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Summer Fridays.

Happiest Summer Friday! Here is what I’m all about this week & weekend –

EATING
Birthday cake with this lovely lady – celebrating her birthday all day today. Now you know where I get my sunshine from – I most definitely ‘get it from my mama’.

DRINKING
All about the coconut waters for hydration. My Sprouts Farmers Market has the best by the can – I love the one without the pulp. I could drink this in the summer all day long.

GRILLING
Eyeing this bacon wrapped grilled corn. I may have to make this a thing.

LISTENING
To the Breakfast Club radio podcast. Fun fact I love listening to this especially when I run after work. I feel like I am having a pop culture convo with friends…recapping the day.

WATCHING
All of the episodes of VERY CAVALLARI! I never watched this when it was on so now I’m super bingeing it. And Kristin and her hubby are not even married anymore but their dynamic cracks me up. I love discovering shows all late. Haha

MAKING
Plans to hit up my own…or SOMEONE’S pool this weekend. Absolutely happening. Need sun.

Feel free to share what you are ALL ABOUT this week! Have a rockin’ weekend.

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Summer Fridays.

Hey there and happiest of Fridays to you! Here are the things that I am loving on this lovely Summer Friday…

Eating
The most colorful and the spiciest of ceviche dishes. This plate truly was like a work of art. Really hit the spot after my triple threat Thursday.

Drinking
Anything ice cold. Including Trader Joe’s instant cold brew with some pumpkin spice creamer! That’s right. I’m bringing the PS back early. Hey, it is almost August! I see you judging but you know what I have no shame. I don’t do the lattes but a little drop of creamer in the strongest of coffees makes Chelsea a happy camper.

Making
Plans to go to down to the beach in August. Sun and sand is much needed right about now. Simply cannot wait.

Craving
A bowl with rice and chicken and feta and veggies with hummus. I may have to make one this weekend. Also a big juicy summer peach. And plums! I used to eat plums in the summer a lot growing up. Gotta bring the tradition back.

Listening
To Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald. Love watching her podcast too on YouTube. It’s just light hearted with a touch of guilty pleasure celebrity gossip.

Loving
Michelle Obama showing love to Simone Biles. Just makes my little black heart (mixed with sunshine) so very warm and happy.

That’s all for this week! Hope you have a marvelous weekend.

What is on tap for your weekend? Any fun outdoor activities?
May check out this Mermaid bar (finally) and of course friend time, yoga time, long run time.

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Summer Fridays.

It is a fabulous summer Friday around here!! Here’s what is going on with me this week and weekend.

EATING
All of the easy summer salads. Obsessed with chickpeas and red onions and baby tomatoes lately too. Eating all of the colors of the rainbow.

DRINKING
Kung fu tea…actually I had a boba tea here and hadn’t had boba in QUITE a while. It was yummy after burning ALL OF THE calories teaching back to back classes at gym + running.

MAKING
A lot of promos here at work…and putting together shows for TV. Gotta love the producer life. It definitely helps having a blog to practice my creative side / writing all the time and sharpening my skills.

CRAVING
Some sun and a FROZEN MARGARITA. I talked about this yesterday but did not get to have that very thing after spin class. So that will without a doubt be happening this weekend.

LISTENING
To anything and everything on my Spotify. My music selections have been a little A.D.D. lately but lately I’ve been loving high energy music. This heatwave playlist has been my absolute jam.

READING
The book of HAPPY. Whenever I just need a random pick me up.

LOVING
This quote.

Happiest of Fridays to you!

Share with me what you are eating/drinking/loving lately!!

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Summer Fridays.

Summer Fridays are back!! Here’s what I’m into this week…

EATING

Splitting the most amazing fajitas with my mama after teaching my spin class last night. I haven’t heard that *fajita sizzle* in oh so very long. Just hearing that alone last night made me happy. I think it is funny the way my mama eats fajitas also. She gets excited about the beans and rice part first and just goes in for the kill. Then forgets about that fact THAT WE ARE SPLITTING THE MEAL. Never mind mama, you can have all the sides that you so desire. Next time I’ll have them split it for us prior to.

DRINKING

All of the iced teas, unsweetened please. Just put some fresh peaches in that bad boy.

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MAKING

Spotify playlists all the dang time. Back to teaching class at gym multiple times a week so gotta keep the game strong. Check out my Spotify if you are needing workout jams.

CRAVING

This new Mermaid Raw Bar. Can’t wait to see what this is all about! Dallas has some really cute spots cropping up lately. Need to do a little weekend exploring.

LISTENING

Outdoor Seaside Café all day. It is my writing music mostly when I am at work. Surprisingly when I am not working out I am like an old lady with my listening choices.

WATCHING

The 1st episode of the new season of the Real Housewives of Potomac! Jury is still out on the NEW girl. But living for all things Karen Huger.

WEARING

ANYTHING NEON. Neon all the time in the summertime. As a far of fact I think I may go get a neon pedicure after work.

