Random Thoughts Tuesday.

-Guatemalan coffee is my spirit animal. Preferably organic Guatemalan coffee. Does this make me, as they say, ‘basic’? Probably so.

-Last night’s sunset run…pure heaven. Thank you mother nature for the extra daylight in the evening.

-Random thoughts Tuesday…should we make it a thing? Or does random thoughts Thursday sound better? I think Thursday has more of a ring to it.

-Let’s just go with Tuesday this week. I just feel like I want to ramble today.

-I ran 10.10 miles this morning. Running 10 miles or more on a random weekday just isn’t a big deal anymore.

-Found a new kombucha I’m in love with. I epsecially love anything involved with ginger.

-I remember when any run over 5 miles was a big deal. My have things changed.

-My coworker who follows me on social media now calls me ‘thedancingrunner’ every time she sees me in the hallway. I’m not sure how to feel about this.

-Honestly I could listen to Fiona Apple’s ‘Criminal’ on repeat all day long and never get tired of it.

-I am oh so excited for upcoming race-cations. Especially San Diego. I have a feeling it will be a wild time with my sole mate running buddy.

-Also too exctied for the Divas race in April. We have rented a condo out on the beach. AirBnB’ing it. I’ve never done AirBnB. Should be quite the experience.

What are your random thoughts today?

Random Thoughts and Weds Spin Playlist.

It’s a great day for some spin playlist action and also for some random thoughts. So, just play along…will ya? I’ve got lots of great songs for your workout, spinning and running pleasure.

Let’s get straight to it…the thoughts first. Buckle up.

-Every run this week has been starting and ending in the pitch black dark before the sun comes up. Which kind of has me looking like this. Thankful for coffee and 9 p.m. bedtimes though so or else I’d be a true zombie.

-Can I just be honest? I do not like tapering. I know it’s a necessary evil. Runners do you feel me!? Let me just put it this way. I like to run a lot. A LOT. Always, all the time. Cranking up mileage all day every day. It keeps me sane and helps me not want to punch people in the face all day long. By the way! I’m really a positive person. I promise you! I generally love people….HA. Most of you know I am happy go lucky already (because of endorphins). Anyway. I am hoping scaling back the running mileage pays off come Sunday’s marathon. 26.2 number 22 (yes, Chelsea…we know). I’ll be like a caged animal ready to go.

-I’m starting to only want to drink black coffee. I know. Who am I? I am an almond milk latte kind of girl. Black coffee lately though has been my jam.

-I’m excited to get back to trail running after Sunday’s marathon. I need me some nature time. Plus I have a trail ultra coming up in 2017 so I need to get back to it. More on this later. I like to keep ya’ll in suspense.

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Lovely.

-I have an audition coming up to teach at a local boutique spin studio and I’m pretty excited about it. Super fun place! And they have fun things like brunch rides and Wine Wednesday. Hello awesomeness! I’ll let you know how it goes probably next week.

-I need a separate budget specifically for fall/winter boots. I basically wear nothing but leggings and boots this time of year. Makes my heart happy. And yes, leggings over pants/jeans hands down.

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-Life has been so busy lately but I’m looking forward to putting up my pretty pink Christmas tree later on this week. This is from last year. Yes it’s cheesy and girly and I love it oh so much.

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Enough random thoughts, onto the jams! Check me out at the following 24 Hour Fitness locations.

Let’s go for a ride!

I Got You- Bebe Rexha: Warm up
Crush On You- Lil Kim: Standing run
Moves Like Jagger: Maroon 5- Climb 4/5/6
Fireball- Pitbull: Sprints
Bounce Back- Big Sean: Tapbacks
Ayo- Chris Brown feat Tyga: Rolling hills
Worth It- Fifth Harmony: Jumps on a hill
Habits (Chainsmokers Mix)- Tove Lo: Climb 5/6/7
House Work- Jax Jones: Accelerations
Carry Out- Timbaland feat Justin Timberlake: Active recovery
Energy- Drake: Climb 6/7/8
I Would Like- Zara Larsson: Tapbacks
Tonight Belongs to U- Jeremih feat Flo Rida: Climb 7/8/9/10
Flawless (DJ Taj Mix)- Beyonce: Accelerations
Wishing- DJ Drama: Cool down

Any random thoughts today? What songs are you loving lately?

