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.

Well it is one of my favorite days of the week…yes that would be random thoughts Thursday! I actually really like Thursdays because I feel like it is like all downhill rolling on into Friday and the weekend. And usually my Thursdays are productive and go by rather quickly. So that is a win win.

Plus well, today is actually my Friday (I‘ve got some vacation days to burn off before they re-up me in August) so hello Friday and lonnnng weekend.

Let’s get right into the randomness!

So my friend invited me to road trip it to the lake next week and I am super stoked because I have not been on a BOAT in ages. Probably the last time was when I went on a cruise ship and got violently ill. Anyway, this is going to be great. I am already getting my boat gear/bikini/attire whatever ready.

Speaking of cruises, how do y’all feel about them? I kinda feel like they are a waste of time. Because honestly if I am going to be going somewhere like Jamaica or the Bahamas I want to just go STRAIGHT there. Let’s cut out this boat middleman and business where we are on the ship playing card games/bingo and talent shows or whatever other foolishness they do on cruise ships these days. And of course I’m bias because I’ve been sick on one.

One of my friends from college really wants me to go on one with her. Maybe I’ll suck it up and try again one day. Just to prove to myself that I can do it. Ha.

I feel like I miss NEO soul music. Whatever happened to Kem, Maxwell, those guys? I feel like all of the good music has fallen to the wayside. Also getting tired of all of the mumble rap culture as of late. Sometimes I can get down with some Migos (only certain songs whilst partying) but Lil Uzi Vert/Fetty Wap whoever Tom Dick and Harry no. Just over it now. Give me old school all day every day.

You guys can I just say the best thing I’ve eaten in quite some time was CRAWFISH mac and cheese the other day. I feel like this is a southern thing. It is all in the name of carb loading for my 20 mile run this upcoming weekend. haha.

Um, this video was oddly intriguing to me (for some reason I could not stop watching it, losing brain cells and all) watching Kylie interview her baby daddy Travis Scott on facts about her to see if he knows her well. Apparently they hooked up and she got pregnant after a week of knowing each other…I am laughing at the fact that he doesn’t know all of the names of her DOGS? What a hot mess express.

That’s all folks!! 

Let’s talk about some of your random thoughts today! 

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day!! Just checking in with you all because I love y’all! I’m here with the Wednesday spin cycle playlist. Hope you do enjoy!

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

+ find me on Spotify: thedancingrunner

Let’s go for a ride!

Give Me- Boye and Sigvardt: Warm up
Hard- Rihanna: Hill climb
Wassup- Wax Motif: Accelerations
Bossy- Kelis, Too $hort: Rolling hills
Waiting- Oliver Helens: Tapbacks
90s Better- Syzz: Seared/standing run
That’s What I Like- Bruno Mars, Gucci Mane: Jumps
Bounce- MSTRKRFT: Sprints
Work it- Missy Elliot: Active recovery
Boo’d Up (Jersey Club Mix): Ella Mai: Accelerations
House Party- Madison Mars: Rolling hills
Locas- Pitbull: Hill climb
New Rules- Dua Lipa: Jumps on a hill
Lick it- Valentino Khan: Rolling hills
Put Your Drinks Up- Kardinal Offishall: Sprints
Summertime Magic- Childish Gambino: Cool down

What particular song do you have on repeat this week?
I am loving anything by Dua Lipa lately! New Rules is my jam.

Thoughts on the Run, Track Edition.

