Fitness, Fun, Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! Check out this stunning RUNrise. Very blessed with this beauty of a view. It is so nice to just be running for fun right now and without a super crazy race calendar per usual.

Especially when I currently teach so many classes at the gym along with my career. Loving this chapter of life that I am in.

Giving no f*cks and embracing the heck out of it. Plus it is oh so nice to get paid to workout. Thank you baby Jesus for enabling me to do what I love in a side hustle manner! I definitely do not take my gifts for granted.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!!

Practice: Grounding when life is chaotic. Even though I am doing all the things I love currently, life CAN and does get hectic. So I find the grounding practice to be super important. Thankful for deep breaths and gratitude at all times of the day.

Still loving this Life Time water bottle. Yes I have been sporting it at my desk while I get all of our promos in order. TV producer by day, instructor by night.

Eyeing this strawberry cashew smoothie.

Skull leggings this week yet again, for the win.

And there you have it! Just a thought on this fabulous Friday.

Have a great weekend!

What is on tap for your weekend – share some of your fave fall festivals with me!
Running and spinning and brunching and enjoying this incredible early AM cooler weather (we are still in the 90s in the afternoons). Festivals – Definitely Grapefest, Oktoberfest, and the BEST OF THE BEST state fair of Texas.

Fitness, Fun, Random Thoughts Thursday, Running, Spin class

Random Thoughts Thursday.

My morning started with a power packed 13 mile ride and a run around the ‘hood. My early morning peeps always work so hard! I love the 5:30 AM energy and hearing the whizzing of the bikes as we jam out with party lights. Teaching a spin class + getting my run in + eucalyptus steam room equals a happy Chelsea.

The sunsets on my evening runs have actually been the real winner though. Like that pic above. Watch more sunsets than Netflix…always my motto.

Yes, Life Time is so awesome we even have OUR OWN WATER NOW. And it is delicious and in this pretty BPA free bottle.

I am back on my vanilla chai kick. Drinking this as we speak while I have some clove essential oil in my diffuser.

Chillhop essentials Fall 2021 just came out. Perfect music to work and write to. When I am at my career girl job. But maybe even do some yoga too. It is a whole vibe.

I’ve been enjoying just running for fun still and not really posting as much on the social media front. I do have to promote my class a lot still on our Life Time group pages but taking a back seat to being hyperactive on certain platforms is actually quite nice and refreshing.

Grapefest is this weekend! So you know where I will be. And then the State Fair of Texas begins next week!! Two festivals that I did not get to experience last year. I am so very glad fall festivals are freaking back. Oh happy day.

Share some randomness with me from your day! What is your favorite fall drink ?
I dabble in some pumpkin spice coffee (not the latte) but my jam has to be the vanilla or pumpkin chai.

Fitness, Spin class, Weds Spin Playlist

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there spin cycle instructors and workout enthusiasts! Your girl is BACK with a fire playlist!! Hope you enjoy this one and if you’re local come check out my class at a Life Time near you.

My current schedule is here.

Til then, enjoy the jams! Visit me over on Spotify as well where I post playlists on a consistent basis.

Let’s go for a ride!

Head and Heart- Joel Corry, MNEK: Warm up
I Wanna Know- RL Grime, Daya: Standing run
We Run the Night- Havana Brown, Pitbull: Accelerations
Underwater (VIP Mix)- Tujamo: Rolling hills
I Can Only Imagine- David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne: Climb
In Common- Alicia Keys, Kaskade: Jumps on a hill
Outside- Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding: Tapbacks
Lean On- Major Lazer, CRNKN Remix: Climb
Get Down- RetroVision: Active recovery
In My Feelings- Drake: Seated-Standing run
Drop- GEazy: Tapbacks
Love Tonight- Shouse, David Guetta: Sprints
Sit Still, Look Pretty- Daya: Climb
A No No- Mariah Carey: Standing run
Ball- T.I.: Accelerations
Indian Summer- EDX: Cool down

Feel free to share what songs you are spinning – running – working out to this week!

