Reasons to Love Early Morning Runs in the Rain.

Great mental training – which is very much needed for racing. Gotta love strengthening the body and the mind at the same time.

They make you feel like a badass. Pretty sure under badassery in the dictionary it says “morning runners who run regardless of the weather”. Or something to that effect.

It really puts a “WARRIOR” type of spin on your entire day. If you can deal with the wind and rain while running early morning while running – you can handle anything else the day will throw at you.

If the rain cools things down – which it usually does – it can feel oh so glorious. Especially during the summertime.

Splashing through puddles! Makes you feel like a kid again.

POST RUN COFFEE just tastes that much more amazing.

What are some reasons you like (or dislike, hey I don’t discriminate!) running in the rain?!

Weekly Running Report.

Happy Monday! I am here to recap some of last week’s miles! I was able to get in just over 51 mies of running last week! This was a scale back in miles for me for sure— especially after the Habanero 50k! But training is still going well leading up to my next 100 miler. I am excited to crank the miles back up and feeling good! Let’s see how it all went down…

Monday- 6.32 miles with a friend in the early A.M. My legs were still super duper FEELING IT after Saturday’s race and honestly wasn’t even sure I would be able to move fast enough to keep up with my friend! The first mile was rough but slowly fell back into my normal pace. Thankful for this girl for getting me up and at ‘em. Running friends during the work week are the real MVPs.

Tuesday- 4.02 miles after teaching spin at the gym. Motion is lotion, baby! Fun fact I actually LOVE teaching spin after doing a race. It is something about the bike that helps my legs recover real fast. Real happy for the spin cycle side hustle.

Wednesday AM- 8.22 miles for breakfast. My friends wanted to run hills so I did a few then went off and did my own thing. Got it done. Glad to get in some longer miles so early in the a.m.

Wednesday PM- 2.22 miles in the evening. Enjoying doing some people watching and getting in a double run day.

Thursday AM- 4.33 miles just getting it in for the day. Slept in and ran after sunrise. Legs were pretty tired. Coffee definitely fueled this entire week.

Thursday PM- Run after gym. Nice cooler breezy run. 3.04 miles done.

Friday- 5.11 miles of glorious sunrise. Lovely colors in the sky.

Saturday- 14.12 miles before teaching a spin class. Power packed morning. The morning run was humidity central. So ready for some fall weather in my life.

Sunday- Sunday funday runday miles. 4.01 miles in the straight up sun. I actually still feel like I have a little PTSD from Habanero. So this run was not my favorite haha. More like active recovery miles but got a little run streak in for the week and felt good about that. Hip hip hooray.

I even got my nails done to celebrate. Yay for that. One of my friends says I say the word YAY a lot by the way. What can I say? I like to celebrate things.

And there you have it!

How was your weekend? Any races coming up!?
Loop Garou 100 miler in December. May throw another race in there. But that one is the big kahuna.

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday!! Hope you have some fun in store for the weekend. My weekend is shaping up to be a rather busy one! Run with my group tomorrow, subbing a spin class, brunch with a friend, birthday party…hopefully I will find some time to take a power nap. Or several power naps. We shall see.

Without further ado let’s get to this week’s faves!

4 pieces of marathon training advice from Jordan Hasay. Honor YOUR training needs. Love it.

I am super getting excited about fall fashions. How cute are these bootie wedges? I think I need them in my life right about now.

10 refreshing smoothie recipes. Also, have you tried my runner’s pina colada?! That one never lets me down.

Running balls to the wall. We all have our bad days and races but I lovelovelove her attitude oh so much.

-And finally this. A little funny for your Friday.

Have a good one! Be good or be good at it.

What’s on tap for your weekend? Tell me something else random about your day. I like randomness.
I’m listening to “Rump Shaker” right now on Spin Cycle radio as I type. Haven’t heard this song in a MINUTE.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Thanks for all of the love regarding my Habanero 50K race finish!! If you missed the recap you can find it here. Recovery so far this week from 31 miles on sandy trails is going rather well. My feet and ankles were super sore earlier in the week but getting back moving always makes things feel a LOT better. Motion is lotion, baby.

Although my running buddies wanted to run hills on Wednesday and that nearly killed me. But I made it through. It ended up being a good run after all.

