally and I’ve never been to Utah before. It shall be a good time and a fun summer of training.

And there you have it! Have a wonderful Friday.

What are you up to this weekend?
Running with friends, maybe partaking in some St. Patty’s Day activities, and wearing lots o’ green.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello and welcome to random thoughts Thursday! This is the day where I dish on the latest and greatest in running related (and not so running related) material! So, without further ado…let’s get to what’s going on inside of my crazy mind lately.

I got my hair done yesterday before going on a date and can I just tell you how much I absolutely NEEDED that pampering session?! I kind of wish I could do this once a week but unfortunately income tax money only comes once a year. It was lovely though. See I even have a selfie to prove it.

-This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. I love it when the sunshine is loud and proud and I especially love the extra daylight in the evenings. It is making my double run days that much more fun.

How awesome is this coffee mug!? My favorite little coffee shop has the best ones. YOU GO GIRL. Great way to start the morning after a good run.

Of course, it is DARK AS ALL GET OUT in the mornings now though for my early runs. But it does help when you have your frans to get you up in the a.m. & knock it out.

I saw a coyote in broad daylight during my lunch run the other day. It was actually kind of funny because we both just kind of hung out there a sec and stared at one another for a bit. Like, we were both asking each other, “WTF are you doing…on MY trail?!” So finally I threw in the towel and re routed my run.

I am thinking about doing a BIRTHDAY RUN again this year. Yes, I will be turning the big 3-4. As most of my faithful readers know I ran 33 miles on my birthday last year. And it’s perfect training for my upcoming 50 miler. So I will probably have to take off work and make it happen. It’s either that or run for 34 minutes (HA) we shall see.

Okay – confession time, sometimes I just read blogs for the comments. Just me? People can be funny.

Also, if you do not have a little bit of a sense of humor I am probably not going to be an avid reader of your blog. Sorry not sorry. There is just too much seriousness out on earth right now. A sister needs a good laugh.

Maybe it is just that my IDAGF light shines a little brighter as I get older? Welcome to being in your 30s. It’s fun here.

What are some of your random thoughts this week?! Tell me any and everything! It is a no judgement zone. Usually.

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hello and happy hump day to ya!! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!! I’ve got some spin cycle tracks you will love today! Hope you enjoy.

And be sure to follow me on Spotify where I post workout playlists on a weekly basis!

You can also check out my weekly spin cycle schedule here to see where I’m teaching classes next in the Dallas area!

Let’s go for a ride!

Dancer- Flo Rida: Warm up
Badgal- Rob & Jack: Accelerations
Feeling Myself- Nicki Minaj, Beyonce: Rolling hills
For the Thrill- Yellow Claw, Becky G: Jumps on a hill
Bounce Back- Big Sean: Tapbacks
We Still in This- B.o.B.: Sprints
Snapbacks & Tattoos- Driicky Graham: Active recovery
Swish Swish (Cheat Codes Remix)- Katy Perry: Hill climb
Pinata- Throttle: Accelerations
Make it Hot- Nicole, Missy Elliot: Seated/standing run
Rock U Tonite- Wave Racer: Sprints
Colors- Jason Derulo: Rolling hills
Beware of the Boys- Panjabi MC: Sprints
King’s Dead- Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake: Hill climb
Five More Hours- Chris Brown: Tapbacks
Dance Tonight- Lucy Pearl: Cool down

What songs are you loving lately?
My classes are loving all of the R&B jams for the cool down.

How to Balance Ultramarathon Training with Life.

So I’ve written a post about finding a balance when you are training for a marathon (which can be a task in itself) but what about when you are training for an ULTRAmarathon? It can be tough to try and increase your workouts and/or your mileage with a busy career and social schedule. BUT as someone that actually enjoys running BEYOND the 26.2 distance I am here you tell you…than it CAN be done! And you don’t have to lose your mind, either. So for those ultra unicorns out there (or those of you that are thinking about training for a 50k, 50 miler or 100 mile race) here are a few things you can do to maintain your balance (and your sanity) while training for an ultra.

Be realistic about your training. Not everyone can run high mileage without injury. Bottom line. It takes patience, persistence and lots of ego free easy running to build it up slowly and safely. It has taken me years to be able to run 80-100 miles a week on a consistent basis. I never thought I would be the type of ultrarunner that I am today. Yet here I am. But, do what your body is capable of doing. Not what your friend’s body can do.

