Fitness, Fun, Random Thoughts Thursday, Running, Spin class

Random Thoughts Thursday.

My morning started with a power packed 13 mile ride and a run around the ‘hood. My early morning peeps always work so hard! I love the 5:30 AM energy and hearing the whizzing of the bikes as we jam out with party lights. Teaching a spin class + getting my run in + eucalyptus steam room equals a happy Chelsea.

The sunsets on my evening runs have actually been the real winner though. Like that pic above. Watch more sunsets than Netflix…always my motto.

Yes, Life Time is so awesome we even have OUR OWN WATER NOW. And it is delicious and in this pretty BPA free bottle.

I am back on my vanilla chai kick. Drinking this as we speak while I have some clove essential oil in my diffuser.

Chillhop essentials Fall 2021 just came out. Perfect music to work and write to. When I am at my career girl job. But maybe even do some yoga too. It is a whole vibe.

I’ve been enjoying just running for fun still and not really posting as much on the social media front. I do have to promote my class a lot still on our Life Time group pages but taking a back seat to being hyperactive on certain platforms is actually quite nice and refreshing.

Grapefest is this weekend! So you know where I will be. And then the State Fair of Texas begins next week!! Two festivals that I did not get to experience last year. I am so very glad fall festivals are freaking back. Oh happy day.

Share some randomness with me from your day! What is your favorite fall drink ?
I dabble in some pumpkin spice coffee (not the latte) but my jam has to be the vanilla or pumpkin chai.

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

IT WAS A CRISP AND COOL 60 SOMETHING DEGREES THIS MORNING DOWN IN TEXAS! Gotta love catching this early RUNrise after teaching spin class. Yes, we got a little fall preview. I was back in the saddle this morning after the holiday and I have to say it was great being back on the bike! Whenever I don’t teach a class I always truly miss it. And today is my super busy day since I teach another class at the gym after work tonight. Bring it on.

My new favorite essential oil for the upcoming fall season – clove. I keep this one at my desk at work and it keeps me blissful all day long. That is one thing I always have to have with me to keep my mood up. Some smell good things…whether it is lotion or oils or some kind of travel perfume.

Another thing I do at my desk at work – wear fuzzy slippers. I have an adjustable desk at work so I move around but I am now committed to doing it all WITH FUZZY SLIPPERS ON. No shame whatsoever. Glad I work at a job that allows such comfort.

People that aren’t from Texas…is it a thing in other states that chickens freely roam the neighborhoods with no consequences? I just saw this on my nextdoor and I feel like it is not the first time I’ve heard neighbors complain about peoples pet chickens getting loose.

Another thing that is pretty common here. Horses on the side of the road. Actually on the side of the freeway. And people riding them to work in the mornings. Oh yes, I have just about seen it all.

Share some random things you have seen on the side of the roads in your neck of the woods…or while running. Or just feel free to share something random about your day with me!

Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy long holiday weekend to ya! Hopefully you have some fun in the sun on deck. I have been so DARN busy on the work front that I looked and boom!! Long weekend is here. So I’m without a doubt looking forward to some relaxation time, play time, friends and family time, run time.

Let’s get into this week’s faves!

The best self-care practices for your enneagram. I’ve just actually discovered that this was a thing and I’m excited to learn more about my number. So far ALL of the traits ring so very true. Love the podcast too.

This by the way. ALL ME.

5 stretches to help upper back pain before it starts. I’ve been all about the massaging and stretching and treating yourself stuff lately. This is for all of my desk and work week peeps. I will say also that now having a Varidesk has helped me with back stuff and injury prevention.

Scientific studies that can help your running RIGHT NOW. I am down with the caffeine, baby.

Celebrate the weekend with a long run. Remember to hydrate and get your fuel on! I’m still not the best at fueling for a long run after all of these dang years. After over a decade of running marathons and ultras you would think I would have that down by now.

And finally, your Friday funny.

Make it a great weekend!

What is on tap for your holiday weekend…feel free to share some of your favorite ways to fuel for the LONG RUN!

Fitness, Inspiration, Monday Musings, Running

Mental Endurance Tips.

With the pandemic and all of the chaos going on in our world today, it is easy to want to slip into a negative mindset. I am thankful I am one of those ‘sunny disposition’ types who doesn’t get easily deterred by trivial things. However…as I talk to different people (runners, athletes who take my classes at the gym etc) I realize there are a lot of hurting people in the world. I’ve learned to have more empathy with others in general.

We all need some mental endurance tips from time to time! Even those of us with a ‘sunny dispositon’.

A big part of racing (and training and day to day STUFF) is relying on your mental strength. As a person who has been running ultras and marathons for a number of years this is something I feel is my strong suit and I love to share the love with others. Here are some things that have worked for me to develop (and maintain) strong mental endurance.

