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.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It has been quite a CHILLY week down here in Texas! It is that bipolar time of year where we are in the 60s one day and in the 30s the next. With…dare I say…snow! We had some snow flurries earlier in the week but they are now long gone. I can’t have my roads with ice on them. I need to RUN. And run often, outside, during the work week especially.

Running has truly helped me to keep my sanity in these last couple of weeks. My stimulus check was delayed for several days because of a Turbo Tax / IRS mix up (my Turbo Tax peeps know what’s up). But then I finally received it last Friday. So all is now well in the world.

I’ve been finding more serenity in running alone lately. Running groups in Texas have started relaxing restrictions but I’m not super comfy yet with running with large groups of people. Plus I really do enjoy solo runs. I think in general — people just can’t help but want to run with folks, but is that really safe in a pandemic? You tell me.

I think in general folks are just getting tired of their own company and want to be WITH PEOPLE. I mean, I get it. But I am also an only child. Who loves my own company and being in my own crazy head. I am an ambivert of sorts.

I am thankful during these times that I do have some really great friends that know and love me…and thankful also for incredible family. I’m not sure how I would’ve gotten through 2020 without them. Love my people.

Share some random thoughts with me!! Do you consider yourself an introvert, extrovert…or both?! Have you started back with running with select running buddies or do you mostly run solo?

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

What’s good in your world? HELLO 2021. What a ride it has been already, yes?! Crazy chaos is all around and times like this just makes me thankful I have an outlet like running to channel my sanity. Without it I would probably have already thrown a TWISTED tea or two, that is for dang sure.

To be honest I haven’t felt super inspired to write much of anything the first few days of the new year. Until today. Let’s blame the inspiration on the super early morning run. It was quite chilly this morning and a bit of a shuffle fest. But it definitely got done.

It really is amazing how getting up so early to run can make an otherwise ‘cranky pants’ day better. Today I would have been super sluggish considering how gloomy and chilly it is out. But chai tea and this cute mug are getting me through the day.

I’ve been loving this channel on YouTube to listen to chill jams while I knock out work. It really puts me in a serene and peaceful mood. I’m very much PRO PEACE lately.

I tried a new sushi spot the other day! This spicy tuna roll was probably the most fresh and delicious one I’ve had in a while. Lately I feel like I could devour sushi each and every day. It really is like a comfort food of sorts for me.

I do have my eyes on a couple of Texas trail races coming up soon that are live and in person. Unfortunately no road races around here due to COVID but the trail races have been where its at. It would be the same company that I ran this 50k with in October so we will see. But the woods are without a doubt once again calling my name.

How was your Christmas/New Year’s? Did you do any celebrating??! Is everything on lockdown where you live?

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Oh me oh my was it a chilly morning down in Texas! Temps were below 30 degrees throughout my run then finally hit 30 when the SUN came out. That kind of cold for me puts a shock to the body but it kinda felt good!! I actually am happy chilly mornings are back in action. I love me some ice cold morning miles.

Yep if I had to choose right now a time of year to train it would be fall going into winter. Nope…I sure do NOT miss triple digit temps and humidity. Bye bye Texas heat. Won’t miss ya.

It did shoot up to highs in the 60s today! I hope we get some sunshine for the weekend too. I hear a few (socially distant) patios calling my name.

Anyone out there still watching Bravo housewives? I’m semi obsessed with the Potomac housewives right now. Those of you who are watching the reunion know the tea about pastor Jamal Bryant and Gizelle.

Fun tidbit I’ve actually met the pastor before at work. He is a very quiet, low key smooth operator of a chocolate man. And kinda petite. That’s all I’ll share here.

I’ll be doing some running this weekend because YES…my rogue run (for fun) across Dallas Ft. Worth is happening on NYE. 33 miles baby here we come. Hoping my legs have some muscle memory from my Remix 50k a couple months ago. LET’S GO.

Share some randomness about your week with me! I heard some of my east coast friends are dealing with snow! I don’t even know what that is anymore. 

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Ya’ll I seriously love adore this time of year for running super EARLY in the morning. Thanks Texas for your mild temps this time of year. This was this morning’s view. It was so peaceful even though it was mostly solo. I guess I need more friends that like to get up early like I do.

Temps will be in the freaking 70s today. That is patio weather for sure. This morning it was in the low 40s.

Solo runs lately have been my jam. I think every now and again you need to run alone like that to strengthen you mentally? I need to up my game when it comes to my mental stamina.

I just realized I did not even do my Weekly Running Report from last week’s miles! Well here is a mini summary if you missed it. Feeling good, feeling great. Maintaining a somewhat solid base.

