Random Thoughts Thursday.

Well folks, we are at the height of a BLAZIN’ HOT summer down in Texas and the only thing that is helping me get through this grueling summer training is…morning runs. Seriously do not know what I would do without the ability to run super early in the a.m.! It is a true blessing to have a breakfast club running group.

Seriously 60-70+ mile weeks –kind of require you TO BE a morning runner. That is for dang sure.

I have been loving my double run days too. It gives me an excuse to drink what? Frozen hibiscus margaritas.

IG is getting rid of likes and views, apparently! How do you feel about that?! I am here for it.

A random man in my neighborhood was up early EARLY this morning and started singing a gospel hymn literally at the top of his lungs in the parking lot…for no reason at all. Seriously nothing surprises me about people anymore. Even the naked man running on the lake with nothing but a backpack and socks on.

Work has been oh so crazy lately. The whole month of JULY actually has been quite hectic. I’m trying to stay afloat and stay my usual carefree happy little spirit.

YES, running definitely helps me with this. So thankful for that. Otherwise I just may lose my cool.

One of my coworkers keeps finger puppets at her desk at work to de-stress. HA. How do you de-stress AT WORK during hectic moments?

Usually I just dance around my office with headphones on and music on full blast. Don’t even care if I look crazy anymore. Not at all.

Woosah. Almost the weekend.

What’s on your mind this week?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This week has probably been the MOST HUMID yet for running. And we are already soaring in the triple digit temps. Every dang day. Along with the humidity- talk about a beat down. Welcome to glorious Texas summer.

I keep telling myself running all of these summer miles will pay off come fall. I sure do hope so.

This is probably the first time in YEARS that I do not have a fall marathon on the schedule. Granted I have a 50k and a 100 miler on the schedule HAHA. But it just feels different. Different in a good way.

I am debating on signing up for a 26.2 in winter/spring though. I have my eye on this. I keep hearing good things.

What is your favorite summer fruit? Mine is oh so juicy mango. No doubt.

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Random Thoughts Thursday.

So apparently runner beach towels are a thing. Did you know? I especially like this one. I may have to grab a few in every color.

-Runner friends (especially those in Texas or Florida or wherever else it is crazy humid)- is it just me or do you feel like you basically have to have a fresh towel in your car at all times in the summer? This of course is for those early morning runs with friends and the drive home after. Due to extreme Texas humidity we just sweat buckets everywhere. Yeah super gross to sit in your car in the sweaty pool of sweaty awesomeness.

I am making this tea my new morning boost. It’s so good and just needs a little drop of honey. Plus is actually has a kick of spice to it! It really is the best combo of sweet and spicy. I’ve been finding all of these great teas at Walmart for some reason.

What do you prefer- Walmart or Target? I have to say both. I’m not too bougie to set foot in Walmart. Actually both serve different purposes for me If we are talking beauty products or cute tops and bikinis for summer- most definitely Target.

Are you doing anything fun for the 4th of July!? I definitely have fireworks on the agenda. And pool time. Provided that it does not rain. Actually I think right now thunderstorms are in the forecast. Yikes! Hope that changes.

What random thoughts are on your mind this week?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I am slowly but surely starting to enjoy these VERY HUMID and hot Texas morning runs. Welcome to summer. I mean, it wouldn’t be summer running if I couldn’t complain about it. Just a little bit.

For some reason it is a little easier for me to get up and get going for running at 4:30 AM, than at 5:30 AM? Even if I get the proper rest. Not sure why. I guess my body is just used to the earlier run time. But then if I try to “sleep in” I feel super sluggish. So strange. I popped right out of bed this morning though at the earlier time and got to work early. All productive like. Love it.

Has anyone been following this Dominican Republic story? I’ve never been to Punta Cana either and it was totally on my list. But guess what. Now I WON’T BE GOING. No sir.

Check out this video at 6:11 and notice how the person’s cocktail turns into straight sludge. Freaking horrifying.

I have this insatiable craving to go to the pool this weekend and just bake. With lots of sunscreen of course. Anyone want to join me? I think I am going to squeeze in some time on Friday afternoon.

Temps are pushing to triple digits today! That’s right. 100 degrees. And my AC is officially out on my car. Of course that would happen…now that my car is paid off.

I think I’m just going to procrastinate for a bit on getting my AC fixed and uber or run everywhere. That will solve the problem. Ha.

Share some RANDOM THOUGHTS with me on today!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Y’all Texas has granted us some splendid morning run weather this week. Simply splendid! I am talking breezy 60s (instead of 80s/extreme humidity) at 5 and 6 AM. That..for Texas this time of year is an absolute God send. Feels so good to run when you are not dying.

You know what kind of grinds my gears? When I claim my spot in the women’s locker room at at the gym, walk away for 2 seconds and chicks still come and basically put their stuff on top of mine. Even though there are tons.of.empty.spots in the mornings- where they can have personal space.

Why do they do this, you ask? BECAUSE gym divas have to have their designated locker spots. Even if it doesn’t have their names on them. Because it’s a habit. And they can’t help it! God forbid you have to change your locker destination.

-Those gym divas, I tell ya.

I’ve said this before but I also cannot stand it when people walk right behind me all up in your personal space bubble. It gives me so much anxiety. Some people really do not understand personal space, do they?

-Okay. Rant over.

I’ve used up all of my vacation days at work. But it is okay, because at the beginning of August (on my work anniversary) I will get 3 FREAKING WEEKS OF VACATION! 3 weeks y’all. I am going to have to leave the country or something.

So pray for me in July because I will need to work the entire month without a day off.

-First world problems.

At least there is the 4th of July, I do get a holiday.

Is anyone running a 4th of July race? I prefer to run long on holidays instead of racing. But maybe I will do a 10k or something. Who am I kidding. I would rather run long and be at the pool all day.

What are some of your random thoughts this week?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It has been raining and storming here off and on pretty much ALL.WEEK.LONG. Then the high humidity has made me feel super sluggish for running but still getting it in. I’ve still just been enjoying this whole “not training for anything” thing. You know. It has been so good for me mentally.

The storms are gone today though! And no rain for the next couple of days. Saturday is looking like pool day PERFECTION. 90 degrees…oh yes freaking bring it on. I just got a new bikini too.

I do have some more races I have my eye on. Oh…and the STARS ABOVE ULTRA is coming up in June, yay! But…I don’t really consider that a race since it is free. I am running the 6 hour one. Like last year. Should be a good time. I keep forgetting it is on my calendar actually. Oops. Good thing I’ve still been running like a mad woman. 

I just signed up for a 100 miler in December! YES…most of you knew I had my eye on another hundo. Brazos Bend 100 and RR100 were a blast. Well…I have decided to leave Texas and head straight for the bayou! Should be a good one and I hear it is a well supported race out in Louisiana. And they have whiskey on the course and stuff. I mean…whiskey while running? Can you go wrong!? Maybe…ha. Or maybe it would be a good little boost when I am feeling tired at mile 70 something.

Has anyone been watching DEAD TO ME on Netflix? I can’t remember if we’ve talked about this or not. I am not far in the series yet but I pretty much love all things Christina Applegate. Also I got both my mom and dad hooked on this show last week. We were all sitting there watching it at the dinner table on Sunday when I visited them. As I do (try to do) every Sunday. I’m a good daughter like that you know. And then my mom signed up for Netflix too. It was a great bonding experience. Haha.

I also realize that I was just talking about the fact that I canceled Netflix not too long ago but I saw the trailer for that show and literally re-joined. Just to see the show. I know. Such a sucker.

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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.

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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!

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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!