Random Thoughts Thursday.

Oh my goodness you guys I just discovered the most amazing chai from WAL-MART of all places. It is freaking delicious and I have been making DIRTY CHAIS for my morning sip every day. Quite heavenly.

And a whole heck of a lot cheaper than Starbucks.
I feel like I’ve had a bit of spring fever (?)can I still say that since it is almost summer? as of late. I mean I’m still knocking out work and being productive but I tell ya what it sure is hard when you look out your window at 3 PM and want to be at the dang pool. Ohhhh goodness cannot wait until the weekend.
I mean seriously guys check out this forecast the next few days. Can we say bikinis all weekend and drinks with umbrellas in them? Thank you.

I have some long running planned (of course) and then a whole lot of relaxation and laziness. Just how it should be.
-As far as Saturday morning goes I love starting my weekends with a long run with friends. My running group is actually the best. Plus, RUN MY HOOD is fast approaching. Which means pool hopping and running in different friends neighborhoods. Can you think of a more fun way to do life every weekend? I simply cannot.

Who is grilling this weekend? Send me a plate in the mail. You can put it on dry ice or something, I think…

And this. Because it is just PERFECT for my mood right now.

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Random Thoughts Thursday.

Okay can I just say just about every day this week in Texas has been picture perfect sunshine-y weather. Breezy in the mornings and full sun in the afternoons. Awesome shorts/tank tops/running type of weather.

Gotta love spring. Trying to enjoy it before we get hit with the triple digit temps.

Although the weather has been absolutely amazing- my luck this week has not been quite so lovely. TWICE this week you guys…I’ve left things on top of my car and drove off with them still there. And of course sliding and falling off into their death. Can you guess what those things were…

A FULL CUP OF COFFEE (tragic) and my cell phone! Yes, yesterday my poor phone went kaput. Screen cracked, wouldn’t cut on…straight up ran over and dead in the parking lot. I had this perfect afternoon planned too and was headed straight to the pool after work to do nothing, and then…yeah…spent the rest of the day at the phone store.

But alas…I have a new phone! So that’s great. I mean, first world problems you know.

I guess I won’t be leaving things on top of my car anymore.

You know what made up for it though. 10.3 miles of sunrise this morning. It is amazing what getting some miles in can do for your mood. All is well in the world now.

Share some of your random thoughts today!

50 Thoughts On Random Thoughts Thursday.

1. It is truly amazing how the body gets used to doing extra long distances. My body feels pretty good post 50 miler. Not feeling like doing much running this week though. So it is good and it is giving me a good mental/physical break. I probably will get back to doing some double digits this weekend.

2. I kind of feel like my appetite has not come all the way back. I thought this week I would be ravenous after burning so many calories but this week has felt somewhat normal. I did crave savory foods earlier in the week. Tacos, specifically.

3. It has been 2 weeks since my birthday and I still have decorations up in my office. I feel like I can celebrate just a little bit longer, yes? Heck, why not.

4. You know what I really need in my life actually, right now? A trip to the beach.

5. I may have to make plans to drive down to Galveston very soon. Yes, the closest beach is 5 hours away.

6. Which I do realize in other parts of the country that is like driving to a whole ‘nother state.

7. Yep, welcome to Texas.

8. Have you bought anything for your mom for mother’s day? I feel super behind on that. I may have to grab something for her tomorrow.

9. Also, must make brunch plans. Mother’s Day and brunch go hand in hand.

10. This is the first time in a long time that I do not have a super packed, full race calendar with all of these races coming up.

11. And I kind of like it that way.

12. I think I may do one or two other ultras longer than a 50k before the year is up. And focus on some faster stuff in the fall and winter.

13. And I keep going back and forth on whether or not I want to run a 100 miler this year. The crazy in me says just go for it.

14. Perhaps I will do an ultra on the west coast…hmm…California has been calling my name.

15. I have a great aunt who lives in California who is almost 100 years old…no lie. She is actually more hip and way cooler than me. Living near wine country makes you young.

16. I really should go visit her.

17. Real Housewives of Potomac is back and I am SO VERY EXCITED. It looks like there will be so much going on this season.

18. I never thought I would say this but I really love Snapchat lately. I think it is something about the fact that not everyone is on there like on Facebook or IG. Feels more intimate.

