Divas Half Marathon Recap – Spoiler Alert…New PR!

Well I am back from a rather long, fun filled weekend! Hope you all had good times as well. I am here to recap my experience running the Divas Half Marathon on Sunday! What a lovely time it was despite fighting a few obstacles I made it through! And hello, yet another shiny PR is always the icing on the cake. But let’s backtrack a bit!

So my running bestie Tracy and I took the road trip down to Galveston for a long weekend getaway. We got an amazing condo via AirBnB right on the beach with awesome ocean views. I am loving all of the beach inspired décor inside as well. It was so cute and cozy and just perfect for staying a few days. We enjoyed the kitchen too…bought some groceries and did some cooking. Best way to save money on a trip hands down. We went to dinner a couple times but made breakfast and lunch in the condo. Win win situation.

Beach chillin’.

Saturday we made our way to the health and fitness boutique to get our race swag. The boutique itself was rather small so we were in and out of there. But I absolutely loved all of the sweet swag we got and of course all things pink just makes my soul happy. As some of you also know I am the official TX ambassador for this race series so I was proud to be there and represent.

Race morning! It was super windy at the start, with winds gusting 30+ miles an hour and a cool breeze coming off of the ocean. I didn’t mind it because honestly I race better with a little less humidity. So despite the wind, we got lucky with the temps! Hey, super early start really helps too as there was plenty of cloud cover.

So since I have a 50 mile race coming up right around the corner I did not quite taper for this race, instead kept my mileage fairly high. I’ve been running 70-80 mile weeks consistently in training for this ultra. So I kind of just decided to run this one as a fun run type race and as part of my pre birthday festivities. But as some of you know one of the advantages to upping your miles can be that it can make you a tad faster! I sort of ran this race by feel and was clocking 7 minute miles for most of the way through. It has been a minute since I’ve been able to hold that pace for so long! I felt so incredibly strong during this race, mentally and physically. Despite the crazy winds that I was literally pushing against in the back half I made it through. With a shiny beautiful PR of 1:42:10. My 32nd 13.1 and also my fastest ever half marathon! I placed 2nd in my age group out of 178 women and 8th overall out of 1,288. You can’t beat a fairly small race but I have to say that hard work definitely pays off.

Yes, the medal was quite beautiful. And fancy!

How was your weekend? Have you ever run a Divas race or any other festive/themed run?

Virtual Coffee Date.

Hey there! Hope your Thursday is rockin’ and rollin’. Or should I say Friday eve! I thought it would be a good day for a virtual coffee date. Or hey, wine or kombucha…whatever is your drink of choice. So pull up a seat, grab that beverage and let’s get it going.

If we were having a virtual coffee/wine/kombucha date, I’d tell you…

That work has been absolutely hectic and I am ready for a beach vacation. One of my besties, Tracy and I are headed down 45 south to Galveston this weekend for a race-cation! Hello Divas Half Marathon. As some of you know I am an ambassador for this race so it will be a good one. This is totally just a ‘fun run’ for me. We got an AirBnB condo right on the beach all to ourselves so it is going down. Perfect way to celebrate my pre birthday weekend (my b-day is April 26th).

I am actually so excited and ready to embrace turning 33 next week. I think being in your 30s is such an empowering, amazing time in your life and I really feel like I’ve grown into my own skin, so to speak. I’ve gone through so many ups and downs the last few years but it feels amazing to be in the place I’m in right now, at this very moment.

Have you tried the Cherry Blossom wine from Trader Joe’s? It’s such a great pinot noir with an excellent price tag too. If you have a TJ’s in your area, you must check it out.

I’ve been loving going to different parks to explore after work lately. It is kind of like my way to unwind from the work day when I am not teaching classes at the gym.

For all of my guilty pleasure Bravo TV watchers, did you watch the RHOA reunion? It was so juicy…4 part series so I am looking forward to catching up on part 2 when it airs. Also…Sweet Home Oklahoma. Hilarious show. I will be catching up on that tonight so do not tell me about the latest episode.

What would you tell me if we were having a coffee/wine/kombucha date?

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there! It’s Friday, and I’ve got my coffee. So clearly all is good in the world. Hope you have a fun weekend in store! I definitely do. Running, yoga, and plenty of time outside enjoying the sunshine is on tap!

Let’s get to the Friday faves, shall we?

