Random Thoughts Thursday.

Happy Thursday to ya!! It is a day where I share some randomness with you all. Sometimes it has to do with running- and other times it absolutely does not…SO, let’s get to it…shall we?

UM so it is the FIRST day of summer, apparently. But why is this such an anti-climactic day…well probably because down here in Texas it has felt like the first day of summer for the last few months.

The new group I run with during the week (I kid you not I am in like three running clubs right now, haha love it) is always running and they want to run together everyday pretty much. It’s like dang I love y’all but I am going into social fun friend time overload? I am an only child you guys!! I need my solo run time too. So I need to figure out when my solo run days will be. Mondays and/or Fridays are always good days for that.

Can we say I’m actually ready for FALL to get here?? State fair, fall scarves and boots, cooler non death like weather…and dare I say it. Pumpkin spice everything?? I’m serious y’all can we get straight to it? I simply cannot wait. Here for all of it.

In other news I do love me some pool time so that is one thing that is winning about summer. I took THREE straight days off next week and I will be at the pool 99.9 percent of that time. It is not a game you guys.

PET PEEVE of the week (Yes I am making this a thing)- Social media friends that either like something from 800 years ago on your feed, when you just posted something new…OR will like a whole crap ton of things ALL AT ONCE. I know…pretty PETTY right…but just funny/annoying to me. End rant.

I am feeling like a hairstyle change is coming again soon…and just change in general really. First it was curls, then I wanted straight. Now I am thinking about color again. Remember when my hair was sangria colored? Perhaps we will do that. Or DARE I say braids of some sort. I get tired of the braids look real fast though. Braids I feel like can be so 1997. We will see…I may have to experiment in the coming week.

Apparently it is also national selfie day. So get to snappin’. I want to see all of yall’s mugs on IG today.

Tell me some of your random thoughts/pet peeves this week?!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hey there! AHH yes it is that day of the week again. Where I just kind of throw my random thoughts out for the universe for you to read and judge. Well hey it’s whatevs. Come on random thoughts Thursday!!! Let’s just get right to it…

Strangely I’m still on this country music kick (y’all it was so bad that I even listened to it on a long run not long ago…I kid you not) and it is making me miss country dancing. Me and my bestie Natalie used to go country dancing ALLL the time in the summer back in the day. I think It is time I head back over there. Also…the country Tailgate Party station on Spotify…find it…go get you some. What can I say, I am your typical Texan.

Also my kombucha addiction has come back to play. Particularly this apple berry one. Oh so good.

For some reason this week I’m on the struggle bus a bit when it comes to dealing with the Texas heat + humidity. I think this is mostly mental, so I’ll get over it soon. I’m thankful for running friends though who get up early with me to combat this fact. Next week I will be buckling down with the early morning speedwork too. I mean honestly without running friends I probably would have thrown in the towel already with this running thing. And take up knitting or something. No shade to those who knit. Ha.

Anyone care about this TEA regarding Tiffany Haddish outing who BIT Beyonce at a party?! Like for some reason Tiffany keeps bringing it up? Maybe she has it out for Sanaa Lathan or something. Not sure. I will always love me some Sanaa though. Brown Sugar was my movie. Hey, what she does in her personal life ain’t my business. Even if it was a “love bite”. Oh my.

PET PEEVE of the week: People walking reeeallly close to me on the street as I’m headed somewhere, just all up in my kool aid behind me for no good reason. I get it we may be going to the same place. I just need at least a few feet between us…or better yet if I’m going too slow for you just pass me? You aren’t going to rush me because you are in a hurry! Also people who just stand in your personal space in general. Not a huge fan.

I think I’m going to have to move to Chicago or wherever they teach this HIPLET class. Hip hop ballet for real?! I am so here for it. Teach me how to stand on my tip toes like that too.

And yes admittedly I kind of miss taking dance classes. I dance at my standing desk at work all day long because of this fact. They do have a hip hop class at the gym that I teach at. The girl that teaches it too used to be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and I hear she’s pretty good. We shall see. I’ll do some dabbling in dancing maybe as cross training this marathon/ultra training season.

