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.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello and happy Friday to ya! Hope you have some fun in store for the weekend…let’s cut straight to the chase and get to this week’s faves!

Love the run you’re in – yes…loving all of these thoughts.

This inflatable drink float. Totally needing to get all of my pool goodies ready for summer. It is already like 80 something degrees everyday lately in Dallas.

How to make a healthy-ish margarita for Cinco de Mayo. I’m here for it.

-And speaking of summer…this sign rings true. So so very true. Thanks Pinterest.

Have a marvelous weekend!

Anyone celebrating Cinco de Mayo?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Welcome to my favorite part of the week!!! Ahh yes that would be random thoughts Thursday, where I share the latest and greatest in my daily musings with you all. It’s usually running related, but sometimes it definitely is not! So, without further ado let’s get to it!! 

The weather this week has been true Texas springtime humidity craziness. Yes, it is getting to that time of year where I am absolutely drenched after doing these morning runs. I am going to have to start bringing a beach towel with me to my runs with friends just so the sweat doesn’t just get all over the place and all over my car when the run is over. Too much information? Well, sorry but I am not sorry. 

I still have mad love in my heart for the signer Maxwell. This week I have been listening to some of his old albums. And all of the neo soul jams really. Any Maxwell lovers out there?? And honestly, where on earth did he go? I kind of feel like we are overdue for some new Maxwell music soon.

I actually am not a HUGE Prince fan like some of my friends are, but this guy truly did have the BEST facial expressions. To basically just about everything. Man, his reactions to stuff really did and do give me so much LIFE.

In the past week or so I’ve been eating a lot of vegetarian style foods? My new thing right now is black beans with jasmine rice and green onions. Don’t ask but I have an obsession with green onions. I could eat green onions every dang day. Maybe I should just be a vegan and see how this goes. Wait, nah, I would miss cheese and eggs waaay too much. Also I don’t care about your flaxseed and your vegan cheese options. A girl’s gotta eat some animals every now and again. 

WHAT on earth is going on with Kanye West?? Good gracious he has absolutely lost it. Kanye no one gives a flying flip about your political views. Sit down somewhere and make us some good ass music. THAT is why we like you, bro. You don’t go to a Chinese restaurant to order a hamburger, now do you? So know what you are good for and stop talking and keep on rapping. Thanks. 

Quit babbling, Yeezy.

Lately since I have a massive ultra road race coming up I’ve been running nothing but roads but the hippie in me is dang MISSING me some trails. I mean, you know you really love trail running when you start missing being in the woods, by yourself. I guess you can officially consider me a barbarian, then. I’ve signed up for an trail ultra 56k coming up in May after Hachie. So this should hopefully solve the problem. I need my deep woods therapy in a major way.

What are some random thoughts you have on this lovely Thursday?!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to ya! I’ve got some fun workout tracks you will love with of course some oldies & new goodies mixed in. Hope you enjoy.

And be sure to check out where I’m teaching spin class next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Plus, follow me on Spotify: thedancingrunner

Let’s go for a ride!!

Gecko (Overdrive)- Oliver Heldens, Becky Hill: Warm up
BOOM- Tiesto, Gucci Mane: Tapbacks
Round of Applause- Waka Flocka Flame, Drake: Rolling hills
Get Up- Bingo Players: Sprints
Lose My Breath (Maurice’s Nu Soul Mix)- Destiny’s Child: Hill climb
Shorty Wanna Ride- Young Buck: Jumps on a hill
As Your Friend- Chris Brown: Accelerations
Post to Be- Kyle Edwards: Active recovery
Say Aah- Trey Songz: Seated/standing run
Runnin- Pharrell Williams: Accelerations
Dear New York- Firebeatz: Rolling hills
On the Floor- J.Lo, Pibtull: Tapbacks
Harlem Shake- Baauer: Sprints
Trophy- Kayo: Hill climb
Push Back- Ne-Yo, Bebe Rexha, Stefflon Don: Sprints
Dancewitme- Maxwell: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts lately?

7 Ways to Spice Up a Solo Run.

I love doing my long runs and workouts with other runners, but some days you need to get in that run whether your buds can make it or not. Solo runs can be a fantastic thing for you mentally as well. It’s all about that mind + body connection!! So here are a few ways that I like to keep my runs spicy and fresh when I am rolling solo.

1. Chase the sun…literally run with the sunrise. It is kind of my favorite thing to do. I love starting in the dark and it slowly and progressively gets lighter outside. Plus, you have to have a photo for Strava? Duh. Yes, I am totally one of those people that has to have a Strava photo for every run. Even if it is like a snapshot of something random. It’s kind of my thing.

