TGIFriday Faves.

Hey hey hey it is Friday!! I am without a doubt ready for some sunshine this weekend! You guys, the weather in Dallas today is supposed to be just ridiculous. Ridiculous as in awesome.

HIGH OF 85 DEGREES?! My eyes are surely playing tricks on me. I am smiling like this girl right about now. Get me to the nearest pool STAT.

Let’s get into this week’s faves!

5 healthy lunches all under $3 that will fuel your work week. Yes! I’m all about keeping it simple. I need to get asparagus back on the menu.

Colorful sundresses…now that the weather is warmer I can abandon my jeans AKA “leg prisons”! Yes I said it. Legs out all season long.

Aliontherun’s podcast interview with Des Linden. You must listen to it. I really just like how down to earth she is and listening to her talk about running Boston this April. Plus, she runs for Brooks! So that makes her even more awesome.

I just signed up for a fall marathon! Super excited to run a Revel race finally and I’ve never been to Utah before. It shall be a good time and a fun summer of training.

And there you have it! Have a wonderful Friday.

What are you up to this weekend?
Running with friends, maybe partaking in some St. Patty’s Day activities, and wearing lots o’ green.

Weekly Running Report.

Well hello there! Happy beautiful Monday to you. I am here to recap some miles from last week – just over 70 miles of running to be exact! Hope you had a lovely weekend. Let’s take a look at how it all went down.

Monday- 7.22 miles after running Rock n Roll Arizona. The legs were stiff after being on a jet plane and I needed to get them moving again! So it was slow, low key, lovely miles. It was super chilly in the beginning of last week and quickly warmed up.

Tuesday AM- 4.12 miles at lunch time. Much needed stress relief break in the middle of the work day.

Tuesday PM- 4.22 evening miles after teaching a class at the gym.

Wednesday AM- The weather was starting to warm up and I was LOVING the sunshine. 4.62 miles done. Back on my double run day game.

Wednesday PM- 5.03 miles on hump day in the hood. Doing some people watching while watching the sunset on the lake.

Thursday AM- Back with my Irving Running Club morning crew! 10.04 miles complete.

Thursday PM- 5.03 miles getting the legs moving after the long work day. Obviously I was feeling spunky. AND trying to hit some numbers before rest day.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday- I ran the Knob Hills trail 25k with some trail running buds! Really I ran this race to support my homies over at the Denton Area Running Club. Great race and the trail is both challenging and FUN. I loved being back out on the trails again after doing so much road racing in the last few months. And the icing on the cake – a new 25k TRAIL PR!! Woot woot.

You’ve gotta love the trail race swag. They gave us sweet trucker hats and love the wooden painted medals.

Sunday (early) AM- 10.2 easy early road miles in Valley Ranch makes my soul happy.

Sunday AM- 4.1 Sunday funday runday trail miles with these lovelies. Coffee and good eats after. Love love.

And there you have it!

Oh and it would not have been Sunday without a little vino. Don’t you love my wine glass? Run Chelsea Run.

Have a great week!!

Tell me 3 best things about your weekend!

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello again Friday!! I am so happy that you are here. Cannot wait for some fun free time this weekend. Why does it seem like this week dragged a bit? Not sure but very happy to let my hair down and enjoy some fun free time. I’ve got a 25K trail race on tap, good times with friends and loved ones and then a whole lot of relaxing on the agenda!

Let’s get to this week’s faves!!

This cute top…I feel like especially living in Texas I’m always needing more long sleeved tops for winter.

18 strength moves you’ve got to try. Love me some russian twists.

28 ways to never have a wardrobe malfunction again. I admittedly have never tried no-tie shoelaces. Clearly its time.

The Forerunner 645 with MUSIC!? Who has one? Tell me all about it…I kind of want one.

That’s all for this week! Have a marvelous Friday.

What’s on tap for your weekend? Any fun races? Who is venturing out to the trails?!

2017 BMW Dallas Marathon Recap.

Happiest of Mondays to you! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I ran the BMW Dallas Marathon this past Sunday!! And I have lived to tell you all about it. I’m a tad sore today, but hey I survived. Let’s get to the nitty gritty, shall we?

