Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! Hope you have some happy things in store to brighten up your weekend. I’m definitely looking forward to some work free stress free…FREE time! Which will of course include running. And brunch. And maybe a sprinkle or two of yoga.

Let’s get to my faves this week!

Strong female friendships offer empowerment and growth. Couldn’t agree more. I love me some STRONG ass confident ass women. Especially when they happen to be runners.

Brooks has a TEXAS shoe!! Oh my goodness. Be still my heart.

I listened to this song at least 100 times yesterday. Great if you need a little woo-sah time as well as an eargasm if you love chill hip hop.

A little Friday flashback pic from the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Marathon just cuz. I do hear RnR is coming back with live races so that is a fun thing.

And finally, your Friday funny.

Have a great weekend!!

What’s on tap for your weekend? Have you bought any new running shoes lately?!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It has been quite a CHILLY week down here in Texas! It is that bipolar time of year where we are in the 60s one day and in the 30s the next. With…dare I say…snow! We had some snow flurries earlier in the week but they are now long gone. I can’t have my roads with ice on them. I need to RUN. And run often, outside, during the work week especially.

Running has truly helped me to keep my sanity in these last couple of weeks. My stimulus check was delayed for several days because of a Turbo Tax / IRS mix up (my Turbo Tax peeps know what’s up). But then I finally received it last Friday. So all is now well in the world.

I’ve been finding more serenity in running alone lately. Running groups in Texas have started relaxing restrictions but I’m not super comfy yet with running with large groups of people. Plus I really do enjoy solo runs. I think in general — people just can’t help but want to run with folks, but is that really safe in a pandemic? You tell me.

I think in general folks are just getting tired of their own company and want to be WITH PEOPLE. I mean, I get it. But I am also an only child. Who loves my own company and being in my own crazy head. I am an ambivert of sorts.

I am thankful during these times that I do have some really great friends that know and love me…and thankful also for incredible family. I’m not sure how I would’ve gotten through 2020 without them. Love my people.

Share some random thoughts with me!! Do you consider yourself an introvert, extrovert…or both?! Have you started back with running with select running buddies or do you mostly run solo?

Running, Weekly Running Report

Weekly Running Report.

Happy new week to you! Hopefully you got your stimulus dollars (if you qualified) and are feeling good and healthy this week! I’m here to share some of last week’s miles and smiles. Let’s get right to it!

My body has been feeling good and I am back to regular massage therapy work and keeping my weekly mileage fairly solid. Still debating on some in person races and maybe will even throw some virtual ones in there! As of right now I’m still signed up for the Hachie 50 mile race which is in May. That is if they do not cancel it. With so much up in the air I’m just trying to keep myself flexible! Mentally as well as psychically.

Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- REST DAY. This was actually more of an active recovery day for me after the weekend of workouts. I’m working on being consistent this year with yoga and I’m loving at home as well as studio yoga. Check this girl out if you want some at home stuff. She just makes my soul happy.

Tuesday AM- 6.33 lunch miles enjoying my neighborhood view.

Tuesday PM- 4.02 miles to get in over 10.3 miles for the day. Night time serenity is the best kind of serenity doing some people and lake watching.

Wednesday- 5.22 lunch miles with some hill climbing for good measure. I’ve been loving hills lately to spice things up and keep things exciting.

Thursday- 7.31 miles for breakfast with cloudy cooler skies. Thursday mornings have always been my jam in terms of the morning run. It’s something about Thursdays that are always my favorite. Or shall we call that Friday Jr.

Friday- 7.33 miles with some rolling hills for lunch.

Saturday- 12.02 miles + a stunning sunrise down at White Rock Lake! Followed by mimosas with a runner friend. Fun fun for everyone.

Sunday- Rest day plus a food pic to share. Shrimp and taters have been my jam lately until CRAWFISH season comes back. Can’t wait for that and some mardi gras action.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? What’s your go to meal lately?
I’ve also been loving any kind of cool crisp fresh salad and anything with tomatoes and cucumbers.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

What’s good in your world? HELLO 2021. What a ride it has been already, yes?! Crazy chaos is all around and times like this just makes me thankful I have an outlet like running to channel my sanity. Without it I would probably have already thrown a TWISTED tea or two, that is for dang sure.

To be honest I haven’t felt super inspired to write much of anything the first few days of the new year. Until today. Let’s blame the inspiration on the super early morning run. It was quite chilly this morning and a bit of a shuffle fest. But it definitely got done.

It really is amazing how getting up so early to run can make an otherwise ‘cranky pants’ day better. Today I would have been super sluggish considering how gloomy and chilly it is out. But chai tea and this cute mug are getting me through the day.

I’ve been loving this channel on YouTube to listen to chill jams while I knock out work. It really puts me in a serene and peaceful mood. I’m very much PRO PEACE lately.

I tried a new sushi spot the other day! This spicy tuna roll was probably the most fresh and delicious one I’ve had in a while. Lately I feel like I could devour sushi each and every day. It really is like a comfort food of sorts for me.