19. Did you keep up on the met gala this year? Social media did a good job of keeping me up to date on all of the outfits.

20. Cardi B was probably my favorite of the night.

21. Also, what in the what was Serena Williams wearing? And why did it look like platter of bacon and eggs?

22. Mmm. Speaking of amazing things like BAE…you have not LIVED till you’ve had Starbucks bacon egg bites. Seriously.

23. I crave it at least once a week. Get you some.

24. Also, the dragonfruit mango drink.

25. I was sad because I had my heart set on the dragonfruit drink yesterday after my run and opened the Starbucks app and guess what?

26. They were SOLD OUT. Talk about crushing my dreams.

27. I may have to go track that drink down today.

28. Do you ever feel like you CRAVE certain foods because it is what your body just needs? For instance I find myself constantly craving sushi…and eggs…perhaps I need omega 3s.

29. Is it just me or is allergy season completely insane this year…so much pollen in the air. I think my running shoes the other day were covered in the stuff.

30. Have you ever used a neti pot? I am hearing this will be the answer to my prayers. But I am terrified…someone give me a tutorial.

31. How do you feel about essential oils? I am a believer in all of the holistic things.

32. Probably my two favorite oils- lavender and lemongrass.

33. Another thing I’ve been craving lately- kombucha. Good stuff.

34. I know…it is an acquired taste. I love any kombucha with ginger in it.

35. This may be an unpopular opinion but I am kind of over the Megan Markle/baby talk. Anyone else? I just don’t care about the small details all that much.

36. Speaking of celebs. This is a funny test to take. Are you in the BEYHIVE? I most certainly am.

37. You know what I am thankful for? Great girlfriends who just get me. And who I don’t have to talk to everyday. Don’t you love just picking up where you left off with people…and not feeling like any time has gone by?

38. Stuff like that is so hard to come by and I become more thankful for it as I get older.

39. You know what I am also thankful for? Coffee in abundance. Especially the week after running an ultra.

40. Alright. Back to RUN talk.

41. You know what I am kind of getting away from? Posting all of my run stats on social media. Granted I do still post my pace from time to time. But- every day? Not sure why people think other people care all that much about how fast you are.

42. OR…how many miles you ran today.

43. You know what makes me giggle? When people run…say 3 miles and take a photo of themselves holding up 3 fingers. Am I in kindergarten? Not sure why you need to spell it out for me.

44. I see this A LOT on IG. And you know what? I will mute you so fast if you do it. Sorry but I am not that sorry.

45. End rant.

46. I am inspired by scenery though…like if you run in amazing place. Or a crazy beautiful trail?? Yes. Post that. I love that.

47. Or post what you want…free country.

48. So now I have all of these ULTRA buckles and they are racking up. My ultra friends do you have a display case or something for these? Or do you actually wear them as belt buckles…help me figure this out.

49. I need more crazy friends who want to travel everywhere and run ultras with me.

50. Currently taking applications.

And there you have it!

Share some random thoughts with me today!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Can I just tell you how much of a God send the Starbucks mobile app (and just coffee in general) has been to me this week? This has been a hectic week work wise but thank goodness I am making it through. I also MOVED this week. Granted just a few doors down from my other place but ya know…that is a heck of a lot going on you feel me. I hired movers so it wasn’t too awful. I do love my new spot though, it has the BEST patio. Can’t wait to have a party.

It doesn’t help that I’m gearing up for my next 50 mile race, either. So I’ve got all the anxiety and nerves going on. The Hachie 50 is Saturday! This is actually one of my favorite races though. So should be a good time.

I actually can’t believe I am about to run my 5th 50 mile race. It felt like just yesterday I was running half marathons. And now I’ve got 50k, 50 milers, 100k and 100 milers all under my belt. I remember when I first started running I had some crazy ultra friends who somehow knew I would be like them and told me I would definitely be running ultras one day. I laughed and scoffed at the thought. It’s amazing what miles can do.

This week the humidity has been so through the roof though. I am going to start having to get acclimated to crazy Texas heat and humidity for running again. The time is now.

Weeks like this I am so glad I have a job that I don’t always have to dress up for. Being a TV writer has its perks. Jeans, flip flops…trucker hats all week long.

