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!

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy fabulous Friday to you! Hope all is well in your world. I am without a doubt ready for the weekend after a long week of work! I have some running, a little brunching and other fun things on the agenda!! Should be a good time, plus the weather down in Dallas today is looking quite awesome.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!!

The five types of people you see in spin class. As a fitness instructor this makes me laugh because it is oh so true.

14 gym bags that also stow your yoga mat seamlessly. I am going to have to track this one down.

Deep v neck tops…I am needing these in my life currently! Thank you Pinterest for all of the ideas.

Brooks has released their Launch 5 Shamrock Shoe and I am here for it.

Drink a diamond glass set. Also going on my list of things I need in my rotation right now.

Lift up teammates. YES YES and YES to all of it.

And that is all for this week!!! Hope you have a lovely Friday.

What is on tap for your weekend? Anything festive and fun?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello and happy RANDOM thoughts Thursday to you! If you’re new here, this is a day where I share my deepest darkest thoughts and confessions…sometimes it is regarding running (because yes, this is a blog about that very topic) and sometimes it definitely is NOT!! So, stay a while, grab a snack or a cup of TEA and let’s go ALL IN, shall we?

First of all, I am tired and through and ready for it to STOP RAINING down in Texas. Last week, it rained basically every day and then this week has been a lot of the same. I’m starting to sound like a broken record talking about rain. And yes, when it rains in Texas it pours people. We will get torrential downpours, usually they are short bursts of rain thankfully but still annoying.

Running in the rain can be kind of lovely though. Cleansing to the body mind and soul. I prefer more drizzles than intense rain though.

I have some new readers lately which is kind of fun and also kind of funny at the same time. Mostly because I feel like new readers come in here and kind of read my blog and think, “WTF am I reading”? Yes, I am an ultrarunner who runs a lot. And I may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But I am someone’s shot of whiskey! Keep reading and you will catch on to the crazy. I am like a train, jump on for the ride or you will get left. kthxbye.

Although I run a heck of a lot (and love it) I still love to help new runners and get new people motivated to run. So, I am going to start writing more “running for beginners” type posts, just kind of sprinkle ‘em in there. Because yes, you do have to start somewhere. I know I sure did…you can read my story here. I’m 8 years strong of ultra and marathon running, still rocking. Running and I have been through hell and back too. But build the foundation for that strong brick house and you can get better and increase your endurance. Patience. Promise.

Moving on – I mean I have to say as much as the Kardashians make me gag at times, my goodness do these folks make some pretty babies!! I love me some cutie pie mixed babies that is for sure. So freaking adorable. Loved the pics of Chicago West. Yes, I know it was a surrogate that popped that one out. But still cute.

Kombucha is quickly becoming my favorite beverage (next to wine). I think I have it at least 2-3 times a week now. They must put magic in those bottles. Organic probiotic goodness, so good for ya. This one is local and phenomenal.

I have kind of a pet peeve. Don’t get mad at me? But I get annoyed when people ask a lot of questions. I don’t mind questions in general but I feel like sometimes people just ask questions that they already know the answer to, to be annoying? Or maybe because they want to see your reaction. I’m just saying…Google is your friend Curious George. Do your research. End rant.

This is kind of how I feel when people ask questions that google can answer…HA. *walking away*

I also get annoyed when people TEXT you without a purpose. Like when they just text and say, “Hi” or “What are you doing – aka WYD”. What do you want? Please have a purpose when you text. This kind of explains how I feel perfectly. LOL.

I have lately been needing some new podcasts to listen to. NOT running ones, really. More like pop culture? I don’t really like listening to people talk about running while I’m running. I did find this interesting one though called “Missing Richard Simmons” (it was a short series) that I listened to while I was running and I was hooked. But now I’m done with that one. Give me some recommendations.

Tell me something random and/or rant about your week! Any good pop culture type podcasts I should listen to?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to ya!!! We’ve got 2 spin cycle playlists for your workout pleasure today! As always these songs are also great for running or any high energy type of workout!!

Follow me on Spotify for updated playlists on a weekly basis: thedancingrunner

Plus see where I’ll be teaching next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Let’s go for a ride!

