Weekly Running Report.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I’m here to recap some running from last week! I was able to get in just over 83 miles total and I have survived to talk about it. Ha!! I should be good and ready for some ultras I have on the docket coming soon! Anyway, let’s review and see how it all went down.

Pic above was from this morning – it was 70 something degrees breezy with loads of humidity – felt like I was running in Florida! Hello springtimey weather. Stay around a bit longer.

Monday AM- Y’all, I am getting back into the Monday morning running groove. After doing a bulk of my long runs on the weekends, typically Mondays are tough for me. But it is slowly getting better. I was able to get 8.12 miles in by the lake last week. I have been loving my solo lake runs lately.

Monday PM- Quick strides before the gym to hit double digits for the day. 2.22 miles around the block done.

Tuesday AM- 10.23 miles with the weekday run club. Last week the weather was off and on, literally chilly one day and warm the next. I did some miles with them then got in the last little bit on my own.

Tuesday PM- 3.22 miles cooling down after teaching a class at the gym. I have found a new route right by the gym too which I love. Leave the gym, go for a quick run, hop in the car and head home. Boom.

Wednesday AM- 7.4 miles on Valentine’s Day morning! It was actually a beautiful day that day and lots of folks were out and about. Loving it.

Wednesday PM- 8.02 miles in the evening. I actually went to a WRRC social run that night, which was fun because there were a lot of single runners there too. Girls and guys. Actually, I ended up being the only chick that stayed for dinner. There were like 6 guys at the table, and then me. Haha. So I had lots of run dates on V-day!!! Fun.

Thursday AM- 7.27 miles back with my breakfast club run posse. Just on cruise control.

Thursday PM- 4.12 miles cool down after the gym. I have been enjoying running in darkness lately.

Friday- Run STREAK WEEK! 10.12 miles. How can you not run – when your view looks like this?

Saturday- 15.12 miles with WRRC. Miles and mimosas is without a doubt my favorite way to start the weekend.

Sunday- 5.35 miles on road, then 5.15 miles on the trails with good friends. For a total of 10.5 miles on Sunday. I love me some Sunday trail runs. My body loves it too especially after running on the roads during the week. Nice way to wind down the weekend.

Post run brew – Meta Modern IPA. Honestly I am not a huge cerveza fan (mostly stick to ciders and my vino) but for some reason I am warming up to IPAs. I am loving exploring all of the local ones lately.

And there you have it!

How was your week last week? What are you looking forward to this week and/or upcoming weekend?

Pacing the Cowtown 50k on Sunday, and getting some NEW ROAD SHOES this week! Holla holla.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there!! I don’t know about you but I am ecstatic that it is Friday!! I am ready for some fun free time and running with friends. Should be a good one!

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

The best daily GLUTE exercises for injury prevention. You would be surprised at how much DAT BOOTY affects your running! So make it a strong one!! I love the bridge pose.

These blankets. I need SEVERAL for my bedroom. They look oh so cute and cozy.

-Um, am I allowed to make MY OWN BLOG post my fave?! My Love Letter to Running. I got a ton of hits after linking it to my Facebook too. I guess I have to do that more often.

Kombucha sangria?! YASSSS…I feel like I really need to make this happen.

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-Can we talk about the gorgeousness of this morning’s run? The weather and the water on the lake was absolute perfection.

And there you have it!

Have a great Friday!! 

What is on tap for your weekend?
Running, lots of relaxing, catching up on my shows and friend time.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Well, it is RANDOM THOUGHTS Thursday and I have to say that I am here for it!! I hope you are having a great week so far. It is without a doubt that day of the week where I spill all of the latest and greatest on what is currently going on in my life right now. Sometimes it has to do with RUNNING (because yes, this is a running and fitness blog) and sometimes it definitely does not! So, come along for the ride…let’s go!

I fell like lately every blog post I am talking about the weather. But I kind of can’t help it because Texas weather has just been so up and down! Today, the high in Dallas is just about 80 degrees. I kid you not. When I heard that on the radio this morning, I just about went home to grab my swimsuit. Take me to the nearest pool please and thank you. Drink with an umbrella in it, in hand.

