About thedancingrunner

Marathon runner & group fitness instructor at 24 Hour Fitness. Passionate about family, friends, traveling. Loves destination races. Loves dining out, cooking in, being around down to earth people, writing, sunrises.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there it’s Monday! I am here with a little recap of the miles and smiles from last week. Things are heating up down here in Texas for sure! Along with insanely humid summer temps to keep things exciting. Let’s recap and see how it went down.

Monday- I took the the day off to refresh and recover after a busy week. Lots of pool time last week was absolutely necessary. Getting back in the groove.

Tuesday- 7.12 sunset miles with some rolling hills in 95 degree weather. Real feel was 103F. Whew.

Wednesday AM- Back to double run day miles – 4.02 miles in the morning before an early morning dentist appointment.

Wednesday PM- 5.11 miles to hit my numbers for the day. Much needed after work de-stressor.

Thursday- 7.02 miles in the crazy morning humidity. Threw in some hills and spotted a lovely sunrise.

Friday- 8.02 miles in the morning on my day off. Quite lovely! Did a social distance type run with a few run buddies.

Saturday- Decided to keep things fairly shorter this week. 5.02 miles on Saturday hitting my numbers.

Sunday- 4.21 recovery miles with temps at 90 degrees once again. Plus got caught in a random downpour in the middle of the run. Drenched after.

And there ya have it! Still managed just over 40 miles for the week without a long run.

How was your weekend? Hope you all are staying healthy and ‘Rona free!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It is a great day for some thoughts of randomness!! Because typing out my thoughts makes me feel like I can breathe and exhale. Through this MASK. Ha.

This morning’s RUNrise was an intense one. Lots of cloud cover but intense humidity. I mean July is really bringing it with the humid RUNS down in Texas. Welcome to summer.

I will say I need to figure out how to properly fuel better for these early mornings in the heat/humidity. After my run this morning I felt a little nauseated and gross. Funny I don’t feel like that at all when I run in the drier heat in the evenings– even though at night its much hotter. Someone help.

Even though I’ve been at this distance running game for decades now, I still feel like I always have something to learn. Gotta love that. I try to forever be a student and not a know it all.

I actually thought about taking a class to become an official running coach and focus on coaching ultrarunners. Before all of this ‘Rona stuff started. Maybe once it’s over I will reconsider.

This week I’ve got some things up my sleeve regarding going back to teach (a socially distanced) spin class! Kind of keeping it under wraps but I’ll let y’all know if things go well.

And finally, your Thursday funny.

Have a great holiday weekend! Stay safe.

Share some randomness with me today! Do you wear a mask when you run?? 

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! Hope your weekend was a happy one. Do we even know what weekends are anymore though!? Haha. I’m here to recap some miles from last week! Still feeling like a little bit in maintenance mode on the running front. Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- 5.11 miles in the straight up sunshine after the long work day. Felt lovely.

Tuesday- 8.22 miles of rolling hills. Massive relative effort according to Strava. Hills fo dinner felt mm hmm good.

Wednesday- 5.21 miles with a bit of a faster finish.

Thursday AM- 7.11 miles with my breakfast club. RUNrise-ing it.

Thursday PM- Double run day miles for the win! 3.2 miles to hit double digits for the day.

Friday- Decided to move my longer run to Friday and rest the body over the weekend. (I know…2 DAYS OF REST WHO AM WHUT) 12.21 miles on this day.

Saturday/Sunday- REST DAY. Brunch vibes.

And there you have it! Still 41 miles for the week although I felt like a lazy butt this weekend. Needed to press the refresh button.

How was your weekend? What’s the most delicious brunch you’ve had lately (or cooked lately)?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday! Hope you all are staying safe in the ‘hood. I got up early for some double digit miles this morning. Really running has been my SANITY as of late. Even as humid as it was it just felt so good to be out there and getting it done.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Will any fall marathons go on? Crazy times we are freaking living in.

The do’s and don’ts of encountering wildlife on the trail. Thank goodness I never see bears or mountain lions. Lots of snakes though.

5 personality traits that make you mentally tough. Persistence is my jam.

And finally this shirt which is my absolute favorite right now. Sunshine and more wine. Thank you Target.

And there you have it!

What’s on tap for your weekend? You in quarantine mode still or getting out?
Mask on activities plus getting my run on.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

So I’ve been enjoying running later in the day lately (less humidity down in Texas) but I got up for some early miles and they were just what I needed. There’s always something magical about that morning run.

NOT so magical – being absolutely drenched when it’s over. The humidity in the mornings this week is just so much you feel like you’re in a steam room of sorts. I mean a great detox but my goodness. It’s not as fun if you can’t complain about summer running just a little bit though am I right?!

So NYC, Boston, all these marathons are getting canceled. I am hoping my 50 miler in October stays on the calendar. It’s a tad easier to socially distance with those. I’m glad I picked a sport that a very small percentage of people like to do. Gotta love ultras. Ha.

Kind of a first world problem but my massage place canceled my membership because I hadn’t been in so long. Now I have to start over but at least I can change locations because it was at the wrong one anyway. But then I’m feeling some type of way about someone rubbing me down because maybe they have the ‘Rona? Hmm.

