Random Thoughts Thursday.

Can I just tell you how much I absolutely did not want to get up EARLY to run this a.m.? My bed was feeling so good, y’all. But I made myself head out in the cold darkness. And how I felt at the end of this morning’s run was EVERYTHING. Oh so good. It’s incredible what running does to our bodies and souls. Yes indeed.

Seriously mornings like that keep me forever putting in the miles.

So I’m heavily debating on doing the 50k (and then some) trek across DFW in a few short weeks. Like last year, it should be some fun people involved. It’s not a race and strictly for crazy people who just like to run for miles and miles without recognition. Well, maybe a brag worthy social media post or something but no medal. HA. Sign me up.

Just a few of last years crazies.  

Yep, you read that right, we literally run miles and miles across town (point to point) and along a rail system so anyone who wants to run part (or all) of the distance can do that and then jump back on the train and head back to their car. It is quite a genius idea, really.

I mean, if you are into that kind of crazy. It’s genius to me. Could be moronic to you. LOL. All about perspective.

I was talking to Kwame (hey blogging buddy!) about the marathon in Barbados and I have to say I think the universe is calling me there because I’ve thought about going there at least twice since we talked about it. For the marathon…and really just for laziness? Or I guess what non runners call ‘vacation’.

And then I get this beckoning to me…in my email today. Hmm.

Share your random thoughts with me today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day! It has been a BUSY week around these parts but I decided it was high time I posted a hot and fresh spin cycle playlist! As always these tracks are great for spin class, running or any other high energy workout! And of course I’ve included a workout for my fellow spin instructors to go along with it.

Catch me on Spotify and check out where I’m teaching class next if you’re local.

Let’s go for a ride!

Comfortable- Lil Wayne, Babyface: Warm up
OMG- Tommy Trash: Accelerations
ME N U- CID, Riddim Commission: Tapbacks
4 Minutes- Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland: Rolling hills
Panini- Lil Nas X: Seated/standing run
Done for Me- Charlie Puth, Kehlani, Loud Luxury: Tapbacks
Fight Night- Migos: Sprints
It Takes Two- Rob Base: Hill climb
Run This Town- Offaiah: Sprints
Turn Me On- Riton, Oliver Heldens: Active recovery
Tonight Belongs To U!- Jeremih: Jumps
Like This- Mims; Hill climb
Boasty- Idris Elba: Jumps on a hill
We Got That Cool- Afrojack, Icona Pop: Accelerations
Sweet Memories- Seated/standing run
Simmer- Mahalia, Burna Boy: Rolling hills
Light the Sky- Dannic: Sprints
Forevermore- Yuna: Cool down

What hot songs are on your workout playlists this week?

Random Funny Things I Love (And Hate) About Strava.

So for those of you who are on Strava, you know it is a fun way to keep up with your training and your friends WHO are training. Even when I’m not really training for a race (like now) it serves as a way to keep up with your miles, workouts, calories burned and such. Truly it is a phenomenal tool when used wisely. It can also, for the super competitive, be a bit of a double edged sword. I’ve actually seen runners get injured trying to keep up with the JONESES, so to speak. Anyway, here are a few maybe funny and maybe unfunny things I’ve noticed about having the runners/bikers version of Facebook.

Some people really have a LOT to say on their description of their run. It is kind of cute if you ask me. I mean, I’m talking real ESSAYS. And thoughtful thoughts on their miles. It is kind of like their diary.
For me on the other hand, ‘Morning Run’ will suffice. Even if it’s a workout run or a tempo type of run. I’m a woman of a few words. What can I say. Let’s just get to the damn point.
I get the MOST KUDOS from men. I have no idea why. For those unaware, a ‘kudos’ is equivalent to a Facebook ‘like’.
I don’t give many kudos. At all. I’ve given maybe a handful of kudos in the last 6 months. Mostly because I don’t spend time on Strava for the social aspect of it, it is a training log for me and nothing else.
‘Kudos guilt’ can be real though! Some days I feel bad about my lack of kudos giving and will go and like a bunch of posts all at once. I like to call it a Kudos attack. Attack ‘em all at once and everyone is happy.
People really STALK other people on there! Ladies, be careful. Try to mix up your runs and keep things interesting. Also run with other runners. I definitely at least like to run in an area where its well lit up and I know other runners will be in the morning.
Some runners will be PETTY and like your run, only when they’ve run more than you. Yep we runners can put the ‘PETTY’ in competitive. Sometimes. See what I did there.
At the end of the day though it is all in FUN. Work hard, record your miles, keep it moving. That is what it is all about. Gotta love (or hate) it.

Name some funny things you’ve noticed about Strava!

Weekly Running Report.

Well happy Monday to ya! I hope your Thanksgiving with friends and fam was absolutely fantastic. I’m here to recap some miles and smiles from last week! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- Last week I scaled back on the miles a bit more to see how the body felt with just a bit more rest. So Monday was a REST DAY. I have to tell you resting on a Monday for me is always mentally tough. You know there’s always that hashtag NEVERMISSAMONDAY that makes everyone who needs a rest day feel bad. Haha. “Runner’s guilt” is the best, right!? Anyway, the legs felt fresh and ready to go on Tuesday for some miles so that’s a good thing.

