Random Thoughts Thursday.

So um TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY and I am excited because I have a fun filled weekend planned. Running, good friends, brunching. All of the things I absolutely love. Plus I am working a half day tomorrow. I know, I should have taken the whole day but ya know…adult career things demand a bit of my attention. So at least I am able to take a portion of the day off.

Can we just give a shoutout to jumpsuits right now?! Like the one in the pic above. AND ROMPERS. So feeling both outfit choices at the moment…

I am pretty sure 90 percent of my running workouts this week occurred in some kind of rain or storm. Yes, spring has finally sprung here in TX! And that means lots of random rainstorms. It’s okay, cuz it makes me mentally stronger, right?

I have been oh so busy that I have not seen any of the shows I love. I am actually still behind on the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion! I still need to watch part 3.

My Bravo fans- do you think they will bring back Kenya? Phaedra? I think they should bring back both. The more drama rama the better.

I think it is funny when women have super long conversations in the women’s locker room at the gym. Like we are all nekkid and I just kind of want to wash up and go. Plus we don’t really know each other all like that. Some people just like to hear themselves talk.

Like today this lady was telling us how she somehow jacked up her knees working out cuz she was doing some type of stripper routine on the workout room floor. Apparently she used to be a dancer and the staff approved her to do her stripper dance moves at the gym as her workout.

THEN she proceeded to show me these 8 inch stripper silver heels, y’all. No lie.

Can you imagine ?!? I would bust my tail wide open.

I mean they do have those pole dance workouts? I don’t know…not for me. Upper body wise though that workout seems killer.

My friend wrote this about black coffee on Facebook and I can so relate. Drinking my black coffee right now, actually.

Tell me some random thoughts about your week!

5 Reasons to ‘RUNCH’.

So…lately I’ve actually been moving around the time of day that I run, just to spice things up. I am really a morning runner at heart- but there are days that I really get huge benefits from running at lunch! So here are a few reasons why ‘RUNCH’ is absolutely the way to go.

Your legs are already warmed up from the day. For me this translates usually to running faster. I’m sure people have different opinions about this but it takes me some time to get my legs moving in the morning. In the afternoon I am just more revved up and ready to go.

By lunchtime I am just READY to get out of the office and get some fresh air. So I get my nature time and it recharges my brain to go back to work refreshed and productive. 

It helps keep things spicy running wise. In general I am just a fan of switching up the time of day that you run. For me it helps me to not get bored with the same ole same.

Because miles usually taste better than that burger at the drive thru. And it helps me make better lunch choices in general. Usually I will just eat at my desk after I run and wash up at the gym next door which ends up working out great. 

It also makes me want to punch people less. You know, in general. I come back to work a pretty happy camper. 

What is your favorite time of day to run? 

Zero dark thirty usually…but RUNCH is a close second. 

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there…happy Monday and all that jazz! Hope you had a lovely weekend. It is that time again! Time to recap some weekly miles. I was able to get in just over 75 miles of running last week!! That Hachie 50 mile race is ohmygoodness so fast approaching. I’m kinda getting nervous! But I have been putting in the miles and the work in that’s for sure. So, let’s see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 5.23 miles in the early A.M. Last week the weather was pretty crazy humid and sticky which is not quite my favorite but hey you do what you do to get it done. This was a part of the double run day miles.

Monday PM- 3.33 miles watching the sunset. Love having my Monday nights work free lately. I only teach classes at the gym now 2-3 times a week after the 9-5 so my work life balance has been totally improving.

Tuesday AM- 6.31 miles at lunch. Ran some hills and a lil negative split at the end which was nice.

Tuesday PM- 3.53 miles after teaching a class at the gym. Quick route around the lake to wind down from a busy day.

Wednesday- 10.11 miles in the morning. Really peaceful run actually listening to a podcast and my brain movies. Anyone else have BRAIN movies?! I have them a lot. Really more daydreaming but also brainstorming projects and such. Keeps things interesting. Ha.

Thursday AM- 8.22 miles of sunrise. Felt good but kind of dragging on this day. I think I was looking forward to my upcoming rest day after doing some run streaking. Kind of on cruise control type of situation. But made it work as per usual.

Thursday PM- 3.5 miles a little faster I guess for some reason I caught a second wind around lunchtime. Funny how that happens.

Friday- 15.11 miles early morning solo. Good run, time on my feet kind of run. It was a beautiful morning too perfect for running long.

