Weekly Running Report.

Hi, hey and hello there! Hope your week is off to a smashing start. I am here to share some of last week’s running workouts with you! Brazos Bend 100 is right around the corner and I could not be more pumped up. Let’s recap and see how last week went down.

Monday- 7.20 miles watching the sunrise. Great way to start Monday, on my favorite lake enjoying the view.
Tuesday- 10.03 miles with my early run crew, again starting at the track with them and then ending the run solo. A lot of them are training for different races but I love being able to find a group that runs early and knowing they are out there and we are all getting it done. Miles for breakfast.
Wednesday- 8.12 miles of hills in the ‘hood. I kinda forgot how my neighborhood has some hills hidden in it. It was so nice mixing up my usual neighborhood route and doing some exploring.
Thursday- 10.21 miles, again with a beautiful morning RUNrise. RUNrises equal a happy Chelsea.
Friday- 7.32 miles. Running on my rest day, always fun. Actually I’ve been playing around with which rest day that I like better. I think Friday still wins because it gets me ready for a weekend of long running. But sometimes Sunday can be a nice rest day option too. Anyways, I just felt like running through the entire week. LOL. This week leading up to my race I will take Friday off.
Saturday- Back with the WRRC run club. 16.01 miles done and we changed up the route a bit again which I always like. Our run club is pretty big on Saturdays so I always like running with different people and learning about them and what makes them tick. Fun fun.

Post run obsession. Tuna poke bowl with all of the good stuff. I could eat this every day. But especially awesome after a long run.

Sunday- 3.21 nice and easy miles. Actually this definitely felt like a rest day. The weekend was absolutely beautiful. This time of year down in Texas is my favorite. Highs were in the 70s. Patio weather at its finest.

And there you have it!

Plus, we ended the month of November last week with a whopping 330 monthly miles. It has been a great few months of training as you can see. Keeping those miles high and legs fired up for what is to come.

How was your running week last week? Any races coming up?
BB100 – my 2nd 100 miler and I am super stoked.

Random Thoughts Tuesday.

Are you tired of hearing from me twice a day yet?! Honestly I don’t know how some folks blog consistently twice a day. That is definitely tough to commit to when you have work and such on the agenda! But this week is not as hectic (next week will be) so I’m here with some random thoughts today!!

I will be off work the next few days (hello again extra long weekend) so thought I’d check in before I go on a bit of a hiatus. Let’s do some rants/confessions/randomness #onaTuesday!

Lately I’ve really been loving Brazilian lounge music as background music when I’m working. Am I the only one that has to have music while getting work done? I am in an office with 2 other office mates so it feels awkward to not make noise every once in a while. I have to have some noise going while I type. I mean, nothing too jarring…just some jazz or something.

Is it just me or are you tired of people making “Cardi B noises”? I hope that made sense. If not…look it up (hahaha) If you are a Cardi B fan you know exactly what I mean. I’ve also noticed in particular most (women- okay female millennials) tend to do this after a few drinks. It is actually pretty annoying. I love Cardi but come on…we all want to put duct tape over your mouth with the unnecessary bird sounds.

One day, I just want to get up and make myself a full fledged fancy breakfast. Like bacon, eggs, toast…fruit salad, the works. I want my kitchen to smell like breakfast. Since I run early in the morning, I NEVER do this. And usually my busy girl breakfasts consist of a protein bar, boiled egg, banana…coffee. Always coffee. Maybe since I have the next few days off…I will make myself a breakfast. We shall see.

So I just signed up for an invitation only, psychotic HOT race in August…this one is actually at a friend’s place (girl that takes my spin class) she is a crazy awesome ULTRA runner and is a race director for some ultra runs in the area. This one is actually on her property (!) and it is a 2 mile loop (!!) for as long as you can do it. I’ve done loops like that before and actually like them. So I’d like to run 20+ miles out there and see how it goes. But supposedly people stay out there ALL weekend (yes that would be for 48 hours) and run. I would imagine you can take a nap…she said people chill, take a break, eat…come back and keep going. All. Dang. Weekend. And you thought me running for 100 miles in a day was nuts. Anyway, we shall see how this goes.

