TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happiest of Fridays to you! Hope you have some weekend fun in store. Busy day over here so let’s get straight down to business with my Friday faves!

This new Katy Perry/Zedd song. In fact the song is on this week’s spin playlist! But it has been on repeat even on the run. Love it.

My favorite new Bath and Body Works scent. Champagne Toast. The wallflower version of this is incredible. I have this scent in my living room right now.

This crawfish dip was a hit at my mardi gras party. I think I need to make it again just because. Glad I had a little bit of leftovers this week too.

Just the fact that today is National Margarita Day!! Yaaas. Let the church say amen.

And there you have it!! Have a marvelous Friday.

Anyone doing any mardi gras celebrating coming up?
I celebrated early. But I may celebrate again. They do have mardi gras races around here. Oh yeah! And St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. Woohoo.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning after my run I went to the gym and this dude in the sauna sprayed this AMAZING aromatherapy spray in there (after kindly asking me and the other person if it was okay) and I tell you what I was in sheer heaven. Like how come I’ve never thought of doing that?! Not only does it take that nasty gym stench away it permeates the room with the heat and I immediately felt a sense of peace and calm. Um yeah, I’m going to go to the sauna now at odd hours just to spray and inhale. Love.

It was one of these Zum Mist sprays. Love all of these. I may go to the natural store today and stock up.

Two things that are pretty HIGH on my pet peeves list- people walking directly behind me in a hallway, so close that they are breathing down my neck – and also people who stare. I get it, sometimes I tend to do the stare down but I notice this in myself and work hard on not doing it. But you KNOW when you just feel someone staring at you? I literally want to punch these people in the face and this is why I run.

Slightly annoyed with people who want to have long conversations with you in the comments on Facebook. Or Instagram. But especially Facebook. How about we all just get on stage and charge people for a show? Let’s make some money while we are at it, you know. Might as well.

Some people just like to hear themselves talk. I know this.

I may one of those people sometimes. Yeah. Work in progress.

Low maintenance friends are so my jam. You know, the kind where you can literally text them anytime, about anything and can just pick up where you left off? That is just so priceless in this day & age. Plus I have less tolerance for high maintenance or overly competitive type of friendships in general because that mess is exhausting. Thankful I have lots of great friends in this life.

I was thinking about returning to run the Marine Corps Marathon in D.C. in October so I could go up there run a fast race and kick it with my college friends. And then you know what MCM did??? They ADDED AN ULTRA. A 50K to be exact! It’s like it was confirmation or something. They know my style. So yeah. I may have to enter the lotto to try and make it happen. If I run it (marathon or ultra) one more time I get entered into the Runner’s Club then I can bypass the lotto every year and automatically get in. Yaaaas.

This coffee pot. Genius. I’ve been needing to do this for a while.

Share some of your random thoughts today! 

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hi there! Happy hump day. It is spin cycle Wednesday!! We have a few throwbacks and new tracks for your workouts today. Enjoy!

Follow me on Spotify under thedancingrunner and also check here to see where I’m teaching classes next!

Let’s go for a ride!

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0Ui3TA4wPa0z50SHWJNRFN

Through My Mind- Firebeatz: Warm up
Dum Dee Dum (JiKay Remix)- Accelerations
Goodies- Ciara: Rolling hills
Grapevine- Tiesto: Tapbacks
Fiesta- Will Smith, Bomba Estereo: Hill climb
Sweet But Psycho (Kat Crazy Remix)- Ava Max: Jumps
Ring the Alarm- Nicky Romero, David Guetta: Sprints
We Found Love- Rihanna: Seated/standing run
Dive- Salvatore Ganacci: Hill climb
In the Air- Tom and Jame: Tapbacks
365- Zedd, Katy Perry: Hill climb
Fun- Pitbull, Chris Brown: Accelerations
Lie to Me- Steve Aoki: Active recovery
Patser Bounce- Dimitri Vegas: Sprints
Dirty Mind- Flo Rida: Rolling hills
Boom!- Tujamo: Sprints
Soundscapes- L’Indecis: Cool down

What songs are you loving this week?

Pros and Cons of Being a ‘Type A’ Morning Runner.

Pro- I have this INNER COACH that guilt trips me every time I slack off with running in the mornings. Also, I don’t know about you but guilt trips can definitely be motivating at times. Also I think I get this trait from my mother’s side of the family. She grew up Catholic. Catholics IMO are really good at stuff like that. HA. I digress.

Con- This can also backfire in some ways. Especially when it comes to times when you kinda NEED to slack off. Like, say rest days or just off seasons in general.

Pro- I am really good at going to bed early. In fact I am like a professional. My body just kinda turns off after 9 PM. I am the opposite of a night owl and get up early in a very blissful manner.

