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.

Happiest of Fridays to you! I got my morning started with a killer outdoor bootcamp + this amazing RUNrise!! I’m feeling pumped up and filled with the endorphins at the moment. So yay for that.

Lets get to this week’s faves!

Definitely my early AM bootcamp. I feel like I’m only good at doing bootcamps IN THE MORNINGS by the way. Before my brain figures out what the heck I’m doing. My trainer is awesome and always amps me up even though it’s a love/hate relationship with the soreness lately. But it’s all for the GOOD. Glad to be back in the groove.

I forgot how much I loved mountain climbers. It’s something about this move that always revs me up. I’ll do a million mountain climbers over BURPEES any day.

The power of sleep. I have been a SLEEPING machine lately I tell you what. Gotta love them grandma bedtimes and early mornings.

Pumpkin cider!! They have it at Trader Joe’s. I shall report back.

And there you have it! Enjoy your Friday.

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Cider sippin’, running, loving the Texas sunshine.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning’s run was super cloudy but perfect fall style weather! It was still humid but definitely cooler. Fall has without a doubt been in the air here in Texas.

Right now I’m listening to someone chop up some paper with this super industrial chopper thing and it is like listening to nails on a CHALKBOARD. Why they have to slice up paper so early in the day I do not know?! My Trader Joe’s fall is tea is keeping me calm. Some of the pet peeves of socially distance style working in the office…wishing I could be working from home right now. Ah well. Still thankful to even have a job…so thank you baby Jesus. Good looking out.

Speaking of Trader Joe’s. My two favorites right now. Butternut squash macaroni and cheese and this amazing tea. I do have a recipe by the way if you want to make the mac from home. Craving all the savory stuff lately. I have to have my tea every fall and I literally have had it every morning this week. Dare I say I’m enjoying it more than my coffee.

Now that fall is here I’m looking forward to getting back to running some longer distances. Starting with the 50k. I’ve run 100 milers but I have to say my favorite distance for the ultra is the 50 miler. It is just something about running 50 miles and winning top female that just makes my heart sing. Haha. Hachie 50 I do miss you. Hope to see you in 2021.

I think I have a new favorite Brooks road shoe. The Adrenaline. I’ve been running in this one lately and it is like running on clouds. So I think I’m going to retire my Pure Flows and go with this for a while.

Share some randomness with me today! What are your top 5 favorite race distances that you’ve completed?

50 miles, 100 miles, 26.2, 50k, and 5k. YES I love me a random speedy 5k every once in a while.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Monday to ya! It was a lovely weekend in the neighborhood and the weather was oh so pleasant! Fall days are here and I’m really loving it. It really does help the miles go by more quickly!

Let’s recap some miles from last week!

Monday- 5.12 sunset miles doing some people watching. It was nice to get out since the evenings are much cooler. Relaxed miles.

Tuesday AM- 4.22 quick miles before work. Had to squeeze this one in.

Tuesday PM- 3.02 miles on double run day. Faster finishes are always nice and legs wanted to go faster.

Wednesday AM- Super early morning doing bootcamp and then finishing it off with a solid run. 6.31 miles done.

Wednesday PM- 2.02 miles to get in 8.3 for the day.

Thursday AM- 7.11 morning miles with the breakfast run club. Hilly miles at that. Felt good to get back to those rolling hills. Hills are just spadework in disguise they say.

Thursday PM- 2.02 double run day miles to get in over 9 for the day. It was cloudy and somewhat cooler out this day which made things fly by faster.

Friday AM- I was on a double run day roll this week!! 5.12 miles in the morning after bootcamp to the tune of this RUNrise.

Friday PM- 2.02 faster miles at lunch, quick out and back before the Saturday long-ish run.

Saturday- 13.21 miles with my Saturday run club to hit my numbers for the week.

Sunday- REST DAY and ro-zay. For the win.

And there you have it!

How was your week? Is running starting to feel more do-able now that it is cooling down in your hood??
I’m just happy that triple digit temps are gone.