Having said that…I am looking forward to being lazy on my days off the next few days. I have a few plans, but the thought of pool time, running…and then sleeping. Sounds absolutely incredible.

What are some of your thoughts this week? Any other crazy ultra runners out there like me!? All of my regular runner friends think I’m insane so I’ve accepted that but I want to be able to relate to my fellow crazies every now and again.

Possums Revenge 56k Trail Race Recap.

Hi, hey and hello! What a marvelous weekend it was. I am here to recap some ULTRA trail racing!! Saturday I ran the Possums Revenge 56k (roughly 34.8 miles- I know right, odd distance but I love it!!) at Possum Kingdom Lake. Let’s review and see how it all went down!

First of all, I was all too excited to do this race because this was the first time I’d ever been to this particular trail. The trail system sits on a gorgeous lake with a ton of rocky climbs and scenic overlook. Honestly it was probably one of the most scenic races I’d ever done! PK Lake is a good 2 hours from where I live. Going out there kind of felt like I wasn’t even in Texas! We don’t have many beautiful lakes out here in North Texas so when you do find one, you know it is a real gem. A lot of folks even camped out the night before. I stayed at a hotel with some trail buds and we got up and got out there quite early.

The race had a 52 miler, 56k, 17 miler and then an 8 miler. The course was quite HILLY and very rocky, with a few stretches of trail that had all SAND! So a lovely mix of terrain that kept things exciting. I really was not sure going into this race how I would perform, especially seeing as I ran a 50 mile race 2 short weeks ago! So really I went out there to check out the trail, and also run with this particular race company that is putting on my 2nd 100 miler in December.

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The 56k’ers took off at 7 am. Temps that day also soared well into the 90s, which made for an interesting late morning & afternoon. Actually due to the heat quite a few folks dropped out of the race completely. The heat actually made me wish a few times that I was running the 17 mile race but I toughed it out to finish the ultra. Mostly because I’m stubborn and I really wanted to get another ultra checked off the list. So I really took my time out there with the climbs and all of the loops that we had to do.

Just one of the gorgeous overlooks from the TOP…seriously heaven.

Often during this race I found myself alone in the woods again, with my thoughts. This part really is one of the reasons I truly LOVE trail ultrarunning. I’d see the occasional runner as it got hotter and later in the day, and we all gave each other thumbs up, good job etc. It is always fun too getting to know folks out on the trails. I always love meeting people from ALL walks of life. The volunteers at the aid stations were all top notch as well, making sure we had plenty of ice and water, as well as yummy snacks and pickles/electrolytes to keep us going in that heat.

When it was all said and done, this race was not quite as runnable as I thought it was, and I resorted to a lot of power hiking and of course tried to get some pics of the amazing scenic overlooks from the top.

Being alone with my thoughts out there was quite wonderful as well. Peaceful and really helped me to deal with facing the tough terrain and how that translates to dealing with adversity in my life as a whole. Running trails helps me realize how dang tough I am and how I am able to power though with determination. Also what I found interesting is all of the random thoughts and words that were floating around in my head as I made my way through the course. One word that kept popping up surprisingly was Kujichagulia– I swear I know to some of you that are at all familiar with Kwanzaa that this sounds strange as all get out- I mean really we are not even anywhere near Christmas?! I went home when the race was over to look it up because I don’t really celebrate that holiday but also because I couldn’t stop thinking about that word as I made my way up and down rocks and roots in the heat. The word actually means self-determination in Swahili which really was spot on with my mood that entire race. It took a ton of determination to get me through, and battle with my thoughts when things got hard.

At the end of the day I finished, I wasn’t the fastest out there, wasn’t the slowest. But I crossed that finish line with a smile on my face and feeling like I had won a lot of battles in my head that day.

