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 y’all (yes I said that in the most Texan of accents – just roll with it) happy Friday! I was able to get up and get some double digit miles in this morning! The sunrise was quite glorious I have to say.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Christmas leggings on a Friday. Yes, in November. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

13 trail shoes you’ll love to run in. I’ve loved my Brooks Pure Grit shoes for a while but there are some good options here.

Obsessed with this song currently. I’ve been playing it when I teach my spin classes and rocking out.

The Define Jacket. Love me some lulu!! I seriously need to step up my running jacket game especially with the chilly days we’ve had down in Texas lately.

Feeling good about my 100 mile decision. I’ve actually decided to pass this year on running the 100 mile distance. I’ve been giving this a lot of personal thought (off the blog) after my 100k PR and wrapping up my year of running ULTRAS. I think it is for the best.

I’ve successfully paced a 50k, placed top female 4th year in a ROW for the 50 miler, then finished strong with a solid 62 mile finish. I feel good about my accomplishments this year. For me, the 100 mile distance (which I’ve already completed twice) will always be there! I want to explore some shorter faster distances in 2020 and want to reset and refocus for greater things. More to come.

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Long run, fun with friends, brunching and enjoying the 60 degree patio weather. Thank you, Texas for bringing back the sunshine.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This week’s weather down in TEXAS has me wearing beanie hats all week long! I am pretty sure I almost turned into an icicle after running with temps in the TWENTIES the other day but alas, I survived.

All good though because this is what the rest of the week into the weekend is looking like. Bring back my 50s and 60s baby.

The other day I had a little fun and broke away from my routine to go to a CHICKEN WING tasting (thanks Yelp) and can I just say I tried the spiciest wings I’ve ever had in life. One was actually called DEATH and the hottest one was AFTERLIFE. Intense. They actually had a huge cold glass of milk on standby for the afterlife one.

Speaking of heat, the amount of time that I can actually spend in the hot sauna is borderline concerning. What can I say my body loves dry heat! I was actually in there SO long this morning I had to set an alarm but to peel my body off the seat and go. Feels so good though especially when it is so cold outside.

Anyone getting an insane amount of spam calls lately? I even downloaded the blocker app and I’m still getting them. I’ve gotten to the point now where I don’t even answer the phone for people I know.

This. This is oh so true.

Share your random thoughts with me today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! I know I’m a little tardy for the party but I did not want the day to end without hitting you with a workout playlist! These songs are great for running, spin class or any other high energy workouts! Let’s get right to it!!

Be sure to check out where I’m teaching spin class next or find me on Spotify under thedancingrunner! I post playlists there on a weekly basis.

Let’s go for a ride!

Evapora- IZA, Ciara, Major Lazer: Warm up
Salome- Cato Anaya, Dave Ruthwell, Mr. Sid, Dragonfly: Accelerations
Hands in the Air- Timbaland, Ne-Yo: Tapbacks
Cut Up- Black Youngsta: Rolling hills
I’m the Ish- DJ Class, Lil Jon: Seated/standing run
Locked Out of Heaven- Bruno Mars: Rolling hills
Up All Night- MOTi: Sprints
Run the World (Kaskade Remix)- Beyonce: Hill climb
More (Jimmy Joker Mix)- Usher: Active recovery
All Night- Example: Tapbacks
Don’t Call Me Angel-Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Ray: Sprints
The Motto- Drake: Jumps
OMG- Tommy Trash: Rolling hills
Island Boy- Showtek: Accelerations
The Other Side- Jason Derulo: Hill climb
Sun Kissed- Bryony Jarman-Pinto: Cool down

What songs are on your playlist this week?

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday! I am here to recap some running from last week!! Things training wise are going well and the legs are finally starting to feel back to normal after my last ULTRA! Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- 4.22 miles at night after the long work day. Most of this run was done in the DARK since it starts getting dark around here right after work, haha gotta love that daylight savings.

Tuesday AM- 8.32 miles with a few hills thrown in there. It was a tad humid and warmer all week last week but of course Texas is bipolar so there’s that.

Tuesday PM- 2.22 miles after teaching spin and over 10 miles total for the day. Good time on my feet type of day.

Wednesday AM- 5.31 miles in the a.m. Good ‘run therapy’ kind of morning getting some fresh air before a busy day.