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! Hope you have some fall flavored fun planned this weekend. I got my morning started with bootcamp + some RUNrise miles. I’m starting to get hooked to these crazy early mornings getting my booty kicked at bootcamp. Just call me a sucker for punishment. Feels good to get back in the cross training groove again.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

5 ways to stay mentally strong during a virtual race. For those of you virtual racing machines.

The most delicious fall candles. I’ve been going into stores lately just for the free fall candle SMELLS. Don’t tell anyone.

Flight going nowhere?! Something about this intrigues my rebellious nature.

How running went mainstream. Love me some runner fam.

My random obsession with finding the Real Housewives of Melbourne + Vancouver episodes online. If you know you know. I’m always here for the non American guilty pleasures.

And there you have it! Have a great Friday.

What’s on tap for your weekend?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I tell you what this has been a long week but what always makes things better is this amazing view. Mornings have been getting easier since things are cooling down. Less people, more nature, more serenity. Sign me up.

Fall for me means patio weather so I’m going to be finding me a patio soon. I mean look at this outlook. Not a triple digit temp in sight. Makes me a happy camper.

I still haven’t had any pumpkin spice anything. BUT I did add my favorite fall tea + butternut squash mac to the equation. I just may have me some mac today. Come to mama.

You know what I REALLY miss?? Concerts. Just like a jam session with amazing music. Ugh. Rona be gone.

Love the first three words I saw. What about you?

Share some randomness with me today!

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Monday to ya! Hope you had a lovely weekend full of sun, running and relaxation!! I got a bit of running and just trying to maintain a solid weekly mileage base at this point. Feels good to be feeling good, healthy and injury free! That is always the name of the game.
Let’s recap some weekly mileage!
Monday- I got in an active recovery day on this day. I’m working on incorporating more cross training into my schedule (plus since COVID has jacked up my gym teaching schedule) so bootcamp has been doing the trick. Hella sore doing the bootcamp workouts but it’s all for the GOOD. I need more power in my miles and I know doing more movements when I’m not running will surely help for the better.
Tuesday- Bootcamp run + sunset miles. Since the days haven’t been as crazy hot I’ve been enjoying running later in the day. Gotta mix it up to keep shocking that body. 5.11 miles done.
Wednesday- 5.04 miles of city lights. This was a relaxed run just getting in time on my feet and working out some bootcamp soreness.
Thursday- 10.12 miles after work! I saw some leaves changing. Gotta love the fall foliage. Added a few lovely hills too.
Friday AM- 4.34 miles at lunch to breathe during the work day. Felt good to get the legs moving.
Friday PM- 3.21 sunset miles. Nice and easy before long run Saturday.
Saturday- 16.02 miles of keeping the base building with some AMAZING weather! It definitely felt like fall. I could have kept going but wanted to see how my body would feel since I did 15 the week before. Feels good to be building and feeling good doing it and pushed the pace a few miles.
Sunday- Rest day! Much needed relax time.
And there ya have it!
How was your weekend? Has it cooled down at all where you are?? 

TGIFriday Faves.

TGIF and happy Friday and all that jazz! I’m definitely looking forward to some free time this weekend to run, relax, unwind and chill!! I am loving the temperatures down here lately. Things are finally starting to cool down from blazing triple digit temps. Thank you baby Jesus for that.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Changing it up and running at different times of the day this week. I used to do this A LOT back when I was training for my 100k2nd 100 miler to get used to running in the dark. I am forever a morning runner but when you run races that last 10+ hours AT A TIME- you’ve gotta be more flexible. HA. Since it has been cooler I’ve been loving changing things up and just running at whenever time I want. I actually had a splendid evening run the other day. Love them city lights.

10 ways to rejuvenate your fall training. “Remember the why.” Love that.

Motivations and methods behind 7 extraordinary ordinary runners. I love reading how others who race ultras deal with ups and downs & manage to get it all in. Even with families, social lives, crazy work lives and such.

And there you have it! Make it a great Friday.