2. Run to some music you wouldn’t normally listen to! Some days I like reggae, other days country (I am from Texas after all). Switch up your music choices! What can I say, my taste in music is pretty eclectic. One time I even ran to jazz music. It was perfect for a relaxed run.

3. Use the time to brainstorm some creative ideas for an upcoming project. Honestly I do some of my best thinking while running. And for some reason my head is always super clear and I’m definitely more coherent (ha) after getting the miles in.

4. Count how many random things you find on the ground. LOL. Or something like that. On my double run day yesterday in the evening I saw a ton of empty liquor bottles. Sometimes I even see gift cards? It is the strangest thing.

5. Say hello to every person you see. It’s always interesting to see if they say hi back…or just stare at you blankly like you are the nutty one.

6. Run on the grass. Sometimes when I’m running on roads and get bored of pounding the pavement I will switch it up and run on the grass. It definitely does wonders for reducing the impact.

7. And of course…my FAVE – to start and end the run at either a coffee shop or brunch place where friends can meet you. Coffee, brunch, running…matches made in heaven.

What are some ways you like to spice up a solo run?

Birthday Run and 34 Lessons in 34 Years.

So a few years ago when I started running ultramarathons…I began a tradition of running my age in miles on my birthday. It is definitely a FUN thing to do, and really a great time to reflect on the many blessings over the years. I started this run early, and ran loops through some of my most favorite parts of town. Definitely starting the run EARLY in the morning makes a huge difference, too! I started this run just before 5 am and was done just in time for birthday brunch and fun times in the sunshine.

Today I thought I’d share 34 lessons in the 34 years I’ve been on this wonderful earth. In no particular order…here it goes…

1. People aren’t always going to agree with you. That is the beauty of life. I’ve especially learned in the blogging world that we all have amazing insight to contribute and you don’t always know everything. I’m forever a student, learning something new. I feel like the minute you know everything and stop learning from people and experiences – is the moment you stop living.

2. Your everyday can take an unexpected turn in an instant. Enjoy the NOW. I have to continuously remind myself of this since I’m always moving onto or thinking about my next task. Being in the present is where it’s at.

3. Get by with a little help from your friends. In the last year especially with running my friends have really helped me enjoy running more, and have inspired me to become a better runner. I’m so thankful for that community. I’ve found MY PEOPLE, so to speak.

4. We all have a story to tell. Document things that are special in your life. Take pictures of everything. Relish in all the incredible memories that LIFE brings.

5. Throw the rules out the window. It is all about change and you need to be able to adjust and be resilient to the changes.

6. Your mind is an extremely powerful tool. Cultivate good things around you and fill your mind with good things and good thoughts.

7. You can always just do ONE MORE MILE. Or take one more step, or hold on for just a bit longer. Always.

8. Laugh – with friends, loved ones, laugh at yourself! Laughter is sometimes the most wonderful healer.

9. Don’t be fooled by someone’s green grass and pretty lawn and landscape. You don’t know what is in the house or under the foundation. People especially on social media, share only what they want you to know. Work on you and forget the rest.

10. You never know when someone needs to hear a kind word. I know sometimes I will think kind words about someone and not say it out loud. That just may be the one thing that helps that person get through their day.

11. It’s okay to let people in. To be transparent. To share your deep emotions. And it feels good sometimes to just let it out.

12. Be efficient with your time. Work smarter, not harder.

13. You don’t have to commit to all of the things.

14. Say NO – and mean it. Especially if it is something that you feel like is an obligation more than something you actually want to do.

15. Drink your water! I keep a big jug in my office and just sip sip sip all day long. It does wonders for not only your skin/body but your thinking!! Throw some cucumbers and lemon in it to spice it up.

16. Make a delicious meal in the beginning of the week you can eat off of for a few days to save time and money on dinner when evenings are busy. Like this one. Let me know how you like it.

17. Coffee is everything. So is wine.

18. A spa pedicure can sometimes turn your entire day around.

19. A POP OF COLOR usually makes all the difference.

20. A day of rest is never a day wasted. Do what you need to do to recharge the batteries.

21. If someone crosses your mind, check on them. My intuition is really good at stuff like this.

22. There’s no one size fits all approach to wellness. Do the things that keep your body and mind active and that will go a long way.

23. People are going to disappoint you. How wonderful it is that we all make mistakes. Okay – not mistakes, more like happy accidents. Ha.

24. Slow down. We are all going a thousand miles an hour in this fast paced world. Take the time to breathe and savor it all in.

25. Energies are very real. The good and the bad. Spend more time around the good and less around the draining.

26. There are some people that just come and go in life. Some folks have a specific chapter and purpose that they belong in and then, it’s time for them to go. That is perfectly okay.

