Confessions, Things I’m Loving and Such.

I have a slight obsession at the moment with sparkling water. Passionfruit and cucumber melon have to top the list of the 2 faves. Not sure why but drinking bubbles in the summer time just makes me happy.

I subbed an early morning spin class this week and it made me feel pretty nostalgic. When I first started teaching I taught on Mondays early in the mornings and did so for about 3 years. Now I just teach 3 nights a week and really love my cycle party happy hours. But the morning folks are so sweet it made me miss it a little bit. For now I think I’ll just stick to my morning runs and just teach at the gym at night.

I am really thankful that I’ve fallen in love with trail running. After being a devout road runner for so many years (which I still love) it is fun to get off the beaten path sometimes. Especially when you are putting in so much mileage training for ultras. Sometimes you just need a change of pace.

Our family dog Brady is absolutely the cutest is he not? He just got a haircut for the summer. I love his little random white paw with the black paw. Such a cutie pie.

I’m sorry in advance for those of you that sell Lipsense but that ish is seriously overrated. I mean why am I paying so much for lipgloss, because it stays on!? Sometimes I don’t want my gloss to stay on that long. Also, I feel like I have alcohol on my lips it stains them so much. No thank you. And I have a tube I never used so I gave it away. You can keep it.

Lately I have been loving the sunsets almost more than the sunrises. Not sure why that is. I will always and forever be a morning runner but there is just something about the sunset and evening runs (of course on double run days) that I am feeling lately.

Hammocks on balconies are kind of a thing now in my ‘hood. I swear everyone has one and now I want one. How fun would it be to kick it outside on your balcony in a hammock and read a book? I need to make this happen.

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I have Friday completely off this week and it is definitely much needed. I plan on getting in as much pool time as possible on my long weekend.

What are some confessions, random rants, or things you’re loving today?

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello there and happy Friday to you! It is payday Friday to be exact. So that is a reason to celebrate! I’ve got some running, brunching and playing in the sunshine on the agenda. Good fun!

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

-Playing on the trails this past week with buds. I am starting to make it a mid week tradition.

4 times you don’t want to run, but should anyway. Preach.

Top 10 running drills for speed and efficiency. I’m all about the butt kicks and the high knees.

21 not boring chicken meal prep ideas. I love mixing things up Mexican style but I’ll have to try the Greek one.

-Blood orange cider. Super refreshing post run! Just a hint of orange goes a long way.

That’s all for this week! Have an amazing weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Anyone stay-actioning it or traveling somewhere fun?
Staycation FTW.

TGIFriday Faves.

Can I get a yaaaas for Friday?! I’m not sure if people even still say that anymore but I’m saying it. So there. TGIF!! Hope you have a fun weekend planned.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

12 cheap destination races. I love this concept! The Brokebakes one sounds cool. LOL. Also shout out to Carrollton, Texas.

-Just pool time in general. We have had a ton of rain this week so I’m looking forward to some more sunshine time soon.

-This sky. The reflection off the water was just amazing on Thursday morning’s 10 mile run.

Your new running glossary. Yes and yes some more. Love. Thank you, Brooks Running.

That’s all for this week! Have a lovely Friday.

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Running, hitting up some trails, chill time with good peeps.

Pinspirations Lately.

Hey ya’ll! Today has been a whirlwind of a day already but thankfully it is winding down. I don’t know about you but for me blogging is such a therapy of sorts. A creative outlet, if you will. As a writer (I work in broadcast television for my career and have done so for many years – I don’t talk about it often!), writing has always come so natural to me. It is truly what I love. Outside of running, of course. Ha!

I also love me some Pinterest. I did a post on this not too long ago but here are some things I’ve been pinning and inspired by as of late.

You can find me on Pinterest here. Let’s be friends!

Pinners, what is inspiring you lately? 

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happiest of Fridays to you! I just kind of feel like this day calls for some dancing GIF magic. Friday is always the best day for a dance party!

The gif of little Drake from back in the day? My absolute favorite.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-Pool time and grillin’ & chillin’ with the bae. There is absolutely nothing better than skewers on the grill…absolute YUM.

The weird and wonderful things about runners. Love love.

Pineapple flip flops…I think I must track these down ASAP.

John Green discusses his take on cheering on other runners. I can dig it.

-This. Because it is oh so true.

Cheers to a fabulous Friday!

What are you up to this weekend?
Pool time, running, relaxing, Mama’s Day celebrating.

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?

Meet the Blogger Questionnaire.

I was able to get in a glorious run this AM with the run club…it was quite chilly I have to say but the day has shaped up to be a beautiful one! 78 degrees practically feels like freakin’ springtime. Thank you Texas and mother nature.

