TGIFriday Faves.

Yaaas!!! It is Friday! I think that deserves a festive thumbs up don’t you think? Hope you all have a fun weekend planned! I’ll be running the BMW Dallas Marathon on Sunday. I’m ready for the 26.2 mile joyride!!

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And oh yes, I’ve been checking the weather for this weekend, and it is looking oh so glorious. I’m loving some chilly Texas weather.

I really wanted to use the above gif just because it is oh so awesome. And now I want ribs.

Anyway, let’s get into this week’s faves!!

Tips for motivating your 2018 racing season. I am eyeing some pretty awesome races (including trails) for next year. I’m definitely ready to get back on that dirt path!!

-Loving this look. I am in need this fall of some more dark denim.

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-Naughty and nice coffee mugs. I want both.

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Mistletoe ‘ritas!! I love festive drinks with fresh cranberries involved.

-Obsessed with all coasters from the South Austin Gallery. Aren’t they fun?! I have one in my office with the skyline of Dallas and now I want more.

Have a great weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? Is it snowing where you are?!
It was 28 DEGREES this morning! I did a chilly morning run and I am still thawing out.

Random Thoughts Thursday and Giveaway Winners Announced!!

I’ve got some Brooks Running promo code giveaway winners to announce!!! Thanks to those of you who entered my promo code giveaway yesterday. Here are the lucky two!

Jodi at My Kind of Fit

Randy at RunEatRalph

Congrats to you both and happy shopping! Please send me your email address at chelshu02@yahoo.com and I will reveal your exclusive 40% off special codes!

Let’s get on to the random thoughts for today, shall we?

I’m running the BMW Dallas Marathon this upcoming Sunday! Yes, I can’t wait and I think the weather is going to be pretty much perfection. Temps at the start close to the 40s? HECK YES. I am all in.

I don’t do very well with cutting back on miles leading up to race day. I’ve been scaling back which as someone who runs higher mileage is like pulling out my eye lashes one by one. My body is kind of enjoying the break though. But mentally it is tough. And I’ve got all the attitude and sass in the world this week. So DON’T COME FOR ME. LOL. Watch out, I bite.

But hey, I can chillax and do things like read books, catch up on TV and…dare I say, eat CARBS?! Hallelujah.

I’ve officially been listening to Christmas music and slowly getting into the spirit lately. Plus I’ll be going to my favorite gift exchange/purse party with coworkers which is one of my favorite holiday parties of all time! Lord knows I am in dire need of a new purse.

Do you make cookies/Christmas treats for people as gifts?! I have been thinking about what I will make lately. I kind of love doing Christmas baking. I think this year I will do my puppy chow and throw some Christmas M&Ms in there. Also, what a terrible name for a dessert right? But they are oh so good.

What are you looking forward to this holiday season? Any Christmas races?

Thanksgiving Eve Random Thoughts and a Turkey Day Workout Playlist.

Hi there! Happy Thanksgiving EVE!! I’ve got a fab Turkey burn workout playlist and some random thoughts a day early for you today! Since it is basically the end of the work week. Love it love it. Let’s all celebrate in unison.

And here with go with the random thoughts, in random order.

The Sweet Harvest Pumpkin tea from Celestial Seasonings this week has been giving me life. It is oh so good and has been the perfect way to boost the work day. I may be becoming a tea lover more than coffee. Okay not really. But I do love me some tea in the chilly months. Soothes the soul.

Thanksgiving punch? You had better believe I will be making a rendition of this come tomorrow. It is happening.

Does anyone make a super special dish on Turkey Day?! I always make the sides and my mama does the turkey. Anything sweet potato related, sign me up. Specifically with marshmallows.

The Seven Pillars of Running Wisdom. Fantastic podcast! Get after it.

While we are on the topic of podcasts, doesn’t it seem like everyone & their granny has one lately? I feel like podcasting is the new blogging. Also I believe that not everyone really needs a podcast. But let’s just keep that between you and me.

But I am entertained by the pop culture and the hot mess type ones. I mean, I do like the Real Housewives so you already knew I liked trainwrecks.

Also a confession to make, I still watch ‘Watch What Happens Live’ on Bravo every now and again. Andy Cohen has a place in my heart.

Did you know that John Legend and his wifey did a macaroni and cheese cookoff? I thought that was the cutest. John Legend’s mac and cheese is the more traditional one that everyone likes and Chrissy’s is the more modern up to date one. Which one would you choose?