Pinspirations Lately.

Happy December to you! I thought I’d share some of my Pinterest inspirations I’ve been loving as of late. I don’t know about you but I will always and forever be a Pinterest fan. Although I have to say the app itself has undergone some changes lately. There’s just something so therapeutic though about pinning. I know some of ya’ll out there feel me.

Follow me on Pinterest also to get the latest of what I’m loving 24/7 365. Or something like that.

In no particular order…

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Have you been on Pinterest lately? What has inspired you this week?

TGIFriday Faves.

It’s Friday! OH YES. Definitely time to do the happy dance around here. Anyone remember the running man? That dance was my jam back in the day.

This weekend should be a good one. Good running weather…long running it…and maybe making a cameo at some Super Bowl festivities! We shall see.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

The secret language of runners. Haha I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to get my non running friends to do ‘just a 5k’ or a 10k with me…and YES…5ks are the gateway drug to other distances. I love it.

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-I have had a thing for cucumbers lately…just slice ‘em up and go to town. Someone send me all of the recipes with cucumbers that you can find.

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-This Essie shade…Stones n Roses…I am kind of ready for some bright spring time-y colors.

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-All things lavender…lotion, candles, essential oils you name it…I have it all over the house. I am simply obsessed with that scent and its calming effects.

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-Ladies if you ever need a guilty pleasure podcast to listen to I recommend Heather Dubrow’s World. She is awesomely fabulous and I loved her latest interview with Kyle Richards. I love all things Bravo and Andy Cohen and housewives…can’t help myself.

That’s all for this week! Catch you on the flip side!!!

What’s on tap for your weekend?

Post Marathon Miles and Gratitude Thursday.

Hello there! Happy Friday eve. It’s my favorite part of the work week. This morning I did 6 miles post marathon to celebrate. It was a good time.

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Not gonna lie my legs were pretty stiff at the beginning of this week but have loosened up tremendously with the help of teaching a couple of spin classes. I blame it on the marathon and then all of that Vegas walking. Any day I can go down the stairs the right way after a marathon though is a good day.

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Also, me and my foam roller have had a very special relationship this week.

So since we are a week out from Thanksgiving (Also, where the heck has November gone!?) I thought I would list a few things I am thankful for on this lovely Thursday. Actually I prefer the word gratitude. It’s definitely something I’ve had a lot of this year as I reflect back on 2015.

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I have gratitude for…

My strong running legs. I’ve have been a marathon running machine this year and am happy to see improvement with my times also. Last year I was pushing the 5 hour mark and I’m well below that now. I see another sub 4 run in my near future.

Awesome girlfriends. The kind of friends where you don’t see each other for months and then you get back together and pick up right where you left off. Those kinds of friends are simply priceless.

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The opportunity to travel and take vacations at a moments notice. Up next…Hawaii in December, San Diego, Houston and perhaps Miami. Next year I hope to do some more traveling overseas.

My spin instructor gig. I love teaching fitness classes and inspiring people though teaching. I think it’s important to show people that you can have FUN and work hard and do what you love. Plus it’s kind of like being a DJ. I’m always and forever looking for good music.

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Coffee. Especially piping hot after a hard run on a chilly day. That really is the best.

Fleece lined leggings. Nuff said.

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What do you have gratitude for today?

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello and good Friday to you! It’s a good day around here when you have a little 7-eleven coffee. Can I get an amen? Hashtag oh thank heaven.

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Let’s get to some things I am loving from this week!

-The fact that Vanderpump Rules is back on. This show is definitely the guiltiest of all pleasures. So glad Stassi decided to stay on the show too. She makes for good tv.

Inside the high tech competitive future of fitness. Interesting read and so true.

12 ways to spot a runner on social media. I know I am very guilty of the running watch photo. ANNND the sunrise. All day every day.

