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 Friday to ya! Hope you have a great fun weekend planned. The weather here today and tomorrow is looking quite lovely! After temps in the 20s and 30s at the beginning of the week I am excited about a little bit of sunshine.

Let’s get into some of my faves from this week!

I am getting into all of the holiday beverages this week due to the temps dropping a bit. Loving this gingerbread tea from Celestial Seasonings. I love all of their holiday teas actually. This one is caffeine free so it is nice just to sip on at work while I get things done.

This song. For some reason it always makes me happy. It is a permanent fixture on the spin cycle playlist.

Taco Thursdays. Hello gluten free tacos with black beans and lemongrass rice. I am obsessed with this place. Also I think I will start making Taco Thursday a thing.

This article about jade rollers. Have you tried it? I’m thoroughly intrigued. Maybe I need to try it out. I really would just like to get a facial in general though since along with winter my skin gets so dry. Give me all of the serums and moisturizers.

A NAKED MAN RUNNING during my run this morning. I kid you not. Literally a naked man with nothing but black socks on blew right past me this morning in broad daylight (the sun was already up and everything) and it caught me by surprise I think I literally said ‘WOW’ out loud. Then I tried to take a pic but as you can see it is very blurry. But, day made I guess. Haha.

Have a great Friday!!

What is on tap for your weekend?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I truly do not have time today for random thoughts Thursday-BUT YOU KNOW WHAT!? I told myself I would go ahead and write something real quick anyway. Hello blogger dedication. Just to get the thoughts out of my head. A therapy of sorts, ya know? Gotta love that.

You gotta love sassy Tamar Braxton.

Work has been insane lately and all I want is a pool and a drink with an umbrella in it. Yep, vacation needs to happen soon. Maybe after my 100 miler. Ha.

My work computer is not charging my phone fast enough for my liking at the moment. Hashtag first world problems. Also my phone needs basically a full charge by the end of the day so I can teach my spin class, since all of my music is on my phone. Yes, this is basically my everyday struggle.

Also, how cool is this? Step right up and get your Thanksgiving tunes.

I went to a trail running film festival last night! It was super fun and I got a chance to catch up with all of my trail buds.

Basically it was a whole bunch of short films for like 2 hours.
Some of them were actually really interesting.

-And some were kind of like okay WTF was that.

I really want to go salsa dancing. Again, these are things I need to do, after my 100 miler. LOL.

-I still can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week.

-Speaking of which, my dad wants to make caribbean meatballs with rice? I’ve got no clue why.

I saw a MASSIVE coyote on my run this morning. He was lightning fast when he saw me, and ran in the other direction. It took me by surprise how fast he ran more than the fact that I actually saw him.

Pretty sunrises are back. Oh how I love them so.

What are some of your random thoughts this week?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! It’s spin cycle day!! This is the day where I share the latest and greatest in workout tracks with you. I threw some oldies in there for good measure. So let’s get to it!

These songs are also great for your run or any other high energy workout!

As always check out my spin cycle schedule to see where I’m teaching and find me on Spotify to get your music fix under thedancingrunner.

Let’s go for a ride!


Nonstop- Drake: Warm up
Don’t Stop the Party- Pitbull: Rolling hills
Rock to the Rhythm- Firebeatz: Sprints
Say What You Wanna- Tujamo: Jumps
Booty Bounce-Mr. Collipark: Accelerations
Dip- Tyga, Nicki Minaj: Seated/standing run
Barbra Streisand (Ted Dillinger Mix)- Duck Sauce: Climb/Tapbacks
Tip Toe- Jason Derulo: Rolling hills
Pinball- Brooks: Sprints
Can You Feel It- The Jacksons: Hill climb
Sweet Memories- Kaskade: Active recovery
Love On Me- Galantis: Hill climb
Rock That Body- The Black Eyed Peas: Tapbacks
Make it Hot- Nicole, Missy Elliot: Rolling hills
Creepin- CID: Accelerations
Ethiopian- Simon Vuarambon: Cool down

What workout songs are you rocking out to this week?

Cold Weather Running Mantras.

Do you believe in running mantras? I certainly think it helps to have a few things you say to yourself to get you OUT THE DOOR when the temps are dropping. Because let’s be honest. It would be much easier to roll back into bed when it’s freezing out. So, here I am, the cheerful motivational cold weather run lover to save the day and make you get your hiney up and get to running.

Here are some of my favorite cold weather running mantras.

-No such thing as bad weather, just soft people.
-The faster you run, the sooner you’re done.
-Find your STRONG.
-It’s *snot* that cold!
-It’s only cold if you’re standing still.
-The temps may drop, but the running won’t stop.
-I put in my time, no matter the circumstances.
-Cold weather running…it hurts so good.
-If you wait for perfect running conditions, you’ll never get anything done.
-OUTRUN the weather.
-Fitness isn’t a seasonal hobby. Fitness is a lifestyle.
-Today’s forecast…’holy crap I can’t feel my face’ DEGREES!
-The cold clears your head. RUN.

