Random Thoughts Thursday.

TODAY IT WILL BE 70 DEGREES IN DALLAS. Do you know how happy this makes me?! I am so freaking ready for springtime running weather it is not even funny.
In other news whenever I pull up the Weather Channel online for some reason my settings are set to Washington DC (?) So it always says like 30 degrees or something and then my little sunshine heart sinks for just a second. And then I remember I’m in Texas and the weather is more awesome here. Usually. Hey, what can I say we are lucky.
I signed up for a lil mountain race (!) in September!! I am “just” running the 25k. Haha. Anyway, my trail group is running it too and the race is already completely sold out! I am going to make a race-cation out of it and go visit Marfa. Which, I’ve never been to. Can’t wait to take pics by the Prada store.
And I think I will be returning to run Brazos Bend 100 again in December. Let’s pray the weather gods are nice to us and it doesn’t rain torrential downpour again.
I celebrated mardi gras not once, but TWICE this week!

Last night I went to a Yelp mardi gras event and won the raffle package which had a bottle of wine and all of the mardi gras beads and what not in it!! Oh, happy day. I love this holiday.

What are some of your random thoughts today?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! It is spin cycle Wednesday!! I’ve got some hot tracks and throwbacks for your eardrums (and your energy packed workouts) today. Enjoy!!!

And check out where I’m teaching cycle next if you’re in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

+ Follow me on Spotify: thedancingrunner 

Let’s go for a ride!

Wow- Post Malone: Warm up
Bones- Steff da Campo: Accelerations
Blast Off- Gesaffelstein, Pharrell: Rolling hills
Man’s Not Hot (Black Caviar Mix)- Big Shaq: Tapbacks
Make Up- Vice, Jason Derulo, Ava Max: Hill climb
Light the Sky (Rob & Jack Mix)- Dannic: Sprints
I Like It- Sammie, JT Money: Seated/standing run
You Know- Sunstars: Accelerations
Dame Tu Cosita- Pitbull, Cutty Ranks: Active recovery
Pills & Automobiles- Chris Brown: Hill climb
Serotonin- Audien, Matthew Koma: Sprints
I Could Be Wrong- Lucas & Steve, Brandy: Tapbacks
Play Hard- David Guetta, Ne-Yo, Akon: Jumps
Trouble- Offaiah: Rolling hills
Into Dust- Paris Blohm, Elle Vee: Sprints
A Little Party Never Killed Nobody- Fergie, Q Tip: Hill climb
Stuck With Me- Tinashe: Cool down

What songs are on deck for your workouts this week?

Virtual Coffee Date.

Oh my, it has been a long time since I’ve done one of these ‘virtual coffee date’ posts! See the last one here. But hey I just grabbed a LAVENDER LATTE (with almond milk of course) from the coffee shop at work so I figured why not. And yes, I know how lucky I am to have a coffee shop at work. Actually, it is a bookstore/café/coffee spot and it is the most perfect place to unwind. I mean I love it so much that I would go on the weekends to kick it. So, yes let’s pretend we are on the patio and it is a nice day and let’s chat. Shall we?

If we were having a lovely coffee date on the patio…I’d tell you…

How strange it was to not teach my Monday spin class yesterday! If you read my weekly running report you know I have cut back on teaching my permanent spin class slots. Anyway, I went on a sunset run last night after the 9 to 5 and it was absolutely lovely to have more time AFTER work to run. Granted I am more of a morning runner but changing it up was really nice. Although it did get dark rather quickly. I don’t think I could ever completely change up to night runs though. There is just something about that morning run energy that I will always and forever love.

I really miss the music of the 90s. Just the 90s vibe in general. Sometimes I wish we could transport back in time. Granted I was a kiddo back in those days but everything was just so…colorful…back then. Reminiscing.

I am looking for a new scent (perfume) for spring time. Is it just me ladies or do you switch up perfumes with the seasons? I have a few that stay in my rotation but I am loving anything Chanel lately. And Viva La Juicy will always be my “going out on the town” scent. I never get tired of it.

This morning’s run was SO FREAKING COLD and I have never been so happy to see a sunrise again. We are supposed to have temperatures in the 70s by Friday. Please mother nature bring back my spring time temps. Us Texans will be oh so grateful.

I have played around with the idea of being a vegetarian again. I’ve actually tried the vegan thing a while back but did not do that well on it. At least with being a part time veggie I can eat cheese (and throw some eggs in there). I already mostly do a meatless Monday. And get tofu bowls at Chipotle when I want a treat. Hmm…maybe I will do it for a month or so and see how it goes. Someone give me a good recipe for tofu.