Although I’ve completed this particular race series many times over the 8 years I’ve been running distance, this was the 2nd time I had run the full marathon course, and my 27th 26.2. I actually think the course makes for an excellent half course, providing just enough of a challenge with some rolling hills mixed in, but mostly flat and fast and showcasing many Dallas gems. This was the 2nd year in a row I had run 26.2 as a BMW race, which was super cool and I really felt like BMW as a whole did a fantastic job with many perks that made the race special (pancakes, wine tastings and beer at the finish, and pretty medals this year). The expo was super organized too. I arrived on Saturday to get my race swag and of course had to take a quick photo.

I had dinner and then was in for the night. Race morning I took the DART rail straight downtown, which was nice since the rail system is literally right in front of my apartments. I can literally hop on and I’m there (or anywhere, it even takes me straight to the airport terminals!) within minutes. This was so nice not to have to stress and worry about logistics and parking. I got there about an hour early and had time to stretch, use the ladies facility and such. They had the OMNI hotel open for the runners so it was nice and warm inside and folks were having coffee and taking photos.

The race started at 8:10 AM with a corral start, and I was in corral B. Shalane Flanagan and Meb Keflezighi were both at the start to wish us well which I thought was super cool – that they would go out of their way to be present for such a local fantastic race like Dallas! After the countdown we took off and were good to go! I felt SO good at the start and took off with guns blazing. I ideally wanted to BEAT my time of 3:47 from last year, but with the course changes and added hills in the back half of this race I wasn’t quite sure of how I would handle things that day. So I just honestly ran by feel and held on as long as I could. I saw a ton of dear running friends from over the years at this race, and my mama even showed up as a spectator along the course. That is absolutely the great thing about local races, support all the way around. As someone who often travels to races without knowing ANYONE, this meant a lot to me to see my family (including runner family) and friends everywhere.

After the half marathoners split off the race ends up going off towards White Rock Lake, a lake where I’ve done many training runs over the years. The temps were cool that morning but then ended up heating up with highs approaching the 70s. Bipolar Texas weather I’m tellin ya! I honestly would have preferred more cloud cover that day and for it to have stayed cooler much longer. The breeze coming off the water with the lake did definitely help.

Leaving the lake at mile 20 something, we were faced with a big hill that kind of came out of nowhere. And of course this is always tough to endure with already tired legs. That hill really did knock the wind out of me and I ended up having to walk a bit at a couple of water stops. Slowing down that much made me doubtful that I was going to PR. My heart sunk in disappointment. I honestly used to NOT CARE that I didn’t PR, but after seeing so much improvement this year with my running (going from nearly 5 hour finishes, to consistent sub 4) I kind of expect to go into a race to have my best time. I chalked it up to it just not being a good day for me, and told myself I’d still be happy with whatever my time was. I’ve accomplished so much this year, from running my very first 100 miler to winning overall female at a few ultra races. I knew regardless of the time, I would be proud and it would fuel the next race to perform even better.

We circled back into downtown and I looked at my watch which still had a little wiggle room away from last year’s 3:47 time and from my recent marathon in San Diego. After seeing this I perked up a little bit and moved a bit faster, my legs honestly felt like they could not move any faster and I just felt gross and dizzy. But I pushed it in and made it happen. 3:45:31 official finish time, seconds faster than San Diego and 2 minutes faster than last year! Hey, a PR is still an PR baby. I will take it, especially after feeling so off towards the end of this race.

This race really lit a fire in me to find a solid course to really knock it out of the park next year. I’m thinking of running a spring marathon, it could be somewhere in South Texas before it gets too warm. And of course, I will be back to my trails and ultras in 2018!! Cheers to a new PR and getting a kick in the pants to kick things up a notch in the coming year.

2018, I am ready for you.

How was your weekend? Anyone run a tough marathon course lately?

Weekly Running Report.