Yes, I am a black girl who likes trucker hats, country music and ripped up jeans? Texas girl at heart.

Hachie 50 in 2018 ready to go with my trucker hat on. Love it.

Don’t you love our little office room divider!? It is so hippie style. So I’m a Texas country black girl hippie. Sounds about right.

Tell me some of your random thoughts this week!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

So um TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY and I am excited because I have a fun filled weekend planned. Running, good friends, brunching. All of the things I absolutely love. Plus I am working a half day tomorrow. I know, I should have taken the whole day but ya know…adult career things demand a bit of my attention. So at least I am able to take a portion of the day off.

Can we just give a shoutout to jumpsuits right now?! Like the one in the pic above. AND ROMPERS. So feeling both outfit choices at the moment…

I am pretty sure 90 percent of my running workouts this week occurred in some kind of rain or storm. Yes, spring has finally sprung here in TX! And that means lots of random rainstorms. It’s okay, cuz it makes me mentally stronger, right?

I have been oh so busy that I have not seen any of the shows I love. I am actually still behind on the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion! I still need to watch part 3.

My Bravo fans- do you think they will bring back Kenya? Phaedra? I think they should bring back both. The more drama rama the better.

I think it is funny when women have super long conversations in the women’s locker room at the gym. Like we are all nekkid and I just kind of want to wash up and go. Plus we don’t really know each other all like that. Some people just like to hear themselves talk.

Like today this lady was telling us how she somehow jacked up her knees working out cuz she was doing some type of stripper routine on the workout room floor. Apparently she used to be a dancer and the staff approved her to do her stripper dance moves at the gym as her workout.

THEN she proceeded to show me these 8 inch stripper silver heels, y’all. No lie.

Can you imagine ?!? I would bust my tail wide open.

I mean they do have those pole dance workouts? I don’t know…not for me. Upper body wise though that workout seems killer.

My friend wrote this about black coffee on Facebook and I can so relate. Drinking my black coffee right now, actually.

Tell me some random thoughts about your week!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

The humidity for all of my runs this week seriously has been through the roof. It truly never gets easier dealing with sky high humidity. I am just a bucket of sweat every time and my pace kind of takes a hit too. All good though, still getting my miles in.
As runners I feel like we have to have something to complain about, amiright?! If it is not one thing, it is another.
I will admit, I did sleep in until about 6 or 7 AM before a couple of my runs this week (which was glorious) but I just do not feel as productive if I don’t run at 5AM-ish?? When I run earlier, my entire day is BETTER. More coffee fueled ya know…but BETTER. More productive. I also think more clearly and just feel like I’m the ish, in general. hahaha.
Yeah, I am one of those…annoying morning people, what can I say.

In other news…I found a random ABOUT ME quiz and I feel like today would be a good time to take it. Why not, right? Let’s get straight to it. It’s always good to know each other a little better!! These questions are quite random too.

1. First thing you wash in the shower? My face

2. What color is your favorite hoodie? My red hoodie I bought in San Fran

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again? Sure

4. Do you plan outfits? Yes…quickly…got places to go and people to see!

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now? Productive

6. What’s the closest thing to you that’s red? Sharpie

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having? It’s been too long

8. Did you meet anybody new today? Yes, the dude at 7-eleven that gave me a free coffee! Oh happy day.

9. What are you craving right now? Sunshine and pool time.

10. Do you floss? Yes

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage? I feel indifferent about it.

12. Are you emotional? I can be…hey I’m a girl!

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000? probably

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it? Lick it!

15. Do you like your hair? Yes, especially when my curls BEHAVE!!

16. Do you like yourself? I love me some me.

17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush? Why not?

18. What are you listening to right now? Spin cycle radio. I’m obsessed.

19. Were your parents strict? My mom was. My dad is pretty laid back, my mom is the more intense personality. I am a crazy mix of them both.

20. Would you go sky diving? If the opportunity presented itself. Probably and I would be screaming the entire time.

21. Do you like cottage cheese? Love it.

22. Have you ever met a celebrity? Yes a few…favorite sighting? Spotted Boris Kodjoe at Whole Foods in LA! I wish I still had that photo. Need to go back in the vault and track it down.

