Virtual Coffee Date.

Oh my, it has been a long time since I’ve done one of these ‘virtual coffee date’ posts! See the last one here. But hey I just grabbed a LAVENDER LATTE (with almond milk of course) from the coffee shop at work so I figured why not. And yes, I know how lucky I am to have a coffee shop at work. Actually, it is a bookstore/café/coffee spot and it is the most perfect place to unwind. I mean I love it so much that I would go on the weekends to kick it. So, yes let’s pretend we are on the patio and it is a nice day and let’s chat. Shall we?

If we were having a lovely coffee date on the patio…I’d tell you…

How strange it was to not teach my Monday spin class yesterday! If you read my weekly running report you know I have cut back on teaching my permanent spin class slots. Anyway, I went on a sunset run last night after the 9 to 5 and it was absolutely lovely to have more time AFTER work to run. Granted I am more of a morning runner but changing it up was really nice. Although it did get dark rather quickly. I don’t think I could ever completely change up to night runs though. There is just something about that morning run energy that I will always and forever love.

I really miss the music of the 90s. Just the 90s vibe in general. Sometimes I wish we could transport back in time. Granted I was a kiddo back in those days but everything was just so…colorful…back then. Reminiscing.

I am looking for a new scent (perfume) for spring time. Is it just me ladies or do you switch up perfumes with the seasons? I have a few that stay in my rotation but I am loving anything Chanel lately. And Viva La Juicy will always be my “going out on the town” scent. I never get tired of it.

This morning’s run was SO FREAKING COLD and I have never been so happy to see a sunrise again. We are supposed to have temperatures in the 70s by Friday. Please mother nature bring back my spring time temps. Us Texans will be oh so grateful.

I have played around with the idea of being a vegetarian again. I’ve actually tried the vegan thing a while back but did not do that well on it. At least with being a part time veggie I can eat cheese (and throw some eggs in there). I already mostly do a meatless Monday. And get tofu bowls at Chipotle when I want a treat. Hmm…maybe I will do it for a month or so and see how it goes. Someone give me a good recipe for tofu.

Ever since I got a Varidesk at work a few years ago I literally have a problem sitting still at my desk. It’s like I have to be dancing or moving at all times. Or fidgeting. They say fidgeting burns cals. And also sitting still bound to a desk for longer than 30 minutes just makes me antsy. I guess this is a good thing. Or could mean that I have A.D.D. Haha. Not sure.

What would you tell me if we were having a virtual coffee date?

Random Thoughts Tuesday.

So since it is Thanksgiving week I thought we would do ‘random thoughts’ on Tuesday! Fun right?! Lots of things to talk about this week. Let’s get to it.

Black Santa is making a comeback back in the office. He is in good spirits spreading all of the holiday cheer.

I am craving all things peppermint at the moment. Peppermint mochas with almond milk from Starbucks lately are my jam.

How early is too early to put up the Christmas tree? Do you put yours up before Thanksgiving or after?!? I am thinking I’m going to have to make my pink Christmas tree happen this week. That may be a fun night project.

Are you running a Turkey Trot this year? I always do a longish run on Thanksgiving morning. I like to call it the Chelsea Trot. It is always a good time. I’ve run Turkey Trots in the past but the families and strollers and doggies are always in my way.

I really need to catch up with my Real Housewives. I feel like I am starting to fall behind but I’m not sure I am going to enjoy RHONJ this year. Honestly I’m kind of bored with their storylines. I am glad that Siggy is gone though. I feel like New Jersey was so good back in the day. Like in Teresa’s table flipping days. Trainwreck central but you’ve gotta love it.

I’m loving this how to on how to curl your hair with a flat iron. I can’t stress the importance of having a good quality flat iron. I mean seriously it has been life changing – I’ve had mine for years and it has saved me so much money from being in the salon forever.

The weather in Texas has been really lovely – chilly in the mornings for running and then the sun comes out later in the day. Last weekend temps were in the 60s and 70s. We need more of that so I can wear my short cute dresses with my boots and such. Gotta love living down south in the fall and winter.

What are some of your random thoughts this week?

Random Thoughts Tuesday.

Soo HEYYY!! I have declared this day to be RANDOM THOUGHTS Tuesday simply because I am off the J-O-B for the rest of the week (hello staycation- how u doin’) so I thought today would be a great day to spill what’s currently on my mind as of late. Usually that has to do with nothing more than frivolous matters…and of course, running. So…let’s get to it shall we?