Wednesday PM- 3.32 miles- double run day in the darkness again. Honestly I have to get used to running twice a day with it being dark at night because for the most part that means I’m always running IN THE DARK. Unless I do a lunch run but work has been too crazy lately. But well, such is life.

Thursday AM- 4.15 miles in the morning with cold-ish RAIN. It was kind of nice though and good mental training.

Thursday PM- 3.03 miles after teaching at the gym. Quick out and back and the legs felt pretty good.

Friday- 10.13 miles in the morning with the beautiful fall leaves. Glorious morning for running some double digits before work.

Saturday- Back to solid MILES! 20.12 miles with the run club. So glad to have these peeps to help me get all the miles in.

Sunday- REST DAY. Much needed. Celebrated with brunch because, breakfast tacos.

And there you have it!

How was your week last week? Gearing up (or recovering from) any races?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you!! Hope you have some fun in store! I’ve got some running, friend time and family time on the agenda! Should be a good one.

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

Sara Hall just wants to have fun. Get into your own headspace. All about that.

15 things that happen when you fall in love with your life. LOVE.

If you run you are a runner. Great read from my great friend.

Running through a fall wonderland all week long. Brings me so much bliss.

Getting to see my childhood friends and celebrating SMU weekend this weekend. It is my pretend college since I went to college in Virginia (so far away) so they adopt me during their homecoming. FUN.

And there you have it! Have a great Friday.

What’s on tap for your weekend?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It was rainy and chilly for the morning run but can I just say how it seems like the leaves changed down in TEXAS seemingly overnight? I swear all of October all of the trees were green and then November 1st hit and now all of this red and orange. I mean, I’m not complaining though. I feel like I’m suddenly in a fall wonderland.

It is also the time of year that I start to crave one of my favorite foods- PHO. With extra basil please. Rice noodles and lots of leaves and I am in Vietnamese soup HEAVEN.

Have you gotten your FLU SHOT yet? I did not get mine last year- after being pretty consistent with it for several years and honestly I felt the difference. I think I’m going to bite the bullet and get it this year. Especially because I’m thinking of doing some traveling before the year is over.

OMG I am one.freaking.month AWAY from my 3rd 100 miler!! Feels surreal.

I am so glad I got the 100k race out of the way. That was like 1 week and some change ago! It is amazing how fast the body recovers when you get used to the higher mileage.

Wine alert- My favorite vino right now is Apothic Inferno. Beware though it is aged in whiskey barrels so super strong but delicious. But perfect to enjoy right by the fire.

Share something random with me today!

Red wine lovers what’s your fave right now? Need to add to the collection. 

Weds Spin Playlist.

I know y’all I keep being hit or miss with these weekly workout playlists so please forgive me. But I am back with the Weds Spin Playlists!! I know some of ya’ll look fwd to these so here it is.

No seriously though- people really be up in my DMs in their feelings (ha) that I did not post a workout. I’m like REALLY? So I’ve gotta stop slacking off. I know.

Check me out on Spotify and see where I’m teaching classes next here.

Let’s go for a ride!

Bad to You- Ariana Grande, Normani: Warm Up
In the Air- Tom and Jame: Accelerations
Turn Me On- Riton, Oliver Heldens, Vula: Tapbacks
Tip Toe- Jason Derulo: Rolling hills
Heat- Chris Brown, Gunna: Hill climb
Crazy- Felon: Jumps
Keke- Lucky Luke: Seated/standing run
Uproar- Lil Wayne: Hill climb
Wish You Well- Sigala: Sprints
Do it Well- Jennifer Lopez: Rolling hills
Pop N Rewind- Marc Benjamin: Accelerations
Party (Homecoming Live)- Beyonce: Rolling hills
Waiting- Throttle: Active recovery
Sexy and I Know It- LMFAO: Tapbacks
Let Me Hold You- Cheat Codes: Hill climb
P.Y.T.- Michael Jackson: Jumps on a hill
Outside the Blue- Sam Sparro: Cool down

What workout tracks are you loving lately?

My “Learning to Love Running” Story.

So since it has been a while since I’ve done any sort of blog post that wasn’t a race recap or ‘random thoughts’ I figured today would be a great day to share with you my ‘learning to love running’ story! Here’s my little personal anecdote to how I fell (and stayed in love) with this incredible sport.

