Cold Weather Running Mantras.

Do you believe in running mantras? I certainly think it helps to have a few things you say to yourself to get you OUT THE DOOR when the temps are dropping. Because let’s be honest. It would be much easier to roll back into bed when it’s freezing out. So, here I am, the cheerful motivational cold weather run lover to save the day and make you get your hiney up and get to running.

Here are some of my favorite cold weather running mantras.

-No such thing as bad weather, just soft people.
-The faster you run, the sooner you’re done.
-Find your STRONG.
-It’s *snot* that cold!
-It’s only cold if you’re standing still.
-The temps may drop, but the running won’t stop.
-I put in my time, no matter the circumstances.
-Cold weather running…it hurts so good.
-If you wait for perfect running conditions, you’ll never get anything done.
-OUTRUN the weather.
-Fitness isn’t a seasonal hobby. Fitness is a lifestyle.
-Today’s forecast…’holy crap I can’t feel my face’ DEGREES!
-The cold clears your head. RUN.

What are some of your cold weather running mantras?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there and happiest of Mondays to you! I’m here to recap some miles with you from last week. I was able to get in just over 90 MILES of running!! So ultra training is obviously going pretty swell. Let’s recap and see how it all went down!

Monday AM- 10.25 miles in the early morning. I love when I can get my Mondays started in a grand fashion. Also the weather down in Texas has been SUPERB for running. Temps in the 40s and 50s in the morning makes my soul happy.
Monday PM- 2.3 miles after teaching a class at the gym. MAN it has been super dark in the evenings but I’ve been getting my night running in so good training leading up to BB100.
Tuesday- 8.11 miles…my run group in the morning met at the track, so I started out doing some strides/warmup with them then finished up by doing some hill repeats. Fun to mix it up.
Wednesday AM- 10.22 miles with my run buddy meeting at the coffee shop early. Can I just say coffee has definitely been my saving grace most mornings. I’ve also gotten better at doing coffee before running, because before my tummy just couldn’t handle it. Now I can do one cup of bland coffee and I’m good to go. It is nice to have a little java boost.
Wednesday PM- 4.36 miles after work. I did not have any classes to teach at night so this was a nice run around the lake solo. Lots of folks out and about and such so did some people watching.
Thursday- 10.02 miles back with the run club. Legs were starting to get tired from running all week but I was on a roll so got it in.
Friday AM- 6.33 miles in the morning around the lake. I had the day off also, which was lovely. Can I also say it is nice to have a friend in my neighborhood again who wants to run around the lake with me. Lately I’ve been driving all over to run with people so it is nice to just hop out on my doorstep and have a buddy there ready to roll.
Friday PM- 2.3 miles in the evening as I was testing out some blister proof/moisture wicking socks I just bought. Did some faster pickups at the end on this one too.
Saturday- The BIG 31.2 mile run! I got in a 50k with one of my buddies who I’m running Brazos Bend 100 with. Another one of our friends who will be pacing out there joined us too. Ultra crazies just having a good time.

Sunday- 5.11 mile recovery run in the ‘hood.

Followed by Sunday funday with mama and we ate some delicious eats at Kenny’s Wood Fired grill. This wedge salad with cracked peppercorn was absolutely everything.

And also, colby jack truffle GRITS? Yes, yes and more yes.

There you have it!

How was your weekend? Are you loving the running weather in your hood?
Texas fall and winter temps are the absolute best.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hi there! Of course today is the day we rant/rave and talk about all of the random things. Just because we can. Let’s dive right in!

I am rocking this song all day long. That beat takes me back to the 90s “Crush On You” days. I am a Mariah Carey fan for life.

I love how much leg I’m showing in this pic. Hashtag about last weekend with good buddies. That was great fun. I love crashing other people’s homecomings.

Do you think YouTube is basically the new blogging? I mean, I have an account on there but I’m not sure I could totally convert to doing only VLOGS. I am a writer deep down in my true blue heart. Maybe I shall do a vlog one day. But what should I even talk about? Maybe I will do a random thoughts Thursday vlog. I will make y’all my guinea pigs.

