Running Funnies, Continued.

They say that laughter is like medicine to the soul. And I don’t know about you but I definitely need a laugh this week! So let’s get to it.

Runner’s struggles…they really are real.

Me, every Saturday.

Trail running is the best! And yes, every stick is definitely a snake.

I definitely strength train 7 days a week.

Run like a girl.

Running buds, we talk about everything.

Because if I were rich I would sign up for every race.

Because, P.R. or E.R. Ha!

How’s your training going this week? See some more running funnies here and here!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there!! I’ve got 2 workout playlists for your eardrums today!! But first I must share the stunning sunrise from this morning’s run. Absolute paradise.

Without further ado let’s get to the tunes! Be sure to follow me on Spotify under thedancingrunner. And check out where I’ll be teaching class next in the DFW area! Let’s go for a ride.

For Free- DJ Khaled, Drake: Warm up
Throw Sum Mo- Rae Sremmurd: Standing run
CoCo (JAUZ Remix)- O.T. Genasis: Sprints
Summer Nights- Tiesto, John Legend: Tapbacks
Drop it Low- Kat Deluna: Rolling hills
Ayy Ladies- Travis Porter: Jumps
Feels Right- Jocelyn Alice: Rolling hills
Drop it Llke it’s Hot- Snoop Dogg: Tapbacks
Get Busy- Sean Paul: Accelerations
Despacito- Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber: Active recovery
Get it Right- Laidback Luke: Hill climb
That’s What I Like- Bruno Mars: Jumps on a hill
Dance Like a Freak- DJ Class: Seated/standing run
Panda Groove- (Mashup)- Sprints
Live the Night- W&W: Hill climb
Harder Better Faster Stronger (Remix)-The Neptunes, Daft Punk- Cool down

Stay for It- RL Grime: Warm up
Reverse- Sage the Gemini: Hill climb
Instruction- Jax Jones: Accelerations
Love On Me- Galantis: Jumps
You Know You Like It- DJ Snake: Rolling hills
No Hands- Roscoe Dash: Accelerations
Throwback- B.o.B.: Active recovery
Run Up- Major Lazer: Hill climb
F**k Love- Iggy Azalea: Sprints
My Friend: EDX: Rolling hills
0 to 100- Drake: Jumps on a hill
Sweet Memories: CID, Kaskade: Standing run
Don’t Wanna Go Home- Jason Derulo: Tapbacks
Dirty Mind- Flo Rida: Hill climb
Erupt- Machel Montano: Sprints
Fun- Pitbull: Rolling hills
Got to Get Down- Guggenz: Cool down

What songs are on your playlists this week?

8 Things No One Tells You About Ultra Running.

Running is such a glorious sport and even after many years I still feel like a student learning something new every day along my journey. But today, we are going to delve into ultra running a bit and discuss a few things no one really tells you before you start exploring distances beyond 26.2! So here it goes…

1. Ultrarunning is the ultimate test of your mental will. Honestly you can train your tail off but if you go into the race with even just a drop of insecurity, not completely sure that you are capable of finishing…well guess what? It’s very likely your race will result in a DNF. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Your stubbornness is what is going to get you to that 100 mile finish line. Believe it.

2. You will learn what your stomach can and cannot handle REALLY quickly. I learned during my 100 miler that I prefer more savory/salty foods than sweet. Pickles were my best friend. And so was sausage fresh off the grill. Yes, they made HOT food during that race and in the evening when it got cooler it was the best thing ever.

3. Hallucinations are really crazy/fun. You haven’t really done a race until you see trees floating in the distance.

4. A fresh pair of socks or a change of shoes mid race can truly be a game changer.

5. Sleep? What’s sleep? When you are racing against a clock in a 100 miler there is no time for such an activity.

6. You will meet some of the most amazing people you will ever meet in your life out on the trail. The trail and ultra community will truly treat you like family. Everyone is so down to earth, laid back…and they will help you get through those tough moments when you want to throw in the towel.

7. The longer the race, the more it will affect you emotionally. After running beyond 50 miles, being out there in the dark will just take a toll on you and really mess with you. You will fight whatever demons you deal with and even the most positive optimistic person will have those highs and lows.

8. But the highs and lows are what is the most amazing part of running these distances. You come out the other side a different person. And it makes you want to go back again and again. It’s kind of like a self discovery.

Any ultra runners out there? What are some things you wish you knew before you started running beyond 26.2?

Weekly Running Report.

It’s Monday, time to rock a brand new week!! But first, let’s recap last week’s miles and some weekend fun. I was able to get in 85 miles of running last week! My ultra training is coming along quite nicely so far. Eat, sleep (lots), run, repeat!! That is the life of an ultarunner, and I love it. Let’s review, shall we?

Monday AM- 11.21 early morning miles before the busy work day. It is becoming more and more imperative that I get these runs in before that Texas summer heat shows itself in full force. Great morning of running enjoying the early breeze.

Monday PM- 2.10 mile warm up before the gym. 7:46 pace in the straight up triple digit heat? I can’t complain at all.