Some days are days you just need to let go of the expectations, hold on and see where the day takes you. Relentless forward progress and self determination will get you far. Always.

Overall results here.

How was your weekend?! Run any awesome trails lately?

Weekly Running Report.

Hello there and happy Monday! It is a beautiful day in the ‘hood and I’m here to recap some of last week’s running workouts with you! I was able to get in over 77 miles total last week. Which included a massive ultra race on Saturday!!! Recap for that to follow. Let’s review!

Monday AM- 5.12 miles at lunch time. Much needed break from the busy hectic work day.

Monday PM- 3.22 miles after teaching spin. I love getting some miles in as the sun sets and just rocking out to my jams.

Tuesday- 8.25 miles early with a run bud before coffee. Love when all of that happens before 7 AM. I cut back on some of the double days last week due to the Hachie 50.

Wednesday- 7.03 miles before a 7 AM dentist appointment. Also another extremely productive morning. I also love how close I live to the dentist’s office so I can get it all done!

Thursday- 4.15 miles at lunch. Kind of uneventful but it was the last run before my race on Saturday.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday- Hachie 50 mile RACE!! It was a HOT day with temps soaring past 80 degrees but what a FUN day it was!! I managed to place top female overall finisher (3rd) for the 3rd year in a dang row. So praise Jesus for that.

Sunday- Rest day part 2. Sunday fun day sun kissed and curly hair poppin. Love.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend?! Training for any upcoming races?
Up next for me – Possum’s Revenge 56k trail ultra.

Weekly Running Report.

Hi, hey and hello! Happy Monday to ya! Hope you’re having a wonderful day so far. I’m just sitting over here tracking some friends at the Boston Marathon & also recapping some weekly miles! I was able to get in 87.9 miles last week – highest weekly mileage in some months (!!) so I was happy about that!! Let’s recap and see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 7.25 early miles before a busy Monday. We had some beautiful weather most of last week although it did get a little chilly for a bit but as always was happy to get it in.

Monday PM- 3.06 miles before teaching a class at the gym. Love me some double run days.

Tuesday AM- 11.25 miles with the breakfast run club crew. We did a few good luck miles with our friend who was jetting off to Boston and then the rest on my own.

Tuesday PM- 3.55 faster miles on the lake in the evening watching the sunset. And of course people watching too.

Wednesday AM- 6.32 hump day miles out and back rocking out to some jams. Solo by the lake.

Wednesday PM- Evening social run with friends. 6.03 miles done catching up with the WRRC crew.

Thursday AM- 10.37 miles at 5 a.m. Love getting double digits in so early in the morning.

Thursday PM- Another 3.03 miles before the gym, picked up the pace a bit with strides thrown in.

Friday- REST DAY. A much needed one after run streak last week.

Saturday- 27.03 miles getting in a good solid ULTRA training run. The Hachie 50 miler will be here before you know it! Body felt good, and it felt good to be back up in serious miles again.

Sunday- 10.03 miles on a chilly turned beautiful spring day. Threw some hills in for good measure. Legs were stiff after the 27 miler but quickly loosened up. Motion is lotion, baby.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend!? How’s the training going?

How to Balance Ultramarathon Training with Life.

So I’ve written a post about finding a balance when you are training for a marathon (which can be a task in itself) but what about when you are training for an ULTRAmarathon? It can be tough to try and increase your workouts and/or your mileage with a busy career and social schedule. BUT as someone that actually enjoys running BEYOND the 26.2 distance I am here you tell you…than it CAN be done! And you don’t have to lose your mind, either. So for those ultra unicorns out there (or those of you that are thinking about training for a 50k, 50 miler or 100 mile race) here are a few things you can do to maintain your balance (and your sanity) while training for an ultra.