Never mind the fact that it was just about 20 degrees a few short days ago. Yeah, never mind that nonsense. I am more than ready for spring and my Texas bluebonnets to start popping up everywhere.

I’ve been listening to The Love Below album by Outkast this week. Love that album. “She Lives in my Lap” – on repeat. Ha, great song.

I love my new road running group. Like, I think they are all excellent and cool and really good looking. And also, I want to continue running with them until I qualify for Boston. So I can get a cool Boston jacket, you know like the popular kids/jocks in high school with the letter jackets?! Kinda like that. (I know some of you already have jackets that read my blog so don’t rub it in my face – my ego is fragile.) But, I am going to wait until the FALL to shoot my shot since I am only a few minutes off from a BQ. I do all of my long runs with them right now so I think that is helping. Until then, I will just keep running my 50 mile and 50k races and pounding the dirt path. Because, I love my trail running group too. It’s fun to have 2 groups to run with.

You know what is funny about TRAIL and ROAD runners?! You don’t have many hybrids. Meaning, runners that really enjoy and dabble in both surfaces. For instance, I do both ultras and then shorter road races. But then I talk to my good looking BQ roadie friends and they are all like, “Oh, NO I don’t do trails- that is too hard” or something to that affect. And then, the trail/mountain goats are all like “Road?! Pssh….trails are where it’s at. Who does road races anymore??” I’m telling you – there are very few runners that really like both. I feel like you are either good at one or really good at the other. I just so happen to like both. So I think I am a unicorn.

Speaking of unicorns, my mama bought me this unicorn for Valentine’s Day?! Isn’t it super cute – his name is Fluffy.

And there you have it!

Tell me something random about your week! What do you like better – road running or trails, or do you equally like both?

Weds Spin Playlist.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Y’all I have not one but two spin cycle playlists for your eardrums today!! These songs are also great for running or any high energy workouts!

If you’re local check out where I’m teaching classes next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area…

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

Let’s go for a ride!! (And for my fellow fitness instructors, if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day tracks, be sure to check here)

Us- Jennifer Lopez: Warm up
Little Bad Girl- David Guetta: Accelerations
SHHH…Be Quiet- DJ Sherry, Petey Pablo: Rolling hills
Vibe- JoJo: Jumps
Talk Dirty- Jason Derulo: Tapbacks
Bananza- Akon: Jumps on a hill
DANCE- DNCE: Sprints
Light the Sky- Rob & Jack: Active recovery
God’s Plan- Drake: Hill climb
I Know You Want Me- Pitbull: Tapbacks
Feel Good (Stanton Warriors Mix)- Gorillaz: Rolling hills
Where Are U Now- Jack U, Skrillex: Sprints
Mix Up- Mr. Popular: Seated/standing run
Animals- Martin Garrix: Sprints
Picture Me Rollin- Chris Brown: Cool down

Turn The Night Up- Enrique Iglesias: Warm up
Break the Ice- Britney Spears: Rolling hills
BOOM- Tiesto, Gucci Mane: Sprints
Lover- Tommy Trash: Tapbacks
Shell Shocked- Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa: Rolling hills
Tip Toe- Jason Derulo, French Montana: Jumps
Everytime the Beat Drop- Monica, Dem Franchise Boyz: Rolling hills
What I’ve Waited For- Vicetone, D. Brown: Hill climb
Feel It- Three 6 Mafia: Tapbacks
Get Lucky- Daft Punk, Pharrell: Hill climb
Fuego- Don Omar: Active recovery
Finesse- Cardi B, Bruno Mars: Accelerations
Around the World- Natalie La Rose: Hill climb
Hit the Lights- Jay Sean, Lil Wayne: Sprints
Drink (Soca Remix)- Lil Jon, LMFAO: Jumps on a hill
Red Red Wine- UB40: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts this week?

My Love Letter to Running.