SHARING

How to make a delish (and “noo-trish” can we make that word a thing?) smoothie for the post run. I LOVED spinach in my smoothies back in the day. And coconut almond milk. MMHMM good.

And there you have it! Enjoy your Friday.

Share some of what you’re eating/drinking/craving!!!

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Summer Fridays.

Summer Fridays for the win! Here’s what my upcoming 4th weekend is looking like.

EATING

All of the watermelon salads in the universe. This one with feta, mint and lemon zest definitely does the trick.

DRINKING

A nice crisp fro~zay!! Yes, that is how I spell it. Post run of course. I may have to make some or find something pretty close to it this weekend.

GRILLING

I absolutely adore corn on the cob on the grill. That is the only way I eat corn in the summertime.

LISTENING

Anything from the Candy Music Room. Doesn’t a beach house café sound absolutely lovely? Love the sounds of them steaming up a fresh hot latte while listening to the sounds of Bossa Nova.

WEARING

Rompers. All day, every day with this beautiful warmer weather.

SHARING

My little space in paradise by the pool with a good friend and a beverage. Wish you were here.

Have a beautiful holiday weekend!

What are you sharing / grilling / drinking lately???

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Summer Fridays.

Happy SUMMER Friday to ya! We are changing things up a bit around here on Fridays as I share some of the current things I’m eating, drinking, listening to and all of that jazz! Let’s bring some joy and fun of the season into the day…shall we? Kind of like a virtual coffee…or wine…date of sorts. I suppose it depends on the time of day where you are at…or maybe it doesn’t at all HA.

I’m currently…

EATING: This oh so yummy greens & grains bowl. Pickled red onions, arugula, rice, grilled chicken and feta with veggies are all I need in life. HEAVEN.

DRINKING: Trader Joe’s instant cold brew coffee. Amazing cold or hot with your fave creamer.

MAKING: Back in love with chickpeas…roast them and you are in for a real treat! This is absolutely one of my favorite snacks hands down.

LISTENING: To this heatwaves playlist on Spotify. SummerThing! is my favorite summer jam – it is a throwback but a good one. Just hearing it makes me want to jump around and workout.

WEARING: Flowery sundresses. And fun shorts with pockets on the side. Like these.

SHOPPING: For the most loveliest summer fragrances. What are some of your favorites? Right now I’m loving light body sprays like Betseyfied and Horizon.

LOVING: Spin classes at Hustle Studios. I love dancing on the bike!! Plus it is great cross training for running and I love arms/weights portion at the end of class. Come check it out if you’re local.

Share what you’re loving/making/wearing today!!

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Summer List.

Hiya there!! Well it is that time again…summer LIST time! And since the this lovely season has arrived I thought I’d share the things I’m loving right now. I am so looking forward to the sunshine, weekends filled with great friends – pool parties and good vibes overall. All about it.

Things I’m currently…

Eating: All of the sushi rolls. Actually my most fave sushi as of late is the spicy yellowtail. I am actually obsessed with this place close to my job so “sushi Mondays” is quickly becoming a thing. Best way to unwind from the workday.

Drinking: Massive jugs of water…unsweetened tea…sauv blanc or a crisp white wine for nights on the patio.

Practicing: Always practicing staying in the present. I’m so used to having to be prepared for my next move (I blame teaching fitness classes at the gym for this) So being present sometimes is not very easy for me. I work at it everyday.

Mastering: Turning my MIND off at night. I’ve just discovered the Headspace app. I also love YouTube videos that have restorative yoga and calming things like that before bed. And for me NO TV and no lights on at bed! I don’t even know how people sleep with the TV on. Ha.

Learning: To be okay with not taking on too much. Right now I’m only teaching two classes at the gym during the work week (after my 9-5) and seriously this schedule for me could not be more perfect. All about that BALANCE, baby.

Trying: To laugh at myself more. Or to just laugh more in general.

Playing: …with my fun running friends!! Seriously y’all I have the most amazing runner friends. They are all THE MOST fun. We went floating on the river this past weekend and had an absolute blast. Then this weekend is RUN MY ‘HOOD and more pool party fun. Love.

Finishing: …my exploration of all of the fun cultural things to do in DFW. I am definitely an art museum lover and so many good ones are popping up around here. Must hit up more this summer for sure.

Reading: The Andy Cohen Diaries. I actually keep meaning to finish this book and never do and now it’s collecting dust in my closet. Must get it out and go to the pool and dive in.

Remembering: To do some form of yoga daily. Actually my favorite yoga pose to do (that I try and do daily) is pigeon pose. So good for those tight runner’s hips.

Wearing: Always rompers…and jumpsuits. Goodness, I love me a sassy sexy jumpsuit when I go out on the town.

Cooking: Anything crisp and light. When I’m actually cooking – grilled or stir fry stuff is my jam.

Working: LOTS. This is the summer of working, truly. Getting my money up for some traveling this fall. My 10 year work anniversary (!) is in August. So, I’ve got 3 weeks of vacation coming my way. Hallelujah and praise Jesus for that.

