Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning’s run was as sticky as ever but it somehow got done. I always feel so good when I can get in a solid run before 7 AM. No matter how much I’m kind of not feeling it while I am doing it. It does something for the psyche and then puts a whole new energy into my day. Just love it.

I do feel like I’m sweating more profusely than usual in the AM? Perhaps it was the wine I had last night. HA. Anyways I never bring hydration for these early runs and it is affecting the back half of my run. So I need to do better and buckle down and bring something. Someone hold me to it.

The week has been super long this week with a lot of work and I really need me some weekend. Mostly I just need some sunshine and everything will be alright. And maybe a little brunch. Nope, brunch never gets old.

I’m still on leave from teaching class at the gym (thankfully was not let go like many instructors across the US due to them downsizing) and I have to say I’m actually ok with that right now. I was offered some 9 a.m. spots but cannot do those due to my 9 to 5 job. But not teaching for now gives me a chance to focus on myself and my own workouts. Plus I’m not super ok with the lack of social distancing gyms have going on right now. Being on a bike anywhere near the vicinity of another person = instant flying sweat city. No thank you.

Thankfully also the gym is not my full time job or main source of income. Only a labor of love.

I am still on the fence about air travel right now or just any travel in general besides a road trip. How do you feel about it? Just seems risky to me. But a beach really is calling my name. We do have one little fake beach here so maybe I will just do that. HMM.

Also, this. If you are not my quarantine bae then get away. Just saying.

Share some random thoughts with me today!

Weekly Running Report.

Happy August! Hope everyone reading this is staying happy and healthy! I am here to recap some miles from last week. Let’s hop right to it!

Monday- I took this day off to soak up a little sun as well as some stretching / active rest day. All week for the most part it was typical Texas hot – but cooled off just a tad towards the end of the week. “Cooled off” in Texas means highs in the 80s and 90s. As opposed to triple digits. So, still brutal really. Ha.

Tuesday AM- Relaxed miles with radiant skies. 6.31 miles done.

Tuesday PM- Double run day miles to hit over 10 miles for the day. 4.02 miles in the afternoon a little faster than in the morning.

Wednesday AM- Lunch miles to give my body a bit of recovery. 5.33 miles pushing it in the heat.

Wednesday PM- 3.02 miles with a bit of progression. Another double run day.

Thursday AM- Ran with my breakfast run club – my favorite run day of the week. After doing so many solo miles I do look forward to seeing a few people in the flesh. 7.12 miles for breakfast.

Thursday PM- 3.02 miles on a route I’ve done before with a PR Strava segment. Gotta love that.

Friday AM- 3.30 miles pushing it in the heat again. I really am enjoying that a lot lately for some reason.

Friday PM- 3.22 miles in the evening. Humid but it was starting to cool off a bit since we’ve had some activity in the gulf. I loathe humidity though so this run felt soupy.

Saturday- 5.02 miles exploring a new route in the ‘hood. The temps were nice and it felt good to just be moving.

Sunday- REST DAY. Watching shows on Netflix and other guilty pleasures. I also tried a “new to me” Italian spot. I was pretty dang good takeout.

188 miles total in the month of July and completed the July Running Endurance Challenge. Oh happy day.

40.29 miles for the week without a long run. Back at it next week.

How was your weekend?! Share some tidbits with me!

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! Hope you have a lovely weekend planned filled with whatever your heart desires. I am seriously looking forward to a stress free, work free weekend! Bring it on.

Let’s get to the week’s faves!

What type of runner are you? I’m glad I’m not the only one that prefers frostbite to running on the DREADmill.

These are 4 things you should do everyday for a healthy spine. Love the figure 4 stretch.

Ways to repurpose your lip products now that you’re wearing a mask all the time. Lip balm as brow gel is kind of genius.

This radiant RUNrise sky. I saw this and a rainbow in the same morning. Quite lovely.

Make it a great Friday! And an even better weekend.

What is on tap for your weekend?
Running, sunshine, pool time.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

The humidity this morning was MORE THAN 100 percent. haha. I did not think that would be possible but after that run I am more than convinced. Phew. Tough but it really does feel amazing when it is all over.

I also do not think I’ve ever sweat that much in my life. Gonna have to be replenishing the body for the rest of today.

I’m watching Kelly and Ryan do an interview with these guys from outer space and can I say I really wish sometimes we could float around like the astronauts do. It just looks so freaking cool. Really if I could just do a quick tour and go up there with them sometime I would be a happy gal. Bucket list item for sure.

I swear I need an espresso IV this week. Running has been tiring but I’ve had a few really great runs this week so I guess I’ll be happy about that. All about perspective.

My summer nails are back in full effect! Having bright nails in the summer really does make me happy.

Share some HAPPY things from your week! Or just random, or both.

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday! It’s a good week to have a good week. Let’s recap the miles from last week!! We’ve had some lovely cloud cover and breezy mornings – nice little (sort of) cool down from the blazing hot temps. And when I say cool down I mean temps in the low 90s. Ha.

