Cross Training, Fitness, Spin class, spotify, Weds Spin Playlist

Weds Spin Playlist.

It has been a crazy long day but I’m hitting you with your spin cycle playlist for this week! This is for my fellow instructors and workout peeps who love high energy music! Hope you do enjoy!!

Check me out on Spotify as well as my schedule to see where I’ll be next teaching a class.

Let’s go for a ride!

Get Together- David Guetta: Warm up
Hype- Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris: Standing run
Level Up- Ciara: Rolling hills
All Night- Cash Cash, Icona Pop: Sprints
Come Get it Bae- Pharrell Williams: Jumps
Pray to God- HAIM: Climb
In My Room- Yellow Claw: Climb
Breathe, Stretch, Shake- Mase, P.Diddy: Seated/standing run
You Know- Tujamo: Active recovery
HADES- Hi-Lo, T78, Oliver Heldens: Sprints
Locked out of Heaven- Bruno Mars: Tapbacks / Rolling hills
Jumping Jack- Justin Mylo: Jumps
Make My Love Go- Jay Sean, Sean Paul: Climb
Lambo- DubVision: Sprints
Say So- Doja Cat: Cool down

Feel free to some workout songs with me!

Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

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TGIF, happy Friday and all of that jazz! Hope the sunshine is shining where you’re at and you have a great weekend planned. I’ve got running, relaxing and perhaps a bit of productivity on the agenda! So happy that my 50 mile ultra race is behind me (thanks for the kudos) and I can have a bit more fun and let my hair down this weekend. Should be a good one.

Let’s get to my faves from this week!

Tried and true socks for the run. I’m definitely in need of some new ones so making a list of these.

23 recipes for Mother’s Day weekend. That blueberry cucumber salad is calling my name.

-Loving this blog I discovered showcasing Black women trail runners and ultrarunners!! I have found my people.

-And finally, your Friday funny.

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Have a great one!

What’s on tap for your weekend!? Any poolside time in your near future?

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I was up early for a lovely run in the hood. Thank you Texas for the glorious spring sunshine lately. I’m cherishing these moments before it turns into a death march of a summer with 100+ degree temps.

This week to me has gone by really fast! I think it is just due to work wise and life in general just being so busy. Yes bring on some fun and freedom, weekend ready.

Post 50 mile ultra-RECOVERY has gone very well! The first day or so I was hobbling around like I was 90 years old but after teaching my spin class and being on the bike I felt much better. That is one thing I love about cycling after races it really does help your legs. So happy to be back to teaching and racing again.

I always crave really savory foods / protein after a race – more than sweet foods? Anyone else?!? I’ve been eating eggs all week long and tuna and cheese. Plus big salads with tomatoes, feta, cucumber.

New favorite kombucha flavor. I had forgotten how much I love GT kombucha. Back on my kick.

Share some randomness with me from your week!

Spin class, spotify, Weds Spin Playlist

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there music lovers and spin cycle instructors! I’m back after my 50 mile ultra run adventure and back in the saddle! Check out my Hachie 50 race recap if you missed it.

Today (back by popular demand) I’ve got a hot and fresh playlist for your eardrums!! Hope you do enjoy. Be sure to check out my updated playlists on Spotify as well as my side hustle schedule. If you are local I hope to see you in class very soon.

Let’s go for a ride!

Ride It- Regard: Warm up
Creepin’- CID: Accelerations
God is a Dancer- Tiesto, Mabel: Climb
Paradise- Chris Brown: Tapbacks
El Camino- Black Caviar: Seated/standing run
It Takes Two- Rob Base / DJ EZ Rock: Climb
Last Hurrah- Bebe Rexha: Climb
Desperado- Rihanna, 3LAU: Rolling hills
Addicted to a Memory- Zedd, Bahari: Sprints
Medicine- Jennifer Lopez, French Montana: Active recovery
Miss You Much- Janet Jackson: Sprints
Party Till We Die- MAKJ: Rolling hills / Tapbacks
Be Right There- Diplo: Standing run
Mi Gente- J Balvin, Dillon Francis: Climb
Run Away- Tycho, rum.gold: Accelerations
Guilty Pleasures- Wake the Wild: Cool down

Share your favorite drill / workout track with me!

