Rock n Roll Dallas Half Marathon Recap.

Hope the sun is shining down your way and you’re having a great Monday! The weather is crazy beautiful in Dallas today. I am loving it! Let’s recap Sunday’s race, shall we?

As some of you know I was so thankful to get the opportunity thanks to Brooks to run the Rock n Roll Dallas half marathon on Sunday. I absolutely love this race and try to run it just about every year! Since completing a few ultras in the last year (50k, then my first 50 miler last May and my first 100 miler this past February) its funny because the 13.1 distance feels kind of short to me now. But that’s perfect because I was able to work on my speed and push the pace a bit!

I made my way to the health and fitness expo on Saturday to pick up my race swag. As always the expo is crazy packed with people so we made our way in and out of there. I am loving the race shirts this year with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in the background. Nice little touch.

Race morning me and my homegirl Tracy hitched a ride with a sweet friend who offered to give us a ride to the race site. I was so very grateful for her friend for giving us the ride because the traffic and parking was crazy. We did a little warm up and of course had a little photoshoot, because that is what runners do.

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We lined up to the start and went our own ways. She is my training buddy but is a tad faster than me so I was off on my own. I turned my music up and was off. Coming off of running the 100 miler just last month I just knew I wanted to push the pace a bit and definitely try for sub 2 hours. I would have been happy with 1:59:59! I honestly did not taper AT ALL for this race. I just love to run and have been doing a lot of it. I got in a total of 67 miles last week, doing a few two a days. So I kind of wanted to test my legs and see how they would do without a taper.

Temps were soaring that day, getting into the 80s. Perfect poolside weather! But not the most ideal for racing. It was crazy humid too and the course is a tad hilly. So I had a few obstacles in my way but I did not give up and fought the heat and humidity. I had several miles well under a 8 minute pace but once we hit the hills at mile 8 combined with the temps I felt like toast. Then the race heads back downhill into downtown and I was able to pick back up where I’d left off with the pace. I honestly did not know how I’d do since I finished this race in 1:54 last year but I totally exceeded my expectations and ran it in under 1:50. Hello, 1:48:23! Course PR for me so I was a happy camper.

Such a fun day overall and I am so thankful for these strong legs for carrying me though. 13.1 number 31 is done.

How was your weekend? Did anyone else run Rock n Roll Dallas?

Weekly Running Report.

Hope your week is off to a great start! I am back from the weekend and ready to recap some of last week’s mileage with you. I managed to squeeze in over 75 miles of running last week!! So let’s get right into it!

Monday AM- 8.02 lunchtime miles. The weather has been kind of off and on lately (ahh yes, love Texas this time of year) but I managed some lovely solo miles at a 8:47 pace. Legs actually felt pretty good on this day.

Monday PM- Very quick warm up before teaching a class at the gym – 2.22 miles, 8:16 pace. Over 10.2 miles total for the day.

Tuesday AM- 10.02 easy miles after a rain storm. Nice early start before the busy work day. Usually I end up having 2.5 cups of coffee on days like this. I need coffee in a IV.

Now you know my secret.

Tuesday PM- 3.02 evening miles. Just gathering my thoughts- stretching out the legs, and getting them loose from the 9 to 5.

Wednesday AM- 8.08 miles in the morning with my neighbor. The sunrise was kind of ridiculous that day. In a good kind of way.

Wednesday PM- 4.12 miles after work before some happy hour fun. Yeah, clearly you see a double run day pattern going on here. Just call me butter because I am on a roll.

Thursday AM- 10.11 very sleepy miles with IRC, did most of my mileage with them and a few more on my own. Yes, we do love our shoe pics.

Thursday PM- 3.02 miles, 8:33 pace. Warming up the legs before gym.

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday- 15.15 conversational miles with Tracy. It was humid and cloudy outside with a little breeze which helped. We are both gearing up for a few races. She’s a former college cross country athlete so I love running with her. She enjoys running with me because I love to go long and I love to run with her because she’s amazing at racing. We are running sole mates indeed.

Sunday- 12.02 trail miles on tough terrain with my trail running friends. The Ragnar relay people were there to chat about upcoming races, giving out freebies and such.

Love navigating the rocks and roots. To be honest since my 100 miler I’ve really missed being back out on the trails so I’m going to have to find another trail ultra soon. I’ve got my eye on a few things before the end of the year including a 100k in November (62 miles).

I am loving my Brooks PureGrit 5’s by the way. It took a minute to break them in but they are perfect for a rocky trail.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you do any St. Patty’s Day celebrating?
Yes, accompanied by a few mimosas with friends on Saturday.

High Five for Monday and Wknd Recap.