Monday- 4.21 miles winding down from the busy work day. Went a little faster towards the end than expected considering that it was a warmer day.

Tuesday AM- 4.02 morning miles around the lake. I love quiet mornings when I am not dodging strollers and doggies and people.

Tuesday PM- 3.30 progression miles on double run day. Just trying to find as much shade as possible.

Wednesday- 5.12 hump day miles in the afternoon. Harder effort pushing it a bit just for kicks.

Thursday AM- 7.11 early morning miles with the breakfast club. Rolling hills.

Thursday PM- 3.02 miles to get over 10 miles in for the day.

Friday- Active recovery run after double run day. 4.31 miles in the AM.

Saturday- 10.22 miles with my White Rock Running Co-op. Faster miles in the middle. We had lots of cloud cover and although it was pretty humid it made for a good run.

Sunday- RUN STREAK WEEK! Finished things off with 4.01 Sunday funday runday miles for the win.

And there you have it! 45.37 miles done – a bit of a boost from last week’s recovery miles

How was your weekend?! Share some tidbits with me! 

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happiest of Fridays to ya! The sun is shining bright down here in Texas and I am ready for a work free weekend! Check out this lovely morning run view. Perfect Friday feeling.

Let’s get to my faves from this week!

Olympic memories. Fun to look back on these amazing times.

Décor tips to bring more flashes of delight into your home. I love the sacred corner.

Summer cherries. My jam right now.

This flashback Friday pic (pre RONA) of me teaching a room full of hard working cycle peeps. I’ll be back in the saddle soon – but those were the days. Can’t wait to teach again social distancing style.

And finally, your Friday funny.

Make it a great one!

What’s on tap for your weekend?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning’s run was insanely HUMID! I know I keep saying that about morning runs but this truly was the most humid one yet. I mean it is a great detox after all but just insane. Just glad it is over and out of the way.

Being an essential worker is not so bad. I don’t have the yearning to leave the house and cabin fever like so many work from home people have right now. PLUS my mask game is pretty on point. And I actually look forward to going home at the end of the day.

Can I just say it is WAY TOO MUCH going on in the news right now – not just with Corona but with the political scene (Kanye – yikes) and all of that. I think I’m just going to take a real break from all things news for a little while. And live in my own little happy Chelsea world.

I don’t remember if I mentioned this already but they canceled my fave, the State Fair of Texas for this year. So no Big Tex or corny dogs or cotton candy. I’ll just have to go buy them from the store or something and maybe create my own version of an outdoor social distancing carnival with my neighbors.

Here’s a throwback state fair pic just for fun.

Are you going to be traveling anytime soon? Or have you done any traveling?! Some of my friends are going on summer vacations like there is no pandemic going on. BUT I really need a beach in my life so…HMMM…

Coffee is really phenomenal today. Especially after my crazy early morning run.

Share some randomness with me today! I always look forward to the days that I get to share some randomness with y’all.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Monday! Hope you all are staying safe and healthy. Let’s recap some miles from last week!

I took the miles back a bit in order to build back up so this was a bit of a recovery miles type of week. I can’t even tell you the last time I did less than 40 miles per week in the last couple YEARS (ha) so this was good for the body mind and soul.

Monday- Took a rest day after a long fun weekend cooking out with the neighbors. I always try to do some type of active recovery on my rest day so I did some yoga stretching and keeping the body limber.

Tuesday- 5.12 miles watching the sunset.

Wednesday- 7.02 miles, massive relative effort. Legs felt good on this day so did some rolling hills. This view though.

Thursday AM- Breakfast run club miles. 7.11 miles just getting it done. The humidity was also not as crazy on this day so was feeling great.

Thursday PM- Double run day miles. 3.02 miles and I was freaking 100 degrees out. Sucker for punishment. Over 10.1 miles total for the day.

Friday- 4.02 lunch miles. Tough relative effort according to my Garmin.

Saturday- 7.01 miles at 7. With my run club to the tune of this sky.

Sunday- Rest day. Got a good selfie in.

And there you have it! 53K miles for the week. I am going to just start using kilometers instead of miles for now whenever I do a low mileage week. HA.

Doing any virtual races at all? If you’ve done them how did they go?? Have your marathons been canceled or are they still going on?
MCM has turned virtual finally so I have deferred til 2021. I may end up just running the distance on my own since they’re charging more money to do the actual race.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday to ya! Hope you have some fun in the sun planned for this weekend. I will be working on my tan in the sunshine of course! Texas has been brutally hot but I kind of love it. Just call me a sucker for punishment.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Strategies for finding running routes during social distancing. Neighborhoods are my jam.

Sunflowers. I am seeing them absolutely everywhere.

Buffalo cauliflower lettuce wraps. Sign me up.

And finally, your Friday funny. Does anyone else notice the amount of comments under the actual pins on Pinterest or is it just me? People carry full blown conversations down there. Like it is a therapy session! This boggles my mind. I just go to Pinterest for recipes for banana bread. haha

Make it a great one!

Share some of your favorite finds from this week!

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.

Share some randomness about your day!