Wat U Mean- Dae Dae: Warm up
Range Rover- PAZ: Sprints
Feel this Moment- Pitbull, Christina Aguilera: Rolling hills
Like This- Dispose: Sprints
Back to Back- Drake: Jumps
Bodak Yellow- Cardi B: Hill climb
Patser Bounce- Dimitri Vegas: Accelerations
That’s What I Like (PARTYNEXTDOOR Mix)- Bruno Mars: Active recovery
Let Me Blow Ya Mind- Eve: Hill climb
New York City- Dash Berlin Remix: The Chainsmokers: Rolling hills
Into You- Ariana Grande: Jumps on a hill
Nice Flow- Smookie Illson: Sprints
7/11- Beyonce: Tapbacks
Get Right- Jennifer Lopez: Hill climb
DNA- Kendrick Lamar: Accelerations
Everyday We Lit- YFN Lucci: Hill climb
Dress Up- Sleepy Brown: Cool down

Mix Up- Mr. Popular: Warm up
Pop That- French Montana: Seated/standing run
Say I- Christina Milian: Tapbacks
Bump & Grind- Vato Gonzalez: Accelerations
Live it Up- Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull: Hill climb
Tightrope- Janelle Monae: Tapbacks
Green Light- John Legend: Rolling hills
Go Crazy- Ape Drums, Dougie F: Sprints
Pray for Me- The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar: Hill climb
Good Feeling (Hook n Sling Remix)- Flo Rida: Active recovery
I Get the Bag- Migos: Gucci Mane, Migos: Hill climb
Look Alive- Drake: Jumps on a hill
Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled, Rihanna: Rolling hills
Last All Night (Koala)- Oliver Heldens: Sprints
Destination- Ruck P: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts this week?

5 Things to Love About Your Runner Tribe, as told by Cardi B.

There are truly so many reasons to love being a part of a community of runners that supports one another. If you are involved in any kind of running group you definitely know that this sport cultivates positivity, love, and encouragement. Well, most of the time. I have to say though if you have found a solid running group it truly is like finding gold. So, let’s discuss why runner tribes are absolutely the best thing ever.

Your true blue runner tribe is generally down to run whenever. Just shoot a text and say the word…”5AM?” “10 mile run?” “Hills?” and they generally ready to run. No flaking out! They’ve got your back.

Your running tribe is also a great group of friends that you don’t just run with. You brunch with ‘em, shop with ‘em, and go to coffee with ‘em. BFFs for life.

If you don’t have a good race or just a crappy run or day, they will empathize with you and not make you feel lazy for hating running at the moment. Don’t you kind of hate when you’re injured or it’s your rest day and someone makes you feel bad about NOT running? Hashtag rude. Yeah, your runner tribe hates that too.

They love to chat with you and just talk about all of the things on the long run. I don’t know about you but sometimes you just need a good gab fest when you are out getting the miles in. It’s such amazing therapy. And what better way to get your long run in than along with your runner fam.

They will sign up for a RACE-cation with you without a second thought…or they will CREW or pace you during that ultra trail run, because they are your tribe and that is what tribes do.

What are some things you love about your runner tribe?!

Race Day Pace Day…Cowtown Ultramarathon Recap.

Yes, you are getting not one but two shiny posts from me today. Kind of annoying, right?! Well if you know anything about me you know that I really enjoy recapping races. So, let’s chat about the Cowtown Ultramarathon today…and recap!

This was my FIRST TIME ever pacing a 50k race…which was super exciting. Last year I paced the 26.2 distance so this year was super huge for me. Actually this race alone is so special to me simply because I’ve run it so many times. This was my 6th year running it and actually the place that I raced my first ever 50k road race 2 years ago. Actually, 3 years ago I was signed up to run the 50k, it got canceled because of ice on the ground…and I ran it on my own a few days later. Literally, I got off from work early that day, went straight to the park and ran 31 miles till it got dark all by my lonesome. Who does that?! Me I guess. And I finished the whole thing, mostly because I trained for it and I’ll be damn if a little bad weather is going to change that!! Yes, I am stubborn as all get out. Anyway, I attribute that to the reason why I’m so gung ho about ultra distances to this day. There was just something about running beyond that 26.2 mark that TRANSFORMED my heart and soul. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Anyway, I was looking forward to this race all week long. I admittedly did no tapering whatsoever, really just used this pacing opportunity as a training run for the 50 miler that I am scheduled to run in May. So, I knew it would be a high mileage week and also that my legs needed to be tired to run a 10:30ish pace. As most of my readers know in the last year…I’ve gotten significantly faster and really a lot of my training has been more within the 7 minute to 9 minute mile range. Even my slow easy runs at this point are well under 10 minute miles. So, going into this I knew it would be a challenge to maintain that pace and not feel like molasses. But, I went ahead with it anyway and was excited for the ride.

