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.

This morning’s cloudy HUMID run was quite blissful! I saw just a little bit of color in the sky peep out so I had to get a shot before it went back into hiding.

I’m back to loving getting up extra early. Mostly because of these HUMA gels. My Amazon shipment came in and I have to say I’m loving these little packets of happy. Chia gels for the win.

Down here in Texas our Memorial Day weekend is looking like lots of rain but there may be a few rain breaks. I’m really needing some pool time so hoping the sun does make an appearance.

I’ve decided to hold off on paying for virtual runs mostly because I really have been loving running on my own timetable. It’s helping me fall back in love again not having such a strict schedule. And I have STRAVA and running friends for the accountability part.

A small part of me does hope that the Hachie 50 still happens in October though. It may not happen but it’s local so I think I’ll keep my name on the list just in case. If not – there’s always 2021! Damn I miss me some ultras.

Who has a super long weekend coming up?! I know weekends don’t really feel all the same since the quarantine but I really am looking forward to some time off from slaving away with work. I may even just try to clock out a little early tomorrow.

Plus a little funny for your Thursday. YES. This is so Texas. Mmm brisket.

Share some randomness with me today!

Weekly Running Report.

Hey hey it’s Monday! Hope your weekend was filled with fun, some productivity and relaxation! Let’s recap last week’s miles. I was able to get in just over 50 miles last week. And here is how it all went down!

Monday- Sunset miles to wind down from the busy workday. 5.22 miles and picked up the pace at the end.

Tuesday AM- 5.32 morning miles. Loved doing all my runs by the water with the crisp morning air and we had a few overcast days which was quite nice.

Tuesday PM- 3.26 evening miles to get in a double run day. Lovely sky.

Wednesday- More peaceful sunset miles. 6.32 miles and changed the route up a bit since my usual one has been overrun by the masses. Getting off the beaten path can be quite nice.

Thursday AM- 5.25 morning miles with the most loveliest view.

Thursday PM- Got in another double run day which was a win win. 3.21 miles with a faster finish.

Friday- I decided to move some days around due to the rainy weekend weather so I did this run in the straight up hot heat. 10.31 miles right after work just trying not to die in the humidity but it got done.

Saturday- We had a break in Friday storms so I decided to get out and enjoy splashing through puddles. 5.21 miles with mostly the roads to myself was wonderful.

Sunday- 6.47 miles to hit my numbers for the week. Feels good to be back to my more consistent solid mileage weeks again. Run streak week.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? What did you do? Any virtual races going on?
Still trying to decide if I’m going to defer the Marine Corps Marathon to 2021. Dang ‘Rona.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happiest of Fridays to ya! Hope you have some fun things planned. I’m looking forward to some running and major CHILL time! Let’s get to my faves this week.

-Still have a serious obsession with these HUMA gels. Specifically the lemonade ones. They really gave my long run last week a boost. Just ordered em from Amazon prime.

the lulu Fast & Free tights. Major need.

This is how runners feel about returning to races and group runs. For real I cannot freaking wait to run a race. Talk about a bird being let outta the cage.

And finally, your Friday funny.

Make it a great Friday!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Trying to go discover a new wine. Or maybe more than one new wine. Suggestions welcome.

Virtual Coffee Date.

I am at my desk sipping on my almond milk chai and thinking about the fact that we haven’t done a VIRTUAL COFFEE DATE in a while! I used to do these all of the freaking time and got away from it. So guess what, we are bringing it all the way back! So, let’s pretend we are on the patio on a breezy afternoon (like it is in Texas today) chatting and catching up. I love me some parlaying on the patio.

If we were on a virtual coffee (or chai, or wine) date…I’d tell you…

Work lately has been a little hectic as I’ve been juggling many tasks but I do enjoy the multi-tasking of it all. Having a big work load is not always fun but it does make the days fly by at times. So I am thankful for that. And also SO VERY thankful I can at least say I am employed at this time. With a job I’m very good at (celebrating 11 years in August, baby!) and pays the bills. Hallelujah and thank you baby Jesus.

I’ve been mixing up my run routes lately and enjoying that very much. I mean I literally have to change things up on a weekly basis right now because otherwise running alone all the time gets super dull. I will say I love doing the Saturday runs with a buddy (just 1 buddy for now due to all of the social distancing stuff) because it makes things more interesting. Also having someone to talk to makes all the difference on a run that’s 15 miles or more.

Today I had an odd hankering for Mediterranean food (hummus to be exact) and I tried out a family owned spot. Trying to support local during these times. It was just okay. The tabbouleh was AMAZING but the hummus left much to be desired. I probably need to just make my own. That’s always the best.