Nothing else is getting me though this short work week other than rocking out to my music while working…and getting my miles in. I’m actually still kinda stiff from the Stars Above Run but I am loosening up quickly thanks to teaching classes at the gym and getting the body moving. Motion is lotion, baby.

-I actually thought briefly about taking a road trip to Austin since I have some significant time off but…I feel like a staycation is like way overdue? I just want to be at the pool, relax, clean my apartment…be selfish in all of my pursuits. Ya know?? The idea of this feels absolutely amazing. Plus I just went to Houston a week ago (4 hour drive, I guess that is like driving to another state for some of y’all up north! Ha) and road trips kinda wear me out.

Beach…or pool. Whatevs.

Lately I’ve been loving nothing but eggs. I don’t know why – I think sometimes I truly crave savory breakfasts. And protein. I’m getting away from the sweet stuff. I am sweet enough. Plus, have you guys tried the chicken chorizo egg bites from Starbucks?! Heaven.

People on Strava are doing the most lately. I feel like some people are so serious about it like they are playing a video game or something!? It is simply a training log to me. Y’all are really doing too much with the comments and etc. I also feel like Strava can be a double edged sword, you know? I mean seriously most of us are not Olympians (although sometimes I feel like I am one inside of my head) Anyways, do you. Who cares what everyone else is doing. Some days you are at the top of your chosen leaderboard (?) and others you are not. Do you and forget the rest. End of story.

It is really too hot outside here in Texas to be playing around. Drink your water, people. I got done with that run on Sunday and felt like I was going to die and I swore I had drank enough water. Then I tried to celebrate by having an adult beverage and by body was like NO NO NO. So…stay hydrated, my friends. It’s not a game. Especially when it’s 100 degrees.

I have been loving my weekend long runs (in the heat) with friends lately. I mean running and then pool time immediately after is like my dream come true. I think we are having too much fun. I love these folks forever.

Well that’s it for this week, y’all! Be good or be good at it.

What are some of your RANDOM thoughts today?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello and happy RANDOM thoughts Thursday to you! If you’re new here, this is a day where I share my deepest darkest thoughts and confessions…sometimes it is regarding running (because yes, this is a blog about that very topic) and sometimes it definitely is NOT!! So, stay a while, grab a snack or a cup of TEA and let’s go ALL IN, shall we?

First of all, I am tired and through and ready for it to STOP RAINING down in Texas. Last week, it rained basically every day and then this week has been a lot of the same. I’m starting to sound like a broken record talking about rain. And yes, when it rains in Texas it pours people. We will get torrential downpours, usually they are short bursts of rain thankfully but still annoying.

Running in the rain can be kind of lovely though. Cleansing to the body mind and soul. I prefer more drizzles than intense rain though.

I have some new readers lately which is kind of fun and also kind of funny at the same time. Mostly because I feel like new readers come in here and kind of read my blog and think, “WTF am I reading”? Yes, I am an ultrarunner who runs a lot. And I may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But I am someone’s shot of whiskey! Keep reading and you will catch on to the crazy. I am like a train, jump on for the ride or you will get left. kthxbye.

Although I run a heck of a lot (and love it) I still love to help new runners and get new people motivated to run. So, I am going to start writing more “running for beginners” type posts, just kind of sprinkle ‘em in there. Because yes, you do have to start somewhere. I know I sure did…you can read my story here. I’m 8 years strong of ultra and marathon running, still rocking. Running and I have been through hell and back too. But build the foundation for that strong brick house and you can get better and increase your endurance. Patience. Promise.

Moving on – I mean I have to say as much as the Kardashians make me gag at times, my goodness do these folks make some pretty babies!! I love me some cutie pie mixed babies that is for sure. So freaking adorable. Loved the pics of Chicago West. Yes, I know it was a surrogate that popped that one out. But still cute.

Kombucha is quickly becoming my favorite beverage (next to wine). I think I have it at least 2-3 times a week now. They must put magic in those bottles. Organic probiotic goodness, so good for ya. This one is local and phenomenal.

I have kind of a pet peeve. Don’t get mad at me? But I get annoyed when people ask a lot of questions. I don’t mind questions in general but I feel like sometimes people just ask questions that they already know the answer to, to be annoying? Or maybe because they want to see your reaction. I’m just saying…Google is your friend Curious George. Do your research. End rant.