The CHELSEA TROT will be going down tomorrow morning, aka long run before the relaxing day. There is nothing better than putting your feet up after working hard and relaxing with family and good eats.

Without further ado let’s get to the Turkey Trot playlist! The spin playlist will be back next week!! For more workout tracks, visit me over on Spotify!

How’s your week going? What are you thankful for??
Running, good friends and family, chilly mornings in Texas finally – and of course YOU!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Well hey hey hey!! Cheers to it being almost Friday!! I have a bit of a 3 day weekend coming up (thank you extra PTO time) so I am super pumped that it is my Friday! So much so that I thought it called for a Taylor Swift gif. So yay for that.

Did you know that they call her fans SWIFTIES? LOL, I am honestly not a huge fan but this makes me giggle.

So without further ado let’s get to random thoughts Thursday, shall we?

I am thrilled because it is that time of year again that I stock up on all of my holiday teas.

My favorite natural foods store around the corner keeps ‘em fully stocked. Don’t you just love all of the holiday finds?

I also like to keep those little liquor chocolates around the house during Christmas time. For some reason to me they are so festive. I give them away as gifts as well.

Have you started listening to holiday music yet?!? Is it too early? I am starting to see all of the Christmas playlists pop up on my Spotify but I am hesitant to listen to them yet. For some reason this doesn’t feel right to me until after Thanksgiving has come and gone. LOL.

Is anyone running a Turkey Trot this year? For my veteran readers you know this is that time of year that I run my CHELSEA TROT. AKA long run on Thanksgiving. I usually do anywhere from 15-20 miles before turkey. Then celebrate post run with mimosas.

It has been a “high bun” kind of week, hair wise. Why fuss with crazy morning hair after running during the work week when you can just shower, wash, throw it up and go? It’s a classy clean look and you don’t look a hot mess after. I am all for it.

How is your week going? Who else is rocking the “high bun” with me?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It’s that time of the week again! Random thoughts Thursday. I love to run (my mouth) so perfect time of week to let it all hang out. Let’s get straight to it!!

-I really feel like I need to make my way back to Tyler State Park before the end of the year. Especially before it gets crazy cold outside. I miss running through these stunning piney woods. And even the GLAM-ping part was fun! Perhaps a weekend trip is in order.

-It is going to be COLLLD this weekend! Y’all, like low of 30-40 degrees type of cold. I know you folks up north think that’s warm still but in TEXAS?!? Bay-bay, that is downright chilly. Pass the hot chocolate. I love me some cold weather running though.

-I am starting to get into the Halloween spirit and listening to all of the spooky music. One of my faves right here. Oh, and of course Thriller. I never get tired of that song. I will keep it on my spin cycle playlist forever! Here’s the Halloween Ride if you missed it.

-I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s fall tea. I am buying at least 10 more boxes this weekend. It has no caffeine in it but I love drinking it as a piping hot beverage while checking my emails at work.

-Lately television in general is just not good to me!!! Hashtag I’d rather be running. Are there any good shows left?! I like silly shows. Real Housewives isn’t even that good anymore! Give me some suggestions.

What are your random rants and thoughts for today?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Happy Thursday you all! I really wanted to say YA’LL there, so the ‘you all’ was for my readers up north. You are welcome. It’s almost Friday!! It really feels like this week has kind of flown by for some reason. And of course I’ve got some random thoughts and rants for this week! So herrre we go.

Did anybody watch ‘Martin’ back in the day? I swear that was the best sitcom EVER.

Speaking of cheesy 90s sitcoms, I have been really into 90s pop music this week. Like running while rocking out to my tunes like there is no tomorrow. Yes, I listened to both Ace of Base and the Backstreet Boys this week. Absolutely no shame at all.

For some reason I am feeling like I am not seeing enough pumpkin/fall things in the stores lately. I went to Whole Foods specifically for fall flavored tea and what did I find y’all? Absolutely NOTHING. Whole Foods, you are letting me down. Time to go to Trader Joe’s. I know they will have my back.

We are back to summer like temps the next few days and it is putting me through an emotional rollercoaster. It will be in the 90s on the day I go to the fair this weekend. Why, Texas – just why? I have a feeling I’m going to have to make Friday afternoon a pool day though. Hey, at least I can get one more pool day in before the cold snap comes back again.

I am too excited about getting me some cotton candy and doing all of the fun things at the fair. It only happens once a year, folks. Oh and you know I will be stopping by the WINE GARDEN. Praise Jesus.

This is how excited I get about the State Fair of Texas and fair things.

