TGIFriday Faves.

Hello and TGIF to you! I definitely am ready to have some fun free time this weekend. My weekend is going to consist of some running, playing with friends and brunch time!!

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-The fact that my fall/winter race calendar is quickly filling up. I am running this Oktoberfest 50k trail run, the Rock n Roll San Antonio half (Thanks to Brooks Running!!) and then the BMW Dallas Marathon 26.2 in December! It feels good to get back to running shorter races again. Well, anything feels short after running 100 miles. HA.

Campfire proof mugs. I want these in every color!! Love love.

10 reasons NOT to run trail marathons and ultras. HAHA. Cracking me up. My feet will never be the same.

12 celebrities running the NYC marathon. Kind of a fun fact thing to know. My NYC marathoner readers, please take pics if you have a celeb sighting.

-Lunchtime running this week. It felt so good to get miles in again on my lunch break. Loving these Brooks Running Pure Flows.

That’s all for this week!

Bonus points if you remember where the above gif is from.

What are you up to this weekend? Is anyone else running a fun festive fall race?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Happy Thursday to you! I don’t know about you but I am more than ready for Friday and the weekend. But before we get to the end of the week I have a few random rants, thoughts and such to discuss. So let’s get straight to it!

A pic from this morning’s run. Oh so lovely.

I have been roasting chickpeas like a wild woman lately. Currently these babies are totally my favorite snack. I put a ton of smoked paprika on ‘em (thank you for that recommendation, Rebecca!) and then I watch mindless television at night while I pop ‘em in my mouth. It is my favorite thing.

Has anyone been watching the Real Housewives of Dallas? I am all about the guilty pleasure TV lately. And love that its in my neck of the woods so I know just about all of the places that they go to for brunch and etc. lol. Brandi and Stephanie make me laugh, they are such hot messes. I also actually really like D’Andra. Now this one below, snooty valley girl Kameron…she can go.

I am running this trail race at the end of October. I actually won a free race entry when I won 1st female at the Piney Woods 100k. Woohoo! Oktoberfest running and cervezas afterwards?! Count me in.

A brand spanking new new Whole Foods Market just opened in my ‘hood. And it is quickly becoming my new hangout spot.

Sip and shop $3 mimosas at the store BAR every Sunday? Hey, I don’t care if my paycheck is in danger, I am all in.

It really has NOT been feeling like fall down in Texas this week. We have had temps pushing to the 90s, & the humidity has been through the roof. And it is just literally one hot mess. WHYY Texas?! Don’t you know this is like my most favorite time of year??? Fix it, Jesus.

Me too, Holly. Me too.

But I tell you what training in these temps has really made me one strong runner. I can pretty much run in any kind of conditions at this point, and that…feels oh so good.

Tell me about your random rants and thoughts this week!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hi hey and hello! Hope your hump day is fantastic. I’ve got some hot workout tracks for your eardrums today! Hope you enjoy.

And be sure to check out where I’ll be teaching spin class next in the Dallas area! I also post Spotify playlists here on a weekly basis.

Let’s go for a ride!

Just a Lil Bit- Frey: Warm up
Know No Better- Major Lazer, Camila Cabello, Afrojack, Travis Scott, Quavo: Accelerations
Case of the Ex- Mya: Hill climb
ILYSM- Steve Aoki: Standing run
Woah!- Black Rob: Rolling hills
Get Busy- Sean Paul: Sprints
Carry Out- Timbaland, Justin Timberlake: Jumps on a hill
Work- Ciara: Sprints
Campaign- Ty Dolla Sign, Future: Hill climb
Posion- Phil N Good Remix: Accelerations
Dear New York- Firebeatz: Active recovery
Glamourous- Fergie: Tapbacks
Cooler Than Me- Mike Posner: Rolling hills
On the Floor- Jennifer Lopez: Tapbacks/Jumps
Push It- O.T. Genasis: Sprints
If- Janet Jackson: Rolling hills
Jungle- H.E.R.: Cool down

What songs are you grooving to this week?

Real Talk Tuesdays: On Running, Training and Staying in Your Own Lane.

Hey there! So I thought we’d start a little series that I would like to call ‘Real Talk Tuesdays’. Well, for me every day is a real talk kind of day, since this is my little space to rant and talk about training and such. But I always have a few thoughts rolling around in my head that I’d like to share with the blogosphere. So here it goes.

I’ve seen this term come up a few times on social media and it’s just kind of my favorite saying in general. Frankly it is how I like to live my life, and how I prefer to run and train for races. Stay in your own lane.