This is kind of how I feel when people ask questions that google can answer…HA. *walking away*

I also get annoyed when people TEXT you without a purpose. Like when they just text and say, “Hi” or “What are you doing – aka WYD”. What do you want? Please have a purpose when you text. This kind of explains how I feel perfectly. LOL.

I have lately been needing some new podcasts to listen to. NOT running ones, really. More like pop culture? I don’t really like listening to people talk about running while I’m running. I did find this interesting one though called “Missing Richard Simmons” (it was a short series) that I listened to while I was running and I was hooked. But now I’m done with that one. Give me some recommendations.

Tell me something random and/or rant about your week! Any good pop culture type podcasts I should listen to?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Well, it is RANDOM THOUGHTS Thursday and I have to say that I am here for it!! I hope you are having a great week so far. It is without a doubt that day of the week where I spill all of the latest and greatest on what is currently going on in my life right now. Sometimes it has to do with RUNNING (because yes, this is a running and fitness blog) and sometimes it definitely does not! So, come along for the ride…let’s go!

I fell like lately every blog post I am talking about the weather. But I kind of can’t help it because Texas weather has just been so up and down! Today, the high in Dallas is just about 80 degrees. I kid you not. When I heard that on the radio this morning, I just about went home to grab my swimsuit. Take me to the nearest pool please and thank you. Drink with an umbrella in it, in hand.

Never mind the fact that it was just about 20 degrees a few short days ago. Yeah, never mind that nonsense. I am more than ready for spring and my Texas bluebonnets to start popping up everywhere.

I’ve been listening to The Love Below album by Outkast this week. Love that album. “She Lives in my Lap” – on repeat. Ha, great song.

I love my new road running group. Like, I think they are all excellent and cool and really good looking. And also, I want to continue running with them until I qualify for Boston. So I can get a cool Boston jacket, you know like the popular kids/jocks in high school with the letter jackets?! Kinda like that. (I know some of you already have jackets that read my blog so don’t rub it in my face – my ego is fragile.) But, I am going to wait until the FALL to shoot my shot since I am only a few minutes off from a BQ. I do all of my long runs with them right now so I think that is helping. Until then, I will just keep running my 50 mile and 50k races and pounding the dirt path. Because, I love my trail running group too. It’s fun to have 2 groups to run with.

You know what is funny about TRAIL and ROAD runners?! You don’t have many hybrids. Meaning, runners that really enjoy and dabble in both surfaces. For instance, I do both ultras and then shorter road races. But then I talk to my good looking BQ roadie friends and they are all like, “Oh, NO I don’t do trails- that is too hard” or something to that affect. And then, the trail/mountain goats are all like “Road?! Pssh….trails are where it’s at. Who does road races anymore??” I’m telling you – there are very few runners that really like both. I feel like you are either good at one or really good at the other. I just so happen to like both. So I think I am a unicorn.

Speaking of unicorns, my mama bought me this unicorn for Valentine’s Day?! Isn’t it super cute – his name is Fluffy.

And there you have it!

Tell me something random about your week! What do you like better – road running or trails, or do you equally like both?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Oh, I am back for the randomness!! It Is without a doubt my favorite time of the week to chat about my latest thoughts and confessions!! Sometimes it is about running and sometimes it is not. So grab a seat, perhaps a snack or a cup of coffee (or even a glass of wine, depending on what time you are reading this) and let’s get to it, shall we?

By the way, I really do love the song “Uptown Funk” still. I play it when I teach my spin classes and they love it too. Plus Bruno Mars has some pretty sweet dance moves in the GIF above. He’s got swag for sure.

Okay, I am back on my RHOA watching game. Yes, my favorite reality show is getting juicy again!! That show will always be my guilty pleasure. How do y’all feel about Kim back on the show?! Are you feeling it or nah? She is EXTRA messy this season too. Hmm.

The weather in Dallas has been absolutely ridiculously awesome!! Highs will be in the 60s all week long, and for the next few days to come. HELLO. I am so here for it.