YES, you can run an ultra if you run 50-60 miles a week. Supplement some of those run days with cross training days. I know a lot of folks that do Ironmans and triathlons that dabble in ultra races. They can handle the workload and stress of ultra running, even though they may run less. Why? Because they are used to the endurance part of it. So, bike if you want to bike, swim, do YOGA. Strength train. The stronger you get your body the more you will be able to do without breaking down.

Put in the WORK. OK, keep it real time. Sometimes I may post on here and I may make it look easy in terms of how much I run. But trust and believe I work my ASS off. I (usually) never bitch about it. I have a good attitude about it. I actually LOVE what I am doing (imagine that?) I am not running because I want to look good in a cocktail dress (okay maybe sometimes) I run a lot and I teach classes at the gym and I work hard because I love it. I thrive off of it. Because I am competitive by nature and I like to kick my own ass. You have to have a certain type of grit I think to actually enjoy ultra running. Develop that GRIT and that mental capacity that it takes. Get up early. Run alone sometimes. Run when you don’t want to, on a day when it is cold and rainy and you would rather be in bed. Those are the days you will remember when you are running an ultra, or when you are on the trails ALONE going at it for 50, 60, 100 miles. Believe it.

Mix up what time of day that you run. Do you ALWAYS habitually run in the morning?? Go for a run at lunch sometimes. Can’t run at lunch? Go for some sunset miles. Run twice a day to get used to how you feel at certain times of the day when you are running. Especially with any distance over 50 miles (100k or 100 miler) you need to change it up to mimic how you will feel when it gets dark on the trail or whatever ultra race that you run.

Give yourself a BREAK sometimes. I mean this in all aspects of life. Take a rest day at least once a week. Go out with your friends WHO DON’T RUN. Talk about other shit that has nothing to do with running. Go to a nice restaurant and treat yourself to a good meal. Enjoy food! Enjoy life! Live is for living. Life is the reason why I run ultras, frankly. I love life and I love running and I want to be able to do it, for a long time. That is why I’m thankful for the trails, to be able to enjoy nature and soak it all in.

Where my ultrarunner unicorns at!? How do you balance ultratraining with life?

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! Hope you had an excellent weekend and that you have an even better work week this week!! I am here to recap some running – I was fortunate to be able to get in just over 80 miles total! YES…ultra training for the Hachie 50 miler is going smooth so far. Let’s do a quick recap and see how it all went down!!

Monday AM- 12.22 miles in my ‘hood, just enjoying the sunshine. The weather here is finally starting to turn for the better! Of course along with the Texas sunshine we get a touch of Texas humidity. But it is all good.

Monday PM- 3.03 mile cool down after teaching a class at the gym. Enjoying the darkness at 7pm before daylight savings time.

Tuesday AM- 10.02 miles with the breakfast club crew. Always fun getting in a little over 10 miles before 7 a.m.

Tuesday PM- 3.32 miles, 7:54 pace right along the lake in the evening doing some people watching. Lovely.

Wednesday AM- Lots of double run day action last week. 8.12 miles on hump day in the morning, nice and easy miles.

Wednesday PM- Happy hour miles with the White Rock Running Co-Op. 5.23 miles done and maybe a little Wine Wednesday involved after.

Thursday AM- 8.25 miles in the early morning, I did a few miles with friends and then finished up solo.

Thursday PM- 2.22 mile warm up before teaching spin class at the gym. I was feeling speedy so I threw in a few strides. I even saw 6 minute something miles on my watch at one point. Score.

Friday- Running on my rest day. 4.12 miles around the lake done.

Saturday- 17.12 mile long run with WRRC. It was CRAZY HUMID that morning, fairly pleasant weather though. But the humidity about knocked me out. 8:40 overall pace. Legs felt tired on this day.

Sunday- 7.13 miles before brunch. Just getting it done. The real MVP of Sunday- almighty breakfast pizza. Gotta love it.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you partake in any delicious brunch?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! Hope you have some fun in store for the weekend. I am definitely looking forward to long running it, yoga at the brewery and brunching with friends!

Let’s get to some of my favorites from this week!

The best (and worst) race day manners. Runners stopping short right in front of you is my worst nightmare. Please move to the side if you’re going to take a damn selfie during the race. Thank you.

-I’m back on a brussels sprouts kick. Yum yum. So good roasted. They are fully stocked over at my local farmers market.