Hachie 50, Race Recaps, Ultra Running

Hachie 50 Miler 2021 Recap.

Happy new week to you! Hope you all had a fun and productive weekend. I am back from a 50 mile ultra-adventure! And I have lived to tell you the story. It has been a hot minute since I’ve actually done a real, LIVE and in person race! I’m a little recap rusty. But I’ll do my best to share the experience with ya.

The Hachie 50 is a very special race and holds a place in my heart and soul for many reasons. One of them being that it was my very first 50 miler a few years ago! So it feels like a “home turf” of sorts. Everything about this race is just so great to me, which is why I’ve done it so many times. From the swag, to the race director, the volunteers. And even the prayer that we do at the start line. Sometimes intimate races are exactly what you need compared to your super big ones like Chicago or New York.

This race is also held at a really beautiful park where we do a 10 mile course. You can choose to make it a relay, marathon or go for the full ultra gusto. It is a perfect course mentally for me because you really can break it down and your head so the distance is not so overwhelming. So great for first timers or those who want a PR. It is a fast flat course as well.

The days prior to race day we had severe weather and flooding which made the course muddy and lots of treacherous spots to make it tough to navigate. They also moved the start time for us 50 milers from 5 AM to 6:30 AM to give us a chance to see more daylight and navigate the course.

That mud looks fun, yes?

We lined up, said a prayer and were on our way.

I was so very thankful this year to have run buds from my running group as well as many familiar faces on the course. As someone who is very used to doing ultras alone, it was so nice to have the support. We were also allowed to have pacers which was much needed this go ‘round. I had a buddy join me for my 3rd and 4th loop, then another one for my final (victory) lap.

We even had a club tent set up! So fun and a great way to get everyone in the know about the best freaking run club in DFW.

The volunteers were so kind and encouraging providing us everything we needed as far as electrolyte beverage, water, and pickle juice! YES, pickle juice is the magic potion. It definitely came in clutch when my legs were feeling it at mile 35 or so.

My laps seemed to kind of fly by and I never really hit a wall, but for sure adjusted my expectations with the muddy spots. And really just enjoyed the race for what it was. It is all about the community and enjoying the moments with my running family. That to me is what I hold dear and what made this particular experience special. 

Overall this was such a great 50 mile “fun run”. Since the pandemic hit I haven’t run an ultra since October of last year so it feels really good to be back. And I can still say without a shadow of a doubt that I can rock a 50 miler and earn that damn buckle.

Every ounce of my body hurts today but I finished in my goal time and did not get pulled off the course. HA. 50 miler number 6 is compete.

I get by with a little help from my friends.

Plus I’m just so damn stubborn that my mind won’t let me quit. Can’t stop won’t stop.

Official results are here. 

How was your weekend?! Anyone do an ultra-race in your neck of the woods?

Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! Hope you have a fun and productive weekend in store. It has definitely been a BUSY work week around here and I’ve been seriously just trying to maintain my sanity. But hanging in there!! Morning run in the ‘hood does the mind and body some good.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

This 15 minute foam roller workout is what you need right now. Definitely taking advantage of this as of late.

Quiet mornings with espresso. Sometimes quiet mornings are hard to achieve (being that I work in production at a TV station with extroverted creative people) but these times bring my little ambivert heart joy.

My VERY first floatation therapy session this week! It was incredible and I am now a believer. Soaking in millions of pounds of Epsom salt does the body some good.

Back on my chillhop listening game this week. This playlist is my favorite right now.

And finally, your Friday funny.

Make it a great Friday! And an even better weekend.

What is on tap for your weekend?
Doing a little birthday weekend celebrating, running, brunching.

Running, Weekly Running Report

Weekly Running Report.

Happy new week to ya! I am finally getting around to getting on this here blog-o-thing. Let’s recap on some of last week’s miles! It was a pleasant week but we have a chilly cold front headed our way! So I enjoyed these miles before the quick cold snap comes in tonight.

Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- Active recovery day teaching my spin cycle class. I’ve been enjoying my Monday cross training days and so very glad to be getting back into teaching of course. It was tough and I missed not being on stage during the pandemic but I am back! Rainbow leggings by the way for the win.