-Enjoying my runs this week in my new Brooks Ghost 9s. Yes, I am on a quest to get these shoes in just about every color.

-Frozen mimosas? How genius is this idea…please someone sign me up. I’ll meet you with one of these on the patio.

-Discovering new coffee shops in my ‘hood. Society Coffee is where it’s at. Can we please just put fancy coffee shops inside of every gas station now? Specifically with kombucha on tap as well? Thanks in advance.

-Spending a little more time with the kettlebells as of late. Yes, all I need in life is kettlebells and coffee. Okay, and maybe a run. Guilty as charged.

-And this, because shenanigans are wonderful. That is all.

Have a great weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? Doing anything fun in the sun?

Weds Spin Playlist.

It’s spin playlist Wednesday! This is the day I provide you with jams for your spinning, running and workout pleasure! And also of course a fresh and fancy cycle ride to go along with it. Hope you enjoy!

And check out where I’ll be teaching spin class next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area! Also find this as well as more of my playlists on Spotify under username thedancingrunner.

Let’s go for a ride!

Deja Vu- Beyonce: Warm up
Katy Tiz- Whistle: Standing run
Ice Cream- Jacob Plant: Accelerations
I Got You- Bebe Rexha: Rolling hills
Shut it Down- Pitbull, Akon: Tapbacks
Bad Language- Topi: Climb 4/5/6
Cream- Tujamo, Danny Avila: Sprints
Bomba- Deorro: Climb 6/7/8
Energy- Drake: Sprints
Rockabye- Clean Bandit, Sean Paul, Anne-Marie: Active recovery
Nice Flow- Smookie Illson: Rolling hills
Good Feeling- Flo Rida: Jumps on a hill
FIYAH: Will.i.am: Seated/standing run
House Party- Madison Mars: Sprints
OMG- Usher: 8/9/10
It’s Not Over- Jordan Burns: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts this week?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Well hello there! It’s hump day and as most of you know it’s the day that I share my spin cycle playlists with you all! I’ve got two awesome lists filled with songs for indoor cycling, running, and high intensity workouts!

And as always check out where I’ll be teaching spin class next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Let’s go for a ride!

Touch- Little Mix feat Kid Ink: Warm up
Work it- Cesqeaux: Tapbacks
Put Your Drinks Up- Kardinal Official: Accelerations
BURNITUP!- Janet Jackson feat Missy Elliot: Climb 4/5/6
Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See- Busta Rhymes: Rolling hills
Party Monster- The Weeknd: Climb 5/6/7
House Work- Jax Jones: Sprints
The Right Song- Tiesto, Oliver Heldens, Natalie La Rose: Active recovery
Delirious- Steve Aoki: Sprints
Runnin- Pharrell Williams: Climb 6/7/8
Tambourine- Eve: Jumps on a hill
Come to Me- Diddy, Nicole Scherzinger: Seated/standing run
Pon De Floor- Major Lazer: Sprints
Bad Habits- Maxwell: Cool down

No Letting Go- Wayne Wonder: Warm up
Cha Cha (DJ Sliink Remix)- D.R.A.M.: Accelerations
Say it Right- Nelly Furtado: Jumps
Gossip Folks- Missy Elliot: Rolling hills
Show You Love- Kato Sigala: 6/7/8/9
Countdown- Beyonce: 8/9/10/11 (Heavy climb)
Messin’ Around- Pitbull: Active recovery
Both- Drake, Gucci Mane: Rolling hills
Night Cap- D.O.D: Seated/standing sprints
Give it 2 U (Remix)- Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz: Jumps on a hill
Carry Out (Manon Dave Remix)- Timbaland & Justin Timberlake: Tapbacks
Runnin- Low Steppa, Kelli-Leigh: Standing run
Chameleon- Pnau: Rolling hills
Stretch 2-3-4- WatchTheDuck: Tapbacks
Right Now (Ralphi Rosa Remix)- Rihanna: Accelerations
Distraction- Kehlani: Cool down

What songs are you grooving to lately? 

A Fun Evening with the Dallas Fitness Ambassadors and CorePower Yoga.

As a distance runner I always feel like I could do more yoga. It truly makes me feel restored and re-energized! So I jumped at the opportunity to attend a sunset yoga session with CorePower Yoga and my fellow Dallas Fitness Ambassadors.

