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.

I’m BACK IN THE SADDLE with this whole blogging thing. Honestly I’ve been kind of getting away from the every day routine blogging and just writing when the mood hits. I do enjoy typing up my weekly running report just because it holds me accountable. And of course random thoughts. I never feel like I run out of those.
Oh fall weather, where on earth are you?!? Every run this week has been blazing HOT down in Texas. I seriously don’t think we will see a temperature drop until November. I need the cooler weather in my life something serious.
You know what has been helping me with my fall cravings though? Pumpkin spice coffee from 7-eleven. I can’t stand the Starbucks version but 7-eleven?!? Give me all of the coffee and no one gets hurt.
I don’t know about you but this short work week post Labor Day has been rather long. I feel like I’ve been playing serious catch up work wise. Needing a vacation from my vacation if you know what I mean. Coffee of course is helping me get through it.
I was back to my super early morning run time this morning and it felt so good to have some social interaction with run pals. I actually am learning that lately I really need my group runs in the morning to get through my days.
The Real Housewives of Dallas ARE BACK!!! I’ve been needing something juicy to watch on TV. Don’t tell me about last night’s episode. I’m going to watch it today.

Fun fact I actually know Stephanie’s assistant and he is pretty much the coolest nicest guy in Dallas. Like super nice! And he owns a bar in Dallas that is all pink and so much fun!! I love going there on mimosa Sundays.

I honestly am running out of guilty pleasure shows to watch. Everything on Netflix also is boring me lately. I’ve been watching some Hulu! Okay, I have one more guilty pleasure show I like, Toddlers and Tiaras. What can I say I like stage mom train wrecks. Don’t judge.

Share some of your random thoughts with me! Let’s catch up.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there! Hope your weekend was quite marvelous! It was a LONG, luxurious one for yours truly. I also was able to get in 62.9 miles of running last week!

Let’s recap! And see how all of the running went down.

Monday- 5.11 sunset miles. The beginning of the week has been rough for me lately to get into the running groove. I will say it has been good to break out of the norm and practice running at different times of the day. This was a relaxed run too recovering from a weekend of lots of miles.

Tuesday AM- 7.22 miles in the straight up rain! It was crazy pouring in the beginning but then towards the end it completely stopped. Love random Texas weather.

Tuesday PM- 2.23 miles after teaching spin. Again watched a gorgeous sunset. Felt good to get back to some double digit miles once again.

Wednesday AM- 7.12 miles with the breakfast run club. With a lovely sky.

Wednesday PM- More double run day miles. 3.02 miles complete and just over 10 total.

Thursday- 8.13 miles solo early in the A.M. My run club was out there- but I did my own little route. Playing Dora the Explorer for sure.

Friday- 18.02 miles! Time on my feet kind of run. Starting to feel a little stronger after the  Habanero 50k with the longer miles.

Saturday- 12.02 miles with the Co-Op! Before a whirlwind of a weekend with friends, good food. FUN.

Sunday- REST DAY. And SUSHI. Simply heaven. That cucumber Philly roll was absolutely everything.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? What is your fave post run meal?
Breakfast tacos…and/or sushi. And all of the mimosas.

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! I got my day started with a marvelous Friday LONG RUN. The sunrise was simply splendid! Feeling good, feeling great.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Ultrarunning helps keep her going – that one almost brought me to tears. Wow.

For some reason I was playing Beyonce on repeat during my run this morning? I actually love this song – need to get that throwback on the spin cycle playlist. But I’m not even really a Beyonce super fan like that! But sometimes you just need a little bit of that in your life if you know what I mean.

This chart. SO MUCH TRUTH.

And also this. IS THERE (really) SUCH A THING as Yoga wine?!? Someone look that up for me please and thank you.

That’s all for this week! Have a wonderful long holiday weekend.

What’s on tap for your Labor Day weekend?!
Run time, friend and fam time, and getting my hair done. I’m fancy, huh?! Yes.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This week is quite the whirlwind but I am knocking out work and getting things done. Plus morning runs are in full force!! Which for sure has been helping keep my mind super sharp and ready to tackle crazy deadlines.

Does anyone feel like they have serious FOG BRAIN when they do not get a run in? Very rarely do I not make time for a run these days. But honestly the morning runs are for that very reason. My body literally relies on it like a cup of coffee. It’s an addiction for me for sure but a damn sure good one.

Another thing that makes me feel oh so good. Having my nails done. I’ve probably told this story before but my “good luck charm” before my 50 mile race I do every year is making sure my nails are done. LOL. Hydration, proper shoes? Meh. Them nails though?!? THEY GOTTA BE ON POINT.

My IG account is still under construction (aka the big purge) but I tell you what I have really been enjoying not posting on there on the daily. Part of me feels like I’m just getting away from IG in general but I really love looking at funny posts and what not on there. Annnnnd of course IG stories. I love those. I could look at IG stories all day long.

I’m getting my hair colored and done this weekend and I could not be more excited. Leaning more towards an amaretto color? Need something snazzy for fall.