So we are getting back to the basics today! Since it is a new year and we may have some new readers joining us I thought I’d do a fun little ‘about me’ type of survey. I have to thank Bethany over at Simmering Mind for the idea. Hope you enjoy!

Info-

Name: Chelsea Ross
Age: 32…or is that 21? Nah, 32. Like a fine wine I get better with age. Flirty thirties is the best.
Gender: Female

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Favorites:

Food: Sushi, wine (YES IT IS A FOOD JUST GO WITH IT), cheese and chocolate.

Drink: Water, chai tea with almond milk, coffee, kombucha.

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Book: The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

Song: Spanish Joint by D’Angelo

Movie: Love Jones. Highly recommended.

Band: Oh…good question. My taste in music is pretty diverse and since I teach spin class I’m always listening to and looking for new music. So, probably too many to name just one.

Solo Artist: See ‘band’ answer above.

Place: The open roads or a beautiful trail to get my run on.

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Subject: All things running, fitness, beauty and nutrition.

Sport: Basketball would probably by my favorite sport to watch.

Actor: Boris Kodjoe simply because he is a beautiful man.

Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Life:

Schooling: Graduated college in 2006 (I’m OLD -in fact I’m so old I had to correct myself just now because I put ’02 initially instead of ’06!! Good gracious) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. Best decision I’ve ever made. I’m in love with my job working behind the scenes as a Promotions Producer in television. I write promos and commercials for Christian television. (I know, I know, I NEVER talk about work! But yes, fitness is my side hustle. TV is my career. Now you know.)

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BF: Best friend? Boyfriend?? Not sure what this means. I am currently single after having been with someone for close to 5 years. It was not an easy breakup (it has been a super hot MINUTE too since the breakup–so I’m truly okay!! Some of you may remember) but I wish him the best. I’ve been off and on dating since then and I actually love it. Living life, meeting people, having fun. The end.

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Political ideology: HA…we won’t get into all of that. Moving right along…

Religion: Christian

Tattoos: Sun on my lower back. It’s a tramp stamp. Don’t judge. I was 18 and young and silly! Sometimes I forget it’s even there.

Piercings: Double piercing on both ears.

Languages: English, took a few Spanish classes…I took a French class in college and it was super hard! I need to get back to trying to learn it again soon.

Reason behind your blog name: When I first started the blog I was teaching dance classes at 24 Hour Fitness, it was my first gig as a group fitness instructor. I loved it at the time and also was training for a marathon. So I thought ‘thedancingrunner’ was a fitting name. I teach spin class/indoor cycling now and have since taken a hiatus from teaching dance. BUT…I still dance on my BIKE so I kept the name.

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Why you blog: I love connecting with like minded people from all over the world…and promoting fitness and having FUN while working hard. Yes, it is possible to do both!

Please feel free to fill out any or all of the questions!

When It’s Cold Outside…Runners Be Like…

We all know how easy it is to fall into excuses during this time of year. It’s too cold, it’s too windy, there’s snot coming out of my nose (hey just keeping it real), my bed is too warm etc. I found some cold weather running funnies on Pinterest that explain my exact thoughts sometimes. To be honest, I love the cold but the early dark mornings can be tough! HA. That just makes you that much more of a badass though if you get it done.

In no particular order…

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Are you getting your run on today?
Done and done.

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

Pinspirations Lately.

Happy December to you! I thought I’d share some of my Pinterest inspirations I’ve been loving as of late. I don’t know about you but I will always and forever be a Pinterest fan. Although I have to say the app itself has undergone some changes lately. There’s just something so therapeutic though about pinning. I know some of ya’ll out there feel me.

Follow me on Pinterest also to get the latest of what I’m loving 24/7 365. Or something like that.

In no particular order…

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Have you been on Pinterest lately? What has inspired you this week?

You Know You’re Dating a Runner When…

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-Their idea of actual fun is getting up at 4 & 5 in the morning to go for miles and miles.

-And don’t even expect them to be available for anything on a Saturday until about 9 am.

-They will need a power nap also, especially after a 20 miler. So leave them be. They will be cranky if that power nap does not happen.

-The most amazing thing you could do as the boyfriend/spouse/significant other is to bring them mimosas and/or coffee after a long run on the weekends. You will be the real MVP.

-You look in their closet and it’s nothing but running clothes and/or shoes. Okay, and maybe some cute dresses and heels tucked in the corner…for those days when they want to actually get all fancy and cute.

-They sign up for races in beautiful destinations…because hello, that is what RACE-cations are for.

-They are not shy about eating CARBS…hey fellas, you want to take her out to eat a burger? That runner girl will eat a damn burger with you. And still look amazing in a cocktail dress. Can I get an amen?

Add to the list! You know you’re dating a runner when…