27. Eat your greens. I try to include lots of spinach in my diet. Like Popeye! Love me some spinach.

28. Be thankful in all things big and small. I try to practice gratitude and being thankful everyday.

29. Get off of the beaten path. I’m all about the wanderlust. Getting outdoors really helps put things in perspective.

30. We make plans sometimes, and God laughs. Some days you just need to let all of those expectations go and just go with the flow.

31. Self promotion is overrated.

32. Turn off the Wi-Fi and talk to each other. Honestly, talking feels like a lost art in this generation. Really take the time to hear someone’s story and their thoughts on a subject.

33. Do the crazy thing that you can’t stop thinking about doing.

34. If you’re passionate – you will prioritize. Abso-freaking lately.

What are some lessons you’ve learned over the years?

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! Hope you had a marvelous weekend. Mine was definitely lovely – lots of running and fun in the sun! I was able to get in 70.8 miles of running last week. Let’s do a recap and see how it all went down!!

Monday AM- 6.32 miles at lunch, the sunshine was absolute perfection. Nice little break from the busy work day.

Monday PM- 3.03 miles after teaching class at the gym, getting that double run day in.

Tuesday- Back with my morning run crew, 10.18 miles done. Love getting in all those miles before 7 AM.

Wednesday- 7.22 early solo miles around the lake, enjoying the view.

Thursday (BIRTHDAY RUN DAY!!)- I took the day off from work, yes, to run ALL MORNING on my birthday. As most of you know I did a big birthday run last year as well so just continuing on with the tradition. Nice miles getting ready for my 50 miler coming up soon. I started this run with some runner friends who ran with me before they went to work then kept running til lunchtime. Got it done!!

Friday- REST DAY

Saturday- 10.07 miles with Tiff. Just girl chat miles and enjoying the breezy springtime temps.

Sunday- REST DAY – kick it by the pool time all weekend long!! The weather was absolutely amazing.

And there you have it!!

How was your weekend? Do you run your age on your birthday?? (minutes, miles – all of it counts!! Ha.)

Random Ramblings and Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to ya! So since I’m taking a bit of a blogging hiatus tomorrow due to my birthday on Thursday (holla holla!! and HELLO extra long weekend) I thought I would combine my “random thoughts” and Weds spin playlist posts all in one! So you get the best of both worlds. Don’t you love when that happens?? Alright, let’s get to it.

This morning’s run was quite excellent. We were supposed to get a bit of rain but instead it just stayed nice and cool and breezy, lots of cloud cover. Loving the clouds in the sky this morning.

For some reason while working this week I’ve been listening to a lot of reggae music!? I think the Texas sunshine is putting me in an island state of mind. Love this Bob Marley remix.

Now that RHOA is over I am trying to get into a new mindless guilty pleasure show. I still need to finish watching my Beverly Hills ladies. I love Erika Jane & think Dorit is gorgeous but she is an absolute mess. But hey…what is this show even without the MESS? You’ve gotta have the trainwrecks.

Did anyone go see “I Feel Pretty” yet? I actually thought it may be a good movie with a solid message (and I went with my mama) but confession, I fell asleep like 3 times during this movie. I know – it had a good message at its core, but I thought the delivery was a tad basic. They could have gone a little deeper I felt like. But oh well…not sure what I was expecting. Also, Amy Schumer was funnier to me in Trainwreck? I suppose I just wanted the raw inappropriate Schumer. Feel free to disagree with me.

She’s not my favorite anyway but you know what I mean.

You know what I miss? The feel good ROM COM type of movies. When Harry Met Sally…Love Jones (AKA fave of all time) seriously I need to just take a day off to watch old school romantic comedies and would be in heaven.

Without further ado let’s get to this week’s spin playlist! Check me out on Spotify and where I’ll be teaching spin class next in the Dallas area!!!

Let’s go for a ride!

They Don’t Know- Tinie Tempeh: Warm up
Private Show- Offaiah: Accelerations
Drunk On Love- Rihanna: Rolling hills
We Run This- Missy Elliot: Tapbacks
Man’s Not Hot (Bllack Caviar Remix)- Big Shaq: Seared/standing run
Danza Kuduro- Don Omar: Hill climb
Miss You Much- Janet Jackson: Jumps on a hill
Take Back the Night- Justin Timberlake: Rolling hills
We Make it Bounce- Dillon Francis: Sprints
Church- T-Pain: Tapbacks
They Don’t Dance No Mo’- Goodie Mob: Hill climb
MIC Drop- Steve Aoki: Accelerations
We All Fall Down- A-Trak: Active recovery
Higher- Taio Cruz: Hill climb
Money- CID: Sprints
Tip Pon It- Sean Paul, Major Lazer: Rolling hills
Day and Night- Majid Jordan: Cool down

What are your random thoughts this week? Tell me what songs you are loving!!

