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.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I am super excited because today IS MY FRI-YAY (I have some extra vacation time to burn) so tomorrow on my day off I plan on doing all of the running and all of the relaxing. A massage planned with my favorite therapist in the middle of the day is kind of the cherry on top.

Plus I need to get my nails done…hmm…will probably do that tomorrow too.

Even though it is a long weekend for me this weekend I actually don’t have a whole lot planned aside from the usual (running and brunching and friend and family time). And I kind of like it like that.

The sun has been shining here in Texas ALL WEEK LONG and temps are in the mid 70s just about everyday. Yaaas. My favorite weather is back plus the extra daylight in the evenings has been absolutely everything.

I do think we have a little bit of rain in the forecast for the weekend but should be good for a low key Saturday. Hey, maybe I will even read a book or something.

-Yeah, right. Actually I bought this book a LONG time ago and never read it. I love me some Andy Cohen and am obsessed with him in general but something about my A.D.D. will not let me relax and read a darn book before I start thinking about something else I need to be doing.

The (self diagnosed) a.d.d. is actually why I really enjoy going to the sauna in the mornings after my run. It kind of helps me turn my brain off and just….reeee-lax.

Another thing I’ve loved is not having so many after work commitments. Can I tell you I used to want to do ALL THE THINGS- like go to everyone’s happy hour, teach every class at the gym. And be at home every night at 8 or 9 pm. Just exhausted. I mean and I would just go right to sleep too from sheer exhaustion everyday. Usually with very little dinner or food to eat in my fridge. Well now that I’ve started focusing on ME more and having free time in the evenings– my life just feels more at peace. Thank you self care. And, I get more time to do my double run days and stuff. Watching the sunset and all that zen stuff. So, there’s that. Yay.

I am also going to cancel my Netflix before the week is over. See, I’m on a ‘get rid of the clutter’ kick. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve used it. ALSO. I have free Hulu now along with my Spotify membership! Oh, happy day. Plus there’s just so much YouTube to watch!!! So much.

Tell me something random about your week this week!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there and happy hump day! I’ve got a few hot tracks and throwbacks to share with you today!! These songs are excellent for running, high energy, or spin class workouts! There is a little something for everyone. And I’ve also added a spin cycle workout for my fellow fitness instructors!

Check out my current teaching schedule here.

+ follow me on Spotify where I post workout playlists on a daily basis.

Let’s go for a ride!

Light it Up- Major Lazer, Nyla, Fuse ODG: Warm up
Right Now (Dyro Radio Edit)- Rihanna, David Guetta: Accelerations
Come Get it Bae- Pharrell Williams: Rolling hills
Get Up- Bingo Players: Jumps
Go Girl- Trina, Pitbull: Hill climb
Plain Jane Remix- A$AP Ferg, Nicki Minaj: Seated/standing run
Tip Toe- Jason Derulo, French Montana: Sprints
Hit the Lights- Jay Sean: Tapbacks
One Thing- Mr. Belt and Wezol, Jack Wins: Jumps
Amigo- Tom & Jame: Accelerations
Levels- Nick Jonas: Hill climb
Get Down- RetroVision: Sprints
The Party- Joe Stone: Active recovery
Mi Gente (Moska Remix)- J Balvin: Rolling hills
As Your Friend- Afrojack, Chris Brown: Tapbacks
Run the World (Girls)- Kaskade Club Mix, Beyonce: Sprints
Casio- Jungle: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts this week?

Random Things People Say to You On the Run.

“Still running?”

“I wish I could run like that.”

“Do you ever get tired?” (Not sure if they expect you to stop and respond? I just smile or laugh in their general direction and keep it moving)

“How many miles are you doing?”

“What charity do you run for?”

“What’s your pace?” (I think a stranger has asked me this once, but who cares?! Easy, fast, blah blah. It’s all relative)

Whistling, catcalling, honking

“Do you run with music?” (Sometimes yes, sometimes no…and I always make sure I hear what’s going on around me. Safety first)

“Woohoo! You go girl!”

“You are a machine!”

“Wow, you’re fast!” (Thanks, that makes me feel good. As a fitness instructor who gets paid to pump everybody else up…I do like an ego boost every now and again)

“Look at you go”

“Is there a RACE today?” (Do you see a bib on my shirt? Do you see anyone else around me running? No? Then probably not)

I’m sure there are more…hmm…

Share some random things people say to you on the run!! 

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Monday to ya! Hope you have some fun in store for the week. Last week’s running workouts were awesome and I was able to get in 85.7 miles in!! So, training is going well leading up to my next ULTRA race- the Hachie 50 miler!