Tuesday- 8.12 sunset miles / rolling hills just de-stressing from the busy work day. I’m finding lately that is exactly what I do need. Just cranking up my tunes and zoning out in the evenings.

Wednesday AM- Back to some morning miles. 5.23 miles with a bit of humidity but cloudy and cooler.

Wednesday PM- Double run day miles. 4.05 miles after work. By the way the Texas bugs are now back! I need to go stock back up on the ‘squito repellant.

Thursday- Another day of humidity and a bit of rain. 4.23 faster miles after work.

Friday- 5.12 miles at lunch in the ‘hood with a lake view.

Saturday- Long run Saturday with the run club! 20.21 miles with some faster miles in the middle and managed to finish strong.

Sunday- Getting my numbers in for the week. Chill 4.23 miles with sunshine and blue skies.

And there you have it!

How is your running going? Has the simple act of running been helping you mentally (and physically) during these crazy times?!
Abso-freaking-lutely.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I am loving all of the GREEN I’m seeing outside lately. It is like running through a beautiful (humid) secret forest which I love. Give me bluebonnets and then give me this lush view and I am in in runner’s heaven.

Running some rolling hills particularly after work has been my jam. It is something about de-stressing from the day with hills that is a WOO-SAH moment for me.

Current guilty pleasure – the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders reality show. They have a 24 hour livestream on YouTube. I kid you not I could lay around and watch this for hours.

I seriously miss just laying poolside. Anyone else? Cannot wait to be by the pool on the weekends with a beverage in hand and getting a sweet tan. I do realize we get triple digit temps down in Texas. But I kind of am ready for summer? I will be in flip flops all season long. Give me some lake life and pool time and you have a happy Chelsea.

This, precisely is going to be my summer mood.

Share something random with me today! Are you excited for summer running or dreading it??

Running, Weekly Running Report

Weekly Running Report.

Happy new week! Hope you had a fun and productive weekend. Let’s recap some miles! I was able to get in over 50.5 miles for the week last week. A bit of a climb back up and I’m feeling good! Let’s see how it went down.

Monday- Active recovery day teaching some spin cycle. I have to say you know you were born to be a fitness instructor when you can teach with one contact in your eye! I kid you not. After last week I probably need to carry a spare pair in my bag in cases of emergency. Manic Monday for sure.

Tuesday- Sunset miles after a busy work day. Ran some rolling hills. It felt good to just turn a podcast on and let my mind wander a bit. 7.33 miles done.

Wednesday AM- 5.03 miles for breakfast to start the day.

Wednesday PM- Double run day miles for the win. 4.05 miles in the evening and it was pretty warm and humid. Time to acclimate in the Texas heat.

Thursday AM- 4.23 quick miles around the lake for breakfast.

Thursday PM- 3.03 faster miles through the heat and humidity! Felt good to run some 8 minute miles when it’s over 80 degrees out. I’ve really been enjoying running in the warmer weather lately.

Friday- 6.38 miles after work felt good after the long week. I’ve been enjoying changing things up.

Saturday- Saturday long run miles! 15.16 miles with my run club crew. Got in some faster miles in the middle.

Sunday- 5.33 Sunday funday runday miles. Plus some amazing brunch on the patio over the weekend for the win.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend?! What was the most delicious item that you ate?

Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! Hope you have a productive and fun weekend in store. This has been a busy week for me work wise so I’m ready for things to slow down a bit. Running and brunch though are definitely on the agenda! Let’s get to this week’s faves!

How Olympian Ajee Wilson keeps her cool. First of all she is gorgeous and I love hearing about how badass women get after it and still remain gorgeous and killing it in the game.

I’m obsessed with this lavender and chamomile essential oil. Literally I keep it in my office space and apply whenever I feel stress. It literally has saved my life all week this week.

Re-watching the 1st season of Real Housewives of Salt Lake City after hearing about Jen Shah and her troubles. Man she was really unhinged on this show! Whitney was my favorite.

Looking at new apartments. Actually I am trying to decide if I should stay in my current place but rent is skyrocketing and I may as well have a house at this point? What would you do – stay or go? I think I need a change in my environment…

And finally, your Friday funny.

What is on tap for your weekend? Do you like cauliflower?
I actually prefer it uncooked fresh and raw. Dipped it some delicious hummus.