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.

Hello and happy Friday! I definitely kicked things off in a grand fashion this morning with this lovely RUNrise. It was a great run indeed.

Long Friday miles- always better with friends.

Let’s get to some of my favorite things from this week!

My new meditation app! I absolutely love listening to some Headspace before bed. It’s good stuff. Plus, it reminds me to start getting ready for bed at a certain time of night. I kind of like that…unless I am on a date or happy hour or something. Ha.

Finding a gift card to the HAIRSTYLIST in my purse the other day! That I completely forgot about. So you know where I am headed this weekend. After running, of course.

How much do you need to hydrate to go the distance? Good tips here.

Hibiscus margarita for the win.

Have a great Friday!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Running, pool time, fun times. I heart summer.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

So apparently runner beach towels are a thing. Did you know? I especially like this one. I may have to grab a few in every color.

-Runner friends (especially those in Texas or Florida or wherever else it is crazy humid)- is it just me or do you feel like you basically have to have a fresh towel in your car at all times in the summer? This of course is for those early morning runs with friends and the drive home after. Due to extreme Texas humidity we just sweat buckets everywhere. Yeah super gross to sit in your car in the sweaty pool of sweaty awesomeness.

I am making this tea my new morning boost. It’s so good and just needs a little drop of honey. Plus is actually has a kick of spice to it! It really is the best combo of sweet and spicy. I’ve been finding all of these great teas at Walmart for some reason.

What do you prefer- Walmart or Target? I have to say both. I’m not too bougie to set foot in Walmart. Actually both serve different purposes for me If we are talking beauty products or cute tops and bikinis for summer- most definitely Target.

Are you doing anything fun for the 4th of July!? I definitely have fireworks on the agenda. And pool time. Provided that it does not rain. Actually I think right now thunderstorms are in the forecast. Yikes! Hope that changes.

What random thoughts are on your mind this week?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there and happy hump day! Today is the day I share my workout jams with you today! I also have a spin cycling workout for my fellow fitness instructors. Let’s go for a ride!

Be sure to follow me on Spotify plus see my teaching schedule here to see where I’ll be at next if you’re local!

Megatron- Nicki Minaj: Warm up
Barraca- Garmiani: Accelerations
Good Feeling (Hook N Sling Remix)- Flo Rida: Rolling hills
Dreamer- Tommy Trash: Seated/standing run
King’s Dead- Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar: Hill climb
Keep it Goin- Deorro: Sprints
Throwback- B.o.B., Chris Brown: Tapbacks
F**k Love- Iggy Azalea: Sprints
Your Melody- Mesto; Active recovery
Going Bad- Drake: Rolling hills
Night Service Only- CID: Jumps on a hill
Sweet But Psycho- Ava Max: Tapbacks
Turnin Me On- Keri Wilson, Lil Wayne: Seated/standing run
Magenta Riddim- DJ Snake: Accelerations
Clout- Offset, Cardi B: Hill climb
In the Air- Tom and Jame: Sprints
Soundscapes- L’Indecis: Cool down

What songs are you moving and grooving to this week?

Summer List.

Hiya there!! Well it is that time again…summer LIST time! And since the this lovely season has arrived I thought I’d share the things I’m loving right now. I am so looking forward to the sunshine, weekends filled with great friends – pool parties and good vibes overall. All about it.

Things I’m currently…

Eating: All of the sushi rolls. Actually my most fave sushi as of late is the spicy yellowtail. I am actually obsessed with this place close to my job so “sushi Mondays” is quickly becoming a thing. Best way to unwind from the workday.

Drinking: Massive jugs of water…unsweetened tea…sauv blanc or a crisp white wine for nights on the patio.

Practicing: Always practicing staying in the present. I’m so used to having to be prepared for my next move (I blame teaching fitness classes at the gym for this) So being present sometimes is not very easy for me. I work at it everyday.

Mastering: Turning my MIND off at night. I’ve just discovered the Headspace app. I also love YouTube videos that have restorative yoga and calming things like that before bed. And for me NO TV and no lights on at bed! I don’t even know how people sleep with the TV on. Ha.

Learning: To be okay with not taking on too much. Right now I’m only teaching two classes at the gym during the work week (after my 9-5) and seriously this schedule for me could not be more perfect. All about that BALANCE, baby.

Trying: To laugh at myself more. Or to just laugh more in general.

