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.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! And HAPPY long weekend! Hope you have some lovely things planned. Of course I kicked things off with a 12 mile run this morning. Felt good to get out and get it done. I have another double digit run planned tomorrow as well with friends. Hello breakfast tacos and mimosas after. Oh how I’ve missed you so.

Without further ado let’s get to this week’s faves!

I know yesterday we talked about B.S. (haha- bikinis and sandals) so while we are still on the B.S. – right now I have a fave podcast. Housewives fans- must listen. Weekly Dose of B.S.! Gotta love my Dallas girls Brandi and Stephanie. Fun fact I’ve seen Stephanie’s husband walking my neighborhood lake a few times. I’m too star struck to say hello! Fun though when your favorite TV people are basically your neighbors- so close to home.

The Senita swift shorts. Okay so my real life (and gorgeous) blogger friend Jenna (p.s. Go check out her blog! She’s bomb) mentioned these and I’m totally getting some now. Plus, those prices! Move over lulu, you have competition. 

Practice your balance with these moves. Huge fan of split squats.

Also this just to add a little funny to your Friday. I am meme obsessed.

Have a great weekend!

What’s on tap for your holiday!?!
Running, pool time, a ridiculous amount of sunshine and bliss. You know, the usual.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Oh my goodness you guys I just discovered the most amazing chai from WAL-MART of all places. It is freaking delicious and I have been making DIRTY CHAIS for my morning sip every day. Quite heavenly.

And a whole heck of a lot cheaper than Starbucks.
I feel like I’ve had a bit of spring fever (?)can I still say that since it is almost summer? as of late. I mean I’m still knocking out work and being productive but I tell ya what it sure is hard when you look out your window at 3 PM and want to be at the dang pool. Ohhhh goodness cannot wait until the weekend.
I mean seriously guys check out this forecast the next few days. Can we say bikinis all weekend and drinks with umbrellas in them? Thank you.

I have some long running planned (of course) and then a whole lot of relaxation and laziness. Just how it should be.
-As far as Saturday morning goes I love starting my weekends with a long run with friends. My running group is actually the best. Plus, RUN MY HOOD is fast approaching. Which means pool hopping and running in different friends neighborhoods. Can you think of a more fun way to do life every weekend? I simply cannot.

Who is grilling this weekend? Send me a plate in the mail. You can put it on dry ice or something, I think…

And this. Because it is just PERFECT for my mood right now.

Share your random thoughts with me today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there it is spin cycle Wednesday! I of course have some hot tracks and throwbacks for your eardrums today. This is guaranteed to pump up your (or your classes if you are an instructor) workouts! Hope you enjoy!

Follow me on Spotify where I update and post playlists on a weekly basis. Plus check out my recent class schedule to see where I’m teaching next here.

Let’s go for a ride!

Can I Have it Like That- Pharrell, Gwen Stefani: Warm up
Medicine- Steve Aoki, J.Lo: Accelerations
GANG- Kris Kiss: Tapbacks
Rock that Body- Skrillex, Black Eyed Peas: Rolling hills
Temperature- Sean Paul: Seated/standing run
Lifting- Inpetto: Hill climb
Higher- Taio Cruz: Jumps on a hill
Hooked-MOTi: Sprints
Tension- Fergie: Active recovery
I Can Only Imagine- David Guetta, Chris Brown: Tapbacks
Runaway Baby- Bruno Mars: Sprints
Levels- Nick Jonas: Rolling hills
Shell Shocked- Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa: Accelerations
Don’t- Don Diablo, Ed Sheeran: Jumps
Where Have You Been (Paperchaser Mix)- Rihanna: Hill climb
Bad Habits- Maxwell: Cool down

What songs are you loving this week? Share some new hot songs with me!

How to Be a Super Awesome (and Successful) Race Pacer.

So it is actually a topic that I have not quite fully covered, mostly because I don’t feel that there is a textbook way to be a pacer! Many times, you have to give or take a few things to be really good at pacing races. For me, it is a job I take SUPER seriously. As a part time fitness instructor, I feel like I am pretty gifted at inspiring people to do things. Sometimes, when I don’t even want to be that inspiring. You know? I actually took a personality test (for work) and found out that one of my really strong suits is that of an “influencer”. So…pacing is one thing that I think after a while I’ve kind of nailed down. Anyway, if you have been asked or are thinking of being an official pacer for a race – whether it is a half or full marathon (or even an ultra!) You have come to the right place.

Here are a few things to remember, and a few essentials you will need to get your runners (and yourself) to the finish line in the designated time.

