TGIFriday Faves.

Well hi there! It is Friday and I think that calls for a party of some sort!! Don’t ya think? Hope you all are ready for the weekend! I’ve got some running (duh), brunching, and debauchery relaxation in store.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Three 15 minute healthy-ish lunches. I’m definitely adding these to the list. Anything with eggs and avocado is a check plus in my book.

The secret to training for a marathon – just keep running. Beautiful article.

-Galveston ocean views on the run before we came home earlier this week. I adore the sunrises there.

-Celebrating wine down Wednesday on my birthday with awesome peeps. After the most amazing birthday run ever. This malbec was absolutely fantastic I have to say.

12 best runner places around the world. New Zealand is now officially on the list.

Have a great Friday!

What do you have on tap for the weekend?

Birthday Run and 33 Lessons in 33 Years.

I am back…I promise I have not abandoned you this week! My birthday was yesterday and yes, I did some birthday running to celebrate. 33 miles of running to be exact! Running your age on your day off is definitely kind of a crazy thing but I actually had fun getting it done.

I did some loops around the lake and looked at some gorgeous houses in East Dallas. I felt like I was watching an episode of some show on HGTV or something. House hunting does make the time fly by faster.

So speaking of turning 33 and things like that, I thought it would be fun to do a post about some of the lessons I’ve learned in my years on this beautiful earth. And yes, they will all be incredibly random things. So buckle up.

1. Work/life balance is vital. Honestly I don’t know how I could get through the hectic times in my career without this very realization. Sure, I think it’s important to pay your dues in your job but just having a balance and knowing when to step away to breathe from the constant emails will save you from going absolutely nuts.

2. Don’t ever pass up the opportunity to let someone know how much you care about them. A simple ‘I love you’ goes a long way.

3. Talk to your parents as often as you can. Sure, we can’t all live close to our mamas and dads but as they age it’s important to be around them and take time to call them. Listen to their constant ramblings. You will one day miss them nagging on you.

4. For God sakes, put your phone down. Look people in the eyes when you talk to them. People can tell when you’re not listening to what they are saying. I am especially horrible at the phone thing and it’s a nasty habit that we all need to break.

5. Get some fresh air. Slow down and admire nature in all it’s beauty.

6. Spend time alone. Learn to enjoy being by yourself. Whether it is having dinner by yourself, or going to a movie solo. Recharge your batteries.

7. You may not be someone’s cup of tea, but you are definitely someone’s shot of whiskey. I enjoy the whiskey better anyways.

8. People won’t always remember what you say…but they will always remember the way you make them feel.

9. Encourage people as much and as often as you can. The entire world right now needs it.

10. You never know what someone is dealing with…be it mentally and/or physically. And you definitely don’t know what is going on behind someone’s pretty picket fence.

11. Take social media with a grain of salt. It is nothing but a constant highlight reel.

12. Be genuinely happy for people when they do well or are successful.

13. Wear something colorful as much as possible. A pop of color can brighten up your day and your mood.

14. Travel with your favorite people. You will create memories that you will never forget.

15. Stay in touch with your old high school/college friends if you can. Sure, you all may have babies/get married/buy a house, but those bonds are something you’ve created for a reason. Give them a shout even if you don’t live in the same state.

16. Call people on the phone. Texting is impersonal.

17. Eat the cookie.

18. Buy the fancy outfit. Or the shoes.

19. Budget for the interests/hobbies you enjoy. There is a great website by the name of Mint that tracks everything from your credit score to your daily expenses. It’s amazing for the finances.

20. Don’t watch a lot of tv. I got rid of my cable a few years ago. And yes I work in television. HA. Best decision I’ve ever made. I still have the basics like (the channel that I work for lol) HD/antenna but that is all I really need.

21. Dance sometimes, whether you are at work or in public. Even if you are not very good at it.

22. What people think about you is none of your business.

23. Be cordial to people you don’t even really like. One day those people may be the ones to help you out when you need it most. Funny how that happens.