Hey there! Can I get a high five for Monday? Hope you all had a great weekend! Let’s recap things a bit, shall we?

My weekend was pretty fun filled…running, friends, and yoga! I even got a bit of trail running in too. After Rocky 100 I have to say I was so happy to get back out on the dirt path.

Saturday morning I got in some miles with my homegirl Tracy. We did 14 miles while getting some girl talk in and catching up at usual. Long runs are always better with good friends.

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Post run I got cleaned up a bit and hit up some yoga at the brewery. It’s an hour of yoga followed by some tasting and a tour of the place. I cannot tell you how good it feels to be back to doing yoga! I actually do lots of yoga at home, but I prefer being in a studio or with an instructor. This event is always so much fun, I am not a huge beer drinker but I like some of their selections so I play pretend. Plus a sip of IPA actually tastes decent after a good run and yoga session. Who knew?

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I charged my batteries a bit then did a late brunch with my girl Natalie. Chicken tacos for the win.

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Since I didn’t really partake much in the beer drinking I stopped at the store on the way home to grab a new to me vino for the weekend. Playtime. You know the bottle was what caught my eye. I love red blends…this is fantastic with dinner!

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Sunday funday runday….10.2 trail miles with friends enjoying the great outdoors. I am loving this trail. You know I may be pulling the trigger to sign up for another trail race soon! But first, I have a few road races to knock out. Stay tuned.

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How was your weekend? What’s the weather looking like where you are? 

Perfectly Happy Running for Hours, Timing of the Storm and Wknd Recap.

Happy MLK day to you! I thought I’d start this post with one of my favorite quotes ever…it’s kind of how life is going for me at the moment. In running and in life! But I love it! I think I’m going to have to put this up on my wall at work somewhere.

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So let’s recap the weekend, shall we? A lot of my friends are feeling very MEH down here in Dallas. I am not a serious Cowboys fan but I tell you what…I feel it in the air today. And not only that…but we had some insane weather come through last night immediately after the game! We are very used to tornadoes and such down here but the irony and timing of the storm right when the game was over…so crazy.

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Anyways…on to happier things! Let’s recap Saturday. I was up early for a run at White Rock Lake. I needed to get some serious mileage in since I’ve got some ultra races in the horizon. My plan had 30 miles for the day. 30 MILES! I knew the best way to tackle this one was to knock out some loops and then some on the lake. It was actually fun because I ventured out beyond the lake and into some of the beautiful neighborhoods of East Dallas to add on mileage. They have some awesome hills out there too. But…when it was all said and done. I got it done…and all in less than 5 hours. Yes, I am one of those crazy runners that is perfectly happy running for HOURS and in my own head. I believe this has a lot to do with the fact that I’m an only child and am really good at entertaining myself. HA. Not sure.

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So anyway…the rest of the weekend was basically shot after that. I ran some errands but spent a lot of time on the couch looking kind of like this.

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Sunday I did an 11 mile recovery run…it was foggy and rainy and dreary all weekend and the run was pretty underwhelming. But it got done! And it actually felt good to be out there (SLOW) running and not real sore. I think I paced myself pretty well for the 30 so the body felt good but I was just mentally tired.

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A little over 85 miles in running last week. It feels good to actually say that since it’s the most I’ve ever run. Maybe one day I’ll hit 100. You’ll be the first to know.

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And honestly I could not have gotten through the weekend itself without pizza. Pizza is the food of heaven. Don’t judge me.

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How was your weekend? Any other ultra runners out there or am I the only crazy one in the bunch?

New 26.2 PR…BMW Dallas Marathon Recap.

Well the spoiler alert in the title says it all…am I right? Anyway, hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I sure did. I gave myself an early Christmas present…a fabulous new marathon PR. Let’s discuss, shall we?

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So the weekend started off pretty mellow. I scaled back the miles last week leading up to Sunday’s race. Friday I did a little shakeout run and then Saturday I rested the legs. Me and my homegirl Tracy went up to the Dallas Marathon expo to pick up our runner swag. I loved the graffiti art on the wall.

Saturday night I laid out my clothes and I was ready to go. Gotta love this shirt. Running wild. That is me indeed.

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Race day! Tracy and I got up extra early, got a ridiculously awesome spot right by the race site in downtown Dallas and then walked around to find our Irving Running Club buddies. Here’s just a few of the crew. We had lots of runners doing the half and full marathons that day.

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I lined up to the start ready to go. Temps were pretty chilly, with a light misty rain and a bit of humidity. Not the most amazing conditions, but not too shabby either. I was loving the chill in the air. The start was really awesome too, they had some fireworks going off, and a few Olympic runners (Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi just to name a few) were there as well. Meb did a little speech and sent us on our way.