Tuesday AM- 7.12 relaxed miles in the hood. It rained a lot off and on last week so this was a humid cloudy day but it got done.

Tuesday PM- 3.02 evening miles after teaching a spin cycle class. I enjoyed doing some people watching at night by the water. Picked up the pace a bit at the end.

Wednesday AM- 7.22 miles catching up with my neighbor friend. Getting it in since I had Thanksgiving Eve off. Yay for that.

Wednesday PM- Double run day miles, 3.32 to get in over 10.5 miles for the day. I actually ended up going to a Thanksgiving Eve ONESIE party that night which was quite fun! Also, I bought my very first onesie just for this event. I am now a big time onesie FAN.

Thursday- 10.02 miles before 10 AM on Thanksgiving! The ‘Chelsea Trot’ was a success. No dogs/strollers/walkers in my way. It rained Thanksgiving morning too so the miles were a little soggy but so blissful.

Friday- REST DAY. Got some yoga stretching in though and allowed the body to rest. Kind of loving this whole ‘I’m not training for anything’ THING. I honestly still feel like the body is in repair post 100k. But, feeling better day by day.

Saturday- 10.11 miles done. Early Saturday miles before you even know you’re doing them, for the win.

Sunday- REST DAY. Plus the best red wine flight I’ve ever had in life. Oh so good.

And there you have it!

How was your Thanksgiving holiday? Best Thanksgiving dish you had?
My family friend made some sautéed cabbage with herbs that was quite good. PLUS. Mac n cheese for the win. And my dad’s sweet potato pie.

Weekly Running Report.

Hello there and happy Monday! Hope you had an awesome weekend. Let’s recap some weekly miles, shall we? I was able to get in just over 50 miles for the week – a bit of a cut back week for me actually as of late! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- 5.23 evening miles enjoying doing some people watching. I made this a bit of a progression run so it felt good to move faster after resting the legs the previous day. Currently I’m not really training for anything (as mentioned in the last few posts) so right now my running is more for maintenance. I do have my eyes on some ultras in 2020 and perhaps a marathon. But at the moment the off season is super nice. I still really also feel like I’m still recovering from my 100k PR.

Tuesday AM- 8.12 miles with some hill repeats thrown in there. Solo miles in the early morning dark but felt good to knock it out.

Tuesday PM- 2.22 miles after teaching spin to get in the double run day. It still feels good to do the double running every once in a while especially after a stressful day so I’ve been throwing them in there still. Not as often as when I’m training for something serious but nice little moving meditation.

Wednesday AM- 7.12 relaxed miles and loved all of the colorful fall leaves. Definitely loving the crisp fall mornings as of late.

Wednesday PM- 3.02 double run day miles – evening run with the city lights.

Thursday- 8.3 miles back at it with the breakfast run club. I’ve been doing a ton of solo runs so honestly just having company on the run lately is super nice and definitely pushes me to move faster.

Friday- 6.31 miles with a faster finish. I had Friday off so it was lovely ‘sleeping in’ a bit before the run. Definitely put some pep in my step to start the run later than usual.

Saturday- 10.22 miles catching up with great run pals. Felt good to get up and hit up the lake on a gorgeous morning. Plus post run mimosas always make things a little sweeter.

Sunday- REST DAY. Absolutely lovely and oh so needed.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Any holiday races coming up??
Doing my ‘Chelsea Trot’ then the Jingle Bell Run which will totally be a FUN run.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It’s truly been feeling like straight up springtime around these parts with the weather! That’s right, I’ve been busting back out the shorts and tank tops. I know this won’t last for long but I definitely am enjoying it while it lasts.

Yep, 70 degrees in November. I can get down with that.

I’ve been listening to a lot of country music lately. I get into moods like that where I want to listen to it more than other times. What can I say, I have super eclectic taste in jams. It’s my happy/working music.

And then other times I want to listen to hip hop on FULL blast. Or just high energy stuff especially when I teach spin class.

I am telling you I feel so good after making my 100 mile decision like a weight was lifted. I can literally enjoy the rest of my year and the holidays with friends and family without fretting about a looming race. Granted I am running the Jingle Bell Run the week before Christmas but even that one will be untimed. NO STRESS. ALL FUN.

I think I’ve developed a little reputation in my running community of being the ultra runner that always does THE MOST. Haha I am trying to change that. I want to be the ‘laid back’ runner.

Literally people will ask me during a social run, ‘oh, you running 30 miles today huh?’ And I guess it should be a flattering thing that people think I’m such a hard worker but…everyone’s gotta rest every now and again.

I never do ultra runs to impress other people, or to even do some impressive blog post. It’s always FOR ME. And I love it that way and always will. End rant.

-I really am looking forward to pressing the refresh / reset button on running though going on into the new year. I want to run more marathons, do some destination races, and of course some of my favorite ultras. I already feel it in my bones that 2020 will be a phenomenal year. Plus ending 2019 on a strong note with my 100k PR was icing on the cake.

Share your thoughts with me today! Any more ultra runners out there?