Green goddess margaritas?! I love all things with cucumbers involved. Where do I sign up…yum.

Nutter puffs. You must find these! Addictive.

-Beautiful flowers in the ‘hood. It is starting to look like spring around here! Can’t wait to see my Texas bluebonnets pop up everywhere too.

And there you have it! Have a wonderful Friday.

What are you up to this weekend?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hi, hey and hello! It is my favorite day of the week. Random thoughts Thursday! This is the day that we just talk about any and everything under the sun, sometimes it is running related and other times it is definitely not! So let’s get to it…

My little breakfast run club is absolutely everything right now. You’ve gotta love reliable run buds, right? Well next week we have decided we are going to start up “track party” on Thursdays. I have been doing most of my faster runs and speed work on the roads lately so I’m actually so excited to get back on the actual track. I love the SOFTNESS of the track too!! It’s all bouncy and fun. Way better than the harsh pavement.

Are you a person who actually enjoys running on the treadmill? I am not going to judge you either way but I kind of wish I liked It more than I do. I am just a tad too A.D.D. to really feel like I am getting much accomplished via the ‘mill. I know people enjoy doing their speedwork sometimes on there? I used to do that back in the day so I could see how that may be enjoyable. But a long run on a moving belt while staring at the wall – you can forget that noise. I guess since we don’t have a ton of bad weather in the winter time I am never in a situation where I HAVE to use it. Oh well.

Do you know what drives me nuts?? When spellcheck continuously corrects what I type. YES I know it is not in your dictionary but trust me, “turnt” is a word. I don’t care about your little red line that is telling me that it isn’t. I do what I want.

Okay so there is still absolutely nothing that interests me on television (hashtag I’d rather be running) but I am back on a RHOBH/Beverly Hills housewives kick. I think I mostly enjoy this one because I feel like they are probably the most LEGIT of all of the housewives in terms of their wealth and living status. Their houses are just insane and I feel like I’m watching HGTV because I’m just in awe of all of it. Also, they have a new girl on there and her name is Teddi Mellencamp – yes she is John Mellencamp’s daughter. Love her! And I usually don’t like the newbies. I like the dynamic of the group this year.

Also, who remembers the dinner party with the crazy medium lady? I could watch that episode a million times. LOL that lady was a trainwreck.

Is it just me or are all Chipotles NOT created equal!? I love going there for my chicken/rice/veggie bowl but I have now realized I can only go to the location by my job. I’ve tried going to the one by my house but the kitchen in the back always looks messy and MORE THAN ONCE the rice has been undercooked. I am sorry but you are playing with my emotions, Chipotle. Get it together please.

I have been trying to hunt down this wine for the last week or so because a friend keeps telling me how amazing it is and I have a feeling I will never find it. Apothic Inferno. I love all of the Apothics I’ve tired thus far especially Apothic Red. Apparently the wine is aged in whiskey barrels and that just sounds incredible. I think it may be a seasonal item? Anyways if you all track it down please alert me ASAP. Not being able to find it is driving me nuts.

What is on your mind today? Tell me about the randomness!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Today is kind of cray cray work wise but I am here to give you the latest and greatest of my workout playlists! Hope you do enjoy.

And be sure to check out where I’ll be teaching spin class next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Also follow me on Spotify: thedancingrunner

Let’s go for a ride!

Lady (Hear Me Tonight)- Black Caviar: Warm up
Finesse- Kyle Edwards: Accelerations
Hey Ya!- OutKast: Tapbacks
Jumpman- Drake, Future: Hill climb
Boom Boom Pow- The Black Eyed Peas: Rolling hills
Drop it Low- DJ Danyo, Trevis Romell: Jumps on a hill
Just Fine (Treat ‘Em Right Remix)- Mary J. Blige: Seated/Standing run
Would You Ever- Skrillex: Sprints
Lights Out- Quintino: Active recovery
(When You Gonna) Give it Up to Me- Sean Paul, Keyshia Cole: Hill climb
Ayo- Chris Brown, Tyga: Rolling hills
Till the Sun Comes Up- Firebeatz: Sprints
Midnight Summer Jam- Justin Timberlake: Hill climb
Hype- Dizzee Rascal: Sprints/Jumps
Danza Kuduro- Don Omar: Rolling hills
Mood- dvsn: Cool down