OMG y’all I am getting all of the fall feels now that September is knocking on the door. FALL FESTIVALS are coming and I will be going to all of them. And also get ready for all of the fall memes and pumpkin because I will probably be posting about fall every day. You’re quite welcome.

Tell me something random about today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hello there, it’s spin cycle Wednesday!! It was also a great morning for running. I got in some sweet miles with my run crew, got some crazy strong delicious coffee and I am rocking and rolling. So glad to be a morning runner. Running and mornings just go hand in hand with getting shit done.

With that said let’s get straight to the jams! As always find me on Spotify and see where I’m teaching spin classes next if you’re local.

Let’s go for a ride!

Beautiful People- Chris Brown: Warm Up
Keep On Rockin’- Laidback Luke: Tapbacks
Bella Conmigo- Yellow Claw: Accelerations
The Glamorous Life- Sheila E.: Rolling Hills
The London- Young Thug, J. Cole, Travis Scott: Seated/standing run
Get On This- Ghastly: Sprints
Dirty Mind- Flo Rida: Active recovery
Just Hold On- Steve Aoki: Hill climb
A No No- Mariah Carey: Jumps on a hill
Dance Like a Freak- DJ Class: Tapbacks
If I Was You (OMG)- Far East Movement: Accelerations
Drummachine- Loopers: Rolling hills
Give it 2 U (Remix)- Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar: Tapbacks
Heey Ya- Quintino: Sprints
Stretch 2-3-4- Watch the Duck, Pharrell Williams: Jumps
Medicine- J.Lo: Hill climb
Live from the Drawing Board- Oddisee: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts this week?

Reasons to Love Early Morning Runs in the Rain.

Great mental training – which is very much needed for racing. Gotta love strengthening the body and the mind at the same time.

They make you feel like a badass. Pretty sure under badassery in the dictionary it says “morning runners who run regardless of the weather”. Or something to that effect.

It really puts a “WARRIOR” type of spin on your entire day. If you can deal with the wind and rain while running early morning while running – you can handle anything else the day will throw at you.

If the rain cools things down – which it usually does – it can feel oh so glorious. Especially during the summertime.

Splashing through puddles! Makes you feel like a kid again.

POST RUN COFFEE just tastes that much more amazing.

What are some reasons you like (or dislike, hey I don’t discriminate!) running in the rain?!

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday! I am here to recap some of last week’s miles! I was able to get in just over 51 mies of running last week! This was a scale back in miles for me for sure— especially after the Habanero 50k! But training is still going well leading up to my next 100 miler. I am excited to crank the miles back up and feeling good! Let’s see how it all went down…

Monday- 6.32 miles with a friend in the early A.M. My legs were still super duper FEELING IT after Saturday’s race and honestly wasn’t even sure I would be able to move fast enough to keep up with my friend! The first mile was rough but slowly fell back into my normal pace. Thankful for this girl for getting me up and at ‘em. Running friends during the work week are the real MVPs.

Tuesday- 4.02 miles after teaching spin at the gym. Motion is lotion, baby! Fun fact I actually LOVE teaching spin after doing a race. It is something about the bike that helps my legs recover real fast. Real happy for the spin cycle side hustle.

Wednesday AM- 8.22 miles for breakfast. My friends wanted to run hills so I did a few then went off and did my own thing. Got it done. Glad to get in some longer miles so early in the a.m.

Wednesday PM- 2.22 miles in the evening. Enjoying doing some people watching and getting in a double run day.

Thursday AM- 4.33 miles just getting it in for the day. Slept in and ran after sunrise. Legs were pretty tired. Coffee definitely fueled this entire week.

Thursday PM- Run after gym. Nice cooler breezy run. 3.04 miles done.

Friday- 5.11 miles of glorious sunrise. Lovely colors in the sky.

Saturday- 14.12 miles before teaching a spin class. Power packed morning. The morning run was humidity central. So ready for some fall weather in my life.

Sunday- Sunday funday runday miles. 4.01 miles in the straight up sun. I actually still feel like I have a little PTSD from Habanero. So this run was not my favorite haha. More like active recovery miles but got a little run streak in for the week and felt good about that. Hip hip hooray.

I even got my nails done to celebrate. Yay for that. One of my friends says I say the word YAY a lot by the way. What can I say? I like to celebrate things.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Any races coming up!?
Loop Garou 100 miler in December. May throw another race in there. But that one is the big kahuna.

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday!! Hope you have some fun in store for the weekend. My weekend is shaping up to be a rather busy one! Run with my group tomorrow, subbing a spin class, brunch with a friend, birthday party…hopefully I will find some time to take a power nap. Or several power naps. We shall see.

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

4 pieces of marathon training advice from Jordan Hasay. Honor YOUR training needs. Love it.

I am super getting excited about fall fashions. How cute are these bootie wedges? I think I need them in my life right about now.

10 refreshing smoothie recipes. Also, have you tried my runner’s pina colada?! That one never lets me down.

Running balls to the wall. We all have our bad days and races but I lovelovelove her attitude oh so much.

-And finally this. A little funny for your Friday.

Have a good one! Be good or be good at it.

