TGIFriday Faves.

Hello there and happy first day of FALL!! This is without a doubt my most favorite time of year. Give me cooler weather, give me pumpkin flavored things, give me SCARVES!! Ahh I just love it. I know, I am so basic. But fall is just where it’s at.

I am definitely looking forward to some fun this weekend! I am road tripping it to East Texas for this wonderful trail race with good buds! Can’t wait to be immersed in amazing nature.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

What to wear on the run based on your location and weather conditions. Thank you, Runner’s World! Fix my life.

-Perfect pumpkin lotion. It’s local, handmade and I buy it from Grapefest every year. Just makes my soul happy.

-This rose wrap dress. I kind of need it in my closet. Loving the color! Thank you Pinterest for keeping me in the know.

25 easy thai inspired recipes you can make at home. I want this thai salad with avocado. It’s so colorful.

The new season 10 trailer for RHOA. Talk about juicy guilty pleasure bliss. Simply cannot wait.

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

What are you up to this weekend? What is your favorite thing about fall?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hey hey! High five for random thoughts Thursday! The weekend is almost upon us. I’m very much looking forward to some ultra running fun this weekend with good pals! This will be my last full work day this week, then I’ll work a half day tomorrow and head to east Texas. Should be a good time!

But first…it would not be Thursday without a few random thoughts by yours truly.

Is it just me or is blogging really not what it used to be? I really still love It, mostly because I am a writer so it just comes natural to me. Blogging for me is just a therapy of sorts. Really the bloggers I enjoy don’t seem to blog as much at all, or anymore. There are a few good ones out there still left though. Like a lot of you! I love networking with fellow runners and like minded athletes around the world. Let’s keep the blog love alive!

I cannot tell you how much I need this mini weekend getaway with my trail friends to the piney woods. Being in east Texas for me is always such a lovely experience. I went there for a yoga retreat a few years ago for my birthday and now I get to go back there to run. Fun fun.

The broken stereo saga at the gym continues. I talked about this in another random rant post. The gym has promised me up and down that the music system and the mic is all fixed tonight. I sure hope so because I am going to lose it if I have to play music from my tiny Bluetooth one more day. The fitness instructor struggle is real.

I am back on my chai tea kick again. I cannot promise you I am going to be a tea drinker and never drink coffee anymore. But some days I just need a little tea in my life. Preferably with steamed almond milk in it. Yes, I can be a diva.

I watched Clueless the other day and kind of forgot how much I loved that movie. Some days you just need to watch some mindless TV or a movie that makes you lose a few brain cells.

The one thing I will miss about these super hot Texas summer days hands down is pool time. Sitting outside by the pool after a long day watching the sunset? Absolutely priceless.

Tell me something random about your week!

Weds Spin Playlist.

I haven’t forgotten about my spin cycle music lovers today! Hope you are having a great day. I’m here to deliver some music to you for your spinning/running/workout pleasure! Hope that you enjoy.

And be sure to follow me on Spotify and check out where I’m teaching spin class next if you’re local to Dallas!

Let’s go for a ride!

Unforgettable- French Montana- Warm up
Feel Good- Felix Jaehn: Rolling hills
My Love (VIP Remix)- Major Lazer: Accelerations
Lose My Breath (Maurice’s Nu Soul Mix)- Destiny’s Child: Tapbacks
Hello- Galantis: Jumps
Flex- Rich Homie Quan: Hill climb
Talking Body (Kream Remix)- Tove Lo: Tapbacks
Live the Night- W&W, Hardwell, Lil Jon: Sprints
My Last- Big Sean: Active recovery
Hood Figga- Gorilla Zoe: Rolling hills
Do it Well- Jennifer Lopez: Hill climb
Swalla- Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj: Rolling hills
Just Hold On- Steve Aoki: Jumps on a hill
Locked Out of Heaven- Bruno Mars: Seated/standing run
Shut it Down- Dillon Francis: Sprints
Kickin Back- Mila J: Cool down

What songs are you loving for your workouts lately?