I was chosen as a Dallas Fitness Ambassador not too long ago and I am so excited to link up with this group to check out new workouts in the DFW area. I will be posting more about the workouts that I attend and new fitness studios popping up all over the metroplex. So definitely stay tuned for more of these posts!

I have attended CorePower before (check out my review here) and have taken a few different types of classes at their studio. This particular class was held outdoors at the beautiful CenterPark Garden at Northpark Mall! It was a perfect evening for getting your strech on outside. Nice and cool but not too chilly with a sweet sunset and colorful flowers in the background.

Green House Market was there also sampling some of their sweet treats. I loved the little date bites with berries on top as well as the chia seed pudding. Total yum and all natural.

They had a live DJ and an instructor to lead as through the vinyasa flow. I ran just over 12 miles yesterday so I totally needed this stretch! Warrior 2 is my jam.

I love also the concept of doing yoga outside. For me it really helps me to zen out and really get into the practice. Plus the soft surface on the grass was so cozy. Way better than doing yoga on a hard floor or pavement.

After the session DryBar and MiniLuxe had stations for manis and braiding hair etc. They also had a juice bar! ‘We’ve Got the Beet’ – I simply adore beets in juice form. I honestly am not sure why.

Overall it was such a wonderful night of yoga and networking with my ambassador friends. I am thrilled to be plugged in with these amazing folks who are also bloggers like myself and in love with health and fitness! Plus, I can now try new workouts and share them with you so you can get the exclusive skinny on the hottest and latest in fitness.

Hey, it also is nice now not to be the only person constantly taking photos at events. Because all of my blogger buds are photo happy! I love it.

Check out CorePower Yoga to see if there’s a studio near you and if you are in the Dallas area, hit up Green House Market for some healthy eats and treats.

When is the last time you got your yoga on? What’s your favorite type of yoga?
Definitely vinyasa/power flow!

Weds Spin Playlist.

So today I have not 1 but 2 awesome playlists for your workout pleasure! These are great songs for spinning, running or any other high intensity workout! Hope you enjoy!

And as always check out where I’ll be teaching spin class next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area! And find me on Spotify under thedancingrunner! Let’s go for a ride!

Pretty Girls- Wale: Warm up
Do it Again- Pia Mia: Standing run
Piece of Me- MK, Becky Hill: Tapbacks
Goin’ In- J.Lo: Accelerations
Show Me a Good Time- Drake: Seated/standing run
I Love It- Icona Pop feat Charli XCX: Jumps
Drop That Low- Tujamo: Sprints
I Don’t Like It, I Love It (Kasum Remix): Robin Thicke, Flo Rida: Rolling hills
Holy Grail- Jay-Z: Climb 6/7/8
Jump- Rihanna: Jumps on a hill
Blame- Calvin Harris, John Newman: Climb 7/8/9
Betta Riddim- Riton, Kah-Lo: Accelerations
Surfin- Kid Cudi: Climb 8/9/10
Push It- Salt n Pepa: Tapbacks
Love On Me- Galantis: Climb 9/10/11
Incense- Erykah Badu: Cool down

Back & Forth- Aaliyah: Warm up
The Party (This is How We Do it)- Joe Stone/Montell Jordan: Tapbacks
I’m the Ish- DJ Class: Climb 5/6/7
Hypnotize- Notoriuous BIG: Standing run
Cooler Than Me: Mike Posner: Climb 6/7/8
Promiscuous- Nelly Furtado: Sprints
Here Comes the Hotstepper- Ini Kamoze: Rolling hills
Do it Well- J.Lo: Sprints
Switch- Will Smith: Tapbacks/Jumps
Poison (Phil N Good Remix)- BBD: Climb 7/8/9
Fergalicious: Accelerations
Elevator- Flo Rida: Climb 8/9/10
Buy U a Drank: T-Pain: Active recovery
Rhythm Nation- Janet Jackson: Rolling hills
Forget You- CeeLo: Sprints
Regulate (Le Boeuf Remix): Warren G: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts lately?
Tell me something random about your day today!!
Awesome sunrise run this morning. Also dancing in the office while knocking out work is where it’s at.

Weekly Running Report.

Hope your week is off to a great start! I am back from the weekend and ready to recap some of last week’s mileage with you. I managed to squeeze in over 75 miles of running last week!! So let’s get right into it!

