Random Thoughts Thursday.

Okay confession time. I played Christmas music this morning! It was so chilly it just got me in the mood. I could not help it. I do realize it is not even Halloween yet.

I am oh so excited because I took tomorrow off (“mental health” day – you know we all need ‘em!) so today’s technically my Friday! I started my morning with a run and it was legit 40 something degrees. Was straight shivering. That coffee after sure did hit the spot.

There are so many races that are still JUST NOT happening! I do understand why but this truly saddens me. I was so very glad I was able to do this socially distanced ultra race. But with road races it is so much harder to just spread out. Plus most folks prefer the roads. I do have another trail run planned in the next few months but it hasn’t been cleared  by the park ranger to happen. I’ll let you know if it does. Let’s just say it is a destination race. Woohoo for traveling.

I’m going to say, lately I’ve just been more quiet about my future goals and plans. Personal and running wise. Not necessarily so I don’t get my hopes up but I just feel like I don’t know who is supportive anymore. I have encountered a lot of fake support lately. It’s hard when you feel like you are a REAL supporter too. I guess you’ve got to be careful with who you allow in your special corner. Your happy bubble, so to speak.

I am thankful that for the most part I have GOOD people (a lot of them) in my life that I trust in my bubble! Like you lovely readers. Welcome to my ‘RONA free, happy bubble. Haha.

Rant over. Have you thought about putting up your Christmas tree early?! This early colder weather sure does have me thinking about it.

Share your randomness (or rants) with me today!

Weekly Running Report.

Happy new week! Hope you had a great weekend. I’m back and slowly but surely ramping my miles back up!! Recovery for my last ultra race went super well. 50K race RECAP is here if you missed it! Thanks for the cheers and well wishes. I’m feeling good and continuing to stay healthy and strong.

Let’s review some miles from last week, shall we?

Monday- 4.21 miles enjoying the sunset after work. Feeling good feeling great and doing some active recovery.

Tuesday AM- Back to some double run days!! 4.32 miles after lunch.

Tuesday PM- 3.21 miles in the evening around the lake. The weather was really lovely all week. Just a bit of humidity but clear and cool days mostly. That fall chill is definitely back in the air which is wonderful.

Wednesday- 6.32 miles after work! Picked up the pace towards the end and added a quick hill climb.

Thursday AM- 4.32 miles in the morning on double run day with this stellar sunrise.

Thursday PM- 3.02 miles after work relaxed miles on double run day. Love listening to podcasts after work especially when I run solo. Almost like chatting with a run buddy especially when you listen to pop culture. I keep it light hearted on the run.

Friday- Morning run with a new running buddy! We did a bigger lake loop and caught up on life and such. 6.34 miles done.

Saturday- 10.12 miles at the lake with seriously chilly temps! Temps were in the 40s for this run. I know to some of you up north that may not be cold but down here it is! I loved it though. That fall chill is my JAM.

Sunday- Active recovery REST DAY. Took a socially distanced 60 minute spin class and the legs were a tad sore this morning.

Plus a rather decadent brunch. Blueberry waffle breakfast sammy for the win.

Also new do for fall. A little Beyonce action.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Share some delicious eats or drinks you had with me!

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! It is getting chilly down here in Texas – I enjoyed a lovely run this morning though before we had the temp drop!! I mean really. Texas weather is just crazy unpredictable sometimes. Love it.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

What elites eat on the trail. LOVE me some honey stinger waffles / Justin’s almond butter. The rice cakes with parmesan sound interesting.

Slow cooker mushroom wild rice soup. Comfort food heaven.

Intrigued by the backyard ultra. Hmm…kinda makes me want to do another 24+ hour race. You’d think I’d be done after this one and then this one. To be honest, I think I’m too A.D.D. TO RUN more than 100 miles. Like really, I start thinking about the fact that I need groceries and gas in my car. Ha.

And here is your (cornball) Friday funny. Have a great one!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Running, some gym time, some social / social distancing time.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Check out that sunrise. This morning’s run was perfect for THINKING. You know how you just need a run for your sanity and to just take some time to hash out stuff in your brain?! Yep. One of those days.

