TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday! I was able to get out for some lovely miles on this crisp fall morning. Running on a Friday with a friend and a pretty sky is pretty much my idea of heaven on earth.

Without further ado let’s get to this week’s faves!

Pumpkin spice cold brew from Whole Foods. This is absolutely my jam. I had one before my run the other day and then it was full speed ahead.

10 perfect trail running routes. Definitely need to hit up the Austin one.

The NYC Ghosts 12s! OMG get on my feet.

The curls are back! I think I may keep the curly hair around a bit for fall. It is my lazy look but I always get compliments. Wash and go is THE way to go.

And there you have it! Have a great weekend.

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Haunted house, then prepping and packing for next weekend! Woot woot.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

You guys THE WEATHER WAS EVERYTHING for this morning’s run! Like my legs even were in a good mood. And wanted to go faster. Even at the end of my run when I’m usually tired I had a surprising little “kick” in my system. This is seriously what I have been waiting for- for freaking months. Thank you baby Jesus.

So yeah, my happy place for morning runs I’ve decided now are temperatures between the 40s and 50s. Really just under 50 if we are getting technical. Just chilly enough that need some sleeves BUT I can still wear shorts and not freeze to death.

This is the last weekend of the State Fair of Texas and I am hoping I can carve out some time to go this weekend. Just maybe.

I’m kind of not tripping if I don’t go though. I think it’s just a been there done that and I’ve been so busy with friends and training for this race. The only reason why I would go is for the wine garden. And cotton candy.

You know what, when you start getting into your mid 30s you realize kind of how old you actually are. I have (green) coworkers that are in their 20s and let me tell you just the conversations that they have in general make me feel OLD. I’m an old soul at heart. What can I say.

But still young, you know? I like when people tell me I still look like I’m in my 20s. Black don’t crack, baby.

My friends want to go to a haunted house this weekend…the last one I went to I laughed the entire time. So we shall see if this one actually scares me.

Tell me your random thoughts today!
Ever been to a haunted house??? Did it SCARE you?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there! Hope you had a lovely weekend. I’m here to recap some miles from last week!! I have been scaling back the miles a bit as I get ready for my next ULTRA race at El Taco Loco! Let’s recap and see how it all went down!

Monday- 5.21 sunset miles while doing some people watching. You know how some neighborhoods that you run in tend to be more friendly than others?! Well I ran in the friendly neighborhood this time. It’s actually where a lot more senior citizens seem to live and they are ALWAYS impressed by my running. Haha. Awesome lil confidence booster.

Tuesday AM- 8.12 miles with hill repeats thrown in there. Love the early morning breakfast club.

Tuesday PM- 2.31 miles after teaching spin. Ran when it was darker out. Starting to get back to doing some running in the dark for the ultra run prep.

Wednesday AM- 7.33 miles and picked up the pace towards the end. We had some lovely cooler weather towards the middle and end of the week which I absolutely loved.

Wednesday PM- 4.22 miles at night. Love me some double run days. Saw an awesome sunset.

Thursday- 10.12 miles. This is always my favorite day to run with the breakfast run club. Super motivated to get it in before a busy workday.

Friday- 4.22 lunch miles. Waited til lunch since we had some thunderstorms roll in. But it definitely cooled things down and made things more manageable.

Saturday- 10.12 miles on Saturday. It’s taper time so scaled back a bit. I hate tapering, by the way. (Would rather run all the miles, you know) but someone’s gotta do it.

Sunday- REST DAY. A much needed one.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? What did you do?
A little salsa dancing, running, Sunday funday picnic-ing.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happiest of Fridays to you! It is FINALLY ‘fall feeling’ outside- crisp, chilly and delicious!! Yes, I said delicious. You can describe the weather like that, right? Thought so.

Scarf weather is the best weather. There I said it.

Let’s get into this week’s faves!

I love Courtney Dauwalter’s approach to ultra running and training. Couldn’t agree more.

Chrome nails. I’m obsessed. I think I will do a darker color next with the chrome. I love the shine.