What are some of your cold weather running mantras?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there and happiest of Mondays to you! I’m here to recap some miles with you from last week. I was able to get in just over 90 MILES of running!! So ultra training is obviously going pretty swell. Let’s recap and see how it all went down!

Monday AM- 10.25 miles in the early morning. I love when I can get my Mondays started in a grand fashion. Also the weather down in Texas has been SUPERB for running. Temps in the 40s and 50s in the morning makes my soul happy.
Monday PM- 2.3 miles after teaching a class at the gym. MAN it has been super dark in the evenings but I’ve been getting my night running in so good training leading up to BB100.
Tuesday- 8.11 miles…my run group in the morning met at the track, so I started out doing some strides/warmup with them then finished up by doing some hill repeats. Fun to mix it up.
Wednesday AM- 10.22 miles with my run buddy meeting at the coffee shop early. Can I just say coffee has definitely been my saving grace most mornings. I’ve also gotten better at doing coffee before running, because before my tummy just couldn’t handle it. Now I can do one cup of bland coffee and I’m good to go. It is nice to have a little java boost.
Wednesday PM- 4.36 miles after work. I did not have any classes to teach at night so this was a nice run around the lake solo. Lots of folks out and about and such so did some people watching.
Thursday- 10.02 miles back with the run club. Legs were starting to get tired from running all week but I was on a roll so got it in.
Friday AM- 6.33 miles in the morning around the lake. I had the day off also, which was lovely. Can I also say it is nice to have a friend in my neighborhood again who wants to run around the lake with me. Lately I’ve been driving all over to run with people so it is nice to just hop out on my doorstep and have a buddy there ready to roll.
Friday PM- 2.3 miles in the evening as I was testing out some blister proof/moisture wicking socks I just bought. Did some faster pickups at the end on this one too.
Saturday- The BIG 31.2 mile run! I got in a 50k with one of my buddies who I’m running Brazos Bend 100 with. Another one of our friends who will be pacing out there joined us too. Ultra crazies just having a good time.

Sunday- 5.11 mile recovery run in the ‘hood.

Followed by Sunday funday with mama and we ate some delicious eats at Kenny’s Wood Fired grill. This wedge salad with cracked peppercorn was absolutely everything.

And also, colby jack truffle GRITS? Yes, yes and more yes.

There you have it!

How was your weekend? Are you loving the running weather in your hood?
Texas fall and winter temps are the absolute best.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hi there! Of course today is the day we rant/rave and talk about all of the random things. Just because we can. Let’s dive right in!

I am rocking this song all day long. That beat takes me back to the 90s “Crush On You” days. I am a Mariah Carey fan for life.

I love how much leg I’m showing in this pic. Hashtag about last weekend with good buddies. That was great fun. I love crashing other people’s homecomings.

Do you think YouTube is basically the new blogging? I mean, I have an account on there but I’m not sure I could totally convert to doing only VLOGS. I am a writer deep down in my true blue heart. Maybe I shall do a vlog one day. But what should I even talk about? Maybe I will do a random thoughts Thursday vlog. I will make y’all my guinea pigs.

You know what FOOD I have not eaten in a while? Sushi. And that is my most favorite food in the universe. I am not sure why. I need to make that happen. This weekend.

I am doing a (self supported) 50k training run this weekend and I’m kind of excited about it. Yes, only I would get excited about running 31 miles. Crazy ultrarunner girl. I know.

Can I just say that it is so much easier running high mileage when the weather is not 90 degrees with 100 percent humidity. My 85.7 mile week last week really felt like a breeze. I’ve been trying to get my miles high like that for months. So it feels good to be back. Thank you Texas for cooling off.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta is back on. Are you watching? I will be honest I am not sure that I like the show without Kenya’s antics but I am going to give it a shot. I haven’t seen the first episode yet so don’t spoil it for me.

Share your random thoughts with me today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hello there! I’ve got a spin cycle playlist you will absolutely love today!! These songs are also great for running or any high energy workout! Hope you enjoy!

Also check out where I’m teaching spin cycle classes next if you’re in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Or if you just like to stalk me. Ha.

And follow along on Spotify where I post playlists on a weekly basis under thedancingrunner.

Let’s go for a ride!


Plain Jane (Remix)- A$AP Ferg, Nicki Minaj: Warm up
Gimme Dat- Ciara: Accelerations
Like This- Promise Land: Tapbacks
A No No- Mariah Carey: Hill climb
Stir Fry- Migos: Jumps on a hill
All Around- SOVTH: Sprints
The Hills- The Weeknd: Rolling hills
Back to Back- Drake: Hill climb
That’s What I Like (PartyNextDoor Remix)- Bruno Mars: Seated/standing run
Get Right- J.Lo: Accelerations
Get Down- Retrovision: Active recovery
Ice Cold- Netsky, David Guetta: Rolling hills
Motiv8- J. Cole: Hill climb
Champagne Showers- LMFAO: Sprints
Trouble- Offaiah: Hill climb
Almost Went Too Far- Joe Armon-Jones: Cool down

What songs are you loving this week?

Ultras vs. Marathon Mindset.