Half pace bunnies in purple, full in white. ULTRA in yellow. 

Sunday, I got my pacer stick and met up with my pace bud, Jon. Jon and I actually both ran Rocky Raccoon 100 last year and I had done some running with him before. We are even Strava buds!! So, even cooler that I was actually pacing with someone that I knew! As a pacer, sometimes you are paired up with people that you have never met, and at times that can make it hard to mesh well and plan out your pacing strategy. I’ve been pretty lucky too in the last few pacing ‘jobs’ I’ve had, I’ve paced solo so I kind of could do what I wanted. But, this ended up working out great because Jon and I were on the same page.

We had a few runners along with us for the ride that actually ended up staying with us for a majority of the run. One gal (actually a girl that reads here!) Rebecca ran her first 19 ish or so miles with us until she found her friends before we hit Trinity Park. So it was really cool to run with her, and really kind of chat with all of the runners to hear their stories. Another girl that ran with us ran the ultra last year, and finished well over the 6 hour mark so she was looking to have a major PR. And that she did, she stuck with us up until mile 30 or so and she took off to victory.

I felt really good during this run, of course the legs got pretty tired past the 20 mile mark but I expected them to be (see previous post with weekly running recap here). Also it got pretty warm in the back half of this race, when we do a little out and back to get the extra 5 miles in before heading back to the finish line. Those last 5ish miles were basically ALL IN THE SUN, so we had banked a little time to take our time during this portion of the race. As far as the hills went, they didn’t really feel that difficult this time. I attribute that to doing lots of hill training and of course doing lots of trail runs in the last several months. It is amazing how when your fitness improves, things just feel a ton easier.

I took one salt tablet throughout the race, a few Gus and some gatorade. I also had a lil shot of beer (yes they were passing out lots of that) towards about mile 23 or so. The girl that PR’d had one too. HA…I was a great influence. But yeah, at that point in the race I have to say a little shot of a fizzy alcoholic beverage kind of helps. Especially when you are running an ultra.

We booked it to the finish line and actually had a little time to spare – 5:28 finish time right under 5:30. I like to leave a little wiggle room there especially for the runners who run with us so it turned out just perfect. Jon and I made a great team! He commented that it was the best he ever felt during an ultra race. And honestly, I feel that way too!! I really enjoyed pacing this distance and part of me kind of wants to do it all again next year. This was one of my most favorite pacing experiences to date.

50k – 31ish miles, dunski.

Thank you, Cowtown for showing us a marvelous time.

Pacers gonna pace. (yes that is my new favorite saying now, someone said it yesterday during the race and now I can’t stop saying it.)

See you next year. Congrats to all.

Any other Cowtown Ultramarathoners out there?? How was your race? Tell me all about it!!

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.

TGIFriday Faves.

It is Friday and I am thrilled and ready for the weekend!! I’ve got some fun in store which includes pacing this race on Sunday, fun times with friends and maxin’ and relaxin’!!

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Why easy running is good for you. Ya’ll, I say this time and time again. DO YOUR EASY RUNS!! It builds your stamina and efficiency among other wonderful things so when you do get out there to do your speedwork and RACE (because we all love being fastfastfast) you are racing stronger than ever.

This top!! I need more tanks with sayings on them. Let the Good Vibes Roll.

14 wellness pros share the healthy breakfasts that they eat every morning. This looks yummy for brunch! I have been meaning to add smoked salmon back into my routine.