Dear Running,

I remember the day that we met. I went to the gym after a long, grueling shift working in the newsroom. Mostly for me, the gym was my happy place of sorts. Work was always stressful (as you can imagine, working behind the scenes for local tv with breaking news and such) and I would always come to the gym READY to let off some steam. So, the treadmill became my BFF. I would hop on there, warm up and then go off and do my weights and whatever else looked good at the time. One day, my warm up ended up being a 1 mile run. I don’t know – I guess that day I just got lost on how good it felt to run for just a little bit longer. Then, one day – 1 mile magically became 2. Then, 3. Actually, the day I ran 3 miles was a monumental day. I remember texting a friend and being OH SO EXCITED that I had just done 3 miles on the treadmill, without stopping. It made me wonder, how much longer could I go? The feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming.

One day, after 3 years of working in the newsroom I got laid off. It was a blessing in disguise after I started to become burned out by the doom and gloom that local news showcases. Being unemployed left me with A LOT OF TIME on my hands. And I used a lot of that time to go to the gym and workout. So, one day, an opportunity presented itself to do a social run with a group at a running store. After walking by this particular store one day for the 30th time I decided to bite the bullet and go to the run. I was one of the SLOWEST runners there. Running, you and I have not always gotten along. But I stayed persistent and patient with you and was determined – to get better. I remember that day I did my first social run and being the last person to finish. And also, how SORE I was! Wow. My entire body kind of hurt after running in the heat. But still, somehow, I liked the feeling at the end. Running, you have a way of doing that to me – the highs and lows. I like ‘em both.

So, during that run a runner told me that I should sign up with some of them to train for a half marathon. A WHAT?! 13.1 miles – I mean really, how do people even do that? WHY do people even do that?? Still, the crazy thought swirled around in my head a bit. And then, after going home and thinking about it…the idea somehow intrigued me. This was the first time I had actually tried to go after a goal – that seemed really far out of my reach. I was in my 20s at the time, a few short years out of college and really just starting to experience life. As an only child, I grew up fairly sheltered and always told that I should ‘take caution’ with things. So this idea, was somehow liberating and exciting. It was something I was doing, for myself, by myself and I just wanted to tackle it and let’s see what happens.

So, I embarked on this journey with you, running. With you and with this incredible group of people that I still keep in touch with, to this day. They have seen me blossom into the ultra runner that I am today. A girl in her 20s that signed up hesitantly for a half marathon, turned into a full marathon runner and now trail ultrarunner (that still dabbles in road races from time to time). For all of the experiences and friendships along the way, I am certainly grateful. I ended up landing a sweet gig as a producer in Christian tv around this time as well, which was amazing. Everything was coming together.

Running, you have enabled me to travel to places and see things that I otherwise would not have seen. Through rocks and roots and pavement, I have somehow discovered who I am and it has made me better. Running has healed me from broken friendships, relationships, and family trauma. It has seen me through triumphs like running 100 miles on a trail and enduring other crazy feats in life.

I can’t wait to see where you take me next, running.

Let’s go.

Love, Chelsea.

What are some things you would write in your LOVE letter to running?

Weekly Running Report.

Hiya there!! And happy very Happy Monday to you. I’m here to recap some of last week’s miles with you. I was able to get in just over 70 miles of runnin’ and gunnin’. Actually I’m not sure if gunnin’ fits in this dialogue but it sounded cute so let’s just go with it.

Let’s review and see how it all went down!!

Monday AM- 7.12 lunchtime miles, nice little de-stess time during the busy work day. The sun was out a lot last week but temps started getting pretty chilly towards the end of the week. The beginning of the week was quite nice though.

Monday PM- 3.22 miles before teaching a class at the gym. I like teaching on Mondays at the ‘FANCY GYM’ because it is a 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport location so they’ve got the beautiful clean sauna, hot tub and all of the latest and greatest in workout equipment. So I love to sit in the hot sauna after a workout especially on a chilly day.

Tuesday AM- 10.37 miles with my breakfast club crew. Very early miles at that. Always feels good to knock it out.

Tuesday PM- 3.33 twilight miles in the evening after the work day. And oh yeah, AND after happy hour. No shame.

Wednesday AM- 6.32 miles around the lake and I was totally not feeling it that day. But I did it anyway.

Wednesday PM- 4.22 miles at lunch to hit my numbers for the day. I was gunning for double digits on double run day.

Thursday- 6.31 miles in the pitch black dark, about 8 pm. I will be happy when we get more daylight in the evenings.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday- 17.3 mile long run with the WRRC crew, 8:39 overall pace. I’m counting down the days till my next 50k!! I will be pacing the race this time instead of actually racing it but still need to get my training in. It will be a good time and I love being a pacer.