But what does that mean, really? I think runners are always pretty hard and critical of themselves. I say this because I was once that overly critical and self judgmental person when it came to my own training. I would constantly compare myself – my pace, my weekly mileage etc. to other people’s. Nothing was ever good enough. Every time I DID NOT set a personal record in whatever racing distance, it would JACK with me emotionally. Really, my entire well being was linked to running. This, in my opinion, is not how someone should live their life.

Running is supposed to bring you joy, it is supposed to enhance the amazing life you already have. When I run nowadays, I compare it to like being a child. I go PLAY, and I enjoy my playtime. Some days, I run fast. I do speedwork, strides or what have you. I push my body. Some days I run for hours and hours on end. Because it FEELS GOOD to me – to work hard. Even if sometimes I have a bad run. It is not the end of the world. I don’t log on to social media and complain about it. I chalk it up to exactly what it is, a bad run. Tomorrow’s run will be better.

And as far as the social media world goes, I STAY in my own lane. Meaning, I train my ass off and I keep my head down and try not to compare myself to other runners. When I see that others are successful, I am proud of them and their accomplishments. When I see my fellow run buddies are down or hurting – I do whatever I can do lift them up. Because I see myself in a lot of these people. I’ve been injured. I know how shitty it feels to not be running. It can truly take a toll on you. But sometimes all you need is that encouragement, that things will get better. The storm doesn’t stick around forever. It will pass, you will be healthy and you will run again. Believe it.

But really, I love running for ME. I love staying in my own lane. Doing me, enjoying running – and remembering why I started this journey in the first place. Running has brought joy, blessings, wonderful friendships – and has healed me in more ways than one. And the races, the medals, the amazing ultra WINS – those are just the icing on the cake.

Stay in your lane. In the end you’ll be glad you did.

Thank you, Kanye.

How’s your training going? Do you tend to play the comparison game when it comes to your running or do you stay in your own lane?

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there! Happiest of Mondays to you. I’m here to recap last week’s miles as well as some weekend fun! Hope you had a marvelous & relaxing weekend.

Let’s get to it!

Monday AM- 5.11 morning miles. Sleeping in was so glorious. Last week I was pretty beat all week long after running the 100k trail ultra. I guess running 62 miles on rough terrain will do that do ya. LOL.

Monday PM- 2.03 quick miles before I taught class at the gym. Testing out some sweet new kicks. I am absolutely loving the new Brooks Levitate.

Tuesday AM- 7.21 solo miles to the tune of a lovely sunrise. Best way to start the day.

Tuesday PM- 3.02 chill miles around the lake. Ending the day on a relaxing note.

Wednesday AM- 8.11 lunch time miles. It felt good to wait until the middle of the day to knock this one out. I’ve been missing running with the sun lately.

Wednesday PM- 3.21 miles with some strides thrown in, 7:58 pace. Finally starting to feel like myself again.

Thursday AM- 10.02 miles with the Irving Running Club. Spiced butter rum coffee afterwards was the true icing on the cake.

Thursday PM- 2.02 evening miles on some tired legs. The humidity was pretty thick last week too.

Friday- Typically a rest day for me, but I got in 5.11 very easy low key miles. Funny how running 5 miles seems like zero nowadays. Kind of like an active recovery day.

Saturday- 16.26 absolutely lovely long run miles. With my favorite clouds in the sky. It was a great day to be out and about. We had sunshiney weather all weekend long.

Sunday- 10.12 miles after sleeping in again. Running with the sun is always fun. It was almost 90 degrees again. Gotta love that in October, right?! I guess Texas still thinks it’s summer. Go home Texas, you’re drunk.

Good pool day though. I wrapped up Sunday chillaxin by the pool. Absolute heaven.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Did you get some chill time in?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday AND it is National Coffee Day!! If that is not a reason to have a celebration then I don’t know what is. Hope your day is getting off to a good start. I’m looking forward to running, brunching it and perhaps a little yoga this weekend!

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-Getting the legs moving again this week after my win at the Piney Woods 100k. Feels good to be bouncing back and hitting the ground running. I’ve also signed up for the BMW Dallas Marathon in December so lots more happy miles to come.

Maple honey crisp margaritas!? Wowzers. Sign me up.

Energy punching pumpkin bars. Yum. Must make these pronto.

8 useful running hacks. All about that.

-and this, just because it’s funny. Fall lovers unite.

That is all for this week! Have a lovely weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Anything fall festive?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hello there! Welcome to one of my favorite days of the week. You say Thursday, I say it’s Friday eve. PLUS…I am actually off work tomorrow (on a little staycation/long weekend holiday) so hey, even better since it is kind of my Friday! Let’s get to this week’s randomness, rants and such.

So post race recovery has gone super well. I attribute most of this to the fact that I did a ton of power hiking during that 100k. So I’ve basically been running all week long! I did take the day after the race completely off. But actually RUNNING has been helping me to recover. Motion is lotion, baby.