What’s on tap for your weekend!?
Running and maybe dabbling in discovering some new fall flavored things.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This week has been pretty busy on the work front (the whole WORKING AT WORK thing you know) so excuse my delayed-ness with things that don’t pay my bills haha. BUT, I’m not one of those flaky people who haphazardly posts. I don’t ever forget about y’all. So just be patient with your girl. I’m still here and you will still get your Chelsea fix. haha. Just bear with me.

Fall weather is starting to be a THING down here in Texas! My runs have been rainy but cooler than triple digit temps. I love it. Give me all the FALL.

I have not been as hype about buying pumpkin flavored THINGS. I know, who am I? My sweet tooth has been a little off lately and I’m craving more savory things. Like eggs. Give me eggs with cheese and veggies for breakfast lunch and dinner.

I DID see that Trader Joe’s has all of the fall foods rolled out now (!) so maybe a visit there will get me more excited.

I am not sure about how I feel about the new Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. But something about it still makes me want to watch!? I need a new guilty pleasure show to get into.

They all seem pretty much like religious hot messes which I kind of like that element. Plus there’s already lots of ‘tea being spilled’ about the ladies. Something about some of them reminds me of Alexis Bellino from RHOC. I sure wish they would bring her back into that mix.

Do you have any guilty pleasure shows you watch? What are your two favorite seasons?
Fall and spring. Both the best times of the year in Texas to run. We have pretty mild winters too.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there! It was a busy start to the week (plus the long holiday weekend) but I am back!! Let’s recap some miles from last week, shall we?

Weather wise it has been a little less humid and more enjoyable so it’s helping me keep my hopes up that fall weather is approaching! I tell you what I’m so very ready for the leaves to change color and for crisp cooler mornings! Enough of this hot summer stuff. Plus I’m ready for some fall racing! Excited for this one coming up oh so soon.

I’m slowly taking the miles back up plus I’ve been adding in bootcamp workouts. And feeling that muscle soreness feels OH SO GOOD again. Sadistic, I know.

Monday- Active recovery day after the weekend of running. I did some yoga stretching. This girl is my fave if you enjoy YouTube workouts. I personally love working out in my living room.

Tuesday- 4.11 miles in the evening starting to feel more alive again. Relaxed effort then picked up the pace a bit in the end.

Wednesday AM- Back to double run day miles! 6.23 miles at lunch. Felt so good to get out a bit and breathe during the work day.

Wednesday PM- 3.3 miles after work to get in over 9.5 miles for the day.

Thursday AM- 4.02 mile lunch run getaway. Just a quick out and back down the trail.

Thursday PM- 3.02 mile lovely sunset run. The sunset was especially colorful on this day.

Friday- I had the day off so I did a quick 5.11 mile run. Lots of beautiful cloud cover.

Saturday- 15.02 mile long run with my WRRC crew. Always helps having friends to get it in.

Sunday- 4.23 mile run. Faster finish at the end. This is my favorite shirt right now by the way if you were wondering.

Over 45 miles for the week. Feeling good feeling great. Let’s keep the miles going.

How was your week last week? Are the leaving starting to change color in your area?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

We are dealing with intense humidity but along with the rain came slightly cooler temps! I’ve been enjoying feeling just a touch faster pace wise this week. I’m going to take it and enjoy it while I can.

I’ve had the strong desire to drastically spice up my cross training and decided to give bootcamp another go. I’ve got a whole month of outdoor bootcamp coming up starting next week so I’m going to mix it in with my running. Especially right now since I am  slacking MAJOR with not teaching classes at the gym. A little socially distance outdoor sweat may be just what I need.

Also spin class at this spot. Looks like one big freaking party.

Currently craving some crab legs…and shrimp…hmm…I may have to hit up my fave seafood boil spot this weekend.

I signed up for A TRAIL RACE! A real one, y’all. None of this virtual mumbo jumbo. My 2nd ultra race of 2020. It will be a FOR FUN RUN for sure. Boom. Bring on the pain train, baby.

Any races happening in your area? It is a little easier to social distance with trail runs and races. Happy about that.