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.

TGIF! That Friday feeling is in the air, oh yes!! Hope you have a great weekend planned.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-Rocking and rolling in my Brooks Glycerin 15s all week long. They make my soul happy. Get you some.

-An awesome outdoor yoga event this week with the Dallas Fitness Ambassadors and Reef Point Yoga! And tree posing on the moon. Gotta love it.

5 speed workouts you don’t need a track for. I am a big fan of the ladder and the on and off.

-Rompers, I wear them all summer long. I’ve gotta track this one down.

That’s all for this week! Catch you on the flip side.

What do you have planned this weekend?
Running & lots of straight chillin preferably poolside.

Quirky Things Runners Do, Continued.

Runners, we are a quirky bunch…aren’t we? Let’s do a bit of a continuation of some of the quirky things runners do…in no particular order…

Hem and haw about waking up early to run. But hey, someone’s gotta do it. Getting up and out the door is half the battle.

Go out for ‘just 4 miles’ and end up doing 7 or 8. Guilty.

Get up to run on a Sunday morning after going out with your buddies on a Saturday night. Because ‘sleeping in’ is overrated.

Post motivational ‘run quotes’ on Instagram. Preferably with a sunrise or sunset in the background.

Bitch and moan about things we cannot control, like the weather. Just because we can.

Go run long and come home and basically do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day. Well hey, you’ve earned it.

Runners, what are some more quirky things that you do?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy summer! I celebrated this a.m. with a run in the early morning sun. It was absolutely beautiful outside with a nice breeze. 8.21 miles this a.m. working on my tan.

Without further ado let’s get to this week’s spin playlist! I’ve got a summertime mix for your spinning, running, and workout pleasure.

And be sure to check out where I’ll be teaching spin class next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Let’s go for a ride!

Feels- Calvin Harris: Warm up
House Work (Carnival VIP Mix)- Jax Jones: Accelerations
Reverse- Sage the Gemini: Hill climb
Oh Lord (Swifta Beater Remix)- Mic Lowry: Tapbacks
I’m the One- DJ Khaled: Rolling hills
Pop That- French Montana: Sprints
More Than You Know- Axwell Ingrosso: Active recovery
I Don’t Like it, I Love it- Flo Rida: Tapbacks
Paradise- Matoma, Sean Paul: Hill climb
Desperado (3LAU Remix)- Rihanna: Jumps
Locked Out of Heaven- Bruno Mars: Hill climb
Fun- Pitbull, Chris Brown: Sprints
Chained to the Rhythm- Katy Perry: Jumps on a hill
Shut it Down- Dillon Francis: Sprints
Kickin Back- Mila J: Cool down

What are you doing today to celebrate the first day of summer?
Enjoying as much sunshine as possible with a little yoga at the end of today.

5 Ways to Stay Cool During Hot Runs.

So that wonderful time of year is upon us. Time for hot and humid runs, long runs on the weekends, and gearing up those miles for upcoming fall marathons. And we all know that training for a fall race means running all summer long. Here are some ways you can stay cool this season during those hot runs.

1. Run in shaded areas. Although it is not always easy to run in the shade, try to familiarize yourself with a route with plenty of trees to keep you nice and cool. It can definitely make a huge difference to have a nice and shady route.

2. Run early in the morning before sunrise or after sunset. I personally prefer mornings, as early as possible in the summer. You get it done before you are even thinking about it and no excuses after work later. When we have our club runs during the week I try and start my runs well before 5:30 a.m. For those of you that aren’t morning people, yes it’s not always easy but once you get into a routine you are good to go. Ain’t nothing to it but to do it.

3. Sunscreen, sun visor/hat, sunglasses always make a difference. I don’t know about you but yes, I do burn in the summer time. Black people get sunburns too! I am just saying. Haha. Protect that skin.

4. Be intentional about carrying your hydration. It can be a pain but helpful those times when you are running a route without water fountains. Personally I love routes with water available or at least a convenience store nearby so I can pop in and grab a beverage. But it’s nice not to have to stop and you can just sip and go.

5. Wrap a ice cold bandana around your neck or a cold towel. Lots of folks do this and I have done it when they pass ‘em out at races. It really is amazing and cools you down.

What are some ways you stay cool during hot runs?

Weekly Running Report.

Hello beautiful people! Happy Monday to you. I’m here to recap last week’s running with you. Lots of miles in the Texas sunshine – Just over 73 miles to be exact! Let’s get to it.

Monday AM- 7.12 lunchtime miles. Lots of running in the shade which was marvelous. Someone on my Strava even commented why I take nature photos with so many trees. HA. Now you know why. It’s pretty much summer in Texas and I love my shade.

Monday PM- 2.21 miles, 7:54 pace before teaching a class at the gym. Waking up the body and mind before I had to go be all peppy fitness instructor. Fun.

