Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning’s run was as sticky as ever but it somehow got done. I always feel so good when I can get in a solid run before 7 AM. No matter how much I’m kind of not feeling it while I am doing it. It does something for the psyche and then puts a whole new energy into my day. Just love it.

I do feel like I’m sweating more profusely than usual in the AM? Perhaps it was the wine I had last night. HA. Anyways I never bring hydration for these early runs and it is affecting the back half of my run. So I need to do better and buckle down and bring something. Someone hold me to it.

The week has been super long this week with a lot of work and I really need me some weekend. Mostly I just need some sunshine and everything will be alright. And maybe a little brunch. Nope, brunch never gets old.

I’m still on leave from teaching class at the gym (thankfully was not let go like many instructors across the US due to them downsizing) and I have to say I’m actually ok with that right now. I was offered some 9 a.m. spots but cannot do those due to my 9 to 5 job. But not teaching for now gives me a chance to focus on myself and my own workouts. Plus I’m not super ok with the lack of social distancing gyms have going on right now. Being on a bike anywhere near the vicinity of another person = instant flying sweat city. No thank you.

Thankfully also the gym is not my full time job or main source of income. Only a labor of love.

I am still on the fence about air travel right now or just any travel in general besides a road trip. How do you feel about it? Just seems risky to me. But a beach really is calling my name. We do have one little fake beach here so maybe I will just do that. HMM.

Also, this. If you are not my quarantine bae then get away. Just saying.

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The humidity this morning was MORE THAN 100 percent. haha. I did not think that would be possible but after that run I am more than convinced. Phew. Tough but it really does feel amazing when it is all over.

I also do not think I’ve ever sweat that much in my life. Gonna have to be replenishing the body for the rest of today.

I’m watching Kelly and Ryan do an interview with these guys from outer space and can I say I really wish sometimes we could float around like the astronauts do. It just looks so freaking cool. Really if I could just do a quick tour and go up there with them sometime I would be a happy gal. Bucket list item for sure.

I swear I need an espresso IV this week. Running has been tiring but I’ve had a few really great runs this week so I guess I’ll be happy about that. All about perspective.

My summer nails are back in full effect! Having bright nails in the summer really does make me happy.

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Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning’s run was insanely HUMID! I know I keep saying that about morning runs but this truly was the most humid one yet. I mean it is a great detox after all but just insane. Just glad it is over and out of the way.

Being an essential worker is not so bad. I don’t have the yearning to leave the house and cabin fever like so many work from home people have right now. PLUS my mask game is pretty on point. And I actually look forward to going home at the end of the day.

Can I just say it is WAY TOO MUCH going on in the news right now – not just with Corona but with the political scene (Kanye – yikes) and all of that. I think I’m just going to take a real break from all things news for a little while. And live in my own little happy Chelsea world.

I don’t remember if I mentioned this already but they canceled my fave, the State Fair of Texas for this year. So no Big Tex or corny dogs or cotton candy. I’ll just have to go buy them from the store or something and maybe create my own version of an outdoor social distancing carnival with my neighbors.

Here’s a throwback state fair pic just for fun.

Are you going to be traveling anytime soon? Or have you done any traveling?! Some of my friends are going on summer vacations like there is no pandemic going on. BUT I really need a beach in my life so…HMMM…

Coffee is really phenomenal today. Especially after my crazy early morning run.

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Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning’s run was CRAZY humid but it felt good to get up and get it done. We had a lot of no shows though to the breakfast run club this morning! I guess everyone was sleeping in. So I ran with one other person then was on my own for most of it.

Yesterday my Garmin informed me that my VO2 Max went up! So I guess that’s a good indicator of fitness. My weekly mileage hasn’t been that high lately so that gave me a little boost of confidence. Still got it I guess.

Here’s a chart, if you care. haha at men are “sucking up the oxygen in the room”.

I am so ready for some pool time and run time and chill time this weekend. Give me more sunshine.

I still AM MORE of a fan of running in the evenings when the humidity is lower. I think I am really starting to enjoy summer running just in general.

Feels kind of good to just not be training for anything. I feel like I’ve been “training for something” for the last 11 years that I’ve been racing marathons and ultras. Although part of me is wanting to perhaps run the marathon distance just for fun. Who wants to do it with me…

I just took this selfie this morning because I really like my earrings. And my summer tan. I need to be darker.

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The humidity is staying relentless down in Texas I tell ya! This morning was no different. AND we are due for triple digit temps for this weekend. This is good for my tan though. My tan right now is something serious. I just love it.

Confession I haven’t worn sunscreen on the last couple of afternoon runs. I need to grab some today at the store. Because I tell you what I may be Black but I do get SUNBURNT. And it ain’t all that pretty.

I really need to get my eyebrows done. I will be doing this at lunch today.

Ladies is it just me or do you just have a new outlook on life when your brows are done?!? I’m a sucker for some nice eyebrows. I am not one of those chicks that can go without that. I would straight up look like a wolf.

Are you all finally getting back to running with groups or run clubs!? I have gone to some small runs but still social distance and mostly meet up to do my own thing. Aside from my 1 or 2 amigos I stlll don’t be trusting people all that much with this ‘Rona going around. Can’t get too comfortable just yet. Goodness I hope this wraps up soon.