I am going to confess something here, I am super BAD at giving KUDOS to people on Strava. For those of you that aren’t on Strava (aka if you’re a runner who lives under a rock, get with it) that is like the equivalent of a Facebook like. For whatever reason I really only use it as a training log and not a social media site where I interact with people. And I realize that this makes me look like somewhat of an ass. So, GOAL FOR 2018. GIVE PEOPLE MORE KUDOS. That is a promise.

-Oh and if we are not friends on Strava yet, follow me – I promise to give you a kudo or 3.

But I’ve also noticed some people (who will not be named) only give Kudos when they have run MORE than you that day?? LOL! Is that just me noticing that? Just saying.

In other news, I sat in the sauna at the gym after running outside in the cold and I must say it was absolute heaven. Running, coffee, sauna/shower, repeat.

How is your week going? Is it snowing where you are?? Dallas has not gotten a lick of snow all winter long, not yet at least. Hope it stays that way.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hi there and welcome to random thoughts Thursday! This is the part of the week that I spill on the latest and greatest thoughts going on in my head. Sometimes it is about running and sometimes it is definitely not. So have a seat, feel free to play along and/or laugh at my randomness. Let’s get started, shall we?

Hey, while you’re at it…get you a snack too.

Janet approves.

So are you super into the, “new year new me” stuff that 2018 brings? I kind of am and then again I am not. I actually taught a class on New Year’s Day at the gym so I love being a part of that when we get new members coming in and taking over all of the classes. And yes, I realize a lot of them fall off a short time later. But I guess when it comes to my personal life I kind of feel like it’s a bit flaky to hop on the bandwagon of saying you will somehow be this brand new person just because it is January 1st. I do love the optimism though. So I’m torn. HA.

Speaking of flaky I do think that is one thing I want to leave behind from last year. Flaky ass people! I just do not have time for it, anymore. I am too busy to dance around people that cannot make up their minds. Make a plan and stick to it. If you are a flip flopper you will be erased deleted and unfollowed.

Thank you! Deuces.

One website that I am obsessed with is Lipstick Alley (guiltiest of celebrity gossip pleasures). Well that, and Reddit Running. If you are not already following Reddit Running I suggest you do so immediately. Complaints and Confessions Thursday…LOVE.

I am eyeing another 100 miler to run this year. My eye is on Brazos Bend and yes there are GATORS on the trail. My friends who have done it (yes I have so many crazy trail runner friends now and I love it) tell me that the gators are used to people and they actually don’t really move from their homes during the race that has like hundreds of runners on the trail. HMMM…I like danger so we shall see what happens. Registration for the hundo has not even opened yet so I have some time.

I am actually missing dancing so I am going to have to either sign up for some dance classes in the near future or hit up some salsa dancing with friends one weekend. Fun fact I used to teach dance at the gym (hence my blog name thedancingrunner) so dancing is just in my bones. Now I just dance while I run.

Yes. Exactly like that.

This year I think I am going to be a RUN CLUB hopper some more. I actually love going to different run groups to see what the dynamic is there. I host a morning run group during the week but love running with different folks on weekends. Plus it helps me change up my usual long run route. This weekend I will be running with my favorites, the White Rock Running Co-Op. They are some speedsters and they also know how to have a good time. Cheers to miles and mimosas after.

What are some of your random thoughts this week?

As Seen On My Run.

So, hello! Welcome to another day in the neighborhood. Speaking of neighborhoods, I thought today would be a great day to discuss random things I see on my runs. Sometimes running is like a scavenger hunt of sorts! There’s all kinds of people, places and things to stumble upon. So here are random things I see on my run, in no particular order.

Gloves. I always see random black gloves in the middle of the street? For some reason this reminds me of OJ! If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit. Quote of the century right there. (And for the record, I think he did it)

Empty bottles of fireball. For some reason its always the baby sized ones.

Sidewalk chalk. I actually love this one. It’s fun to see the artwork of children drawing flowers and sunshine and such.

Money. This has not happened to me in a while! But it’s always fun finding a random 20 dollar bill. I like to get paid to workout.

Dead animals. Like squirrels and such. All the time. The worst are those armadillo things. We have a ton of armadillos in Texas.

Empty fried chicken boxes. People sure do like Popeyes around here!

GU packets. Come on runners, don’t be litterbugs.

CDs. People still listen to those?!

Love locks on a bridge. You know, like how they used to do it in Paris?! I think that is the absolute sweetest.

