Tuesday Run Humor.

In case you need to laugh a little today (I know I sure do!) here are some run giggles. Enjoy and get your laugh on.

Because the chafing struggle is very real.

My biggest pet peeve lately…groups of walkers that like to take up an entire sidewalk with seemingly no direction in life.

The below is especially true when I start talking about ultras. Which is why I usually avoid talking about ultras to non runners at all costs.

The beauty of the morning run.

If I was balling out of control I would do ALL.OF.THE.RACES. For sure.

It’s just 26.2 miles. It’s like working a half day at work.

Has something funny happened to you on the run lately? Do share!
Aside from literally falling on my face a few weeks ago (I know, it was as fun as it sounds) I’ve got nothing.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there! Hope you had a marvelous weekend. Mine was quite lovely with POOL TIME and sunshine! I was also able to get in a great week of running last week- 60.3 miles total to be exact! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 5.21 miles in the a.m. I am starting to realize how much I truly need these early morning runs to start off the week! Especially on a Monday. It was quite glorious.

Monday PM- 3.01 miles in the evening after subbing a spin class. Always feels good to get some sunset time in and people watching all at the same time.

Tuesday AM- 7.11 miles in the morning listening to my favorite silly podcast. Gotta love that.

Tuesday PM- 2.21 mile cool down after the gym. Nice little cool down on double run day.

Wednesday- 6.33 miles on hump day. Got in some faster miles towards the end which felt nice. I’ve been doing lots of solo miles lately and enjoying that. Gearing back up for some summer races including the Habanero 50k.

Thursday- 10.32 miles! Back with my early breakfast run club. Ran a few hills so it was a great run indeed.

Friday- 16 mile Fridays are always the best. Did this run also with friends. Fastest 16 miler in quite some time so happy for that.

Saturday- REST DAY. Felt good to be a little rebellious on a day that I normally run long. Spent the day at the pool with a sweet new bikini and great girlfriends.

Sunday- 10.12 miles with some lovely breezy weather! Afterwards went to brunch with my papa to celebrate Father’’s Day.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you celebrate Father’s Day with your papa?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! Hope you have an incredible weekend planned!! I definitely am planning on some fun in the sun! I got my morning started with a killer 16 mile run – always great to get some major miles in before the work day. So, yay for that.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

How to have more focused hours in your day. Creating the space for focused work – I just love that.

Salomon’s trail running gear checklist. I love how this is broken down with the mileage. Good stuff.

-Absolutely incredible sushi HH this week. Yellowtail roll is quickly becoming a favorite.

-All of the pretty blooms everywhere. Simply cannot get enough.

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

What’s on tap for your weekend? Doing anything special for your dad for Father’s Day?

I am kidnapping my dad and taking him out on the town on Sunday.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Y’all Texas has granted us some splendid morning run weather this week. Simply splendid! I am talking breezy 60s (instead of 80s/extreme humidity) at 5 and 6 AM. That..for Texas this time of year is an absolute God send. Feels so good to run when you are not dying.

You know what kind of grinds my gears? When I claim my spot in the women’s locker room at at the gym, walk away for 2 seconds and chicks still come and basically put their stuff on top of mine. Even though there are tons.of.empty.spots in the mornings- where they can have personal space.

Why do they do this, you ask? BECAUSE gym divas have to have their designated locker spots. Even if it doesn’t have their names on them. Because it’s a habit. And they can’t help it! God forbid you have to change your locker destination.

-Those gym divas, I tell ya.

I’ve said this before but I also cannot stand it when people walk right behind me all up in your personal space bubble. It gives me so much anxiety. Some people really do not understand personal space, do they?

-Okay. Rant over.

I’ve used up all of my vacation days at work. But it is okay, because at the beginning of August (on my work anniversary) I will get 3 FREAKING WEEKS OF VACATION! 3 weeks y’all. I am going to have to leave the country or something.

So pray for me in July because I will need to work the entire month without a day off.

-First world problems.

At least there is the 4th of July, I do get a holiday.

Is anyone running a 4th of July race? I prefer to run long on holidays instead of racing. But maybe I will do a 10k or something. Who am I kidding. I would rather run long and be at the pool all day.

What are some of your random thoughts this week?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! I’ve got a rocking playlist with lots of new tracks as well as throwbacks today! As well as a workout for my fellow cycling peeps and fitness instructors! Hope you do enjoy!

Follow along on Spotify and check my schedule to see where I’m teaching classes next!

Let’s go for a ride!

Be Nice- The Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg: Warm up
Party Never Ends- Alok, Quintino: Accelerations
So Close- NOTD: Rolling hills
Dinero (CADE Remix) J.Lo, Cardi B: Tapbacks
Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled, Rihanna: Hill climb
Go to Work- Tim Omaji: Seated/standing run
Obvious- Deorro: Sprints
Rise- Laidback Luke: Tapbacks
Body- Loud Luxury: Hill climb
Stir Fry- Migos: Active recovery
Type a Way- Chris Brown, Eric Bellinger, OG Parker: Hill climb
Good Feelin- Dyro: Jumps on a hill
I Can Only Imagine- David Guetta: Rolling hills
Throw Fits- London On Da Track, G-Eazy, City Girls: Sprints
Though My Mind- Firebeatz: Seated/standing run
High On Emotion- Sultan + Shepard: Hill climb
Nice for What- Drake: Accelerations
Tempted- Erykah Badu, James Poyser: Cool down

What workouts songs are you loving this week?

