TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! I am feeling pretty good this morning because I got a run in plus I’m sipping on a steamy HOT espresso. Well, Americano to be exact. I actually feel like dancing in my office but I’m pretty sure that would be a tad inappropriate. So I’m dancing in my head. Maybe I’ll add a dancing GIF for good measure.

Snoop GIFs are the best GIFs.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

13 beauty products for super active women. I like the idea of a tea mask. Hashtag treat yo self.

Have y’all tried the Umami Seasoning Blend from Trader Joe’s?! It is everything. Actually the cashier ended up giving it to me for free because I was going to put it back– but he INSISTED that I must try it (!) and just tossed it in my grocery bag! He was right. I’m a fan now. Thinking of making these turkey burgers with it sometime soon.

I am all about these 25 tiny habits.

Plus, a little funny for your Friday.

Have a great weekend!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Running, yoga, wine time, friend and family time.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

The weather down here in Texas has been a true up and down roller coaster ride! I’m telling you it was 80 (!) degrees YESTERDAY and today temps are in the 40s. Unbelievable. But I kinda love it. Crazy weather at its finest.

This morning’s run was also one of those mental / mind game kind of runs. Every fiber of my being wanted to be done with that run at about mile 2 due to lightning and heavy rain. That progressively got worse the longer I ran. But I kept pushing. And may or may not have almost got struck by lightning? But yeah, wrapped it up when things got nasty. Hey, I even dried myself off a bit and managed to get a selfie for the heck of it. See above.

I am so looking forward to this 54k race and being amongst the tall piney trees and escaping in the woods. It is simply just what I need right now. Countdown begins to my next ultra.

Today is Aaliyah’s birthday! I felt super nostalgic and listened to her playlist on Spotify all morning long.

I am really craving breakfast foods today for some reason. I only had coffee and a banana this morning but hmm…maybe breakfast for dinner?! Bacon and eggs? BAE. We shall see.

Hmm…should I add some Aaliyah songs to my spin cycle playlist for tonight’s class?! Decisions decisions. That fitness instructor life is hard sometimes.

Share something random with me today!

20 Ways to Enjoy Running More in 2020.

Well with a new year for some comes new goals, new ways to look at things, and maybe a refresh or a fresh start. I personally created a ‘vision board’ where I had some mantras and activities that I wanted to tackle for this new decade. But, let’s discuss some WAYS you can enjoy running more in 2020! Why not, right?!

1. Unplug. Lose the data sometimes and just go for a run for the sake of running. With Strava being a bit of a religion for some it may do you some good. Immerse yourself in nature and just enjoy.

2. Sign up for an impromptu race. Is there a 5k you’ve been eyeing that takes place next weekend?! Be spontaneous and run it! You may just surprise yourself with your speed and stamina. You don’t always have to have some marathon or super hard race months away on the books. Run a random short race and you can work on your speedwork. I know when I ran the Jingle Bell Run at Christmas I shocked myself with how much speed I had in my ultra runner legs. Hashtag still got it.

3. Buy yourself some crazy colorful fly shoes. Hey, maybe you’ll win a marathon or something if you invest in the Vaporfly.

4. Sometimes throw your pace out the window. Stop being so obsessed with the numbers game all of the runners like to play.

5. Be a rebel runner. Go run at random times, maybe try a different time of day to run. Shake up your routine.

6. Run to brunch. Plan a Saturday with friends where you get sweaty then partake in a mimosa (or 3).

7. Run to a coffee shop. Running + daily dose of caffeine = heaven.

8. Reward yourself. Maybe even if it’s just with your favorite body wash and steaming hot shower. Then laziness in your cozy robe while you read a book. You’ve earned it.

9. Buy yourself some recovery flip flops! I hear these are all the rave.

10. Find a sweet new podcast you can take with you while you pound out the miles. It definitely can be a good distraction.

11. Update your Spotify playlist. Find some high energy songs for running. Or just steal mine here.

12. Go on a RACE-cation! I’ve had the best time when I plan even a solo vacation to run a race in a hot new destination.

13. Run when you aren’t feeling it. You may even find that a run is exactly what you needed.

14. Get off the beaten path! Run a trail race. The trail community is a tribe that truly can’t be beat. Plus it makes you a killer strong runner on the road.

15. Invite a family member to run a race with you! Instant family bonding.

16. Volunteer! Give back to the running community that you know and love.

17. Sign up to PACE a race. Hey, it’s not for everyone but being a pacer can be so rewarding. Read about my latest pacing experience here.

18. Focus on your running form, alignment and technique. Makes all the difference.

19. Do more yoga. There’s lots of youtube videos online for post run yoga. Your body will thank you.

20. Frequent more social runs!! Google some run meet ups in your area. Facebook is also a good place to find run groups or happy hour runs. Meet new people. They may become some of your favorite people.

Share more ways you can enjoy running in 2020!

