Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It is really starting to look a lot like spring down here in Texas! Trees are blooming everywhere and I had my first bluebonnet sighting of 2021 yesterday. If you know me you know I love our Texas state flower. Especially if I get to see them during a run.

I bought a sauna blanket on Amazon the other day! Does anyone own one already?! I’m curious to see how you like it if so. I get the blanket next week. Maybe I will do a blog post on it. Hopefully it will relax my tired runner’s muscles.

I’m obsessed with old episodes of The Hills currently on YouTube. Especially these reaction videos.

I’m super behind on posting my spin cycle playlists but I promise if you go to my Spotify you will find a plethora of lists there.

Oh! I’m getting the vaccine this weekend! 1st dose on Saturday. Wish me luck.

Have you gotten vaccinated yet?! Share some random thoughts with me from your week!

Running, Weekly Running Report

Weekly Running Report.

Happy new week! Can you believe we are all the way into mid-March already? I am loving the Texas sunshine lately. Sometimes sunlight can be therapeutic, yes?! So glad I live in a state where the weather is fairly mild this time of year. Yep, bye bye frigid temps. Won’t miss ya.

Let’s recap some miles from last week’s run streak!

Monday- 6.33 early morning pretty miles before the work day. It felt so good to get this one in early especially since I had to teach spin cycle later in the day. Got the legs revived and ready to go.

Tuesday- 5.21 after work miles for the win. Nice little fast finish in the hood.

Wednesday- 6.02 miles in the AM to the tune of the glorious sunrise around the lake.

Thursday AM- 7.12 miles when I super was not feeling it haha. It was cloudy and humid but I as just not into it until I started running and actually turned out to be a great run. Added some hills in for breakfast.

Thursday PM- Double run day miles! 3.03 miles after work to hit over 10.1 miles for the day.

Friday- 5.03 miles in the AM. Anther humid cloudy sky but nice and breezy on the lake.

Saturday- Long run fun with my run club! 15.15 miles with some solid climbing. And a serene sky.

Sunday- 3.23 miles to get my numbers in for the week. Plus a delicious ceviche. Quite the tasty part of my week.

And there you have it! Just a little ramp back up week from the prior week.

How was your weekend? Did you have any delicious dishes?

Friday, Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

TGIF, happy Friday and all of that jazz! Hope you have a lovely weekend planned full of productive and fun things. I was up early this morning for a humid breezy run. The humidity was intense but it was nice and cool so that helped. I guess I had better enjoy these spring-like runs before it gets blazing hot outside. Summer time in Texas can be so brutal with triple digit temps so right now really is one of my favorite times of the year to run.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-Desi’s world record attempt. I love that elite runners are hoping on board the ULTRA train! Makes my soul happy.

My new favorite pampering facial scrub. Love Aveeno products. This one has been at the top of my list lately.

Roasted cauliflower queso. I feel that it is time that this happens.

-All of spring colors! Frankly I am forever obsessed with mint. I think it is high time I get my nails painted my favorite Essie shade.

-And finally, your Friday funny.

Share some of your favorite things that happened this week!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning was one of those morning runs where you start out completely not feeling it and then realize it was all you ever needed. Quite humid and cloudy but for me absolutely therapeutic. It is amazing how you can start out a run feeling like that and then the miles just kind of…open up. If that makes sense.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of restorative yoga/meditation. Due to work stress and just the pandemic in general I am finding that this lately has been super beneficial to my life. Some days you just need to…cut off the noise…and breathe a bit.

I am bringing back the Weds Spin Playlist since I’m back to teaching at the gym. But likely on more of a monthly basis. We’ll see. You know what…I really should charge people to build their playlists for their classes for them. Ha. How’s that for a side hustle.

Do you ever have a VEGGIE that you just kind of gravitate towards sometimes more than other times? Lately that veggie for me has been broccoli. Raw, roasted, steamed. Love it all.

That is right. This is how my brain works always. Some things change but this remains the same.

Share some randomness with me from your week!

Running, Weekly Running Report

Weekly Running Report.

Happy new week to ya! I’m back to do some weekly run recappin’!! The weather in Texas has been downright glorious. We had another weekend where it was 70 something degrees and sun shining every day. Which made for some nice miles in my sweet new kicks. Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- I took an active recovery / rest day after a long run over the weekend. Still building back up mileage wise so it was nice to have a day of stretching / yoga and getting back into the groove of the work week. Plus I taught my first EDG spin class at Life Time Fitness! I was a great active recovery workout with a great group.

Tuesday AM- Back to some double run day miles! 7.12 mile runrise in the ‘hood. Lovely miles for breakfast.

Tuesday PM- 3.02 miles after work doing a bit of people watching. Double run days are always good ‘time on my feet’ therapy for me and over 10 miles in for the day.

Wednesday- 6.33 miles later in the morning since I had to work a later / evening shift. The sun was OUT and about that morning! Threw in some light hills for this run.

Thursday AM- Back to early miles for breakfast 4.23 mile out and back run on the lake with a faster finish.

Thursday PM- 3.31 miles at night just a quick out and back after work in the darkness.

Friday- 5.15 relaxed miles around the lake for breakfast. My schedule was a tad thrown off this week due to the day in the middle of the week working at night but got this one done anyway.

Saturday- Quick double digit miles with my run club friends! 10.02 miles and was feeling quite fast that morning. I think the slight scale back and of course rest day during the earlier part of the week helped pace wise.

Sunday- 5.02 miles in the afternoon to get my numbers in for the week. Feeling good, feeling great.

And there you have it!

Has running been “therapeutic” for you lately? Are you looking forward to anything this spring?

Getting VACCINATED soon hopefully haha. And of course lots of running in the sunshine with bluebonnets.

Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! Hope you have some good weather in your neck of the woods for the weekend! Things have made a beautiful turn here in Texas and it is basically spring. Cloud cover this AM for the run then the sun came out. Temps have been in the 60s and 70s all week! Woohoo for that.

Let’s get to the faves!

I went to the cutest little café / boutique this week and discovered what I have been missing all of my life HORCHATA LIP BALM. Guilty pleasure that is for sure.

3 towns for your next RUN-CATION. Providence is an interesting option. I do love me some California for running.

My sweet new kicks. I’ve been running WILD all week. These babies are oh so comfortable and my tootsies love them.

5 types of foods to never eat before a run. I agree with the fiber. NOT A FAN and my tummy gets mad but I do love me some simpler more bland snacks. If I eat at all. Toast with PB or AB.


Have a great (hopefully sunny) weekend!

Doing anything fun outdoors this weekend (besides running) perhaps some outdoor yoga?!! What do you eat before and/or after a run? Do tell!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning was one of those sanity kind of runs that I feel that every runner needs. Like taking your vitamins IN THE MORNING. Especially with everything going on in the world today time with self – for meditation and reflection I feel is absolutely crucial.

I think maybe it is just a getting older / only child thing (?) But I crave time with myself. Just being alone with my thoughts and time to really think things through. So my solo runs have been EVERYTHING as of late.

Weekends though, I need my friend time. (Ambivert vibes) So I love the Saturday group runs especially when there are mimosas and brunch involved after.

You know what else is very much so a TREAT YOSELF thing for me lately? Essential oils. I know, I never thought I would be that girl. But I love it for aromatherapy while I write at work. That and listening to this station. Chillhop all day every day.


Trader Joe’s COLD BREW instant COFFEE. Freaking game changer.

All of my “don’t live in Texas” friends have been texting me about the mask mandate. I know, Abbott is not my favorite guy right now. But you know what?! I’ll keep wearing my mask in public and doing my thing. And especially at work. Hoping to also get the shot soon. My mom has already received two.

Share some randomness with me about your day!

Running, Strava, Weekly Running Report

Weekly Running Report.

Happy MARCH and happy new week! Hope you have some beauty and fun in store for this month. But first let’s recap some running from last week! We’ve come out of the Texas ice apocalypse and have had some lovely spring-like weather lately! Spring is one of my favorite seasons for running so I am so ready for a new season. That is for dang sure. Bring on the Texas bluebonnets and the patio weather.

Monday- 5.12 sunset miles to unwind from the busy day. Sometimes after work miles are the best miles. I can literally feel the stress just melting off.

Tuesday- More after work miles. 5.23 miles and picked up the pace towards the end. Legs were feeling tired after all of the running in the snow (ha) the week prior but just gotta get things done.

Wednesday- Back to the early AM run grind! Which felt really great honestly. Even at 5 AM I was out in the darkness solo and I spotted another lone runner. I enjoyed very much watching the sunrise and greeting the day for 6.31 miles.

Thursday AM- Spectacular sunrise day! The sun peeped out in a very vibrant fashion for 5.12 miles before going back into hiding. Love when the sky glows like that.

Thursday PM- Double run day miles. 3.31 miles in the evening and it was quite drizzly and rainy.

Friday- Quick 4.23 mile run in the humidity to start the day around the lake. Fast finish to get it done.

Saturday- 14.31 miles with the run club! Another very humid morning as the rain came in, but warmer than the ice storm last week. Had some faster strong miles in the middle so felt good about that. Back to building things back up slightly after a bit of a recovery week.

Sunday – REST DAY

And there you have it!

How is the weather in your neck of the woods? Do you finally feel like it is starting to look like springtime?

Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! I don’t know about you but I am super READY for some free time this weekend!! I was up for an early run before the busy workday and it was just what I needed. Working out the crazy thoughts in this brain of mine.

Post winter storm has been kind of nuts especially in my neighborhood with everyone working on repairs and such. I was so thankful to not experience any issues in my personal living space but a lot of folks did. It is one of those times where you really have gratitude for a (literal) roof over your head and running water. Real talk.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Moves to add to your routine for body maintenance and self-care. Forever a fan of all of the hip mobility things.

10 tasty and fresh spring recipes. Intrigued with the shaved asparagus salad.

The fact that my tax return came in. Just in time to pay bills and rent HAHA. But hey, it does help to pay your taxes early. Well at least I have a few extra pennies to buy a pedicure.

Excited to be teaching a brand new spin class at a brand new gym! Check the schedule if you want to attend and book your bike.

Loved this mask I tried last night. It really gave my skin a nice glow and put some moisture back in. Especially after the crazy cold weather.

Plus, your Friday funny. 

Share some happy thoughts with me from your week! Have a great weekend.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Well we have come completely OUT of the ice apocalypse here in Texas! This morning was yet another beautiful sky / early run before all of the clouds rolled in. It has been super warm and beautiful the last few days though. Makes me wish I could go play outside in the middle of the day.

I mean we do have a little rain in the forecast but check out these temps. We’ve come a long way from the below freezing temps. Yay for regular Texas weather.

Why don’t adults have ‘recess’ in the middle of the day like kids do? We certainly deserve to go out and play as hard as we work.

This week has been so busy work wise I’m definitely looking for a breather this weekend. I mean if I am being honest I would love to go on another vacation. Oh, to be back on a boat again.

This week I was able to get my CRAWFISH on! Those of you in the south know what’s up. It is crawfish season. The best time of year. I feel like I crave shrimp crab and crawfish at least once a month.

Honestly I am oh so glad the snow/ice is gone. I know some of you love to run in it but as much as us Texans went through I’m glad we are a state that is good at bouncing back.

Share some randomness with me from your week!