23. Do you rent movies often? HAHA people still do that?

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you’re in? I have sparkly mase that I keep in my purse. My mom gave it to me. Because she knew I would use it…because GLITTER. She gives me a lot of self-defense things because ya know, I’m a runner.

25. How many countries have you visited? 4

26. Have you made a prank phone call? My younger days yes

27. Ever been on a train? Yes…I would love to travel that way again. Good old days with AMTRAK.

28. Brown or white eggs? Brown, cage free. I know, super boujee.

29. Do you have a cell phone? Yes

30. Do you use chap stick? Yes but i’m not good at keeping up with chapstick for some reason!

31. Do you own a gun? No

32. Can you use chop sticks? Yep

33. Who are you going to be with tonight? My spin class while they kick my ass. And I kick theirs, I’m a fitness instructor. What’s your superpower?

34. Are you too forgiving? Not really. I wish I was more forgiving, i’m working on it.

35. Ever been in love? Yes

36. What is your best friend(s) doing tomorrow? Working it

37. Ever have cream puffs? I don’t remember so probably not.

38. Last time you cried? Watching something on TV

39. What was the last question you asked? Something related to television technical talk. It is fun working in TV behind the scenes land.

40. Favorite time of the year? Spring…not too hot or too cold. And it is around the time of my birthday of course!!

41. Do you have any tattoos? 1…it’s tastefully hidden 🙂

42. Are you sarcastic? At times

43. Ever walked into a wall? haha yes

44. Favorite color? Hot pink

45. Have you ever slapped someone? Playfully!

46. Is your hair curly? Yes

47. What was the last CD you bought? Geez, I don’t buy CD’s, I download.

And I suppose I will add a curly hair pic of me, for good measure. I am going to try to take some more pics soon…actually I just restocked my spiring wardrobe and ordered the cutest dresses and such from SHEIN. So I will be taking some pics of myself in my new getup soon.

Answer any or all of the questions!
Or, just tell me something random today.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I have been pretty hit or miss with the blog posts this week! Those of you who know how OCD I am about weekly posting (seriously if I was in labor or something I’m sure I would still find a way to write something- just my personality) know that it’s not like me. But truly the week has been wall to wall busy work wise. HUMAN.

The last few days have been absolutely lovely for running AND for just being outside in general! I went out with friends last night and legit it felt like a Saturday. It has been – coffee on the patio…drive with all of the windows down type of days. I am in LOVE. Springtime please stay around a little while.

Do you remember when I told you about the naked man in my neighborhood? Well he is back running about the town and our lake. I swear this has got to be the same person. Crazy right? I haven’t seen him thankfully because I’ve been doing different routes every morning. We need to find a nude colony or something for this guy.

Honestly how are we already in MID APRIL at this moment? For real my birthday is in 2 weeks and I cannot believe it. And I managed to get time off to do my birthday run. It is going down. So YAAAS for that.

Are you a birthday cake person or what is something you MUST have on your birthday? If I can be honest I would rather skip the cake any day. If I could have a plate of sushi or salmon sashimi I am the happiest of birthday girls.

Hmm…maybe a sushi cake? We will see if I can make this happen.

2019 The Hills Reboot. Who is here for it?! IDK. I think I may watch because part of me misses Audrina. And maybe douchey Justin Bobby.

Anyone else share a birthday month with me this month? Share some random thoughts today!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It was insane humidity for this morning’s run. I am pretty sure it was 1,000 percent humidity at 5 a.m. Yes I said 1,000. Runs like that definitely make you stronger. Thankfully a little bit of breeze helped. But it reminded me almost of an early summer Texas run.
Speaking of Texas humidity I definitely have a love/hate relationship with summer training. I will still do it…and mostly enjoy it because of Run My Hood and other fun social runner friend activities. but I would prefer cooler temps any day.

Runners in Texas basically get naked when we run in the summer. 