Tuesday AM- 10.30 miles with the run club crew. It was super humid and gross that morning but we got it done. Having good convo while getting the miles in definitely helps.

Tuesday PM- 4.02 double run day miles. Thankful for the shade to get through it.

Wednesday AM- 8.11 miles solo enjoying the sunrise. Legs were pretty tired on this day and the humidity was a killer so I was glad to get it in. Made a pit stop at 7 eleven for my 79 cent big gulp hydration. 7 eleven is the real MVP.

Wednesday PM- 4.31 miles, 8:41 pace loop around the park. Loving my after work double run days, especially after a long day it feels good to release a little steam.

Thursday AM- 10.25 miles, most of this run was with a new runner girl who has joined our group. She’s actually a sub 3 hour marathoner who likes to do her super easy runs with me. So basically my new runner BFF. Love it.

Thursday PM- 3.03 uneventful miles before the gym, just passing time and warming up after work.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday AM- 20.21 EARLY miles in my ‘hood. I actually kind of enjoyed the super early wake up. Mind you I was in bed Friday night at like 8:30 pm. Super exciting, I know. LOL. The sunrise though was oh so worth it.

Sunday AM- 7.11 rocky rooty trail miles with my trail buds. The view from the top was spectacular.

Sunday PM- 5.12 miles around the block, my legs had a little bit of speed left so I pushed the pace a bit at the end.

I ended the day poolside which was quite nice! I almost fell asleep at the pool I was so relaxed.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you get some pool/lake time in?

TGIFriday Faves.

TGIF!! Who else is flippin’ for Friday? I don’t know about you but I am more than ready for the weekend! Of course running and lots of relaxing will be on the agenda!

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Let’s recap this week’s faves, shall we?

Easy cheesy zucchini roll-ups. Oh my goodness. Must make these STAT.

-The lululemon energy bra. Love all things lulu. Cannot wait to run in it this weekend.

Finding Traction. Such an awesome/emotional video of one incredible ultra runner girl. Must watch.

The story of Anna Frost. Oh goodness, I am just loving all of this ultrarunner stuff for real. So inspiring.

-Spending time with my foam roller this week. And getting a massage this weekend. Much needed for these runner legs of mine.

That’s all for this week! Enjoy your weekend.

What’s on tap for your weekend? Lots of fun in the sun?

How to Train in Summer Conditions, as Told by Beyonce.

Well, it’s that time of year again. That time when the only way to get through training for a race is to get up at the butt crack of dawn and bust out those miles before it gets too crazy hot outside. That time of year where you’re drenched in sweat by the end of your run and you are drinking h2o all day every day by the gallon. I know especially here in Texas or anywhere the south…dealing with humidity mixed with heat is a whole ‘nother ball game! So here are some ways you can handle running in summer conditions, like a boss. Like a Beyonce boss, to be exact.

-Ok, my sweet night owls. If you really want to get some solid training in, accept the fact that it may require some days that you will have to get up early to run. So say GOODBYE to watching Jimmy Fallon or whatever your late night favorite talk shows are. Also happy hour with friends and going out on a week night till midnight? Um, yeah. Big no no.

Stay properly hydrated, even when you are not running. I keep a huge bottle of agua at my desk and sip sip sip all day long. It makes a huge difference in the long run.

Be sure that your runs are based on your EFFORT, as opposed to always about your pace. I know how easy it is to get stuck on the numbers game…especially if you are looking at other runners on social media. Your pace in the summer may be a little different than it is in the winter or in the cooler parts of the spring time. Just trust the process and know come fall when it cools off a bit you are going to be happily rocking that speed.

Know that it will take some time to get your body acclimated to running in the summer heat. Just be patient, be consistent and give it time. Sooner or later those runs that you are dreading will feel like it aint no thang.

And just remember, you may have runs that just plain suck sometimes. Not every run is going to be amazing and sometimes in the summer you just feel like POO. But, no matter how fast you go you are always lapping someone on the couch. So chin up, flip your hair and keep it moving. That is what bosses do.

How do you deal with training in summer conditions?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to you! I’ve got some spin cycle & workout jams for you today! Hope you enjoy.

Be sure to find me on Spotify where I post updated playlists on a weekly basis! The name on there is the same as on my blog, thedancingrunner.

And also check out where I’ll be teaching cycle classes next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Let’s go for a ride!

Get Low- Zedd, Liam Payne: Warm up
Dance On Me- Waseem Stark: Standing run
Good Feeling- Flo Rida: Accelerations
Everytime tha Beat Drop- Monica: Hill climb
In My Head- Jason Derulo: Jumps on a hill
Back & Forth- B.o.B.: Tapbacks
Sweat- Casely, Lil Jon & Machel Montano: Sprints
Closer- The Chainsmokers: Active recovery
Trophies- Young Money: Hill climb
Drum Nation- Wiwek, Watch the Duck: Sprints
Crank it Up- David Guetta: Tapbacks/Jumps
Talking Body- Tove Lo: Rolling hills
Hands in the Air- Timbaland: Hill climb
thatPOWER- Will.i.am, Justin Bieber: Rolling hills
Love You Better- Kyle Edwards: Accelerations
Just Hold On- Steve Aoki: Sprints
Turnin’ Me Up- BJ the Chicago Kid: Cool down

What songs are rocking your playlists this week? Are you on Spotify? Let’s be buds!