I signed up for an Amazon prime membership (free trial for now) and I’m loving all the perks. Makes me wonder why I’ve been holding off all these years on getting an account. I do end up just thinking about random things I could buy during the day though and end up ordering stuff. Granted, it’s essential items for the house but WAY too easy to just spend money on things when you have the *VIP* version of Amazon. Ha.

It’s hard to be runner during a whole pandemic when you have allergies. I’m sorry innocent bystander that I sniffled. I guarantee you it is not because of the ‘Rona. Also I try to hold it but sometimes the pollen does not care and neither does grass. Or ragweed. I love spring but ready for allergy season to be over.

You know what workout that I really miss? Tae-Bo. I used to do Billy Blanks workouts in my living room and just pop in those tapes in my VCR and go to town. Maybe I can find some of his old workouts on Youtube? HMMM.

What would you share if you were on a coffee date with me? I love a good rant.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy new week! Hopefully you got outside and got some sun and fresh air. Let’s recap last week’s miles! I’ve been eyeing a few virtual races but in the meantime just trying to get some maintenance miles!! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- Sunset miles in the ‘hood. It was definitely plenty of people out (especially with Texas relaxing a lot of restrictions) so just trying to find new routes and mix things up and stay away from the masses. 5.12 miles done.

Tuesday- 5.22 mile lunch run. Picked up the pace a bit towards the end. Legs were feeling a little more fresh on this day.

Wednesday- 4.22 miles in the AM to the tune of this amazing view.

Thursday- 7.12 miles of HOT lunch time miles. It was another 90 degree day and I got some hill climbing in. Good stuff.

Friday- Chill lunch miles picking up the pace with a new route. 4.11 miles done and saving the legs a bit for Saturday’s long run.

Saturday- 15.02 miles with Jenna! I started a tad earlier with some warm up miles before meeting her and we were off. She was super sweet enough to bring me a HUMA gel which I super needed! Honestly I haven’t been really fueling with gels lately but was glad I did on this day. It gave me the extra boost that I really needed.

Sunday– REST DAY. Actually went out on a boat to enjoy the water which was quite lovely before doing a social distance date with my mama on mama’s day. IT’S ALL GOOD.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend?

A to Z Survey.

Wait a minute, who am I?! Not one but two freaking blog posts today! On a Friday…just call me butter because I am on a roll.

*cue laugh track*

I’m killing time on a Friday (quarantine style) and maybe carb loading for my long run tomorrow (just a little bit) so let’s do a fun questionnaire just because we can.

I need to credit Running in a Skirt for this one!

Here we go…

A-Zs of Me!

A~ Age: 36. Like a fine wine I get better with age.
B~ Biggest fear: Wasps. I turn into the biggest wimp when I see one.
C~ Current time: 6:02 PM
D~ Drink you had last: Water. Still hydrating from my lunch run.
E~ Easiest person to talk to: My BFF in DC. We definitely don’t talk enough but when we do it feels like no time has passed.
F~ Favorite song: Killing me Softly. The Fugees version. It’s my go to karaoke song.
G~ Grossest memory: Most recently? Probably accidentally picking up my friend’s puppy’s dog poop with my bare hands.
H~ Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
I~ In love with: Running. Never gets old.
J~ Jealous of: People who can speak several different languages. I know, it requires work I don’t want to do.
K~ Kindest person I know: My mother. She’s the sweetest southern belle lady in the universe.
L~ Longest relationship: The one I have with myself! Going long and strong for 36 years, baby!
M~ Middle name: Dawn
N~ Number of siblings: Zero! Only child syndrome and not ashamed to say it.
O~ One wish: To get to travel to Puerto Rico. I booked a flight with girlfriends before the ‘RONA hit and we had to postpone the trip indefinitely. One day soon we will be frolicking on the beaches of San Juan.
P~ Person you spoke to on the phone last: One of my girlfriends I was supposed to go to Puerto Rico with! I’ve been trying to stay in touch with the ones I hold near and dear.
Q~ Questions you’re always asked: “Did you RUN today?” I can’t remember the last time I actually said NO. I’m not sure if I should be proud of that or feel like a bonafide addict. It’s a good addiction though. HA.
R~ Reason to smile: The fact that it’s freaking Friday. And I had the most AMAZING working lunch. Shrimp boil with corn and potatoes. So simple yet so delish.
S~ Last song you sang: Gooey by Glass Animals.
T~ Time you woke up: 7:30 AM. Sleeping in a little these days during this quarantine. And running in the straight up sunshine to acclimate. I love it.
U~ Undiscovered talent: I think in another life I could be a female rapper.
V~ Vacation dreams: Travel to Europe. I’ve never been to Italy or Spain so those are on the list.
W~ Worst habit: Biting my nails when I don’t have them done. I am getting them done this weekend and I simply CANNOT wait!
X~ XRays You’ve Had: One for my hip when I first started bring really good at marathons and I was gung ho about going fast all of the time. Turned out it was just a strain and I had to rest and chill out on being a speed demon all of the time. Shocking.
Y~ Your Favorite Food: Sushi. Thai. I’m a sucker for sashimi. And all of the edamame.
Z~ Zodiac sign: Taurus! I’m as bull-headed as they come.