I had to take some time off from running this week due to an instructor training that kicked my a$$. I mean I felt like I was handicapped most of the week. Lots of strength movements. Slowly coming back to life now.

My training for a certain cycle format for my new gym starts tomorrow!! Pretty soon I will be on the schedule and I will be updating things on here as far as that goes. I can’t freaking wait to be back in the saddle.

I’m back on my water guzzling game too. I got this bottle as a gift on my birthday a while ago and really hadn’t been taking advantage of it. It has the hourly times to keep the happy hour going all day so that keeps me motivated.

Share some randomness with me about your week!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

When I tell you I could have slept AT LEAST another hour before this morning’s run, boy do I mean it. But I got my tail up anyway. So very worth it and put a whole new energy into my day.

Plus there is just something about it being pitch black out and 40 something degrees that just gets me going? Call me a glutton for punishment. It helps when you know others are out there with you getting it done. We didn’t get much of a sunrise but I’m currently in love with that lake view.

My body is responding well to the slight increase in miles lately. After my recent 60 mile week I’m building back up and feeling good about it. Plus I’ve got to get ‘em back up for some ultra fun coming soon.

I read this on Twitter this morning and I feel like a lot of people need to read this. Especially due to the crazy times we are living in.

Anyone partake in any holiday goodies lately? Confession these mini pies they sell at Wally world have my heart. So when I just want a little baby pumpkin pie I can go indulge. They have the sweet potato ones too in mini (that Patti Labelle makes) but I LOVE ME SOME PUMPKIN PIE, baby.

Share some randomness about your week? What is your favorite kind of pie?!?

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I enjoyed some lovely early miles this AM – started with a buddy catching up on life and such then she went her merry way and I went mine. It’s so fun starting with a buddy and then ending the run solo. Since I’m an an only child I love the running alone time. Crank up my tunes and go.

I’m oh so excited about my new gig teaching spin at LIFETIME FITNESS!! I’ve got to do some more online training but since I’m officially hired I hope to be posting an updated schedule for you all soon. If you’re local you’ll have to come and meowt.

Plus ohmyfreakinggoodness this gym is oh so much nicer than I had ever imagined. Heck, we’ve got a spa, smoothie bar and all of the perks! Gotta love those work perks for the win.

Obsessed with these new Brooks. I want a pair in every color.

Plus, your random thoughts Thursday funny.

Share some randomness with me today!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! Hope you have some festive fun planned for the weekend. I am just glad to have a little time away from working the day away! Can’t wait to get some running in and get outside for some fresh air.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Tis the season to eat the damn pie! YESSS. I actually had to partake in a pumpkin treat this week and can I just say NO REGRETS. Just gives me more ammo to amp my mileage up even more.

This 10 minute oblique workout may be just what you need today. Thank me later.

The glorious fall landscape in my ‘hood lately. I just love it.

And finally, your Friday funny.

Have a good one!

What is on tap for your weekend??
Running and all of the festive activities. Including brunch.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning’s run was quite picturesque. It was one of those days where you feel like you want to keep going and going. So I did one more extra mile than usual. I haven’t felt that way about running in a while. So it feels good to be back.

I have a trip to San Diego planned soon! It is just a weekend trip, but oh so excited. SD is one of my fave places too.

Can YALL BELIEVE WE ARE TWO WEEKS FROM THANKSGIVING? I’m already starting to think about my fall sangria.

Lately I have been loving just running at random times of the day now that the weather is so darn pleasant! That is the one thing I love about Texas this time of year. You can run anytime and its not too hot and no too cold. It crisp and lovely with temps in the 50s this AM.

The other night we went on a RAVE RUN. And wore glow sticks and rocked out to music in the dark streets. I super enjoyed it. Gotta do that again.

Tell me something random about your week!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Check out this early morning RUNrise! It was absolutely spectacular. Plus miles are always always always better with friends. And I love the time change with the earlier daylight. Best time of year hands down.

I can’t help but laugh at all of the election memes. They are PRICELESS. We won’t get into any crazy politics talk here but just know, I am laughing. My tail off.

All of the Texas allergens are driving me absolutely bonkers lately. Not corona. It is just this damn mountain cedar. Plus RAGWEED. Perks of living in this lovely state this time of year. Ahh-choo.

Twice today I’ve seen the words “just breathe”. A sign, maybe? I need some chamomile tea and a blankie and a bunch of daytime tv shows today. Forget work.

Thankfully the weekend is upon us. I surely do need it. As I am sure many of you do too. Big virtual hugs to you.

Share some randomness with me this week!