Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! Hope you have some fun miles and good times with good people in store for your weekend. I’ll be doing some Halloween fun this weekend, as well as running all of the miles. And of course I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I kinda rolled out of bed for my run this morning but it was oh so worth it. I did a route I hadn’t done in a while and was blessed to stumble upon this crazy beautiful sunrise view. Perfect way to kick off a Friday that is for sure.

Let’s get to my faves this week!

How to STAY IN LOVE with running. After running all of the races. I can relate to this especially after conquering the 100 miler more than once – you do kind of feel like you’ve ‘done it all’. But…I will say one of the things that keeps me in love with this sport is the beautiful people places and things. Never gets old.

-Finally seeing some FALL FOILAGE down in Texas! As most of you know we really don’t get to experience leaves changing (like up north) until later on in the year. So seeing this beautiful orange tree the other day was a real treat.

-Watching the Cowboys win on Sunday with a dear friend. I normally do not ‘Sunday funday’ but every once in a while it is nice to just get out and let your hair down.

-And finally, your Friday funny.

Have a great weekend!

Feel free to some of your faves with me from this week! Or just rant or share something super random. As long as you don’t mind lots of people around the world reading it. Haha no judgement here.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

The weather has been absolutely incredible for running this week! Also our sunrises and sunsets have been so on point. I’ve been present for both this week and enjoying changing up my run schedule. Loved running this AM after I taught my class at the gym and listening to Chelsea Handler’s podcast.

I’ve been glued to all of YouTube since they’ve supposedly found the BONES of Gabby Petito’s killer boyfriend. That story is such a mess right now. I am telling you though if they make a Netflix doc out of this I am watching.

I’m becoming ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE that puts biofreeze on EVERY DAY. I am not kidding I use this product on the daily. My neck and back and body are so very thankful since I’m now teaching more spin classes than ever before on a weekly basis.

Okay confession I did not go to the fair this year. Part of me was okay with it though? I’m one of those people who enjoys ‘going against the grain’ if I see it is something EVERYONE IS DOING. I try my best to not be as basic as possible haha. BUT…the only damn thing I wanted was a giant turkey leg and I did get me one. Thanks, mom.

The only thing I will say that makes me a ‘basic B’ is my love for pumpkin. Sorry not sorry that love will never go away.

-I need to figure out what my Halloween costume will be this year. I do have my butterfly wings but I think I’m going to change it up. Mermaid maybe?! I really like girly costumes that are not at all creative. ‘Sexy nurse’? I’ll think of something.

Do you listen to podcasts?! Which one is your favorite? 

I like mostly the pop culture ones.

Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! Hope you have a fun sunshine-y weekend in store. It is finally cooling off a bit down in Texas! I ran some relaxed sunrise miles (my legs were super tired from a busy day of teaching at the gym yesterday) but it felt good to get the kinks out.

Let’s get straight to my favorites from this week!

Classic running books to delve into. Of course Born to Run is a classic one – Let Your Mind Run is one that is on the list. I love everything affiliated with athletes and the power of the mind.

Loving this spaghetti squash recipe. And SO VERY HAPPY that squash in general is back in season! I literally could eat squash in the fall and winter every single day.

A dermatologist’s hack for instantly hydrated skin. I’m all about having that GLOW especially in the winter time.

My favorite coffee mug at my desk today.

Guess what else is back!? CANDY CORN. No candy corn slander will be allowed on this here blog. Thank you. 

Hope you all have the most fantastic weekend!

What’s on tap for your weekend?

Anything putting a dose of happiness in your day today?!
Pumpkin cream cold brew and that RUNrise view.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning I got in a fantastic spin cycle ride with my AM crew – plus ran some peaceful early miles to kick off the day. We’ve had some rain off and on all week so I’m definitely ready to see some sunshine soon.

This is definitely the kind of weather where you want to sit on your patio with a cup of coffee and a book – or grab a hammock and put your feet up.

I definitely want to get something cozy and cute to lounge in for my patio…something like this since my patio is a nice size.

(source)

The only thing though during certain times of the year we get a random amount of wasps (I hate all of the Texas flying bugs especially living on the lake). Wasps scare the living daylights out of me. I am terrified of those things and the nests they create. Is there a light or contraption of some sort that will keep them away!? Do tell.

The eucalyptus steam room seemed to have an EXTRA amount of eucalyptus in it at the gym this morning. I always wish I had more time to stay in there and just zone out. The mornings are perfect too because no one is in there at 7 AM.

-I really want to go to a pumpkin patch and take photos…we have a few places like that around the DFW area so I hope to do a little exploring this weekend. Our weather will be in the 70s this weekend too and sunny which is Texas fall perfection.