All of the fall looks. Like this one.

A little funny for your Friday.

Have a good one! Be good or be good at it.

What’s on tap for your weekend?! 
Oh and best of luck to my friends running the Chicago Marathon! It popped my marathon cherry so I always get nostalgic around this time.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This week’s cooler temps y’all have been absolute HEAVEN! It is simply what I’ve been waiting for. I think we have one more day though in the 90s (today) and then its downhill from here. Downhill in a good way.

Peep this forecast. PATIO WEATHER YAAAS.

Lately I’ve been really craving reflective solo time just to gather my thoughts. Like on runs, and just in general. You know? I think I could benefit from just meditating in general. The only child in me really likes to be alone probably too much. I mean, some would call me an introvert at times. I like to think of myself as more of an ambivert.

I LOVE this pic of me from the Chicago Marathon and plan on making it my hashtag TBT today. Best of luck BTW if any of y’all are running Chicago this weekend. That race is near and dear to my little black ultrarunner heart. It was my first marathon and it was on 10.10.10. I mean really, can it get more awesome?! I think not.

I keep saying I’m going to make fall sangria and I’m going to make it happen. This weekend. I’m craving it big time. First big miles, then big delicious sangria.

Share your random thoughts with me today!

Where my AMBIVERTS at?! 

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there! It is time to recap some miles from last week! It was a great week of running and I was able to get in 63.7 miles. Feeling good, feeling great. Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- 5.22 sunset miles. It was quite warm and humid all week last week but it felt good to run after a stressful day. I can see how some runners like to run after work mainly just to unwind. Mostly I am a morning runner if I am not doing a double day but I definitely can appreciate some good evening miles for sure. This run was more of a recovery run after putting in lots of miles over the weekend.

Tuesday AM- 8.32 miles in the AM with the run club. Threw in some rolling hills which was lovely. Nothing like attacking those hills early in the morning before the world wakes up.

Tuesday PM- 2.22 miles after teaching spin cycle. Doing some people watching. Over 10.5 miles total for double run day.

Wednesday- 7.12 miles with sunshine and shade. I ran later in the morning when the temps were about 90 degrees at the finish. I pushed it in the heat which felt good and a good detox.

Thursday AM- 7.31 peaceful miles. Faster finish with strides at the end.

Thursday PM- 3.32 miles after teaching class at gym.

Friday- 10.12 miles. Felt awesome on a Friday and there was a cool-ish breeze in the air which I very much enjoyed.

Saturday- 20.12 miles back with the run club. It always feels good to get in a long run with friends. Kicking off the weekend right.

Sunday- REST DAY. And an abundance of sushi. Much needed.

And there you have it!!

Plus, I am happy to report I ended September with a grand total of 263 miles. Good stuff.

How is your running going? Looking fwd to anything in this month of October?
THIS RACE. Because, tacos. Still need to hit up the fair also.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and HAPPY Friday!!! I got in a glorious solo run this morning and it was just what  I needed. Hello, check out that crazy sky. Crazy beautiful.

Um also, it is National TACO DAY. Oh my goodness! And on a Friday. We are most certainly hashtag blessed.

Speaking of tacos I am getting oh so excited about my upcoming ultra race. I even hear talk that there will be tequila at this race. HA! I don’t think I’ve ever taken a shot during a run (I’ve done beer during an ULTRA) but I may just consider it for this one?! Maybe at mile 50 or something you know, to relieve pain? Hmm.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Fitness cruises are coming. Hmm. I just may be down for this. Honestly I stepped away from cruises for a while because I got violently ill on the last one. But this may be the game changer.

Not racing a fall marathon? 5 things to do instead. Old article but I just found it and I’m loving it.

Smoky cider mezcal margarita. Right up my fall-loving alley.

Honeycrisp apples are back. I seriously love apples in the fall. Even the red delicious ones. I mean eating an apple may be just the boost of energy that you need – more so than some energy drink perhaps? Maybe. I’m down with that.