Hello there! Busy day today but I’m checking in real quick to recap last week’s miles with you! Ultra training for the 100k is going well. I was able to get in 91.5 miles of running last week and the legs are feeling good! A little tired, but good. HA. Let’s review.

Monday AM- 10.25 miles in the early a.m. before the busy work day. It’s never easy to get up on a Monday morning but oh so worth it of course.

Monday PM- 2.03 miles before the gym. Just warming up the legs.

Tuesday AM- 10.11 miles with the run club crew. Super early morning as usual but I love it. Always love when I get to run with my dedicated morning runners.

Tuesday PM- 3.02 warm up miles before gym. Last week was super hot with lots of triple digit temps. So gotta love that.

Wednesday AM- 8.33 solo beautiful sunrise miles. The sunrise has not been letting me down lately. Clearly.

Wednesday PM- 4.12 trail miles with my trail running crew. Trail runners make my soul happy.

Thursday AM- 11.25 miles on some tired legs with IRC. I had some extra time to kill so I got it all in.

Thursday PM- 4.05 sunset miles. There’s something so peaceful about running at the end of the day.

Friday- REST DAY. A much needed one.

Saturday- 22.25 early miles solo. It was crazy humid so a few hydration breaks were needed. Thank God for my Dora the explorer backpack to put my water in.

Sunday early AM- 10.11 miles in the ‘hood. Motion is lotion and the legs felt good that morning. It feels good to get some back to back longer stuff in.

Sunday AM- 6.02 trail miles with the Sunday fun day trail run crew. Awesome views from the top.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Looking fwd to anything this week?
Sushi tonight, running of course, and hopefully a day off on Friday. I need a little free fun time.

Weekly Running Report.

It’s Monday, time to rock a brand new week!! But first, let’s recap last week’s miles and some weekend fun. I was able to get in 85 miles of running last week! My ultra training is coming along quite nicely so far. Eat, sleep (lots), run, repeat!! That is the life of an ultarunner, and I love it. Let’s review, shall we?

Monday AM- 11.21 early morning miles before the busy work day. It is becoming more and more imperative that I get these runs in before that Texas summer heat shows itself in full force. Great morning of running enjoying the early breeze.

Monday PM- 2.10 mile warm up before the gym. 7:46 pace in the straight up triple digit heat? I can’t complain at all.

Tuesday AM- 10.30 miles with the run club crew. It was super humid and gross that morning but we got it done. Having good convo while getting the miles in definitely helps.

Tuesday PM- 4.02 double run day miles. Thankful for the shade to get through it.

Wednesday AM- 8.11 miles solo enjoying the sunrise. Legs were pretty tired on this day and the humidity was a killer so I was glad to get it in. Made a pit stop at 7 eleven for my 79 cent big gulp hydration. 7 eleven is the real MVP.

Wednesday PM- 4.31 miles, 8:41 pace loop around the park. Loving my after work double run days, especially after a long day it feels good to release a little steam.

Thursday AM- 10.25 miles, most of this run was with a new runner girl who has joined our group. She’s actually a sub 3 hour marathoner who likes to do her super easy runs with me. So basically my new runner BFF. Love it.

Thursday PM- 3.03 uneventful miles before the gym, just passing time and warming up after work.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday AM- 20.21 EARLY miles in my ‘hood. I actually kind of enjoyed the super early wake up. Mind you I was in bed Friday night at like 8:30 pm. Super exciting, I know. LOL. The sunrise though was oh so worth it.

Sunday AM- 7.11 rocky rooty trail miles with my trail buds. The view from the top was spectacular.

Sunday PM- 5.12 miles around the block, my legs had a little bit of speed left so I pushed the pace a bit at the end.

I ended the day poolside which was quite nice! I almost fell asleep at the pool I was so relaxed.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you get some pool/lake time in?

Weekly Running Report.

Hey friends! Hope you had a lovely weekend. I’m here to recap last week’s running workouts – 75.5 miles all smiles! Let’s get straight to the recap.

Monday AM- 8.22 miles, 8:53 pace with some straight up heat and humidity. I got this one done pretty early but the sun was still large and in charge that morning.