Saturday- Back to back long run days are always a good time!! 20.12 mile Saturday with yet again lovely weather and good friends. I was excited we had a few folks that have been gone for a while make their comebacks from injury and such. It was an awesome morning and yes they made me run faster.

Sunday- REST DAY. Rest days are so precious and glorious to me lately. Good time enjoying the weather with lovely friends.

Oh, and black bean loaded nachos and mimosas for the win. Thankyouverymuch.

How was your weekend? How is your training going? What is the most delicious thing you ate…or drank?? I need details!

TGIFriday Faves.

HAPPY GOOD Friday!! I got a long run in this morning and I am feeling all of the good feels and endorphin rush feelings. It seriously is amazing how a long run changes your entire outlook on life. I have been in a cloud of weirdness all week. Mood wise. Anyone else? Anyway that is over now all because I ran long. Maybe that is why I am an ultra runner. I like that endorphin rush and want to feel it basically all the time. YAAAS.

I also thought the above Eva the diva from RHOA gif would be fitting there. I just love her also.

Also I am getting oh so excited for the Hachie 50 miler! My 5th 50 mile race is in 2 weeks. Countdown is on!!

Anyway, today is a day for my Friday faves! Let’s get right to it.

Practicing bravery in my sneakers. Love Sabrina Little. She is for sure my ultra runner girl running inspiration.

6 life lessons from the pioneers of women running. Breaking the rules is my jam.

Although my birthday is still a week away (1 WEEK exactly!) I am getting all of these random freebie foodie emails. Don’t you just love that?

Pretty blooms at the end of my 15 mile route this morning. Definitely the icing on my long run cake.

Have a great Easter weekend!!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
More running, celebrating Easter with the fam bam.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

The humidity for all of my runs this week seriously has been through the roof. It truly never gets easier dealing with sky high humidity. I am just a bucket of sweat every time and my pace kind of takes a hit too. All good though, still getting my miles in.
As runners I feel like we have to have something to complain about, amiright?! If it is not one thing, it is another.
I will admit, I did sleep in until about 6 or 7 AM before a couple of my runs this week (which was glorious) but I just do not feel as productive if I don’t run at 5AM-ish?? When I run earlier, my entire day is BETTER. More coffee fueled ya know…but BETTER. More productive. I also think more clearly and just feel like I’m the ish, in general. hahaha.
Yeah, I am one of those…annoying morning people, what can I say.

In other news…I found a random ABOUT ME quiz and I feel like today would be a good time to take it. Why not, right? Let’s get straight to it. It’s always good to know each other a little better!! These questions are quite random too.

1. First thing you wash in the shower? My face

2. What color is your favorite hoodie? My red hoodie I bought in San Fran

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Sure

4. Do you plan outfits? Yes…quickly…got places to go and people to see!

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? Productive

6. What’s the closest thing to you that’s red? Sharpie

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? It’s been too long

8. Did you meet anybody new today? Yes, the dude at 7-eleven that gave me a free coffee! Oh happy day.

9. What are you craving right now? Sunshine and pool time.

10. Do you floss? Yes

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? I feel indifferent about it.

12. Are you emotional? I can be…hey I’m a girl!

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000? probably

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? Lick it!

15. Do you like your hair? Yes, especially when my curls BEHAVE!!

16. Do you like yourself? I love me some me.

17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? Why not?

18. What are you listening to right now? Spin cycle radio. I’m obsessed.

19. Were your parents strict? My mom was. My dad is pretty laid back, my mom is the more intense personality. I am a crazy mix of them both.

20. Would you go sky diving? If the opportunity presented itself. Probably and I would be screaming the entire time.

21. Do you like cottage cheese? Love it.

22. Have you ever met a celebrity? Yes a few…favorite sighting? Spotted Boris Kodjoe at Whole Foods in LA! I wish I still had that photo. Need to go back in the vault and track it down.

23. Do you rent movies often? HAHA people still do that?

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you’re in? I have sparkly mase that I keep in my purse. My mom gave it to me. Because she knew I would use it…because GLITTER. She gives me a lot of self-defense things because ya know, I’m a runner.

25. How many countries have you visited? 4

26. Have you made a prank phone call? My younger days yes

27. Ever been on a train? Yes…I would love to travel that way again. Good old days with AMTRAK.

28. Brown or white eggs? Brown, cage free. I know, super boujee.

29. Do you have a cell phone? Yes

30. Do you use chap stick? Yes but i’m not good at keeping up with chapstick for some reason!

31. Do you own a gun? No

32. Can you use chop sticks? Yep

33. Who are you going to be with tonight? My spin class while they kick my ass. And I kick theirs, I’m a fitness instructor. What’s your superpower?