You know what FOOD I have not eaten in a while? Sushi. And that is my most favorite food in the universe. I am not sure why. I need to make that happen. This weekend.

I am doing a (self supported) 50k training run this weekend and I’m kind of excited about it. Yes, only I would get excited about running 31 miles. Crazy ultrarunner girl. I know.

Can I just say that it is so much easier running high mileage when the weather is not 90 degrees with 100 percent humidity. My 85.7 mile week last week really felt like a breeze. I’ve been trying to get my miles high like that for months. So it feels good to be back. Thank you Texas for cooling off.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta is back on. Are you watching? I will be honest I am not sure that I like the show without Kenya’s antics but I am going to give it a shot. I haven’t seen the first episode yet so don’t spoil it for me.

Share your random thoughts with me today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hello there! I’ve got a spin cycle playlist you will absolutely love today!! These songs are also great for running or any high energy workout! Hope you enjoy!

Also check out where I’m teaching spin cycle classes next if you’re in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Or if you just like to stalk me. Ha.

And follow along on Spotify where I post playlists on a weekly basis under thedancingrunner.

Let’s go for a ride!

Plain Jane (Remix)- A$AP Ferg, Nicki Minaj: Warm up
Gimme Dat- Ciara: Accelerations
Like This- Promise Land: Tapbacks
A No No- Mariah Carey: Hill climb
Stir Fry- Migos: Jumps on a hill
All Around- SOVTH: Sprints
The Hills- The Weeknd: Rolling hills
Back to Back- Drake: Hill climb
That’s What I Like (PartyNextDoor Remix)- Bruno Mars: Seated/standing run
Get Right- J.Lo: Accelerations
Get Down- Retrovision: Active recovery
Ice Cold- Netsky, David Guetta: Rolling hills
Motiv8- J. Cole: Hill climb
Champagne Showers- LMFAO: Sprints
Trouble- Offaiah: Hill climb
Almost Went Too Far- Joe Armon-Jones: Cool down

What songs are you loving this week?

Ultras vs. Marathon Mindset.

So for those of you who are embracing training for ultra marathons, I thought this would be a great topic to tackle for today. It is one I’ve battled with time and time again as I go from season to season when training for an ultra race vs training to race 26.2 miles. Both of them are very different in their own right. And I think it is important to choose a race that you want to do (or a distance) for that particular season and stick with it! So here are a few things I’ve learned about training for one versus the other.

When it comes to ultras, training on different types of terrain is important. I think it is good to vary the type of surface you are training on especially when it comes to an extreme endurance event like an ultra. That means mixing it up and running on dirt paths, on paved ones, on sand, on the track…running lots of hills. Whatever you can do to change the way your body moves from time to time will make you strong when it comes to pounding out those miles. And even more so when you are running beyond 26.2.

For marathons…learn to become VERY comfortable running your desired marathon pace. When I PR’d last year’s marathon I was running a lot of my 20 milers with a lot of those miles at race pace. For me, this is what helped me get that desired 3:45 finish time and what made me feel really strong come marathon time. So I think incorporating a lot of MP miles, as well as tempo miles and sprinkling in some speedwork will also made you strong at this distance.

But don’t shy away from running faster when it comes to ULTRAS! A lot of people think just because you are running a 50 miler, 100k or a 100 mile race that you neglect running faster. I beg to differ! Switching up how (and even when!) you run often, and this includes running faster from time to time will definitely keep your muscles efficient and strong for running longer. Believe it.

For both marathons and ultras it is imperative that you do some cross training. Listen, I can promise you that if I wasn’t so diligent with this alone that I would surely be injured- as much as I run now. So whether you bike, swim, dance, do yoga…all of this is going to help you immensely. Lift some weights to stay injury free also. Injury free is the name of the game.

