Random Thoughts Thursday.

Happy Thursday! It is random thoughts Thursday so let’s get straight to the rants and raves…

So yes we are mid way through January and my Christmas decorations are still up. Frankly I haven’t had time to take anything down. Work, running, gym, sleep, eat, repeat has been my life as of late. This weekend I am going to make Christmas cleanup happen.
Actually what it is, is that I think I still want to hold onto Christmas a little bit. I’m actually sipping on gingerbread spice tea as I type. It is marvelous.
I am back on my country music kick, y’all. I have no idea why but its something about country music that puts me in a good mood. I am such a Texan sometimes.
I am excited for warmer temps today and tomorrow, although the chilly weather will quickly return. Texas weather is so bipolar this time of year. But I will enjoy it while it lasts before the winter blast.

This is random but apparently a lot of famous people were born today. Happy birthday Michelle Obama! And Betty White! I tell you what Betty White is like the sassy lady I want to be in my later years.

What are some of your rants/raves/confessions today?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It is random thoughts Thursday! I’ve got a few rants/raves/confessions in no particular order. So herrrre we go…

-We will start with running related. I have to get up every morning before my early runs and check the weather before I put clothes on because Texas has been so bipolar weather wise lately. All week long we have gone from almost 80 degrees to like 40 the next day. It is insane. I actually am looking forward to some spring time weather. Maybe not the humidity part, but some sunshine.

I am doing a free trial on Netflix and need some good shows to watch. Particularly funny/light hearted ones. Any suggestions? I wouldn’t mind starting from the beginning with the Office and just watching all of it all over again.

My main problem (if you want to call it that) with trying to be an avid Netflix watcher is that lately I’m never home. If I am not working (at the gym or my career job), I’m running. If I am not running I’m sleeping. That is what happens when you run high mileage. I always end up falling asleep when I get to watch stuff. HA.

I think the main question I’ve been getting lately is how can I wake up so early to run. Why do people ask this question? It’s like, you either like morning running or you don’t. I can’t convince you to do it. I like getting up early. I also enjoy GOING TO BED early. 8 p.m. is my magic hour. I consider that hour a heavenly bed time. Typically I’m in bed between the hours of 7:30 to 9. One of my friends said it best, I go to bed like an infant. Yeah, I don’t have much of a social life either during the week.

And I like it that way. What can I say, I’m in my 30s. Save the fun for the weekend.

Sometimes I will make an exception if I am going on a date or something. In those cases, I will sleep in and go run at 7 a.m. or something.

Speaking of fun…mardi gras is right around the corner and it is one of my favorite holidays. What shall I do? Go to New Orleans? Maybe I will just run a mardi gras themed race. Dash for the Beads– it’s my fave. I hear they do a 10k now. I need a TX mardi gras marathon (or ultra?). Down here in Texas we do a lot of that stuff. They even have a celebration down in Galveston. You know, we want to claim mardi gras I guess since we are so close to Louisiana.

What randomness is on your mind this week?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

So today is the day that we talk about the randomest of things- rants, raves and confessions! Some of them are running related and some of them definitely are not! So, without further ado let’s get straight to it!

Yes, grab some tea and sip sip sip. Kenya Moore had her baby by the way if you have been living under a rock. Cutest baby girl ever.

Is it just me or is work just really hard to jump back into this week??! Also, coworkers who think they are your boss- no ma’am. Homie don’t play that and it will not be tolerated in 2019. Ya feel me.
I am not making a ton of resolutions this year. BUT I do have a few- I definitely want to get into more yoga and increase my flexibility. I am forever a fan of yoga on Youtube. It is just way too convenient. Gotta keep it going.
-Running is going well and I have been running ultra distances like it ain’t no thang. Up next is the Cowtown Ultra and then the Hachie 50 miler. I may throw a marathon in there for good measure. But, my race calendar for 2019 is still developing. I kind of like it being loose and relaxed for right now especially after just finishing Brazos Bend 100.
Black Santa is still up in the office and you know what I kind of don’t want to take him down. Should I leave him up another week or so? I think he still wants to make his presence known.
Another thing I want to get back into is food prep. Not for dietary reasons honestly more just to save MONEY. Like it is ridiculous how much money one can spend during the week on Starbucks and such. I do have to have my fix every now and again. But yeah. Dolla dolls bills y’all.
It has been COLD and rainy here in Dallas all week and I cannot wait until this weekend because temps are supposed to reach the high 60s. Hallelujah and thank you JESUS. I need my patio weather temps back. This girl loves some sunshine.