Swalla- Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj: Warm up
Do it Like Me- TCTS: Hill climb
Say Aah- Trey Songz: Jumps
Private Show- Offaiah: Sprints
Fire Burning- Sean Kingston: Rolling hills
I Can Transform Ya- Chris Brown: Standing run
Where the Drums At- Funky Craig: Accelerations
Heartless- Kanye West: Hill climb
In Da Club- 50 Cent: Accelerations
Azukita- Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee: Jumps
I’m Good- Clipse- Hill climb
2U- David Guetta, Pharrell Williams: Active recovery
If I was You- Far East Movement, Snoop Dogg: Tapbacks
Deeper Love- Jauz: Jumps on a hill
Lolli Lolli- Three Six Mafia: Sprints
Love You Better- King Combs: Cool down

What songs are on your workout playlists this week? Any fitness/cycle instructor readers in the bunch?? Say hello! I don’t bite. Usually.

10 (Frivolous) Reasons to Go for a Run.

Hey…I know running is amazing for your body mind and soul. There are some days you NEED to get that run in simply for your own sanity! So, today I am going to list way too many (frivolous) reasons why you need to go for a run. Right now. At lunch. In a few hours. Tonight! Whatever suits your fancy. And some of them are silly reasons! So let’s just get to it.

1. To get a TAN. Yes, that is one of the main reasons why I like running in the summer. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

2. Because you want to BEAT the time (or distance) on your last run. So, your last run was 5.02 miles? Let’s see if we can make it 5.03. Why? Just cuz it feels good to run a little more sometimes.

3. To feel the dirt underneath your feet. Actually sometimes I go do trail runs for the sole reason of feeling a different type of terrain under my feet. Especially after doing so much dang road running, sometimes the soft trail just feels amazing to the body.

4. The work day was just insane and everything went wrong and now you need to blow off a little steam. I tell you what there is nothing like running after a stressful day at work. Sometimes that is all I need to turn the day around.

5. To earn that margarita at happy hour. I’m not judging.

6. To run off the margarita you had at happy hour. Also not judging (plus running after having a drink or two can be kind of interesting – not that I’ve done that, not at all)

7. To go have a gab fest with your runner girlfriends. Nuff said.

8. To get your butt up earlier in the morning so you can run early and then have some coffee at your favorite local coffee shop afterwards.

9. To break in a new pair of fresh running kicks. I am in love with these pink ones.

10. Because you want to get to the top of the leaderboard of your run club on Strava. HEY…there is no harm in that. We all need a little healthy competition every now and again. While you’re at it, find me on there and let’s be friends!

What are some (frivolous) reasons why you would go for a run?! 

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! This will be one of those wham bam thank you ma’am posts. There’s a ton going on today so just recapping you on the running front!! I was able to get in 71.6 miles last week. Yes…some double run days leading up to the Hachie 50 mile race in May!! Ultra training is going well. Let’s do a quick recap!

Monday– 6.32 miles after running the Cowtown 50k the day before. Legs were still feeling stiff but of course some nice & easy running always helps. Motion is lotion.

Tuesday AM– 11.05 miles with my breakfast club crew! I did some quick miles with them and then finished up on my own. It is finally starting to feel like spring.

Tuesday PM– 3.23 miles after gym. It’s something about running right after the sun sets that I love. Just had a few things mentally that I needed to process.

Wednesday– 8.22 miles around the lake. My lake runs lately have been everything. Really love the solo time.

Thursday AM– Legs were finally feeling back to normal. 11.32 miles with some strides thrown in. Felt good to get that one done.

Thursday PM– 2.22 mile warm up, 7:40ish pace before teaching class at gym.

Friday– REST DAY

Saturday AM– 15.03 mile long run with the White Rock Running Co-Op, 8:35 pace. A few of them are talking about running the California Int’l Marathon in December and I’m lightweight jealous cuz I want to run it too but it is 1 week before my 100 miler. BOOO. So I’m thinking about an earlier fall marathon instead. I’m heavily leaning on St. George plus I’ve never been to Utah!! So we shall see. I need to start making some 26.2 decisions.

Saturday PM– 4.22 miles in the evening doing some people watching on the lake.

Sunday– 10.03 miles with a light misty rain and humid as all get out. But I threw some hills in there so felt good to get in another double digit run.

And there you have it!!

How was your weekend? Is the weather as lovely there as it is in Dallas? It’s 70 something degrees and sunny today!