Weekly Running Report.

Hey there and happy Monday! Hope you all are staying safe and healthy. Let’s recap some miles from last week!

I took the miles back a bit in order to build back up so this was a bit of a recovery miles type of week. I can’t even tell you the last time I did less than 40 miles per week in the last couple YEARS (ha) so this was good for the body mind and soul.

Monday- Took a rest day after a long fun weekend cooking out with the neighbors. I always try to do some type of active recovery on my rest day so I did some yoga stretching and keeping the body limber.

Tuesday- 5.12 miles watching the sunset.

Wednesday- 7.02 miles, massive relative effort. Legs felt good on this day so did some rolling hills. This view though.

Thursday AM- Breakfast run club miles. 7.11 miles just getting it done. The humidity was also not as crazy on this day so was feeling great.

Thursday PM- Double run day miles. 3.02 miles and I was freaking 100 degrees out. Sucker for punishment. Over 10.1 miles total for the day.

Friday- 4.02 lunch miles. Tough relative effort according to my Garmin.

Saturday- 7.01 miles at 7. With my run club to the tune of this sky.

Sunday- Rest day. Got a good selfie in.

And there you have it! 53K miles for the week. I am going to just start using kilometers instead of miles for now whenever I do a low mileage week. HA.

Doing any virtual races at all? If you’ve done them how did they go?? Have your marathons been canceled or are they still going on?
MCM has turned virtual finally so I have deferred til 2021. I may end up just running the distance on my own since they’re charging more money to do the actual race.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happy Friday to ya! Hope you have some fun in the sun planned for this weekend. I will be working on my tan in the sunshine of course! Texas has been brutally hot but I kind of love it. Just call me a sucker for punishment.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Strategies for finding running routes during social distancing. Neighborhoods are my jam.

Sunflowers. I am seeing them absolutely everywhere.

Buffalo cauliflower lettuce wraps. Sign me up.

And finally, your Friday funny. Does anyone else notice the amount of comments under the actual pins on Pinterest or is it just me? People carry full blown conversations down there. Like it is a therapy session! This boggles my mind. I just go to Pinterest for recipes for banana bread. haha

Make it a great one!

Share some of your favorite finds from this week!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

This morning’s run was CRAZY humid but it felt good to get up and get it done. We had a lot of no shows though to the breakfast run club this morning! I guess everyone was sleeping in. So I ran with one other person then was on my own for most of it.

Yesterday my Garmin informed me that my VO2 Max went up! So I guess that’s a good indicator of fitness. My weekly mileage hasn’t been that high lately so that gave me a little boost of confidence. Still got it I guess.

Here’s a chart, if you care. haha at men are “sucking up the oxygen in the room”.

I am so ready for some pool time and run time and chill time this weekend. Give me more sunshine.

I still AM MORE of a fan of running in the evenings when the humidity is lower. I think I am really starting to enjoy summer running just in general.

Feels kind of good to just not be training for anything. I feel like I’ve been “training for something” for the last 11 years that I’ve been racing marathons and ultras. Although part of me is wanting to perhaps run the marathon distance just for fun. Who wants to do it with me…

I just took this selfie this morning because I really like my earrings. And my summer tan. I need to be darker.

Share some randomness about your day!

Weekly Running Report.

Oh my has it been a scorcher out there or what!? Hope you are doing well and staying healthy! I’m here to recap some miles from last week! It has been both enjoyable and challenging getting it in and just running to maintain the general fitness right now. Plus staying strong and injury free is always the name of the game so I’ve been doing pretty good at that. Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- 4.31 miles watching the lovely sunset after a busy work day. Just what I needed. I actually found out last week that my 50 miler was postponed to 2021. Fine by me. They moved us all to the roster for next May. I think it was a solid decision given the way the cases have been spiking especially in Texas. It wouldn’t hurt me to not completely run my immune system down and put myself at risk. I will always have a love for that race too. One of my faves.