What randomness is on your mind this week?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hey hey hey hope you had a great holiday! My Christmas was absolutely wonderful and restful. I’m actually back to work just for today (!) so I’m super thrilled to have YET ANOTHER super long weekend ahead.

But first I thought I’d deliver some (running and non running related) rants/raves/confessions. Let’s catch up. Grab a cup of java and let’s get to it.

I have to say this was one of the most relaxing Christmas holidays I’ve had in quite a while. I did nothing but run, relax, and eat GUMBO. Yes, my mama’s got some Creole in her and thinks she is the gumbo guru. So we have it every holiday season. All of the shrimps for the win.

This week I’ve been listening to a lot of Danity Kane. I know, I have no idea why. I get on these kicks with random music and then I listen to it on repeat until I’m tired of it. Showstopper was my jam. Maybe I’ll throw it on my spin playlist for tonight’s class.

I’m planning on doing my annual Dallas to Ft. Worth run on New Year’s Eve! Some of you remember I’ve done this in year’s past. We should have more of a fun crowd for it this year so I am super looking forward to some big miles to wrap up 2018.

I was at my mama’s for the last few days so when I got home yesterday can I just say how EXCITED I was to clean my apartment…I was having some company over so it had to be spotless. Some days I get into these moods where I just want to clean everything and light all of my smell good candles. I need to actually have company over more often so I will be forced to clean my place.

Actually, I think I’m going to make DINNER PARTIES a thing in 2019. Just invite some of my random favorites over and make them a meal. Bring the wine and we will have good convo and go to town.

Are you making any New Year’s resolutions? I actually don’t really make them but for some reason I have a feeling 2019 is going to be a year of CHANGE for me in a major way. Adjustments are going to occur. I love it.

I feel bad because I haven’t been sharing my Weekly Running Reports with y’all! I promise I have been running. I haven’t been too much of a slacker since my 100 miler. In fact I ran just over 65 miles last week! Feels good to have some solid weekly miles again.

And there you have it!

How was your Christmas? Any fun plans for New Year’s Eve??

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello…it is the Christmas edition of RANDOM THOUGHTS Thursday! This is the day I share my random rants, raves and confessions with you.

Side note. Every time I think of the word “thoughts” I always want to spell it another way.

If you didn’t get the joke, then you just didn’t get it…ha.

Anyway…let’s get to the randomness this week!

If you missed my Weds Spin Playlist this week you may want to grab it for your holiday workouts. It is festive and there are a lot of high energy Christmas tracks on there. Love it.

SOMEONE PLEASE send help. We are in decadent foods overdrive at work this week. I normally stay far away from the breakroom but a coworker makes these from scratch for us, every year. I had one of each. And now I am DONE.

I guess I can say it is fueling the 10+ miles of running I am doing today.

Yep…today is a double run day and I am running the Jingle Bell Run 5k tonight!! I already ran this morning with my run club so it should just be a fun run. I didn’t do this race last year so now I am kind of looking forward to it.

It does seem like this time of year people are MUCH nicer. I’ve encountered a lot of nice people this week for some reason.

Even though people are nicer, I feel like my road rage is even worse right now because everyone is out shopping right after work and it is so much traffic everywhere. I think I’ve been like 5 minutes late to everything this week.

AND…that is why I like morning workouts. Even though I still workout at night. But you know, because I get paid to do it and stuff. Teaching the spin class and such.

Also…the sauna is my HAPPY PLACE right now. There is nothing more satisfying than sitting in a hot sauna after being outside in the cold. Heaven.

What festive things are you doing this week? Anything random to tell the group?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello and welcome to another episode of Random Thoughts Thursday! We are talking all things running, non running, whatever related today. So, let’s get straight to it.