-800s on the schedule…this should be fun. Better load up my Spotify playlist with all of the club bangers and party hits this morning.
-How do people get motivated to do track work without having others there…I swear speedwork is about 3,000 times more fun with friends.
-Also…let me take a swig of this coffee/caffeine of choice for the morning. I need a little bit of a pick me up.
-Okay, time to warm up a bit before I fire these legs up.
-Ughhhh….legs feel heavy…so tired. But this is good for me and supposedly will produce faster race times. MEH. Keep it moving.
-Alright, time to really get it going. 3, 2, 1 blast off.
-Turning the music up louder to drown out the thoughts about the fact that I don’t want to do this.
-Oh wait, that’s my jam. I am starting to feel a little better.
-Pass that chick. You could totally pass her. It’s all good. Healthy competition.
-Said chick looks a tad pissed that you passed her. It’s okay, she’ll get over it.
-OMG here goes the lane hugger that just does not want to get out of the fast lane. Really, dude?
-All good…whoosah. Too early to get an attitude and it is not even 6 am yet.
-Okay. Recovery jog. Ahh…feels good to slow down.
-Deep breaths. Inhale, exhale.
-Time to go again. Feet don’t fail me now.
-Feels like death. Yeah, gotta love that feeling. I guess. HA.
-Alright, track workout is done. You totally crushed it.
-Cool down time…best part of the run for sure.
-Sync run and done. Yes…love seeing those faster miles. Finito.

What are some of your thoughts on the track? Or on the trails…hill repeats…whatever. Your call.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there! Hope you all are having a great Monday!! I’m here to recap some running from last week. I was able to get in 71.1 miles last week! And I’ve lived to recap about it. Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 7.22 miles of RUNrise. Felt good to get this one in early. We had a bit of a cooler front but things have been heating up so quickly!! And when I say COOL front I actually mean temps just below 85 degrees. It is damn near 100 by lunchtime pretty much every day. You’ve gotta love that, right?

Monday PM- 3.02 miles after the gym. Just getting the legs moving after the work day.

Tuesday AM- 8.08 miles with hill repeats thrown in. Torture. But I love torture sometimes…

Tuesday PM- 2.25 faster miles in the evening after teaching a class at the gym. Pace was in the 7s.

Wednesday AM- 7.12 easy miles, conversational with the run club. I’ve been loving Weds runs with friends lately.

Thursday AM- 8.05 miles in the straight up humidity at zero dark thirty. After going out for sushi Weds night this was a tough run. But got it done.

Thursday PM- 3.03 miles in the evening. Love my people watching by the lake.

Friday- 6.03 miles on rest day. Felt like an active recovery day, easy miles.

Saturday- 16.03 miles with WRRC. It was a hot day and of course legs felt tired after running all week. Gearing things back up for ULTRA training…this race will be here before you know it.

Sunday- 10.35 miles before pool time. So glad to get this one done early as usually Sundays I have a hard time getting up and getting it done. Love my back to back weekends.

And there you have it!!

How was your weekend? Are you loving pool time as much as I am?? It is so necessary for Sunday Funday.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hi there!! Happiest of Fridays to ya. Hope you have some fun in the sun planned. We had a bit of rain here but it cooled things down and this morning’s run was quite wonderful!! I don’t think I’ve run when temps were below 85 in quite a while. Welcome to Texas in the summertime. 

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

The rising popularity of fasted running. I like the topic and find it interesting…personally I do this in the morning if I’m running 10 miles or less. Usually it is because I run out of time making myself things in the morning before I hit the door. But, I do think it has its benefits. Not for everyone though. 

-I’ve been looking at a lot of bohemian and décor type of things on Pinterest. I need to figure out how to do the scarf ties like this. Love it.

Let’s be friends if we aren’t already on there by the way!! 

This for my balcony. Does anyone have any good balcony décor tips? I need some lights up so I can have a summer evening party. 

-My “Takin’ it Back to the Old School” playlist that I kind of made up yesterday. I ran with with is playlist this morning and it was so fun. Highly recommended.

Have a great Friday!!

What are you up to this weekend? 

Running, yoga, lot of pool time. The summer usual. 

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hi there! Welcome to the randomness that is random thoughts Thursday. Let’s get straight to it with the (running and non running related) rants and raves this week…just cuz we can and it’s fun.

It truly feels like THROWBACK Thursday today. As I type I’m listening to “Ghetto Superstar” on my Spotify. Anyone remember that song? Whatever happened to my girl Mya?? I so had a girl crush on her back in the day. Loved all of her songs for sure.

That fact makes me one to kind of create a #TBT playlist on the spot for teaching tonight’s spin class. Sometimes I will throw a bunch of random songs on there from the 90’s. My Irving classes love the throwback hits.