Why has the week just felt insanely long? It has been a good week as well as a productive one but man it has been dragging. I’m ready for some weekend that is for dang sure.

Best SNACK EVER. Candy corn and peanuts. What do you know about that combo?! Life changing.

I got my nails done a fun sparkly autumn color. Makes me happy.

On top of that I just need me a dang REAL getaway by a body of water with a drink in hand. Mostly because I still feel like I can (humble) brag about the fact that I just ran a socially distanced 50k trail race during a pandemic and want to celebrate myself. Is that too much to ask?!?

Share your randomness and/or rants with ME today!

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! Hope your weekend was splendid. I’m here to recap some miles and smiles from last week!! This was a fall back recovery week after my 2nd ultra of the year – the Remix 50k!!! Recap is here if you missed it.

Let’s see how things went post race! Read on below.

Monday- Active recovery day. I did some yoga stretching at home and caught up on home stuff. And lit all of my fall scented candles. Current fave – mulled cider for the win.

Tuesday- 5.12 after work sunset miles. The legs were still feeling pretty stiff on this day, especially after doing so much shuffling in that dang SAND during the trail race! I mean the sand was deep and loose so my legs were putting in serious work. Good stuff though because races like that really expose you and show you what you are made of!! So I guess I’m made of steel or something because I did not break. Or fall (which I tend to do during trail ultras haha) Happy for that. The relaxed miles after taking time off helped get things going. Motion is lotion, baby.

Wednesday- 5.21 miles after work again! Switched it up and had some off the beaten path miles. Legs moved just a tad faster but I still kept things relaxed and did a loop with a slight incline.

Thursday- Lunch miles! 5.22 miles with a fall view.

Friday- 7.13 early beautiful sunrise miles with incredible fall weather. Temps were in the 50s and I was such a happy camper.

Saturday- Very relaxed 8.02 mile run just enjoyed the cooler weather and people watching.

Sunday- REST DAY

Plus post 50k race eats – sushi and spicy edamame. Come to mama.

There you have it!!

How was your weekend? Anyone also doing some real (or virtual) RACE recovery?!

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to you!! I got my day started with this glorious RUNrise. It was 53 degrees!!! I’ve been switching it up and running after work post 50k so starting the day with this sky was a treat! Morning miles and smiles for the win.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Post run recovery tools that are seriously magical. I need to get back into the compression socks groove.

My favorite “right now” snack from Trader Joe’s. Yes it reminds me of eating green paper but I don’t care. It’s GOOD green paper. With a dash of sea salt.

All of the squash and pumpkin sightings. Everything is SO FALL right now and I am loving it. As a matter of fact I will be making these oh so soon.

Plus, your short and sweet Friday funny.

Have a good one!

What’s on tap for your Friday? Or weekend?!
Enjoying the amazing Texas chill in the air, brunching, running.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

First of all I just wanted to say thanks for the cheers and well wishes regarding my 50k trail race last weekend!! It was so much fun and I’m enjoying my post race week. Definitely been doing a little bit of celebrating this week and enjoying knowing I’ve still got it. Ya know, that ultra runner mojo. Holla if you hear me.

I also have some exciting things on the horizon regarding getting back into my fitness instructor groove but holding my cards close on that one. So stay tuned.

I’m really ready to just enjoy the sunshine this weekend and some running. My recovery has gone GREAT and it feels good to bounce back fast. I also have been hydrating like a boss.

New favorite work day tea alert. I seriously love me some fall tea. Some days I really do skip the coffee and go straight to sipping tea.

I saw this quote TWICE this week and it super resonated with me. Love.

Share some thoughts with me this week! Do you have a favorite fall beverage?

Dangerous pumpkin cream cold brew and the Trader Joe’s fall tea are a close tie.

The Remix 50k Race Recap.