Thanks again to all of you for your well wishes and good vibes concerning BB100. Honestly it was such an incredible experience and I think out of both 100 milers that I’ve done this course was my favorite. Even with the mud and messy terrain, the trail is super runnable and I think on a dry day it would be perfect for some fast running. They do have a 50 miler in April too – and since it is warmer that time of year there are lots of alligator sightings!

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Can you imagine running past those big ole things?

Full disclosure I was slightly disappointed I saw ZERO gators during my 100 mile run. It is funny because I thought since you’re running on the bayou, you would see them everywhere? But apparently they don’t like the chilly weather and they only come out to get their sun tan. Figures.

Upon finishing a 100 miler, you simply cannot just tell people, “Hey, I just completed a 100 mile race” without folks giving you a reaction of confusion. Like, IT IS KIND OF A BIG DEAL that you did such a feat. They first look at you like you’re a complete psychopath, and then ask you to repeat yourself as if you misspoke. Then they say something to the effect of “so, all at once?” “When do you sleep?” in sheer bewilderment. And it is not just your non runner friends.

-You know you’re a crazy runner when even your RUNNING friends think you are crazy.

-And I’m very aware and fine with that. Crazy is my gift.

Post race eats- Popeye’s popcorn shrimp with rice and a biscuit. Okay, I had TWO biscuits y’all. Can we just talk about the amazingness that is the Popeye’s biscuit. Good gracious alive.

I have a ridiculous amount of holiday parties to attend this weekend that just thinking about it makes me cross eyed. It all starts tonight.

Also, I’ve gotten ZERO Christmas shopping done. I guess I had better get to it. Maybe I can do some on my lunch break today.

In other news, my pink Christmas tree makes me happy and like all is well with the world.

How is your week going? Are you finished with your Christmas shopping? (you overachiever, you.)

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello! Lots of randomness to discuss today…non running as well as running related! So, let’s get straight to the point…

I am starting to get a little nervous/anxious/excited about BB100. I think it will be a trail party extravaganza though and also a tad rainy as there is a little rain in the forecast. But these legs are ready to put in some work. Let’s do this.

I had a lavender latte after my run this morning. It was glorious especially with the almond milk in it. Is it STRANGE that I felt a sense of calm after drinking it? Legit I think it was the lavender that made me all chill. Haha.

I have a strange obsession this week with Justin Bieber songs. This one is a serious BOP. Throwback Thursday.

-Speaking of pop artists. I don’t know what everyone’s obsession is with T. Swift. Is she still a thing? I’ve never really liked her music like that. I had a few friends that went to her concert in Dallas recently. I don’t think I would be able to sit through it.

Y’ALL-JAPANESE RICE CUBES– is this real life…WANT. Someone make this for me or teach me how to make it, STAT. I imagine it couldn’t be that difficult. lol.

Tell me something random about your day!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Today is another random episode of random thoughts Thursday! This is the day where I share all of my random rants and confessions with all of you. Because sometimes I like to be a totally open book. I’m not always like that but I guess this can be a great form of therapy, yes!? So grab a cup of joe and let’s get to it.

-For some reason my alter ego “CC” has made a couple of appearances this week…I’m mostly a happy go lucky person both on the blog and in real life. But- Cranky Chelsea sometimes happens. It is funny though, because most people that I work with say that they’ve never really seen me upset. So, maybe I don’t look as cranky as I really am? Well I guess that is good.

One of my coworkers has finger puppets in her office that she brings out to play whenever things get hectic. I think I need to get me some finger puppets. That could be a fun thing.

I will say that Black Santa always makes me very happy. He is kind of my version of finger puppets.

Do you like smooth jazz? For some reason smooth jazz always makes me feel calm. That and ocean noises.

-I used to go to my dad’s office when he had he practiced medicine in Dallas (he is a retired doctor) and in the waiting room he would always have smooth jazz playing. So I think that is where it comes from.

Also, running calms me down quite a bit. Yes, it is and always will be my therapy.