My body does feel great but mentally I still feel like I’m slowly getting back to normal. I was basically a zombie on Monday. I am not sure why I even came in to work. I’m pretty sure I looked like this cat.

Sleep however has been AMAZING. Rest = the best recovery there is out there. I could just sleep sleep sleep all day long. LOL. I wish. Some of us do have jobs.

I had the most wonderful sushi and rose wine last night with some of my favorite people. Sushi…also the best recovery cure without a shadow of a doubt.

I have been doing some online dating. I think its amazing what some people put out there on their online dating profiles. Sometimes I get on there just to swipe left and right for a good laugh. Also, please do not propose to me via the internet. At least give us an opportunity to meet first. LOL. Just saying.

Can we talk about how overjoyed I am that the State Fair of Texas begins THIS WEEKEND?! Give me all of the fair foods, carnival rides and whatever else! Actually, I am lying about the fair foods part. I can’t stomach the grease and fried stuff. I go for the WINE GARDEN. You already know.

Brooks sent me the most wonderful shoes that I have been running in all week long. Feels like Christmastime. LEVITATE. Get you some.

I’ve been listening to Mariah Carey a lot lately. Like discovering old songs that I remember that I loved from her back in the day. This song makes my soul happy.

That’s all, y’all!

Tell me some randomness about your week!

Weds Spin Playlist.

It’s a great day for some jams! I’ve got a fun spin cycle workout and playlist you will love today! These songs are also excellent for running and other high intensity workouts!! Hope you enjoy!

And be sure to find me on Spotify and see where I’m teaching spin cycle next in the Dallas area!

Let’s go for a ride!

Turn Me Down- G4SHI & Dark Heart: Warm up
Here it Is- Flo Rida, Chris Brown: Standing run
P.Y.T.- Michael Jackson: Tapbacks
Like it Ain’t Nuttin’- Fergie: Hill climb
2U (Seeb Remix)- David Guetta, Justin Bieber: Jumps on a hill
Fiesta- Will Smith, Bomba Estereo: Sprints
A Different Way- DJ Snake, Lauv: Seated/standing run
Get Up- Ciara: Rolling hills
Latch (Remix)- Monty Christo: Accelerations
The Other Side- Jason Derulo: Active recovery
I’m Your Baby Tonight- Whitney Houston: Jumps on a hill
I Look Good- Chalie Boy: Sprints
It’s Like That- Mariah Carey: Hill climb
Would You Ever- Skrillex, Poo Bear: Rolling hills
Hey Ya!- OutKast: Tapbacks
Show Me- Tiesto, DallasK: Sprints
Spanish Joint- D’Angelo: Cool down

What songs are you loving this week?

Piney Woods Ultra 100k Recap.

Hey there! I thought it would be a great day to recap my wild adventure in the woods from this past weekend!! The Piney Woods Ultra was a fantastic race, I mean who wouldn’t want to run 62 miles on trails from sunrise to sunset?! HA. It was no easy feat, but I did it and have lived to tell you about it. So let’s get straight to the recap.

I took a half day at work on Friday and made my way to East Texas to do some camping with my buddies at Tyler State Park. I was so excited to run somewhere new for a change, after doing a lot of my training out on the trails and roads in the Dallas area. Tyler is about 2 hours outside of from where I live. So it was a nice little road trip and it felt so good to get away. We stayed in one of the shelters out there in the park, which looks like a cabin with electricity and etc. I absolutely loved staying in the shelters out there. It was kind of like a GLAMping experience! And if you know me you know I am all about that. I ended up purchasing a cot just for this trip and I’m super glad I did. I will definitely be putting the cot to use for future camping trips with my fellow trail run peeps. I love my trail running fam.

We went to the race briefing, to dinner and then were in for the night. I actually got some great rest and then we were up and at ‘em for the 7 AM start. We had an earlier start, then the 50K/25Kers started at 7:30. The 5K/10K peeps were at 8 AM.

Look at all of the beautiful people that started the 100K! We had 3 girls total in our tribe, including myself. I was a tad nervous since both of the other ladies were fairly seasoned trail racers. But hey, even if I got last place – I’d still be in 3rd place, right? That was fine by me.

The horn blew and we were off into the sunrise. The temps were warm that day, with the humidity soaring through the roof. The only help we had that entire day was the shade of the beautiful piney wood trees, which truly helped. The course was a 7 mile loop, with an extra baby .75 mile loop attached to it, which he had to do a total of 8 times to hit our 62. I went through the first few loops fairly easily, stopping at all aid stations to grab a bite to refuel and then to refill my water bottle when needed. This race was brand new, so they had a few kinks to work out but I have to say they did an excellent job with keeping the aid stations stocked with pickles, mini PB&J sammies, electrolyte drinks, and all the goodies. The volunteers were also amazing. Some of my trail run club friends ran the shorter races, then stayed to volunteer all night long. And that, my friends is what the running community is all about. I can’t tell you how amazing these folks are and how much they helped me all through the night.