Fitness, Inspiration, Monday Musings, Running

Mental Endurance Tips.

With the pandemic and all of the chaos going on in our world today, it is easy to want to slip into a negative mindset. I am thankful I am one of those ‘sunny disposition’ types who doesn’t get easily deterred by trivial things. However…as I talk to different people (runners, athletes who take my classes at the gym etc) I realize there are a lot of hurting people in the world. I’ve learned to have more empathy with others in general.

We all need some mental endurance tips from time to time! Even those of us with a ‘sunny dispositon’.

A big part of racing (and training and day to day STUFF) is relying on your mental strength. As a person who has been running ultras and marathons for a number of years this is something I feel is my strong suit and I love to share the love with others. Here are some things that have worked for me to develop (and maintain) strong mental endurance.

Discipline > motivation. I am a strong believer in this. Motivation to me is not something that is always going to get you out the door in the morning. As a beginning runner back in the day, I was that ‘motivated’ runner. Who was always looking to my left and my right at what someone else was doing. I don’t necessarily think being motivated is a bad thing. As you grow as an athlete and it becomes more a part of your overall wellness and lifestyle you realize consistency and discipline is what is going to keep you pounding the pavement and trails. It is what will keep you ‘rock solid’ when you’re not training, when you just are maintaining fitness. Getting out there, despite what race is on your calendar.

Accountability. For me this has always been about community. I have a group that I run with on Saturdays and I always tell people that my Saturdays are SACRED. For instance, right now I have zero races on the calendar. This may or may not change in the next few months. But for once in about a decade I’m very at peace with this. Because I love to just get up and bang out a double digit run every weekend with my friends and I’ve been doing so for as long as I can remember in my adult life. Community…the running community, is what GIVES ME LIFE. And keeps my mental game strong. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Watch what you consume. Be it social media, incessantly scrolling through your Facebook-IG-Strava feed. What you consume, consumes you. I fill my social media feed with things that inspire me to get out the door. Things that make me laugh. Make me think. I have no room in life right now for anything to bring that energy down. And I feel that as I get older, my tolerance for anything that is draining is less and less. I do utilize Strava however for training purposes but honestly that is about it. I appreciate the Kudos though because I do know that people love the energy that I bring onto that platform so I continue to share.

Sometimes you need a little music! This does and does not work for some. But as a fitness instructor and a music LOVER I crave music all of the time. Even when I am working as a writer for television during the day…when I am writing a promo…or want to get my creative juices flowing. Music MOVES ME. It will always be something that keeps my mental strong.

Feel free to share some things that keep your mental endurance strong for running – cycling – working out – LIFE!

Fitness, Spin class, spotify, Weds Spin Playlist

Weds Spin Playlist.

It’s a great week for a little spin cycle action! Let’s get straight to the jams today. You can always find me on Spotify where I have hundreds of playlists posted for your workout pleasure. Happy to share the love with fellow instructors and enthusiasts.

Also be sure to see where I’m teaching classes next at Life Time here.

Let’s go for a ride!

Morning After Dark- Timbaland, Nelly Furtado: Warm up
GANG- Merk & Kremont, Kris Kiss: Standing run
I Feel Good- Pitbull: Accelerations
Titanium- David Guetta, Morten, Sia: Rolling hills
We Found Love- Rihanna, Calvin Harris: Tapbacks
Hit the Lights- Jay Sean, Lil Wayne: Sprints
Edge of Midnight- Miley Cyrus, Stevie Nicks: Climb
Through My Mind- Firebeatz, Schella: Jumps
Busy Boy- Chloe x Halle: Active recovery
Unlove You- Neyo, Nicky Romero: Rolling hills
Before I Let Go- Beyonce: Climb
Lambo- DubVision: Sprints
Dynamite- Quininto, Yellow Claw: Rolling hills
RITMO- Black Eyed Peas, J Balvin: Jumps on a hill
Wanna Be a Baller- Made Monster: Accelerations
Guilty Pleasures- Wake the Wild: Cool down

Feel free to share some of your fave workout jams with me today! 