I do have my eyes on a couple of Texas trail races coming up soon that are live and in person. Unfortunately no road races around here due to COVID but the trail races have been where its at. It would be the same company that I ran this 50k with in October so we will see. But the woods are without a doubt once again calling my name.

How was your Christmas/New Year’s? Did you do any celebrating??! Is everything on lockdown where you live?

Running

My Year of Running 2020.

2020. The year of the unexpected and so much more. It has been quite the year of twists and turns for me as well as I’m sure for all of you. But…we survived. And are surviving. This ‘RONA crazy. My year of running I have to say was absolutely nothing like I had expected. But I definitely made the best out of it as best as I could.

I was thankful to maintain my career job, but unfortunately my gym closed early in the pandemic. I am a firm believer in God closing that chapter though for me so he could open up another. And I love that someone believed in me and hired me at a more upscale gym where I received a pay raise. Still going through training for that gym but I’m getting paid for the training. And so happy to be announcing some new classes (and new Spotify playlists!) oh so soon for my fellow fitness instructors. So ready to be safely back in that saddle once again.

So let’s take some time to look back at some of the good moments. Just because we can. It is always good to look back and reflect. And then take those steps forward. That is what makes us resilient as athletes. Gotta love that.

Best race experience?
I was thankful to not run 1 BUT 2 in person races this year! Both of them were ultras. Running the Rose 54k as well as The Remix 50k. Both were Trail Racing Over Texas races. My favorite one out of them both was definitely The Remix. The way they executed this race during the pandemic was top notch. Plus this was my very first time to run a race in a mask. Quite interesting. I placed top ten among females so that was great too. I felt a tad undertrained for the feat but pushed through and got the damn thing done. Now that one is one of my most favorite medals.

Best run?
Probably my Saturday mornings with the run club doing some ‘socially distant’ running. And this view I always look forward to. It’s nice to venture out to a different location after running in your own ‘hood all week long. I always look forward to the Saturday long run.

Best new piece of running swag?
Not sure if this even counts as swag (HA) but my Houston Marathon mug from 2013. Actually I will say it counts as ‘swag’ because the coffee that I put in it fuels my running performance. RUNNER FUEL at its finest.

Best piece of running advice you’ve received?
This daily kick in the butt. A serious kind of fun is my absolute fave.

Most inspirational runner?
I’ve always been a Desi Linden fan and I just love how she made the best of things during the pandemic. You can read about her journey here (and hello – 496 miles in October! Freaking incredible.)

If you could sum up your year of running in a few words, what would they be?
Unexpected
Jesus Take the Wheel
Unconventional
Crazy
Reflective

Feel free to share some of your ups (and downs) this year. Merry Christmas and happy (and healthy) holidays to you all!

Running, Weekly Running Report

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Christmas week! It has been busy times on my end but trying to keep up with this here blog o’ thang!! I was actually able to get in a solid 61 mile week of running last week! Let’s talk about it, shall we?

Monday AM- 10.31 miles early morning with my neighborhood crew. I did the first few miles with them then finished off on my own. It was definitely one of those mornings where I felt like I could keep going. I’ve been loving the chilly mornings down in Texas lately.

Monday PM- 3.03 miles to get in over 13.3 miles for the day. Gotta love them double run day miles.

Tuesday- 5.22 evening miles looking at the Christmas lights. Threw in some climbing for good measure.

Wednesday- 6.03 miles watching the sunset. Running a bit on some tired legs but felt good to keep going.

Thursday AM- Back with the early morning breakfast run club. 7.22 miles super early with super chilly weather. Temps were below 30 that morning so it was a shock to the body but loving the early morning chill. We didn’t have a super good turnout that morning either with the run club (HA) so I had a to rely on podcasts to keep me going. But morning runners gonna RUN and that’s what I did. Had to get it in before the busy work day.

Thursday PM- 3.23 miles in the evening around the lake. Rocking out to my jams and doing some people watching.

Friday- 5.12 morning miles around the lake with a faster finish. Legs feeling better on this day.

Saturday- 16.02 miles and feeling good! We had nice cool temps and plenty of cloud cover so I just wanted to KEEP GOING. I fueled with a bit of watered down lemon lime gatorade and that was about it. Love days like this.

Sunday- 5.12 Sunday funday runday miles. Nice recovery from the long week. We also had some pretty amazing weather on Sunday. Sorry to those of you having to deal with snow. Highs in the 60s/70s in December is pretty much where its at.

Oh and I got a spa pedicure on Sunday! My feet were a HOT MESS. Got stone massage, paraffin wax, heavenly scrub was exactly what I needed. Thank you baby Jesus.

And there you have it!

How are your holidays going? How is running going? Any virtual races (or in person) coming up?! How are you surviving this ‘RONA craziness?

