6 Reasons to Sign Up for a Summer Race.

If you’re anything like me, you have to brace yourself every summer for the intensity that is training in the insane crazy heat. We reach triple digits on a consistent basis in the summer time which can definitely make running all the more challenging! However, here are some reasons why you should still hit the roads and sign up for some races during those hot summer months.

1. To keep your fitness going strong. Sure it’s hot, and some days we just don’t want to be out there because of the sun blazing down our backs. But signing up for that local 5k or 10k will definitely keep your engine revved up and keep your fitness level high during the season.

2. Do it for the cold refreshing post race beverages after. Nothing is better after a run or race than an ice cold fruit pop or ice cold water…or hey, a margarita or beer? I am not judging.

3. There are actually some fun races in the summer months. If you are anywhere in the Dallas area, I recommend Too Hot to Handle, the Cobra 5k or the Hottest Half. All are fun races to get some miles in the hot hot heat.

4. To have an excuse to take long post race dip in the pool. Why not, you have earned it. Cool off those legs with a dip in the water.

5. As a benchmark race for those upcoming fall marathons. Testing out your speed in the summer will definitely get you prepped and ready for a fall 26.2.

6. Because when fall and winter roll around, you will feel so speedy! The cooler weather will feel so amazing if you race and/or train in the summer months. Believe it.

Are you signed up for any epic summer runs?

5 Ways to Enjoy Summer Running.

Hello! It was a 7 before 7 kind of morning…just enjoying this awesome (humid) view with my running club. 7 miles before 7 a.m.

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I tell ya…it sure is starting to heat up down here! I’m seeing lots of weekend pool time in my near future.

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Post run refreshment…have you tried the Starbucks pink drink yet? It’s filled with acai and coconut milk, then strawberries thrown in. And all for less than 150 calories. You can read more about it here. My new summer favorite.

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Speaking of summer…and humidity…here are a few ways you can enjoy those miles this season…run happy and beat the heat!

1. Lather up on that sunscreen…and the body glide. Chafing can definitely be avoided with the right products. I recommend body glide and also coconut oil! If you didn’t know coconut oil actually is a natural SPF. I would mix the two for best results. Your skin will thank you.

2. Don’t underestimate the power of electrolytes. Especially with longer runs, I like to take in some Nuun or mix my water with a bit of gatorade.

3. It’s okay to slow the pace down in order to adapt and acclimate to the heat. I tend to run 30 seconds to a minute per mile slower than usual in the summer. Not to worry…when those fall marathons roll around and it cools off you will be stronger both physically and mentally! Just get through those runs and you will absolutely build strength and endurance. Consistency is key.

4. Have the proper running swag. Wear light colored clothing, dri fit tops and shorts. The lighter the material, the better.

5. Run in the heat with awesome people. It surely helps those runs go way faster when you run with fun buddies!

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What are some ways you enjoy those summer miles?

Running by the Palm Trees and a Summer List.

I logged a few miles this morning by the pretty palm trees…it’s amazing the things I discover in my ‘hood! Legs are feeling good after running Sunday’s half! I sure am thankful for these strong limbs of mine.

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I did one of these summer lists last year and since the summer solstice is just around the corner I thought I’d jot down a few things I’m looking forward to during this sunny season.

Eating/ Green smoothies, salmon sashimi, huge pretty salads, and mangoes…I like to cut them up all fancy.

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Drinking/ An abundance of H20. I love it ice cold especially in the middle of a long summer run. OK…and maybe some homemade sangria with fresh fruit.

Practicing/ The art of being in the present moment.

Mastering/ Being organized…I’m getting better at this but still a ways to go.

Learning/ From every individual that I meet. We can always stand to learn something new from or about someone.

Trying/ An aerial yoga class. Because it just looks super fun to hang around like that!

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Playing/ More with some of my favorite people. What would life be like without girlfriends honestly? I do not want to know.

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Finishing/ A juicy beach read type of novel. Suggestions, anyone?

Reading/ Lots of running magazines. Yeah I’m a nerd like that.

Remembering/ To tell my mama and daddy that I love them everyday.

Wearing/ Shorts, bikinis and flip flops!! And keeping my tootsies pedicured because they tend to get out of hand with all of the running that I do.

Cooking/ Some more BLUE APRON dinners. Nom nom.

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Working/ A little bit less in order to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Work smarter, not harder.

Traveling/ to Austin, Houston, Galveston and then Las Vegas in the fall.

Wanting/ to spend more time by a body of water…enjoying looking at a beautiful sunset.

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What are you looking forward to this summer?

That Was Easy.