Ever since I got a Varidesk at work a few years ago I literally have a problem sitting still at my desk. It’s like I have to be dancing or moving at all times. Or fidgeting. They say fidgeting burns cals. And also sitting still bound to a desk for longer than 30 minutes just makes me antsy. I guess this is a good thing. Or could mean that I have A.D.D. Haha. Not sure.

What would you tell me if we were having a virtual coffee date?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there and happy Monday! Hope you have some fun this week in store. I am here to recap some miles from last week’s training!! 50 miler training continues after running the Cowtown 50k. Let’s recap and see how it all went down!

Monday- This was the day after I paced the Cowtown Ultra (which was a blast- click the link to catch up if you missed!!) so I took a complete rest day which was glorious. I also have decided to stop teaching Monday night spin class so now my teaching schedule will only be Tuesday and Thursday nights after work. This will definitely allow me more time to train (RUN) and also just have some more time for ME!! I have to say it was really hard to let this class go, but it will allow me to bring more energy into my already packed Tuesday/Thursday night classes. Which I am absolutely thrilled about. So, YAY for that.

Tuesday AM- 10.13 miles back out on the lake in the mornings. I really have been enjoying solo runs in the mornings and feel like it is has been a great de-stressor. Plus, when I run closer to home, I go straight to the coffee bar at my apartments and get some delicious Keurig coffee. My two fave K cups right now- Hawaiian coffee and Swiss Miss HOT CHOCOLATE. Yaaas.

Tuesday PM- 3.20 miles after teaching class at the gym. Double run days did make a small appearance during this little week of recovery. Loved it.

Wednesday- 10.03 miles with my breakfast run club. I started the run with them and then did the last few on my own.

Thursday- 7.22 miles early morning with crazy COLD and WIND. This was when the temps dropped from 60s to 30s in a matter of 24 hours! Yeah weather was quite the roller coaster.

Friday- Back to some long run fun! 15.04 miles on a Fri-yay! A few of those miles were 8 minute miles so it felt good to move a little faster. One of my friends met up with me at the end to finish strong. I finally feel like I’m getting my speed back after BB100 and that certainly feels great.

Saturday- 17.02 miles with WRRC! The back to back long runs felt absolutely amazing. I was a little stiff after this run but joints and everything still feel good and strong. Body is holding up well. Did some good stretching after this run too. Confession- I have been bad lately at foam rolling. I will have to do that now that I have extra time during the week not teaching (!) so many classes at the gym. Also, my deep tissue massage is coming up for the month. YAAAS.

Also, grilled scallop and shrimps for the win. I went on a lil dinner and movie date. We saw “What Men Want” with Taraji P. Henson. Great date night movie!! Hey the fellas will like it too. Hilarious and highly recommended.

Sunday- Quick afternoon miles. 5.22 miles around the lake when the sun came out just a bit. I am excited for the sun to come back in the coming week. Check out this forecast. YAY, warmer days ahead.

And there you have it!

How was your week? What is the weather like in your neck of the woods?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! This post will be short and sweet since it is a rather busy day on this end. But I definitely have some much needed fun in store for this weekend!! Fun mixed with a little bit of relaxation is always my favorite. 

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Top Running Shoe Picks for Spring. I see Brooks made the list!! I also love Altras more so for trail running but may need to look into some of these. 

Loving this slow cooker black bean chicken chili. This week it has been downright CHILLY in Texas so I’m having to bust the crockpot back out. I love making turkey taco soup in there so adding this to the rotation. 

-Confession I have become somewhat of a race medal hoarder after doing 329784675 marathons over the years. I also need about 5 or 6 racks just to house these things so they’ve ended up in a big box. Anyways I found my last 2 medals from Cowtown (after pacing 50k on Sunday) and they make a pizza pie! From the last 3 years of pacing the marathon and ultramarathon. Fun.

-15 mile Friday run this morning! This was fun running in super cold temps. I had a friend that met me for the last few miles so it was fun having girl talk to start the day. 

That’s all for this week! Be good or be good at it. 

Any fun plans for the weekend? 

More running, breakfast tacos, mimosas…and so on. 

Random Thoughts Thursday.

My work schedule this week has truly been bonkers and all over the place. We’ve had a live show in the evenings (yes working behind the scenes in local TV can be fun) so I’ve worked nights twice this week. I only have to do this about twice a year so not complaining too much. But most of you know I’m more of a morning person than a night owl. So yeah. Cranky Chelsea made an appearance to two.

Also, Texas bipolar weather continues. No lie it was 60 something degrees yesterday morning when I ran 10 miles at 5:30 A.M. – then several hours later THE TEMPERATURE dropped to 30. What the what?!? I did not see that coming. Mother nature pulled a fast one on us.