What is on your mind this week? Any pet peeves come to mind?! 

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello there! It is one of my favorite days of the week…that would be random thoughts Thursday!! Let’s rant and rave and talk about all of the things today…in no particular order…so gather ’round!! 

For whatever reason this week just seems longer than ever. I am also annoyed by anything and every little thing and I do not know why. Like I almost went AWF yesterday when this girl at the front desk at the gym looked at me all up & down like I was not an instructor coming back behind the desk to get the mic to sub a class. You think I’m coming back behind the desk for what?!! To steal protein powder heffa?? But…anyyywaysss…I am OVERJOYED that I will be getting a massage tomorrow evening because all will be happy and well in the world. Woo-sah.

Isn’t this photo of 2018 Boston Marathon winner Des Linden the best?! One of my training buds ran the Boston Marathon and his wife captured this awesome photo so just thought I’d share it. She just looks so focused man!! That weather looked crazy too. Love me some Desi. 

Next week is my BIRTHDAY WEEK (holla holla) and I’ve already taken Thursday off (which is the actual day) but not Friday?? I guess I didn’t think that one through. I think I’m going to take Friday off too…so I can have a SUPER long luxurious weekend next weekend. Yaaaas. Genius. Hopefully I can get away with sneaking in an extra vacation day. My boss is usually pretty nice about this stuff so we shall see. Lord knows I need the stay-cation DO ME time. 

I’m starting to realize that I need to listen to a little bit of gangsta type music to get through the day. Specifically Cardi B’s new album has been getting me by. It’s just so catchy. Cardi B you sure do know how to crank out those BOPS. 

RBF is kind of my favorite Instagram selfie pose at the moment. I think someone said smiling causes wrinkles anyway? Serious RBF face is where it’s at. If you don’t know what RBF is you can google it. You’re welcome. 

What are some of your random thoughts this week!? 

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello and welcome to random thoughts Thursday! This is the day where I dish on the latest and greatest in running related (and not so running related) material! So, without further ado…let’s get to what’s going on inside of my crazy mind lately.

I got my hair done yesterday before going on a date and can I just tell you how much I absolutely NEEDED that pampering session?! I kind of wish I could do this once a week but unfortunately income tax money only comes once a year. It was lovely though. See I even have a selfie to prove it.

-This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. I love it when the sunshine is loud and proud and I especially love the extra daylight in the evenings. It is making my double run days that much more fun.

How awesome is this coffee mug!? My favorite little coffee shop has the best ones. YOU GO GIRL. Great way to start the morning after a good run.

Of course, it is DARK AS ALL GET OUT in the mornings now though for my early runs. But it does help when you have your frans to get you up in the a.m. & knock it out.

I saw a coyote in broad daylight during my lunch run the other day. It was actually kind of funny because we both just kind of hung out there a sec and stared at one another for a bit. Like, we were both asking each other, “WTF are you doing…on MY trail?!” So finally I threw in the towel and re routed my run.

I am thinking about doing a BIRTHDAY RUN again this year. Yes, I will be turning the big 3-4. As most of my faithful readers know I ran 33 miles on my birthday last year. And it’s perfect training for my upcoming 50 miler. So I will probably have to take off work and make it happen. It’s either that or run for 34 minutes (HA) we shall see.

Okay – confession time, sometimes I just read blogs for the comments. Just me? People can be funny.

Also, if you do not have a little bit of a sense of humor I am probably not going to be an avid reader of your blog. Sorry not sorry. There is just too much seriousness out on earth right now. A sister needs a good laugh.

Maybe it is just that my IDAGF light shines a little brighter as I get older? Welcome to being in your 30s. It’s fun here.

What are some of your random thoughts this week?! Tell me any and everything! It is a no judgement zone. Usually.

10 (Frivolous) Reasons to Go for a Run.

Hey…I know running is amazing for your body mind and soul. There are some days you NEED to get that run in simply for your own sanity! So, today I am going to list way too many (frivolous) reasons why you need to go for a run. Right now. At lunch. In a few hours. Tonight! Whatever suits your fancy. And some of them are silly reasons! So let’s just get to it.