Playing: …with my fun running friends!! Seriously y’all I have the most amazing runner friends. They are all THE MOST fun. We went floating on the river this past weekend and had an absolute blast. Then this weekend is RUN MY ‘HOOD and more pool party fun. Love.

Finishing: …my exploration of all of the fun cultural things to do in DFW. I am definitely an art museum lover and so many good ones are popping up around here. Must hit up more this summer for sure.

Reading: The Andy Cohen Diaries. I actually keep meaning to finish this book and never do and now it’s collecting dust in my closet. Must get it out and go to the pool and dive in.

Remembering: To do some form of yoga daily. Actually my favorite yoga pose to do (that I try and do daily) is pigeon pose. So good for those tight runner’s hips.

Wearing: Always rompers…and jumpsuits. Goodness, I love me a sassy sexy jumpsuit when I go out on the town.

Cooking: Anything crisp and light. When I’m actually cooking – grilled or stir fry stuff is my jam.

Working: LOTS. This is the summer of working, truly. Getting my money up for some traveling this fall. My 10 year work anniversary (!) is in August. So, I’ve got 3 weeks of vacation coming my way. Hallelujah and praise Jesus for that.

Traveling: By foot. Doing some training for the Habanero 50k then my 100 miler after that in Louisiana. Trail running, Cajun style.

Wanting: Copious amount of poolside time, and ALL the bikinis.

What is on your summer list?

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Monday! Hopefully you had a fun-filled weekend. I am here to recap some miles from last week! It was a great week indeed, with 67.2 miles of running total! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- 7.23 mile morning, lots of cloud cover and breeze earlier in the week before the heat wave came in. Glad to get it in and get it done.

Tuesday AM- 6.31 miles with a little bit of a fast finish. The humidity has been a killer lately so I’m going to try and start incorporating more strides and things into some of these runs. Summer running kind of makes me feel sluggish at times but trying to keep my fitness up for the Habanero 50k! Man, where has June gone…not too much more time to train so keeping the miles up as we go into a HOT July.

Tuesday PM- 2.21 mile cool down after teaching a spin class. Lots of people watching going on.

Wednesday AM- Another 10k hump day. 6.31 miles done in the morning.

Wednesday PM- 3.31 miles in the evening. And a HOT evening that was. Close to 100% humidity. Felt like running through the steam room.

Thursday- 8.12 miles back with the breakfast run club. It always feels good to get up early with friends when you’re suffering through heat and humidity together. HA.

Friday- Getting back into doing some back to back double digit runs. Feels good! Hard but good. But we all know hard is my jam. 12.20 miles knocked out before a BUSY work day.

Saturday- 16.21 miles done on Saturday with my weekend run club. Kind of a struggle bus run especially towards the end and probably the most humid run of the season. But got it done.

I also discovered my new fave summer beverage. Heaven! Plus kinda hydrating…

Sunday- 5.33 miles with strides at the end. And then went to have some pretty incredible breakfast tacos on corn tortillas. Then they have $2 mimosas. Could get dangerous.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Gearing up for any races?
Habanero 50k and then the Loup Garou 100 miler is all I have on tap right now. Lots of training and keeping mileage high in between.

TGIFriday Faves.

Well hello Friday! Nice to see you again. It will without a doubt be a good weekend full of running, friends and fam, rest and relaxation! Simply cannot wait.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-I am loving the new patriotic Launch 6 kicks from Brooks! Speaking of which I’ve totally got to get my 4th of July gear ready. Probably will be doing a long run then at the pool with friends all day on that day. These would be a great buy.

Things to keep in mind if you want to be a better conversationalist. Love this. And also love the name of the blog. Ha.

Best long run hydration habits. Basically need to keep this on my refrigerator. Especially because the humidity on these Texas runs (plus we are in TRIPLE digit temps already) insane.

-My new swimmy suit from Shein. I’m obsessed with all of the bright colors right now. Really need to order this in every color.

And there you have it! Have a great Friday.

What’s on tap for your weekend?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I am slowly but surely starting to enjoy these VERY HUMID and hot Texas morning runs. Welcome to summer. I mean, it wouldn’t be summer running if I couldn’t complain about it. Just a little bit.