Monday PM- 3.02 miles before teaching spin at the gym. Warming up the legs from the long work day.

Tuesday AM- 10.30 sunrise miles on the 4th of July! Gosh I kind of feel like that holiday went by in a flash. Pretty American flags waving all around.

Tuesday AM- I was on a roll that morning apparently and decided to bust out 4.02 trail miles with my trail running club. Cedar Ridge Preserve is my favorite way to get a kick ass workout in. Climbing rocks and such.

Wednesday AM- 7.21 miles solo by the lake is always a great way to start the morning.

Wednesday PM- 3.21 miles in the evening. 10.22 miles in for the day.

Thursday AM- 10.20 miles with my road running club. We love us some early miles. And coffee.

Thursday PM- 4.11 evening miles, 8:42 pace after teaching a class at the gym. Getting some nice double run day/sunset miles in even though it was balls to the walls hot outside.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday AM- Me and some trail run buds decided to head north out to Oklahoma for a day of running through the woods! We stayed at a friends ranch house and it was absolutely fantastic. I got in 11.02 miles in navigating some rocks and roots and then we went out a little later for some more.

Saturday PM- 4.02 miles later on after the longer run that morning. Just exploring some more of the beautiful trail.

Sunday- Back in Dallas! 10.22 miles. It was crazy humid yesterday for some reason but I got it all done.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you travel anywhere off the beaten path?

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to you! I was up and at ‘em this morning for a beautiful run by the rising sun. Feels so good to get it in early at the start of the week! Let’s recap some weekly miles though!! I was able to get in just over 71 miles last week. Nice week just kind of in maintenance mode before racing season ramps back up.

Monday AM- 7.20 hot lunchtime miles. Yeah running for an hour in 95 degree heat. That’s great fun.

Monday PM- 3.02 miles warming up before the gym. The legs needed to wake up from the long day at the office so I got them moving a bit before I went to teach a class.

Tuesday- 11.20 early miles with the Irving Running Club crew. I did a few warm up miles on my own and then the rest with the crew. I was happy to get all of this in before the workday because it was seriously blazing + humidity central out. Oh yeah, I said I wasn’t going to complain about summer running, right? Right. I’m totally not complaining. I love it. Really, I do!

Wednesday AM- 8.21 miles solo in the ‘hood. I like to sleep in a bit on Wednesdays since I’m always doing these a.m. club runs (which I help out with hosting) so dang early. So on Wednesdays I sleep in until 6 a.m. LOL. It is quite lovely really.

Wednesday PM- 4.01 miles before yoga. My body has been really craving yoga too since I’ve been keeping these miles up. I think I’m going to have to start doing some more yoga studio hopping. I also need to check out Super Yoga Palace which I hear is amazing.

Thursday- 10.02 miles with the run club again. We’ve had a few folks join back up with us in the mornings since it is getting so hot. We actually got into the triple digits this past week, and of course with the heat index it feels like it is 2948 degrees. Gotta love Texas. But I do love the morning runs with my club friends in the summer when we get more people joining us. As you can imagine in the winter it is much harder to get a dedicated group.

Friday- 4.10 hot lunch miles. Fridays are typically rest days for me and to be honest 4 miles still feels like a rest day at this point. LOL. I had extra energy to burn for whatever reason and decided to go streaking. Just hitting those numbers.

Saturday- 16.30 miles practically solo since we had storms early. I ran the last few miles with Tracy…typical Texas storm came through quickly and was gone in a flash. It was nice though because it cooled things down a bit.

I participated in some post run festivities with Tricia and friends, doing a little brewery hopping.

Sunday- 7.11 miles, fairly humid but cooler after the rain. It still felt like a sauna out there but I got it done.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend?

Weekly Running Report.

Hello beautiful people! Happy Monday to you. I’m here to recap last week’s running with you. Lots of miles in the Texas sunshine – Just over 73 miles to be exact! Let’s get to it.

Monday AM- 7.12 lunchtime miles. Lots of running in the shade which was marvelous. Someone on my Strava even commented why I take nature photos with so many trees. HA. Now you know why. It’s pretty much summer in Texas and I love my shade.