What’s on tap for your weekend? Tell me something else random about your day. I like randomness.
I’m listening to “Rump Shaker” right now on Spin Cycle radio as I type. Haven’t heard this song in a MINUTE.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Thanks for all of the love regarding my Habanero 50K race finish!! If you missed the recap you can find it here. Recovery so far this week from 31 miles on sandy trails is going rather well. My feet and ankles were super sore earlier in the week but getting back moving always makes things feel a LOT better. Motion is lotion, baby.

Although my running buddies wanted to run hills on Wednesday and that nearly killed me. But I made it through. It ended up being a good run after all.

I’m debating on throwing this race on the calendar. TACOS and RUNNING, duh. Truly a match made in heaven.

Currently I’m in the process of cleaning up my IG. Like BIG TIME. I had over 3000 pics on there (?!?) just from years of being on the site! It was time for a major purge.

I tell you what– getting all of the sleep this week has been lovely. I think that’s the thing I enjoy the most after running ultras. Lots and lots of ZZZs. I should have taken another day off just to sleep all day and binge watch daytime television.

I cannot believe we are almost into September already!! Doesn’t it feel like August is flying by? But heck yes I am oh so ready for it. The State Fair of Texas is fast approaching! Most of you know who have been reading for a while that that is my JAM.

Share something random about your week this week!

Habanero 50k Race Recap.

Hey there! I am BACK from a long race weekend!! And of course here to recap some of the fun in the HOT Texas sun. I ran the Habanero 50k down in the Houston area!! Yes, it was as hot and as humid as it sounds. Let me take you along for the journey and see how it all went down…

Many of you know I haven’t really been racing much, especially after a long recovery from the Hachie 50 miler. For the most part all summer I’ve just been training with friends. But it has been a super fun season of keeping the miles up. I’ve also been teaching my usual classes at the gym which helps with cross training. For the most part, running has always been so therapeutic for me. I think I’m not like most distance runners in the sense that I really mostly run for lifestyle purposes. Sure, I enjoy the competitive part of racing- but there are moments in life where I want to train and run just for the sake of self. And enjoying nature. And for me I think that is where trail running plays a beneficial role.

I learned about this race through my trail running club, the Dallas Dirt Runners. There was a huge group going down to 7IL Ranch to do this race, and a few actually going to tackle the 100 mile distance! There were many distances for the race to choose from- from 10k all the way up to 100 miles. Something for everyone! I knew I wanted to do the 50k especially as I get my mileage back up to train for my next 100 miler in December.

I arrived to the ranch right before 11 AM since the runners were scheduled to take off at HIGH NOON! This was so different for me as I’m used to most races (especially ultras) starting super early in the morning. So essentially I had the entire morning to get my race prep together, thoroughly hydrate and eat a nice breakfast. The waffle breakfast at my hotel was pure perfection.

The 100k and 100 mile runners took off right at noon – and the other distances (including 50k) started at 12:15. I didn’t know much about the course honestly aside from the fact that it was just over a 6 mile loop that I would do a total of 5 times. We took off onto the course and the first part was DEEP LOOSE sand. The heat was blazing and the sand proved to be quite the challenge! I was not excited about this sand being so loose. I’ve run a race on sand before, the 50 miler at the Orion Ultra last year- but, that race had packed wet sand that you could drive on. This was much different AND tough on the ankles. Honestly I had to catch myself a few times from rolling an ankle and hurting myself. I knew I needed to tread carefully here if I wanted to last a full day of running.

Towards the back half of the course the sand evens out a bit and it is mostly single track dirt trail. This was much easier to run on but running over and over in loose sand made my legs and ankles SO very tired! Enduring the distance on tired legs (and of course not dying out there with heat and extreme humid conditions) became the name of this game. It ended up being a whole lot of spurts of running/ power hiking to get through it. I was so excited through because I got to see a lot of my local blog friends out there rocking the course- bigguyhiking and then of course my homegirl Paula! I loved getting to talk to runners at the aid stations and catching up.

I will say the aid stations were fully packed and the volunteers took amazing care of us. Without them I honestly don’t know what the outcome of this race would’ve been. They had plenty of water on tap, loads of ice, and GATOR(ade)RITAS! Crushed ice blended with electrolyte drink may be my new fave. Also, watermelon. Hello happiness.

When it was all said and done – after literally thinking it’s a possibility I MAY NOT FINISH this hell-ish race 1 lap in (No lie- I was super over it after 6 miles) I ended up finishing 31+ miles feeling quite alright. Quite alright, quite full of sand and dirt, ready for a shower. What made this race so incredible after being out there all day? Sharing it with amazing runner friends, the amazing trail running community, and knowing that I am capable of any and everything I set my little heart upon. One more 50k down. Many more miles to go.

Habanero, I hated and loved every minute of you. I may or may not be back for you. It just depends on the amount of peer pressure from my trail run buds. What can I say, I’m easy to persuade at times.

I will say this – there is something about trail ultras that keeps me coming back for more. I’m not sure if it is because of the beauty of the trails or the fact that I can be quite sadistic. Maybe both.

Thanks, Trail Racing Over Texas. Until next time.

Results can be found here.

How was your weekend? What do you love about trail running?