Be realistic about your training. Not everyone can run high mileage without injury. Bottom line. It takes patience, persistence and lots of ego free easy running to build it up slowly and safely. It has taken me years to be able to run 80-100 miles a week on a consistent basis. I never thought I would be the type of ultrarunner that I am today. Yet here I am. But, do what your body is capable of doing. Not what your friend’s body can do.

YES, you can run an ultra if you run 50-60 miles a week. Supplement some of those run days with cross training days. I know a lot of folks that do Ironmans and triathlons that dabble in ultra races. They can handle the workload and stress of ultra running, even though they may run less. Why? Because they are used to the endurance part of it. So, bike if you want to bike, swim, do YOGA. Strength train. The stronger you get your body the more you will be able to do without breaking down.

Put in the WORK. OK, keep it real time. Sometimes I may post on here and I may make it look easy in terms of how much I run. But trust and believe I work my ASS off. I (usually) never bitch about it. I have a good attitude about it. I actually LOVE what I am doing (imagine that?) I am not running because I want to look good in a cocktail dress (okay maybe sometimes) I run a lot and I teach classes at the gym and I work hard because I love it. I thrive off of it. Because I am competitive by nature and I like to kick my own ass. You have to have a certain type of grit I think to actually enjoy ultra running. Develop that GRIT and that mental capacity that it takes. Get up early. Run alone sometimes. Run when you don’t want to, on a day when it is cold and rainy and you would rather be in bed. Those are the days you will remember when you are running an ultra, or when you are on the trails ALONE going at it for 50, 60, 100 miles. Believe it.

Mix up what time of day that you run. Do you ALWAYS habitually run in the morning?? Go for a run at lunch sometimes. Can’t run at lunch? Go for some sunset miles. Run twice a day to get used to how you feel at certain times of the day when you are running. Especially with any distance over 50 miles (100k or 100 miler) you need to change it up to mimic how you will feel when it gets dark on the trail or whatever ultra race that you run.

Give yourself a BREAK sometimes. I mean this in all aspects of life. Take a rest day at least once a week. Go out with your friends WHO DON’T RUN. Talk about other shit that has nothing to do with running. Go to a nice restaurant and treat yourself to a good meal. Enjoy food! Enjoy life! Live is for living. Life is the reason why I run ultras, frankly. I love life and I love running and I want to be able to do it, for a long time. That is why I’m thankful for the trails, to be able to enjoy nature and soak it all in.

Where my ultrarunner unicorns at!? How do you balance ultratraining with life?

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! Hope you had an excellent weekend and that you have an even better work week this week!! I am here to recap some running – I was fortunate to be able to get in just over 80 miles total! YES…ultra training for the Hachie 50 miler is going smooth so far. Let’s do a quick recap and see how it all went down!!

Monday AM- 12.22 miles in my ‘hood, just enjoying the sunshine. The weather here is finally starting to turn for the better! Of course along with the Texas sunshine we get a touch of Texas humidity. But it is all good.

Monday PM- 3.03 mile cool down after teaching a class at the gym. Enjoying the darkness at 7pm before daylight savings time.

Tuesday AM- 10.02 miles with the breakfast club crew. Always fun getting in a little over 10 miles before 7 a.m.

Tuesday PM- 3.32 miles, 7:54 pace right along the lake in the evening doing some people watching. Lovely.

Wednesday AM- Lots of double run day action last week. 8.12 miles on hump day in the morning, nice and easy miles.

Wednesday PM- Happy hour miles with the White Rock Running Co-Op. 5.23 miles done and maybe a little Wine Wednesday involved after.

Thursday AM- 8.25 miles in the early morning, I did a few miles with friends and then finished up solo.

Thursday PM- 2.22 mile warm up before teaching spin class at the gym. I was feeling speedy so I threw in a few strides. I even saw 6 minute something miles on my watch at one point. Score.

Friday- Running on my rest day. 4.12 miles around the lake done.

Saturday- 17.12 mile long run with WRRC. It was CRAZY HUMID that morning, fairly pleasant weather though. But the humidity about knocked me out. 8:40 overall pace. Legs felt tired on this day.