34. Are you too forgiving? Not really. I wish I was more forgiving, i’m working on it.

35. Ever been in love? Yes

36. What is your best friend(s) doing tomorrow? Working it

37. Ever have cream puffs? I don’t remember so probably not.

38. Last time you cried? Watching something on TV

39. What was the last question you asked? Something related to television technical talk. It is fun working in TV behind the scenes land.

40. Favorite time of the year? Spring…not too hot or too cold. And it is around the time of my birthday of course!!

41. Do you have any tattoos? 1…it’s tastefully hidden 🙂

42. Are you sarcastic? At times

43. Ever walked into a wall? haha yes

44. Favorite color? Hot pink

45. Have you ever slapped someone? Playfully!

46. Is your hair curly? Yes

47. What was the last CD you bought? Geez, I don’t buy CD’s, I download.

And I suppose I will add a curly hair pic of me, for good measure. I am going to try to take some more pics soon…actually I just restocked my spiring wardrobe and ordered the cutest dresses and such from SHEIN. So I will be taking some pics of myself in my new getup soon.

Answer any or all of the questions!
Or, just tell me something random today.

Weds Spin Playlist.

It is spin cycle Wednesday and I am here to deliver some new hot tracks and workout throwbacks! These songs are great for running, spin class or any high energy workouts! And of course I have a workout for my fellow fitness instructors. Check it out!

And as always check out where I’m teaching class next if you’re local to the Dallas Ft. Worth area! Plus follow me on Spotify: thedancingrunner

Let’s go for a ride!

Close to Me- Ellie Goulding, Diplo, Swae Lee (Felix Cartal Remix): Warm up
Twerk- City Girls, Cardi B: Accelerations
Umbrella (Travis Barker Remix)- Rihanna, Jay-Z: Rolling hills
Medicine- Jennifer Lopez, French Montana: Jumps
Gucci Fendi Prada- Merk & Fremont: Tapbacks
Bubblegum- Jason Derulo: Hill climb
Boomshakalak- Mr. Black: Sprints
Out of My Mind- Skytech: Active recovery
Make it Rain- Travis Porter: Sprints
Uproar- Lil Wayne: Rolling hills
Run the World (Kaskade Remix)- Beyonce: Tapbacks/Hill climb
I Got Love- Don Diablo, Nate Dogg: Accelerations
Beautiful- Snoop Dogg, Pharrell: Rolling hills
Wild Ones- Sia: Jumps on a hill
Into You- Ariana Grande: Seated/standing run
Backing Lights- Chester Young, Castion: Sprints
Latch- Disclosure, Sam Smith: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts this week?

Girl on the Go Meals- Scallops with Linguine.

So back in the day y’all, I was always up in the kitchen whipping up all kinds of meals. I am trying to get back to that! As you can imagine training for an ultramarathon takes up a lot of your time and most days I come home WHIPPED. So I am always looking for quick, “girl on the go” meals I can cook up that are somewhat healthy with clean ingredients. That WON’T break the bank, either! I have also been inspired lately by other bloggers like my girl Charlene with her foodie posts. Anyway, here is a great recipe I stole from her and added a spin to it! Scallops and linguine. With a little TEXAS CAJUN flava! I used all of the random spices in my kitchen and it turned out really awesome.

Here is what you need:

-Scallops, wild caught (I purchased them at Whole Foods, and the wild caught ones are big and juicy and meaty)
-Organic linguine – I also really like gluten free linguine if you have any food sensitivity
-1 bunch of UPLAND CRESS. Y’all, this was a game changer for this meal…read on.

-Cajun seasoning
-Panko bread crumbs/sea salt/pepper, to taste
-Alfredo sauce
-Cook your pasta as you normally would.
-Put coconut and/or olive oil in a pan and heat up to medium. Sauté the upland cress in the pan until it is fully cooked, set aside.
-Season your scallops with a bit of coconut oil and the cajun seasoning. I LOVE Tony Chachere’s seasoning because it has the perfect amount of heat to it and flavor. Scallops do not take long to cook at all! Roughly 3-4 minutes. Sear them on both sides and keep on flipping until they are cooked through.
-Place scallops on top of linguine, then add the fully cooked cress. Top with cooked alfredo sauce. Add as little or as much as you want! You don’t need much alfredo sauce honestly, I found this dish to be pretty flavorful with the seasonings alone.
-Sprinkle with panko bread crumbs and serve.

