Random Thoughts Thursday.

Okay confession time. I played Christmas music this morning! It was so chilly it just got me in the mood. I could not help it. I do realize it is not even Halloween yet.

I am oh so excited because I took tomorrow off (“mental health” day – you know we all need ‘em!) so today’s technically my Friday! I started my morning with a run and it was legit 40 something degrees. Was straight shivering. That coffee after sure did hit the spot.

There are so many races that are still JUST NOT happening! I do understand why but this truly saddens me. I was so very glad I was able to do this socially distanced ultra race. But with road races it is so much harder to just spread out. Plus most folks prefer the roads. I do have another trail run planned in the next few months but it hasn’t been cleared  by the park ranger to happen. I’ll let you know if it does. Let’s just say it is a destination race. Woohoo for traveling.

I’m going to say, lately I’ve just been more quiet about my future goals and plans. Personal and running wise. Not necessarily so I don’t get my hopes up but I just feel like I don’t know who is supportive anymore. I have encountered a lot of fake support lately. It’s hard when you feel like you are a REAL supporter too. I guess you’ve got to be careful with who you allow in your special corner. Your happy bubble, so to speak.

I am thankful that for the most part I have GOOD people (a lot of them) in my life that I trust in my bubble! Like you lovely readers. Welcome to my ‘RONA free, happy bubble. Haha.

Rant over. Have you thought about putting up your Christmas tree early?! This early colder weather sure does have me thinking about it.

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Check out that sunrise. This morning’s run was perfect for THINKING. You know how you just need a run for your sanity and to just take some time to hash out stuff in your brain?! Yep. One of those days.

Why has the week just felt insanely long? It has been a good week as well as a productive one but man it has been dragging. I’m ready for some weekend that is for dang sure.

Best SNACK EVER. Candy corn and peanuts. What do you know about that combo?! Life changing.

I got my nails done a fun sparkly autumn color. Makes me happy.

On top of that I just need me a dang REAL getaway by a body of water with a drink in hand. Mostly because I still feel like I can (humble) brag about the fact that I just ran a socially distanced 50k trail race during a pandemic and want to celebrate myself. Is that too much to ask?!?

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Random Thoughts Thursday.

First of all I just wanted to say thanks for the cheers and well wishes regarding my 50k trail race last weekend!! It was so much fun and I’m enjoying my post race week. Definitely been doing a little bit of celebrating this week and enjoying knowing I’ve still got it. Ya know, that ultra runner mojo. Holla if you hear me.

I also have some exciting things on the horizon regarding getting back into my fitness instructor groove but holding my cards close on that one. So stay tuned.

I’m really ready to just enjoy the sunshine this weekend and some running. My recovery has gone GREAT and it feels good to bounce back fast. I also have been hydrating like a boss.

New favorite work day tea alert. I seriously love me some fall tea. Some days I really do skip the coffee and go straight to sipping tea.

I saw this quote TWICE this week and it super resonated with me. Love.

Share some thoughts with me this week! Do you have a favorite fall beverage?

Dangerous pumpkin cream cold brew and the Trader Joe’s fall tea are a close tie.

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This morning’s run was super cloudy but perfect fall style weather! It was still humid but definitely cooler. Fall has without a doubt been in the air here in Texas.

Right now I’m listening to someone chop up some paper with this super industrial chopper thing and it is like listening to nails on a CHALKBOARD. Why they have to slice up paper so early in the day I do not know?! My Trader Joe’s fall is tea is keeping me calm. Some of the pet peeves of socially distance style working in the office…wishing I could be working from home right now. Ah well. Still thankful to even have a job…so thank you baby Jesus. Good looking out.

Speaking of Trader Joe’s. My two favorites right now. Butternut squash macaroni and cheese and this amazing tea. I do have a recipe by the way if you want to make the mac from home. Craving all the savory stuff lately. I have to have my tea every fall and I literally have had it every morning this week. Dare I say I’m enjoying it more than my coffee.

Now that fall is here I’m looking forward to getting back to running some longer distances. Starting with the 50k. I’ve run 100 milers but I have to say my favorite distance for the ultra is the 50 miler. It is just something about running 50 miles and winning top female that just makes my heart sing. Haha. Hachie 50 I do miss you. Hope to see you in 2021.

I think I have a new favorite Brooks road shoe. The Adrenaline. I’ve been running in this one lately and it is like running on clouds. So I think I’m going to retire my Pure Flows and go with this for a while.

Share some randomness with me today! What are your top 5 favorite race distances that you’ve completed?

50 miles, 100 miles, 26.2, 50k, and 5k. YES I love me a random speedy 5k every once in a while.

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I tell you what this has been a long week but what always makes things better is this amazing view. Mornings have been getting easier since things are cooling down. Less people, more nature, more serenity. Sign me up.

Fall for me means patio weather so I’m going to be finding me a patio soon. I mean look at this outlook. Not a triple digit temp in sight. Makes me a happy camper.

I still haven’t had any pumpkin spice anything. BUT I did add my favorite fall tea + butternut squash mac to the equation. I just may have me some mac today. Come to mama.