Traits of Ultrarunners.

Runners- we all have a reason. Am I right?! But when it comes to going BEYOND the 26.2 distance, what is it that makes an ultrarunner want to stay in the game? Are there certain personality traits that perhaps they possess that your otherwise “just for fitness” runners don’t? I thought today we would explore that. And, as an ultrarunner myself I thought I would share a few things about me…and why I enjoy pushing the limits time and time again.

It’s real MENTAL, bro. I think for me what brings me back to ultrarunning again and again is the fact that running for me is a super personal, super mental thing. More so than physical. I mean truly running and life for me go absolutely hand in hand. Runner’s World kind of said it best here.

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We are just kind of weird and quirky in general. I mean truly I have to tell you I’ve never met a more eclectic group of people than my ultrarunner friends. We truly are unicorns of sorts. We sign up for 50 and 100 milers on a whim, just to run with our friends or just to have an adventure. We will also do weird things like run our AGE on our birthday…and ish like that. Solo. Not even for a medal or anything? Just cuz, you know. It’s our idea of fun. And stuff like that.

We tend to have more addictive personalities. I know personally this is something that is in my genetic makeup. But…running has probably saved me from having some more unhealthy addictions for sure. There are a lot of ultrarunners in fact, that say that running is more of a healthy addiction from them. I mean, we are talking serious…like former drug addicts and such that found running and got off of things that nearly ended their life. Thankfully I can say I’ve never been addicted to things that dangerous. But I do have that kind of personality. And I am oh so thankful for ultrarunning and for being able to channel that kind of energy in a very different way.

We are probably more TYPE B than your usual type A runner. Sure, doing loads of speedwork…having a super strict training schedule may work for some runners. But I think ultrarunners think of running as more of a lifestyle, a lifelong sport we can just do forever as opposed to for a temporary PR or running to fit into a cocktail dress. We love running for the friends, for the adventure. For the sake of running. We will run a 50k and then maybe a marathon the following weekend (or next day, whatevs haha) just to hang out with our buds and knock down a few cold ones. You know what I mean. It’s more about the lifelong journey than anything else. And that…is such a beautiful thing.

Ultrarunners…yeah…we are crazy like that. But we are madly in love with pounding it out for miles and miles…just cuz we are strong. Just cuz we can.

And that- I never ever take for granted.

What are some more traits of ultrarunners…or just runners in general?!

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there and happy Monday! I am back to recap last week’s miles! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and you got some sunshine time in. Let’s see how it all went down!!

Monday AM- I’ve been really enjoying doing my double run days still and splitting up my runs. I’ve been finding lately that doing a short-ish run at night also loosens up my legs from the workday and is a good de-stressor. 4.21 miles in the morning to get my Monday going.

Monday PM- 3.02 miles at night watching the beautiful sunset. This was a bit of a progression run of sorts so that worked out great.

Tuesday AM- 7.32 miles in the morning cranking the miles back up. Faster finish is always a good thing. Feeling good feeling great. I’ve also just signed up for the Habanero 50k!! It’s in the dead of summer for Texas which is August. And also good training as I ramp back up for my 3rd 100 mile race!!

After my free race, the Stars Above Ultra got canceled (boo) I needed something else so that will be a good time with my fellow Dallas Dirt Runners. I’m excited to get back on the trails again and burn up in the HEAT. Ha.

Tuesday PM- 3.01 mile run after teaching spin. Fairly uneventful, but peaceful miles just getting it in for the day.

Wednesday AM- 5.12 miles while listening to some podcasts and such. On tired legs after teaching class at gym the night before.

Wednesday PM- The evening run got pushed to lunchtime since I did the wine walk with good friends that evening. I mean, YA GOTTA RUN for vino, am I right? Just saying. 3.20 miles done.

Thursday- 4.21 miles in the afternoon. More or less a detox run since it was in the middle of the day and it was just SO.DANG.HOT and humid outside! Pretty sure it was 90 degrees and ten thousand percent humidity.

Friday- Heat acclimation miles. 5.12 miles right after work. That’s the thing about Texas. Once we start pushing towards summer all of the runs are just sweaty and gross no matter what time of the day it is. I complain but I secretly love it.

Saturday- Longer runs are always better with friends! 14 miles done with my girl Jenna! And the WRRC crew, followed by sangria, tamales and pool time. Good times.

Sunday- 6.31 miles in the morning just trying to do a mini/baby run streak. I may do a little summer streak and see how things go. It’s very unofficial though. So don’t come harassing me if I break it because I am liable to do that at any time for any random reason. HA.

Oh, plus more pool time. I have to say, I some really attractive friends also. Don’t you agree? I sure do think so.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? What did you do?