Also, PSA. Paper bowls are classy. Thank you.

See more Girl on the Go meals here, here and here.

Share a runner friendly/girl on the go friendly meal with the group!

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there! Hope you all had a marvelous weekend. I am here recappin’ some miles from last week! Last week was a great week of running with a grand total of 72.2 miles! Let’s recap and see how things went down.

Monday AM- 5.32 miles to get the work week started. Seriously I am always in a better mood on Monday if I can squeeze a morning run in. It’s always so hard to get out the door (especially if I participate in any kind of Sunday funday debauchery but oh so worth it)

Monday PM- 5.02 miles to hit the double run day miles. Beautiful evening getting some people watching in.

Tuesday AM- 7.21 early miles, a bit of a progression run with a climb and fast finish thrown in there. Very good run. Ventured away from my usual route.

Tuesday PM- Run after teaching spin. 3.2 miles done. Watching the sunset.

Wednesday- 6.32 miles, pretty quiet solo a.m. miles listening to a podcast. My fellow Bravo fans am telling you if you have Spotify go binge listen to Watch What Happens Live on the run. Guaranteed entertainment.

Thursday AM- 5.22 miles after a bit of a Wine Wednesday fun night. I am surprised I even woke up for this run. Keeping it real.

Thursday PM- Double run day miles. 3.32 miles at lunch with some faster miles thrown in there.

Friday- LONG RUN FRIDAYS are my favorite. 20.12 miles with good company. It is funny how with ultra training 20 miles feels like just another day.

Saturday- I had to work on Saturday. Boohoo. But still got to squeeze in a run. Shaking things out from Friday. 6.35 miles done.

Sunday- 10.13 miles, amazing weather. Rain came in Saturday that brought in a baby cold front so it was in the 40s/50s that morning. Then sunshine. Just perfection.

Delicious brunch was also had. Blackened chicken with grits, eggs over easy and cajun hollandaise. YAAAAS. This place has HIP HOP brunch and will be my new Sunday hangout.

And there you have it! Hachie 50 miler I am so coming for you.

How was your weekend? Did you partake in any brunch delights?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood and I am overjoyed for sunshine!! I got in a 20 mile run and that always feels good when you can do it on a Friday, before the workday! So woohoo for that.

I also want to give a shout out to kombucha…and DARK CHOCOLATE ALMONDS. 2 things that are rocking my world this week.

Let’s get to all of my Friday faves!

-20 mile sunrise. I swear lately we have been getting lucky with how amazing the weather is on a Friday. Literal perfection and the sunrises have been quite picturesque. And me and this girl got our miles in. She will be running Hachie 50 coming up too. Love.

Get moving with a spring cleaning workout. OMG taping this to a wall somewhere. Hello super productivity.

My blogger friend’s recipe for my weekend dinner. You had me at scallops, girl.

-This because it makes me giggle. The pollen count has been craaaaazy high in Texas this past week. Pray for me, y’all.

Have a fabulous weekend!!

What’s on tap for your weekend? GOOD LUCK to my Boston runner friends!!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I have been pretty hit or miss with the blog posts this week! Those of you who know how OCD I am about weekly posting (seriously if I was in labor or something I’m sure I would still find a way to write something- just my personality) know that it’s not like me. But truly the week has been wall to wall busy work wise. HUMAN.

The last few days have been absolutely lovely for running AND for just being outside in general! I went out with friends last night and legit it felt like a Saturday. It has been – coffee on the patio…drive with all of the windows down type of days. I am in LOVE. Springtime please stay around a little while.

Do you remember when I told you about the naked man in my neighborhood? Well he is back running about the town and our lake. I swear this has got to be the same person. Crazy right? I haven’t seen him thankfully because I’ve been doing different routes every morning. We need to find a nude colony or something for this guy.

Honestly how are we already in MID APRIL at this moment? For real my birthday is in 2 weeks and I cannot believe it. And I managed to get time off to do my birthday run. It is going down. So YAAAS for that.

Are you a birthday cake person or what is something you MUST have on your birthday? If I can be honest I would rather skip the cake any day. If I could have a plate of sushi or salmon sashimi I am the happiest of birthday girls.

Hmm…maybe a sushi cake? We will see if I can make this happen.

2019 The Hills Reboot. Who is here for it?! IDK. I think I may watch because part of me misses Audrina. And maybe douchey Justin Bobby.

Anyone else share a birthday month with me this month? Share some random thoughts today!