Tuesday- Early miles with the run club. 10.20 miles total. Cloudy and humid but a nice breeze. I was loving it.

Wednesday AM- 8.08 morning miles. It felt good to get up early on this day and get it in. Just rocking out to my jams. I honestly truly value the solo run time.

Wednesday PM- 4.10 miles, 95 degrees out, 8:15 pace. Not sure how but somehow I got it done. It was nice to get some happy miles in after work. Love my double run days.

Thursday AM- 10.30 run club miles. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday and then get coffee after. It is absolutely glorious. Plus you can’t go wrong with a nice sunrise.

Thursday PM- Another 4.10 miles before the gym. I wanted to get this one in before my rest day which I was really looking fwd to on Friday.

Friday- REST DAY. I checked my mailbox on this day and found out I received new kicks courtesy of Brooks Running! Love representing them and their awesome brand. I was so excited to slip these babies on for the weekend. Glycerin 15s for the win.

Saturday- 15.05 miles super early in the morning before yoga with my long run buddy Tracy. We are both thinking of signing up for the Dallas Marathon again in December and I have a couple of other races in mind. But running in my hometown is always fun. This was a good run and we found some awesome hills in our neighborhood.

Sunday AM- 11.11 miles at White Rock Lake. Everyone was out and about especially the dad bikers on Father’s Day.

Sunday PM- Decided since Strava is doing their ‘MyMile’ challenge and to put in my bid for some fly running kicks I would attempt a PR at the mile distance. And I did it! It was about 90 degrees out and I don’t know how but somehow I managed. It felt good to knock it out. Especially after running all of these ultras…it’s nice to know I still have some speed on my legs.

I also did a little grocery shopping…peaches just smell so fantastic this time of year.

And there you have it!

How was your week in running last week? How was your weekend?

TGIFriday Faves.

Well good morning and TGIF! Hope you have some fun weekend plans in store. I’ve got some yoga, teaching spin and of course some running on tap! Let’s recap some of my faves from this week.

-Getting in some happy hot miles for double run day. Seriously the heat has been a scorcher lately but I don’t want to be ‘one of those runners’ that always complains about something that they can’t control. LOL. So that’s the last you will hear about it! Anyway, it was actually quite lovely. I do love running in the shade.

The reason why we get our best ideas while on the run. I don’t know about you but running is a sure fire way to get my brain working. Funny how that happens.

-A ‘do not disturb’ sun hat? I think I need this in my life.

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-A glass of cabernet on the rooftop after a super long day at the office. Sheer heaven.

That’s all for this week! Have a fabulous weekend.

What’s on tap for your weekend? Lots of fun in the sun?

Five Random Thoughts Thursday.

So I was tagged by the lovely blogger Charlotte to do this 5 random thoughts post. Well actually I was tagged on Instagram…but as you all know I am rebellious so I thought I’d do a blog post instead. Here we go!

1. Lovely colors in the sky this a.m. Absolutely worth getting up for even though I went bowling last night and didn’t go to bed till 10 p.m. Hashtag worth it.

2. I have discovered that I am actually kind of decent in bowling. I think I need to join a bowling league or something? It could be my new hobby besides ultra running! Ha. Just saying.

3. My grandmother had swag, yes? I am loving this throwback photo. My mom has been finding all of these random pics of family from back in the day and I am loving it.

4. This pool floatie. Like seriously, I need this in my life. Floating at the pool with an adult beverage is going down this weekend.

5. Lemongrass essential oil. Smells amazing, in small quantities. Perfect clean scent for the office. My thoughts are so exciting, I know.

What are some of your random thoughts today?

Weds Spin Playlist and Greek Yogurt Spicy Corn Dip.

So I’ve decided since it’s basically summer and we all love us some poolside snacks I will be featuring some light and tasty recipes along with your weekly spin playlists! Hope you enjoy.

And be sure to check out where I’ll be teaching spin cycle next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Let’s go for a ride!

Leggo- B. Smyth: Warm up
Say Less- Dillon Francis, G-Eazy: Accelerations
Let Me Hold You- Cheat Codes, Dante Klein: Standing run
Go Girl- Pitbull, Trina: Tapbacks
You Don’t Want Drama- 8 Ball & MJG: Rolling hills
Back to Back- Drake: Hill climb
Freak- R3hab, Quintino: Tapbacks
Get Me Bodied- Beyonce: Sprints
Let’s Get it Started- Black Eyed Peas: Hill climb
Stay for It- RL Grime, Miguel: Jumps on a hill
Stanky Legg- GS Boyz: Rolling hills
ILYSM- Steve Aoki: Accelerations
Wipe Me Down- Boosie: Active recovery
She Knows- NeYo, Juicy J: Hill climb
Don’t Matter- Cherokee: Cool down