Con- When I go out on the weekends…I get tired before everyone else. YES. I have fallen asleep on my friends before! I am not proud of this moment. Yeah, so don’t try to take me to a movie. It is a wrap after like 45 minutes.

Pro- I am a highly self motivated individual who doesn’t really need to run with people. I enjoy it, yes, especially during long runs. But some days I CRAVE running alone. That could be the only child in me. I need solo runs sometimes just to think.

Con- Sometimes my highly motivated personality can get the best of me and I tend to over commit on things. I’ve gotten better at this as I’ve gotten older, and my favorite word to say lately is NO! Haha. So when I feel like I’m teaching too many classes at the gym or taking on too much I make myself scale back. I also don’t race as much as I used to, and pick races that I REALLY want to do. Like 50 milers and 100 milers. Yes, I’m an ultrarunner and that is my jam. What can I say.

Where my morning run lovers at? Evening runners…what do you love about running at night?
I like to change it up every once in a while so I do somedays appreciate a good night run.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Monday to ya! Hope you are having a great day so far. I am here to recap some weekly miles with ya! I was able to get in 72.1 miles last week. Let’s recap a bit, yes?!

Monday- 7.12 miles exploring a new route after teaching a class at the gym. It was quite dark out in the evening but I’m enjoying practicing my night miles a bit.
Tuesday AM- 8.20 miles in the ‘hood. Another Dora the Explorer type of run. I found some new hills! Always fun.
Tuesday PM- 2.23 miles – a little cool down on the lake with some faster strides thrown in while people watching. 7 and 8 minute miles.
Wednesday AM- 8.24 miles in the morning with the run club. Relaxed miles and convo.
Wednesday PM- 4.52 miles at lunch. 8:38 pace. Just getting my double run day in.
Thursday- 10.22 miles back with the run club. Starting out with the group and finishing on my own.
Friday- 5.37 miles. Keeping it short and sweet on a Fri-yay.
Saturday- 16.02 miles with the co-op. Long running and mimosas. Nuff said.
Sunday- 10.22 miles before some MARDI GRAS celebrating! We had crawfish which was amazing and then more good grub and a photoshoot.

Love my run buds.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Any fun runs or races coming up?

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there happy Friday! Hope you have some fun in store for your weekend. I am looking forward to getting some running in and fun with friends!! Plus the weather will actually be decent this weekend. This morning’s run was pure perfection! I love the sneak peek of springtime temperatures. THANK YOU, Texas. You are there real MVP.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Bringing the curls back this week. The weather has been so pleasant that I just couldn’t help myself. Actually it was funny the other day cuz I was all set on wearing my hair straight but my hair was all rebellious on some “nah Imma do me” type of situation. So I just let it do its thing. Wild and free.

Runners – How to find your perfect training strategy. Yes to all of this.

I am digging the new Cardi/Bruno track?! Sorry not sorry. It is a BOP.

RHOBH is back! And I am here for all of it. Beverly Hills is probably my favorite of all of the housewives just because I feel like they are truly housewives! That and I just love all of the fashions and ritzy things. A girl can dream.

And there you have it! Have a wonderful Friday.

What’s your weekend looking like? Any fun in store?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I love running in different neighborhoods in the mornings simply so I can get a feel of how friendly each area is towards runners. It’s funny because over in Dallas by White Rock Lake (an area that is pretty much “runner mecca”) people in general are SO friendly. Then you go to a place like where I live and people act like they are too boujee to even say good morning (those snooty millennials).

The best neighborhoods are where the cute senior citizens live. You end up feeling like a track star because they are just oh so impressed with you. And they ALWAYS have a little word of encouragement. haha. Always guaranteed a good time.

I like getting to work early before everyone on my floor gets here. This morning it was so peaceful and quiet before the hustle and bustle of the morning. I work in television so when all of the producers and creative people get here as you can imagine it is quite rowdy. But in a good way.

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?! I actually have about 30 Valentines tonight. I am teaching spin cycle happy hour and we are going to all wear pink and red, sweat our hineys off and eat chocolate to our hearts content. YAASSS.

It is going to be in the high 70s TODAY and TOMORROW! Yayyy my favorite weather is back. Lets all grab a hammock and straight kick it.

Tell me something random about your day today! 

Love Ride- Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy Valentine’s week, y’all! Since today is quite a busy day on the work front I figured I would post the collection of my most favorite V-DAY playlists for your lovely workouts! And especially for my fellow spin cycle instructors. Enjoy the jams!!

And while you’re at it check out my spin cycle schedule to see where I’m teaching next! You can also follow me on Spotify at thedancingrunner.

Let’s go for a LOVE ride!

Runrise and Valentine’s Spin Playlist.

