TGIFriday Faves.

I am definitely ready for a little down time this weekend to loosen up and have some fun. I have 12 miles to knock out tomorrow, followed up by some chill time and then dressing up to celebrate my friend Nat’s birthday at Wolfgang Puck!
Love this girl. She’s seriously my ride or die BFF. Can’t wait to celebrate her last year in her 20’s with her!
Let’s get on to my faves this week!
-These camel colored boots. They make my tootsies so happy.
23 Signs You’re a Morning Person. These are all embarrassingly me.
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-Nutritional yeast. I actually think that kind of sounds gross. I just call it nooch. It’s so good for you and I sprinkle it on everything. If I ever go vegan this will be a lifesaver. You can sprinkle it on stuff like pasta or popcorn and it kind of reminds me of parmesan cheese.
Fleece lined leggings? Need these in my life.
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-2 buck chuck. Yet another thing from Trader Joe’s that I’m loving this week. Post spin class pinot grigio is best served on the rocks…not with ice but with frozen strawberries.
-Getting my Asics winter running swag from Luke’s Locker. One of the awesome perks of volunteer coaching is we get some fun freebies. New pullover, jacket and running tights.
What are you up to this weekend? 
Is it chilly/snowing where you live? 
Temps are back in the 30’s for us!

The Real Deal, Baby…Wknd Recap.

Ahh Monday…we meet again. New week, clean slate, ready to tackle some work and get my hustle on! I taught a class this morning and we woke up the legs with an amazing cycle workout. Felt good to break a sweat after a lovely rest day yesterday. Just as the good Lord would have it.
How was your weekend? I hope you got to do something fun. I kicked off the party on Saturday morning at the 13.1 Dallas race! My 15th half marathon, and my FIRST time as an official pacer. The real deal, baby.
I paced the 1:55 group along with another member of Team Luke’s. This was my first year actually running this particular series, and the 3rd time they’ve put the race on in Dallas. The past 2 years I have run the Marine Corps Marathon the same weekend so I was never able to run it. So this year, I had an amazing opportunity offered to me to help out and pace the race and I took full advantage of it! What a fun day it was. It was dark and temps were right at 60 at the start with a nice chilly breeze in the air and plenty of overcast. Wonderful conditions to rock this race.
As I told you before I have unofficially paced a race when I ran 1:50 with my friend Ann last year but this was my first time as a true blue pacer. I chose to pace the 1:55 group so I could run fast and help a bunch of folks break 2 hours, some of them for the very first time. We had a nice little posse with us and we were on our way! The course was super flat and fast with a couple of downhills in the first half. My pace partner had run the race before so he gave us a great mental layout of the course. We knew to expect a nice little incline right at the end, but for the most part the course was pancake flat with a few downhill coasts. We took full advantage of this and maintained right around an 8:45 pace for most of the way! I stayed a little ahead of track for the most part as my partner and I drafted each other. To help myself slow down I took a pic of the sun through the trees along the beautiful Katy Trail.
This without a doubt had to be my most favorite sign of the day! Thanks Ryan Gosling for your assistance in the back half.
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Once we hit that incline right around mile 12 or so we banked plenty of time so we took our time getting up. Since the course was so flat we were definitely prepared and ready for the challenge! It was pure adrenaline. I was still running with a few people I was pacing at the time so I told them to power up the hill and just take off and finish the race strong! I was so proud, everyone around me looked so mentally and physically THERE. It was so incredibly motivating to see others push themselves and conquer their goals and hit the PRs that they were gunning for.
We finished the race just under 1:55. My partner and I made a GREAT team!
Overall I REALLY enjoyed being a pacer for this race. I would absolutely do it again! It was like one big race party. And of course you know I played my jams the entire way.
After the run I met up with some buddies of mine that were in town for SMUs homecoming game! I’ve known this girl since I was 11 years old. 18 years of friendship still going strong.
Definitely a good time with good people and the celebrating went WELL into the night.
We hopped around Dallas and shared this pretzel that was as big as my head.
And of course we had to toast to our awesomeness.
Cheers to Monday! Have a good one.
How was your weekend? WHO RAN MCM or another crazy fun race?! Tell me how it went! 
Anyone celebrating Halloween this week?

16 Miles, Foggy Watch and Catchin’ Some Rays…Wknd Recap.

Monday morning workout – 55 minutes of spin class with my early crew. Lots of sprinting and rolling hills to kick off another week!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I got some running in, a little bit of cooking, and time by the pool.
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Saturday morning my training plan called for 16 miles. I broke it up a bit and was up at 5 am to get some miles in on my own. Then around 6:30 I met up with the Luke’s Locker crew to kick off coaching another marathon training season. The runners had an evaluation run to place them into pace groups. I did 4 miles with the 9 minute group, then finished off the rest of my run solo to top things off at 16 for the day. Again it was another hot and humid morning! I know it’s just going to get warmer from here.
I kept the overall run at just under a 10 minute pace which was my goal for the day. It was so steamy out even my watch got foggy. It may be time to get another one soon. This one has been going strong for 4 years of racing but I think it’s close to retiring.
After the run I met up with this girl for brunch and some play time. We always have a good time catching up.
Summer fun w/ my lovely friend Natalie

Summer fun w/ my lovely friend Natalie

The rest of the day was pretty shot since I was runnin’ and gunnin’ for a majority of the afternoon. I had planned to go to a friend’s birthday and missed it because I was so spent. Fail.
I redeemed myself for Sunday Funday and got a little time in catchin’ some rays with my neighbor Camillia by the pool.
I’m still working on getting a nice shade of toasted mocha latte for the summertime. Right now I’m looking more like a caramel macchiato. I am a work in progress.
Rocking the curls. I love lazy summer hair.
Sunday night I made turkey tacos and put them in lettuce wraps. Yep, still on the mexi kick.
How was your weekend? Did you get some miles in? Who raced or has one coming up? I know this McSpeedster does!

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday! I am up and ready to knock this day out. Enjoying my coffee here at my desk while I catch up on a little bit of work. This weekend I am looking forward to a long run and of course coaching some runners over at Luke’s Locker! It should be a great group this year as it always has been in past years. I love the camaraderie of running in a group and I am looking forward to lots of fun Saturday mornings with the crew in these next few months.
Team Lukes at the Wounded Warrior 10K/Half Marathon

Team Lukes at the Wounded Warrior 10K/Half Marathon

Let’s talk about this week’s faves…
Nail color of the week. Boom boom room. Love this shade of pink. Essie never disappoints.
Totally craving all things peanut butter and bananas lately. So much that I just chop ’em up and throw a big heap of PB on top, mix and go to town. Totally craving these right now. Might have to be a weekend project.
Bright statement necklaces like this one. Definitely would make a bland outfit pop.
Life in your early twenties vs. your late twenties. I can relate to all of these as I say goodbye to my beloved 20’s this year.
The ebb and flow of life. Beautifully written.
Getting Starbucks rewards in my inbox at just the right time. They know the way to a girl’s heart.
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Treating myself this week to some VS goodies. Will always love Amber Romance. This body scrub is like my dessert after a long run.
What are you looking forward to this weekend? 
Do you have a favorite coffee/drink order at Starbucks?
Any guilty pleasure stores you like to shop at?