Fitness, Indoor Cycling, Motivation, Music, Spin class, spotify

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! I’ve got some hot tracks and throwbacks for your eardrums today!! Hope you enjoy this GOOD VIBES RIDE for my fellow instructors, spin cycle lovers and workout fanatics!!

Check out my schedule to see where I’m teaching next, and as always follow along on Spotify where I post all of my workout playlists.

Let’s go for a ride!

I Got Love- Don Diablo, Nate Dogg: Warm up
Do it Well- Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris: Accelerations
Just a Little More Love- David Guetta, Wally Lopez: Rolling hills
The Portrait (Ooh La La) R3HAB, Gabry Ponte: Standing run
Calling On Me- Sean Paul, Tove Lo: Climb
Don’t- Don Diablo, Ed Sheeran: Jumps
High on Emotion- Sultan + Shepard: Tapbacks
Deeper Love- Jauz: Climb
Everytime Tha Beat Drop: Monica, Dem Franchise Boyz: Active recovery
Post Malone- Sam Feldt, RANI: Rolling hills
GUD VIBRATIONS- Nghtmre: Tapbacks
My Friend- EDX: Jumps on a hill
Light Me Up- SNO: Sprints
The Rhythm- MNEK: Climb
Sweat- Snoop Dogg: Climb
Runaway- Galantis, Dillon Francis: Sprints
Simmer- Mahalia, Burna Boy: Cool down

Share some of your favorite workout tracks with me this week!

Cross Training, Fitness, Spin class, spotify, Weds Spin Playlist

Weds Spin Playlist.

It has been a crazy long day but I’m hitting you with your spin cycle playlist for this week! This is for my fellow instructors and workout peeps who love high energy music! Hope you do enjoy!!

Check me out on Spotify as well as my schedule to see where I’ll be next teaching a class.

Let’s go for a ride!

Get Together- David Guetta: Warm up
Hype- Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris: Standing run
Level Up- Ciara: Rolling hills
All Night- Cash Cash, Icona Pop: Sprints
Come Get it Bae- Pharrell Williams: Jumps
Pray to God- HAIM: Climb
In My Room- Yellow Claw: Climb
Breathe, Stretch, Shake- Mase, P.Diddy: Seated/standing run
You Know- Tujamo: Active recovery
HADES- Hi-Lo, T78, Oliver Heldens: Sprints
Locked out of Heaven- Bruno Mars: Tapbacks / Rolling hills
Jumping Jack- Justin Mylo: Jumps
Make My Love Go- Jay Sean, Sean Paul: Climb
Lambo- DubVision: Sprints
Say So- Doja Cat: Cool down

Feel free to some workout songs with me!

Fitness, Indoor Cycling, Spin class, spotify, Weds Spin Playlist

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day!!! We are back with a rocking SPIN CYCLE playlist for your workout pleasure!! Hope you do enjoy and be sure to check me out on Spotify for updated playlists plus come to my class while you’re at it.

Let’s go for a ride!

Tambourine- Eve: Warm up
Back to Life- DubVision/Afrojack: Accelerations
Starstruck- Lady Gaga: Standing run
Light the Sky- Dannic, Rob & Jack: Climb
Reaction- Sick Individuals: Tapbacks
Goin’ In- Jennifer Lopez: Climb
Grapevine- Tujamo, Tiesto: Sprints
Levels- Nick Jonas: Seated/standing climb
Let Me Think About It- Fedde Le Grand, Ida Corr: Accelerations
Love It Like That- Pink Panda: Rolling hills
C’Mon N Ride It- Quad City DJs: Tapbacks/Climb
All Night- Pitbull, David Rush: Sprints
Lose Control- Becky Hill: Climb/All out finish
Guilty Pleasures- Wake the Wild: Cool down

Share some of your latest and greatest workout songs with me!