Answer any or all of the A to Zs!! Or feel free to steal my survey, I share. And have a great weekend!

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday to ya! Hope you have some weekend rest and relaxation and maybe a bit of running in store. I’m definitely looking forward to some free time from a hard week of work! Let’s get to this week’s faves.

This hilarious test on my gradient app. I will say they were at least a little correct. But – Brazilian?! It’s very possible that I may have some heritage that I’m unaware of.

Throughly enjoying my lunchtime miles. I like to call it RUNch. We’ve had some gorgeous days out in Texas that is for sure.

Why it’s a great time to run hills. Could not agree more.

Smoked salmon tart. Thinking about making this for my mama on mama’s day.

And finally, your Friday funny. Oh so true. 

Have a great weekend! Make it a lovely one.

What’s on tap for your weekend? Finding any new running routes in your area?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Today’s run was absolutely splendid! It’s amazing what a change in route will do. It was nice and hot and there were a few hills to climb also which made me very happy.

I really do love changing up my routes for running especially lately with things being so dull lately in the quarantine. I feel like maybe it’s because it’s one thing I have control over right now?? Not sure.

I finally went to my local ENT/allergy specialist (with mask and all of the things ON) and they sucked my ears clean with this awesome vacuum thingy. I had a blockage in my ear that I couldn’t get out on my own. It was incredible and I don’t think I’ve ever heard so well in my ENTIRE LIFE. HA. 5 stars highly recommended.

Where my allergy sufferers at?! Let’s moan and complain about the pollen and rant together. Everyone also likes to cut the grass when I’m out running. It’s just lovely.

I’m looking forward to free time from work this weekend. I actually think my pool is going to open up soon too (social distancing style) so I may have to make a visit there soon. I’m working on my tan.

Share some randomness with me today!

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy new week! Hope you all had a sunshine filled weekend!! Mine was filled with good things for sure. Of course I’m managing to get my miles in still – but going back and forth in my head whether or not I want to engage in a virtual race of some sort. I just need a little light at the end of my happy tunnel. Open to suggestions. I’m definitely in maintenance mode at this point.

Let’s see how it all went down last week!

Monday- Rest day filled with some BBQ-ing. I was still in birthday girl mode. I did have some yummy steak and brussels sprouts so YAY for good quarantine eats.

Tuesday- 5.21 sunset miles getting the legs moving again. We had some serious HOT days last week (temps in the 90s fun fun) so I’m back to acclimating to the Texas heat and humidity.

Wednesday- 5.32 miles at lunch. Or a RUNch if you will. Relaxed miles just getting in time on the feet.

Thursday AM- 5.22 miles in the AM. It was a bit of a cooler breeze in the morning which made for a great run. Also not as many people out that morning which put my mind at ease.

Thursday PM- Double run day miles just getting it in. 4.43 miles watching the sunset.

Friday- 5.11 miles. Hello, gorgeous sunrise, nice seeing ya.

Saturday- 10.03 miles with Jenna Runs! We had a marvelous time catching up. I can’t tell you how excited I was to run with a buddy again! One of my favorite running buddies at that.

Sunday- 5.01 Sunday funday runday miles. Got ‘em in to hit my numbers for the week.

And there you have it!

How’s your running going? Anyone sign up for a virtual race?! If you’re local let me know which ones! I’m looking for a shorter kinda faster race as a TUNE UP.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday to ya! The sun is shining oh so bright down here in Texas and we are in for some splendid almost summer-like temps!! I can’t wait to be outside probably 101 percent of the time. This morning’s run got the party started for some good times in the sun.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Feeling stir crazy with this quarantine mess? Try this 7 day challenge with Alysia Montaño.

The most beautiful blooms I discovered the other day. From far away I actually thought they were cherry blossoms but now I’m trying to figure out what they were. Made me feel like I was in a springtime wonderland.

I bought a new Garmin! I felt like I was going to talk about that on here and then I forgot. It is super simple and clean and just exactly what I wanted. Plus I love the Tiffany blue band.

My favorite scent right now. It is literally the most perfect pick me up.

Plus, your Friday funny for the win.

Make it a great day!

Any plans this weekend?! What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?