I’m debating on throwing this race on the calendar. TACOS and RUNNING, duh. Truly a match made in heaven.

Currently I’m in the process of cleaning up my IG. Like BIG TIME. I had over 3000 pics on there (?!?) just from years of being on the site! It was time for a major purge.

I tell you what– getting all of the sleep this week has been lovely. I think that’s the thing I enjoy the most after running ultras. Lots and lots of ZZZs. I should have taken another day off just to sleep all day and binge watch daytime television.

I cannot believe we are almost into September already!! Doesn’t it feel like August is flying by? But heck yes I am oh so ready for it. The State Fair of Texas is fast approaching! Most of you know who have been reading for a while that that is my JAM.

Share something random about your week this week!

Habanero 50k Race Recap.

Hey there! I am BACK from a long race weekend!! And of course here to recap some of the fun in the HOT Texas sun. I ran the Habanero 50k down in the Houston area!! Yes, it was as hot and as humid as it sounds. Let me take you along for the journey and see how it all went down…

Many of you know I haven’t really been racing much, especially after a long recovery from the Hachie 50 miler. For the most part all summer I’ve just been training with friends. But it has been a super fun season of keeping the miles up. I’ve also been teaching my usual classes at the gym which helps with cross training. For the most part, running has always been so therapeutic for me. I think I’m not like most distance runners in the sense that I really mostly run for lifestyle purposes. Sure, I enjoy the competitive part of racing- but there are moments in life where I want to train and run just for the sake of self. And enjoying nature. And for me I think that is where trail running plays a beneficial role.

I learned about this race through my trail running club, the Dallas Dirt Runners. There was a huge group going down to 7IL Ranch to do this race, and a few actually going to tackle the 100 mile distance! There were many distances for the race to choose from- from 10k all the way up to 100 miles. Something for everyone! I knew I wanted to do the 50k especially as I get my mileage back up to train for my next 100 miler in December.

I arrived to the ranch right before 11 AM since the runners were scheduled to take off at HIGH NOON! This was so different for me as I’m used to most races (especially ultras) starting super early in the morning. So essentially I had the entire morning to get my race prep together, thoroughly hydrate and eat a nice breakfast. The waffle breakfast at my hotel was pure perfection.

The 100k and 100 mile runners took off right at noon – and the other distances (including 50k) started at 12:15. I didn’t know much about the course honestly aside from the fact that it was just over a 6 mile loop that I would do a total of 5 times. We took off onto the course and the first part was DEEP LOOSE sand. The heat was blazing and the sand proved to be quite the challenge! I was not excited about this sand being so loose. I’ve run a race on sand before, the 50 miler at the Orion Ultra last year- but, that race had packed wet sand that you could drive on. This was much different AND tough on the ankles. Honestly I had to catch myself a few times from rolling an ankle and hurting myself. I knew I needed to tread carefully here if I wanted to last a full day of running.

Towards the back half of the course the sand evens out a bit and it is mostly single track dirt trail. This was much easier to run on but running over and over in loose sand made my legs and ankles SO very tired! Enduring the distance on tired legs (and of course not dying out there with heat and extreme humid conditions) became the name of this game. It ended up being a whole lot of spurts of running/ power hiking to get through it. I was so excited through because I got to see a lot of my local blog friends out there rocking the course- bigguyhiking and then of course my homegirl Paula! I loved getting to talk to runners at the aid stations and catching up.

I will say the aid stations were fully packed and the volunteers took amazing care of us. Without them I honestly don’t know what the outcome of this race would’ve been. They had plenty of water on tap, loads of ice, and GATOR(ade)RITAS! Crushed ice blended with electrolyte drink may be my new fave. Also, watermelon. Hello happiness.

When it was all said and done – after literally thinking it’s a possibility I MAY NOT FINISH this hell-ish race 1 lap in (No lie- I was super over it after 6 miles) I ended up finishing 31+ miles feeling quite alright. Quite alright, quite full of sand and dirt, ready for a shower. What made this race so incredible after being out there all day? Sharing it with amazing runner friends, the amazing trail running community, and knowing that I am capable of any and everything I set my little heart upon. One more 50k down. Many more miles to go.

