TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there! It’s Fri-YAY and I’m here with some favorites today! I started this day with some glorious miles in my ‘hood.

It was an especially beautiful sky!! Maybe because it is Friday the 13th?! Spooky.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Advice for runners of all ages from a 71 year old world-record holder. Great stuff here. It is all about the mental.

This new local coffee shop is everything. It is the little things I tell ya. Also if you are a coffee lover you should be following the hashtag #coffeeaddict on IG. It has all of the coffee lover’s porn and I am so here for it.

I could literally look at pictures like the above all day. I am starting to think I have a problem. haha.

Apple Cider Punch!? Fall in a glass. I am ALL IN.

Also I am thinking that I need a new door/welcome mat for fall. This one is just perfect.

And there you have it! Have a marvelous weekend.

What’s on tap for your Friday the 13th and/or weekend?
Lotsa running, and maybe buying a pumpkin candle or 5.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It is still blazing HOT down here in Texas! Every run this week has been a sweat fest. Anyone else? All I am saying is fall running will be oh so glorious.
And because of that yes my electric bill has been HIGH as ever. Hashtag adult problems.
I really keep saying I am going to get back to the pool before it cools down. Need to make that happen this weekend. My weeks have been so jam packed with social events lately. I need some time to just simply do nothing.
Although I say that but then when it comes time to do nothing I have a hard time turning my brain and body off.
GRAPEFEST is this weekend! I make it a point to try and go every year. Who doesn’t love wine festivals? So much fun.
I actually don’t love Texas wine but I have found some good selections. I am a red wine drinker so down here it is all sweet wines. I need to go to Napa or somewhere. I’ve been to Sonoma and loved that. I need to get up there to run a RACE.
Have you all seen the video of this girl ZAZA on Ellen (and Instagram)? I am convinced this is my future daughter. Allllll the sass. Just love her.

Tell me some of your random thoughts this week!

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there! I’m here to recap some miles from last week! Things are going great so far as I ramp my mileage back up for my 3rd 100 miler…December will be here before you know it! I am feeling good post the Habanero 50k and ready to really build my endurance and get stronger! Let’s recap last week and see how all went down!

Monday- Much needed rest day after the long weekend. Gotta love Labor Day weekend shenanigans. Great way to ease back into the work week. I’ve been trying to focus on doing more yoga stretching at home when I am not cross training or teaching classes at the gym. Yoga with Adriene is so perfect for that.

Tuesday- Run after teaching spin class. 4.12 sunset miles while listening to a podcast. Great way to cool down after a super busy day.

Wednesday- Sunset miles after work. 7.21 miles doing one of my favorite routes. I’ve been enjoying switching things up lately and running during different times of the day. I’ve gotta practice more night running too since the HUNDO will be an all day and into the night (and into the NEXT DAY haha) affair.

Thursday AM- Back to early morning miles with the breakfast run club! 10.21 miles with some rolling hills thrown in for good measure.

Thursday PM- Taught a spin class also in the evening. Then 2.03 cool down miles for double run day. And triple workout day.

Friday AM- 3.02 lunch miles breaking up the work day. Much needed time to get away and get some fresh air. There’s a gym next door so super easy also to pop in to wash off before heading back to work.

Friday PM- 4.12 miles watching the sunset. It was pretty hot even in the evening time so I got some heat training in.

Saturday- 20.11 miles all smiles! This run was especially challenging since it was one of the hottest days of the year and I think the temperature shot up earlier than expected. Pretty sure we hit triple digits this day right around lunchtime. But hey, got it done and felt great when it was over.

Sunday- Taught a class at the gym in the morning, so woke the legs up with some Sunday funday runday miles. 5.32 miles done and picked up the pace a bit at the end.

Then got to catch up with a good friend at Hop and Sting brewery! Check them out if you are local. That IPA definitely hit the spot.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? What did you do?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! Hope you have some fun in the sun planned for the weekend. It is shaping up to be another HOT one down here in Texas!! I’ve got lots of running, pool time and fun on the agenda. Definitely trying to squeeze out the last bits of summer while I can!