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-Organic pink crisp apples. And I’m really not a fan of apples at all but I seriously love this fruit. Thank you Sunflower Shoppe.

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-Adele’s new song ‘Hello’. I have to say, it’s kinda growing on me…I played it for the cool down when I taught spin class this week.

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Yes, yes she does.

-Tory Burch boots for fall…I saw them in the store the other day and got thisclose to buying them. They’re definitely on my list.

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What people/places/things are you loving this week?

Currently and Hello October.

Happy October to you! I don’t know about you but there is definitely a change in the air. My 7 mile run was absolutely wonderful with a nice breeze. I almost did not want to stop but you know…I have this thing called a job and someone’s gotta do it.

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Here are some things that I’m currently seeing, hoping…dreaming about. Loving this list from this gal’s blog so I thought I’d do my own.

Currently…

Reading: D Magazine. They are definitely keeping me up to date on all things happening in my ‘hood. Plus, hello…the 25 things you must do in Dallas this October. I’m on it.

Deciding: To get in more patio time this fall. Preferably if this place is involved.

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Seeing: My girlfriends more often. They make the world go ‘round.

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Wishing: For pretty glittery pumpkins on my doorstep. Because everything is better with glitter. Or bedazzled.

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Hoping: For some more trail running time very soon. Love getting off the beaten path.

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Making: These oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Organic rolled oats, banana, pumpkin, semi sweet chocolate chips. I kind of threw it together but it worked out really well.

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Feeling: Like it’s time to bust out the wine colored nail polish. Just because.

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Dreaming: Of apple cider sangria. Or apple cider in the crockpot. Both need to happen soon.

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Wondering: When the high is going to be below 90 degrees down in TX. I’m thinking it may happen this weekend. Hallelujah.

Snacking: On roasted pumpkin seeds. Love it love it. They are super addictive.

Embarrassing: myself all the time while teaching classes at the gym. I’m kind of used to it though…haha…hashtag no shame.

Remembering: My very first marathon…Chicago on 10.10.10. Miss that city…and the Garrett’s popcorn.

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Flipping: Over this southwestern spaghetti squash. I need it in my life.

Chasing: The morning sun. Always always.

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Throwing: Some sort of wine and cheese party…very soon. Maybe for the holidaze.

Struggling: With being in the present. Always a work in progress for me.

Vowing: To get better at saying ‘NO’.

Eating: All of the fall things…anything with the words pumpkin or butternut squash in it. All day every day. Oh, and grape tomatoes. These are freaking fantastic.

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Trying: Something new every time I go to a sushi joint. Loved the serrano yellowtail from this place.

Loving: My first fall leaf I saw on my run the other day.

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Wanting: To see Las Vegas and then Hawaii. Oh so soon. Bring on November & December vacation time.

What are you currently making/wanting/snacking on?

Confession Session, National Coffee Day and Multigrain Pumpkin Pancakes.

Hey there! I got in a nice 10K Tuesday RUNch this afternoon. There were lots of folks out enjoying the gorgeous day.

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Afterwards of course I had to grab a dark roast from Zenzero. Love this local coffee shop! I am all about supporting small businesses especially when java is involved. And today is National Coffee Day which makes it even better.

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I figured today was a good a day as any to do a quick confession session…it has been a while! You can check out there other sessions here and here.

I confess…

I ate some raw coffee beans as a snack on Friday. Um, has anyone ever done this? I was just curious but I kind of liked them. They were bitter but had a nice crunch. Plus hello, direct caffeine injection.

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Today I slept in just a bit. It was oh so necessary. My legs and body are slowly bouncing back from this race. Those crazy hills got me.

I’ve already signed up for the Cowtown 50k in February 2016…it will be my 2nd ultra marathon…super stoked. Bring on the 31 miles.

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I buy GT’s kombucha sometimes solely for the little words of enlightenment on the back. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good quote.

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Rosemary truffle popcorn is kind of the best invention ever created. Thank you, Sunflower Shoppe.

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Heather Dubrow is probably my favorite OC housewife of all time. Yes, all things Bravo = my guilty pleasure…most of you already know.