I think the hardest part with running these ultras over the 50 mile distance is dealing with the course and terrain when it gets dark. This particular course was deceivingly tough because it was fairly runnable in some parts but then there would be random roots and stubs that just come out of nowhere to trip you up or grab at your ankles, along with loose rocks on rolling terrain. That definitely made it hard to maintain a solid pace so I ended up having to resort to a lot of power hiking. Because of this, as well as the temps skyrocketing to 90 something degrees with humidity, we saw A LOT of people quit. Before sunset, the other 2 100K girls dropped and it was just me by my lonesome. I ended up being the ONLY chick still out there, enduring the conditions. So it definitely would have been understandable for me to just quit too. But that, I did not. I went out there and did what I said I was going to do. Because I am stubborn as all hell but that has helped me get through the toughest parts of my life thus far. Relentless forward progress! That is what it is all about.

There were many times during this race, especially during the hottest parts of the day, that I wanted to throw in the towel. But then I would think about the days that I ran twice a day, during the hottest parts of the day, out there alone. Running for no one but myself.

Running from my demons. Running from my fear. Running to happiness. Running to feel a sense of accomplishment. To be able to plop down on the couch with an adult beverage at the end of the day because dammit, I earned it. Running away from anger, and being upset about what happened at work or whatever that was completely out of my control. Running because others that I am close to cannot. To feel strong for myself, and for my family. All of these things roll around in my head when I am out there, on the trails all alone.

And when it got dark, my trail friends were there with me. Watching me and helping me get through it. These are the moments when I realize, that I am not alone in this life. There are people along for the ride, on this journey with me. That care, and that are cheering me on, and that want me to succeed and do well. And I want the same for them. The running community is a beautiful one, and it has saved me from a lot of heartache in my life.

When it was all said and done, I did it. People dropping all around me, I stayed in the game. I went there and did what I said I was going to do. 100k, you have been conquered.

1st place female and the ONLY female to finish. Finish time 19:03:04 – hey, I wanted to be finished just before the nightclubs closed. Trail party all night long.

Girl power.

Thank you Piney Woods Ultra for the deep woods therapy.

I needed it.

How was your weekend? Have you ever received any life lessons from running a race?

Weekly Running Report.

Well hello there! I am back from my weekend adventure doing some ultra running in the piney woods! I will definitely be recapping that race this week but until then I thought we would recap last week’s mileage!! Let’s get straight to it!

Monday AM- 8.21 miles in the ‘hood to start the work week. I decided leading up to my 100k race to not do a ton of tapering (since I knew it would be a lot of hiking/running with the terrain), but just maintain solid mileage while backing off slightly. But I’ve always gotta have my Monday morning run. It is just something about that early run first thing before a crazy day that really gets me going. It is a therapy of sorts.

Monday PM- 2.11 mile cool down, 7:38 pace after teaching at the gym. Threw some strides in. It felt good to move faster that day.

Tuesday AM- 8.23 run club miles. Always fun chatting it up with the crew and then having some coffee after.

Tuesday PM- 3.02 miles after work around the lake. Nice and breezy but the humidity was still super thick.

Wednesday AM- I slept in and decided to do a little run at lunch. 4.21 miles in the straight up heat. I am thankful for the gym being right around the corner from work. Pop in the showers, cool off and I’m all good to go again. But man oh man am I ready for it to cool off.

Wednesday PM- 4.31 early evening miles watching the sunset. Had a little time to kill.

Thursday AM- Slept in till about 7 or so then went for a run. 7.21 miles done.

Thursday PM- 3.02 miles after teaching a class at the gym. Always a fun time doing some people watching at the lake.

Friday- REST DAY. Took a half day at work to drive out to East Texas and camp with friends for the Piney Woods Ultra. We went to the race briefing, dinner and took some pics.

How can you not love this view outside our cabin? Absolutely beautiful.

Saturday- Piney Woods Ultra day! Good gracious was it hot that day. Temps soared well into the 90s. I will save the recap because there are a lot of details. But it was a great race.

LOTS and LOTS of power hiking involved also on a deceivingly tough course. 62.02 miles done. Then Sunday was a well deserved rest day.

I was so proud to get in another triple digit week with the race included. Feeling a little stiff today but it was oh so worth it.

And there you have it!

How was your week? Have you done any trail running lately?