Confidence. OKAY. I am going to be real with you. Honestly this is the one and only thing you probably need to be a really good pacer. It is something that, with experience, you will get when it comes to racing races and doing them well. To have that confidence…that you can nail your splits, that you can hold back in the beginning when everyone wants to start out too fast…truly takes patience with ones self. And a whole heck of a lot of confidence. It is one of the main reasons why people don’t want to be pacers to be honest. To have all of that responsibility that you are helping so many people finish in that designated time? You have to go out there and OWN it. Truly.

Be faster than your assigned finish time. This is another general MUST. You have to know, without a shadow of a doubt that you can finish under the time that has been assigned to you. I like to think of my pacing gigs as more of a training run than anything else. Because essentially, it should be slower than that of your all out race pace. So when picking a spot to pace, the pacing coordinator or director will ask you for your RECENT race finish times. That in itself should help determine what finish time you will pace.

A GPS watch and a pace band. The pace band is something that the pace director should provide for you, but should you need one, here is a good reference. I like to really use this as a guide…but every pacer has their strategy.

It is good to kind of brief your pace group of what that strategy will be before starting the race. If there are lots of hills on the course, that is something that you can discuss with your runners and etc.

Whatever that plan or strategy is, stick to it – even if you find yourself (or you and your pace partner) running solo. It is easy to get caught up in what all of the runners are doing. And generally runners all around you will and ARE using you as a reference. Never forget that.

Encourage your group by keeping a positive “can do” attitude. If someone in your group starts moaning about their pain, generally being over it….etc you should always spin it in a positive direction. They are relying on you as their upper and that person that can keep them going for a reason.

HAVE freaking FUN with it! Pacing is such a fun position to be in and super rewarding especially when the folks in your group achieve new PRs. I still am friends with folks that I’ve paced over the years. It is such a great way to run a race differently, give back and meet new people.

Where my race PACERS at?! Any more tips for the group?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there and happy Monday! Hope you all had a marvelous weekend. Mine was filled with fun friends, yummy eats and some SUNSHINE!! Finally I was able to get in a pool day on Sunday after church. And it was oh so lovely!

Anyway let’s recap some running from last week, shall we?

Monday AM- 7.12 miles in the hood. I was finally feeling somewhat back to normal last week after taking the miles down post Hachie 50 miler. So it felt good to be back in business again! Honestly I have 1 race on the schedule right now and it is not until September! But I am looking at a few races (including another 100 miler in December, I’m going back and forth over 2 options) just need to get it together. It is kind of nice to not have much going on right now. I just like running for the sake of running. And for my sanity. You feel me? Feels good.

Monday PM- 3.21 miles on the lake after work…just winding down from the day. I am loving doing some people watching lately in the evenings. Everyone is out since the weather is great so – just so much to look at. People watching is probably up there on my most favorite things.

Tuesday AM- 5.22 miles with insane humidity. Just got it done despite not feeling it that much.

Tuesday PM- 3.01 miles after teaching a class at the gym. Just more of a cool down run to get a double run day in.

Wednesday- 7.32 miles in the morning. Hump day miles with a faster finish at the end.

Thursday AM- 10.32 miles with the breakfast run club. Did a few miles with them then finished on my own.

Thursday PM- Got another double run day in! 3.8 miles at lunch. Another day with lots of sunshine.

Friday- Long run Fridays are back! I had some friends coming to town for the weekend plus we had storms Saturday so needed to get this one done. 15.10 miles finito.

Saturday- REST DAY. Fun weekend with friends and lots of fun pics taken.

Plus…sangria. Because YES.

Sunday- 5.11 miles just hitting some numbers for the week. Plus some pool time after and an ahi tuna bowl for dinner. Literally obsessed with poke bowls. With lots of avocado and sesame seeds. Yum.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Tell me all about the random details!

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there! Happiest of Fridays to you!! Hope you all have a fun weekend in store. This morning I stepped out for a Friday long run! Check out that sky. It’s funny because right now I’m not really training for anything immediate – but just kind of felt like running long. All Forrest Gump – like. Ha.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Molly Bookmyer. Holy motivation. I mean really what is your excuse now after reading that?? Amazing.

-Hello my name is Chelsea and I am romper obsessed. Also obsessed with this website. So excited to get this in the mail oh so soon.

-Grocery shopping at my favorite place yesterday whilst drinking rose. Yes my neighborhood Whole Foods is basically my new Cheers. I just love it.

-This because it is so me. The more espresso shots the better.

Have a great Friday!

What do you have fun planned this weekend?

Running, fun friend time, maybe hitting up a festival or two. Love this time of year.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Okay can I just say just about every day this week in Texas has been picture perfect sunshine-y weather. Breezy in the mornings and full sun in the afternoons. Awesome shorts/tank tops/running type of weather.