Runners (mostly talking to my single readers, but married folks chime in too) how do you feel about dating non runners vs runners like yourselves? I think there are pros and cons to both. For instance it’s awesome when you both share the same type of sport and can go on and on talking about it without sounding like a complete douche. But sometimes it’s nice to have different hobbies. Hmm…so yes, being back on the dating scene has been interesting lately.

How is your week going? Any rants to share with the group?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Happy Thursday to you! I don’t know about you but I am more than ready for Friday and the weekend. But before we get to the end of the week I have a few random rants, thoughts and such to discuss. So let’s get straight to it!

A pic from this morning’s run. Oh so lovely.

I have been roasting chickpeas like a wild woman lately. Currently these babies are totally my favorite snack. I put a ton of smoked paprika on ‘em (thank you for that recommendation, Rebecca!) and then I watch mindless television at night while I pop ‘em in my mouth. It is my favorite thing.

Has anyone been watching the Real Housewives of Dallas? I am all about the guilty pleasure TV lately. And love that its in my neck of the woods so I know just about all of the places that they go to for brunch and etc. lol. Brandi and Stephanie make me laugh, they are such hot messes. I also actually really like D’Andra. Now this one below, snooty valley girl Kameron…she can go.

I am running this trail race at the end of October. I actually won a free race entry when I won 1st female at the Piney Woods 100k. Woohoo! Oktoberfest running and cervezas afterwards?! Count me in.

A brand spanking new new Whole Foods Market just opened in my ‘hood. And it is quickly becoming my new hangout spot.

Sip and shop $3 mimosas at the store BAR every Sunday? Hey, I don’t care if my paycheck is in danger, I am all in.

It really has NOT been feeling like fall down in Texas this week. We have had temps pushing to the 90s, & the humidity has been through the roof. And it is just literally one hot mess. WHYY Texas?! Don’t you know this is like my most favorite time of year??? Fix it, Jesus.

Me too, Holly. Me too.

But I tell you what training in these temps has really made me one strong runner. I can pretty much run in any kind of conditions at this point, and that…feels oh so good.

Tell me about your random rants and thoughts this week!

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday! Goodness gracious great balls of fire – is it cocktail hour yet? Haha. I am definitely ready for some long running, playing in the sun and relaxing this weekend!!

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-I scored a sweet deal on these Pure Flow 6’s from Brooks not long ago and I am absolutely loving them! The peacock design makes my soul happy.

Mediterranean sweet potatoes? Sign me up. Cool spin on one of my favorite foods.

Running acronyms to know. Brush up on your lingo.

Is social media helping or hurting your running? Love it. That is real talk right there.

-My nike compression shorts. They are perfect for quick weekday runs. I need a pair in every color.

That’s all for this week! Hope you have an amazing weekend.

What are you up to this weekend?
Running, relaxing, play time with friends as per usual. Also I need a little brunching in my life.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Welcome to Thursday! Almost the weekend…it is so close I can practically taste it. So since I feel like there is not enough randomness on this blog already I thought we’d start a random thoughts Thursday. So why don’t you play along?

Here are some random thoughts rolling around in my head at the present moment. I apologize in advance…oops I mean, I hope you enjoy.

I really enjoy running trails after a long day at work when I am able to get out there. There’s nothing more fun than getting dirty with my trail pals and enjoying some icy cold beverages after. Plus it is getting cooler out so really it is the most perfect time of year for some trail adventures and to be one with nature.

I have a random obsession lately with string cheese. And I feel like I am 6 years old again. And I have to literally take it apart in string form. Also I have trust issues with people who bite straight into the string cheese without pulling it apart. Just saying.

Can we talk about how frustrating it is as an instructor to not have a working mic or when the music goes OUT when you teach a spin class full of people at the gym? Now you know my constant struggle.

-Like seriously, teaching spin class without music is like watching paint dry.

And…as I just typed that rant above, the Pharrell song “Happy” just started playing on my iTunes at work. It’s clearly the universe telling me everything is going to be okay. Woo sah.

I am planning on a random Friday off very soon so I can basically do absolutely nothing but my own selfish pursuits…you know, like get a pedicure, watching mindless TV, trail running with my personal trainer friend who always has Fridays off. It is going to be absolutely fabulous.

It is September and I could not be happier for upcoming fall festivals…yes that means the State Fair of Texas and GRAPEFEST my favorite wine festival of all…give me the vino and life will be just peachy.

Tell me something random about your week! Do you have any fall festivals in your area coming up?

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?