But I kind of like running when it’s yucky out. Like this morning when it was 30 and felt like 21. Yikes. Good mental training.

Anyone else obsessed with this Jordyn/Khloe/Tristan saga??! Is it all fake? Who knows but I am here for it. I love all of the roller coaster celeb drama. Can’t get enough of the trainwreck. And apparently Jordyn is going to be on Jada Pinkett’s Red Table Talk tomorrow…I will be waiting just like this…

Debating on getting a condo within the next year. I know – it would be a big jump for me since I am currently renting but renting is getting so crazy high lately!! Having a mortgage is a whole new thing for me but it would be kinda fun. My mom who is a real estate agent is helping me find places near all of my favorite running trails. You know that part is a MUST. I need to be able to leave my house and run at ANY given time. Any condo owners out there? Tell me how you like it…

Share some randomness with me today! Any fun plans this weekend??
A whole lot of running and relaxing. Ooo and the mardi gras parade is Sunday. Yaaas.

Weds Spin Playlist.

I’ve got a sweet mix of hot tracks and throwbacks for your workouts today. These songs are GREAT for spin cycling, running or any high energy workout! Or hey, even just jamming in your car. I don’t judge.

Check out where I’m teaching spin class next and follow me on Spotify!

Let’s go for a ride!

Let’s Shut Up and Dance- Jason Derulo, LAY, NCT 127: Warm up
Say My Name (Afrojack and Chasner Remix)- David Guetta, Bebe Rexha: Accelerations
Let Me Think About It (Celebration Mix)- Fedde Le Grand: Tapbacks
Poison (Phil N Good Remix)- Bell Biv Devoe: Rolling climb
On the Floor- Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull: Seated/standing run
Angels- Vicetone, Kat Nestel: Sprints
Live the Night- W&W, Hardwell, Lil Jon: Hill climb
What You Got- Justin Timberlake: Jumps on a hill
No Tears Left to Cry- Ariana Grande: Hill climb
Pinball- Brooks: Accelerations
Truffle Butter- Nicki Minaj: Active recovery
Creepin- CID: Tapbacks
Hit the Road Jack- Throttle: Accelerations
Higher- Taio Cruz: Rolling hills
Blame- Calvin Harris, John Newman: Tapbacks
Ball- T.I., Lil Wayne: Sprints
Don’t Hold the Wall- Justin Timberlake: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts lately?

Random Ways to Successfully Train for (and Finish) a 100 Mile Race.

As someone who has run a handful of 50 milers, a 100k and 2 100 milers I thought we would chat about some random ways I keep my training up leading into a successful 100 mile race! This post is not for everyone because I know plenty of you have no desire to even run a distance of that magnitude (YET – evil laughter) but just in case here are a few things I do that are very random leading up to race day to arrive to the start and the finish feeling like a rockstar…

-Don’t pay attention to anyone else’s training advice. I know – wait, don’t take advice? Why would you say such a thing?! Because honestly 100 mile training is oh so different – and looks different often times – with everyone. Not everyone runs high mileage. Most don’t. Most will tell you that running 100 miles is not a good idea. Guess what? They are not doing it. You are. So put your head down and work your ass off and forget the rest. 

Be stubborn. About your goals. About yourself. Have that GRIT. Develop that stubborn ability to stick to what you say you are going to do. Your word. Commit to yourself. That one trait alone- I promise you- often times is what WILL GET YOU TO THE FINISH of a 100 miler. 

-If you don’t believe you can do it? Guess what. You won’t. Visualize yourself finishing this race. It is going to take guts. Power hiking. Running. Shuffling. Crying. Blood. All of the gross things affiliated with an endurance event WILL happen. Bet on it. Bet on high highs and LOW lows. Emotions, physical pain. All of it. 

Run ALL THE TIME. All day, all night. In the dark. Alone. When you are burned out. When you hate it. When you love it. Eff your feelings. Nuff said.

Eat the rainbow. Eat carbs. Fuel your body. Ladies. Ultrarunning is not for supermodels. Take calories in so you can use that energy. Don’t eat garbage. It will make you feel like garbage. But eat a balanced diet. I cannot tell you exactly what your diet should look like but mostly avoid the processed crap. Eat plants. Good fats, lean protein. Ok? Great. 

Find an ultra training plan that works for you. Whether its online, or a coach. There are plans out there. Here is one. And another one. Tweak them to your lifestyle if you must. But do the work. 

-Enjoy the ride. 

Any more ultrarunners out there? Let’s share battle stories. I’m always looking for my next hundo adventure. 

