Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning was one of those ‘roll out of bed’ runs but it got done. The weather is amazing in Texas lately so I am taking full advantage of it with the double run day miles.

It has been an up and down week work wise but I’m looking forward to taking some time off for my birthday. Yes, my birthday is a holiday in my eyes (only child syndrome and not ashamed to admit this fact) so I feel this is the year I am in TREAT YO SELF mode.

Although I do love having nails I just took my manicure off and having naked nails and being able to text and type correctly is something that I need to not take for granted. Maybe I’ll sport naked nails for a while just so I can feel more productive in life.

It really is amazing how much more clear minded I am after just drinking water. My super big jug has been everything lately. It’s funny when I first received this (as a birthday present from a coworker) I did not use it for almost a year and now I’m obsessed.

I’m trying to decide if I am going to bike OR run my age in birthday miles this year. Or run for just 37 minutes. 3.7 miles? Haha. The bike is sounding better and better as I get older. Spin bike, of course while listening to the latest jams.

I was just thinking about how it feels like I’ve been 36 for-ev-er. Like 2020 really did make me feel about 5 years older. It was a year of ups and downs but I still truly feel blessed and a lot was revealed to me about myself and others. At the end I have nothing but gratitude about it all. My guardian angels have been taking good care of me.

My birthday is on April 26th if you want to get me anything. I’ll accept cash or coffee or whatever your spirit leads to you send. HA.

Share some randomness with me today!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I have to tell you that this morning’s RUN was a struggle bus fest but the pretty sunrise made up for it. I did pop right out of bed but it was like drivers were driving crazy EVERYWHERE on the roads! I will be making stronger coffee in the AM so I don’t almost get hit by cars zooming out of their garage alleys. I am just saying.

In happier news it is now my BIRTHDAY MONTH so be prepared for me to talk about that fact in just about every other blog post. Thank you.

April babies are the best babies. Yes I said it. And our birth stone is the best birth stone which is a diamond. Fun fact.

If you need some good throwback Thursday jams I’ve got the best for you. Urban 90s jams for the win. Shanice, New Edition, Toni Braxton take me back to simpler times.

It’s funny because pretty much every song on the above video makes me want to go to karaoke. I’m straight up dancing and singing in my little work area right now. One day there will be covid safe karaoke. Maybe I will have to buy my own karaoke equipment for the casa.

This has been a crazy week in Real Housewives news. Read up on Jen Shah if you missed it. Hot mess news. Just like a trainwreck – I cannot stop watching.

A little April Fool’s Day funny for ya.

Share some random thoughts with us on this Thursday!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I’ve really been enjoying my double run days as of late!! These sunset miles after a long day of work – absolute perfection.

Also guzzling my big water jug this week LIKE A BOSS. I think because I’ve been in the sauna more, plus with all of the springtime Texas humidity has me craving water all the gosh darn time.

I really do feel back to my normal self now that I am teaching spin classes again. Granted classes are smaller now than before (with covid protocols + social distancing) but just being in a nicer gym that actually cares about taking care of their clients makes me happy.

I’ve been reducing my time on other social media sites lately – just taking a break from political talk and rigamarole. It may be my only child talking but some days I just want to do me. Maybe it is my ambivert talking – or should I say introvert. Keeping to myself and maintaining my peace lately is where it is at.

Apparently it is international waffle day!?! We really have a day for it all don’t we. I’ve been meaning to make protein pancakes/waffles. Who has a good recipe? Go get some honey stingers for your next run, while you’re at it. Use code “WaffleWeek30” for 30% off any item.

Share some randomness from your day!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It is really starting to look a lot like spring down here in Texas! Trees are blooming everywhere and I had my first bluebonnet sighting of 2021 yesterday. If you know me you know I love our Texas state flower. Especially if I get to see them during a run.

I bought a sauna blanket on Amazon the other day! Does anyone own one already?! I’m curious to see how you like it if so. I get the blanket next week. Maybe I will do a blog post on it. Hopefully it will relax my tired runner’s muscles.

I’m obsessed with old episodes of The Hills currently on YouTube. Especially these reaction videos.

I’m super behind on posting my spin cycle playlists but I promise if you go to my Spotify you will find a plethora of lists there.

Oh! I’m getting the vaccine this weekend! 1st dose on Saturday. Wish me luck.

Have you gotten vaccinated yet?! Share some random thoughts with me from your week!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning was one of those morning runs where you start out completely not feeling it and then realize it was all you ever needed. Quite humid and cloudy but for me absolutely therapeutic. It is amazing how you can start out a run feeling like that and then the miles just kind of…open up. If that makes sense.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of restorative yoga/meditation. Due to work stress and just the pandemic in general I am finding that this lately has been super beneficial to my life. Some days you just need to…cut off the noise…and breathe a bit.

I am bringing back the Weds Spin Playlist since I’m back to teaching at the gym. But likely on more of a monthly basis. We’ll see. You know what…I really should charge people to build their playlists for their classes for them. Ha. How’s that for a side hustle.

Do you ever have a VEGGIE that you just kind of gravitate towards sometimes more than other times? Lately that veggie for me has been broccoli. Raw, roasted, steamed. Love it all.

That is right. This is how my brain works always. Some things change but this remains the same.

Share some randomness with me from your week!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning was one of those sanity kind of runs that I feel that every runner needs. Like taking your vitamins IN THE MORNING. Especially with everything going on in the world today time with self – for meditation and reflection I feel is absolutely crucial.

I think maybe it is just a getting older / only child thing (?) But I crave time with myself. Just being alone with my thoughts and time to really think things through. So my solo runs have been EVERYTHING as of late.

Weekends though, I need my friend time. (Ambivert vibes) So I love the Saturday group runs especially when there are mimosas and brunch involved after.