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday! Hopefully you are having a great start to the week!! Let’s recap some miles from last week! I’m gearing up for another fun trail ultra oh so soon. Should be a good one!

Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- 4.22 miles at lunch. I love how running at lunch puts a whole new energy into the 2nd part of my day. Plus I felt a little faster towards the end.

Tuesday AM- I’ve been slowly adding back in some double run days since my last big run and starting to feel like myself again. I did 4.32 miles at lunch before washing up at the gym and heading back to work. I’ve also been running during different time of the day which keeps things interesting. Although I will always and forever have love for the morning run.

Tuesday PM- 2.21 miles at night after teaching a class at the gym. Pretty uneventful but it got done.

Wednesday AM- Back to doing some morning running! 5.31 miles doing some people watching on the lake. We had springtime temps all week last week which was lovely. But as I always say Texas weather is bipolar so we had up and down temps and then it got cold again at the end of the week. Gotta enjoy it while it lasts.

Wednesday PM- 4.12 miles after work. Also, tye dye leggings for the win.

Thursday AM- 4.20 miles early morning. Absolutely was not feeling it but it did turn my mood around to get out there and get it done. Kind of amazing how that all works.

Thursday PM- 2.22 miles after teaching spin. Running on tired legs with a faster finish.

Friday- 5.21 miles with an ALMOST coyote sighting! Actually a fellow neighbor/runner warned me that the coyote had just crossed paths with him and to watch out so I redirected. HA. And definitely picked up the pace a bit to avoid said coyote.

Saturday- 12.11 miles with running buds. Colorful kicks and good miles with good buddies.

Sunday- Run streak for the week! 7.21 miles recovering after a fun Saturday night. Felt like a great detox.

And there you have it!

How was your week last week? How’s the running going?!

Slowly but surely feeling back to normal and ready to rock some upcoming races.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! Hope you all have some fun planned for your weekend!! Today has been a bit on the gloomy side weather wise since we have storms coming in (hello humidity) but still looking forward to the free time! Definitely looking forward to getting some solid running in.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

The 2020 power women runners of the year. Love me some Allyson Felix.

This runner’s coffee mug – you can color in each state!! Love that.

-Also this one. Cuz I need it, like yesterday.

-Plus this, a little funny for your Friday. A MOOD.

Have a good one!

What are you up to today? This weekend? Sunday funday?!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

The weather this week for running is feeling just like springtime! Highs have been in the 60s just about every other day. I mean, even on Sunday we were in the 70s!! My goodness. Enjoying it while it lasts.

I am ready for spring though. The bright colors, (MY BIRTHDAY) and everything is just so much more colorful in general. Plus the TEXAS bluebonnets! I am missing seeing my Texas flower on the side of the road. Can’t wait.

I think I am going to go to a country concert soon. There’s one in Oklahoma (3 hours away) and me and a friend are thinking of taking the road trip. Yep, I will finally be able to cross that one off my bucket list. Ha.

Well I have a 54k trail race coming up, just a few short weeks away. First race of 2020! Thankfully I did the big run across town to prepare. Should be a good time.

I love how all of the runners on Strava are super pumped to get their miles in for the NEW YEAR. Mind you I do not pay that much attention to Strava– because I simply have a life don’t give a sh*t- but my run club friends get super into being at the top of the leaderboards like it is a video game.

I like to call it the ‘Januarians’ of running like the people who go hard in the gym in January. Love it. Gives me a good laugh.

I was thinking that 2020 would be the year I would start trying to get better at the marathon distance but UM I keep getting distracted by ultras?! Can’t wait to run this 50 miler for the 5th time in a row. Giddy up.

Share something random about your week!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! It’s spin cycle Wednesday!! I’ve got some new tracks and throwbacks for y’all today! Plus a great workout for my fellow fitness/cycle instructors. Let’s go for a ride!

Come check out my classes if you’re local! My schedule is posted here.

And don’t forget to follow me on Spotify!

Let’s go for a ride!!

End of Time- Beyonce: Warm up
TTU- Flosstradamus, Waka Flocka Flame: Accelerations
Rude Boy- AZ2A: Tapbacks
Moves Like Jagger- Maroon 5: Rolling hills
Medicine- Jennifer Lopez, French Montana: Seated/standing run
In the Air- Tom & Jame: Sprints
Hot Girl Summer- Megan Thee Stallion: Active recovery
Money in the Grave- Drake: Hill climb
Crazy- Felon: Jumps on a hill
Boom!- Tujamo: Rolling hills
All Night- Pitbull: Accelerations
Little Bad Girl- David Guetta: Tapbacks
Let Me Hold You- Cheat Codes, Dante Klein: Standing run
Drop it Low- Ester Dean: Accelerations
This Groove- Oliver Heldens: Hill climb
Bust ‘Em- Party Favor: Sprints
Are You Still Down- Jon B: Cool down

Share some of your favorite workout songs with me!