Gotta love spring. Trying to enjoy it before we get hit with the triple digit temps.

Although the weather has been absolutely amazing- my luck this week has not been quite so lovely. TWICE this week you guys…I’ve left things on top of my car and drove off with them still there. And of course sliding and falling off into their death. Can you guess what those things were…

A FULL CUP OF COFFEE (tragic) and my cell phone! Yes, yesterday my poor phone went kaput. Screen cracked, wouldn’t cut on…straight up ran over and dead in the parking lot. I had this perfect afternoon planned too and was headed straight to the pool after work to do nothing, and then…yeah…spent the rest of the day at the phone store.

But alas…I have a new phone! So that’s great. I mean, first world problems you know.

I guess I won’t be leaving things on top of my car anymore.

You know what made up for it though. 10.3 miles of sunrise this morning. It is amazing what getting some miles in can do for your mood. All is well in the world now.

Share some of your random thoughts today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hi there and happy hump day! It’s time for some hot workout tracks and throwbacks!! Hope you do enjoy.

These songs are great for my fellow fitness spin cycle instructors and also for any high energy workout in general! I love running to a lot of the songs that I post on here.

Be sure to follow along on Spotify and also see where I’m teaching classes next in the DFW area!

Let’s go for a ride!

Boasty- Idris Elba, Stefflon Don: Warm up
Light the Sky- Dannic, Rob and Jack: Accelerations
Rattle- Bingo Players, 2 Chainz: Tapbacks
Paradise- Chris Brown, Benny Benassi: Rolling hills
Move to Miami- Enrique Iglesias: Jumps
Bingo Bango- Basement Jaxx: Sprints
Powerglide- Rae Sremmurd: Active recovery
Hit the Lights- Jay Sean: Tapbacks
In My Room- Ty Dolla, Tyga, Yellow Claw: Accelerations
Wild- VINAI: Hill climb
This Groove- Oliver Heldens: Seated/standing run
Dance Like a Freak- DJ Class: Hill climb
Range Rover- PAZ: Sprints
Finesse- Bruno Mars, Cardi B: Rolling hills
King’s Dead- Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock: Jumps on a hill
Get Down- Retrovision: Sprints
Cherish the Day- Sade: Cool down

What songs are you running/spin cycling/working out to today?

Tuesday Run Humor.

We all need to laugh! So I figured today was a good day for just that…hey we have to make it to hump day!! And then, we shall worry about the rest…it will be all downhill once we get over that hump.

At least that is what I like to tell myself.

Here are a few funnies for my fellow runners!! Just to make you giggle and get through your work day…

The things you see on a run…I tell ya.

Because tan lines…they can be sexy…

My constant Saturday night struggle.

The perfect run.

Quite possibly THE BEST FEELING. Ever.

Any run humor to share with the group? Or…share something funny that happened on your run today!

I literally thought I saw the biggest snake in the grass headed towards me to attack me. Of course, it was just a massive tree limb.

Weekly Running Report.

Hello there and happy Monday! Hope you had a lovely weekend. The sun is finally shining here again after some off and on rain so I’m feeling super good! Without further ado let’s recap some miles from last week’s running, shall we?

Monday- Monday was a REST DAY from the Hachie 50 miler! The whole week in general felt like a REST WEEK of sorts tbh after months of running 70-80 mpw. It was good to have time off and so I went and enjoyed some delicious dinner with friends after a long day at work. Hello, lamb meatballs for the win.

Tuesday AM- First day back hitting them streets. 6.31 miles done. Beautiful morning with super relaxed miles. Legs still felt a little wobbly honestly but I was moving.

Tuesday PM- Cool down miles after teaching a spin class. 2.21 miles doing some people watching. Pretty uneventful but legs felt better after getting them on a bike in the evening. Fun fact I always LOVE teaching spin right after a race. Something about cycling helps me recover way faster from running.

Wednesday- 5.55 miles in the morning. Threw some strides in at the end. Legs were starting to feel a little bit better. Slowly but surely getting back in that groove.

Thursday AM- Lunch miles. 4.21 miles done on a beautiful day. Made the second part of my workday that much more lovely.

Thursday PM- 2.22 miles again after teaching class at the gym. Felt good to have some happy legs again.

Friday- 8.12 easy breezy miles to kick off Friday. Allergies were killer on this day though. I always seem to run around the times that people are outside cutting the grass. UGH. Kills me.

Saturday- We had a wild Texas spring storm roll through in the morning so this run was done around lunchtime. 12.4 miles done! Back to double digits. Yay for that.

Sunday- REST DAY. Took mama to brunch. Had a lovely time.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything special for your mama for Mother’s Day?