Habanero, I hated and loved every minute of you. I may or may not be back for you. It just depends on the amount of peer pressure from my trail run buds. What can I say, I’m easy to persuade at times.

I will say this – there is something about trail ultras that keeps me coming back for more. I’m not sure if it is because of the beauty of the trails or the fact that I can be quite sadistic. Maybe both.

Thanks, Trail Racing Over Texas. Until next time.

Results can be found here.

How was your weekend? What do you love about trail running?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Okay so y’all we had some rain and a teeny tiny baby cold front the other morning. And can I just say that the morning run was everything! It was 70 something degrees and I was in sheer heaven. Thank you baby Jesus for allowing that to happen.

But of course today we are back to hellish Texas heat + humidity. I’m just trying to survive at this point.

Oh goodness I am so very ready for all of the fall things. Pumpkin. The fair. Cooler mornings. Less humidity. Boots!! It will be a while before I bust the boots out. But boy am I ready.

Tomorrow I am heading out towards H.town for the Habanero 50k!! And for those of you that aren’t familiar- the Houston area (all of that part of Texas really) is like the hottest of the hot and the most ridiculous humidity in the universe. Race is Saturday. IT STARTS AT NOON. I know it will be hot. But I feel ready. I am trying not to freak out too much.

I am kind of looking forward to this solo road trip. I have a lot of friends actually running this race (some crazier than me running the 100 miler! Sheesh) but I have decided to rent a car, ride down there and enjoy the alone time 3-4 hour road trip. I just feel like I am needing to be alone with my thoughts lately.

Do you ever feel like that? My solo time has been everything to me lately. I think it is because I’ve been doing a lot of group runs and social running things. I love it but the only child in me is craving time. To just get away. It is a good time for me mentally…to do this race.

50k here we come. Pray I don’t burn up and die.

Well that is all for this week ya’ll! Catch you on the flip side.

Have a great weekend!

Any fun plans this weekend? Summer fun? Are you ready for fall as much as I am?
I am OH SO READY.

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there and happy hump day! I’ve got some hot tracks and throwbacks for your workouts today!! Plus of course a workout for my fellow spin cycle instructors!

Be sure to check me out on Spotify where I post workout playlists on a weekly basis! You can also find my teaching schedule here. I’ve added some classes also where I’ll be guest teaching in the next few weeks!

Let’s go for a ride!

Snack- Ms Banks, Kida Kudz: Warm up
Loco Contigo- DJ Snake, J Balvin, Tyga: Accelerations
Pure Water- Migos: Rolling hills
Put Your Drinks Up- Tony Junior, STUK: Tapbacks
Goin’ In- J Lo, Flo Rida: Seated/standing run
Grapevine- Tiesto: Hill climb
The Anthem- Pitbull, Lil Jon: Tapbacks
Side to Side- Ariana Grande: Hill climb
Simon Says- Megan Thee Stallion: Sprints
Werk- CID: Active recovery
I Got Love- Don Diablo: Rolling hills
Alright- Kendrick Lamar: Jumps on a hill
Wait a Minute- The Pussycat Dolls, Timbaland: Rolling hills
Addicted to a Memory- Zedd, Bahari: Sprints
No Limit- G-Eazy, Asap Rocky, Cardi B: Hill climb
Easy (Unplugged)- Danileigh: Cool down

What songs are on your workout playlists this week?
Tell me something about your day that is RANDOM today!!
This black coffee that I’m drinking at the current moment is absolute perfection.

Surefire Ways to Push Past Doubt While Running.

Doubt. We all have it, especially during a hard run or workout! Or even a race. What are some ways to push past the doubt, the funk, the FOG…those thoughts? Because let’s be honest, our thoughts can either put a huge block on things…or help us push past our limits. So, here are some things I like to do to help me push past negative Nancy thinking and finish strong.

When you are telling yourself you just cannot move any faster- pump your arms harder. For some reason this really works when my legs are super tired and I definitely end up running faster. As a matter of fact when I was running hills this morning I did just that. It definitely helped make things more manageable and I finished that hill feeling stronger than before.

Break your run up mentally in your head. Don’t look at a run as 10 miles, 20 miles (or for my ultrarunners 100 miles HAHA) etc. Just knowing you have a big run in general (especially in the summertime) can be a little daunting. So instead of a 10 miler- I will say I’m doing two 5 mile runs. However you can break it up in your head.