Although every day I dream of pumpkin. And the State Fair. I’m counting down the days til the start of crisp air and FALL LEAVES. Yaaas.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-My coffee of choice this week – Americano. Honestly I am slowly getting away from things like lattes and just going for black coffee and/or espresso. You know, it’s like I just want to get straight to business with the caffeine lately! No wonder all of my running buddies call me the COFFEE QUEEN.

Inspiring reads for post race recovery. Lots of good selections on there. I want to read more ultra-runner stuff. I’m actually still working my way through Scott Jurek’s Eat & Run.

If you like EDM and/or dance type of music (hey what can I say I am a white girl at heart) this is a GREAT station to keep you rocking and rolling and knocking out work all day long. Believe it. Yes, I have CRAZY variety of music tastes. Or, just pull up a Weds Spin Playlist of mine. That will keep you going too,

-I am nail obsessed lately and finding all of the IDEAS on Pinterest. This is not good honestly because the more I get into nail stuff the harder it is to type on my keyboard and do normal things. Like dishes. Haha. The things we do for beauty.

-And this. Gotta have a little bit of Friday humor.

Have a great weekend!

What’s on tap for your weekend? Any last chance summer fun??
Can’t wait to be back at the pool in the sunshine.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I’m BACK IN THE SADDLE with this whole blogging thing. Honestly I’ve been kind of getting away from the every day routine blogging and just writing when the mood hits. I do enjoy typing up my weekly running report just because it holds me accountable. And of course random thoughts. I never feel like I run out of those.
Oh fall weather, where on earth are you?!? Every run this week has been blazing HOT down in Texas. I seriously don’t think we will see a temperature drop until November. I need the cooler weather in my life something serious.
You know what has been helping me with my fall cravings though? Pumpkin spice coffee from 7-eleven. I can’t stand the Starbucks version but 7-eleven?!? Give me all of the coffee and no one gets hurt.
I don’t know about you but this short work week post Labor Day has been rather long. I feel like I’ve been playing serious catch up work wise. Needing a vacation from my vacation if you know what I mean. Coffee of course is helping me get through it.
I was back to my super early morning run time this morning and it felt so good to have some social interaction with run pals. I actually am learning that lately I really need my group runs in the morning to get through my days.
The Real Housewives of Dallas ARE BACK!!! I’ve been needing something juicy to watch on TV. Don’t tell me about last night’s episode. I’m going to watch it today.

Fun fact I actually know Stephanie’s assistant and he is pretty much the coolest nicest guy in Dallas. Like super nice! And he owns a bar in Dallas that is all pink and so much fun!! I love going there on mimosa Sundays.

I honestly am running out of guilty pleasure shows to watch. Everything on Netflix also is boring me lately. I’ve been watching some Hulu! Okay, I have one more guilty pleasure show I like, Toddlers and Tiaras. What can I say I like stage mom train wrecks. Don’t judge.

Share some of your random thoughts with me! Let’s catch up.

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there! Hope your weekend was quite marvelous! It was a LONG, luxurious one for yours truly. I also was able to get in 62.9 miles of running last week!

Let’s recap! And see how all of the running went down.

Monday- 5.11 sunset miles. The beginning of the week has been rough for me lately to get into the running groove. I will say it has been good to break out of the norm and practice running at different times of the day. This was a relaxed run too recovering from a weekend of lots of miles.

Tuesday AM- 7.22 miles in the straight up rain! It was crazy pouring in the beginning but then towards the end it completely stopped. Love random Texas weather.

Tuesday PM- 2.23 miles after teaching spin. Again watched a gorgeous sunset. Felt good to get back to some double digit miles once again.

Wednesday AM- 7.12 miles with the breakfast run club. With a lovely sky.

Wednesday PM- More double run day miles. 3.02 miles complete and just over 10 total.

Thursday- 8.13 miles solo early in the A.M. My run club was out there- but I did my own little route. Playing Dora the Explorer for sure.

Friday- 18.02 miles! Time on my feet kind of run. Starting to feel a little stronger after the  Habanero 50k with the longer miles.

Saturday- 12.02 miles with the Co-Op! Before a whirlwind of a weekend with friends, good food. FUN.

Sunday- REST DAY. And SUSHI. Simply heaven. That cucumber Philly roll was absolutely everything.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? What is your fave post run meal?
Breakfast tacos…and/or sushi. And all of the mimosas.