Sunday- 7.13 miles before brunch. Just getting it done. The real MVP of Sunday- almighty breakfast pizza. Gotta love it.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you partake in any delicious brunch?

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! This will be one of those wham bam thank you ma’am posts. There’s a ton going on today so just recapping you on the running front!! I was able to get in 71.6 miles last week. Yes…some double run days leading up to the Hachie 50 mile race in May!! Ultra training is going well. Let’s do a quick recap!

Monday– 6.32 miles after running the Cowtown 50k the day before. Legs were still feeling stiff but of course some nice & easy running always helps. Motion is lotion.

Tuesday AM– 11.05 miles with my breakfast club crew! I did some quick miles with them and then finished up on my own. It is finally starting to feel like spring.

Tuesday PM– 3.23 miles after gym. It’s something about running right after the sun sets that I love. Just had a few things mentally that I needed to process.

Wednesday– 8.22 miles around the lake. My lake runs lately have been everything. Really love the solo time.

Thursday AM– Legs were finally feeling back to normal. 11.32 miles with some strides thrown in. Felt good to get that one done.

Thursday PM– 2.22 mile warm up, 7:40ish pace before teaching class at gym.

Friday– REST DAY

Saturday AM– 15.03 mile long run with the White Rock Running Co-Op, 8:35 pace. A few of them are talking about running the California Int’l Marathon in December and I’m lightweight jealous cuz I want to run it too but it is 1 week before my 100 miler. BOOO. So I’m thinking about an earlier fall marathon instead. I’m heavily leaning on St. George plus I’ve never been to Utah!! So we shall see. I need to start making some 26.2 decisions.

Saturday PM– 4.22 miles in the evening doing some people watching on the lake.

Sunday– 10.03 miles with a light misty rain and humid as all get out. But I threw some hills in there so felt good to get in another double digit run.

And there you have it!!

How was your weekend? Is the weather as lovely there as it is in Dallas? It’s 70 something degrees and sunny today!

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to you! I am here to recap some fabulous running from last week!! It was a bit of a SUPER week mileage wise – 91.8 miles to be exact! Let’s recap and see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 10.22 morning miles enjoying the cool breeze off of the lake. Getting in over 10 miles before the work day even starts is kind of my favorite thing.

Monday PM- 3.32 miles after teaching spin. I was clearly on a roll that day. Love my double run days.

Tuesday AM- 7.12 miles after the rain. Y’all, we had a ridiculous amount of rain last week down in Texas. It truly felt like springtime with the rain and humidity. So it was a lot of me having to wait until the storms pass to get out there and bust it out. It ended up being a good run during that lull in the storms.

Tuesday PM- 3.22 miles after the gym. Running on some tired legs.

Wednesday AM- 7.25 miles. Humid and breezy. I did love the morning breeze though as the frigid air is starting to get a tad warmer. Back to wearing shorts on the run.

Wednesday PM- 4.12 miles to end the day. It rained again during this run but there was something about running in the rain that was cleansing to my spirit. I know I sound like a total hippie saying that, but oh well.

Thursday AM- 11.05 miles, back with the breakfast club crew. It felt good to get back to running without torrential downpours of rain.

Thursday PM- 4.03 miles done. Of course I had to throw some strides in there for good measure. It felt good to see 7 minute miles back on my watch.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday- Last day of crazy rain for the week. I ended up running at lunchtime. I was selected as an official PACER for the COWTOWN ULTRA (first time pacing a 50k race, but I have paced a few times both half and full marathons) on Sunday and needed my legs to be good and tired for the pace I was supposed to be running. So, 10.23 miles done the day before the race.

Oh – and I told y’all I would be posting more food pics (when you run high mileage you forget to do things like take endless selfies of yourself and pics of food what can I say buuuut I am trying to be a better blogger I promise – end rant) Here was my breakfast that morning. Starbucks Americano and egg bites. OMG why didn’t y’all tell me how good the egg bites at Starbucks were?!? I’m in love. I need to recreate these at home, stat. Or, just hire someone to make them for me. 