Let’s recap and see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 5.26 miles (with faster strides) after teaching a crazy early spin class! It was dark and rainy but nice to see a different route in the morning. Got it done and out of the way.
Monday PM- 5.03 miles after the 9 to 5 job. The weather in Texas overall has been beautiful and finally spring is starting to make an appearance in a major way! So I loved watching the sunset on double run day.
Tuesday AM- 7.11 splendid (and hilly) lunch miles. I used my entire lunch break for this run but it was hashtag worth it. Love.
Tuesday PM- 3.21 miles at night and can I just say how much I am LOVING the extra daylight in the evenings? I really think it has been doing something for my mood. I am a lover of sunshine what can I say. Fun fact I even have a SUN tattoo. So maybe that is why?
Wednesday AM- Lots of double run day miles last week. 5.11 miles at lunch with the sunshine. Thankfully I have a gym next door to where I work so that’s real convenient for these lunch runs.
Wednesday PM- 5.22 miles at night doing some people watching to get double digits in for the day. I was on a roll.
Thursday- Back running with the breakfast run club! 10.12 miles of rolling hills.
Friday- Back to back long run fun!! I decided to do my 21 miler on Friday since I had some St. Patrick’s Day celebrating to do on Saturday. I am in LOVE with Friday long runs. It definitely brings new energy into one of my favorite days of the week. 21.33 miles done.
Saturday- 17.03 miles done with my Saturday long run crew, White Rock Running Co-Op. A few of us ran long and then went to the St. Patrick’s Day parade after. All green everything.

Sunday- Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day! Everyone was out and about since temps wee in the 60s and 70s. Quick 6.31 miles to hit my numbers for the week.

And there you have it! Plus a #selfie, just because.

How was your weekend? Did you do any St. Patrick’s Day celebrating?
Not a ton of partaking in the adult beverages for me this year. Running high mileage makes you kind of an old lady. But I like it like that. Still had fun.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there! Finally Friday!! I celebrated the start of a fun weekend with a 21.3 mile Friday run. Check out those colorful rays.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-I guess I’m a little late on this one but I’m loving the HEATED city sidewalks in Holland Michigan. I kind of want to go there now just to run! Never mind that we really haven’t even experienced snow all winter in Texas. But that looks crazy fun.

-In non COLD weather news. Spring is starting to blossom – I am seeing blooms everywhere on the run now. Love love love.

Lululemon speed socks- fun fact I actually am obsessed with their socks and think they are perfect for running. Definitely need to re-up my collection.

-The WILD hair is back for the weekend. I am obsessed with my curls lately. And just letting my curls do their thing. Woohoo for that.

Have a great Friday!

What’s on tap for your weekend?

St. Patrick’s Day celebrating, fun times with friends, brunching. Getting my run on.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Just a few random thoughts today…

Texas running weather has been absolutely SUPERB all week. Well with the exception of a few early morning storms. I did have to move a couple of runs to lunchtime because of thunder and lightning. But then it made this morning’s run that much sweeter and the sun finally came out. And all was well in the world.

Are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend?! This is a pretty EPIC holiday down in Dallas. Supposedly we have one of the biggest parades for St. Patrick’s Day in the country? I heard that on the radio this morning. Who knew. Anyways I am doing a long run Saturday morning then braving the traffic. And the crowds. Pray for me.

Honestly I thought about not going to the parade simply because of how hard it is to get out there. But I’m going because FOMO. And all of my friends are going. They do have a 5k, which would make it easier to do the race and then just stay out there. Right?! But, 5k? Psssh. No thanks. I am an ultrarunner after all.

Also, I want to find a new GREEN dress and look all cute. I get paid tomorrow so I will go shopping and find something. But yes, Saturday will be all about looking cute. And I can’t do that if I’m racing. So yeah…Saturday long run, then attempting to shower- grab a massive coffee annnnd be cute RIGHT after- will be interesting.

I am just now realizing this turned into the St. Patrick’s Day edition of Random Thoughts Thursday. So, here’s a throwback pic from the green festivities a few years ago. Fun fun.

Do you like green beer? I am not a fan. Someone needs to do a green cider perhaps? Or green wine? I could get down with either.

The GIF above seemed super fitting there at the time.

Where is Tori Spelling these days anyway…

OH…and happy PI day! Go partake in something full of calories, I won’t judge.

Share some of your random thoughts today!! Maybe some St. Pat’s Day/festive ones…

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hello and happy Wednesday! I have some hot workout music for you to sweat to today!! Hope you enjoy!

And if you want to stay up to date on all of my music follow me on Spotify!!

My updated spin cycle teaching schedule is also here.

Let’s go for a ride!

