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.

Y’all this morning’s humid run was tough but I tell you what I absolutely never regret getting up at zero dark thirty. Miles and smiles. This view makes up for it that’s for sure.

Plus we had temps in the 60s (!) and for June in Texas that is fall like weather. Absolutely in heaven feeling that cooler breeze. Gotta enjoy that while it lasts since we are back up to triple digits soon.

Lately I’ve been enjoying my lunchtime runs (RUNch) again. Honestly I wish I could do these all the time. It’s hard to take a longer break like that during the work day. But most of the time these days I’d rather use that time to run than eat. I figure I can just eat at my desk later.

I’ve got longer nails again (so happy salons opened back up) and I kinda guess I had forgotten how long it takes to both text and type. So that has resulted in lots of voice texting. Which most of the time my phone gets that wrong too. Good times.

How do people find all of this time to do happy hours and etc, during the work week?!? I am straight up TIRED after work y’all. The only thing I want to see after clocking out is a glass of wine and my pillow. Hashtag life in your 30s. Holla.

Is it the weekend yet? Lots of running and pool time on the agenda. Of course.

Share some randomness with me today!

Weekly Running Report.

Hope your week is off to a smashingly good start! It is HOT as all get out down here in Texas so my runs lately have been all about survival. I took the miles down a bit last week to allow for some recovery. Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- 5.11 sunset miles. Much needed after a busy Monday. Honestly I really look forward to this after the long work day. Work has been so hectic lately so it is a huge wonderful stress release.

Tuesday- 7.22 miles after work with some hills thrown in for good measure.

Wednesday AM- 5.25 miles in the morning on Global Running Day! With the most glorious sunrise. So needed this.

Wednesday PM- Double run day miles on Global Running Day! 3.20 miles at lunch. In the crazy hot heat. I’m a sucker for punishment.

Thursday- 7.22 miles with crazy humidity in the early morning. Honestly I think I prefer running in the dead of the heat than these crazy humid mornings. I am more of a dry heat girl though. But gotta get it done. So get ready to hear me continue to b*tch and moan about being drenched every morning.

Friday- REST DAY. Needed a breather from the busy week. I can’t decide if I like Fridays or Sundays better for my rest day. Hmm.

Saturday- 10.01 miles with the WRRC gang! Miles with good friends on a Saturday is where its at.

Sunday- Quick HOT run. Basically another rest/active recovery type of day. Just to get my numbers in for the week. 3.2 miles around the block done.

And there you have it! Nice little recovery week.

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods? Feeling like summer?! How are you adjusting to the heat/humdiity?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

My morning runs lately have been more humid than ever! I’m sure it was at least 100 percent humidity when I started my run before 5:30 AM. But hey, I beat the heat so I guess I will take it It was one of those mornings where I just wanted to get the run over with.

Working lunch- hibachi chicken. Freaking delicious. I love the hibachi lunch specials now. I’m going to start making hibachi working lunches a THING.

Today has felt like a Friday all day and it is close to 100 degrees outside. Give me a pool and a drink with an umbrella in it and we will be good.

It is still strange to me that I’m no longer teaching spin class. Granted I do have a few things under my sleeve in terms of teaching again. It’s quite annoying that they haven’t figured out social distancing with certain gym classes. I am so ready to get back in the saddle and kick some booties again.

I got thisclose to signing up for a virtual race the other day and then backed out. Maybe I will just make up my OWN virtual race.

I won’t have to pay for it and I can still brag about it when it is over. Makes perfect sense to me.

My weekend run club is starting group runs back up this weekend! Cannot wait. Social distance style of course. I just need me some long miles this weekend.

Share some randomness with me today!

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya and happy JUNE! Hope your week is off to a great start. Let’s recap some miles, shall we? I was able to get in just over 50 miles last week and over 200 miles for the month of May! So woohoo for that. Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- 5.23 miles getting outside on a crazy hot day. Felt good to get it in on the holiday before partaking in some yummy holiday BBQ.
Tuesday- 6.32 miles after work. Found a few solid hills and switched up the route a bit which was much needed. Gotta fight that running route boredom.
Wednesday AM- 5.22 morning miles along with some crazy humidity.
Wednesday PM- Back on my double run day game! 3.32 miles in the hot hot heat. Temps were close to 90 that day.
Thursday AM- 7.21 miles back with the breakfast club crew. Lots of humidity but getting up and being done with the run before 7 a.m. is always the icing on the cake.
Thursday PM- 3.25 double run day miles. Everyone was out and about on this day so dodging all of the people plus their doggies.
Friday- 10.03 relaxed miles after putting in some solid runs all week long. Felt good to just run by feel.
Saturday- Ran with my girl Jenna! Another 10 miles and tacked on a bit more towards the end. Loving the view.