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Oh me oh my was it a chilly morning down in Texas! Temps were below 30 degrees throughout my run then finally hit 30 when the SUN came out. That kind of cold for me puts a shock to the body but it kinda felt good!! I actually am happy chilly mornings are back in action. I love me some ice cold morning miles.

Yep if I had to choose right now a time of year to train it would be fall going into winter. Nope…I sure do NOT miss triple digit temps and humidity. Bye bye Texas heat. Won’t miss ya.

It did shoot up to highs in the 60s today! I hope we get some sunshine for the weekend too. I hear a few (socially distant) patios calling my name.

Anyone out there still watching Bravo housewives? I’m semi obsessed with the Potomac housewives right now. Those of you who are watching the reunion know the tea about pastor Jamal Bryant and Gizelle.

Fun tidbit I’ve actually met the pastor before at work. He is a very quiet, low key smooth operator of a chocolate man. And kinda petite. That’s all I’ll share here.

I’ll be doing some running this weekend because YES…my rogue run (for fun) across Dallas Ft. Worth is happening on NYE. 33 miles baby here we come. Hoping my legs have some muscle memory from my Remix 50k a couple months ago. LET’S GO.

Share some randomness about your week with me! I heard some of my east coast friends are dealing with snow! I don’t even know what that is anymore. 

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Ya’ll I seriously love adore this time of year for running super EARLY in the morning. Thanks Texas for your mild temps this time of year. This was this morning’s view. It was so peaceful even though it was mostly solo. I guess I need more friends that like to get up early like I do.

Temps will be in the freaking 70s today. That is patio weather for sure. This morning it was in the low 40s.

Solo runs lately have been my jam. I think every now and again you need to run alone like that to strengthen you mentally? I need to up my game when it comes to my mental stamina.

I just realized I did not even do my Weekly Running Report from last week’s miles! Well here is a mini summary if you missed it. Feeling good, feeling great. Maintaining a somewhat solid base.

I had to take some time off from running this week due to an instructor training that kicked my a$$. I mean I felt like I was handicapped most of the week. Lots of strength movements. Slowly coming back to life now.

My training for a certain cycle format for my new gym starts tomorrow!! Pretty soon I will be on the schedule and I will be updating things on here as far as that goes. I can’t freaking wait to be back in the saddle.

I’m back on my water guzzling game too. I got this bottle as a gift on my birthday a while ago and really hadn’t been taking advantage of it. It has the hourly times to keep the happy hour going all day so that keeps me motivated.

Share some randomness with me about your week!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

When I tell you I could have slept AT LEAST another hour before this morning’s run, boy do I mean it. But I got my tail up anyway. So very worth it and put a whole new energy into my day.

Plus there is just something about it being pitch black out and 40 something degrees that just gets me going? Call me a glutton for punishment. It helps when you know others are out there with you getting it done. We didn’t get much of a sunrise but I’m currently in love with that lake view.

My body is responding well to the slight increase in miles lately. After my recent 60 mile week I’m building back up and feeling good about it. Plus I’ve got to get ‘em back up for some ultra fun coming soon.

I read this on Twitter this morning and I feel like a lot of people need to read this. Especially due to the crazy times we are living in.

Anyone partake in any holiday goodies lately? Confession these mini pies they sell at Wally world have my heart. So when I just want a little baby pumpkin pie I can go indulge. They have the sweet potato ones too in mini (that Patti Labelle makes) but I LOVE ME SOME PUMPKIN PIE, baby.

Share some randomness about your week? What is your favorite kind of pie?!?

Running, Weekly Running Report

Weekly Running Report.

Happy new week to you! Hope you all had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. And perhaps with someone you love or are quarantined with!! Or social distance style. I had a great week of running – I took the miles down after recovering from my 60 mile week! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- 5.21 relaxed miles after work. Still in recovery mode but enjoying the solo time. Picked up the pace a bit towards the end of my out and back sunset run.

Tuesday AM- Back to some double run day miles! 8.12 mile run doing a lake loop and then some.

Tuesday PM- 2.02 miles on double run day to get in just over 10.1 for the day.

Wednesday- 6.33 mile hill run! I really enjoyed these lunch time miles. Found some new hills to climb which helped to shake things up a bit.

Thursday- CHELSEA TROT miles!! I did 10.12 miles solo in my hood rocking out to some jams and did some rolling hills. I love doing me some double digit miles on Thanksgiving.

Friday- REST DAY. Rested the legs and recovered to get ready for some weekend running.

Saturday- 10.31 miles of sunrise. Faster finish was nice and legs felt so good after that rest day.

Sunday- 5.1 Sunday funday runday relaxed miles to hit my numbers for the week.

And I successfully completed the endurance challenge for November to get in well over 300k miles for the month! I actually exceeded the challenge on Thanksgiving Day. Running over 300k is the most mileage I’ve run since Feb so I’m feeling real good about that.

Let’s be friends on Strava if we are not already!

And there you have it!

How was your Thanksgiving? What was your favorite dish?!
Hands down cheesy potatoes and smoked turkey for the win.