I wore my hydration backpack this morning and it’s funny because my road runner friends ALWAYS comment when they see me wearing my backpack. Like it’s some big monster of a thing on my back. Even when I wear the kiddie one. “What on earth/WHY ARE YOU WEARING THE BACKPACK today? It’s quite funny.
Then when I wear it around my trail run buds…I fit right in. Trail runners love their vests and hydration packs. And trucker hats.
Speaking of which I haven’t worn my trucker hats in a while. I traded them in for sparkly headbands.
When people ask me if I am a road runner or a trail runner I like to say I’m BOTH. You know, a hybrid of sorts. Ha. I do love me some ultras on trails.
The sauna at the gym was EXTRA HOT this morning. I usually stay in there forever (because I love dry heat) but I tapped out after several minutes. This was my sauna face.

I will also be lugging this thing around the office all day. I am obsessed with my gallon jug. Also…Ozarka water is absolutely THE BEST. You know this if you are from Texas. Ozarka for the win.

Tell me some of your random thoughts today!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I know it seems like I am constantly talking about the weather lately but you guys I sincerely cannot help it. Temps are in the 70s every dang day. I cannot contain the amount of spring fever joy that I have right now.

So whenever I order my running shoes online (shoutout to Brooks) I always get them delivered to work and it feels like freaking Christmas time. My soul is just oh so happy. Does anyone else just get so giddy when they buy new running shoes?

I also get really happy when I can manage to get an early run in, shower at the gym and still am the first person in my little office suite to make it to work. The office in the morning without coworkers is oh so peaceful and I can check emails in blissful solitude.

Also my birthday run is fast approaching and I am trying to decide how I’m going to go about it this year. Run solo miles on the actual day (which is a Friday) or do the run with friends on a Saturday? I do have a few friends that want to do at least some of the miles with me. Hey I don’t expect everyone to do the whole 35. BUT…then the only child solo zen runner in me – wants the miles alllllll to myself…HMM. Decisions.

Also I love having 3 day weekends in the spring time. Especially when the weather is so glorious. Yes, I have another one coming up this weekend and I am going to a concert on Sunday so having Monday off will be the icing on the cake. I may even go get a spa pedicure. Ahhh yes.

I’ve just discovered a new favorite conditioner from Whole Foods and it is lavender and it is wonderful. Conditioner from a natural foods store? Hey, it is a thing. My new favorite thing. And it makes my curls seriously POP. See?? Wild, all natural and free.

Share some random thoughts with me for today!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I am super excited because today IS MY FRI-YAY (I have some extra vacation time to burn) so tomorrow on my day off I plan on doing all of the running and all of the relaxing. A massage planned with my favorite therapist in the middle of the day is kind of the cherry on top.

Plus I need to get my nails done…hmm…will probably do that tomorrow too.

Even though it is a long weekend for me this weekend I actually don’t have a whole lot planned aside from the usual (running and brunching and friend and family time). And I kind of like it like that.

The sun has been shining here in Texas ALL WEEK LONG and temps are in the mid 70s just about everyday. Yaaas. My favorite weather is back plus the extra daylight in the evenings has been absolutely everything.

I do think we have a little bit of rain in the forecast for the weekend but should be good for a low key Saturday. Hey, maybe I will even read a book or something.

-Yeah, right. Actually I bought this book a LONG time ago and never read it. I love me some Andy Cohen and am obsessed with him in general but something about my A.D.D. will not let me relax and read a darn book before I start thinking about something else I need to be doing.

The (self diagnosed) a.d.d. is actually why I really enjoy going to the sauna in the mornings after my run. It kind of helps me turn my brain off and just….reeee-lax.

Another thing I’ve loved is not having so many after work commitments. Can I tell you I used to want to do ALL THE THINGS- like go to everyone’s happy hour, teach every class at the gym. And be at home every night at 8 or 9 pm. Just exhausted. I mean and I would just go right to sleep too from sheer exhaustion everyday. Usually with very little dinner or food to eat in my fridge. Well now that I’ve started focusing on ME more and having free time in the evenings– my life just feels more at peace. Thank you self care. And, I get more time to do my double run days and stuff. Watching the sunset and all that zen stuff. So, there’s that. Yay.

I am also going to cancel my Netflix before the week is over. See, I’m on a ‘get rid of the clutter’ kick. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve used it. ALSO. I have free Hulu now along with my Spotify membership! Oh, happy day. Plus there’s just so much YouTube to watch!!! So much.

Tell me something random about your week this week!