Have you been to a pumpkin patch lately?! Who is doing a Halloween race??
I think it would be fun to do a fall festive type of race. Maybe I will dress up and run 27 miles on my own just for fun. HA.

Pumpkin, Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

HELLO OCTOBER SUNRISES. Oh do I love you so. Seriously the colors in the fall skies are always just so beautiful like a painting. God’s artwork. I’ve been loving them this week.

Lo-fi hip hop radio. This is the best music for my work day brain. Seriously when you spend time writing promos all day this is the kind of music you need. Along with some crazy strong coffee.

This morning’s 5 AM 15 mile ride followed by a RUNrise was really all I needed. And then I sat in the eucalyptus steam room which was EXTRA HOT today.

-I’m telling ya’ll I used to be a dry sauna girl but I may very well be converting to steam. I mean, it has eucalyptus in it. Plus, it is inside of the ladies lounge/locker room and it is super clean and I can go in there basically naked. Well not really, but I definitely feel a lot more comfortable. Haha. Perfect thing to do before a luxurious shower and then I get ready for work.

I have to teach a 2nd spin class tonight (after work) so this without a doubt is my busiest day of the week. Gotta love the triple threat Thursday.

Tomorrow is a SELF CARE stay-cation day off and I am really excited about it. I will go get a pedicure, massage and do all of the pampering things. So much needed.

Another self care thing I’ve tried lately is Modern Acupuncture. I will say it is a cool bucket list thing to do but not for me long term. Great if you are a high stress person though and need ZEN time to yourself. You honestly do not feel the needles at all but it is expensive upkeep even if you get to use your work benefits. I think I’d rather have that money go towards my monthly massages. Massages truly never let me down.

You know what I actually really need in my life today before my next 15 mile ride tonight?! A pumpkin cream cold brew.

Yes, I am a basic B ‘pumpkin lover’ and I will admit that with absolutely no shame whatsoever.

Share some randomness with me! What is your favorite TREAT YO’SELF/SELF CARE thing to do?
Spa pedicures, massages, drinking fancy coffees on a patio.

Running

How to Embrace Fall Running.

As we enter the most blissful time of year to run (not that I am bias or anything…well who am I kidding…I really am) I wanted to touch on some of my favorite ways to make running during this season more enjoyable. Whether you are training for a 5k or ramping up your miles to run your first 100 miler – sometimes we all need a little encouragement from time to time. Here are ways I love to really maximize the miles when it comes to your everyday run in the fall.

Get up early to enjoy a crisp, cool fall morning. As a Texas runner who trains often in the summer time…the thing I absolutely look forward to the most is a morning with LOW HUMIDITY. Granted right now we are still pretty warm down in Texas but it is starting to cool off a little. I do love a morning when you just feel that ‘fall’ in the air.

Go on a ‘fail foliage exploration’ run. I always try to find a shaded trail path with a lot of LEAVES so I can see the fall leaves changing. In Texas we really do not start to see real color until I would say late November but when it does it sure is beautiful. But sometimes (like now) you will see some trees change faster than others. I absolutely love the slower transition.

Update your fall running wardrobe. This is a nice little guide to look at in terms of temperature  what you need to wear. Especially with the transition going from fall into the cooler weather months.

Plan a ‘coffee run’ with your favorite run buddy. Or someone who you haven’t run with in a while (due to the pandemic or etc). It is my most favorite way to ‘catch up’ – over some miles. And then finishing things off with a pumpkin cream cold brew from the ‘bucks.

Run NAKED – meaning with no data, or even with an idea of how many miles you want to go. Some days just stepping out of your door without a solid plan is all you need. Running free is my most favorite way to run. That is actually usually when I have the best run ever.

Share some of your favorite ways to embrace running in the fall!

Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! Hope all is well in your world and you are staying safe and healthy out in these streets!! I have some fun in store for the weekend as well as some running, yoga-ing, and all of the things that makes for a happy Chelsea. Plus it is payday Friday (well at least for one of my jobs) so color me happy.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

I SIGNED UP FOR A RACE!! Great way to end the year….with some ULTRA MILES. You know I cannot go more than a few months without wanting to get some serious miles in. Ever since my 50 miler I’ve been contemplating on something a little different. I love ending and starting the year on a solid note. Plus this race is intimate and on a pretty lake. I have 6 hours to run, walk, skip, hop, jump, do whatever I want. Excitement.

