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.

The weather this week for running has been downright glorious! A tad humid especially this morning but still sunny. Yesterday was almost 90 degrees! Time to find me a pool (and a grill) somewhere.

Why does grilled food always taste better when guys do it?! I just like to sit and look pretty while a man cooks my food on the grill. Just saying.

Do not know about you but about 90 percent of my plans this weekend have been canceled due to the CORONA. The other 10 percent is running.

Thankful that my sport can mostly be done alone without human contact haha. Introverts unite. Actually I am more of an AMBIVERT but I’m letting my inner introvert shine bright right about now.

Share some randomness with me today! Are u an introvert, extrovert? Both??

Both. The only child in me wants to forever be introvert but I also love me some keep it real people.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I’m here to recap some weekly miles, of course!! Things have been going great here, I’m feeling better this week and keeping the miles up! This race will be here before you know it. Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- Evening miles to de-stress from the crazy busy Monday. Always nice. I decided to get some active recovery miles in after doing some run streaking lately! 4.22 miles (basically a rest day) doing some people watching.

Tuesday AM- 6.32 miles in the morning, still running easy and doing some time on my feet miles. Picked up the pace a bit towards the end.

Tuesday PM- 2.22 miles after teaching spin class at the gym. Cooling things down.

Wednesday AM- 5.31 miles. Singing in the rain and running in the rain.

Wednesday PM- Double run day miles in for the day. 3.32 miles on the lake.

Thursday AM- Back with the breakfast run club crew. I always look forward to this run too since I do a lot of runs lately solo. 7.32 miles with a bit of a lovely sunrise. Trees starting to bloom all around.

Thursday PM- 2.04 miles after teaching class at the gym. It felt good to move a little faster after doing all of these ‘time on my feet’ runs lately.

Friday- Relaxed 5.12 mile run before long run Saturday. Honestly was not feeling it but it got done.

Saturday- 20.11 miles with the weekend run club, started with them and then finished solo! Gosh it feels REALLY good to getting back up these longer runs on the weekends. Felt good the entire time too. Back at it.

Sunday- 4.21 Sunday funday runday miles to get the run streaking in for the week. Woohoo for 7 days straight of running.

And there you have it! Another 60+ mile week for the win.

How was your weekend!? Protecting yourself with all of the coronavirus stuff going around?!

I wash my hands probably every 30 seconds lately.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! Hope you have some fun in store for the weekend. I’ve got some long running, YOGA-ing and brunching planned! Texas springtimey weather is back again and I could not be happier.

YES. Baby Jesus is blessing us once again.

Let’s get to my faves this week!

I have a new favorite carrot, ginger, turmeric fresh juice! This place has my heart. I had SO much energy and bliss yesterday. I may have to make this spot a weekly trip.

How to turn FOMO into JOMO. I tell you what ‘jomo’ is kind of my favorite acronym right about now.

How to relieve tight hamstrings. Yes to glute bridges!! Get that rear in gear.

The new Camelbak women’s zephyr vest! Looks quite handy for the trails.

Plus, your Friday funny.

Have a great Friday!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Being good or being good at it.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

The trees are blooming everywhere down here in Texas lately which has been lovely for the morning runs. Yay for the springtime feels. I saw the one above after my jaunt this morning and it made me smile.

What doesn’t make me smile though – I haven’t seen my TEXAS BLUEBONNETS anywhere yet. Last time I saw them at the end of February?! And the place that I see them on my usual route is desolate. Oh bluebonnets, where have you gone?

I may have to make my way out to this bluebonnet festival just to see them.

Allergies have been in full effect lately. There’s all kinds of sinus stuff going on. Gotta love that (HA) especially for running.

I’ve been enjoying all of my slower ‘time on my feet’ runs lately. They’ve been good for my mind body and soul. And for my ‘higher mileage’ building. Still building back up.

I’ve also been enjoying my ‘Tina Turner’ wild hair. These are hair extensions but I am loving them and you may be seeing me wearing more of them soon. At least until summer when I can sport my all natural curls. Cheers to changing up the hair and being fabulous.

Share some randomness with me today!