24. Compliment someone as often as possible. Sometimes I will think someone’s hair or outfit is cute but I will think it then forget to compliment them. Do it when you are thinking about it. It may turn their entire day around.

25. Laugh. A lot. Be around people who love to laugh.

26. Also be around people that love to eat. The ones that love to eat (and actually take the time to savor it) are always the best kinds of people.

27. Kiss in the rain.

28. Cry. Let your emotions out. Don’t hold it in and grow cold.

29. Work hard. Get your rest. Save some time for play. Rinse and repeat.

30. Never let the sun go down on your wrath.

31. Savor the moment. Stay In the present.

32. Believe that you are capable of the impossible. Face the fear, whatever it is, head on.

33. We don’t have to have it all figured out. Thank goodness for that, right? Always keep doing, keep learning.

What are some life lessons you’ve learned over the years?

Divas Half Marathon Recap – Spoiler Alert…New PR!

Well I am back from a rather long, fun filled weekend! Hope you all had good times as well. I am here to recap my experience running the Divas Half Marathon on Sunday! What a lovely time it was despite fighting a few obstacles I made it through! And hello, yet another shiny PR is always the icing on the cake. But let’s backtrack a bit!

So my running bestie Tracy and I took the road trip down to Galveston for a long weekend getaway. We got an amazing condo via AirBnB right on the beach with awesome ocean views. I am loving all of the beach inspired décor inside as well. It was so cute and cozy and just perfect for staying a few days. We enjoyed the kitchen too…bought some groceries and did some cooking. Best way to save money on a trip hands down. We went to dinner a couple times but made breakfast and lunch in the condo. Win win situation.

Beach chillin’.

Saturday we made our way to the health and fitness boutique to get our race swag. The boutique itself was rather small so we were in and out of there. But I absolutely loved all of the sweet swag we got and of course all things pink just makes my soul happy. As some of you also know I am the official TX ambassador for this race series so I was proud to be there and represent.

Race morning! It was super windy at the start, with winds gusting 30+ miles an hour and a cool breeze coming off of the ocean. I didn’t mind it because honestly I race better with a little less humidity. So despite the wind, we got lucky with the temps! Hey, super early start really helps too as there was plenty of cloud cover.

So since I have a 50 mile race coming up right around the corner I did not quite taper for this race, instead kept my mileage fairly high. I’ve been running 70-80 mile weeks consistently in training for this ultra. So I kind of just decided to run this one as a fun run type race and as part of my pre birthday festivities. But as some of you know one of the advantages to upping your miles can be that it can make you a tad faster! I sort of ran this race by feel and was clocking 7 minute miles for most of the way through. It has been a minute since I’ve been able to hold that pace for so long! I felt so incredibly strong during this race, mentally and physically. Despite the crazy winds that I was literally pushing against in the back half I made it through. With a shiny beautiful PR of 1:42:10. My 32nd 13.1 and also my fastest ever half marathon! I placed 2nd in my age group out of 178 women and 8th overall out of 1,288. You can’t beat a fairly small race but I have to say that hard work definitely pays off.

Yes, the medal was quite beautiful. And fancy!

How was your weekend? Have you ever run a Divas race or any other festive/themed run?

Virtual Coffee Date.

Hey there! Hope your Thursday is rockin’ and rollin’. Or should I say Friday eve! I thought it would be a good day for a virtual coffee date. Or hey, wine or kombucha…whatever is your drink of choice. So pull up a seat, grab that beverage and let’s get it going.

If we were having a virtual coffee/wine/kombucha date, I’d tell you…

That work has been absolutely hectic and I am ready for a beach vacation. One of my besties, Tracy and I are headed down 45 south to Galveston this weekend for a race-cation! Hello Divas Half Marathon. As some of you know I am an ambassador for this race so it will be a good one. This is totally just a ‘fun run’ for me. We got an AirBnB condo right on the beach all to ourselves so it is going down. Perfect way to celebrate my pre birthday weekend (my b-day is April 26th).