7 Tips to Get You Through Fall Running.

Ahh, that lovely time of year…the leaves are turning colors, it is cooling off just a bit (come on Texas, we are ready for the cool down!) and it is pumpkin spice everything everywhere you go. Without a doubt it is the best time of year to run! So here are random tips I’ve got for ya off of the top of my head to get you through the fall running season.

1. Stock up on your fall wardrobe to be sure you have layers as it gets cooler. I love light long sleeve tops to go over my tank tops and also capri pants. Brooks has some great options for fall wear and I also love lululemon. Sure it can get pricey but trust me if you run a lot having a wardrobe update can be a wonderful investment.

2. Find friends that are not only dedicated but slightly faster than you to run with sometimes. This one can be hard but I tell you what if you find some buds to run with that are really strong runners it can be a huge confidence booster. You will want to keep those friends around come fall and winter time because you will see results when it is time to run a race or a marathon. Team work makes the dream work.

3. Enjoy reaping the benefits of a slightly faster pace after slaving through training all summer long. Along with fall running comes cooler temps and a chance to pick up on that speed a bit! Gosh I don’t know about you but it sure does feel good to see that pace drop and feeling like you are running stronger than ever come fall. And all because you literally trained your hiney off in the summer time. Love it love it.

4. If you run in the evenings after work, as it gets darker be sure to get you a good headlamp and or flashlight. REI and any outdoor store will have great options for headlamps.

5. Always wear reflective gear whether you are running in the morning or at night. Also I try to be sure I wear somewhat light colors to be seen. Always assume if you are running near traffic that the cars do not see you. Most people are texting or goofing off and not paying attention.

6. Never let your guard down. Always safety first and if you can run not only with friends but away from the hustle and bustle of cars and etc. Whenever I run solo I always make sure I run in a populated area. Plus people watching is just so fun.

7. Get off the pavement sometimes! I love to run on trails and be immersed in nature. Find a trail running group in your area (google is your friend, so is Facebook and meet up) or a group of pals that enjoy trails and go play. Not only is trail running better on your body but it’s just so gosh darn beautiful. Especially in the fall.

What is your favorite time of year to run? Any tips for the group?

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to you! Hope your day is wonderful so far. I am here to recap last week’s running – 77.1 miles of smiles! Let’s recap it all, shall we?

Monday AM- 8.2 miles at 7 something a.m. after sleeping in just a bit. Mondays are always a little rough to get up and get it in early. But I still made it happen.

Monday PM- 3.05 miles after teaching spin at the gym. Sunset runs are absolutely the best. Very relaxing after a manic Monday.

Tuesday AM- 11.03 miles at 5 a.m. with the run club crew. Wearing fly kicks in the morning is oh so necessary.

Tuesday PM- 3.21 miles, a little evening jaunt by the lake. I always enjoy looping the lake to see all of the cute doggies and such. I threw in a few strides at the end to push the pace a bit.

Wednesday- 10.02 solo miles, thankfully I was able to get up a little bit earlier to knock this one out. Did not do a double run on this day. It felt a little strange. HA.

Thursday AM- 12.26 miles with my Irving Running Club early birds. I ran a few with a friend and then some since I had a little extra time on my hands. It was humid as all get out on this day. Texas weather has been a little bipolar lately. So ready for fall.

Thursday PM- Tired legs, 4.11 miles. The humidity was thick and I felt pretty sluggish. Got it in though.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday- 15.02 early miles. Scaling back the miles a bit. I had a packed day that day so it felt good to knock this one out and still have some energy left for the remainder of the day.

Later – Grapefest vino festival & lunch with my homegirl Natalie. Good times indeed.

Sunday AM- 7.21 miles in 90 degree weather. Thankful for a little shade.

And also thankful for brunch. Yes yes.

Sunday PM- 3.02 evening miles. Seriously sweaty.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Is it starting to feel like fall where you are?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! I hope you are having a great day and getting your groove on kind of like MC Hammer is!