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It is a great day for some thoughts of randomness!! Because typing out my thoughts makes me feel like I can breathe and exhale. Through this MASK. Ha.

This morning’s RUNrise was an intense one. Lots of cloud cover but intense humidity. I mean July is really bringing it with the humid RUNS down in Texas. Welcome to summer.

I will say I need to figure out how to properly fuel better for these early mornings in the heat/humidity. After my run this morning I felt a little nauseated and gross. Funny I don’t feel like that at all when I run in the drier heat in the evenings– even though at night its much hotter. Someone help.

Even though I’ve been at this distance running game for decades now, I still feel like I always have something to learn. Gotta love that. I try to forever be a student and not a know it all.

I actually thought about taking a class to become an official running coach and focus on coaching ultrarunners. Before all of this ‘Rona stuff started. Maybe once it’s over I will reconsider.

This week I’ve got some things up my sleeve regarding going back to teach (a socially distanced) spin class! Kind of keeping it under wraps but I’ll let y’all know if things go well.

And finally, your Thursday funny.

Have a great holiday weekend! Stay safe.

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Random Thoughts Thursday.

So I’ve been enjoying running later in the day lately (less humidity down in Texas) but I got up for some early miles and they were just what I needed. There’s always something magical about that morning run.

NOT so magical – being absolutely drenched when it’s over. The humidity in the mornings this week is just so much you feel like you’re in a steam room of sorts. I mean a great detox but my goodness. It’s not as fun if you can’t complain about summer running just a little bit though am I right?!

So NYC, Boston, all these marathons are getting canceled. I am hoping my 50 miler in October stays on the calendar. It’s a tad easier to socially distance with those. I’m glad I picked a sport that a very small percentage of people like to do. Gotta love ultras. Ha.

Kind of a first world problem but my massage place canceled my membership because I hadn’t been in so long. Now I have to start over but at least I can change locations because it was at the wrong one anyway. But then I’m feeling some type of way about someone rubbing me down because maybe they have the ‘Rona? Hmm.

Is the ‘Rona wrecking your vacation plans? I have friends that are starting to get out but I’m hesitant to really travel like I want. I’m out of vacation days until the beginning of August anyways and then I will get 3 weeks refreshed. Maybe I’ll just wait.

I will be doing this after 5 PM today. Simply cannot wait for pool time.

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The colors in the sky on this morning’s crazy early run – perfection! Plus it was nice and cooler with less humidity in the air. Less humidity on any run in this Texas heat equals a happy Chelsea.

So this is the 2nd time I’ve seen what I think is someone’s pet chicken at the end of my run. No kidding, crossing the road. Maybe it’s a hallucination- because I’m just THAT tired in the mornings? I tried to get a pic this time and the chicken ran off into the bushes in front of someone’s house. Better luck next time.

Tomorrow all of my friends have OFF from work for Juneteenth and do not. I do realize that this is a true travesty.

I’m obsessed with this tea. OBSESSED. It has almost replaced my espresso in the mornings. I said almost.

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Y’all this morning’s humid run was tough but I tell you what I absolutely never regret getting up at zero dark thirty. Miles and smiles. This view makes up for it that’s for sure.

Plus we had temps in the 60s (!) and for June in Texas that is fall like weather. Absolutely in heaven feeling that cooler breeze. Gotta enjoy that while it lasts since we are back up to triple digits soon.

Lately I’ve been enjoying my lunchtime runs (RUNch) again. Honestly I wish I could do these all the time. It’s hard to take a longer break like that during the work day. But most of the time these days I’d rather use that time to run than eat. I figure I can just eat at my desk later.

I’ve got longer nails again (so happy salons opened back up) and I kinda guess I had forgotten how long it takes to both text and type. So that has resulted in lots of voice texting. Which most of the time my phone gets that wrong too. Good times.

How do people find all of this time to do happy hours and etc, during the work week?!? I am straight up TIRED after work y’all. The only thing I want to see after clocking out is a glass of wine and my pillow. Hashtag life in your 30s. Holla.

Is it the weekend yet? Lots of running and pool time on the agenda. Of course.

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My morning runs lately have been more humid than ever! I’m sure it was at least 100 percent humidity when I started my run before 5:30 AM. But hey, I beat the heat so I guess I will take it It was one of those mornings where I just wanted to get the run over with.

Working lunch- hibachi chicken. Freaking delicious. I love the hibachi lunch specials now. I’m going to start making hibachi working lunches a THING.

Today has felt like a Friday all day and it is close to 100 degrees outside. Give me a pool and a drink with an umbrella in it and we will be good.

It is still strange to me that I’m no longer teaching spin class. Granted I do have a few things under my sleeve in terms of teaching again. It’s quite annoying that they haven’t figured out social distancing with certain gym classes. I am so ready to get back in the saddle and kick some booties again.

I got thisclose to signing up for a virtual race the other day and then backed out. Maybe I will just make up my OWN virtual race.

I won’t have to pay for it and I can still brag about it when it is over. Makes perfect sense to me.

My weekend run club is starting group runs back up this weekend! Cannot wait. Social distance style of course. I just need me some long miles this weekend.

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