Sunday- REST day with mimosas for the win.

And there you have it!

Plus monthly miles for the win.

How was your weekend? What’s your favorite beverage during the hot and humid weather?
Hmm. Probably fro-zay.

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! Hope you have some kind of HAPPY planned for the weekend. Finally down here in Texas we are overdue for some gorgeous weather! It will be nice and balmy just how I like it. I’ve got some poolside time scheduled for sure. And of course running.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

A splendid Friday 10 mile run. I’ve been missing my 10 mile Fridays but they are starting to make their way back into the rotation. Just me myself and my miles. Perfection. All before the busy workday.

The 6 habits of kind, generous people. Love this and will be putting this on my wall as a daily reminder. Especially during these crazy times. Always be kind.

Gifs that always make you laugh. I just freaking love me some gifs. I think I could have an entire texting conversation with gifs alone. With my friends who just GET me.

The 1,066 lap backyard marathon. Just crazy. Crazy awesome.

And here’s a little funny for Friday.

Have a good one!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Running & some pamper time. Maybe I’ll squeeze in a little feel good yoga.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Texas humidity this week has been oh so intense for running! We are getting back to that time of year where I am literally so super drenched after every dang run. I kind of love it. It’s the ultimate detox. So thanks I guess Texas, for being so dang humid and hot.

It does take time to acclimate to this kind of weather, though. That’s where I think my double run days come in. I try to run early when it’s cooler but very humid and then after work when the humidity has calmed down and it’s just mostly hot heat. So then I am kind of good at navigating both.

I still have a few races on the horizon that may or may not be canceled. I’m KEEPING the Hachie 50 miler on my radar since it is small and local. That’s the one I’m more excited about. And since I love ultra running so dang much. It is not until October though. But I’m keeping my miles up and in a bit of a building phase so working on getting back good at it.

I’m back to running with my weekday run club (just on Thursdays, running solo the other days of the work week) but even having ONE day where I run with just a few people has been doing wonders. That and running more hills. Keeps things spicy.

One of my run pals actually makes fun of me for saying the phrase “keep it spicy” but what can I say? It is a Chelsea-ism of sorts.

I joined the VIP version of Strava since it’s a free trial although I really am not seeing much of a difference other than the fact that they put that extra orange marker by your name. I don’t care about the temperature during my run and the fact that you think I did a good effort, Strava. Sorry. I am just not a words of affirmation person. What can I say.

This week has been crazy news/current events wise but what’s been helping me is just being able to laugh and have things everyday that bring me just a little bit of peace. One thing that has been brining me peace lately- parlaying at the pool in the evenings. Ultimate relax time.

Share your randomness with me today! What has been keeping you happy/at peace?

Weekly Running Report.

Well happy short work week! Proceed with excitement. Hope you had a wonderful lovely long weekend. I’m here to recap some miles from last week! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- Rest day while catching up on work things and such. Work has been pretty intense lately so just trying to maintain a balance with it all. Got it all done though as well as some spring cleaning so it was a rather productive day.

Tuesday- 5.11 miles unwinding from the day and enjoying the sunset after work. Quite lovely and legs felt good after taking a rest day the day before.

Wednesday AM- Back to some double run days finally! I got up and got it in early. 8.22 miles done with some rolling hills in between. Since the humidity has been a killer I schedule a pit stop for hydration mid run. Always does the trick. I’ve also added the HUMA gels for these morning miles to give me a little caffeine boost.

Wednesday PM- 3.22 miles in the afternoon after work. Felt good to have some left in the tank for this one.

Thursday AM- 7.12 miles back with the breakfast run club gang! Plus we had an amazing sunrise to boot. It was a bit of a social distancing run so we met up and then did our own thing. It made me remember how much I freaking love being done with bigger miles before 7 AM.

Thursday PM- 3.21 relaxed miles after work. Since I haven’t been teaching spin class (hopefully will be back at it soon, dang ‘Rona wrecking my instructor schedule) I really enjoy still doing the two a day thing. I think I’ll keep it up for a while.

Friday- 10.32 miles Friday so I could run with a friend I hadn’t run with in a while. She’s a tad faster so that was nice to pick up the pace a bit.

Saturday- 4.32 miles in the straight up rain. Straight up humidity with a faster finish/strides because rainy runs can be fun sometimes.

Sunday- Rest day and lotsa lake time. Lovely weekend indeed.

Looking pretty consistent on the maintenance miles over the last few weeks.

Plus passing the 1000 mile mark already for the year during month of May. Feeling good, feeling great.

Share your weekend with me! Anyone hit up the lake or poolside?

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.