1. To get a TAN. Yes, that is one of the main reasons why I like running in the summer. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

2. Because you want to BEAT the time (or distance) on your last run. So, your last run was 5.02 miles? Let’s see if we can make it 5.03. Why? Just cuz it feels good to run a little more sometimes.

3. To feel the dirt underneath your feet. Actually sometimes I go do trail runs for the sole reason of feeling a different type of terrain under my feet. Especially after doing so much dang road running, sometimes the soft trail just feels amazing to the body.

4. The work day was just insane and everything went wrong and now you need to blow off a little steam. I tell you what there is nothing like running after a stressful day at work. Sometimes that is all I need to turn the day around.

5. To earn that margarita at happy hour. I’m not judging.

6. To run off the margarita you had at happy hour. Also not judging (plus running after having a drink or two can be kind of interesting – not that I’ve done that, not at all)

7. To go have a gab fest with your runner girlfriends. Nuff said.

8. To get your butt up earlier in the morning so you can run early and then have some coffee at your favorite local coffee shop afterwards.

9. To break in a new pair of fresh running kicks. I am in love with these pink ones.

10. Because you want to get to the top of the leaderboard of your run club on Strava. HEY…there is no harm in that. We all need a little healthy competition every now and again. While you’re at it, find me on there and let’s be friends!

What are some (frivolous) reasons why you would go for a run?! 

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello and happy RANDOM thoughts Thursday to you! If you’re new here, this is a day where I share my deepest darkest thoughts and confessions…sometimes it is regarding running (because yes, this is a blog about that very topic) and sometimes it definitely is NOT!! So, stay a while, grab a snack or a cup of TEA and let’s go ALL IN, shall we?

First of all, I am tired and through and ready for it to STOP RAINING down in Texas. Last week, it rained basically every day and then this week has been a lot of the same. I’m starting to sound like a broken record talking about rain. And yes, when it rains in Texas it pours people. We will get torrential downpours, usually they are short bursts of rain thankfully but still annoying.

Running in the rain can be kind of lovely though. Cleansing to the body mind and soul. I prefer more drizzles than intense rain though.

I have some new readers lately which is kind of fun and also kind of funny at the same time. Mostly because I feel like new readers come in here and kind of read my blog and think, “WTF am I reading”? Yes, I am an ultrarunner who runs a lot. And I may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But I am someone’s shot of whiskey! Keep reading and you will catch on to the crazy. I am like a train, jump on for the ride or you will get left. kthxbye.

Although I run a heck of a lot (and love it) I still love to help new runners and get new people motivated to run. So, I am going to start writing more “running for beginners” type posts, just kind of sprinkle ‘em in there. Because yes, you do have to start somewhere. I know I sure did…you can read my story here. I’m 8 years strong of ultra and marathon running, still rocking. Running and I have been through hell and back too. But build the foundation for that strong brick house and you can get better and increase your endurance. Patience. Promise.

Moving on – I mean I have to say as much as the Kardashians make me gag at times, my goodness do these folks make some pretty babies!! I love me some cutie pie mixed babies that is for sure. So freaking adorable. Loved the pics of Chicago West. Yes, I know it was a surrogate that popped that one out. But still cute.

Kombucha is quickly becoming my favorite beverage (next to wine). I think I have it at least 2-3 times a week now. They must put magic in those bottles. Organic probiotic goodness, so good for ya. This one is local and phenomenal.

I have kind of a pet peeve. Don’t get mad at me? But I get annoyed when people ask a lot of questions. I don’t mind questions in general but I feel like sometimes people just ask questions that they already know the answer to, to be annoying? Or maybe because they want to see your reaction. I’m just saying…Google is your friend Curious George. Do your research. End rant.

This is kind of how I feel when people ask questions that google can answer…HA. *walking away*

I also get annoyed when people TEXT you without a purpose. Like when they just text and say, “Hi” or “What are you doing – aka WYD”. What do you want? Please have a purpose when you text. This kind of explains how I feel perfectly. LOL.