Scenes from this morning’s 7 mile run in the sun. I made sure to stop and smell the flowers along the way.
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I think I even had a little pep in my step towards the end. Felt good to finish strong in the heat.
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I wanted to share a quick ‘girl on the go’ lunch with ya. I’ve been bringing this to work at least once a week. Super quick and easy to throw together.
Skinny tuna egg salad
(yeah I made that up)
Hickory smoked tuna. This stuff is seriously the best. It comes in a pack that serves one.
-Laughing cow light swiss cheese. I usually use 1 wedge
-2 eggs, boiled
Mix together in tupperware. Bring to work. You can even make it the night before!
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If that’s not the easiest recipe out there, I’m not sure what is.
It deserves pressing the EASY button.
Press it. You know you want to.
What quick, on the go meal do you like to take to work? 

A Crash Course in TX Weather.

Happy Friday Eve!
This morning I was up early for a 7 mile run. You know what I was saying a few days ago about the weather being cool, lovely, glorious? So yeah, forget about that. We’re back to spicy temps again with a heat advisory to end the week.
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This view always makes it better though. I’d say this is the one thing I do look forward to and what gets me out of bed every morning.
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Melissa posted this the other day and it made me laugh. So so very true about summertime in TX. Crash course in TX weather. Take note. There will be a pop quiz.
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Busy day ahead but just wanted to check in! I am teaching my last class of the week this evening, followed by a REST day tomorrow then a 12 mile run Saturday! May try Crossfit afterwards if I’m feeling spunky. They’re hosting a free session over at Luke’s Saturday after our group run! 9 AM and 10:30 AM. Should be a good time! Come join us if you’re in the area. I will be at the Plano location.
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What are you looking forward to this weekend? 
12 miles, trying Crossfit, sushi with the girls Saturday night and celebrating my mama’s b-day Sunday!

Thoughts on the Run, Summer Edition.

Mile 1- Tired legs…ugh…hot. Humid. Take it slow today.
Mile 2- It’s only been 2 miles, for real? Feels like 4.
Mile 3- Ahh that breeze, much needed. Keep it coming breeze.
Mile 3.5- Sweating like a wild banshee already. Just a few more miles to go.
Mile 4- Can’t wait to get home to make myself a smoothie. It’s going to taste amazing.
Mile 4.25- 9 minute miles feel like 7. Just shuffling along.
Mile 5- Zooming past the walkers. At least I’m faster than them.
Mile 5.1- Maybe I should just do 6 miles and call it a good day.
Mile 5.5- Nah, do 7. Man up, girlfriend.
Mile 6- Okay…almost done. Look at the sunrise! So pretty. Take a pic.
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Mile 6.1- Doowwwwnhillllll!!! Feels so good! Breeze on my face again.
Mile 6.7- Back uphill. You’ve got this. Bring it home.
Mile 6.8- Is MapMyRun acting up? Oh it sure is. It would be at the very end of my run.
Mile 6.85- Okay, back up again. Don’t play with my emotions like that, MapMyRun. We’re supposed to be homies.
Mile 7- Made it! Run a little bit more, all the way to that fire hydrant.
Mile 7.03- Dunski!
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What are some of your thoughts on the run? 

17 Miles and a Holiday Staycation…Wknd Recap.

Happy Monday! I’m back after a much needed little holiday staycation. Hope you enjoyed a wonderful 4th with your family and friends! I got back into the groove this morning and taught a power packed cycle class. Always love spinning the legs out with my a.m. crew.
Let’s recap some of this weekend’s festivities.
Thursday after running and yoga, I invited my girls over and we went to a family friend’s cookout. Lots of serious good eatin’ over there. We parlayed by the pool and had a great time.
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Turkey burgers and corn on the cob on deck. I think I ate my weight in bbq that day.
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Later on we camped out on a hill for the boom boom show. I took a little video. Enjoy my amazing singing.
Skipping onto Saturday, long run day! I clocked in 17 miles for the day. It was slow, it was hot. My Garmin got steamy. The end.
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I sure do hope all of these long runs pay off for the marathon in September. Can’t wait to run in the East coast cooler weather.
I also went to not one but TWO 90 minute vinyasa sessions this weekend after discovering a new studio, Karmany Yoga. I am loving the donations only concept. No membership fees, no signups. Kick ass instructors and you feel amazing afterwards. They turn the air off and it seriously feels like hot yoga as you start sweating literally 5 minutes in. I am addicted and already planning my next rendezvous. Come with me next time.
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Oh and it wouldn’t be the weekend without a little kick it time by the pool. Still working on that tan of mine.
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How was your weekend? Did you see any fireworks on the 4th? What’s your favorite thing to cook on the grill? 