Switching gears a bit I’ve got a tasty pumpkin recipe (as well as others I’ll be sharing later) just for your tastebuds! These multigrain pumpkin pancakes are great for a post run breakfast treat.

Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 1/2 cups multigrain pancake mix (I purchased mine from Sprouts in the bulk section)

-1 egg white

-1 cup of unsweetened coconut almond milk

-1/2 cup of pumpkin puree. This one (again from Sprouts) Is awesome.

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Mix and flip on the skillet. Top with a few chocolate chips, favorite syrup and serve! Instant happiness.

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What do you have to confess today? Have you made anything with pumpkin yet?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to you all!! Hope you have some fun up your sleeve this weekend. I am sitting here sipping some tea and enjoying a quiet morning!

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Definitely ready to wrap up this half day at work so we can get the fun started. Bring it on.

Let’s get to my favorites from this week!

State runner apparel? Ah yes…anything with the shape of Texas on it I love. They have some super fun colors too.

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-An awesome 10 mile run this week with the orange flowers. They make my soul happy.

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-This pumpkin spice tea. With a drizzle of honey you guys it is like sheer heaven. Hashtag pumpkin spice errrrythang.

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Skinny cauliflower mac and cheese. Sounds like the ultimate comfort food! I need to make this pronto.

An ode to the early morning run. I can absolutely relate.

Best ways to increase your mileage. I know for sure that some of these have worked out for me over the years.

-All of the smells in my candle warmer this week. Apple pumpkin, pumpkin spice, cider…oh my.

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What are you loving this week? Are you brewing up any yummy fall smells in your home?

Hometown Spotlight: Bishop Arts District.

I’m taking a break from my regularly scheduled run talk (although yes, I did run today…nice 7 miles with plenty of cloud cover!) to chat about one of my favorite neighborhoods to kick back and relax in my hometown! That would be the Bishop Arts District. Want to shop, have a fun creative cocktail and get down on some brunch grub all in one spot? This without a doubt is the place to go.

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Located in north Oak Cliff and not too far of a drive from downtown Dallas, this charming part of town has over 60 independent boutiques, bars, restaurants and even art galleries. Every store to me has something special and eclectic about it that really stands out and I love that there’s none of your typical chain type spots. Everything is authentic and original. Here are some of my favorite joints to hit up when I’m in the area.

Jonathon’s

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This happening brunch place is located in a cute historic home with a patio to relax and enjoy a home cooked meal. Beware though, on weekends it can get crowded! Make sure you grab their eggs benedict with a spiked cherry limeade! The service at the bar is absolutely phenomenal too. And I have friends that just live for their chicken and waffles! Trust me…it is worth every calorie. You can just walk around the district and burn it off after.

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Espumoso Coffeehouse
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On a hot Texas day, you can find me here sipping on one of their iced lattes with hemp or almond milk with some crushed ice. Their lemon bars are to die for as well. It’s a tiny mom and pop type of coffee shop but they are brewing up some fantastic strong coffee drinks that you are sure to enjoy.

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Sipping on wine while grooving to some live music is one of the many simple pleasures that I enjoy in life. They have some awesome red and white flights and even a cheese board the shape of Texas. What more could you want, honestly? Excellent place and I cannot wait to go back. This is a Sunday funday joint you will want to keep on your list.

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Sassy gifts and sassy salespeople are what you will come across when you hit up this boutique. Make sure will have time to look around and if you come around Mardi Gras time when BA does their big parade they may even just give you a hurricane. They have some fun holiday décor as well to stock up on before Christmas time. I love coming here just to check out what novelty trinkets and funny greeting cards they have in store.

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Artisan’s Collective
Without a doubt this place is a neighborhood gem. I could walk around here and just gawk at the works of art forever. There are some eclectic pieces and designs I seriously have not seen anywhere. Come support local artists! They have all kinds of treasures for purchase.

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If you’re looking to organize or host an event…or are searching for hot local spots in your area…be sure to check out Eventbrite management.

What’s your favorite local hot spot to hit up and do a little exploring?