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! Good Lord I have been slipping on the posts this week. But hey! I’m back!! Hope you have some fun in store for the weekend. I definitely have some running and fun in the sun planned!

Without further ado let’s get to my faves from this week!

This trailer for Brittany Runs a Marathon. Ohemgee. Love it. Adding this to the list for sure.

lululemon Kaomi tights? Get on my body.

Lunch running this week has been absolutely everything. I think slowly but surely I’m starting to acclimate to this heat. Great detox too.

All of the funny things on Pinterest. Sometimes I go there just for a good ole laugh.

Have a great Friday! Go out and be great.

What’s on tap for your weekend?
A little work and productivity but mostly play. I see a pool in my near future.

Weds Spin Playlist.

Even though today is #globalrunningday I haven’t forgotten about you workout music lovers! I’ve got a hot and ready spin cycle playlist you will love today! Hope you do enjoy.

Follow me on Spotify and click to see where I’m teaching next if you are local!

Let’s go for a ride!

Spicy- Herve Pagez, Diplo, Charli XCX: Warm up
Fireball- Pitbull: Rolling hills
All About You- Joe Stone: Seated/standing run
No Limit- G-Eazy, a$AP Rocky, Cardi B: Sprints
Lover- Tommy Trash Tapbacks
Playboy- Dodge and Fuski: Hill climb
A Little More Like You- Dropgun: Accelerations
Creep On Me- GASHI: Active recovery
New Rules- Dua Lipa: Hill climb
In the Air- Tom and Jame: Tapbacks
Unforgettable- French Montana: Rolling hills
Fever- Vybz Kartel: Jumps on a hill
Habits- Tove Lo, Chainsmokers: Sprints
Reverse- Sage the Gemini: Seated/standing run
The Beat- Mike Williams: Sprints
Turn Around- Flo Rida: Hill climb
Day and Night- Majid Jordan: Cool down

What songs are you working out to this week?

My Raw and Real Running Journey Story.

Hey there! Hope you’re able to get out and get some miles in today. As of late I’ve been enjoying “running for fun”. This is the first time in years probably that I’ve not had tons of races on my calendar. And for good reason. In the last few years I’ve raced and (won) a 100k, a few 50 milers…and successfully conquered the 100 mile distance. Twice. It has truly been a whirlwind and I am so very thankful for these strong legs of mine. Running has simply changed my mind, my soul and my body and in more ways then I could ever imagine. So today, allow me to tell you a story. Of how I fell in love with not only running…but how trail running and specifically ultras have impacted my life in such a huge way.

Well, if you have been reading for a while you know my story of how I discovered the simple act of running. I lost weight in college (after tipping the scales at over 200 pounds) and entered into the working world bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to conquer the world. I landed a job in Dallas working for a major network and worked in the busy newsroom as an assignment editor. I helped reporters find their stories and we tackled breaking news. It was exciting at first but mostly extremely stressful. After a few years of working long and odd hours I got incredibly jaded and burned out by the doom and gloom the local news showcases. What happened next was a blessing in disguise.

I got laid off after 3 long years (as did thousands of other employees with this station across the US after numerous hiring freezes and layoffs) so it was time to go. It was tough as this was my first job out of college but I quickly got back on my feet. I had so much down time for the next couple of months that I started working out. Just to pass the time really! It was kind of fun though, and I made so many great friends. I started attending a social run at a local running store (shout out to Luke’s Locker!), and met a group that was training for half and full marathons. In 2010, we all ran the Chicago Marathon together. A couple of years later, I became a volunteer running coach with this particular marathon program and trained many to go on and run their very first marathons successfully. It was a great way for me to meet people and give back all at the same time.

Fast forward to today. Still working in television, now as a producer and loving it. Still running, still loving it, and simply addicted to the simple act of going out there and going for a run. Many people ask me…what KEEPS me running, after all of these years. What keeps that fire of desire burning so strong. I have to say that even after all of the accolades and wins, what keeps me going is knowing that I actually NEED running to get me through things. Hard things. To remind me every day that I am strong. That I am capable. That there is such a thing as pushing past limits and that you can do things that people say you can’t do. I have an insatiable desire to break barriers. To defy the word YOU CAN’T. You shouldn’t. Why would you. Frankly, why would you not? If things terrify you, if you have a fear, you should absolutely demolish it. Every single time. Face your fears, your demons. Whatever you want to call them. Always. And always, looking in the face of fear will make you strong and give you such a power that you feel that you can do absolutely anything.

So that is the reason why I keep going. Not for social media, not for friends. Many times, I am out on the roads, on the trails alone. Friends make this journey so much sweeter, challenge me and make me better. But what got me started and what has kept me going is that raw, that real…fear facing THING. That pushing past my limits THING. That passion, like a lover who you just can’t quit. Who you don’t want to quit. Who will always be in your life. It’s a passion that keeps burning strong.

Running, you teach me something every day and forever I will be student and keep wanting to learn things about you. It is a self discovery of sorts. It is a beautiful thing when you keep discovering things about yourself.

Happy Global Running Day to you all. Get out there.

Get moving.

Share with me your running story today! What keeps you going?