Race Day, Pace Day! Cowtown Ultra 50k Recap.

Hey there! I thought I would do a quick RECAP from one of my favorite races!! The Cowtown ULTRAmarathon! This is the 3rd year in a row that I’ve been an official pacer for this race. See the last two here and here. And honestly I love it SO much that I want to forever be a pacer for this race. Being a pacer is a job I take uber serious and I am oh so passionate about! It is all about helping people reach their goals and having fun while doing it! So allow me to share my experience with you.

For this race, I didn’t do a full taper mostly because I am keeping my mileage up in preparation for the Hachie 50 miler, which is in May. So this race was more or less for training, to get some strong miles in and enjoy pacing all at the same time. I have been happy with the way my training has gone lately. The legs are feeling back to their full strength post Brazos Bend 100 miler and I am ready to get some faster running in. So, when the opportunity presented itself to pace the 5 hour ultra, I definitely was excited and jumped at the offer. Some of you know that I paced the 5:30 ultra last year and had an absolute blast. So this was a great role to be in…I was actually the LEADER of the ultra pack as you can see here from the Cowtown website. That was definitely something to be proud of.

I got my things ready the night before, went over my pacing strategy and was good to go. Those pacer bands definitely come in handy.

My pace buddy and I linked up on Sunday morning bright and early! Amy is an accomplished ultrarunner as well. So it was cool to share battle stories with her. We had a couple of peeps that stayed with us along for the ride and since Amy is a local running coach/celebrity she knew EVERYONE on the course. It was quite funny to see but I loved it because we felt a little like celebrity pacers. Local celebs, of course.

7 a.m. rolled around and we were ready to get going! We took off into the beautiful sunrise and I felt super good that morning. Honestly the weather was IDEAL for a P.R.!! We went off into the rolling hills that Cowtown is known for. I’ve done this race so many times that I know the route like the back of my hand. So I knew where to expect each climb and utilized this in my pacing strategy. We banked a little time to use in the back half of this race, especially where the marathoners turn off and finish their race. Their turn is where we continue going and finish up the ultra, which is a little tough to see people finishing and you have to keep going. Also the last 5 miles is in the straight up SUN with no shade. And the sun was certainly shining that day. But we had a nice cool breeze that kept us feeling good. We hit the turn around and Amy and I grabbed a snack at the aid station and made our way back. And YES…they had a beer out there for me. And I had a sip. It was a nice carb boost that I needed…at mile 27. HA

Overall this race was absolutely fantastic and we finished in perfect time, just under 5 hours which was awesome. I took on this pacing gig with the intent to help others but also to help myself – the pace coordinator had a ton of faith in me and let me go ahead and lead the pack for this one. This actually ended up being a 50K P.R. for me! My previous 50k time was 5:12 so I was ecstatic to beat my previous time. So race day PACE day was a huge success on all fronts.

And of course we had a photoshoot and more celebrating and all was well in the world. Go team.

Can’t wait to do it all again next year.

How was your weekend?! Did anyone run COWTOWN (half, marathon, ULTRA?!) You are all rockstars to me! Congrats to all who raced.

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday! Things are busy in my neck of the woods (& I am actually recovering from a 50K race I did yesterday! Ya know, NBD) but thought I would drop in to share some of last week’s miles with you! I was able to get in 71.6 miles last week. Woohoo! Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday AM- 4.22 miles in the a.m. Temps were chilly in the beginning of the week last week but pleasant. So just a little jaunt on the lake before the busy work day.
Monday PM- 3.02 miles after teaching a class at the gym. Getting the double run day in for the day.
Tuesday- 8.13 solo miles listening to some Spotify jams. If you are looking for some good running music check out some of my playlists on there btw. I use them for spin class mostly but I guarantee you will find something to fit your run mood.
Wednesday AM- 7.23 miles after the gym. The sun started coming out later on in the week. Sunshine runs equal a happy Chelsea.
Wednesday PM- 3.02 sunset miles. Love running sunrise to sunset. Legs were feeling good so I did some faster miles and threw some strides in there.
Thursday- 8.24 miles back with the breakfast run club. Threw some rolling hills in there for good measure.
Friday- 6.32 miles. Last run before Sunday’s 50k!
Saturday- REST DAY. And enjoyed some phenomenal brunch with the ‘rents.

Sunday- Cowtown Ultra 50k day!! Those of you who have been around a while know that I’ve been an official PACER for this race the last few years. So I paced the 50k distance with my pace buddy.

We had a good ole time, laughing, meeting people and enjoying some pretty fantastic racing weather. Recap to come.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you hit up any good brunch spots?