Running, Fitness, Race Recaps, Fun, Ultrarunning

Perpetual Motion Race Recap.

It has been quite some time since I have recapped a race, yes?! With the PanDEMI Moore and such going on I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus on large crowds and races etc. So I decided I wanted my fall/winter race experience to be a bit more “mom and pop” intimate.

A friend of mine who is a race director told me about her race and after looking at the signup fees I decided this was going to be my choice! I simply wanted to close the year out with some fun miles, and time on my feet while rocking out to my jams.

In terms of training I put in a 20 miler as well as a few other longer runs – so I knew I could put in the distance. My concern mostly was “can my attention span hold long enough to keep going for 6 hours” on a little over a .5 mile loop. I didn’t read the details actually and thought the loop was a little OVER a mile. Once I arrived I saw the tiny circle and had to adjust my expectations a bit.

This particular race also includes a 12 hour and a 24 hour distance. So my plan really was to check out the 6 hour and if I liked this race enough I would return in some capacity to run something longer. The 6 hour folks lined up and the gun went off right at noon. The 12 and 24 hour peeps started in the morning so they were already off to the races.

I started off with a pretty conservative pace but knew it would be a run/shuffle event especially with the humidity and it was a WARM Texas day. Temps soared to close to the 80s and with no cloud cover I got a tad sun burned in the sun! It was funny the temperature conditions reminded me of our beach weather when I was in Florida.

I did enjoy the crowd though as it was a lot of peeps there that I’ve known being in the DFW runner community for so long. It was folks of all ages out there and a lot of “Marathon Maniacs” (a group I was a part of before I stopped paying fees HAHA) and ultra runners that I know and love. So we talked about running and such while we kept trucking along.

After 3 hours passed the whole race goes COUNTER CLOCKWISE which absolutely helps with this short boring loop! After the 3 hour mark I will admit my boredom set in…so with the change up it kind of keeps things a tad interesting. The race volunteers were so great as well, keeping us stocked with snacks and cold refreshments. That part of the run very much made it feel like the trail race community.

Trail races are really good at taking care of the runners needs especially running the ultra distance. That is also another thing I love about intimate races (as someone who has done the HUGE ones and the mom and pop ones)

At the end I got over the marathon distance which I was thrilled about!! Even with all of the power hiking/shuffling/running I wasn’t sure I would make it but my determination and grit made it happen. I also had a podium finish (3rd female overall) which I was so pleased about. Got a fun pretty glass award AND a medal.

Overall I was happy I chose this race and so happy to get in my mini ULTRA. Haha. I would absolutely go back for this race simply due to awesome volunteers, great swag and small race feel.

I’ve signed up for the 50 miler for 2022 – my 7th 50 miler – so I will be keeping things going with my running and of course teaching all of my classes at the gym.

Cheers and happy racing to you all who will be closing out the year as well with some race fun.

When is the last time you have podium finished a race (let’s celebrate you too)?! Running any races soon?

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TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and Happiest of Fridays to ya! I’m so very ready for some Perpetual Motion! Come tomorrow your girl will be running ALL DAY with some ultra action. Can’t wait! Pray that the weather gods are good to us.

Let’s get to my faves from this week!

How to fuel long runs with real food. I am actually a huge fan of this. Some of my favorites are the squeezable packets of applesauce (I am grabbing some today for tomorrow’s ultra), dried apricots and those dang medjool dates. Freaking love those.

Setting boundaries around the holiday hoopla. So important especially during these crazy times we are living in.

5 ‘good mood’ foods that boost serotonin and soothe stress. Salmon and eggs for the win.

All of the Christmas lights along my running routes this week. Love that folks are getting into the spirit down in Texas.

And there you have it! Have a lovely weekend.

Do you have your Christmas décor up yet??
Abso-freakin-lutely.

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Weds Spin Playlist + My Top Songs 2021.

It’s a great day for some HOT jams! I’ve got some high energy songs for your workouts this week. Be sure to follow along on Spotify where I’m updating hundreds of my playlists on a weekly basis!

Plus you can find my spin instructor schedule here if you want to book a bike and come to class.

I love that Spotify has put out our “Top Songs for 2021”! As an instructor that puts great thought into my music I enjoy looking back and reminiscing on the memories.

Apparently my audio AURA – is bold and motivational haha. I can dig it! Thanks Spotify for the good times and sweat in 2021.

Let’s go for a ride!