16 Miles, Foggy Watch and Catchin’ Some Rays…Wknd Recap.

Monday morning workout – 55 minutes of spin class with my early crew. Lots of sprinting and rolling hills to kick off another week!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I got some running in, a little bit of cooking, and time by the pool.
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Saturday morning my training plan called for 16 miles. I broke it up a bit and was up at 5 am to get some miles in on my own. Then around 6:30 I met up with the Luke’s Locker crew to kick off coaching another marathon training season. The runners had an evaluation run to place them into pace groups. I did 4 miles with the 9 minute group, then finished off the rest of my run solo to top things off at 16 for the day. Again it was another hot and humid morning! I know it’s just going to get warmer from here.
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I kept the overall run at just under a 10 minute pace which was my goal for the day. It was so steamy out even my watch got foggy. It may be time to get another one soon. This one has been going strong for 4 years of racing but I think it’s close to retiring.
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After the run I met up with this girl for brunch and some play time. We always have a good time catching up.
Summer fun w/ my lovely friend Natalie

Summer fun w/ my lovely friend Natalie

The rest of the day was pretty shot since I was runnin’ and gunnin’ for a majority of the afternoon. I had planned to go to a friend’s birthday and missed it because I was so spent. Fail.
I redeemed myself for Sunday Funday and got a little time in catchin’ some rays with my neighbor Camillia by the pool.
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I’m still working on getting a nice shade of toasted mocha latte for the summertime. Right now I’m looking more like a caramel macchiato. I am a work in progress.
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Rocking the curls. I love lazy summer hair.
Sunday night I made turkey tacos and put them in lettuce wraps. Yep, still on the mexi kick.
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How was your weekend? Did you get some miles in? Who raced or has one coming up? I know this McSpeedster does!

Fun Summer Nites.

TGIF! So glad the weekend has finally rolled around again. I am looking forward to lots of fun things this weekend…including some live music outdoors with the BF, some brunchin’, and a 14 mile long run with my running group! Good times!
But first…coffee…
 
Last night I went to the Luke’s Locker social run and ran with some of my peeps. It was a two a day running day for me (I had logged 4 miles earlier in the day) so I was in for a little over 3 miles. Got in just around 7.5 miles yesterday! I was happy to get a little bit more in since this past week has been so busy with work and teaching dance class. I am hoping to hit around 40 miles total this week with my mileage…that’s the most weekly mileage I’ve run in quite some time! Exciting stuff.
After the run I met up with boo and we went to a late night pajama/pizza party that Yelp was throwing at a local Italian eatery Olivella’s. I love the Yelp community and there are always so many fun events to go to…the venues often offer free food and beverages, and who doesn’t love that!?
 
We enjoyed some delicious Neapolitan and Roman style pizzas, mini sandwiches and foccacia bread, as well as some of their refreshing homemade sangria! It was pretty much a carb loading heaven!
 
I absolutely loved the outdoor patio with the misting fans. It was such a beautiful, fun summer night!
 
Have a wonderful Friday!
Doing anything fun this weekend? What is your favorite kind of pizza? 

Grillin’, chillin’ & gettin’ dirty.

I hope your 4th of July was filled with nothing but wonderful moments and memories with your friends and family! Mine definitely was. It’s amazing how having a day off in the middle of the week can feel a little bit like it’s the weekend already! I am back at work today and getting the ball rolling.
Yesterday, I did some grillin’ and chillin’, and also some trail running! I met up with some of my buddies out at Murrell Park in Grapevine to do some galavanting through the woods. It was crazy packed out there with lots of mountain bikers! We had to stop and let the bikers pass through the narrow sand/dirt pathways so it ended up being a run and hike more than anything else. I also tripped over a few sticks but that’s what trail running is all about right? Gettin’ dirty. Some lessons I keep learning over and over with trail running is that you MUST LOOK DOWN at all times (even if you are engaged in conversation with your fellow running buddy) to avoid tripping or falling over those pesky sticks or rocks! It definitely requires some coordination. Also…carry a fuel belt or camelback that provides you with plenty of water especially in these hot summer months. I learned the hard way…a small 8 oz. fuel bottle is NOT enough, even if you think you are the exception to the rule and don’t practice what you preach at times with hydration.
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Anyway, good times were had by all. We logged just under 7 miles out there and it was a BEAUTIFUL morning! I had to stop and get some views of the lake. Such a great view.

Me and Sarah rocking the trails!

Later on in the day the boyfriend threw down on the grill while I did nothing but kick my feet up and get my tan on over at the pool.

Steak, turkey franks, & veggies wrapped in foil

Nothing better than corn on the cob fresh off of the grill!

After a much needed nap boyfriend and I met up with my friend Sharanda and her family to watch the fireworks! I loved the view right off of Lake Carolyn in downtown Las Colinas. Couldn’t have been a more picturesque night!
How was your 4th of July? Did you workout on the holiday? What’s your favorite thing to cook on the grill?