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!

Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Hi hey and hello there! It’s Friday and it is a good feeling!!! Hope you have some fun in store. I am absolutely ready to revel in this marvelous fall weather. Outdoor activities are happening all weekend long.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Incredible sunrises all week long like the one pictured above. Loving the colors of fall thus far.

Speaking of the colors of fall the leaves are slowly starting to change down in Texas!! I’ve been going on fall foliage runs and taking pics of every colorful leaf that I see.

How to navigate in person races this fall. RECOVERY and monitoring how you feel post race when your immune system is down – muy importante.

And finally, your Friday funny.

Make it a great one!

What is on tap for your weekend?!
Long running, margarita tasting, yoga doing, brunch devouring.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning was a CHILLY one after teaching my zero dark thirty spin class! I did feel my legs moving faster towards the end of this run though. It felt good to be outside running with temps in the 40s. Yes, we were in the 40s with low humidity. Cooler temps for running equals a happy Chelsea.

I went to the sauna AND the eucalyptus steam room after my chilly run and I have to tell you it was absolutely everything. My body and soul is all warm and happy now after that double dose of heat. Hydrating lots and lots after all of that AM sweat.

I am doing a trial run of HBO max and I have to say I am absolutely obsessed with all of the good shows I’m finding on there. Move over Netflix. I especially like this show – I just love me some good looking young and hip African Americans on my screen. Give me more of the Sweet Life please.

Essential oil of the week. Lavender and Cedarwood. I pretty much have been diffusing it every morning.

Love this tank top. We are getting all kinds of cute gear to wear when we teach classes at Life Time. Free swag is my jam.

Yes it is Christmas time already at the 9 to 5. I am not one of those people who hates on people putting their Christmas trees up early. haha. I am HERE FOR all of IT. Let’s get to the holiday hoopla.

Share some randomness with me from your week! Are you an early Christmas tree putter upper?!?

Normally yes. But– I may wait a little while longer this year because I think I’m going to get a new tree. It is time to retire the pink one.

Fitness, Spin class, spotify, Weds Spin Playlist

Weds Spin Playlist.

It’s a great day for some spin cycle jams! I’ve got some hot tracks and throwbacks mixed for my fellow instructors and fitness enthusiasts. Let’s go for a ride!

My updated schedule is here and check me out on Spotify. Enjoy!! Catch you on the flip side.

You Make Me Feel- Cobra Starship, Sabi: Warm up
Rise- Laidback Luke, Mark Villa: Accelerations
Only Girl (In the World)- Rihanna: Rolling hills
Hypnos- HI-LO: Accelerations
I Don’t Like It, I Love It- Flo Rida, Robin Thicke: Standing run
Shine Good- Garmiani, Julimar Santos: Climb
Would You Ever- Skrillex, Poo Bear: Jumps on a hill
Paradise- MEDUZA, Dermot Kennedy: Climb
Nice for What- Drake, DJ lilman: Sprints
Overpass Graffiti- Ed Sheeran: Active recovery
Stay- Zedd, Jonas Blue: Rolling hills
To The Floor- Afrojack, Black V Neck: Jumps
It Gets Better- Swedish House Mafia: Rolling hills
Lady- Black Caviar: Sprints
Purple Night- Cezaire: Cool down

Feel free to share some workout tracks with me!

Running, Weekly Running Report

Weekly Running Report.

Happy November to ya! Hope you have some wonderful things in store for this month. Let’s recap some weekly running! I’m feeling really good lately about my miles and building back up after a bit of an off season. We all NEED THEM every once in a while! After being a ‘high mileage’ runner for years and years without taking time off, my body was absolutely needing the recovery.

We all know that when you do not take the time to do this for yourself – your body will do it for you.

Amen and amen.

It is nice to be balancing things (AND LIFE) with my fitness instructor schedule.

Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- It was so funny on Monday after taking a ‘long run’ break the weekend prior how much ENERGY I had on this day. I literally popped out of bed and hit the ground running. 6.3 miles done with a glorious sunrise. It was fun to do that and teach my spin class in the same day. Got some major mileage in on the bike too. Some days that is all you need is some ‘fresh legs’.

Tuesday- 4.21 miles after work with a colorful fall sunset. So great to unwind after the work day with some miles and do some people watching.

Wednesday- I got out for a short run after work since I had to work late but I was on a bit of a run streak so wanted to just knock it out. 3.03 miles done.

Thursday- Quick 3.30 miles with rolling hills after teaching a ZERO DARK THIRTY spin class at the gym. Running on tired legs but getting used to that feeling again.

Friday- 4.22 out and back miles with this a view. Very wonderful change of scenery.

Saturday- Got in a luxurious long run with a great pal! I ABSOLUTELY loved this route that we did. The roads were quiet and peaceful and loved all of the colors in the sky. 16.04 miles done.

Sunday- Sunday funday runday miles to get my numbers in for the week. 3.23 miles and the weather once again was on point. Thank you weather gods for lowering the humidity.

And there you have it! Make it a great week.

How is your running going? Loving the fall weather?!?