Locked Out of Heaven- Bruno Mars: Warm up
We Found Love- Rihanna: Standing run
Green Light- John Legend: Rolling hills
Love More- Chris Brown feat Nicki Minaj: Sprints
Summer Love/Move Your Body (Mashup)- Justin Timberlake vs Beyonce: Jumps on a hill
Break Your Heart- Taio Cruz: Hill climb
Body Language- Kid Ink: Hill climb
Habits (Chainsmokers Remix)- Tove Lo: Accelerations
Forever- Chris Brown: Active recovery
Don’t Tell ‘Em- Jeremih feat YG: Jumps/Tap backs
Good Kisser- Usher: Hill climb
The Heart Wants What it Wants (Kue Remix)- Selena Gomez: Standing run
I Need Your Love- Calvin Harris feat Ellie Goulding: Sprints
Kiss From a Rose- Seal: Cool down

Valentine’s Day Spin Playlist.

Happy Valentine’s Day- Outkast: Warm up
In Common (Kaskade Remix)- Alicia Keys: Standing run
Let Me Love You (Zedd Remix)- Justin Bieber: Sprints
I Think of You- Chris Brown/Jeremih: Jumps
Deeper Love- Jauz: Rolling hills
Worth it- Fifth Harmony: Tapbacks
I Got You- Bebe Rexha: Hill climb
Melody- Oliver Heldens: Accelerations
Feelings- Maroon 5: Active recovery
Tonight Belongs to U!- Jeremih: Hill climb
Kiss it Better (Feenixpawl Remix)- Rihanna: Hill climb
Too Good- Drake: Seated/standing run
Make My Love Go- Jay Sean: Hill climb
Get Me Bodied- Beyonce: Accelerations
New Flame- Chris Brown: Cool down

Valentine’s Day Ride- Weds Spin Playlist.

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

Enjoy!

What LOVE songs (or hey, anti-love I don’t discriminate!) are your favorites to workout to?

Natural Ways to Fuel On the Run.

Ever since I started doing trail races a few years ago, I’ve loved exploring more all natural ways to fuel my runs. There are so many great options for energy sources that come straight from the earth! So today I thought I would share a few with you. So you can take a break from the GU! Here we go.

Medjool dates- These bad boys are probably my most favorite snack on the run or even pre run. They are sweet and almost taste like candy! It is nature’s candy of sorts. Grab a snack baggie and pop a few in there to bring on the run. You will be glad you did. You can even get ‘em on Amazon.

Nut butters. For my keto friendly runners (that I am not but more power to ya) Justin’s nut butter snack packs are quite awesome to bring on the run as well. I just love the almond butter ones! I could just eat it straight out of the package. Or you could even make you some keto almond butter cups.

Dried cherries. They are tart and easy on the tummy. I’ve definitely had them while running on trails and such.

Sliced pickles. Great for muscle aches and cramps…these are a runners go to when it comes to getting a little shot of salt. I’ve actually had serious leg cramps and the only thing that cured it was a shot of pure pickle juice. But these are fun to snack on while on the long run.

What are some of your favorite natural ways to fuel your running?

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! I am here to recap my week of running!! I was able to get in a glorious 70.7 miles last week. So pumped for ultras and some spring races coming up oh so soon. Let’s recap and see how it all went down!

Monday- 7.21 miles after teaching a class at the gym. I have found a new Monday route so I’m kind of in love.
Tuesday AM- 8.31 miles running a few hills with the early morning crew.
Tuesday PM- Double run day miles. 5.03 miles in the evening…a lot of my runs last week were pretty dark so I had all of the lights flashing. I don’t know how people run early mornings or at night without lights. They must have pretty good night vision! That I do not. I learned pretty quickly especially doing trail ultras that headlamps are my BFF.
Wednesday- 7.21 miles with some early morning rain. But a peaceful run doing some brainstorming on a few projects going on.
Thursday AM- 8.36 miles with my pink hydration vest in the ‘hood. I’ve been wearing my hydration packs a lot lately especially when it rains because I stash my phone and keys and things in there. Check this one out if you are in need of one BTW.
Thursday PM- 3.02 miles after the gym. People watching and enjoying the night air.
Friday- Running on rest day. 5.22 easy breezy miles. Just keeping the legs moving and the momentum going.
Saturday- Long run Saturday! 18.03 miles with the WRRC crew. With some faster miles thrown in the middle. Confession I fueled this run with a snickers bar and nothing else except water + electrolytes. Haha it was everything.
Sunday- 8.31 lunch time miles while listening to a podcast. HEY my Bravo fans they have Watch What Happens live as a podcast now. Thank you, Andy Cohen.

And there you have it!

How was your week! Any fun races coming up?