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Monday to ya! I’m here to recap some miles from last week!! The weather lately in Texas has been quite lovely for some patio action and of course RUNNING! I was able to get in just over 61 miles in last week.

Finally starting to feel back like my “higher mileage” running self after 3 straight 60+ mile weeks. So woohoo for that.

Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- 5.12 sunset miles. Honestly I’ve been loving my Monday evening miles, just de-stressing from the usual busy start of the work week. Relaxed recovery miles for sure.

Tuesday AM- 7.22 miles in the neighborhood. It was a great run and finally felt like I could pick up the pace a bit. And it was quite a peaceful morning until I ran into this strange (previously naked) man who likes to roam around the lake again.

Does anyone remember when I posted about this a while ago?! Well apparently he was arrested and then released and is back to his scantily clad ways. This time when I saw him he was wearing a few more clothes.

Should I report him? This time, like I said he was wearing clothes. Daisy dukes and thigh high stockings. But, same guy! Maybe he just has a fetish? He doesn’t seem to bother anyone. I don’t know.

I mean – people are even talking about him on my next door app? Crazy.

Tuesday PM- 2.23 miles after teaching class at the gym. Just getting in some double run day miles in for the day. NO scantily clad man sightings…in the evening.

Wednesday AM- 4.32 miles in the morning with crazy wind but made it happen. Not sure why I always insist on running on the lake when it is windy. But got it done.

Wednesday PM- 3.23 miles watching the sunset and winding down from the work day. Nice-ish sorta progression miles. I’ve been doing a lot of (super slow) time on my feet runs lately so it was nice to push it a bit. 2nd run of the day.

Thursday- 8.03 miles with rolling hills for good measure. Back to running in the mornings super early again. Zero dark thirty with the breakfast run club.

Friday- 10.20 miles! Felt good to get back to my Friday 10 milers. Really good. Just listening to my jams and rocking out to the tune of the sunrise.

Saturday- I had some allergy stuff going on (the allergy forecast down here has been insane lately) so made sure to take it easy on this 16.03 mile run. Slowly building myself back up on the weekends. But ran faster Saturday and got in two double digit back to back days. Yay for that.

Sunday- Sorta active recovery/rest type of day. Still run streakin. 5.12 recovery miles done.

Plus brunch for good measure. Shared some steak and eggs for the win.

And there you have it!

P.S. 247 miles in the month of February – 41 hours of running. Feeling good feeling great. 

Share your runs/weekend fun with me!

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello there and happy Friday! Y’all this morning’s run was absolutely EVERYTHING I needed it to be. Sunrise RUNrise vibes for sure. And it is going to feel like springtime all weekend with temps in the 70s. Ohmygoodness. Thank you Texas. Bring. It. On!

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Gifts for women who are always on the run. I would buy some of these for myself! That wrap bracelet is everything.

Enjoy the process. Could not freaking agree more.

Tyra Banks on The Breakfast Club. Um seriously Tyra has not aged since the Fresh Prince days. Incredible.

-And plus, a little funny for your Friday.

There you have it!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Running (shocking, I know) brunching and being in the sun (with sunscreen of course) as much as possible.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning’s run was downright chilly but I’m trying to hang in there because shorts weather is right around the corner! Hello TEMPS IN THE 70s for the weekend. Mother nature is giving us a reward for our cold weather endurance. I am so ready for the spring-like temps.

I’m so ready for spring weather that I’m already doing a little spring shopping (and cleaning) too. Time to do a purge of sorts.

Is it too early for swimwear shopping?! Nah, never too early. Also someone needs to block me from this site because every time I go on there I buy something.

The amount of political calls and spam texts I’m getting lately is just out of control. I did put a spam call blocker app on my phone but somehow they still get through. Those son of a guns are dang persistent.

I’ve gotta work on my ranking on ULTRASIGNUP this year. 76.11 percent?! Could be better. Maybe I’ll make that a new year’s resolution for 2020? Oops, I am always late for the party when it comes to stuff like that seeing that it is almost March.

Share something random with me today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there and happy hump day! I’ve got not 1 but 2 hot workout playlists for your running/spin cycling/high energy activities today! And of course as always a workout for my fellow instructors. Hope you enjoy!