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

3 key hill workouts that will improve your running. I don’t know about you but I kind of like hills and suffering on them? Call me a glutton for punishment. It just makes the run that much more rewarding when its over. Plus it makes you a stronger runner hands down. So DO THEM.

-Crazy clouds in the sky on my Monday morning run this week. Getting up early on a Monday for some miles, hashtag so worth it.

36 websites that will change your life. I need to bookmark the ‘do nothing for 2 minutes’ one.

-A snazzy Yelp event outing this week to Cedars Social. This cheese board makes my soul happy.

-Plus this bike on the ceiling? I kind of love it. Nice touch there.

That is all for this week! Have an amazing weekend!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Definitely running and my fave the Grapefest wine festival with friends – bring it on!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It’s is that time of the week again! Random rants and thoughts Thursday. I do hope you enjoy my randomness as much as I love writing it. Soo herrrre we go!!

-Is it just me or has this week been insanely long? For some reason today feels a lot like a Friday. Come on weekend…hopefully this work day will just fly by.

-Mornings have been pretty dark out for my early runs which makes it that much harder to get out of that warm and cozy bed in the a.m. Thankfully I have running buddies waiting on me for the miles so the accountability factor has been on point. Thank goodness for running buddies as crazy as me.

-With the arrival of fall very soon I am starting to think it is time for another hair color change. Perhaps wine color, or some cognac colored streaks? Debating. We shall see.

-Don’t get me wrong, I think rompers are fun to wear and I actually think I look good in them but –going to the ladies room with one on is just kind of awkward? Am I right ladies? Nuff said.

-I went to a super fun foodie Yelp event last night and it was definitely just what I needed to break up the monotonous work week. I tell you what I am ready for Grapefest this weekend and to have some more fun with good peeps. Much needed.

-I am back on the dating scene (yes me and runner bae broke up a while back – please do not pity me, it was a necessary break up) and I have to say it is very interesting dating in your 30s. I am enjoying it so far though. And actually meeting more guys while out than really online. Gotta love those random chance encounters.

-Being single and back on the dating scene again means I have more time for my real BAE…which is running high mileage. Clearly. Preserving the sexy.

-Do you ever have songs you just never get tired of?? For some reason I never get tired of the song Truffle Butter. That is random I know.

-Pumpkin spice is back at Starbucks…and while I do not really like the latte version of this drink I think you should try it as an almond milk MISTO. Basically it is just steamed almond milk, coffee, and tell them to add just 2 pumps of the P.S. You’re welcome in advance.

Any randomness to share today? What song do you never get tired of?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! Of course I’ve got a hot playlist for your spinning, running and workout pleasure! Hope you enjoy!

And as always check out my Spotify and where I’ll be teaching next in the Dallas area!!

Let’s go for a ride!

How I Want Ya (Dawin Remix)- Hudson Thames: Warm up
Return of the Mack (Oliver Heldens Remix)- Lady Bee: Standing run
We Run the Night- Havana Brown, Pitbull: Sprints
Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)- Enrique Iglesias: Tapbacks
Light Your A** On Fire- Busta Rhymes: Hill climb
Ayo- Chris Brown: Rolling hills
Initiator- Kandy, Mina: Accelerations
The Sweet Escape- Gwen Stefani: Active recovery
Oh Lord- Mic Lowry: Jumps
Rack City- Tyga: Hill climb
24K Magic- Bruno Mars: Jumps on a hill
Voodoo- Garmiani: Sprints
Show Out- Juicy J, Big Sean, Jeezy: Rolling hills
Run Up- Major Lazer: Standing run
Chained to the Rhythm- Katy Perry: Hill climb
Get it Ready, Ready- D.J. Jubilee: Accelerations
Gooey- Glass Animals: Cool down

What songs are you grooving to this week?