I have lately been needing some new podcasts to listen to. NOT running ones, really. More like pop culture? I don’t really like listening to people talk about running while I’m running. I did find this interesting one though called “Missing Richard Simmons” (it was a short series) that I listened to while I was running and I was hooked. But now I’m done with that one. Give me some recommendations.

Tell me something random and/or rant about your week! Any good pop culture type podcasts I should listen to?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Well, it is RANDOM THOUGHTS Thursday and I have to say that I am here for it!! I hope you are having a great week so far. It is without a doubt that day of the week where I spill all of the latest and greatest on what is currently going on in my life right now. Sometimes it has to do with RUNNING (because yes, this is a running and fitness blog) and sometimes it definitely does not! So, come along for the ride…let’s go!

I fell like lately every blog post I am talking about the weather. But I kind of can’t help it because Texas weather has just been so up and down! Today, the high in Dallas is just about 80 degrees. I kid you not. When I heard that on the radio this morning, I just about went home to grab my swimsuit. Take me to the nearest pool please and thank you. Drink with an umbrella in it, in hand.

Never mind the fact that it was just about 20 degrees a few short days ago. Yeah, never mind that nonsense. I am more than ready for spring and my Texas bluebonnets to start popping up everywhere.

I’ve been listening to The Love Below album by Outkast this week. Love that album. “She Lives in my Lap” – on repeat. Ha, great song.

I love my new road running group. Like, I think they are all excellent and cool and really good looking. And also, I want to continue running with them until I qualify for Boston. So I can get a cool Boston jacket, you know like the popular kids/jocks in high school with the letter jackets?! Kinda like that. (I know some of you already have jackets that read my blog so don’t rub it in my face – my ego is fragile.) But, I am going to wait until the FALL to shoot my shot since I am only a few minutes off from a BQ. I do all of my long runs with them right now so I think that is helping. Until then, I will just keep running my 50 mile and 50k races and pounding the dirt path. Because, I love my trail running group too. It’s fun to have 2 groups to run with.

You know what is funny about TRAIL and ROAD runners?! You don’t have many hybrids. Meaning, runners that really enjoy and dabble in both surfaces. For instance, I do both ultras and then shorter road races. But then I talk to my good looking BQ roadie friends and they are all like, “Oh, NO I don’t do trails- that is too hard” or something to that affect. And then, the trail/mountain goats are all like “Road?! Pssh….trails are where it’s at. Who does road races anymore??” I’m telling you – there are very few runners that really like both. I feel like you are either good at one or really good at the other. I just so happen to like both. So I think I am a unicorn.

Speaking of unicorns, my mama bought me this unicorn for Valentine’s Day?! Isn’t it super cute – his name is Fluffy.

And there you have it!

Tell me something random about your week! What do you like better – road running or trails, or do you equally like both?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hi, hello and happy Thursday to you! It is time for some random thoughts. Because that is what we do on this day!! Sometimes I rant about running (since duh, this is a running and fitness blog) and other times it is about frivolous matters. Anyway, here are some of my thoughts from this week.

Runners, do y’all still get HYPE about collecting race medals?! I mean, I race often so I still am getting tons of medals but since I moved I have not put back up my medal rack to hang them and show ‘em off. So now all of my medals are kind of collecting dust in a box. Maybe I should put them back up to get excited about them again? I actually have really enjoyed collecting my belt BUCKLES from ultra running. So now I’m kind of like, buckles are the new medals? Meh, I don’t know. It’s so much hardware. I’m starting to feel like a hoarder with so many medals to be honest. I know there’s like a charity where you can donate all of your medals. But I’m not ready to commit to that yet either. LE SIGH.

Is it just me or is everyone on the roads extra road rage-y for no reason lately?? I have never encountered so many people on the roads that don’t let you into the lane during traffic. Dude, I’m putting my blinker on and asking you politely and everything. Geez. Get over yourself. Maybe it is just Texas drivers.

Yes, Texas drivers…you can be not so nice.