Discipline > motivation. I am a strong believer in this. Motivation to me is not something that is always going to get you out the door in the morning. As a beginning runner back in the day, I was that ‘motivated’ runner. Who was always looking to my left and my right at what someone else was doing. I don’t necessarily think being motivated is a bad thing. As you grow as an athlete and it becomes more a part of your overall wellness and lifestyle you realize consistency and discipline is what is going to keep you pounding the pavement and trails. It is what will keep you ‘rock solid’ when you’re not training, when you just are maintaining fitness. Getting out there, despite what race is on your calendar.

Accountability. For me this has always been about community. I have a group that I run with on Saturdays and I always tell people that my Saturdays are SACRED. For instance, right now I have zero races on the calendar. This may or may not change in the next few months. But for once in about a decade I’m very at peace with this. Because I love to just get up and bang out a double digit run every weekend with my friends and I’ve been doing so for as long as I can remember in my adult life. Community…the running community, is what GIVES ME LIFE. And keeps my mental game strong. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Watch what you consume. Be it social media, incessantly scrolling through your Facebook-IG-Strava feed. What you consume, consumes you. I fill my social media feed with things that inspire me to get out the door. Things that make me laugh. Make me think. I have no room in life right now for anything to bring that energy down. And I feel that as I get older, my tolerance for anything that is draining is less and less. I do utilize Strava however for training purposes but honestly that is about it. I appreciate the Kudos though because I do know that people love the energy that I bring onto that platform so I continue to share.

Sometimes you need a little music! This does and does not work for some. But as a fitness instructor and a music LOVER I crave music all of the time. Even when I am working as a writer for television during the day…when I am writing a promo…or want to get my creative juices flowing. Music MOVES ME. It will always be something that keeps my mental strong.

Feel free to share some things that keep your mental endurance strong for running – cycling – working out – LIFE!

Running, TGIFriday Faves

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! I am gearing up for a HOT but lovely weekend…running, brunching and such! We are bringing back the TGIFriday faves.

Let’s talk about my faves from this week!

The eucalyptus steam room at Life Time. Y’all, it legitimately feels like I am getting a facial (for my face and body) every time. And those of you who get facials know what I mean. Without a doubt one of the things I have truly been MISSING in my day to day. Truly now want to be in the gym every day for this very reason. Hmm…maybe I should take up a 4th class to teach.

Wonderful sushi time. I forgot how amazing this particular sushi spot was until I went recently. That yellowtail roll is one of the things that would be on my ‘last meal’ list for sure. And that fire roll next to it…was ABSOLUTELY FIRE.

How to recover from pandemic induced mind fog. OMG, I truly feel like this is legitimately a real thing! I really do think for me utilizing essential oils (mostly at work) has done wonders for me. Something about opening up the senses clears my ‘fog’. That – and of course exercise and being with nature. But whatever works for you.

Chelsea Handler’s podcast and of course Hills reaction videos from Whitney Port and her husband Timmy. I am literally obsessed with both.

Oh the Chelsea Handler on E! era…I have to say I do miss that. 

No really…this is how my brain works, most of the time.

Have an awesome, fantastically wonderful weekend!

Have you experienced any ‘brain fog’ during these pandemic times – or just increased stress due to work and life circumstances etc?

Share what gets you back into balance!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

-My legs were surely tired after running around the hilly golf course in my ‘hood last night but I got up for a run after teaching spin class at the gym this AM. This view is always worth it.

Running around mansions is fun for sight-seeing. And you know what…affluent people are really extra nice in the morning. HA.

-One of the girls in my 530 AM class – “I get a runner’s high in your class and I’m not even a runner”.

Never mind I’m teaching a BIKE CLASS not a running one. Hilarious. Love it.

I have a serious obsession with all things cedarwood and lavender lately. And the Epsom salt from Whole Foods. Really I could spend a day in their little soaps and essential oils section. My skin has been smooth as butter lately with all of the pampering.

I mean when you are sweating half the day teaching and running and working. TREAT YO SELF time has to be a priority.

I was also asked if I wanted to teach more classes at the gym but I think I’ll just stick to 3 right now with my full time career in television as a producer. Trying not to super overload myself. Gotta love that labor of love.

Coffee = also a freaking priority.

Can’t wait until some good guilty pleasure TV comes back on. Real Housewives of Salt Lake City is actually looking like it is going to be pretty juicy.

Share some randomness with me today about your week!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Back on my blogging game after much needed little beach time with fun peeps. My weekend getaway was lovely. Check out the view above by the water. Literally one of the best sunsets I’ve seen in years.

I got my day started this morning with a 15 mile spin cycle ride followed by a quick run in the ‘hood. It feels good to be back in the saddle this week after a little vacation! I was actually feeling under the weather earlier this week too but feeling better now. And tested negative for covid. Thankful for that. The health Gods are looking after me lately.

Plus you cannot go wrong with fresh Gulf shrimp on the patio. This was my happy place.