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I started off running with my girl Tracy who was going out with guns blazing. One of the things I loved the most about this training season was doing a lot of my training with her. She is a bit of a faster runner so she really pushed me and motivated me to keep up. I’m so thankful for her! I had to pull back a bit because I knew for me I was starting out a bit fast. I reigned it back into a solid pace that I knew I could hold for a while. I also tracked myself so I was getting alerts on my phone on how I was doing, my estimated finish time and etc. The first few miles literally seemed to fly by. I loved seeing my friends and runner family out on this course. Running in my hometown is absolutely the best.

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I clocked my first half at around 1:51 and some change feeling good. And honestly feeling like I could still hold strong through the second half (something I’ve definitely had trouble with in the past). We went through White Rock Lake and over some hills which I also felt strong on. I felt a bit tired around mile 20 but I knew I could push through still and bust that wall down. I took a salted caramel gu and just kept trucking. I also had my hydration pack with plenty of water so I didn’t really stop at many water stops this time, only to take in a few sips of gatorade. Just keep trucking…relentless forward progress…is what I kept saying to myself for most of this run.

I will just say this. I went into this race with the intention to PR. I knew without a shadow of a doubt, despite the weather, and whatever obstacles I would face that day…that it was going to happen for me. Yesterday was the first time in a long time that I believed I was capable of this strong of a race. After a few years, and after my previous fastest time, finally the stars aligned and it was my moment. I wasn’t sure if it would be under 3:50. Honestly, I would have been ecstatic with that time as well! But I flew into that finish line with a solid 3:47 and some change finish. Smiling from ear to ear. I did it. And my goodness…does it feel oh so good.

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There is nothing sweeter than a new marathon PR.

26.2 number 22 complete.

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How was your weekend? Did anyone run the Dallas Marathon or any other fun race? If so…congrats!

Thanksgiving Wknd Recap.

Hi there! Hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving. Lots of good food, laughter and fun was had over the last few days. Definitely a good time! I tell you what, the weekend is never long enough. I am ready to hit it hard this week and knock out some awesome workouts!

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Let’s recap a bit…

Thanksgiving morning…I did a just for fun ‘Chelsea Trot’. 15 miles in the ‘hood enjoying mostly some alone/thinking time. Hello pretty sunrise. Nice to see you again.

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Good grub and relaxing time with family is the absolute best. My mama threw down and I helped her make some of the sides. She rocked it.

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No Black Friday for me…I already spent my money on an ultra coming up early next year (MORE ON THAT LATER)…so I just rested up for Saturday’s long run.

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Yep yep..true story. Moving on…

16 mile Saturday with my homegirl Tracy. I love running with her because she forces me to keep a solid pace and we always have fabulous conversation. Yet another beautiful sky.

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Later on that day…paint party with more fun people. Now I have my very own pair of Christian Louboutins. Ha, yeah right. Love it.

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I ended last week on a solid note with a weekly mileage total of 61.5. Cheers!

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How was your holiday? When’s the last time you’ve gone to a paint party?

20 Miles, Holiday Mode and Wknd Recap.

Hi there! I am so excited for the upcoming holiday and some much needed relaxation and family time. I kind of feel like I’m already in holiday mode actually. Pretty sure I’m not the only one!

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Let’s do a quick recap of the weekend, shall we? When I say quick..I mean quick. This is already a busy week work wise. So pray for me. I am ready for some more miles and then some turkey! In that order.

So Saturday was my last big 20 mile run before the BMW Dallas Marathon which is in 3 weeks. I ran with my kind of speedy friend and she kept us running a strong pace that day! Lots of marathon pace splits for this run. For that I am happy! Feeling good, feeling great.

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Loved running into these ladies. It’s always a good time hanging out down at White Rock Lake. I always see at least one person that I know from the DFW running community.

Sunday runday…legs were feeling good so I joined my girl Tricia for 11 miles. It was her longest run to date as she trains for her very first half marathon. I have to say I love helping people reach their running goals. Simply because I remember when I was a rookie runner back in the day and how much I appreciated more experienced runners being there for me. We had a good time and she was so happy to get it done.

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We celebrated with some tamarind mimosas from Komail Restaurant out in Dallas. Nothing like brunch to celebrate a weekend of back to back running.

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I ended the night at King Spa and Sauna. Getting in a little r & r. I absolutely love this place and the jets in the hot tub make me happy.

How was your weekend? When is the last time you’ve been to the spa?

Trinity River Run, Good Times and Wknd Recap.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I did a little bit of racing, teaching spin class and celebrating with fun friends! Let’s recap, shall we?