This coffee mug rack! I think it is sold out on etsy but gives me ideas because it looks super easy to make. I need to get into more DIY projects.

That is all for this week!!! Have a marvelous Friday.

What are you up to this weekend? 
Lots of running and enjoying the freedom that is the weekend.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I don’t know about you, but I really get excited when Thursday comes around. Mostly because it is RANDOM thoughts Thursday and I enjoy spilling the tea (translation, this means dishing all the latest and greatest) on my life and just the craziness that goes on in this brain of mine. And yes, sometimes the talk is about running/fitness and sometimes it is not!! So let’s do the “it’s almost Friday” dance and get to it!

Have you all seen Black Panther yet?? I was actually supposed to go see it last weekend with my mama (we went Sunday thinking the crowds would not be as bad) and all of the theaters were sold out. It was insane. I did not know how many people were really checking for that movie! (Apparently I live under a rock sometimes) And now I will be seeing it this weekend but I kind of feel like that ODDball  that missed out on the opening weekend excitement. Did you like the movie? Don’t spoil it for me.

I bought some new shoes and they came in yesterday so I went for my 2nd run of the day to test them out. Yes, I think Brooks Running Pure Flow was made just for me. My feet love them. It has been raining ALL WEEK here (are we in Seattle?) so I am going to wait a few more days for the rain to clear out to test them some more. Yeah, because jumping in puddles and mud with colorful bright shoes on- no thanks. But, it is amazing how new shoes make your feet move a little faster.

I am an official pacer for the Cowtown 50k this weekend (Sunday) and super excited for that. I’ve been a pacer for a few races in the past (half and FULL marathons) but this will be the first time I’ve paced the ultra. Kinda nervous and excited for that all at the same time! 10 something pace is fairly slow for me lately so I have a feeling I will be looking at my watch a lot. Glad I have a pace partner. He actually ran the 100 miler with me last year so at least I’m pacing with someone I know.

Can we talk about how reckless drivers are in the mornings during early morning runs? This morning I ran with my buddy and we were dodging puddles like crazy because of all the rain – then almost got splashed several times by drivers. I really do think some drivers purposely drive through puddles to splash runners. Especially rednecks driving pickup trucks. Gotta love Texas.

Sometimes I really want to just delete all of my social media and focus on just blogging. I am NOT going to do that by the way (I am in TWO running clubs right now and would miss out on all of the social run invites talk about FOMO) but I have fantasies about it. I really still love blogging though. Do y’all watch vlogs? Maybe I should do some of those. I’m kind of shy and awkward though on camera, lol. Not sure how well that would go.

And there you have it!

Tell me some of your random thoughts this week!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! It is a cold and rainy day down in Dallas (I still got my run on OUTSIDE this morning, but I have to tell you it took some major self coaching) so what better way than to sweat it out in the warm gym? I love teaching spin cycle classes as cross training because it makes your legs super strong and builds stamina! Plus, hey dancing on the bike is always FUN too.

So without further ado, let’s go for a ride! Check out more of my workout playlists on Spotify and see where I’ll be teaching next if you’re local.


Mad Love- Sean Paul, David Guetta, Becky G: Warm up
Bucovina- Drop Department, SuitStatic: Accelerations
Trouble- Offaiah: Rolling hills
Flex- Rich Homie Quan: Jumps on a hill
Diva- Beyonce: Hill climb
Whistle While You Twurk: Ying Yang Twins: Sprints
Only Girl (In the World)- Rihanna: Tapbacks
S.A.X.- Laidback Luke, Tujamo: Sprints
Get Ugly- Jason Derulo: Hill climb
Turn Around- Flo Rida: Active recovery
Ride- Ciara: Rolling hills
Make Me Feel- Chuckie, Brian Cross, Luis Roca, New Black Light Machine: Jumps/Tapbacks
Champagne Showers- LMFAO: Hill climb
Don’t Phunk With My Heart- The Black Eyed Peas: Seated/standing run
Fake ID- Riton, Kah-Lo: Accelerations
Truffle Butter- Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne: Hill climb/Sprint
Water Baby- Tom Misch: Cool down

What songs are you grooving to lately?
I’m on a Mariah Carey kick, old school Mariah though.