It was a tough but beautiful weekend out on the ranch! I’m pretty much hurting this morning after 33+ miles on the trails (+ a near 60 mile running week) but here to recap my comeback race – the REMIX 50k! Yes, a trail race that was the real deal!! I was so excited to actually be racing something that was not virtual. So let’s get straight to the nitty gritty of it all…

I made my way down to 7IL Ranch late Friday evening just in time to shower and lay my head down. There was definitely an opportunity to camp but I decided to go ahead and grab a hotel spot nearby. Having a cozy bed and little luxury before a run is my version of ‘glamping’…

Saturday morning I made it to the ranch and we lined up and the gun went right off promptly at 7AM. The loops were over 16.5 miles each, and mostly comprised of ranch trails with an abundance of deep loose sand. Not only sand but those sticky burr things that stick to your shoes! There were quite a few on a certain part of the course – so much that at one point they were all over my pants and shoes! So that ended up being quite challenging. After a while I just got used to the pain and kept it pushing.

Aside from the rough terrain, we were dealing with lots of humidity due to the passing Hurricane Delta. And temps pushed towards 90 degrees in the afternoon. The trail did not have much shade so it turned into a mission of sheer survival! The Trail Racing Over Texas peeps always do a phenomenal job of taking care of the folks on the course so the aid stations were on point. We also had to keep our masks on us at all times when going through the main loop and start/finish. During the race we were allowed to remove them to breathe which was lovely. They took our temps and made us sign waivers as well. I was really pleased with how they did things in that manner.

Overall I felt like my comeback race went well! It just felt so dang GOOD to be back racing again!! You could tell everyone was just so happy to be back in that element. My legs and feet got tired of the sand by about mile 20 and I was ready to call it quits. But my heart and spirit were flying high and feeling good. So I think the sheer adrenaline was what made me make that finish line. Especially with minimal training during this trying time. Not super fast, not winning any number 1 female awards. But just enjoying every mile and back to enjoying the incredible trail family community that I know and love.

Some days, that is all it is about. Just being out there, being present. Relentless forward motion.

Another 50k is done. AND THEN SOME.

I placed among top ten for females so I will take it. 

And a sweet freaking medal I will cherish forever.

Share how your weekend went with me! Have you done any trail running lately??

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday! This has been a busy week as I make preparations to head down to the country for some fun on the trails, social distancing style! Hope everyone has had a phenomenal week and is staying safe and healthy. 

I will be doing this race this weekend! Just some play time on the trails, you know. Think good thoughts for me please!! I’m excited to just get out into nature and ZONE out. I truly need it after this long year. Yes, I said year. These are my sentiments right about now. Pink diva Christmas tree is about to make a serious come back. 

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Fall produce picks to make during this wonderful season. I love me some fall foods. WINTER SQUASH and pomegranates are my jam. 

I’ve been grooving to the rainy coffee shop vibe all morning long. Puts my heart and soul at ease.

This shirt. It has been a COFFEE fueled week for sure. My nickname by some of my running friends is the “coffee queen” by the way. 

And of course, your Friday funny. 

Short and sweet but that is all! Have a great Friday! And an even better weekend. 

What’s on tap for your weekend?

Trail adventure-ing, hydrating, being in my own little Chelsea world. 

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! New week, new goals to crush. Let’s recap some of last week’s miles!! I was able to get in over 42 miles last week as I prepare for my next trail adventure! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- 5.21 sunset miles enjoying this beautiful weather down in Texas! Things are definitely cooling off. But more like wearing a sweater in the morning THEN regretting it later in the day. The evenings have been nice though.

Tuesday AM- 4.12 early morning miles with a faster finish. Enjoying some quiet time by the lake.

Tuesday PM- 4.03 after work miles. Got in a short hill climbing loop and changed the afternoon route up a bit.

Wednesday AM- Got away for a lunch run. 4.23 relaxed miles in the sunshine.

Wednesday PM- 3.02 after work miles on double run day.

Thursday- 6.37 miles in the afternoon with the beautiful crisp fall leaves. Love looking for the different colors on the trees! Like a scavenger hunt of sorts.

Friday- 5.12 sunset miles with hill climbing on a Friday. Felt good to get this one in after the work day.

Saturday- Run club run at the lake. 10.23 miles with some faster miles thrown in there. It was nice to see an 8 minute mile in that mix! Thank you fall weather.

Sunday- REST DAY. Spent some time on a boat this weekend. 80 degree afternoons in the sunshine in October, I will take it.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Getting ready for any adventures!?