What are some random things you’ve seen on the run?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello there! It’s random thoughts Thursday time!! How are you? Man, this week went by kinda fast did it not? To me it definitely did. I am glad! Bring on Friday and the weekend. But first, I have a few thoughts on this wonderful day.

I am loving all of the Texas ciders I’m discovering as of late. Most of you know I’m more of a vino gal, but to hang out with runners and be one of the cool kids who drink beer, I’ve had to find something that I enjoy. If you are in Texas you must try Austin East Ciders or Bishop Cider Co based out of Dallas. Especially their OG brew – my absolute fave.

Work has been absolute pure insanity (tight deadlines and international stuff we have been working on) and all I want to do is go home and color, watch Sesame Street and be a kid again. Can anyone relate? Hashtag adult problems.

-Thank goodness for running. It has been 100% pure stress relief for me as of late.

Some days, though I actually really want to get back to taking boxing classes. Like not aerobics Tae Bo kickboxing, but real damn boxing. I have a running bud who is an instructor at a boxing gym too so maybe I can get the hook up.

Okay I am only saying I want to do that because I want pink boxing gloves. Preferably with rhinestones on them.

Yep, pretty much how it works.

Who watched the Real Housewives Reunion part one!? I have a love/hate relationship with Leeanne. Like, I totally know she has anger problems and starts drama but she’s good tv. Gotta love the trainwrecks.

Chivalry is not dead. I’ve been on a couple of dates with this one dude (yes an online guy) and he was just the utmost gentleman. Made me feel like I was a princess or something. Can guys everywhere just be like that!? Fellas, take note.

In other news, this makes me laugh. Probably because it’s oh so true. Love being an instructor, it can be crazy from time to time. But it is one fun side hustle.

What are some random rants/thoughts on your mind this week?

A Penny for Your (Random) Thoughts.

Wait, what?! 2 posts in a day? Who am I?? It’s time for another episode of randomness. Just a day early. I’m an overachiever, what can I say.

In this edition you will find the usual amount of tomfoolery mixed with ridiculous GIFS for your reading pleasure. Because for whatever reason I enjoy oversharing on my humble blog-o-thing. So do hope you enjoy.

Do you enjoy dancing in the car? Because I really do. And I feel like you should not be ashamed if you do it, especially while you are waiting at a red light rocking out to your jams. Just dance to your heart’s content. It will release some feel good endorphins I promise you.

I really feel like I’ve struck gold when I discover new podcasts. Lately I’ve been enjoying Jade & XD on Stitcher Radio. They talk pop culture and all kinds of goodness. Some podcasts bore me so it’s a true gem when I can find something to listen to while running solo that makes me feel like I am chatting with friends. LOVE.

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Night running – do you love it or hate it? Lately I’ve been thinking about doing more Saturday late night runs. Like when I have down time, not out on a date or with friends or what have you. I did do a night run a couple of weeks ago and it was quite nice. It kinda feels rebellious for me as a morning runner to run at night. But yall I am a total GRANNY during the week so I will have to stick to doing this on some Saturdays only.

I’ve been loving this Spotify station called BUTTER for listening to music while I am doing some writing at work. It’s kind of like easy listening jazzy r&b. Smooth like butta! Most of y’all know I am a producer for local tv so I whenever I need to put my creative thinking hat on I need music to channel that. And this is just perfect.

Full disclosure, I kind of have a soft spot in my heart and soul for Cardi B.

Do you envy those Instagram bodybuilder chicks that only eat chicken and broccoli everyday? And can’t even chew gum because they will gain .5 pounds? I don’t, not at all. Even if maybe some of them look better than me nakey. Hashtag so damn glad I’m a runner. And I can eat tacos and ish. End rant.

I really love kettle bells for my strength workouts, I kind of feel like they are my spirit animals. And I need to do more kettle bell stuff. Do you have some sweet moves for me? I already have Pinterest but I need to pick your brain if you love ‘em.

Like what in the actual eff that it is NOVEMBER already?! Really though, how on earth did that happen? October was without a doubt the fastest month to go by EVER.

And with that said, I still managed to run 360.5 miles and placed 22 out of 34,078 women in the Strava October Distance Challenge. Wowzers! Not complaining about that at all. I know that was a total humblebrag but some days you just need to toot your own horn. So toot freakin’ toot.

Bring on November.

Tell me about some of your randomness or rants this week!