Here It Is- Flo Rida feat Chris Brown: Warm up
Tonight I’m Lovin’ You- Enrique Iglesias: Jumps
Down- Fifth Harmony: Hill climb
Black Beatles (Madsonik Remix)- Rae Sremmurd: Sprints
Say Aah- Trey Songz: Rolling hills
Get it All- GTA, Wax Motif: Tapbacks
Knuck If You Buck- Crime Mob: Accelerations
Snap Yo Fingers- Lil Jon: Active recovery
Give it 2 U- Robin Thicke: Standing run
P.Y.T- Michael Jackson: Rolling hills
Imma Be-Black Eyed Peas: Hill climb
7/11- Beyonce: Sprints
Scream- Usher: Hill climb
Hold On, We’re Going Home- Drake: Rolling hills
Pop That- French Montana: Sprints
Nite and Day- Al B. Sure: Cool down

And let’s move on to the yummies! You will love this poolside corn dip with greek yogurt as a healthy alternative. Enjoy!

What you will need-

4 cups of corn (Can of Mexican/fiesta style corn works well)
2 tablespoons of crumbled cotija cheese (feta works fine too)
1 cup of green chilies
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves (you can be as generous with this as you like)
1 cup of greek yogurt
2 green onions, chopped
Red pepper flakes/garllic powder/sea salt to taste

Blend corn with greek yogurt and toss in herbs and spices. Mix in cheese and top with more cheese. Because it’s delicious. You are welcome. Serve with veggies or tortilla chips.

What is your favorite snack in the summertime? What’s on your workout playlist this week?

10 Things That Drive Me to Keep Running.

1. My family…being strong for my family is very important to me. Running helps me feel strong so I can be there for the ones that I love.

2. My health…with every mile I feel better and I find that I make better choices regarding overall health and nutrition when I run.

3. Running buddies…I am constantly inspired by those that have a passion for this amazing sport.

4. Coffee…because it’s just amazing and perks me up for those early morning runs.

5. The runner’s high…yes I do believe that it is real and there is nothing like riding that high after an extra long run. Plus it is all natural, organic and just plain good for you.

6. Strava…because let’s be real, having a tool to track your mileage can really be a major factor in training and racing success. Find me on there if you join!

7. Dealing with the ups and downs of life in general…and knowing that I can channel my energy and/or stress with a good hard run.

8. Knowing that running just gives me mental clarity to face the day head on.

9. The feeling of accomplishment I get from maintaining a strong mileage base from week to week…as well as completing crazy ultra distances and crushing previous PRs. Hard work pays off.

10. Because it helps to preserve the sexy. I’m just saying.

Runners, what drives you to keep running?

Weekly Running Report.

Hope you all had an amazing weekend and were able to get in some fun in the sun! Let’s recap some of last week’s running. I bumped it back up with a grand total of 70.4 miles last week! On to the recap.

Monday- Post marathon recovery day after my PR at Rock n Roll San Diego. Didn’t do much but stretching on this day since I was traveling. It was quite nice.

Tuesday- Back home, 10.01 miles at a very slowish pace on my day off. Nice and easy recovery running…motion is lotion, as they say.

Wednesday AM- 8.10 lunchtime miles in the shade. I’ll take every little bit of shade that I can get since it is heating up outside. But I’m kind of starting to love the balmy weather.

Wednesday PM- 3.02 miles since I got off work fairly early. Just killing a little time in the evening. Felt good to get back to running twice a day.

Thursday AM- 10.08 miles with the Irving Running Club crew. Talk about a pretty sunrise. I am in love. It was nice and cool and breezy that morning too.

Thursday PM- 2.02 warm up miles, 7:50 pace before teaching a class at the gym. Waking the legs up from the work day.

Friday AM- 7.02 morning miles. It felt kind of odd to run on Friday since this is usually my day off but since I took off on Monday I thought I would run. We had a wild Texas storm come through towards the end of this run so the last mile was done literally in circles in the parking garage. HA. Gotta love that.

Friday PM- 4.02 miles after work. Usually my Fridays are pretty tame so I got my nails done and then did some sunset running in the park.

Saturday- 16.11 early miles with Tracy. It was fun running with my buddy again and catching up. We always have the best girl talk that is for sure. 

Sunday- 10.02 solo miles at White Rock Lake. I did this run in the afternoon and it was fairly warm out so I was surprised to see so many folks out and about. Little kiddos selling lemonade and treats, sailboats, bikers and just causal walkers. Great people watching situation.

Of course, running is always the icing on the cake when there’s brunch involved on that same day. Avocado and eggs for the win.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? What did you do?
Running, party on Saturday night, brunch, and lots of sunshine.