Bad Behaviour- Mabel: Warm up
The Beat- Mike Williams: Standing run
All Day and Night- Jax Jones: Rolling hills
Vivid- Quintino: Accelerations
Flex- Rich Homie Quan: Jumps
BURNITUP!- Janet Jackson, Missy Elliot: Rolling hills
I Got U- Duke Dumont: Sprints
Cinema- Benny Benassi, Gary Go, Galantis: Active recovery
Swish Swish- Katy Perry, Cheat Codes: Climb
Melanin- Michael Brun, Kah-Lo: Jumps on a hill
Canned Heat- Jamiroquai: Climb
Bust ‘Em- Party Favor: Accelerations
Sweet But Psycho- Ava Max, Morgan Page: Rolling hills
The Right Song- Tiesto: Sprints
Day and Night- Majid Jordan: Cool down

What is your audio aura for 2021?! Feel free to share your top Spotify songs with me!

Fitness, Fun, Running, Ultra Running

Beach Vacation Recap, Turkey Day Plans and Wednesday Thoughts.

I am back from my extended weekend vacation!! And what a fun time it was. So much has been going on with work and personal stuff that this getaway could not have come at a better time. I just needed to run in a beautiful tropical place, see some palm trees and put my feet in the sand.

A girlfriend of mine has a place there so we went down to her spot and she showed me around her neck of the woods. Ft. Lauderdale is actually full of lots of culture and the cutest authentic coffee shops and fun beachy eateries. Fresh shrimp and beautiful beverages were had every single day.

It was quite cloudy most of the days but the afternoons were sunny so in the mornings I enjoyed running in the ‘hood with the ocean breeze hitting my face.

The humidity was intense but I really loved getting a good sweat on before hitting up the coffee shops for my post run iced coffee.

We went down there just the two of us (only children unite) and danced the nights away. She is like my sister from another mister.

I mean you truly also cannot beat these Florida sunsets and listening to the sounds of nature.

We both really did enjoy ourselves and really felt like we did not want to come home, but back to reality!

I have some long running scheduled for this week leading up to Perpetual Motion. Just an ULTRA ‘fun run’ for me in the coming weeks and I love that the pressure is off for this one. I plan on just closing out my year by getting lots of miles/time on my feet in.

I’ve also just been doing solo runs with everything going on in life (and being an only child) being solo is how I deal with things and life and such. A recharge of sorts. People that know me best know this and that it is nothing personal. Some days you just want to be around people who really know you, and get away from the hustle and bustle. I’m kind of at a time in my life where I want to do just that.

Thanksgiving will be lovely though. I plan on going to visit my Mama Bear and eating lots of mashed potatoes. Oh, and of course, running a Chelsea Trot.

Have a fantastic Turkey Day!

Any fun plans for your Thanksgiving? Are you running a Turkey Trot, or traveling anywhere?

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Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! Like clockwork, I’m back with your spin cycle playlist on hump day. Plus a workout included for my fellow spin instructors!!

Find me on Spotify and see where I’ll be teaching classes next.

Let’s go for a ride!

Turn Back Time- Diplo, Sonny Fedora: Warm up
Mad Love- Mabel, Blinkie: Standing run
We Make it Bounce- Dillon Francis, Major Lazer: Sprints
100% Pure Love- Crystal Waters: Rolling hills
Turn Me On- Riton, Oliver Heldens: Jumps on a hill
Now and Later- Sage the Gemini, Henry Fong: Climb
The Way I Are- Bebe Rexha, Lil Wayne: Accelerations
Alive- David Guetta, Ronald Clark: Seated/standing run
Booty Work- TPain: Climb
P.Y.T.- Michael Jackson: Active recovery
Desperado- Rihanna, 3LAU: Rolling hills
Poison- Bell Biv Devoe: Jumps on a hill
Bring It Home- Sick Individuals: Sprints
5 A.M.- Kartell: Cool down

Feel free to share some of your workout jams from this week with me!

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Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! Busy work day but I thought I would bring you some jams! Lots of newbies on the playlist for your workout pleasure.

Find me on Spotify and check out my current schedule to see where I’ll be teaching classes next.

Let’s go for a ride!

Boasty- Wiley, Stefflon Don, Idris Elba: Warm up
Shivers- Ed Sheeran, Jax Jones: Rolling hills
Bug a Boo- Joe Stone: Accelerations
Get Right- Jennifer Lopez: Standing run
My Universe- Galantis, Coldplay, GTS: Climb
Fireball- Pitbull, John Ryan: Standing run
Don’t Phunk With My Heart- Black Eyed Peas: Jumps
Feels Right- Jocelyn Alice: Sprints
Sweet Memories- CID, Kaskade: Active recovery
Inside Out- Zedd, Griff: Climb
Five More Hours- Deorro, Chris Brown: Jumps on a hill
No More- DubVision: Rolling hills
Piece of Your Heart- Meduza, Goodboys: Seated/standing run
Underwater- Tujamo: Accelerations
Save My Soul (Sunrise Edit)- 5 Boroughs: Cool down

Feel free to share some hot tracks/throwback workout jams with me!