Little by little, a little becomes a lot.

When you are tired, take time to assess how you are feeling and listen to your body. Can you not run another mile- OR are you actually in need of adequate fuel/water/hydration? Simple things like that surely make a massive difference in the quality of your runs.

Simple mantras you tell yourself sometimes are just what you need to take another step. “Mind over matter”, “Finish strong”, “Make it do what it do” – haha. Whatever you can tell yourself to get it done! I talk to myself a LOT on runs especially when I’m rolling solo. I talk to myself a lot though in general. It is the only child in me.

Reward yourself. It is always nice to have something to look forward to after a long run. Whether it is a dip in the pool, or even a ice chocolate milk you stashed in the cooler. All of these things will help push you past that negative thinking and finish feeling great.

What are some other ways you push past doubt while running or racing?

Weekly Running Report.

Happiest of Mondays to you! Hope you have some fun things in store for this week. I am gearing up for my next race, the Habanero 50k!! This one for me will be all abut survival – as it is one of the HOTTEST trail races in Texas! I am excited to take on the challenge.

Let’s recap some miles from last week!

Monday- 5.32 miles in the morning – temps were already soaring towards 90 degrees! I really have been enjoying getting out when the sun is out for running. And of course I have been working hard on my tan. I think things are coming along nicely.

Tuesday AM- Lunch time miles. 5.02 miles done. It was super hot at lunchtime with a little less humidity than in the morning which was nice. Still tough but I’ve been enjoying these hot runs lately. It is something about running in the heat that switches on my competitive mode. What can I say, I like it rough.

Tuesday PM- Double run day miles. 3.21 miles in the evening after teaching spin Still very hot. We don’t cool down that much in the evenings down in Texas.

Wednesday- 7.12 early morning miles getting it done. I ran with a gal that always pushes the pace a bit which is great. You know those friends that have a way of doing that AND distract you at the same time with conversation so you don’t realize you’re going FASTER? Yeah, those runner friends are the real MVPs.

Thursday- 10.12 miles. A few miles were faster than usual. Felt good to pick up with pace with the heat and humidity.

Friday- Another awesome 10 miler. 10.32 miles felt good and had the day off. Felt good to get it done before a much needed pool day. It was ABOVE 100 degrees on this day too so I felt like I got a little heat training in even at the pool.

Saturday- 14.21 miles done! Last run over 10 miles before Habanero. Thankful for running buds to help me get through it.

Sunday- 5.02 miles on Sunday funday runday. Just hitting my numbers for the week.

Plus went to KITTEN YOGA with some of my fave runner girls. Yes, it is exactly how it sounds! Yoga with the cutest little kittens running around and you could adopt them after! They were absolutely the sweetest.

Such a fun afternoon with these ladies! One of them has a blog also! She is quite awesome. Go check her out.

And there you have it!

How was your week? How are you managing the heat/humidity with your runs?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

So I’ve been practicing running during different times of the day (starting to get back into super ultra mode as I ramp up for Loup Garou 100) and to be honest probably one of my favorite times of day to run is when it is 100+ degrees out. I know that sounds totally insane but it is true. I felt so good running through the drier heat the other day. And it made me want push harder.

I also like living on the edge sometimes. Doing things you’re not supposed to do like running when it is 100+ degrees out. haha.

Maybe I’m becoming one of those people who enjoys HOT WEATHER running as opposed to cooler weather? Nah, couldn’t be.

One of my running friends the other day (although he has a few screws loose) told me he thinks my ultra-running tendencies have to do with the fact that I have Kenyan in my genetics. He was dead serious too. I mean, he may not be too far off.

I need to do one of those 23 and me things. Have you done it?? I think I may be surprised at what I might find.

I mean. I know I have German ancestry (grandparents on my mom’s side) then Native American, Black. Some creole. Hmm. Wander what else.

Oh, on Sunday I am going to KITTEN YOGA. Ohmygoodness you guys. I am so very excited. Of course, it is all chicks going. And I’m sure very little yoga will get done that day. Haha. Just saying.

Share some of your random thoughts with me this week!