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Saturday a.m. I got in a total of 10 miles with a few hills thrown in. Followed by teaching/subbing a 8 a.m. spin class. It’s always fun when you can get in not 1 but 2 workouts before most people even get out of bed on the weekend. I love it.

The rest of the day was filled with mostly errands, church, then a cocktail party! Cocktails for Charity to be exact. Love me some Yelp Dallas.

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I danced the night away with good friends, ate some awesome food and had a couple of libations. Good times indeed.

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Sunday morning was fairly chill. I did a little carb loading and went to this place for breakfast. Most amazing bagels hands down. Highly recommended.

In the evening I ran a half marathon! The Trinity River Run was held in the Trinity Groves area part of Dallas. Some of my running club was out there pacing but I was just doing a fun run for the day. It was a nice little training run before the Dallas Marathon in December. My main goal for the race was to run under 2 hours and that was honestly it. Coming off of a full marathon just 2 weeks ago I just wanted to enjoy a fun evening of running with friends.

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The course itself was alright, there were a couple of small hills but it was mostly a flat course. This is a fairly new race and I hear there were a TON of kinks last year with just a lot of disorganization. We actually did not have ANY water on the course until about mile 5…then the water was few and far between after that. Some folks that finished after me said most of the aid stations even ran completely out of water at one point. I was glad I took care of my hydration issues before this race but mostly felt parched and wished they had done a better job at the aid stations. Overall this was an okay race but I am not sure unless my running club ran it that I would run it again. There are just too many issues that need to be worked on.

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Not a terrible time for dealing with all of the course issues. It was worth it because we ate at an awesome place afterwards.

Love me some Chino Chinatown. Delicious Latin/Asian fusion for the win.

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When it was all said and done I got in a total of 58.9 miles for the week. Slowly making my way back up there! I love me some higher mileage.

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How was your weekend? Did anyone run a fun (or hot mess like mine) race?

16 Miles, Can You Find Me and Wknd Recap.

Happy Monday to you! It is rainy and dreary around these parts but I still managed to get my run on this morning. Sometimes a rainy run is all you need to get the day going.

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Well running…and espresso. Match made in heaven.

Let’s do a little weekend recap, shall we? Your girl was back at it on Saturday for a nice long run. I am ramping things back up one more time for the upcoming Dallas marathon which is next month. I have a feeling we will have some cooler weather. Mother nature, please be good to us! It has really felt like summer still around here lately especially with the humidity. Kind of like running in a sauna. But I’m hoping the rain will also be cooling things off in the days to come.

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After the run…I totally recharged my batteries before going back out for the afternoon. Saturday naps for the win.

Afternoon/evening festivities…SMU homecoming fun with my friend of 20 years. She lives in DC now but went to college out here and still comes back and visits. I like to call myself an honorary member of her college because I always celebrate with them when they come down for the football game. I actually missed my 10 year college reunion this year so was glad to celebrate with her and her peeps.

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Sunday funday runday miles…I joined the Dallas marathon crew for a social run out at Trinity Park. I really need to get over to this side of town more often. They have a massive trail system that goes for miles and miles. They had a small loop set up for the runners and then you could keep going if you had more miles you needed to log for the day. I loved this pic they took of all of the runners at the park. Can you find me?

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8 miles done. Legs felt good surprisingly after Saturday’s 16 miler.

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Sunday evening I hung out with mama who made turkey enchiladas and we caught up on some tv shows together. I am still obsessed with Issa Rae’s new show on HBO. You must see it if you have not already.

How was your weekend? Who ran the NYC Marathon? How did it go?

Taper Crazies, 6 Days and Wknd Recap.

Hi there! Hope you are having a great Monday. It’s race week over here and I’ve got a full blown case of the taper crazies. But it’s okay…we are only 6 days away so I will get through it right? Right. Bring it on.

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Gotta love scaling back the miles…hoping it will get my legs nice and fresh and ready though for the Marine Corps Marathon. 26.2 number 21, baby!

Let’s recap the weekend a bit!

Not too much went on this weekend…it was basically a whole lot of rest, relaxation and chill time after running. Saturday morning I met up with some peeps from the IRC crew for a long run. I had 12 miles on deck.

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I was really actually happy with this run…it felt so good to be doing 8 something minute miles and actually feel good while doing it. For the most part I kept the pace conversational and enjoyed running with some buddies. I even had to reel it in a few times because we were creeping up and getting faster. Love it. Please fall weather…stay around for a long long time.

Sunday I played around in the leaves for a bit…recovery run day. It was overcast with a nice breeze and I encountered a couple of hills along the way. We have lots of pretty leaves on the ground but for some reason most of the trees are all still green? Haha eventually Texas will catch on with the fall foliage.

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How was your weekend? Do you get kind of crazy when you have to taper for a race??