Fitness, Running, Spin class, spotify, Sunrise, Weds Spin Playlist

Weds Spin Playlist.

We are bringing back the hump day spin cycle playlist! But first I thought I would share a RUNrise with you. I was up early for some serenity and sanity miles. They were quite beautiful I have to say. Also I saw quite a few runners out at 5 something AM! I love runners that like to get it in early like I do.

Without further ado let’s get to the jams! I’m happy to announce I’m back to teaching spin class at Life Time Fitness.

Right now I’m teaching 1 class every Monday evening due to my career job in television (being your own boss / your own department can be quite the doozy) but so happy to get back to the side hustle. Those of you who plan on attending be sure to wear masks and we practice social distancing as well as temperature checks inside of the gym.

See my updated schedule here. I will be sure to also post when I sub classes and such so we sure to check back often!

Let’s go for a ride!

Get Low – Dillon Francis, DJ Snake: Warm up
Tip Toe – Jason Derulo, French Montana: Accelerations
In the Air – Tom and Jame: Climb / Standing Run
Cream – Tujamo, Danny Avila: Rolling hills
Crazy in Love – Beyonce, Jay-Z: Sprints
Waiting – Oliver Heldens: Climb / Tapbacks
Pinata – Throttle: Sprints
Wish You Well – Sigala: Active recovery
Young Money – DubVision: Seated/standing run
Delirious – Steve Aoki, Kid Ink: Rolling hills
I Know You Want Me – Pitbull: Rolling hills
Applause – Lady Gaga: Accelerations
Beats Knockin – Skrillex: Sprints
Carry Out – Timbaland, Justin Timberlake: Climb
Gimme Dat – Ciara: Final push / sprint to finish
Outside the Blue – Sam Sparro: Cool down

Any other cycle instructors out there?!? What your favorite workout song lately?

Fitness, Running

How to Survive ‘Corona Crazy’ and Keep Running Happy.

Well I tell you what it has been a while since I’ve written a post on a Wednesday! Mostly lately I’ve been keeping my posts to 2 days a week while I try to survive being an essential worker. It is hard at times but I have some pretty dang fashionable masks as a result. And buffs that double as masks.

So since all of this pandemic mess has occurred, how has it affected your running? Do you feel a little bit lost with the fact that you have nothing to train for? OR…are you one of those people who ‘train for life’? I mean it is good to keep your fitness up even if you are not in a constant state of competition. You versus you – I am all about that.

How do you stay motivated in the midst of all of the crazy? How do you avoid ‘runner burnout’ when you can’t even go to the germ infested gym to cross train? I have some tricks of the trade to keep you running strong and happy.

Understand that it is okay to ‘not be okay’ during these uncertain times. We are all going through some sort of emotional roller coaster right now. For some, the ‘Rona has hit close to home, or perhaps you just watch the news far too much than you should. GIVE YOURSELF a effing break. For God sakes. If this means that you need more time for self care and less time to beat your friends on the Strava leaderboards, then so be it. Take the time you need. Your sanity depends on it.

Take advantage of the ‘at home’ workouts. One of my favorite apps to cross train with is Nike Training Club. I’ve been using the app for YEARS. There’s quite the impressive library on there with workouts galore. And you can do them all in your living room while getting stronger.

Decide if virtual races are your thing. Or maybe not. I’m one of those people that doesn’t need a looming race on the horizon to be a consistent runner. Part of this is because I’ve been training for marathons/ultras and running on my own for years and years. Running is my bread and butter, my staple for life. Once you develop that habit you’re just damn good at it. Like breathing. I’m thankful for that. But if you need a race to stay consistent then do the damn thing. It can be fun to have something to look forward to.

Buy yourself some runner swag. Whether it’s a new Garmin, fresh new pair of kicks, or that hat you’ve been eyeing in the window at your favorite running store. It may just what you need to keep it moving.

What are some other things you’ve been doing to stay running happy ?!