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and a very happy Monday to ya! Hope you’re having a great start to the week! I’m here to recap some MILES and SMILES! I was able to get in just over 61 miles of running last week. Let’s recap and see how it all went down!

Monday- 7.03 miles in the ‘hood! Love catching up with my neighbor friend over some miles. Now that I’ve made my decision about not running the HUNDO I can just run for sheer enjoyment. That definitely felt so nice. I do have some races in the horizon for 2020 so keeping the fitness up will be good.

Tuesday AM- 5.22 miles solo, picking up the pace a bit towards the end. It was a week of bipolar texas weather again so this run was in 20 degree temps plus windy. Fun fun fun.

Tuesday PM- Double run day miles, 3.02 miles after teaching spin doing some people watching.

Wednesday- 5.32 miles while listening to a podcast. Yet another super chilly morning.

Thursday- 10.12 miles back with the breakfast run club. Love when I’m able to get up super early and knock out double digit miles.

Friday- 10.32 miles with with my neighbor friend. Met her halfway since we live about 3 minutes from each other and helped her get her long run in. She helped me keep a solid pace while we had solid girl talk.

Saturday- 20.12 miles just cuz I felt like it. HA. Good time on my feet run with run pals.

Sunday- REST DAY. Plus weekend eats to follow. Chicken flatbread with balsamic for the win.

And then…the sun came back and all was well in the world. Temps in the 60s and 70s in November. Happy Chelsea.

And there you have it!!

Share your weekend runs/treats/eats with me!

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there y’all (yes I said that in the most Texan of accents – just roll with it) happy Friday! I was able to get up and get some double digit miles in this morning! The sunrise was quite glorious I have to say.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Christmas leggings on a Friday. Yes, in November. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

13 trail shoes you’ll love to run in. I’ve loved my Brooks Pure Grit shoes for a while but there are some good options here.

Obsessed with this song currently. I’ve been playing it when I teach my spin classes and rocking out.

The Define Jacket. Love me some lulu!! I seriously need to step up my running jacket game especially with the chilly days we’ve had down in Texas lately.

Feeling good about my 100 mile decision. I’ve actually decided to pass this year on running the 100 mile distance. I’ve been giving this a lot of personal thought (off the blog) after my 100k PR and wrapping up my year of running ULTRAS. I think it is for the best.

I’ve successfully paced a 50k, placed top female 4th year in a ROW for the 50 miler, then finished strong with a solid 62 mile finish. I feel good about my accomplishments this year. For me, the 100 mile distance (which I’ve already completed twice) will always be there! I want to explore some shorter faster distances in 2020 and want to reset and refocus for greater things. More to come.

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Long run, fun with friends, brunching and enjoying the 60 degree patio weather. Thank you, Texas for bringing back the sunshine.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This week’s weather down in TEXAS has me wearing beanie hats all week long! I am pretty sure I almost turned into an icicle after running with temps in the TWENTIES the other day but alas, I survived.

All good though because this is what the rest of the week into the weekend is looking like. Bring back my 50s and 60s baby.

The other day I had a little fun and broke away from my routine to go to a CHICKEN WING tasting (thanks Yelp) and can I just say I tried the spiciest wings I’ve ever had in life. One was actually called DEATH and the hottest one was AFTERLIFE. Intense. They actually had a huge cold glass of milk on standby for the afterlife one.

Speaking of heat, the amount of time that I can actually spend in the hot sauna is borderline concerning. What can I say my body loves dry heat! I was actually in there SO long this morning I had to set an alarm but to peel my body off the seat and go. Feels so good though especially when it is so cold outside.

Anyone getting an insane amount of spam calls lately? I even downloaded the blocker app and I’m still getting them. I’ve gotten to the point now where I don’t even answer the phone for people I know.

This. This is oh so true.

Share your random thoughts with me today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! I know I’m a little tardy for the party but I did not want the day to end without hitting you with a workout playlist! These songs are great for running, spin class or any other high energy workouts! Let’s get right to it!!

Be sure to check out where I’m teaching spin class next or find me on Spotify under thedancingrunner! I post playlists there on a weekly basis.

Let’s go for a ride!

Evapora- IZA, Ciara, Major Lazer: Warm up
Salome- Cato Anaya, Dave Ruthwell, Mr. Sid, Dragonfly: Accelerations
Hands in the Air- Timbaland, Ne-Yo: Tapbacks
Cut Up- Black Youngsta: Rolling hills
I’m the Ish- DJ Class, Lil Jon: Seated/standing run
Locked Out of Heaven- Bruno Mars: Rolling hills
Up All Night- MOTi: Sprints
Run the World (Kaskade Remix)- Beyonce: Hill climb
More (Jimmy Joker Mix)- Usher: Active recovery
All Night- Example: Tapbacks
Don’t Call Me Angel-Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Ray: Sprints
The Motto- Drake: Jumps
OMG- Tommy Trash: Rolling hills
Island Boy- Showtek: Accelerations
The Other Side- Jason Derulo: Hill climb
Sun Kissed- Bryony Jarman-Pinto: Cool down

What songs are on your playlist this week?