Right Round- Flo Rida: Warm up
Spin It- JVST SAY YES: Accelerations
Give It To Me- Timbaland: Rolling hills
S&M- Rihanna: Tapbacks
Radio Stereo- Duck Sauce: Hill climb
Dose- Ciara: Jumps on a hill
MIA- Bad Bunny, Drake: Seated/standing run
Lover- Tommy Trash: Sprints
Do it Well- Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris: Active recovery
Take Over Control (Dutch Edit)- Afrojack, Eva Simons: Tapbacks
In the Dark- DEV: Rolling hills
Flex- Rich Homie Quan: Accelerations
No!- CID: Rolling hills
The Mack- Nevada, Mark Morrison: Hill climb
Rhythm Nation- Janet Jackson: Jumps on a hill
Mr. Saxobeat- Alexandra Stan: Sprints
Day and Night- Majid Jordan: Cool down

What workout tracks are you grooving to this week?

TMI Things I Love About Running.

So I was browsing some old archive posts and came across this fun Too Much Information Blogger Tag I did back in the day. It reminds me of the fact that I love to just share random tidbits for no apparent reason. So I thought we would relate the tag to all things RUNNING! Here are a few TMI things that I love about this sport.

It makes you really comfortable with your bodily functions. Specifically when it comes to being comfortable using a porta potty. I used to be terrified of those things! Now I happily use them. Well…maybe not happily. But I will willingly use one especially if there is hand sanitizer and ample TP. And one of those little mirrors. A mirror in a porta potty kind of feels like a luxury.

Running can literally be healing to your body, mind and soul. Especially when it comes to the mental. I can’t tell you how many friendship and/or relationship breakups running has helped to get me through. Literally I have cried on the run and at the end of the run felt SO AMAZINGLY better and my head clear of all worries. All because I got out the door.

The simple act of running can bond you with people who you otherwise probably wouldn’t have bonded with. I have friends now that are 50+ years old who I cherish and adore deeply. Why? All because of running. And don’t let these older guys and gals fool ya. They are sometimes more competitive than the younger folk! That’s #goals right there. Love it.

-Some days I do RUN FOR WINE. Hey, what can I say. I may even do that this Wednesday after work. I have a bottle I need to open…

What are some TMI things you love about running?! Come on, don’t be shy.

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there and happy MILEAGE Monday! I’m checking in with y’all and also wanting to do a quick recap from last week’s workouts! I was able to get in 72.3 miles of running last week!! It was a great week indeed with some back to back long runs included. Let’s recap and see how it all went down!

Monday- 8.34 miles in the evening time. I always kind of have to ease back into the work week after my weekend long runs. So it felt good to get the legs moving after a long day of work.
Tuesday AM- Back to some double run days! 8.03 miles in the morning solo on the lake. Did some people watching. Great way to start the day. And the weather was starting to get pretty pleasant out.
Tuesday PM- Lovely lunch time miles! I love lunch runs especially on a nice day. 4 miles done and then quick shower and back to work.
Wednesday AM- 8.36 miles in the morning with friends. They usually do a loop around the neighborhood and then I add on at the end to get to my desired mileage. We did a few faster miles thrown in the middle.
Wednesday PM- 3.34 mies in the evening after work. Just a quick lake loop. But got another double run day in for the day.
Thursday- 8.12 a.m. miles with some hills thrown in there. I also taught a class at the gym that evening.
Friday- 16.02 mile Friday morning long run! Fridays, long running and coffee are probably a few of my favorite things.
Saturday- Back to back long run FUN!! I had to teach a spin class at the gym at 10 a.m.- so got this one done early with WRRC. 16.12 miles done.

Then celebrated a friend’s birthday at Lake Lewisville. Temperatures were in the 70s on Saturday and beautiful and sunny! What a great day and night it was with friends.

Sunday- REST DAY. A much needed one at that.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! Hope you have a lovely weekend planned!! I started my morning with a long run. Fridays are quickly becoming my most favorite days to run long!! It puts a whole new energy into the day. Love love.

Oh and friendly reminder it is Daylight Savings this weekend!! So set your clocks to SPRING UP for Sunday. Haha…I mean in this day and age we all have cell phones and gadgets that change themselves. But hey, just in case.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Use these 5 simple workouts to get faster for spring training! Yaaas to hill repeats!! Oh, and a 20 minute tempo sounds interesting. I will have to look into that.

Lululemon’s Mist Over Windbreaker. NEED. OMG…and that pocket in the back?! Double need.

Bagels and Lox EGG-WICHES?! Why on earth have I never thought of this. Genius. Good party treat.

-And this. Oh so true. MOOD.

Have a great Friday!!

What’s on tap for your weekend?!
Great weather, great friends, more running. Maybe a little productivity. Woot woot.