Monday AM- 8.02 lunchtime miles. The weather has been kind of off and on lately (ahh yes, love Texas this time of year) but I managed some lovely solo miles at a 8:47 pace. Legs actually felt pretty good on this day.

Monday PM- Very quick warm up before teaching a class at the gym – 2.22 miles, 8:16 pace. Over 10.2 miles total for the day.

Tuesday AM- 10.02 easy miles after a rain storm. Nice early start before the busy work day. Usually I end up having 2.5 cups of coffee on days like this. I need coffee in a IV.

Now you know my secret.

Tuesday PM- 3.02 evening miles. Just gathering my thoughts- stretching out the legs, and getting them loose from the 9 to 5.

Wednesday AM- 8.08 miles in the morning with my neighbor. The sunrise was kind of ridiculous that day. In a good kind of way.

Wednesday PM- 4.12 miles after work before some happy hour fun. Yeah, clearly you see a double run day pattern going on here. Just call me butter because I am on a roll.

Thursday AM- 10.11 very sleepy miles with IRC, did most of my mileage with them and a few more on my own. Yes, we do love our shoe pics.

Thursday PM- 3.02 miles, 8:33 pace. Warming up the legs before gym.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday- 15.15 conversational miles with Tracy. It was humid and cloudy outside with a little breeze which helped. We are both gearing up for a few races. She’s a former college cross country athlete so I love running with her. She enjoys running with me because I love to go long and I love to run with her because she’s amazing at racing. We are running sole mates indeed.

Sunday- 12.02 trail miles on tough terrain with my trail running friends. The Ragnar relay people were there to chat about upcoming races, giving out freebies and such.

Love navigating the rocks and roots. To be honest since my 100 miler I’ve really missed being back out on the trails so I’m going to have to find another trail ultra soon. I’ve got my eye on a few things before the end of the year including a 100k in November (62 miles).

I am loving my Brooks PureGrit 5’s by the way. It took a minute to break them in but they are perfect for a rocky trail.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you do any St. Patty’s Day celebrating?
Yes, accompanied by a few mimosas with friends on Saturday.

5 Reasons Why Running is the Cure as Told by Legally Blonde.

1. It can give you the best energizing mental boost…to get through that project at work or presentation. Sometimes you just need a clear mind to get through the work day. Running can do just that.

2. Some days you are just in a MOOD…you feel me? Running can totally turn a day around and make a bad day better.

3. It can give you an opportunity to get out with your running buds and vent about life while getting some miles in together. Like doing some girl talk and such. Hey…girls…we talk about just about everything.

4. It can get your through a funk or situation where you want to be lazy in bed and eat bon bons all day. Which, sometimes can be therapeutic. But some days you just need to get your ass up, get out of that funk and get going.

5. Because exercise gives you endorphins! Let’s just bottle those babies up and market them, shall we?

What are some reasons why you keep running?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy Wednesday to you! I’ve got some spin jams for you today! I also got my day started with another fantastic run by the lake. 8.08 miles done. I’m loving all of the crazy clouds lately.

Those of you new to the Wednesday spin playlist, I post my cycling workouts here every hump day. You can also find me on Spotify under thedancingrunner where I add playlists on a weekly basis.

Without further ado let’s get to the playlist! Check out my spin schedule to see where I’ll be teaching next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Let’s go for a ride!

Dance Apocalyptic- Janelle Monae: Warm up
Greenlight- Pitbull, Flo Rida: Standing run
Desset- Dawin: Rolling hills
Sixes- D.O.D.: Sprints
The Way You Move- Outkast: Tapbacks
Bring it Back- Shy Carter: Jumps
Back to Back- Drake: Climb 5/6/7
Morning After Dark- Timbaland: Climb 7/8/9
Run the World (Kaskade Mix)- Beyonce: Accelerations
Down in the DM (Remix)- Yo Gotti: Active recovery
Paradise- Benny Benassi, Chris Brown: Rolling hills
Around the World- Natalie La Rose: Jumps on a hill
Run- offaiah: Seated/standing run
Party Monster- The Weeknd: Climb 8/9/10
Trophy- Kayjo, RahRah the Savage: Sprints
Bourbon- Gallant: Cool down

What songs are you grooving to lately? Are you on Spotify?
Let’s be friends if we aren’t already!