Speaking of spin class…we are dealing with more technical difficulties…YET AGAIN. Yeah, remember when I told you about the stereo issues we were having? Well they are back again. Tonight they are providing us with a portable speaker though while they make the stereo replacement. Good thing because I’m literally about to go AWF the next time this happens. I ain’t a killa, but don’t push me. Yep I’m all gangster like that.

Which brings me to people just saying whatever they want all up in the comments on Instagram…y’all I have no shame at all. I will block you so fast you will not see it coming. I love you but I know how to use the block button. So, be nice. Thanks much. Love you mean it.

I went out last night and may or may not have stayed out a little bit past my bedtime but had the BEST conversation with the most awesome friends over delicious sushi. It was kind of the best thing ever. You know I usually go to bed early. But, YOLO.

What do you think about Cardi B naming her kid, Kulture? I think it’s kind of a cute name. I mean, you’ve gotta love Cardi B right. It’s like she is so darn cute you can do no wrong. This baby pic of her makes me smile, every time.

What is on your mind this week?? Come at me with the randomness!!

Weds Spin Playlist.

I know it has been a minute but the Wednesday spin playlist is back! I have a couple of playlists for you today!! For those of you that are new here these songs are great for any type of high energy workout. But I also include a spin cycle workout for my fellow fitness instructors! Hope you enjoy.

And check out where I’ll be teaching classes next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Also, follow me on Spotify here: thedancingrunner

Let’s go for a ride!

Desperado- 3LAU Remix: Warm up
1942- G-Eazy, Yo Gotti: Standing run
Rise- Laidback Luke: Sprints
One Kiss (Remix)- Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa: Tapbacks
Nice for What- Drake: Rolling hills
Bubblegum- Jason Derulo: Jumps
Now and Later (Henry Fond Remix)- Sage the Gemini: Rolling hills
Bailar- Deorro, Pitbull, Elvis Crespo: Sprints
Sweet Dreams- Breathe Carolina: Active recovery
Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin- Michael Jackson: Hill climb
Hustlin- Rick Ross: Jumps on a hill
+1- Martin Solveig, Sam White: Tapbacks
I Like It- Enrique Iglesias: Rolling hills
Thumbs Up- Kill the Noise: Accelerations
I Could Be Wrong- Lucas & Steve, Brandy: Hill climb
Balance- Roy Woods: Cool down

Dinero (CADE Remix)- Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, DJ Khaled: Warm up
Ayo (Jersey Club Mix)- Kyle Edwards: Accleerations
No Limit- G-Eazy: Jumps
What’s My Name- Rihanna: Hill climb
Paster Bounce- Dmitri Vegas: Sprints
Video Phone- Beyonce: Hill climb
Do it Right- Martin Solveig: Seated/standing run
As Your Friend- Chris Brown: Tapbacks
You Don’t Know Me (Dre Skull Remix)- Jax Jones: Tapbacks
Dark Sky- Dropgun: Sprints
Private Show- Offaiah: Active recovery
Drop that Low- Tujamo: Sprints
Turbulence- Steve Aoki: Rolling hills
Replay- Iyaz: Jumps on a hill
Bottle Pop- The Pussycat Dolls: Hill climb
Baile de Favela- Morten: Accelerations
Gold- Kiiara: Cool down

What songs are on your playlists this week?

Discipline > Motivation.

So I was reading an article that talked about the importance of having discipline when it comes to running and workouts – and for some reason this really struck a nerve with me. How many times do you just wake up to get in an early morning run and just NOT FEEL MOTIVATED?! You know those days where you are really just not having it. Whether it be due to a stressful week or just whatever randomness is going on it would just be so much easier to mash that snooze button and roll right back over. I know I have days like that quite often. I also have days where I am super duper motivated. But when it boils down to it – discipline and the act of getting it in, wins over being “motivated” every single time. So…here are some ways to increase your discipline…when it comes to training and running.