Tuesday- 6.32 miles of beautiful sunset again. Great way to de-stress, just a quick out and back.

Wednesday- 7.12 miles with hills, massive relative effort according to Strava. It was crazy hot that day.

Thursday AM- 7.02 miles for breakfast in some insane humidity but it got done.

Thursday PM- Double run day miles. 3.30 miles to get in just over 10 miles for the day.

Friday- 4.21 miles with an epic sunrise. So worth it.

Saturday- Had a late night grilling out with neighbors Friday but still managed to roll outta bed for a quick 8.02 miles.

Sunday- Lotsa pool time and a rest day.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Are ya’ll seeing triple digit temps where you live yet?
We’ve had three straight days of temps in the 100s. Brutal.

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! The sun is shining oh so bright here. Like BRUTAL bright. I ventured out for a quick morning run before the busy day and it was so lovely.

We are due for some triple digit temps the weekend also! Woohoo. Catch me at the pool getting my tan on.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Running improves our brain function. That explains all of the run happy feels.

Mike Wardian’s 262.5 mile backyard ultra. You read that right. Freaking maniac.

Me getting my groove on in the kitchen this week. Sauteed shrimp pasta was so simple and oh so delicious. Keeping this in the rotation.

And finally, your Friday funny.

Make it a great one!

Share some of your yummy recipes you’ve been cooking up in the kitchen this week!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

The humidity is staying relentless down in Texas I tell ya! This morning was no different. AND we are due for triple digit temps for this weekend. This is good for my tan though. My tan right now is something serious. I just love it.

Confession I haven’t worn sunscreen on the last couple of afternoon runs. I need to grab some today at the store. Because I tell you what I may be Black but I do get SUNBURNT. And it ain’t all that pretty.

I really need to get my eyebrows done. I will be doing this at lunch today.

Ladies is it just me or do you just have a new outlook on life when your brows are done?!? I’m a sucker for some nice eyebrows. I am not one of those chicks that can go without that. I would straight up look like a wolf.

Are you all finally getting back to running with groups or run clubs!? I have gone to some small runs but still social distance and mostly meet up to do my own thing. Aside from my 1 or 2 amigos I stlll don’t be trusting people all that much with this ‘Rona going around. Can’t get too comfortable just yet. Goodness I hope this wraps up soon.

Share some randomness with me today!

How to Survive ‘Corona Crazy’ and Keep Running Happy.

Well I tell you what it has been a while since I’ve written a post on a Wednesday! Mostly lately I’ve been keeping my posts to 2 days a week while I try to survive being an essential worker. It is hard at times but I have some pretty dang fashionable masks as a result. And buffs that double as masks.

So since all of this pandemic mess has occurred, how has it affected your running? Do you feel a little bit lost with the fact that you have nothing to train for? OR…are you one of those people who ‘train for life’? I mean it is good to keep your fitness up even if you are not in a constant state of competition. You versus you – I am all about that.

How do you stay motivated in the midst of all of the crazy? How do you avoid ‘runner burnout’ when you can’t even go to the germ infested gym to cross train? I have some tricks of the trade to keep you running strong and happy.

Understand that it is okay to ‘not be okay’ during these uncertain times. We are all going through some sort of emotional roller coaster right now. For some, the ‘Rona has hit close to home, or perhaps you just watch the news far too much than you should. GIVE YOURSELF a effing break. For God sakes. If this means that you need more time for self care and less time to beat your friends on the Strava leaderboards, then so be it. Take the time you need. Your sanity depends on it.

Take advantage of the ‘at home’ workouts. One of my favorite apps to cross train with is Nike Training Club. I’ve been using the app for YEARS. There’s quite the impressive library on there with workouts galore. And you can do them all in your living room while getting stronger.

Decide if virtual races are your thing. Or maybe not. I’m one of those people that doesn’t need a looming race on the horizon to be a consistent runner. Part of this is because I’ve been training for marathons/ultras and running on my own for years and years. Running is my bread and butter, my staple for life. Once you develop that habit you’re just damn good at it. Like breathing. I’m thankful for that. But if you need a race to stay consistent then do the damn thing. It can be fun to have something to look forward to.