I went to a hip hop class last night. And to say I was like a fish out of water is a freaking understatement. Never mind that this here blog is called thedancingrunner. HAHA. I used to teach dance you know. Fun fact. Anyways, my girlfriend is a dance teacher and so is the instructor so I wanted to take her to his class at LifeTime. Super enjoyed even though my feet were tired after already working out 3 times yesterday. So ‘triple threat Thursday’ turned into a quadruple threat plus I did strength training. Marathon Thursday for sure.

These cozy PUMPKIN pillows!! Definitely a favorite sighting of mine this week. It is on the list.

Pumpkin cider! Those of you who have been reading for a while know that this is my jam. I actually wasn’t even looking for this then stumbled upon it last night. It was like a sign from the universe or something.

And finally, your Friday funny.

Make it a good one!

What’s on tap for your weekend?!? Find any fun fall items (candles, coffee, fall scented anything?! Do share because I care).

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I got my morning started with a power packed SPIN cycle ride and RUNrise! Y’all, Thursdays are starting to be my absolute fave. I get to do all of my favorite workouts plus the sunrise on Thursday mornings has actually been consistently beautiful. Love my fitness instructor life.

It is currently FREEZING in my office at work and I really wish I had one of those heaters under my desk but the maintenance people told us we couldn’t bring them to work. Something about it being too much for our electrical system– (?) I am not sure. BUT that was a while ago and I think I’ve seen a fellow coworker with one. Maybe I’ll try and sneak a tiny one in and see what happens.

My childhood friend is coming to town this weekend for a homecoming game and I am oh so excited! I love pretending I went to her college and having some tailgating fun. It should be a marvelous weekend. Filled with football and all of the fall type things.

I have to work on Sunday (we have a live show that evening – yes working in TV can be hectic like that) and I am not super looking forward to that…but trying to get off NEXT Friday. I mean I will have probably more than 40 hours before the end of Thursday so…fingers crossed. Thankfully I don’t always have to work on weekends. My weekends are so sacred and precious to me (and my mental health).

I’ve been working pretty hard at work and my side hustle…so…absolutely needing another vacation oh so soon. I see some more beach time in my very near future.

And this. I am telling you a support group for this legitimately needs to exist.

 

Feel free to join in on the randomness…what was the temperature in your neck of the woods this morning?
VERY sticky humid with temps in the 60s. Felt like my steam room at the gym minus the eucalyptus.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running, Spin class

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Happy fall to you and yours! The Texas sunsets this week for running have been absolutely spectacular. All of my favorite colors in the sky that is for sure. Plus cool evenings and mornings just make my soul oh so very happy.

-This week I have to admit I’ve been obsessed by this Gabby Petito story. She was such a beautiful girl and my heart is broken for her family.

What has been making me HAPPY this week – teaching classes at the gym nonstop and ICE COLD eucalyptus towels. Plus the steam room after a power packed calorie torching workout. I teach 5 classes this week and a 2 hour fundraiser ride coming up. Blissful times in the life of Chelsea.

I have to say I am happy that being a fitness instructor is a superpower of mine. Most rewarding side hustle hands down.

My favorite vitamin right now. B complex in liquid form. Keeping these legs of mine revved up and ready to go.

The State Fair of Texas has officially starts tomorrow! Although I am excited for the fair I think I may wait until the excitement dies down and go in October.

Wine tasting weekends…yes so happy that fall festivals are back.

Share some happy things about your day with me! Any fall festivals popping up in your area ?

Fitness, Fun, Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! Check out this stunning RUNrise. Very blessed with this beauty of a view. It is so nice to just be running for fun right now and without a super crazy race calendar per usual.

Especially when I currently teach so many classes at the gym along with my career. Loving this chapter of life that I am in.

Giving no f*cks and embracing the heck out of it. Plus it is oh so nice to get paid to workout. Thank you baby Jesus for enabling me to do what I love in a side hustle manner! I definitely do not take my gifts for granted.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!!

Practice: Grounding when life is chaotic. Even though I am doing all the things I love currently, life CAN and does get hectic. So I find the grounding practice to be super important. Thankful for deep breaths and gratitude at all times of the day.

Still loving this Life Time water bottle. Yes I have been sporting it at my desk while I get all of our promos in order. TV producer by day, instructor by night.

Eyeing this strawberry cashew smoothie.

Skull leggings this week yet again, for the win.

And there you have it! Just a thought on this fabulous Friday.

Have a great weekend!

What is on tap for your weekend – share some of your fave fall festivals with me!
Running and spinning and brunching and enjoying this incredible early AM cooler weather (we are still in the 90s in the afternoons). Festivals – Definitely Grapefest, Oktoberfest, and the BEST OF THE BEST state fair of Texas.