Do it until it becomes a habit. This for me is especially true when it comes to morning runs. I have many people that ask me- how on earth do you just get up for these crazy early mornings and get it done?! Well…that is because I have been doing it now for years and years. It is not something that is just a whim or a feeling. It is a true HABIT for me. And when I don’t do it…my body knows it. Like clockwork. So, whatever time you run…be consistent with it. Do it until it becomes like breathing to you. Trust me it will pay off when it comes to race day.

Envision yourself finishing that run and feeling on top of the world. Every time I get up and am feeling like I already want to throw in the towel…I think about myself being very proud that I got it in and got it done. My everything right now…has been running in the mornings with my friends. Seriously having friends to run with in the summer has kept me so accountable and helps me stay disciplined. I just love it.

It isn’t always going to be pretty. Know that some days your legs will feel like lead, it will be blazing hot (especially if you are in the south I feel your pain)…humid, you will be sweating buckets. That is where your mental strength lies. When it sucks. When it’s not all “you crushed it” or “that was amazing”. Frankly it doesn’t always have to be amazing. Embrace the fact that it will suck sometimes. But, guess what? You got out there…and you did it. Despite your feelings.

Know that the secret is in merely SHOWING UP. Day to day. Feeling good or feeling crappy. Show up, meet up with your friends at the crack of dawn. Even if your friends are Pitbull and Rihanna on your music player (I’ve had those days too). That is half the battle. That’s where you will find your discipline.

What are some ways you stay disciplined as a runner?

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! I am actually excited and ready for a new week to begin. Hopefully it will be a good one!! But first, let’s recap some running from last week! I was able to get in a total of 71.5 miles. Let’s quickly recap!

Monday AM- 7.34 miles in the early AM with one of my running buds. We normally don’t do a run together on this day (usually I run Monday mornings by the lake solo) but thought we’d try something different. It was fun to chat and catch up from the weekend.

Monday PM- 3.03 miles after teaching a class at the gym. It was a little cool down run watching the sunset.

Tuesday AM- 8.02 miles, 7:52 overall pace. This included a few 800s on the track with the run club I run with during the work week. Then I cooled it down on my own. Good stuff and solid speedy miles.

Tuesday PM- Warm up before teaching at gym, quick 2.22 miles. Getting the legs moving after the long work day.

Wednesday AM- 8.05 miles with a lovely sunrise on the 4th of July. Happy to get it in early and happy for run buds that will get up early with me.

Wednesday PM- 4.12 trail miles with my trail running club. We always try to run the trails on holidays and then have a little potluck breakfast/brunch after. Love that crew.

Thursday- 4.25 miles. A bit of a run streak this week. This was a sunset run.

Friday- 7.22 miles in the a.m. before it got way too hot out. I’ve been thinking about making Friday runs a thing every now and again…but typically this is my actual rest day. But run streaking has been fun lately. So we will see how this goes.

Saturday- 20.23 miles with WRRC. It was another “run my hood” event so we got up early and did this run and then went to a pool party after…where lots of celebrating took place. Hey, friends, beverages and a good time by the pool is what summer is all about.

Sunday- 7.12 miles of heat training. OH and then I went to go see the Whitney Houston movie. It was actually a documentary with all of the family in it and goes a little bit more in depth. I liked it but I am a super fan. Ha. So go see it and judge for yourself.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you have any pool (or beach) time?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! Hope you have some weekend fun in store. I am excited for another fun weekend filled with pool time, friends and some long running! Also so happy that these past two work days seemed to kind of fly by. I felt like I was playing catch up since we had the 4th off- so I’ve been rocking and rolling at work and then all of a sudden I look up and it is time to go home. And now it is the weekend again! Love when that happens.

Tips to keep your legs loose during road trips. I like the idea of bringing a foam roller on the road to roll things out! I also tend to bring compression socks when I travel. They work wonders for recovery.

-This bag…can someone find it for me? It is so cute and summery. I’m always finding such fun looks on Pinterest.

Spaghetti squash with buffalo chicken? Sign me up immediately.

10 tips for running in the morning as told by gifs. 8, 9, and 10 all the way.

-And this. Winnie the Pooh…my spirit animal.

Have a great Friday!

Tell me what is on tap for your weekend?!