Buy yourself some runner swag. Whether it’s a new Garmin, fresh new pair of kicks, or that hat you’ve been eyeing in the window at your favorite running store. It may just what you need to keep it moving.

What are some other things you’ve been doing to stay running happy ?!

Weekly Running Report.

Hey there it’s Monday! I am here with a little recap of the miles and smiles from last week. Things are heating up down here in Texas for sure! Along with insanely humid summer temps to keep things exciting. Let’s recap and see how it went down.

Monday- I took the the day off to refresh and recover after a busy week. Lots of pool time last week was absolutely necessary. Getting back in the groove.

Tuesday- 7.12 sunset miles with some rolling hills in 95 degree weather. Real feel was 103F. Whew.

Wednesday AM- Back to double run day miles – 4.02 miles in the morning before an early morning dentist appointment.

Wednesday PM- 5.11 miles to hit my numbers for the day. Much needed after work de-stressor.

Thursday- 7.02 miles in the crazy morning humidity. Threw in some hills and spotted a lovely sunrise.

Friday- 8.02 miles in the morning on my day off. Quite lovely! Did a social distance type run with a few run buddies.

Saturday- Decided to keep things fairly shorter this week. 5.02 miles on Saturday hitting my numbers.

Sunday- 4.21 recovery miles with temps at 90 degrees once again. Plus got caught in a random downpour in the middle of the run. Drenched after.

And there ya have it! Still managed just over 40 miles for the week without a long run.

How was your weekend? Hope you all are staying healthy and ‘Rona free!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It is a great day for some thoughts of randomness!! Because typing out my thoughts makes me feel like I can breathe and exhale. Through this MASK. Ha.

This morning’s RUNrise was an intense one. Lots of cloud cover but intense humidity. I mean July is really bringing it with the humid RUNS down in Texas. Welcome to summer.

I will say I need to figure out how to properly fuel better for these early mornings in the heat/humidity. After my run this morning I felt a little nauseated and gross. Funny I don’t feel like that at all when I run in the drier heat in the evenings– even though at night its much hotter. Someone help.

Even though I’ve been at this distance running game for decades now, I still feel like I always have something to learn. Gotta love that. I try to forever be a student and not a know it all.

I actually thought about taking a class to become an official running coach and focus on coaching ultrarunners. Before all of this ‘Rona stuff started. Maybe once it’s over I will reconsider.

This week I’ve got some things up my sleeve regarding going back to teach (a socially distanced) spin class! Kind of keeping it under wraps but I’ll let y’all know if things go well.

And finally, your Thursday funny.

Have a great holiday weekend! Stay safe.

Share some randomness with me today! Do you wear a mask when you run?? 

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday to ya! Hope your weekend was a happy one. Do we even know what weekends are anymore though!? Haha. I’m here to recap some miles from last week! Still feeling like a little bit in maintenance mode on the running front. Let’s see how it all went down!

Monday- 5.11 miles in the straight up sunshine after the long work day. Felt lovely.

Tuesday- 8.22 miles of rolling hills. Massive relative effort according to Strava. Hills fo dinner felt mm hmm good.

Wednesday- 5.21 miles with a bit of a faster finish.

Thursday AM- 7.11 miles with my breakfast club. RUNrise-ing it.

Thursday PM- Double run day miles for the win! 3.2 miles to hit double digits for the day.

Friday- Decided to move my longer run to Friday and rest the body over the weekend. (I know…2 DAYS OF REST WHO AM I? WHUT) 12.21 miles on this day.

Saturday/Sunday- REST DAY. Brunch vibes.

And there you have it! Still 41 miles for the week although I felt like a lazy butt this weekend. Needed to press the refresh button.

How was your weekend? What’s the most delicious brunch you’ve had lately (or cooked lately)?