Those of you who’ve read my bio and have been reading a while know that I was not an avid runner growing up. I was never your ‘talented cross country kid’ that was just good at all of the sports. My mother had me in dance classes and I dabbled in track (forced upon by my parents to keep me out of trouble) but I hated it. I always felt like a fish out of water with running. Dance, however was where I thrived and I loved tap and jazz and just grooving to the music always. It was where I could just be free and me versus me. Freedom of expression for me was where it was at. (This came back later in life where I did teach dance at the gym for a number of years!! Now I teach spin and dance on my bike.)

As I got older and graduated high school into college I continued enjoying dance, and working out in general. I would run on the treadmill at the gym and enjoyed that, especially as I started doing bursts of speed and getting faster.

I remember one summer running a 5k on the treadmill and being so proud of myself. It was a boost of confidence that I had never felt before. This kind of sparked my enjoyment for running and as I became more fit and graduated college it turned into a hobby that I loved.

After college and going into the working world, I discovered that local run groups had social runs and decided one day to check it out. At the run, lots of folks talked about running a local Dallas half marathon. Training to RUN 13.1 miles seemed absolutely ridiculous to me at the time. I remember how it literally boggled my mind that people really did that. But at the time the fact that it boggled with my head also FASCINATED me. I wanted to be THAT runner. That runner that could actually take each milestone and build one on top of the other. Deep in my heart of hearts I knew that I wanted it, and that I could do it. I just needed the time and the practice.

At the time of training I was in my early/mid twenties and really loving the party life. I had a lot of party friends and we could go out for drinks every Friday. Hey, sometimes even during the work week. Happy hour after happy hour. Honestly and truthfully, being hungover for me back then was a way of life. And really one that I enjoyed. (Now, being in my 30s that is a different ballgame & another blog post in itself, HA.)

But, I quickly learned that hard partying and distance running simply did not mix. Oh how quickly did I learn that. I would still faithfully show up to group runs on Saturdays with Luke’s Locker with a pounding headache and pound out 10, 12, 13 miles. All of my running buddies (most of them married, older, with kids) would laugh at me- but hey, I showed up. I ended up running my 1st half marathon in November 2009 after partying all night long from Halloween weekend. It was NOT a pretty sight! But, it got done.

As I got older I started loving longer distances, and the more I loved running, the more the constant partying began to fall to the wayside. I was no longer that party girl, I was the runner girl! I loved the HIGH of success, and putting in all of the miles. I no longer got excited about staying up past midnight. Rather 9 pm bedtimes were my NEW JAM. Spending Saturday mornings with like minded people was my new happy hour. And still is, to this very day.

I can say that distance running has changed my path & my journey of life and I am really so thankful for it. I fell in love with the beauty of nature, with the beauty of people, with the beauty of seeing life so differently. I’ve made lifelong friends just from the pure joy of this sport.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thank you, running.

Share your ‘learning to love running’ story with the group! (go as long or as short as you want.) 🙂

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happiest of Fridays to you! OH YES…and happy November!! I am pumped that we are now basically in the holiday season and now I can put my pink Christmas tree up! Sorry not sorry.

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

What I tell myself on the starting line. Love Des and her relaxed approach.

-Interesting take on GOALS. Made me think.

-Back on my leopard kick. Love this look which also reminds me I need a new pair of leopard flats.

-And this…your Friday funny.

Have a good one!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Birthday party, running, enjoying this lovely crisp fall weather.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

YOU GUYS it was 30 DEGREES during my run this morning! Chilly weather is my absolute fave for running!! I got up all bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to run at 5 AM. Real psycho like. Haha. But I loved it.

P.S. the selfie pic above is not reflective of me standing outside in 30 degree weather. haha. It was more like 70 that day. But hey, Texas weather is bipolar.

So glad I’m recovering so quickly after my 100k trail race. Yep, what can I say I’m a (humble) BOSS, a veteran rather at this stuff. Been doing this for years now. Hate to toot my own horn but you know, toot toot.

One thing that helps me with recovery after running ULTRAS for sure is getting on the bike. So thankful I teach spin class as a side hustle. Teaching a class after a race is actually one of my favorite things. I taught on Tuesday and felt sooo good to be back in the saddle.

Tonight I’m going to do some Halloween celebrating and I’ve decided to dress in 80s attire? I need to find me some pink leggings though. To go with my fishnet top and lace bow haha. Headed to track them down on my lunch break, let the church pray I find something.

Another thing this week that has helped me RECOVER? Sushi and vino. Dinner of champions.

Share your random thoughts with me this week!