And there you have it!

Have a great weekend!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Enjoying the last bit of HOT TEXAS weather (it is supposed to cool down next week a little! Hooray), family and friend time, of course run time.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This week has been pretty crazy work wise but still getting my running in. I am learning that I really need my morning runs lately primarily to get the day cranked UP but mostly for my mood. I waited until Monday night to run…(needed more recovery) and can I just say the morning was ROUGH. Someone said good morning to me and I basically bit their head off. haha in my mind of course. But I am pretty sure I gave them a dirty look…(!) seriously could not help it.

It is really incredible what heart pumping endorphins do for your whole freaking day. Why haven’t scientists bottled up this stuff I do not know.

Well running and coffee have really been making my week. Some of my running buddies don’t even call me by my name anymore. They call me COFFEE QUEEN. Probably because of that shirt above.

I’m currently listening to this song on repeat. Don’t ask me why. Some days I’m just in the mood to listen to a song on repeat.

I am getting a 90 minute massage tomorrow. Sheer excitement. My achy runner joints sure do need it.

Favorite spice this week – SRIRACHA. I have my moments with sriracha honestly and sometimes I really am not in the mood for it but I’ve been putting that stuff on everything lately. Even avocado toast.

Tell me your random thoughts today?
Are you a coffee drinker? What’s your favorite coffee?
Americano or BLACK.

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday! We are here to recap some miles from last week! It was quite a strong week of training for me – I was able to get in just over 71 miles of running! Woohoo for that. Let’s recap and see how it all went down.

Monday- Morning miles and all smiles with a friend in the ‘hood! 7.21 miles done watching the sunrise.
Tuesday AM- 10.12 miles enjoying the cool breeze. I was craving some solo miles and this was just what I needed. Threw some rolling hills in there.
Tuesday PM- 2.21 miles in the evening doing some people watching after teaching a spin class. Felt good to get a double run day in.
Wednesday AM- 5.32 miles, super thick humidity on this morning so listened to a podcast, sucked it up and got it done
Wednesday PM- Lunch miles – needed to get away from the office for a bit to go play. I found a smooth surface did some barefoot running, y’all! It was kinda fun. 2.22 miles at lunch.
Thursday- 8.11 miles with my run club. They pushed me for a few miles which felt good since some of them had a tempo day.
Friday- 8.32 miles, threw in a few strides there. Getting a good morning run in on Fridays always makes the day better. I actually had to work late this day too so was so glad I was able to get this run in early.
Saturday AM- Long run Saturday was HUMIDITY CENTRAL. 15.22 miles, after running some 20 milers the last few weekends and back to back stuff. I am so over this Texas humidity/heat frankly and need it to cool down in a major way. Even running with friends I was just over it before it even began. But, well. It got done.
Saturday PM- I had a really low key Saturday and wanted to get back out to shake out the legs. 2.31 miles done. It felt better outside without the sun blazing and the humidity went down a bit.
Sunday- I had a friend who needed Sunday miles which was great for me and got me up early to knock out 10.12 miles. Awesome because it allowed me to hit my numbers and get it all in.

Plus brunch with friends on the harbor for Sunday funday runday.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Check out any great brunch places?

TGIFriday Faves.

HAPPY Friday! Hope you have some fun in store for the weekend. I am definitely in need of serious stress relief after a long week of back to back work! Of course running has been helping me to keep my sanity. OH SO VERY thankful for that for sure.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Race prep for your first ULTRA. For those of you that want to move over to MY dark side (bahaha) evil laughter. Good read.

Tex mex breakfast casserole. I have my eyes on this for the weekend.

How runners can keep their feet happy. YES.

Yoga with Adriene- Yoga physical and mental stamina for runners. All about this lately. Her videos are awesome for your living room. The detox one is also a fave.

TRADER JOE’S PUMPKIN BUTTER. Thank me later.

A little humor for your Friday.

Have a good one!

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Brunch, running, friend time, unwind time.