It is important to respect both distances in their own right. Training for 26.2 requires a certain amount of mental and physical strength just like ultras do. Do the work, stay consistent and be patient with yourself always. A little bit goes a long way and time on your feet always counts. Find what it is that you love with running and stick with it. That alone will pay off time and time again.

What are your favorite things about training for a marathon and/or ultra?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there! Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday so far! Of course I’m here to recap some miles with you! I was able to get in 85.7 miles last week!! Ultra training definitely has its ups and downs but for the most part it it going GREAT! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 10.23 miles in the AM with a friend followed by a BUSY Monday. It is always nice to get big miles in at the start of the week though.
Monday PM- 3.2 miles after teaching class at gym. Double run day done.
Tuesday AM- 8.35 miles of hill repeats are always a good time. The weather was pretty decent last week though with a slight chill in the mornings and not a ton of rain so we got lucky.
Tuesday PM- 3.38 miles at lunch. There was a lot of stress work wise so I needed the lunch time stress relief
Tuesday NIGHT RUN- I’ve been wanting to practice my night miles! Especially since a lot of Brazos Bend 100 will be in the dark I need to get used to my night vision running. 5.03 miles done for some TRIPLE RUN DAY action.
Wednesday AM- 6.03 hump day miles with my buddy followed by some chocolate milk therapy.
Wednesday PM- 4.07 wet Halloween lunch miles. Typical Texas out of nowhere downpour.
Thursday- 10.32 miles early morning with some strides at the end. We had some decent early morning weather, nice and cool so perfect for going a little faster at the end.
Friday- 10.03 blissful miles with my neighbor with a stunning sunrise.
Saturday- Long run Saturday with the WRRC crew. 21.1 miles done. And I am thankful for post run breakfast tacos and mimosas. Afterwards I got cleaned up and did a little college football tailgating…always fun.

Sunday- 4.02 miles in the evening…daylight savings brought in some pretty colors in the sky. Love.

And there you have it!

How was your week in running last week? Tell me something random about your day today.
It was about 50 degrees for this morning’s run and the HIGH TODAY IS 80 DEGREES. Gotta love it. Texas you are so bipolar.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello and happiest of Fridays to ya! Hope you have some fun in store for the weekend. I’ve definitely got running, some tailgating and fun with friends on the agenda. But first let’s get to my faves from the week!

Post run sauna time this week at 24 Hour Fitness was much needed after slightly chilly morning runs. Seriously a great way to get rejuvenated after getting up crazy early. Love.

Have you guys heard about the EARNIN’ app? I am pretty sure this sounds like an ad but I promise you it is not. I personally think it is nice option to have every once in a while. Apparently you can cash out part of your paycheck BEFORE you get paid and they send it to you instantly? And then they just deduct whatever you cashed out, once you actually get paid. I can get on board with that.

8 running documentaries to get you inspired this winter. There are a couple on here that I actually haven’t seen. Love me some Spirit of the Marathon.

Back to wearing the straight hair for fall and winter and I’m actually loving that all of my summer highlights are gone! I think I’m going to keep the dark non chemical look for a while. My hair is actually totally au natural now, I don’t put any straighteners/keratin/Brazilian or craziness in it and it feels so good to have options. It’s super curly when I want to be and then I can just straighten it on a whim with a good quality flat iron and wear it however. I think I’ll be rocking it straight for a little while since the weather is cooler.

Hope you have a marvelous Friday!

What’s on your agenda for the weekend? Who is running the NYC MARATHON?!? If so best of luck!!!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello and happy Thursday to ya! Of course this is the day where we dish on the randomness plus rant and rave about all things running and non running related. Let’s get straight to it!

I have to say this past week has been the most festive fun I’ve had with run buds in a while. Yesterday I went out with my Weds night social run group and probably stayed out a little too late but loved seeing all of the Halloween costumes. I wore my unicorn mask and had a good ole time.