10 Runners You Will Find On Social Media.

Ahh, social media. We all love it…or sometimes loathe it. Am I right? It can be a great motivator to see our fellow runners out in their natural habitats! Just for giggles, today I thought we’d explore the 10 types of runners you will see on social media. It’s all in fun…so here it goes.

1. The couch to 5k-er. This is the runner that is just starting out with the beautiful sport of running. Everything is sunshine and rainbows and the sport is brand new to them. Every run gives them just a little more confidence to go even further. Loving life.

2. The IG model runner. This is the GLAMAZON you always see in the shorty shorts, sports bra, hair down and a face all cute and done up. You know, just going out for a run. No biggie. Still looking glam afterwards too. How, I have no idea. I truly want to know your secret.

3. The yogilicious runner. This one loves to do the most fabulous of yoga poses after a 5 or 6 mile run. Tree pose, crow pose and the dancer’s pose are among some of their favorite post run stretches. Oh teach me your flexible ways!

4. The ‘I run for beer’ runner. Their IG page is full of the different types of cerveza they consume post run. In fact, some of them even make their own! The beer runners are truly keeping these craft brew companies in business.

5. The trail and/or ultrarunner. This one is in love with all distances over 26.2. You will likely catch them galavanting through the woods or singing up for their next hundo. They clearly love getting the miles in.

6. The social butterfly runner. You will likely never catch this one running alone. Running is all about the social hour! And/or the happy hour…or both. The more running friends the merrier.

7. The music driven runner. You will find this one posting a screenshot of their latest jam from Spotify with a hashtag #nowplaying. During a race they have some sort of speaker in their hydration pack just rolling along rocking out to their jams. Why they think everyone wants to hear their DJ playlist, I have no idea. But they are loving it and rocking out on the run.

8. The solo runner. They very much enjoy the peace and solitude of the great outdoors. It is a moving meditation of sorts for them to run alone. They just want to get ‘er done. No running club needed.

9. The ‘every run is a sufferfest’ runner. This one is always swayed by the weather being ‘too hot, too cold, too rainy’ what have you. Kind of like the Debbie Downer of running. LOL, no one likes a Debbie Downer.

10. The chipper/annoying morning runner. We love to hate these runners. The ones who pop up at 4 or 5 in the morning & post a sunrise on IG with a motivational quote about their 10 mile run. Hmm…sounds like someone I know…

What are some other runners you will find on social media?

Weekly Running Report.

Hey friends! Hope you had a lovely weekend. I’m here to recap last week’s running workouts – 75.5 miles all smiles! Let’s get straight to the recap.

Monday AM- 8.22 miles, 8:53 pace with some straight up heat and humidity. I got this one done pretty early but the sun was still large and in charge that morning.

Monday PM- 3.02 miles before teaching spin at the gym. Warming up the legs from the long work day.

Tuesday AM- 10.30 sunrise miles on the 4th of July! Gosh I kind of feel like that holiday went by in a flash. Pretty American flags waving all around.

Tuesday AM- I was on a roll that morning apparently and decided to bust out 4.02 trail miles with my trail running club. Cedar Ridge Preserve is my favorite way to get a kick ass workout in. Climbing rocks and such.

Wednesday AM- 7.21 miles solo by the lake is always a great way to start the morning.

Wednesday PM- 3.21 miles in the evening. 10.22 miles in for the day.

Thursday AM- 10.20 miles with my road running club. We love us some early miles. And coffee.

Thursday PM- 4.11 evening miles, 8:42 pace after teaching a class at the gym. Getting some nice double run day/sunset miles in even though it was balls to the walls hot outside.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday AM- Me and some trail run buds decided to head north out to Oklahoma for a day of running through the woods! We stayed at a friends ranch house and it was absolutely fantastic. I got in 11.02 miles in navigating some rocks and roots and then we went out a little later for some more.

Saturday PM- 4.02 miles later on after the longer run that morning. Just exploring some more of the beautiful trail.

Sunday- Back in Dallas! 10.22 miles. It was crazy humid yesterday for some reason but I got it all done.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you travel anywhere off the beaten path?

TGIFriday Faves.

Can I get a yaaaas for Friday?! I’m not sure if people even still say that anymore but I’m saying it. So there. TGIF!! Hope you have a fun weekend planned.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

12 cheap destination races. I love this concept! The Brokebakes one sounds cool. LOL. Also shout out to Carrollton, Texas.

-Just pool time in general. We have had a ton of rain this week so I’m looking forward to some more sunshine time soon.

-This sky. The reflection off the water was just amazing on Thursday morning’s 10 mile run.

Your new running glossary. Yes and yes some more. Love. Thank you, Brooks Running.

That’s all for this week! Have a lovely Friday.

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Running, hitting up some trails, chill time with good peeps.