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Monday to ya! First Monday of 2020. Hope your year is off to a great start! Let’s recap some miles from last week!! I did my big run across DFW which got me some big weekly miles! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- 5.33 miles on my day off enjoying the sunshine! We’ve had some great days for running in the last week with chilly temps in the AM and sunshine! I’ve also been loving having a bit of an off season with my runs. I do have another ULTRA coming up so I’ve been working to keep the body strong but this was a good run for sure.

Tuesday- My 34.31 mile Cowtown to Dallas run! The recap is here if you are catching up. I really enjoyed this run and meeting new folks along the way. Legs were really feeling it after but I absolutely look forward to doing this one every year and seeing what my body is capable of.

Wednesday- Serious recovery miles. My body really was not feeling it but hey motion is lotion, baby! 3.03 miles done.

Thursday- The rest of the runs for the week were all mostly recovery/maintenance after Tuesday’s miles. The body did start feeling better though towards the end of the week. I was mostly just tired and wanted to get a TON of sleep which was lovely. 3.22 mile run Thursday after teaching my first spin class of the year.

Friday- 4.21 lunch miles. Picked up the pace a little towards the end. Weather was pure perfection.

Saturday- 12.02 miles on Saturday with the run club! It felt good to get back to doing some double digit miles for sure.

Sunday- REST DAY. Sushi Sunday vibes for the win.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you do any races or runs on New Year’s Eve?!

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! Another weekend is upon us again – hooray for that! Hopefully you have some weekend fun planned. I definitely am looking forward to doing some more 2020 celebrating with running and fun times with friends!

Let’s get straight to this week’s faves!

5 goal setting tips that will transcend the new year. Find your WHY. All about that.

Turkey taco stuffed peppers! I used to make these all the time. Loving this take on a great recipe.

60 lunch ideas for 2020. Trying to get more creative with the meal prepping. These definitely fit the bill.

-Celebrating NYE with these lovely friends. YES. After my 34 mile run. (plus a shower and massive nap ha) Crazy fun.

-Plus a little funny for your Friday.

Have a great weekend! Be good or be good at it.

What’s on tap for your weekend?

Cowtown to Dallas 34 Mile Run Recap.

Happy 2020 to ya! Hope you are entering the new year with enthusiasm, bliss and love. I’m here to recap my CRAZY run across town with some of my faves!! So this ‘rouge’ run of sorts is one that I’ve done 4 years in a row with my DFW ultra running community. We all love to run long and free so we’ve decided to keep this run going from year to year! I’m thankful for the folks who have done a phenomenal job organizing this trek across DFW. If you have been keeping up, last year we ran from Dallas to Cowtown for a total of 33 miles! THIS year, we switched things around and ran from Cowtown to Dallas. And yes, the term ‘cowtown’ is slang talk for Ft. Worth. The total distance this year ended up being a little over 34 miles! Some of the group thought it would be cool to end the run at a brewery so we tacked on that extra mile. Sheer genius.

We started the run bright and early in Ft. Worth and were off making the trek through downtown and into the busy streets. This is definitely a ‘run at your own risk’ type of run situation, as we are not running on blocked off streets like you would normally be doing if you were racing. So we had a lot folks honking at us and wondering what these crazies were doing in the streets. But thankfully runners look out for one another so we practiced the rules of the road and such! The route also went through a few parks and it was a beautiful morning to run. Temps started out pretty chilly at 30 something degrees and quickly soared well into the 50s. Actually I got a little sunburned since the sun came out in full force! The route also got pretty hilly as we entered the ‘mid-cities’ (Hurst, Euless, Bedford) and then on into Irving. I always enjoy running through Irving since it is where I live. It kind of feels like I’m running home for a bit.

After we go though Irving we do a bit of a downhill on into the Dallas area and back into some busy streets. The long stretch of busy road then winds around to a running/bike path which took us to where all of the breweries were at. Then BOOM! We end up at Peticolas for a total of 34 freaking miles. Crazy town. But the most PERFECT way to end the run at a place known for its wonderful brews. My fave there – the ‘Sit Down Or I’ll Sit You Down’ IPA.

Overall I went into this run not quite sure of my ability to finish although I’ve successfully completed it in past years. My love for running lately has not been all the way there. Mostly because of personal life stuff and just dealing with things (and trying to fix things) outside of my control. 2019 was a tough, rough year for me in that way. I think I’ll always have a fire in my soul for running though. And you know what, sometimes that fire doesn’t burn so brightly. But some days all you need to do is ignite that fire. Or re-light the match. And then you’ll find that fire where it always was.

I will say, I’m ready for change in 2020. I’m sensing now more than ever before that things are going to shift for me in this new decade. And guess what? I’m oh so ready for it.

Cheers and happy 2020 to all.

2019 miles. 3,342. Yep! It all counts.

How was your weekend? Did you do any 2020 celebrating?
Yep, big run and big NYE party plus New Year’s Day brunch with some freaking great people.