Is it too early to start buying all of the Christmassy things? I spotted the cutest fleece type sweaters with fun sayings on them to add to the collection. From Wal-mart for under 10 bucks. SCORE.

So lately for some odd reason I feel like I’ve been seeing more ragey drivers at 5 AM during my runs. I am not sure why people are so IN A HURRY at 5 in the morning either. Like probably any way you slice it you will be early to wherever you have to go. So calm the heck down. Thank you.

I also kind of want to start pulling out the pink Christmas tree but I realize that its FAR TOO EARLY. I think just seeing Christmas things in the store is getting me hype about my favorite holiday. Yes, Christmas is my favorite holiday aside from mardi gras.

Speaking of mardi gras I wore my Galveston Marathon shirt for my run this a.m. and it brought back memories from 6 years ago. Go back in time here if you want to read all about it. It is #throwbackthursday after all.

I keep forgetting how there are a few things going on this weekend and I feel like I am overbooked…do you ever get that way? Like there are so many fun things going on and you want to just go to ALL OF THE recreational THINGS but um you cannot because it is a lot? Maybe I should just clone myself. Good thought.

What are some of your random thoughts this week?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hello and HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I’ve got a spin cycle workout playlist you will love today!! For those of you that missed it (or for my fellow instructors that need last minute songs) my Spooky Spin Ride is posted here for your Halloween music needs!


Without further ado let’s go for a ride! Be sure to check me out on Spotify (thedancingrunner) and see where I’m teaching next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

What a Bam Bam- Amara La Negra: Warm up
Island- Dropgun: Accelerations
Turn Around- Flo Rida: Jumps
Satisfaction- Benny Benassi: Rolling hills
Make Up- Jason Derulo, Vice, Ava Max: Seated/standing run
Peanut Butter Jelly- Galantis: Sprints
Uproar- Lil Wayne, Swizz Beatz: Hill climb
Drop- G Eazy: Tapbacks
Pinata- Throttle: Accelerations
Boom Boom Pow- The Black Eyed Peas: Active recovery
Money- Cardi B: Hill climb
Ginger- Riton: Jumps on a hill
No!- CID: Tapbacks
I Can Only Imagine- David Guetta: Rolling hills
OMG (Extended Mix)- Tommy Trash: Sprints
Jungle- Pitbull: Hill climb
Another New Day- Jazzanova: Cool down

What songs are on your workout/running/spin cycling playlists today? Or what are you bumping in your car on the way to work…whatever. Ha.

#Ultrarunners be like…

I am signing up for this 50k. As a training run.

-Oh, you run marathons? That’s real cute.

I am wanting to PR this 100 miler. I heard this trail was flat and fast so I should have a good chance.

That trail looks super technical, hilly, rocky, and hard as sh*t. Right up my alley.

Mountain race? Sounds amazing, I’m in.

Power hiking up this crazy rocky climb and then running down it? Sounds like a good time.

Where’s the pickle juice?

AT THE AID STATION of mile 35: I could go for a caffeine boost. Hand me that Dixie cup of Coca Cola or Ginger Ale.

I feel like I’m going to pass out. Or possibly die? No worries, I’ll get through it.

Mile 75 and my body does not want me to do this. But my mind does.

Let’s just go tinkle in the woods. Not the same as a porta potty I guess.

Let’s make friends with this random person that is running my pace in the woods. Just because I can.

I smell like death. That’s cute.

Oh, you like 5k’s? I cannot remember the last time I did that.

I need a pacer that I specifically won’t want to murder at mile 60. Want to join?

Hey volunteer! You are cool and all but, I’m NOT almost there. That’s the dude in front of me that is running the other lesser evil of a distance. So you can go kick rocks. Thanks.

YES…I did post that I ran a 30 mile training run today. I am dang proud of myself. So let me brag and then go about my business. Sometimes we need our little moments to shine.

Buckles are definitely the new medals. Believe it.

Any other ultrarunner unicorns out there? I know I’m not the only crazy one…haha.