Runner Hacks That Will Make Life Easier.

So I was reading an article on Women’s Running about the truth about having “the same 24 hours” that I absolutely loved. It really was great breakdown about the fitspo type of culture that we live in and I recommend you give it a quick read. But it got me to thinking about some of the things that I personally do – in MY 24 hours – to make my running life a lot more manageable. Because let’s be honest, not all of us do have the same hours in a day but there are some things you can definitely do to carve out more time to squeeze those runs in. So I’ll share what I personally do, as someone with a career and a side hustle. Maybe it will help you, maybe it won’t! Maybe it will just be a fun read. Whatever. Ha. So here it goes.

Invest in your footwear. I mean seriously a lot of issues with people’s feet/gait/all of that have a lot to do with proper running shoes. Find an amazing shoe that works for you and your foot. It won’t always be what your runner BFF is wearing. Personally I love Brooks Pure Flow and have been a believer for over a year now. Before Brooks I swore by Asics, but I think my foot somehow has changed and I’m rolling with that. Anyway, I keep a few pairs of these in my rotation. For me, running shoes are an investment but it’s one that super important. So keep lotsa running shoes handy and change them up on different training runs. AND if you are looking to save some money – this site is incredible and has so many models drastically marked down.

Have some nutritious post run snacks/fuel/cold water bottle handy for after those early AM or sunset miles. I love to carry around things like fruit/nuts/dried edamame (my new favorite) and then my giant cold water bottle for after the run if I meet my buds so I can refuel in the car. That way I am not ravenous and can get my hydration on while on the go.

Every runner needs community. I say this as someone who is very much an introvert at times. As in, I get excited in just being alone and having alone time. And I actually LOVE running solo (blame the only child syndrome) – but have learned as I’ve gotten older how important having a running group is. Really you have no excuse to not find people who run where you live. You just have to be resourceful. Local running stores, meetup.com, heck even search STRAVA and you will find your people. I am already am in way too many DFW running groups but I love it because I love to just bounce around and then it gives you an excuse to explore new areas. So yeah, get familiar, be social. Find friends that will push you and motivate you to accomplish your goals.

Structure your run around the time you have available. Sometimes if I’m doing a double run day – I don’t have a ton of time after work and before teaching a class at the gym so I will turn it into a speed or interval type of workout. Get the best bang for your buck in the time you have allotted.

What are some runner hacks that have made your life easier?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi, hey and hello! Hope you’re having a fabulous Monday so far. I’m here to recap some running from last week…I was able to get in 90.5 miles of runnin and gunnin!! It was a great week indeed and I’m super excited for some ULTRA races coming up! Let’s do a quick review and see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 6.32 lunchtime miles enjoying the sweet sunshine. YES I am loving the temps in Texas right now. I am without a doubt bracing myself for the hot hot heat in the summer though. So will enjoy this while it lasts.

Monday PM- 4.05 miles after teaching a class at gym. Nice way to watch the sunset and wind down from the day.

Tuesday AM- 10.17 miles solo by the lake. Rocking out to my jams and having fun. Always love getting it in before the busy work day.

Tuesday PM- 3.23 miles with some speedy strides thrown in before the gym. Kept pace in the 7s. Felt good to move a tad faster.

Wednesday AM- 8.12 miles, enjoying the colorful sunrise. The humidity was all the way turned up on this day though. You’ve gotta love those sweaty runs with all of the bugs out. Welcome to springtime in Texas. I’m starting to need my mosquito repellent again.

Wednesday PM- 4.02 yet another solo run, I had some time to kill before I taught spin. This particular instructor that I taught for ALWAYS puts his class up on the sub swap board. Which is great if you want to make a little extra money but I don’t like it when people try to take advantage. So I probably won’t be subbing for him again, for a while. END RANT. Anyway, the class was okay and I like this particular gym. So it was a nice change of pace.

Thursday- 10.22 miles back at it again with my early morning run bud!! Felt good to get the girl chat time in. Our other buddy was still recovering from the Boston Marathon but he will be back with us this coming week.

Friday- 6.08 miles, run streaking and running on my rest day. Relaxed miles.

Saturday- 20.03 mile long run with WRRC. Felt good on this day and picked up the pace a few times. 8:49 overall pace.

Sunday- Double run Sunday! 11.03 miles early, THEN 3.12 miles (PLUS YOGA!!) with all of the awesome Dallas run clubs at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. This was the first time I actually did YOGA and drank beer at the same time (usually the other class I go to we have the beverages afterwards?) So it was kind of interesting doing that. Of course the beer part was optional but it made for a FUN day, for sure. Cheers to good friends and good times. 

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Have you ever done yoga at a brewery?!