You know what else is very much so a TREAT YOSELF thing for me lately? Essential oils. I know, I never thought I would be that girl. But I love it for aromatherapy while I write at work. That and listening to this station. Chillhop all day every day.


Trader Joe’s COLD BREW instant COFFEE. Freaking game changer.

All of my “don’t live in Texas” friends have been texting me about the mask mandate. I know, Abbott is not my favorite guy right now. But you know what?! I’ll keep wearing my mask in public and doing my thing. And especially at work. Hoping to also get the shot soon. My mom has already received two.

Share some randomness with me about your day!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Well we have come completely OUT of the ice apocalypse here in Texas! This morning was yet another beautiful sky / early run before all of the clouds rolled in. It has been super warm and beautiful the last few days though. Makes me wish I could go play outside in the middle of the day.

I mean we do have a little rain in the forecast but check out these temps. We’ve come a long way from the below freezing temps. Yay for regular Texas weather.

Why don’t adults have ‘recess’ in the middle of the day like kids do? We certainly deserve to go out and play as hard as we work.

This week has been so busy work wise I’m definitely looking for a breather this weekend. I mean if I am being honest I would love to go on another vacation. Oh, to be back on a boat again.

This week I was able to get my CRAWFISH on! Those of you in the south know what’s up. It is crawfish season. The best time of year. I feel like I crave shrimp crab and crawfish at least once a month.

Honestly I am oh so glad the snow/ice is gone. I know some of you love to run in it but as much as us Texans went through I’m glad we are a state that is good at bouncing back.

Share some randomness with me from your week!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This week has been the week for spectacular TEXAS sunrises. Or, should I say RUNrises. Skies like this make me definitely want to roll out of bed for some miles, that is for dang sure. Plus. Yesterday it was 70 something degrees. In February! I kid you not. I am sorry but not so sorry to my friends on the east coast dealing with snow. I am going to soak up the sun while it lasts. Because it definitely is going to cool back down again.

I’m changing my look up a LOT lately. I think I’ll keep this shade for a while. Auburn tresses in the winter time seems about right.

I’m still on a little bit of run streak with team #norestdays the last couple of weeks. Sometimes I just do that (not on purpose) and it makes me really enjoy running more. We will see how long it lasts– but I do want to get some long runs in before I break it. I’ve done the run streaking thing for longer before BUT especially when I run higher mileage (60-70 mile weeks or higher) I NEED my days off. So I like playing around with it now… while my miles are lower.

Really a LOT has been on my mind lately so I deal with that by running MORE. I’m glad it works out that way.

Since I work at work I will say I’m jealous of a lot of you that have tons of time to RUN crazy miles during the week. Most of my friends though say they would rather be at work taking the precautions than on zoom calls. And that they don’t have as much ‘free time’ as I’m thinking they do. HMM.

I have still been hydrating like a boss with my big water jug while I work. And using my varidesk. Hydrating during the day is especially great post morning run because I feel like I guzzle water like crazy.

Feel free to share some of your very random thoughts with me today! Do you feel like you have a lot of free time if you work from home?!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning was one of those colorful skies that just leaves an imprint in your brain. Gotta love RUNrises like this. Solo miles have been full of serenity and bliss.

Did anyone see the FULL MOON? I’ve been into full moons lately and definitely had to do a double run day yesterday just to look at it. I’m such a nature freak. Hopefully someone else can join me in my sentiment for the love of nature lately. Especially with so much going on in the media and such. It is just good to get back to basics.

I found my purple unicorn and he’s working with me this morning. Apparently I named him Fluffy a while ago. Which I forgot he had a name. Unicorns, sunrises and glitter equals a happy Chelsea.

Another obsession as of late. Green onions. I put them on everything. I even put a bunch of them in my veggie soup the other day (along with feta). I feel like they just make sense in every dish. And they make food look prettier.

Currently grooving some Chillhop while I work. Did you know that Will Smith is into ‘chill hip hop’ too?

World Market has the cutest doormats!! I just bought a cheap doormat from the store but I’d like a fun one. Maybe one with a fun saying…

This evil eye one is kind of cool. Hmm.

Tell me something random about your week. Do you have a ‘fun doormat’?

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This week the weather has been cloudy, cooler and a tad humid for running! I have been enjoying running at lunch. Breaking away from the hectic work day. RUNch in the Texas sunshine is where it is at.

Yesterday was such a phenomenal, HISTORIC day…whatever side of politics you are on (and I am not super political) you have to admit it was wonderful. I loved seeing all of the diversity on my screen yesterday.

Ginger peach tea. Get you some. I am in love with anything ginger lately and adding it to green tea (with a dash of honey) equals heaven.

I really have been loving getting back in touch with good girlfriends lately. I talked to my friend from DC (who I did not get to see in 2020 due to the MCM real race being cancelled) and it was like time had not passed. I LOVE me some friends like that. People just as chill and less maintenance as me.

Still in training mode for my class at the gym (due to Lifetime having their signature formats) but also still not in a major hurry to actually teach. Thankfully, teaching is not how I pay my bills. It has been nice taking a fitness instructor hiatus after teaching for 10+ years. I take my ‘test out’ in February though and then hopefully I will update my schedule on here.

I’m going to experiment with some different gels during my long run this weekend and see if it makes a difference in my energy level. Lately I’ve just been doing some maintenance running but wanting to see if that will help to shake some things up. Because ‘shaking things up’ and ‘keeping it spicy’ is where its at.

Today is ‘National Hugging Day’ by the way. Maybe hug a teddy bear? Or your ‘quarantine buddy’.



Feel free to share some randomness from your week! Do you like HUGS?!?

I don’t like hugging strangers I will admit. But my friends I’ll hug all day long.