5 Ways to Conquer the Morning Run.

I was up and at ‘em this morning for some early miles with my run club crew. 11 miles done before 7 a.m. is always a good morning. It was one of those runs where the miles literally flew by because we were so busy gabbing and laughing away. Plus temps in the 60s made things much more fun with a nice cool-ish breeze out!

I know I’ve done lots of morning run type posts but with the arrival of fall very soon I thought it would be a good time to motivate some of my night time peeps to make their way over to the dark/early bird morning side. Here are a few ways you can motivate yourself and give yourself the will to get up early and knock it out.

1. Set 2 alarm clocks. I actually set 2 clocks, 1 kind of early-ish and one about 5 to 10 minutes later. It helps if you have also a somewhat annoying alarm clock, because it will annoy the heck out of you and you will jump out of bed because you are just over it. HA. Or maybe set your alarm to an energizing sound to wake you up. Also get to bed in a timely manner – I feel like that part goes without saying.

2. Be prepared the night before. I have a bag that I pack with my work clothes in it because after our club runs I go straight to the gym to shower and get ready for the day. If you are prepped ahead of time (set your running clothes out too) there is no room for excuses.

3. Set your coffee pot to start making coffee early or have a small bite to eat in the morning to wake you up. Whether it’s coffee or a cereal bar for some reason having something like that I can focus on in the morning makes me a little excited to get up & get the miles in.

4. Turn on a podcast or some energizing music while you’re working your way out the door. For some reason just hearing some noise, like other people talking, wakes me up in the morning so it’s not dead silent while I’m getting ready. It makes me feel like it’s later in the day than it really is. I realize not everyone can make NOISE in the morning (I do not have kids/family to disturb) but a little bit of noise goes a long way.

5. Realize that it is all truly a mindset. If you tell yourself come hell or high water that you are going to get up and get that run in chances are it is going to happen. Make a commitment to yourself that it is important, that you are important, and just make the run happen. It really is mind over matter. It also really helps to have fun peeps with you along for the ride.

What are some ways you like to conquer the morning run?

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there! How was your weekend? The weather has been absolutely fantastic here! I am here to recap last week’s mileage – I got in a whopping total of 85 miles last week! Let’s get down to the nitty gritty details!!

Monday- 12.12 blissful Labor Day miles. I threw in some hills for good measure. Hills make everything more fun, am I right?

Tuesday AM- 8.12 miles after sleeping in just a bit. It was nice to sleep in after the long fun holiday. I mean, I guess if you consider ‘sleeping in’ to be about 6:30 a.m. Love it.

Tuesday PM- 3.02 miles after the gym. Enjoying some sunset miles and saying hello to all my neighbors on the lake.

Wednesday AM- 10.11 hump day solo miles enjoying the sunrise. Legs were kind of tired that day but I got it in.

Wednesday PM- I met up with my trail pals to get in some dirty miles at Big Cedar for a quick 4.1 mile run. There were rocks and roots and all kinds of fun stuff. Check out this awesome view.

Thursday AM- Back with the run club crew. 14.14 miles total with Samantha. She is a personal trainer and also an ultra runner so we swap stories about fitness and such. Always a good time.

Thursday PM- 2.11 post work miles, working on some strides, 7:32 overall pace. Loving my sweet new kicks.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday- Long run fun, 20.12 miles in the early morning. What’s funny about this is that I’ve been doing so many really long runs on this day so running ‘just 20 miles’ feels rather short lately. I’m pretty sure that sounds insane to most people. LOL. So this was kind of a taper-ish run for me, scaling back the miles to get ready for my upcoming 100k ultra.

Post run eats – flatbread and vino from this wonderful little wine bar. Oh goodness gracious that was some delicious stuff.

Sunday- 11.22 afternoon miles – it was fairly warmer but with a nice cool breeze. We have some more summer-like temps happening again later this week but it was nice to enjoy 70s and 80s while they lasted.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? What is the weather like where you are?
Praying for my FLORIDA peeps down there dealing with Irma! As well as those of you in other parts of where Irma is affected dealing with that crazy weather.