Is the ‘Rona wrecking your vacation plans? I have friends that are starting to get out but I’m hesitant to really travel like I want. I’m out of vacation days until the beginning of August anyways and then I will get 3 weeks refreshed. Maybe I’ll just wait.

I will be doing this after 5 PM today. Simply cannot wait for pool time.

Share some randomness with me today!

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday and new week to ya! It was a lovely weekend for me with lots of sunshine. Just trying to maintain my sanity during uncertain times, you feel me!?

Let’s recap some running from last week!

Monday- A quick 4.21 miles after work just enjoying the sunset and unwinding from the busy work day. Much needed.

Tuesday- 7.31 miles, getting in some rolling hills. I’ve really been enjoying running in the afternoons during the less humid part of the day. Still HOT though. Temps were in the 90s. Whew.

Wednesday AM- 5.11 miles around the lake in the morning. Crazy wild humidity but with lots of sweat.

Wednesday PM- 3.2 miles to get in a double run day in for the day.

Thursday AM- 7.21 miles – hills for breakfast with the breakfast club.

Thursday PM- 3.30 very hot miles on double run day. Felt good to get the back to backs in.

Friday- 5.23 Juneteenth miles on this day! I got these miles in on my lunch break. Quite lovely.

Saturday- Shorter 7.31 recovery time miles this day with faster finish just for fun.

Sunday- REST DAY. Got my nails done over the weekend and poolside time.

There you have it!

How was your weekend? What has the weather been like where you live?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya and happy Juneteenth! Hope you have some fun in the sun planned for the weekend. I am definitely looking forward to some down time after this crazy busy week! Plus it is payday Friday. Color me excited.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

This insulated bru mate that I ordered for my poolside beverages to keep them nice and cool. Plus the one I ordered has GLITTER on it. Oh yes.

The best sunscreen to wear during sweaty runs. As a person that actually burns when I do not put sunscreen on (yes black people get sunburnt too HA) this is crucial.

Sparkling peach cider may be just what I need this weekend. HMMM.

Plus a gangsta glam selfie since this is my face while I work today. Make it a good one!

Who else is working on this lovely Friday? Any weekend plans??
Also Happy Father’s Day to the papas out there!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

The colors in the sky on this morning’s crazy early run – perfection! Plus it was nice and cooler with less humidity in the air. Less humidity on any run in this Texas heat equals a happy Chelsea.

So this is the 2nd time I’ve seen what I think is someone’s pet chicken at the end of my run. No kidding, crossing the road. Maybe it’s a hallucination- because I’m just THAT tired in the mornings? I tried to get a pic this time and the chicken ran off into the bushes in front of someone’s house. Better luck next time.

Tomorrow all of my friends have OFF from work for Juneteenth and do not. I do realize that this is a true travesty.

I’m obsessed with this tea. OBSESSED. It has almost replaced my espresso in the mornings. I said almost.

Share some randomness with me today!

Weekly Running Report.

Happy new week! Hope you all had a relaxing, productive, and fun weekend. I got plenty of sunshine and spent time with the ones I love. Social distancing style, of course. Ha.

Let’s chat about last week’s running shall we? I was able to get in just over 51 miles last week. A somewhat light (for me) mileage week but building the base back up for some local races in the later part of the year.

Monday- 7.02 sunset miles enjoying my “brain movies” and de-stressing from the day. Rolling hills. Definitely quite lovely.

Tuesday AM- 5.12 early morning miles getting the legs moving after Monday’s rolling hills run. Legs felt a tad tired but it got done.

Tuesday PM- Double run day miles running on some tired legs. Finished faster than expected. Got in just over 8 miles for the day.

Wednesday AM- 5.32 miles for breakfast. Glorious RUNrise.

Wednesday PM- 3.21 miles. Late RUNch.

Thursday- 7.32 early morning miles getting it done with my breakfast club.

Friday AM- Decided to run with a friend of mine to get in some early miles. 8.11 miles done with what Garmin would like to call a “massive relative effort”. Good times.

Friday PM- 2.02 quick miles at lunch to get in over 10 miles for the day.

Saturday- 10.21 miles. Historic relative effort. Epic sunrise.

Sunday- REST DAY. Ribs and grilled corn at a friends house for the win. Yes, I also like when men do ALL THE GRILLING.

I also laid out all of my 50 mile, 100k and 100 mile buckles over the last several yers just for fun. Still looking for a legit display for these babies.

And there ya have it!

Share some randomness about your weekend with us!

TGIFriday Faves.

I’ve got that Friday feeling! Hope you all have some fun and relaxation planned for the weekend. I saw a spectacular RUNrise this morning! This colors in the sky have been pure perfection lately.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Safety tips for running in the heat. Master your cool down. Gotta get better at that.

Strawberry summer water! I love cucumber water already but adding strawberries just sounds so lovely.

The surprising upside to covering your face on a run. I’m all about the BUFF.

The 30 best state parks in America. Adding these all to the list.

And there you have it! TGIF.

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Long running it and soaking up the sun.