My body just kind of hurts this week though after being in a car for hours and hours. I forgot how much road trips do a number on your body! I will be back at my massage therapist tomorrow evening.

Massage therapy has definitely helped me keep my runner muscles happy over the years. For that I am forever grateful. It does help when you have work benefits and the same person I’ve gone to for years.

Eucalyptus steam room at my luxury gym this morning…freaking GAME CHANGER. Why am I just discovering this.

People coughing at the workplace or anywhere near you right now…SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. That is my PSA for today.

Share some randomness with me today!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I got my day started with a quick 13 mile spin cycle ride followed by a RUNrise. Just running around the gym and the beautiful neighborhoods. Look at that pretty sky. 78 degrees which was a nice change of pace from the 90+ degree heat I’ve been running in on the daily.

Although I have been running during the humid (cooler) mornings I still have love for the drier heat in the evenings. It is something about that after work burn that I really love. Plus I guess it can’t hurt that my tan is looking pretty sweet. So hence the reason for changing it up a lot.

Dallas County is back with the mask mandates. Thank you Next Door for always keeping me posted with the latest and greatest news.

I still do not think I will wear a mask when I run. I need to freaking BREATHE. This is only for indoors/buildings and for the kiddos going to school. Of course everyone under that Nextdoor post is at it with the back and forth.

I actually am pretty ready for fall. I love Halloween, Thanksgiving and all of the festivities that go along with that stuff. Plus the crisp cooler weather and all of the flavors of fall. I’ve already started putting Pumpkin Spice creamer in my coffee. Feel free to judge. No shame…

The State Fair of Texas is about a month AWAY! Oh happy day. They’ve already announced top fair foods (which is a state fair tradition) I don’t know if I will be partaking but for some reason brisket brittle is a little intriguing.


I will be teaching a class at the gym tonight which is always fun because usually it is the last little bit of energy I have left in the day (after work and teaching class this morning). So lots of iced coffee will be had today. I’ve already had 2 cups of java and just about a gallon of water. Hydration game freaking on point.

Share some randomness with me today!

Running, Weekly Running Report

Weekly Running Report.

Happiest Monday to ya! Hope you have a productive week ahead. I’m here to recap some miles from last week! Things are finally ramping up and YES it is without a doubt blazing hot down in Texas. But I was able to get in 40 miles last week which has me feeling pretty dang good! It’s nice to maintain the miles even when there is nothing quite solid on the calendar. Keeping that fitness and endurance up for these classes I have to teach at the gym.

Monday- A quick 3.23 miles after teaching spin. I actually kind of enjoyed getting out there to watch the sunset and do some people watching. Nice and relaxed miles and a cool down after all of the sprints on the bike.

Tuesday- 4.33 miles in the morning. Nice rolling hills by the golf course. The humidity was insane on this day but still nice to get it in. Drenched with all of the sweat.

Wednesday AM- 5.02 miles with some more rolling hills. The cloudy sky RUNrises were especially beautiful too but still lots of humidity. I have been getting used to the humidity though and can appreciate the breezy 80 degree mornings before climbing into triple digits on the daily.

Wednesday PM- Double run day miles! Felt good to get in a good 3.03 miles after work.

Thursday- Thursdays are my triple threat days (teach at gym in the morning, run, teach at gym at night) so I rode 30 miles total on the bike on this day and then 3.23 miles in the AM. My legs were certainly spent by the end of it.

Friday- Quick 3.35 miles after work. Nice active recovery day and I’m glad I got it in.

Saturday- 11.03 miles with the WRRC crew. Always love kicking off the weekend with these peeps.

Sunday- Sunday funday runday miles on this run streaking week. 6.77 miles in 90 degrees does a body good. Lots of hydration time after.

Plus ending the week on a solid note – my absolute favorite ceviche.

And there you have it!

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods – share some highlights of your weekend with me!

Random Thoughts Thursday, Running

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I was up for a morning run after a quick 14 mile spin cycle ride with my crew this morning! Check out this peaceful RUNrise sky.

I’m all in my feelings about this movie me and my editor are currently editing. Hashtag TV producer life. Usually I don’t even get into the movies we air but I like the actress.

Back to balancing teaching classes at the gym with work is going well so far. I think it has something to do with the Trader Joe’s cold brew. Thank you, TJ’s you are the real MVP.

To save a little money I switched to press on nails vs. the salon kind. Lots of pros and cons to this! Pros are the ones on Amazon look AMAZING and better than the salon.

Major con, when you sweat outside a lot the glue does not keep the nails on so the upkeep is insane. The struggle is definitely real. Keeping glue in my purse usually does the trick.

I wish I didn’t like groomed nails so much. But cute nails are absolutely my guilty pleasure.

Post run and gym treats – love these protein balls and latte. It may be my new Thursday morning thing.

Gotta teach a class tonight! Wish me luck that I will stay awake and have energy for the 6PM. Frozen beverage may indeed be happening after class.

Feel free to share some randomness with me today!!