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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Texas humidity this week has been oh so intense for running! We are getting back to that time of year where I am literally so super drenched after every dang run. I kind of love it. It’s the ultimate detox. So thanks I guess Texas, for being so dang humid and hot.

It does take time to acclimate to this kind of weather, though. That’s where I think my double run days come in. I try to run early when it’s cooler but very humid and then after work when the humidity has calmed down and it’s just mostly hot heat. So then I am kind of good at navigating both.

I still have a few races on the horizon that may or may not be canceled. I’m KEEPING the Hachie 50 miler on my radar since it is small and local. That’s the one I’m more excited about. And since I love ultra running so dang much. It is not until October though. But I’m keeping my miles up and in a bit of a building phase so working on getting back good at it.

I’m back to running with my weekday run club (just on Thursdays, running solo the other days of the work week) but even having ONE day where I run with just a few people has been doing wonders. That and running more hills. Keeps things spicy.

One of my run pals actually makes fun of me for saying the phrase “keep it spicy” but what can I say? It is a Chelsea-ism of sorts.

I joined the VIP version of Strava since it’s a free trial although I really am not seeing much of a difference other than the fact that they put that extra orange marker by your name. I don’t care about the temperature during my run and the fact that you think I did a good effort, Strava. Sorry. I am just not a words of affirmation person. What can I say.

This week has been crazy news/current events wise but what’s been helping me is just being able to laugh and have things everyday that bring me just a little bit of peace. One thing that has been brining me peace lately- parlaying at the pool in the evenings. Ultimate relax time.

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This morning’s cloudy HUMID run was quite blissful! I saw just a little bit of color in the sky peep out so I had to get a shot before it went back into hiding.

I’m back to loving getting up extra early. Mostly because of these HUMA gels. My Amazon shipment came in and I have to say I’m loving these little packets of happy. Chia gels for the win.

Down here in Texas our Memorial Day weekend is looking like lots of rain but there may be a few rain breaks. I’m really needing some pool time so hoping the sun does make an appearance.

I’ve decided to hold off on paying for virtual runs mostly because I really have been loving running on my own timetable. It’s helping me fall back in love again not having such a strict schedule. And I have STRAVA and running friends for the accountability part.

A small part of me does hope that the Hachie 50 still happens in October though. It may not happen but it’s local so I think I’ll keep my name on the list just in case. If not – there’s always 2021! Damn I miss me some ultras.

Who has a super long weekend coming up?! I know weekends don’t really feel all the same since the quarantine but I really am looking forward to some time off from slaving away with work. I may even just try to clock out a little early tomorrow.

Plus a little funny for your Thursday. YES. This is so Texas. Mmm brisket.

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Today’s run was absolutely splendid! It’s amazing what a change in route will do. It was nice and hot and there were a few hills to climb also which made me very happy.

I really do love changing up my routes for running especially lately with things being so dull lately in the quarantine. I feel like maybe it’s because it’s one thing I have control over right now?? Not sure.

I finally went to my local ENT/allergy specialist (with mask and all of the things ON) and they sucked my ears clean with this awesome vacuum thingy. I had a blockage in my ear that I couldn’t get out on my own. It was incredible and I don’t think I’ve ever heard so well in my ENTIRE LIFE. HA. 5 stars highly recommended.

Where my allergy sufferers at?! Let’s moan and complain about the pollen and rant together. Everyone also likes to cut the grass when I’m out running. It’s just lovely.

I’m looking forward to free time from work this weekend. I actually think my pool is going to open up soon too (social distancing style) so I may have to make a visit there soon. I’m working on my tan.

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