I am actually so excited and ready to embrace turning 33 next week. I think being in your 30s is such an empowering, amazing time in your life and I really feel like I’ve grown into my own skin, so to speak. I’ve gone through so many ups and downs the last few years but it feels amazing to be in the place I’m in right now, at this very moment.

Have you tried the Cherry Blossom wine from Trader Joe’s? It’s such a great pinot noir with an excellent price tag too. If you have a TJ’s in your area, you must check it out.

I’ve been loving going to different parks to explore after work lately. It is kind of like my way to unwind from the work day when I am not teaching classes at the gym.

For all of my guilty pleasure Bravo TV watchers, did you watch the RHOA reunion? It was so juicy…4 part series so I am looking forward to catching up on part 2 when it airs. Also…Sweet Home Oklahoma. Hilarious show. I will be catching up on that tonight so do not tell me about the latest episode.

What would you tell me if we were having a coffee/wine/kombucha date?

Weds Spin Playlist.

I am here with your weekly Wednesday spin playlist! I post songs that are perfect for spin class, running and high energy workouts. As always check out the days in which I teach spin class at my weekly schedule here.

Let’s go for a ride!

GDFR- Flo Rida: Warm up
Freak (& You Know it)- Joe Stone: Tapbacks
Juju On that Beat- Zay: Accelerations
Party- Chris Brown: Seated/standing run
Work- Ciara, Missy Elliot: Rolling hills
Hard 2 Find- Calvo, Donata: Jumps
Take Back the Night- Justin Timberlake: Hill climb
4 Minute Twerk Out- Jay Ski, Quad City DJs: Sprints
In the Arms of a Stranger- Mike Posner: Active recovery
Can’t Hold Us- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Tapbacks
Paradise- Laidback Luke: Hill climb
Jumpman- Drake, Future: Rolling hills
Spotlight- Gucci Mane, Usher: Jumps on a hill
Show Me- Tiesto: Sprints
Side to Side- Ariana Grande: Rolling hills
Passionfruit- Drake: Cool down

What songs are you grooving to this week?

5 Reasons to Enjoy Running in the Rain.

So I don’t know about you, but down in Texas it is that time of year where it is getting warm and muggy especially in the afternoons. Since I’ve grown up here I’m basically used to the intense humidity in the spring and summertime. And of course with running, the best way to avoid training in the thick of it is to run in the early mornings! The humidity for the most part is the same but it is definitely cooler in the earlier parts of the day.

And along with humidity comes the rain! April showers bring May flowers or something like that. Well, in Texas it’s more like April showers bring some more May rainstorms! Gotta love the rain. Here are 5 reasons you should not skip your run if you see those little droplets outside.

1. Running in the rain can be peaceful. There is something so liberating to me about running in the rain. Some days you just need those days to zen out on those rainy runs.

2. What happens when you run in the rain? You get wet. Big deal. Nuff said.

3. It makes you stronger mentally when facing such conditions…and preps you for cases like racing in the rain. Sure, racing in the rain is not ideal but at least you will be ready in the scenario that it happens. And yes, you can do speed workouts in the rain. Mind over matter. Man up.

4. It cleans your muddy running shoes! CAN I GET AN AMEN?

5. Splashing in the puddles can be fun. Makes you feel like a kid again.

What are some reasons you enjoy (or don’t enjoy…I don’t discriminate let it all out) running in the rain?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi, hey and hello to you! Hope you had a terrific Easter weekend! Mine consisted of all of the things I love the most…friends, brunch, fun and of course running! I was able to get in 79.1 miles of running last week. I am tapering just a bit for my upcoming Divas Half Marathon. Anyway, let’s do a quick recap!

Monday AM- 8.10 miles at lunchtime. It was pretty warm and humid in the afternoons all week long last week. I’m definitely going to have to start shifting back to early Monday mornings as we transition into summer training.

Tuesday AM- 10.31 miles with my Irving Running Club. Still hosting the morning runs and it is going well so far. I did most of my miles with them and then a little more on my own.