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Weds Spin Playlist.

It’s a great day for some spin cycle jams! I’ve got some hot tracks and throwbacks mixed for my fellow instructors and fitness enthusiasts. Let’s go for a ride!

My updated schedule is here and check me out on Spotify. Enjoy!! Catch you on the flip side.

You Make Me Feel- Cobra Starship, Sabi: Warm up
Rise- Laidback Luke, Mark Villa: Accelerations
Only Girl (In the World)- Rihanna: Rolling hills
Hypnos- HI-LO: Accelerations
I Don’t Like It, I Love It- Flo Rida, Robin Thicke: Standing run
Shine Good- Garmiani, Julimar Santos: Climb
Would You Ever- Skrillex, Poo Bear: Jumps on a hill
Paradise- MEDUZA, Dermot Kennedy: Climb
Nice for What- Drake, DJ lilman: Sprints
Overpass Graffiti- Ed Sheeran: Active recovery
Stay- Zedd, Jonas Blue: Rolling hills
To The Floor- Afrojack, Black V Neck: Jumps
It Gets Better- Swedish House Mafia: Rolling hills
Lady- Black Caviar: Sprints
Purple Night- Cezaire: Cool down

Feel free to share some workout tracks with me!

Fitness, Running, Spin class, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happiest of Fridays to ya! Hope you have some fun in store for your weekend. We are in for some blissfully chilly fall weather this weekend so I am a very happy camper!! It has also been pretty busy for me on the work front (teaching classes at the gym + working my day job) so definitely ready to be free and enjoy the fruits of my labor! Happy happy joy.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Get your foam roll on to relieve stress. I keep my foam roller in my living room for this very reason. Plus blessed to have a massage therapist that I see monthly. You’d be amazed at how much stress can be alleviated simply by getting a rubdown.

Excited to be taking advantage of some more exciting opportunities at Lifetime. We had a little photoshoot last week at the North Dallas location so it was fun to get some free pics on my bike.

Trying out a new to me local juice spot. This ‘blue mermaid’ smoothie with blue spirulina was absolutely everything.

And finally your Friday funny.

Have a good one!

What’s the weather like for your weekend? Have the leaves changed colors where you are??
I love all of the pics I’m seeing of the leaves currently on the east coast.

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Weds Spin Playlist.

Hi hey and hello there! This week has been wall to wall busy work wise but thought I’d share this week’s spin cycle playlist with you! It’s filled with some new hot tracks and well as some throwbacks. Hope you do enjoy.

Check me out on Spotify as well where I post workout playlists and update them on a consistent basis.

Let’s go for a ride!

Flashback- Calvin Harris: Warm up
More Than You Know (Candyland Remix)- Axwell & Ingrosso: Standing run
Gecko- Oliver Heldens, Becky Hill: Climb
Can’t Hold Us- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Accelerations
Side Effects- Chainsmokers, Emily Warren: Rolling hills
Obsessed- Tiesto, Dynoro: Tapbacks
Go to Work- Tim Omaji: Rolling hills
A Little Party Never Killed Nobody- Fergie, Q-Tip: Sprints
Electric Feel- MGMT, Justice: Active recovery
Can You Feel It- The Jacksons: Tapbacks
Yella- Smookie Illson: Jumps
Not Your Number- Nova Miller: Climb
Get Ya Freak On- Koshii: Acclerations
Love On Top (Club Remix)- Cool down

Feel free to share what songs are rocking your workouts this week!

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Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there and happy hump day! It is the perfect day for some spin cycle jams. These are high energy songs perfect for any cycle/running or high intensity workout! Hope you do enjoy.

Be sure to check out where I’ll be teaching classes next and also find me on Spotify where I post playlists on a consistent basis.

Let’s go for a ride!

Acapulco- Jason Derulo, Michael Calfan: Warm up
Don’t Leave Me Alone- David Guetta, Anne-Marie, EDX: Rolling hills
In The Place- RetroVision: Sprints
Sweet Dreams- Beyonce: Standing run
Sign Or Warning- Dr Phunk: Jumps
All Night Long- Faith Evans, Diddy: Climb
Just Hold On- Steve Aoki, Louis Tomlinson: Jumps
React (Cash Cash Remix)- The Pussycat Dolls: Accelerations
Rich Girl- Gwen Stefani: Active recovery
Red Eye- Justin Bieber, TroyBoi: Climb
The Mack- Nevada, Mark Morrison, Fetty Wap: Accelerations
Bingo Bango- Basement Jaxx: Tapbacks
Ayo- Jason Nevins, Chris Brown, Tyga: Climb
Koala- Oliver Heldens: Sprints
Window Seat- Erykah Badu: Cool down

Feel free to share some of your favorite workout jams lately with me!