I am embarrassed to say this but I am starting to like listening to country music while driving home. Not the old school country though, like modern country. Luke Bryan country. I don’t know why I’m embarrassed to share this with you. Perhaps I will make a country song spin playlist for my classes. I’m sure I’d have at least 10 people straight up walk out. HAHA.

I think I have issues with staring at people for too long. Usually I am admiring something that they have on, and I like what they are wearing or I think they are an attractive person. Or I am deep in thought so just staring in that general direction far too long. But I’ve decided that I need to stop doing this because I think it pisses people off when you stare at them. I don’t like it done to me, like at all. Right? It’s like, do I have something on my face? So awkward, I know. I’ve decided it is okay to be awkward.

Back to music. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of old Janet Jackson songs on Spotify. She has really made some good hits in the past decade or so. Well, few decades. I told you, I’m all over the place with music.

What random thoughts do you want to share this week? Any music you listen to you are kind of embarrassed about?

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello again Friday!! I am so happy that you are here. Cannot wait for some fun free time this weekend. Why does it seem like this week dragged a bit? Not sure but very happy to let my hair down and enjoy some fun free time. I’ve got a 25K trail race on tap, good times with friends and loved ones and then a whole lot of relaxing on the agenda!

Let’s get to this week’s faves!!

This cute top…I feel like especially living in Texas I’m always needing more long sleeved tops for winter.

18 strength moves you’ve got to try. Love me some russian twists.

28 ways to never have a wardrobe malfunction again. I admittedly have never tried no-tie shoelaces. Clearly its time.

The Forerunner 645 with MUSIC!? Who has one? Tell me all about it…I kind of want one.

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

What’s on tap for your weekend? Any fun races? Who is venturing out to the trails?!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hi there and welcome to random thoughts Thursday! This is the part of the week that I spill on the latest and greatest thoughts going on in my head. Sometimes it is about running and sometimes it is definitely not. So have a seat, feel free to play along and/or laugh at my randomness. Let’s get started, shall we?

Hey, while you’re at it…get you a snack too.

Janet approves.

So are you super into the, “new year new me” stuff that 2018 brings? I kind of am and then again I am not. I actually taught a class on New Year’s Day at the gym so I love being a part of that when we get new members coming in and taking over all of the classes. And yes, I realize a lot of them fall off a short time later. But I guess when it comes to my personal life I kind of feel like it’s a bit flaky to hop on the bandwagon of saying you will somehow be this brand new person just because it is January 1st. I do love the optimism though. So I’m torn. HA.

Speaking of flaky I do think that is one thing I want to leave behind from last year. Flaky ass people! I just do not have time for it, anymore. I am too busy to dance around people that cannot make up their minds. Make a plan and stick to it. If you are a flip flopper you will be erased deleted and unfollowed.

Thank you! Deuces.

One website that I am obsessed with is Lipstick Alley (guiltiest of celebrity gossip pleasures). Well that, and Reddit Running. If you are not already following Reddit Running I suggest you do so immediately. Complaints and Confessions Thursday…LOVE.

I am eyeing another 100 miler to run this year. My eye is on Brazos Bend and yes there are GATORS on the trail. My friends who have done it (yes I have so many crazy trail runner friends now and I love it) tell me that the gators are used to people and they actually don’t really move from their homes during the race that has like hundreds of runners on the trail. HMMM…I like danger so we shall see what happens. Registration for the hundo has not even opened yet so I have some time.

I am actually missing dancing so I am going to have to either sign up for some dance classes in the near future or hit up some salsa dancing with friends one weekend. Fun fact I used to teach dance at the gym (hence my blog name thedancingrunner) so dancing is just in my bones. Now I just dance while I run.

Yes. Exactly like that.

This year I think I am going to be a RUN CLUB hopper some more. I actually love going to different run groups to see what the dynamic is there. I host a morning run group during the week but love running with different folks on weekends. Plus it helps me change up my usual long run route. This weekend I will be running with my favorites, the White Rock Running Co-Op. They are some speedsters and they also know how to have a good time. Cheers to miles and mimosas after.

What are some of your random thoughts this week?