Sunday- I ran the Cowtown Ultra!! Race day pace day. Recap to come. Me and my pace partner made a great team and got everyone to the finish in a timely manner. Woohoo! I am a tad sore today after all of that runnin.

Pacers gonna pace.

Oh, and I celebrated afterwards in Deep Ellum with adult beverages with friends. Cheers.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Have you ever been a pacer for a race? Any more races on the horizon?
I am debating on signing up for a St. Patty’s Day 5k in March…just because there will be a lot of fun friends/tailgating involved. We shall see. Oh yeah, and all of these races too. I’ve already signed up for the Hachie 50 miler in May again so getting back on track with more ultra training! Woot woot.

My Love Letter to Running.

Dear Running,

I remember the day that we met. I went to the gym after a long, grueling shift working in the newsroom. Mostly for me, the gym was my happy place of sorts. Work was always stressful (as you can imagine, working behind the scenes for local tv with breaking news and such) and I would always come to the gym READY to let off some steam. So, the treadmill became my BFF. I would hop on there, warm up and then go off and do my weights and whatever else looked good at the time. One day, my warm up ended up being a 1 mile run. I don’t know – I guess that day I just got lost on how good it felt to run for just a little bit longer. Then, one day – 1 mile magically became 2. Then, 3. Actually, the day I ran 3 miles was a monumental day. I remember texting a friend and being OH SO EXCITED that I had just done 3 miles on the treadmill, without stopping. It made me wonder, how much longer could I go? The feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming.

One day, after 3 years of working in the newsroom I got laid off. It was a blessing in disguise after I started to become burned out by the doom and gloom that local news showcases. Being unemployed left me with A LOT OF TIME on my hands. And I used a lot of that time to go to the gym and workout. So, one day, an opportunity presented itself to do a social run with a group at a running store. After walking by this particular store one day for the 30th time I decided to bite the bullet and go to the run. I was one of the SLOWEST runners there. Running, you and I have not always gotten along. But I stayed persistent and patient with you and was determined – to get better. I remember that day I did my first social run and being the last person to finish. And also, how SORE I was! Wow. My entire body kind of hurt after running in the heat. But still, somehow, I liked the feeling at the end. Running, you have a way of doing that to me – the highs and lows. I like ‘em both.

So, during that run a runner told me that I should sign up with some of them to train for a half marathon. A WHAT?! 13.1 miles – I mean really, how do people even do that? WHY do people even do that?? Still, the crazy thought swirled around in my head a bit. And then, after going home and thinking about it…the idea somehow intrigued me. This was the first time I had actually tried to go after a goal – that seemed really far out of my reach. I was in my 20s at the time, a few short years out of college and really just starting to experience life. As an only child, I grew up fairly sheltered and always told that I should ‘take caution’ with things. So this idea, was somehow liberating and exciting. It was something I was doing, for myself, by myself and I just wanted to tackle it and let’s see what happens.

So, I embarked on this journey with you, running. With you and with this incredible group of people that I still keep in touch with, to this day. They have seen me blossom into the ultra runner that I am today. A girl in her 20s that signed up hesitantly for a half marathon, turned into a full marathon runner and now trail ultrarunner (that still dabbles in road races from time to time). For all of the experiences and friendships along the way, I am certainly grateful. I ended up landing a sweet gig as a producer in Christian tv around this time as well, which was amazing. Everything was coming together.

Running, you have enabled me to travel to places and see things that I otherwise would not have seen. Through rocks and roots and pavement, I have somehow discovered who I am and it has made me better. Running has healed me from broken friendships, relationships, and family trauma. It has seen me through triumphs like running 100 miles on a trail and enduring other crazy feats in life.

I can’t wait to see where you take me next, running.

Let’s go.

Love, Chelsea.

What are some things you would write in your LOVE letter to running?