Tuesday PM- 4.02 miles, 7:42 overall pace. It felt good to get in a faster (for me) run despite the humidity. And especially after the 10 mile run that morning the legs were still feeling strong.

Wednesday AM- 7.16 miles around lunchtime, work was crazy last week. I got some much needed rest and then ran when I had a little down time. Again, humid and very sweaty but it got done.

Wednesday PM- 3.02 miles to hit double digits on double run day. I discovered a new to me park in the area that is absolutely beautiful! It kind of felt like I wasn’t in DFW anymore. I’ll have to make a point to head back out to this park very soon and run some awesome hills.

Thursday AM- We had a great turnout for the morning club run. 12.12 miles total. I think people are trying to avoid the heat and humidity later in the day. I always love when we have a decent size early bird group.

Thursday PM- 3.03 miles because I had a little time in the day before I taught class that night at the gym. 15.15 miles total for the day.

Friday- REST DAY for running. This was more of an active recovery day because I took a spin class that night at CycleBar. Glow sticks and a live DJ…come on, how do you resist that?

Saturday- 20.02 mile run with my neighbor in the ‘hood. I was glad to get in another solid training run as I’m running an ultra 2 weeks after the Divas Half. I’ll do one more big run like this before Hachie 50.

Sunday- 11.31 miles on Easter Sunday. My mom gave me an Easter basket! You are never too told for Easter baskets, in my opinion.

And there you have it!

How was your Easter weekend? Did you spend time with the fam?

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there! Hope you are having a marvelous Friday so far! Let’s get into my favorites from this week, shall we?

-A 12 mile early morning run this week with crazy colors in the sky. Crazy beautiful that is.

-Sparkling Italian water from one of my favorite places. I am simply hooked! It fact I think I will have some more today.

9 things that runners can only say to other runners. Yes, yes and yes some more.

-Dates stuffed with goat cheese. Bake then serve, done! Good gracious they are scrumptious. I have my neighbor to thank for making me these.

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

What are you up to this weekend?
Long run fun, Beyonce yoga (yes it will be as amazing as it sounds), Easter celebrating with the famalam.

4 Reasons to Get Excited About a Long Run, as Told by SATC.

So I don’t know about you but for me the best part of my weekends is always starting it with a long run. It’s a great way to get the training miles in all while having fun with your friends at the same time. Here are 5 reasons to get excited about a long run as told by my SATC ladies. Let’s get to it!

1. To test out your brand spanking new running gear. Long runs are the ultimate dress rehearsal. I just love it.

2. Because mimosas at the end of a 20 mile run are always the best. Yes indeedy.

3. Because sometimes you just want to treat yourself, retail style. New shoes after running some serious mileage? Even better. Treat yoself.

4. The post long run nap. It’s like the holy grail at the end of all of your hard work. Nuff said.

What are your reasons to get excited about a long run?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hello there! Hope you all are having a wonderful Wednesday so far! I’ve got some spin cycle jams of course for you today! Hope that you enjoy!

And be sure to check out where I’ll be teaching class next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area! You can also follow me and my playlists on Spotify under thedancingrunner.

Let’s go for a ride!

Something New- Zendaya: Warm up
Keep It Goin’ Louder- Major Lazer: Jumps
Hotline Bling- Drake: Rolling hills
Feels Right- Jocelyn Alice: Accelerations
Paradise- Benny Benassi: Hill climb
Dance Like a Freak- DJ Class: Tapbacks
Pony (Jump On It)- Sick Individuals: Sprints
Worth It- Fifth Harmony: Active recovery
Break Free- Ariana Grande: Hill climb
You Don’t Know Me- Jax Jones: Jumps on a hill
Slow Down- Yellow Claw: Rolling hills
Planet Rock (Boys Noize Remix)- Afrika Bambaataa: Sprints
Come Get it Bae- Rolling hills, Sprint last :30
Save My Soul (Sunrise Edit)- 5 Boroughs: Cool down

What songs are you loving for your workouts/spin cycle therapy this week?