Traveling: By foot. Doing some training for the Habanero 50k then my 100 miler after that in Louisiana. Trail running, Cajun style.

Wanting: Copious amount of poolside time, and ALL the bikinis.

What is on your summer list?

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7 Ways to Love Running in the Summer Heat.

I know we all read a lot of running articles on ways to “beat the heat” and ways to make running suck less when it is the summertime. And yes…I get it…training in the heat is TOUGH (especially if you live down south or anywhere with triple digit temps). But hey! There are ways you can actually learn to…dare I say…LOVE training in the heat! So, let’s discuss some ways you can do just that. I just may turn you into a summer run lover if you shy away from it during these months.

Wear the lightest clothing possible…sports bra/shorts/tanks are my daily run clothing of choice. Honestly I completely nix any sleeves whatsoever during these months because I know I’m going to be rolling them up in 5 minutes otherwise. And how annoying is that? If you’re looking for some great shorts…I always like to recommend lululemon speed shorts. They’ve made them more flattering over the years, they have awesome styles and the quality is top notch.

Cover up that head with your favorite run hat. I used to totally not be a HAT person but that has changed over the years. I like my head to be protected and my face protected from the sun. So lather up that sunscreen, pop that hat on and go.

For any runs over 90 degrees…keep the miles on the shorter side. I actually like pushing the pace a bit if I’m going to run in triple digit temps in the heat. So sometimes when I do my double run days I’ll run 3-5 miles in the evening when it is super hot. Heat training at its finest. Gotta love when 5 miles actually feels like 10. Ha.

Consider the fact that your pace may be slower in the heat, and be okay with that. I know…this is always the hardest part. Try to make sure you remember that these runs are more about EFFORT than anything else. So if you live in Texas and run in the brutal summer time, okay you may be slower on some runs than your friends that live in New England or Maine or whatever. But guess what you are going to be one tough cookie come the fall when It starts cooling down. And it will feel so much more amazing to run in the cooler weather…leading to faster paces and faster race times. And your mental game will be ON POINT since you have been running and keeping your fitness in the summer months. Believe it.

Hydrate like your life depends on it. I like the handhelds or Camelbak hydration packs especially if I am running trails. Often times when I run on roads also I like to include a convenience store stop towards the end of my run as a reward. Yes, the folks at 7-Eleven know my sweaty ass all too well.

Get your favorite beach towel on deck for the car if you drive to your run destination to meet friends. That way afterwards you have a lovely fun towel to wipe off the sweat and keep your car dry. I simply cannot tell you what I would do without a trusty beach towel.

Bring a cooler filled with chilly goodies for post run! Hydrating beverages like coconut water, icy water with Nuun or some type of electrolyte mixed in, and/or icy watermelon is always a hit. Bring a couple of icy beverages to share as well if you have them!! Your runner friends will love you…forever.

Share some of your summer running tips with us!!

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Summer List.

Hiya there!! Well it is that time again…summer LIST time! And since the summer solstice is just around the corner I thought I’d discuss the things I’m loving right now going on into this lovely season. Something tells me this is going to be a good one, filled with great friends – pool parties and good vibes overall…I’m all about it.

Things I will be…

Eating: all about the fresh salads…anything cold and easy to throw together. I love all things cucumbers and tomatoes still. This without a doubt is my fave cucumbers/tomato mix. And feta. Yes feta for the win. And then of course there is ice cold WATERMELON. Can you think of anything better to eat after a HOT run? I seriously cannot.

Drinking: all of the cold brew and iced coffees there are available. A crisp dry rosé. Fruit infused water.

Practicing: Being in the moment. Always.

Mastering: The art of relaxation. Of letting go. Totally decompressing from a long busy day with back to back commitments. Coming home and just unwinding and loving this season that I’m in.

Learning: It’s okay to flat out say no (to friends, people you love, obligations whatever) if you’re not feeling it and not feel bad about it. My mother grew up a devout Catholic so some of that rubbed off on me – and the guilt thing is something that has taken me years to overcome.

Trying: A sport that I see myself as not being really that good at – like beach VOLLEYBALL!! Haha…I’m going to get good at it y’all. Mark my words.

Playing: With more of my fun running friends!! Off and on the roads or the trails.

Finishing: Decorating my apartment. I’m feeling like the Moroccan look needs to happen. I’m going to start with new couch pillows I think.

Reading: “Mind Gym”. I’ve actually been meaning to read that book for a while. I need some good runner/mental reads to get my mind right for this marathon in September.

Remembering: To do my planks. I did a plank challenge back in the day. I might have to start that back up just for fun.

Wearing: ROMPERS all day. I keep finding good ones on Pinterest.

Cooking: on the grill. I’ve been meaning to do some salmon on the grill actually. With lots of lemon.

Working: On revamping the blog a bit. I feel like the design needs a refresh for sure.

Traveling: and running in some unseen (to me) places. Exploring more of the world around me on foot.

Wanting: Lots of sunshine…I am going to spend about 99.9 percent of my time outdoors this summer for sure. Sunscreen me down baby.

What is on your summer list?!

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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?