I’ve signed up for the Hachie 50 miler again next year! This will be the 4th year in a row I’ve run it and my FIFTH 50 mile race! A little humble bragging there. It will always be my favorite ultra.

It has been rolling around in my mind that maybe I’m done with running marathons for a while. Marathons are boring to me right now. Maybe I should just exclusively run ultras. But then I know in the spring I’m going to want to run shorter races again. Shorter races means 26.2 miles. HAHA. I feel like I had this same exact feeling about the marathon distance last year. It comes and goes. But really I simply enjoy ultras more than I do marathons. That fact has never changed. I am an ultrarunner unicorn, what can I say.

-Here is a fun game! Ask me if I feel this way in the month of April of next year. No lie I will email you a Starbucks coffee if you are the first one to ask and my answer changes. Mark my words.

Speaking of java, had a MAPLE CAYENNE latte with almond milk this morning and you guys it was absolutely everything I could have ever asked for. You must check this place out if you are in DFW it is phenomenal. They also have a LAVENDER latte and some other things I plan on trying.

Tell me something random about today!
Coffee lovers, what is your favorite coffee right now?
Usually I would just say an Americano or just plain black coffee but almond milk lattes are taking over.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I truly do not have time today for random thoughts Thursday-BUT YOU KNOW WHAT!? I told myself I would go ahead and write something real quick anyway. Hello blogger dedication. Just to get the thoughts out of my head. A therapy of sorts, ya know? Gotta love that.

You gotta love sassy Tamar Braxton.

Work has been insane lately and all I want is a pool and a drink with an umbrella in it. Yep, vacation needs to happen soon. Maybe after my 100 miler. Ha.

My work computer is not charging my phone fast enough for my liking at the moment. Hashtag first world problems. Also my phone needs basically a full charge by the end of the day so I can teach my spin class, since all of my music is on my phone. Yes, this is basically my everyday struggle.

Also, how cool is this? Step right up and get your Thanksgiving tunes.

I went to a trail running film festival last night! It was super fun and I got a chance to catch up with all of my trail buds.

Basically it was a whole bunch of short films for like 2 hours.
Some of them were actually really interesting.

-And some were kind of like okay WTF was that.

I really want to go salsa dancing. Again, these are things I need to do, after my 100 miler. LOL.

-I still can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week.

-Speaking of which, my dad wants to make caribbean meatballs with rice? I’ve got no clue why.

I saw a MASSIVE coyote on my run this morning. He was lightning fast when he saw me, and ran in the other direction. It took me by surprise how fast he ran more than the fact that I actually saw him.

Pretty sunrises are back. Oh how I love them so.

What are some of your random thoughts this week?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hi there! Of course today is the day we rant/rave and talk about all of the random things. Just because we can. Let’s dive right in!

I am rocking this song all day long. That beat takes me back to the 90s “Crush On You” days. I am a Mariah Carey fan for life.

I love how much leg I’m showing in this pic. Hashtag about last weekend with good buddies. That was great fun. I love crashing other people’s homecomings.

Do you think YouTube is basically the new blogging? I mean, I have an account on there but I’m not sure I could totally convert to doing only VLOGS. I am a writer deep down in my true blue heart. Maybe I shall do a vlog one day. But what should I even talk about? Maybe I will do a random thoughts Thursday vlog. I will make y’all my guinea pigs.

You know what FOOD I have not eaten in a while? Sushi. And that is my most favorite food in the universe. I am not sure why. I need to make that happen. This weekend.

I am doing a (self supported) 50k training run this weekend and I’m kind of excited about it. Yes, only I would get excited about running 31 miles. Crazy ultrarunner girl. I know.

Can I just say that it is so much easier running high mileage when the weather is not 90 degrees with 100 percent humidity. My 85.7 mile week last week really felt like a breeze. I’ve been trying to get my miles high like that for months. So it feels good to be back. Thank you Texas for cooling off.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta is back on. Are you watching? I will be honest I am not sure that I like the show without Kenya’s antics but I am going to give it a shot. I haven’t seen the first episode yet so don’t spoil it for me.

Share your random thoughts with me today!