For some reason it is a little easier for me to get up and get going for running at 4:30 AM, than at 5:30 AM? Even if I get the proper rest. Not sure why. I guess my body is just used to the earlier run time. But then if I try to “sleep in” I feel super sluggish. So strange. I popped right out of bed this morning though at the earlier time and got to work early. All productive like. Love it.

Has anyone been following this Dominican Republic story? I’ve never been to Punta Cana either and it was totally on my list. But guess what. Now I WON’T BE GOING. No sir.

Check out this video at 6:11 and notice how the person’s cocktail turns into straight sludge. Freaking horrifying.

I have this insatiable craving to go to the pool this weekend and just bake. With lots of sunscreen of course. Anyone want to join me? I think I am going to squeeze in some time on Friday afternoon.

Temps are pushing to triple digits today! That’s right. 100 degrees. And my AC is officially out on my car. Of course that would happen…now that my car is paid off.

I think I’m just going to procrastinate for a bit on getting my AC fixed and uber or run everywhere. That will solve the problem. Ha.

Share some RANDOM THOUGHTS with me on today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hi, hey and hello! It’s time for the Wednesday spin cycle playlist! I’ve got lots of workout tracks to get you going today! Hope you do enjoy.

Follow me on Spotify and of course see where I’m teaching spin classes next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Let’s go for a ride!

Bounce Back- Little Mix: Warm up
Summer Lover- Oliver Heldens: Rolling hills
Cooler Than Me- Mike Posner: Tapbacks
Let Me Take You- Whethan, Jeremih: Accelerations
SWISH- Tyga: Rolling hills
Whine Up- Kat Deluna: Seated/standing run
Hype- Dizzee Rascal: Sprints
French Toast- Floyd Wonder: Hilll climb
Got Me Good- Ciara: Jumps on a hill
I Could Be Wrong- Lucas & Steve, Brandy: Tapbacks
Loco Contigo- DJ Snake: Rolling hills
Trouble- Offaiah: Accelerations
Where Have You Been (Paperchaser Remix)- Rihanna: Hill climb
We Can Get High- Galantis, Yellow Claw: Active recovery
Swag Surfin- Kyle Edwards, DJ Bake: Hill climb
Candy- Dillon Francis: Sprints
Make My Love Go- Jay Sean: Hill climb
Regulate (Le Boeuf Remix)- Warren G, Nate Dogg: Cool down

What songs are you loving this week?

Tuesday Run Humor.

In case you need to laugh a little today (I know I sure do!) here are some run giggles. Enjoy and get your laugh on.

Because the chafing struggle is very real.

My biggest pet peeve lately…groups of walkers that like to take up an entire sidewalk with seemingly no direction in life.

The below is especially true when I start talking about ultras. Which is why I usually avoid talking about ultras to non runners at all costs.

The beauty of the morning run.

If I was balling out of control I would do ALL.OF.THE.RACES. For sure.

It’s just 26.2 miles. It’s like working a half day at work.

Has something funny happened to you on the run lately? Do share!
Aside from literally falling on my face a few weeks ago (I know, it was as fun as it sounds) I’ve got nothing.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there! Hope you had a marvelous weekend. Mine was quite lovely with POOL TIME and sunshine! I was also able to get in a great week of running last week- 60.3 miles total to be exact! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 5.21 miles in the a.m. I am starting to realize how much I truly need these early morning runs to start off the week! Especially on a Monday. It was quite glorious.

Monday PM- 3.01 miles in the evening after subbing a spin class. Always feels good to get some sunset time in and people watching all at the same time.

Tuesday AM- 7.11 miles in the morning listening to my favorite silly podcast. Gotta love that.

Tuesday PM- 2.21 mile cool down after the gym. Nice little cool down on double run day.

Wednesday- 6.33 miles on hump day. Got in some faster miles towards the end which felt nice. I’ve been doing lots of solo miles lately and enjoying that. Gearing back up for some summer races including the Habanero 50k.

Thursday- 10.32 miles! Back with my early breakfast run club. Ran a few hills so it was a great run indeed.

Friday- 16 mile Fridays are always the best. Did this run also with friends. Fastest 16 miler in quite some time so happy for that.

Saturday- REST DAY. Felt good to be a little rebellious on a day that I normally run long. Spent the day at the pool with a sweet new bikini and great girlfriends.

Sunday- 10.12 miles with some lovely breezy weather! Afterwards went to brunch with my papa to celebrate Father’’s Day.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you celebrate Father’s Day with your papa?