And be sure to find me on Spotify and check out my classes if you’re local.

Let’s go for a ride!

React- The Pussycat Dolls: Warm up
Latido- Daddy’s Groove: Rolling hills
Problem- Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea: Seated/standing run
Bug a Boo- Joe Stone: Accelerations
C’mon N Ride It- Quad City DJs: Tapbacks
Body High- Mike Taylor: Hill climb
2 Reasons- Trey Songz, TI: Jumps on a hill
Can You Feel It- The Jacksons: Hill climb
Rinse n Repeat- Riton: Sprints
Lose Control- Meduza: Active recovery
Medicine- Jennifer Lopez: Rolling hills
Shut it Down- Party Favor: Accelerations
Feel Good (Stanton Warriors Mix)- Gorillaz: Hill climb
Pretty Brown Eyes- Jersey Club Mix: Sprints
Moments in Love- Art of Noise: Cool down

Right Now- Rihanna: Warm up
2 Supermodels- Bali Bandits: Accelerations
Level Up- Ciara: Jumps
This Groove- Oliver Heldens, Lenno: Tapbacks
Before I Let Go- Beyonce: Rolling hills
Shooting Star- David Rush, Pitbull: Tapbacks
Switch Back- SWACQ: Sprints
Hot Mess- Sam Sparro: Active recovery
Pure Water- Migos: Jumps
Nightcap- Glass Petals: Standing run
10 Bands- Drake: Hill climb
Do it Well- Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris: Jumps on a hill
Turn Up the Music- Chris Brown: Tapbacks
Simmer- Mahalia, Burna Boy: Hill climb
I’m Good- Blaque: Seated/standing run
Pinata- Throttle, Niko the Kid: Sprints
Whoa- Snoh Aalegra: Cool down

Share something random with me today!
I’m wearing a black beanie and my Americano I’m sipping on is everything.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Monday! Hope you have a productive and fun week ahead. I’m here to recap last week’s miles! I was able to get in a little over 60 miles total last week. It has been a great time to slowly get my miles back up as I train for my next ultra!

Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- 5.32 miles in the evening, doing some people watching and enjoying the sunset. Nice recovery miles for sure.

Tuesday AM- 4.22 miles at lunch time when the sun finally came out to play. I’m loving lunch runs as of late. It’s nice to shake things up and change the ho hum routine.

Tuesday PM- A little 2.23 mile cool down after teaching a class at the gym.

Wednesday AM- 5.32 miles in the morning getting the day cranked up. Picked up the pace a bit towards the end.

Wednesday PM- Double run day miles. 3.23 miles in the rain was quite peaceful.

Thursday AM- 7.32 miles with the breakfast run club. Felt good to be back with the crew at zero dark thirty. Did a few hills for good measure.

Thursday PM- Cool down after teaching spin. 3.03 miles to get in over 10.3 for the day.

Friday- 5.12 miles on a fun Friday. Nice progression miles.

Saturday- 16.38 miles getting it in. Started early and then linked up with the fun crew. Long run Saturdays are the best.

Sunday- 8.03 miles on Sunday funday runday. With mimosas immediately after.

Plus I celebrated my dear friend, Jenna’s 30th birthday! She’s an awesome blogger and real life friend! Go over there and give her some well wishes.

And there you have it!

How’s your running going? Do you have any fall marathons picked out yet?
I’m going to run my 50 miler first then get back to ya. I keep getting distracted by ultras.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! Hope you have some fun and (maybe sun?!) in store for the weekend. We’ve got some solid weather coming for running, brunching and good times!! It has been a long week of adulting so I simply cannot wait.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Tips for getting outside in the morning when it is ridiculously freezing out. Have an early spring GOAL. Yes, that definitely helps. Trail marathon + 50 miler on deck…check.

Vinyasa Scarf. I feel like I kind of need that in my life.

Also, this collapsable bottle. GENIUS.

Savory king cake?! I did a double take.

Plus here’s a mardi gras throwback just for fun.

Have a great Friday!

What’s on tap for your weekend?! Any mardi gras celebrations?
I may just be wearing my beads all weekend.