So for those of you who are embracing training for ultra marathons, I thought this would be a great topic to tackle for today. It is one I’ve battled with time and time again as I go from season to season when training for an ultra race vs training to race 26.2 miles. Both of them are very different in their own right. And I think it is important to choose a race that you want to do (or a distance) for that particular season and stick with it! So here are a few things I’ve learned about training for one versus the other.

When it comes to ultras, training on different types of terrain is important. I think it is good to vary the type of surface you are training on especially when it comes to an extreme endurance event like an ultra. That means mixing it up and running on dirt paths, on paved ones, on sand, on the track…running lots of hills. Whatever you can do to change the way your body moves from time to time will make you strong when it comes to pounding out those miles. And even more so when you are running beyond 26.2.

For marathons…learn to become VERY comfortable running your desired marathon pace. When I PR’d last year’s marathon I was running a lot of my 20 milers with a lot of those miles at race pace. For me, this is what helped me get that desired 3:45 finish time and what made me feel really strong come marathon time. So I think incorporating a lot of MP miles, as well as tempo miles and sprinkling in some speedwork will also made you strong at this distance.

But don’t shy away from running faster when it comes to ULTRAS! A lot of people think just because you are running a 50 miler, 100k or a 100 mile race that you neglect running faster. I beg to differ! Switching up how (and even when!) you run often, and this includes running faster from time to time will definitely keep your muscles efficient and strong for running longer. Believe it.

For both marathons and ultras it is imperative that you do some cross training. Listen, I can promise you that if I wasn’t so diligent with this alone that I would surely be injured- as much as I run now. So whether you bike, swim, dance, do yoga…all of this is going to help you immensely. Lift some weights to stay injury free also. Injury free is the name of the game.

It is important to respect both distances in their own right. Training for 26.2 requires a certain amount of mental and physical strength just like ultras do. Do the work, stay consistent and be patient with yourself always. A little bit goes a long way and time on your feet always counts. Find what it is that you love with running and stick with it. That alone will pay off time and time again.

What are your favorite things about training for a marathon and/or ultra?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there! Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday so far! Of course I’m here to recap some miles with you! I was able to get in 85.7 miles last week!! Ultra training definitely has its ups and downs but for the most part it it going GREAT! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 10.23 miles in the AM with a friend followed by a BUSY Monday. It is always nice to get big miles in at the start of the week though.
Monday PM- 3.2 miles after teaching class at gym. Double run day done.
Tuesday AM- 8.35 miles of hill repeats are always a good time. The weather was pretty decent last week though with a slight chill in the mornings and not a ton of rain so we got lucky.
Tuesday PM- 3.38 miles at lunch. There was a lot of stress work wise so I needed the lunch time stress relief
Tuesday NIGHT RUN- I’ve been wanting to practice my night miles! Especially since a lot of Brazos Bend 100 will be in the dark I need to get used to my night vision running. 5.03 miles done for some TRIPLE RUN DAY action.
Wednesday AM- 6.03 hump day miles with my buddy followed by some chocolate milk therapy.
Wednesday PM- 4.07 wet Halloween lunch miles. Typical Texas out of nowhere downpour.
Thursday- 10.32 miles early morning with some strides at the end. We had some decent early morning weather, nice and cool so perfect for going a little faster at the end.
Friday- 10.03 blissful miles with my neighbor with a stunning sunrise.
Saturday- Long run Saturday with the WRRC crew. 21.1 miles done. And I am thankful for post run breakfast tacos and mimosas. Afterwards I got cleaned up and did a little college football tailgating…always fun.

Sunday- 4.02 miles in the evening…daylight savings brought in some pretty colors in the sky. Love.

And there you have it!

How was your week in running last week? Tell me something random about your day today.
It was about 50 degrees for this morning’s run and the HIGH TODAY IS 80 DEGREES. Gotta love it. Texas you are so bipolar.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello and happiest of Fridays to ya! Hope you have some fun in store for the weekend. I’ve definitely got running, some tailgating and fun with friends on the agenda. But first let’s get to my faves from the week!

Post run sauna time this week at 24 Hour Fitness was much needed after slightly chilly morning runs. Seriously a great way to get rejuvenated after getting up crazy early. Love.

Have you guys heard about the EARNIN’ app? I am pretty sure this sounds like an ad but I promise you it is not. I personally think it is nice option to have every once in a while. Apparently you can cash out part of your paycheck BEFORE you get paid and they send it to you instantly? And then they just deduct whatever you cashed out, once you actually get paid. I can get on board with that.

8 running documentaries to get you inspired this winter. There are a couple on here that I actually haven’t seen. Love me some Spirit of the Marathon.

Back to wearing the straight hair for fall and winter and I’m actually loving that all of my summer highlights are gone! I think I’m going to keep the dark non chemical look for a while. My hair is actually totally au natural now, I don’t put any straighteners/keratin/Brazilian or craziness in it and it feels so good to have options. It’s super curly when I want to be and then I can just straighten it on a whim with a good quality flat iron and wear it however. I think I’ll be rocking it straight for a little while since the weather is cooler.

Hope you have a marvelous Friday!

What’s on your agenda for the weekend? Who is running the NYC MARATHON?!? If so best of luck!!!