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! I got my day started with a marvelous Friday LONG RUN. The sunrise was simply splendid! Feeling good, feeling great.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Ultrarunning helps keep her going – that one almost brought me to tears. Wow.

For some reason I was playing Beyonce on repeat during my run this morning? I actually love this song – need to get that throwback on the spin cycle playlist. But I’m not even really a Beyonce super fan like that! But sometimes you just need a little bit of that in your life if you know what I mean.

This chart. SO MUCH TRUTH.

And also this. IS THERE (really) SUCH A THING as Yoga wine?!? Someone look that up for me please and thank you.

That’s all for this week! Have a wonderful long holiday weekend.

What’s on tap for your Labor Day weekend?!
Run time, friend and fam time, and getting my hair done. I’m fancy, huh?! Yes.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This week is quite the whirlwind but I am knocking out work and getting things done. Plus morning runs are in full force!! Which for sure has been helping keep my mind super sharp and ready to tackle crazy deadlines.

Does anyone feel like they have serious FOG BRAIN when they do not get a run in? Very rarely do I not make time for a run these days. But honestly the morning runs are for that very reason. My body literally relies on it like a cup of coffee. It’s an addiction for me for sure but a damn sure good one.

Another thing that makes me feel oh so good. Having my nails done. I’ve probably told this story before but my “good luck charm” before my 50 mile race I do every year is making sure my nails are done. LOL. Hydration, proper shoes? Meh. Them nails though?!? THEY GOTTA BE ON POINT.

My IG account is still under construction (aka the big purge) but I tell you what I have really been enjoying not posting on there on the daily. Part of me feels like I’m just getting away from IG in general but I really love looking at funny posts and what not on there. Annnnnd of course IG stories. I love those. I could look at IG stories all day long.

I’m getting my hair colored and done this weekend and I could not be more excited. Leaning more towards an amaretto color? Need something snazzy for fall.

OMG y’all I am getting all of the fall feels now that September is knocking on the door. FALL FESTIVALS are coming and I will be going to all of them. And also get ready for all of the fall memes and pumpkin because I will probably be posting about fall every day. You’re quite welcome.

Tell me something random about today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hello there, it’s spin cycle Wednesday!! It was also a great morning for running. I got in some sweet miles with my run crew, got some crazy strong delicious coffee and I am rocking and rolling. So glad to be a morning runner. Running and mornings just go hand in hand with getting shit done.

With that said let’s get straight to the jams! As always find me on Spotify and see where I’m teaching spin classes next if you’re local.

Let’s go for a ride!

Beautiful People- Chris Brown: Warm Up
Keep On Rockin’- Laidback Luke: Tapbacks
Bella Conmigo- Yellow Claw: Accelerations
The Glamorous Life- Sheila E.: Rolling Hills
The London- Young Thug, J. Cole, Travis Scott: Seated/standing run
Get On This- Ghastly: Sprints
Dirty Mind- Flo Rida: Active recovery
Just Hold On- Steve Aoki: Hill climb
A No No- Mariah Carey: Jumps on a hill
Dance Like a Freak- DJ Class: Tapbacks
If I Was You (OMG)- Far East Movement: Accelerations
Drummachine- Loopers: Rolling hills
Give it 2 U (Remix)- Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar: Tapbacks
Heey Ya- Quintino: Sprints
Stretch 2-3-4- Watch the Duck, Pharrell Williams: Jumps
Medicine- J.Lo: Hill climb
Live from the Drawing Board- Oddisee: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts this week?

Reasons to Love Early Morning Runs in the Rain.

Great mental training – which is very much needed for racing. Gotta love strengthening the body and the mind at the same time.

They make you feel like a badass. Pretty sure under badassery in the dictionary it says “morning runners who run regardless of the weather”. Or something to that effect.

It really puts a “WARRIOR” type of spin on your entire day. If you can deal with the wind and rain while running early morning while running – you can handle anything else the day will throw at you.

If the rain cools things down – which it usually does – it can feel oh so glorious. Especially during the summertime.

Splashing through puddles! Makes you feel like a kid again.

POST RUN COFFEE just tastes that much more amazing.

What are some reasons you like (or dislike, hey I don’t discriminate!) running in the rain?!