Monday PM- 2.21 miles, 7:54 pace before teaching a class at the gym. Waking up the body and mind before I had to go be all peppy fitness instructor. Fun.

Tuesday- Early miles with the run club. 10.20 miles total. Cloudy and humid but a nice breeze. I was loving it.

Wednesday AM- 8.08 morning miles. It felt good to get up early on this day and get it in. Just rocking out to my jams. I honestly truly value the solo run time.

Wednesday PM- 4.10 miles, 95 degrees out, 8:15 pace. Not sure how but somehow I got it done. It was nice to get some happy miles in after work. Love my double run days.

Thursday AM- 10.30 run club miles. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday and then get coffee after. It is absolutely glorious. Plus you can’t go wrong with a nice sunrise.

Thursday PM- Another 4.10 miles before the gym. I wanted to get this one in before my rest day which I was really looking fwd to on Friday.

Friday- REST DAY. I checked my mailbox on this day and found out I received new kicks courtesy of Brooks Running! Love representing them and their awesome brand. I was so excited to slip these babies on for the weekend. Glycerin 15s for the win.

Saturday- 15.05 miles super early in the morning before yoga with my long run buddy Tracy. We are both thinking of signing up for the Dallas Marathon again in December and I have a couple of other races in mind. But running in my hometown is always fun. This was a good run and we found some awesome hills in our neighborhood.

Sunday AM- 11.11 miles at White Rock Lake. Everyone was out and about especially the dad bikers on Father’s Day.

Sunday PM- Decided since Strava is doing their ‘MyMile’ challenge and to put in my bid for some fly running kicks I would attempt a PR at the mile distance. And I did it! It was about 90 degrees out and I don’t know how but somehow I managed. It felt good to knock it out. Especially after running all of these ultras…it’s nice to know I still have some speed on my legs.

I also did a little grocery shopping…peaches just smell so fantastic this time of year.

And there you have it!

How was your week in running last week? How was your weekend?

Weekly Running Report.

Hope you all had an amazing weekend and were able to get in some fun in the sun! Let’s recap some of last week’s running. I bumped it back up with a grand total of 70.4 miles last week! On to the recap.

Monday- Post marathon recovery day after my PR at Rock n Roll San Diego. Didn’t do much but stretching on this day since I was traveling. It was quite nice.

Tuesday- Back home, 10.01 miles at a very slowish pace on my day off. Nice and easy recovery running…motion is lotion, as they say.

Wednesday AM- 8.10 lunchtime miles in the shade. I’ll take every little bit of shade that I can get since it is heating up outside. But I’m kind of starting to love the balmy weather.

Wednesday PM- 3.02 miles since I got off work fairly early. Just killing a little time in the evening. Felt good to get back to running twice a day.

Thursday AM- 10.08 miles with the Irving Running Club crew. Talk about a pretty sunrise. I am in love. It was nice and cool and breezy that morning too.

Thursday PM- 2.02 warm up miles, 7:50 pace before teaching a class at the gym. Waking the legs up from the work day.

Friday AM- 7.02 morning miles. It felt kind of odd to run on Friday since this is usually my day off but since I took off on Monday I thought I would run. We had a wild Texas storm come through towards the end of this run so the last mile was done literally in circles in the parking garage. HA. Gotta love that.

Friday PM- 4.02 miles after work. Usually my Fridays are pretty tame so I got my nails done and then did some sunset running in the park.

Saturday- 16.11 early miles with Tracy. It was fun running with my buddy again and catching up. We always have the best girl talk that is for sure. 

Sunday- 10.02 solo miles at White Rock Lake. I did this run in the afternoon and it was fairly warm out so I was surprised to see so many folks out and about. Little kiddos selling lemonade and treats, sailboats, bikers and just causal walkers. Great people watching situation.

Of course, running is always the icing on the cake when there’s brunch involved on that same day. Avocado and eggs for the win.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? What did you do?
Running, party on Saturday night, brunch, and lots of sunshine.