After the run I celebrated this beautiful girl’s birthday. She is my new BFF and sister/look alike.

Sunday- 12.17 miles along the beautiful canals in Valley Ranch. This was actually a good run and I got some good hill work in. Great time to gather my thoughts and the sun came out to play a bit even though it was a little chilly.

And I ended the day at my mama’s house. She made a turkey and cabbage soup in the crockpot along with cornbread which was super delicious on a 30 degree day.

There you have it!

How was your weekend? What did you do?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to you! Hope you have some weekend fun in store. Of course, mine will involve lots of running, fun times with friends and fam, and some relaxation!

The above pic will be me post run tomorrow.

Let’s get straight to this week’s faves!!

This awesome girl’s race recap from this year’s Rocky Raccoon 100 miler. Just so ya’ll know, Sabrina Little is kind of a badass in the trail ultrarunning world. So it’s kind of fun to hear perspective from the lead female out on the trails. Love it.

How cycling can make you a better runner. Love it and 100% agree.

These pants, I am in love with that color. Someone buy them for me ASAP.

-Having a little hump day fun this week with friends. Vino and good times.

What running was like 15 years ago. YES the GPS watches were freaking huge back in the day.

That’s all for this week!! Have a terrific weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? Is the weather warming up where you are?
The high today is 70 and the low tomorrow will be 29. How’s that for crazy Texas weather!?!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hey beautiful people! So today is one of my most favorite days of the week, and that would be random thoughts Thursday. It is a day where I dish on all things running (and not running, because hey, life needs a little bit of balance- am I right?!) So let’s get straight to it!!

-I think honestly there is no feeling greater than getting your head/scalp massaged while someone is shampooing your hair. I got my hair done yesterday (trying out someone new) and it has been probably about 8 or 9 months since I have been at the hairstylist. They put all sorts of yummy conditioner and happiness in my hair. I have to tell you that it felt like absolute heaven. If you have IG you can go see what my hair looks like. Hey, sometimes a girl needs to be pampered a bit.

-I am kind of in a bit of a conflict with my running goals this year. In 2017 I made that my ULTRAMARATHON year. Meaning, I literally tackled all ultra distances, all in one year. I mean, it really was an incredible year for me and running. I ran a 50k, 50 miler, 100k and a 100 miler!!! Looking back I still am amazed that I did all of that…injury free. I think there is a lot to be said about just having experience with running and really listening to your body. Anyway, this year I am thinking about BQ’ing. I am about 10 minutes off right now from a BQ and the thought of that excites me and scares the shit out of me all at the same time. I think this year I am going to start to work on my speed but–I see a lot of fast runners get injured?? So I don’t want to be THAT dum dum runner. But then I still want to run 50 miles and 100 miles and still be real fast too. Ugh. I’m torn.

Has anyone been keeping up with Real Housewives of Atlanta? So the show has gotten good again, I am excited to see how this season pans out. Actually, Eva (remember her from America’s Next Top Model?) is now on the program and I actually think she would be a good asset to this lineup of ladies. Not only is she gorgeous but she is a little bit cray cray so I think her personality would be perfect for this show. I hope they keep her around for a while.

-I have a confession to make. I have a complete obsession with essential oils. Like, I kind of need everything around me to smell good all of the time. Lemongrass, lavender you name it. The diffuser as of late has been my best friend. If you want a good lemongrass oil by the way get this one and keep it at your desk at work. Life changing.

How is your week going? Tell me something random about life as of late!

Valentine’s Day Ride- Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! Well you know what is just around the corner…yes that would be VALENTINE’S DAY and I’ve got a spin cycle playlist for you to move and groove to!! These songs are also great for running or any other high energy workout! And for my instructors I’ve got a workout to go along with the tracks for your classes!! Let’s get straight to it!

If you’re local check out where I’ll be teaching spin class next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Plus follow along on Spotify: thedancingrunner

Let’s go for a V-Day ride!