You know what I REALLY miss?? Concerts. Just like a jam session with amazing music. Ugh. Rona be gone.

Love the first three words I saw. What about you?

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This week has been pretty busy on the work front (the whole WORKING AT WORK thing you know) so excuse my delayed-ness with things that don’t pay my bills haha. BUT, I’m not one of those flaky people who haphazardly posts. I don’t ever forget about y’all. So just be patient with your girl. I’m still here and you will still get your Chelsea fix. haha. Just bear with me.

Fall weather is starting to be a THING down here in Texas! My runs have been rainy but cooler than triple digit temps. I love it. Give me all the FALL.

I have not been as hype about buying pumpkin flavored THINGS. I know, who am I? My sweet tooth has been a little off lately and I’m craving more savory things. Like eggs. Give me eggs with cheese and veggies for breakfast lunch and dinner.

I DID see that Trader Joe’s has all of the fall foods rolled out now (!) so maybe a visit there will get me more excited.

I am not sure about how I feel about the new Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. But something about it still makes me want to watch!? I need a new guilty pleasure show to get into.

They all seem pretty much like religious hot messes which I kind of like that element. Plus there’s already lots of ‘tea being spilled’ about the ladies. Something about some of them reminds me of Alexis Bellino from RHOC. I sure wish they would bring her back into that mix.

Do you have any guilty pleasure shows you watch? What are your two favorite seasons?
Fall and spring. Both the best times of the year in Texas to run. We have pretty mild winters too.

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We are dealing with intense humidity but along with the rain came slightly cooler temps! I’ve been enjoying feeling just a touch faster pace wise this week. I’m going to take it and enjoy it while I can.

I’ve had the strong desire to drastically spice up my cross training and decided to give bootcamp another go. I’ve got a whole month of outdoor bootcamp coming up starting next week so I’m going to mix it in with my running. Especially right now since I am  slacking MAJOR with not teaching classes at the gym. A little socially distance outdoor sweat may be just what I need.

Also spin class at this spot. Looks like one big freaking party.

Currently craving some crab legs…and shrimp…hmm…I may have to hit up my fave seafood boil spot this weekend.

I signed up for A TRAIL RACE! A real one, y’all. None of this virtual mumbo jumbo. My 2nd ultra race of 2020. It will be a FOR FUN RUN for sure. Boom. Bring on the pain train, baby.

Any races happening in your area? It is a little easier to social distance with trail runs and races. Happy about that.

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This morning’s early run came around way too quickly (since I did a double run day Wednesday + very little recovery time) so I just got up and got it done. The humidity was out of this world too but hey you know what they say. “It is what it is”. Always feels good when the run is done.

So happy to say my family members that live down in the South part of Texas are safe from devastating Hurricane Laura. I have an uncle that was less than 1 hour away from the eye of the storm. He’s my athletic “runner uncle” and a retired firefighter. But all is well down there. Very happy he dodged the crazy.

It has been a busy week at work still being an essential worker BUT I did manage to get a cute new mask. Wearing a sparkly purple mask makes the hours just fly by.

That, AND an abundance of espresso and vanilla chai. My two guilty pleasure beverages.

I need a massage like CRAZY. Maybe I will get one before the week is over. My back is in knots.

It may have something to do with my 50 mile week last week? Just maybe. Feels good to be back up in miles again.

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Random Thoughts Thursday.

This is is a rather short work week for me (I’m off on Friday) so let the long weekend begin! I started the morning with some glorious miles to the tune of this glorious view.

We had an incredible morning the other day when the temps were quite CHILLY. I mean downright chilly. Anything in the 60s in Texas? Feels like wintertime, basically.

I am really over summertime though. This summer really hasn’t been so bad or maybe I’m just used to the triple digit temps. But I need me some crisp morning weather, some boots, some scarves. I wish I could say the state fair. Sad face. Maybe I’ll just make up my own version of the state fair and invite my peoples over and we can go to a pumpkin patch or something.

Is anyone ready for PUMPKIN season – take it or leave it? I’m a fan of pumpkin cider which I try to find every year. Sometimes it is a hit or miss. Maybe this year I will track it down.

Share your random thoughts with me today! Are you a fan of pumpkin things?
I also LOVE pumpkin candles.

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This morning’s run was HOT hot!! And HUMID humid. We are due for one of the hottest days of the year today. Gotta love them crazy triple digits.

I have been listening to a lot of Maroon 5 lately. Some days I just get into moods where I want to listen to the same artists over and over. This was probably one of my favorite Maroon 5 albums.

My vacation time from my work anniversary date was refreshed this week! WOOHOO. Now just gotta figure out where I wanna go. Or shoot, maybe I just want some dang staycation days. All you work from home people have staycation every day and as an essential worker I just want a vacation so I can STAY HOME. And get stuff done. Living that wild life.

This is probably the coolest mask I have right now. I am planning on getting one in every color. I really like masks by the way. They are more or less a fashion statement for me.

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