What Lovers Do (Jersey Club Mix)- Maroon 5 feat SZA: Warm up
L.A. LOVE- Fergie, YG: Jumps
Sweet Nothing- Diplo + Grandtheft Remix: Accelerations
The Way You Make Me Feel- Michael Jackson: Rolling hills
Crazy in Love- Beyonce: Tapbacks
Na Na- Trey Songz: Rolling hills
Sweetheart- Jermaine Dupri, Mariah Carey: Sprints
Talk Dirty- Jason Derulo: Active recovery
Happy Valentine’s Day- Outkast: Tapbacks
Beautiful- Snoop Dogg: Hill climb
Kiss Kiss- Chris Brown, T-Pain: Standing run
How Deep is Your Love- Calvin Harris, Disciples: Jumps on a hill
Love On Me- Gallants, Hook N Sling: Sprints
Unforgettable- French Montana: Hill climb
Boo’d Up- Ella Mai: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts this week?

Spring and Summer Races on Tap.

Spring and summer without a doubt are my favorite seasons to train and race some shorter, faster races. So I have a few distances (including a couple of ultras) I plan on tackling within the next few months!! Here are a few items I have on my calendar, so far.

Cowtown 50k – Sunday, February 25th / Ft. Worth, Texas: Technically this one is still in the winter, but it is UP NEXT on the calendar. I am so excited to be PACING this race this year! As some of you know, last year I paced the marathon distance and this year I will be tackling the 50k (31 miles) Pacing is a whole different type of animal, but I’ve been fortunate to be able to pace various distances over the last several years. This will be the first time I’ve paced beyond 26.2 miles though. So, I’m very excited to be able to help some runners conquer their goals! And yeah, earn a glass of wine or 2 while I’m at it.

Rock n Roll Dallas Half Marathon— Sunday, March 25th / Dallas, TX: This race is kind of a staple on my race calendar every year. I absolutely love how organized the Rock n Roll race series in general is, and they always have the best runner swag and medals. If medals are your thing, I definitely recommend you find a Rock n Roll race in your area to run. They are just a blast. There’s bands all along the course to rock out to as well as a great post race party. Definitely cannot wait to run this one.

Danman Trail Race- Marathon— Saturday, April 7th / Madill, OK: I talked a bit about my experience running this one last year. Basically, there’s an awesome guy that has a ranch and tons of land out in Oklahoma and he invites all of the runners to run a race on his property. You can choose shorter distances like 10k, there’s also a half/full/and 50 mile race. ALL FREE. Yes, you read that right! Free. Plus he cooks food and you can camp out the night before and bring tents and such. So my trail run group goes out there and it is just one big freakin’ party. Gotta love it. This year I will run 26.2 out there on the trails.

Hachie 50 Miler— Saturday, May 5th / Waxahachie, TX: This is a newer race that I’ve kept on my schedule recently. This race was also my very 1st 50 miler 2 years ago. I love it because the field is fairly small which is great because usually I win some type of award (top female overall last year). It’s a paved, looped course which I actually enjoy because I get to see my friends over and over, and the course is fairly shaded plus there plenty of aid stations. And, you can’t beat an ultra close to home.

Wounded Warrior Half Marathon— Sunday, June 10th / Irving, TX: I love this one because it supports an awesome cause and is practically in my backyard. So I’ll be out there to represent and hopefully do some fast running. This time of year is usually pretty warm and humid but lately I’ve been running strong in those types of conditions, so we shall see.

Hell’s Half Acre 25K— Saturday, July 7th / Ft. Worth, TX: I’m excited to have this one on the calendar! I’ve been wanting to do more HOT summer races just to test my stamina and this one should prove to be a good one. It is a 3 mile looped course and there’s also a 50k but I’d like to work on my speed so 25k should do the trick. Plus I need a new 25k PR (the only 25ks I’ve run have been on trails) so let’s see what I’m capable of.

Of course, I may throw a couple more races in the mix (I’ve got my eye on some more TRAIL stuff) but this is what is on tap so far! I’m still looking at marathons for the fall. Wineglass in NY as well as Revel Big Cottonwood in Utah are both calling my name. Decisions, decisions. Then, I’ve already signed up for my 2nd 100 miler in DECEMBER. Woo freakin’ hoo.

What races are on tap for your spring and summer?