TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood and I am overjoyed for sunshine!! I got in a 20 mile run and that always feels good when you can do it on a Friday, before the workday! So woohoo for that.

I also want to give a shout out to kombucha…and DARK CHOCOLATE ALMONDS. 2 things that are rocking my world this week.

Let’s get to all of my Friday faves!

-20 mile sunrise. I swear lately we have been getting lucky with how amazing the weather is on a Friday. Literal perfection and the sunrises have been quite picturesque. And me and this girl got our miles in. She will be running Hachie 50 coming up too. Love.

Get moving with a spring cleaning workout. OMG taping this to a wall somewhere. Hello super productivity.

My blogger friend’s recipe for my weekend dinner. You had me at scallops, girl.

-This because it makes me giggle. The pollen count has been craaaaazy high in Texas this past week. Pray for me, y’all.

Have a fabulous weekend!!

What’s on tap for your weekend? GOOD LUCK to my Boston runner friends!!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I have been pretty hit or miss with the blog posts this week! Those of you who know how OCD I am about weekly posting (seriously if I was in labor or something I’m sure I would still find a way to write something- just my personality) know that it’s not like me. But truly the week has been wall to wall busy work wise. HUMAN.

The last few days have been absolutely lovely for running AND for just being outside in general! I went out with friends last night and legit it felt like a Saturday. It has been – coffee on the patio…drive with all of the windows down type of days. I am in LOVE. Springtime please stay around a little while.

Do you remember when I told you about the naked man in my neighborhood? Well he is back running about the town and our lake. I swear this has got to be the same person. Crazy right? I haven’t seen him thankfully because I’ve been doing different routes every morning. We need to find a nude colony or something for this guy.

Honestly how are we already in MID APRIL at this moment? For real my birthday is in 2 weeks and I cannot believe it. And I managed to get time off to do my birthday run. It is going down. So YAAAS for that.

Are you a birthday cake person or what is something you MUST have on your birthday? If I can be honest I would rather skip the cake any day. If I could have a plate of sushi or salmon sashimi I am the happiest of birthday girls.

Hmm…maybe a sushi cake? We will see if I can make this happen.

2019 The Hills Reboot. Who is here for it?! IDK. I think I may watch because part of me misses Audrina. And maybe douchey Justin Bobby.

Anyone else share a birthday month with me this month? Share some random thoughts today!

Fun Ways to Stay Motivated for Spring Running.

Well it is a beautiful time of year to run…the temps are warmer, and spring fever good vibes are just all around! But sometimes this time of year (due to it being an off season, maybe you aren’t really training for a big race, etc) motivation to lace up and hit the streets just isn’t there. No matter how many Runner’s World articles you read you just can’t muster up the energy and would just rather be kickin’ it at the pool! I get it, I’ve been there. Well here are a few ways you can stay inspired in the springtime to get in those miles- rain or shine.

-Go for a wildflower run! Literally…go searching for some pretty spring blooms. They are just about everywhere this time of year in Texas. Honestly that is a pretty memorable part of my run, even from my run this morning. And I love this time of year because our state flower, the Texas bluebonnets are everywhere. Makes my run that much more colorful.

-Sign up for a festive spring 5k. Especially if you are not really in a training season and not doing long runs or anything. It is a smart way in the off season to keep your fitness up and give you a boost of confidence to get speedy.

-Plan your own SOCIAL run! Invite some of your running buds to run YOUR ‘hood…then have brunch at your house afterwards…maybe on Sunday Funday. Entertain your friends and get in your workout at the same time! It is a win win.

-Stock up on your spring running wardrobe! I know this time of year there are some sweet flashy colors to wear on the run. I don’t know about you but getting me a hot new pair of colorful shorts or tank is super motivating to put in some serious miles. When you look good…you run good.

Any other ways you stay motivated to get those springtime miles in?

2019 DanMan Challenge Recap.

So I believe in previous years I have skipped doing a recap on this race (because hey, no time cutoffs, no medal…NO RECOGNITION?!) What can I say, I am a millennial and I like to be recognized from time to time. But since this race has become a staple on my race calendar I figured hey, why not? This is the third year in a row that I’ve done the DanMan and I absolutely love it every year. Even with the usually very unpredictable weather! This year I signed up for the marathon distance and it proved to be quite the adventure.

So the DanMan Challenge is a race that my trail run group, the Dallas Dirt Runners, do every year…some years we camp out there and other years we drive up the morning of. It is just under a 2 hour drive outside of Dallas, and the run starts at 8 a.m. We sign up online, and Jackie who is Dan’s assistant (Dan owns the ranch property and is basically the big wig of this country Oklahoma town) sends you an email of confirmation that you are in the race.

The race has a 10k, half marathon, full marathon as well as a 50 mile option! Since the marathon distance is right on par with my back to back long run training for Hachie 50 I was all in for 26.2. My friend Lisa and I drove out EARLY on Saturday (5 a.m.) and made the trek. We were quite concerned about the weather, as there were thunderstorms in the forecast for the morning.

We drove up there and got there about half an hour early, parked on the ranch and met up with some good buddies also doing the race. Dan’s camp provides a pancake breakfast, and lets you inside of his home to hang and get your things ready for the race. It really is one MASSIVE party. And one that I super enjoy. Dan actually just completed the World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons in 7 continents in 7 days) and had all of his swag and pictures up on the wall. I thought that was pretty cool and fun to show off to inspire all of the runners.

We line up and of course with it being an untimed, no cutoff type of race…we start around 8:20 ish. Dan made a quick speech and we were off. The race has 2 loops, a 6 mile loop and then a 7 mile loop- the marathoners do each loop twice. Which is great because it gives you a chance to get back to the main ‘aid station’ which is his house/back patio area where they had a TON of snacks, treats, and hydration. So you could fuel up before heading back out for the next loop.

The race started out with a bit of drizzle which was quite pleasant and felt nice out there, fairly decent temps in the 60s with a solid amount of humidity. I wore a light jacket but instantly got warm and had to shed that. There were also a fair amount of climbs on the 6 mile loop trail..then the 7 mile one to me was a tad more runnable. I felt excellent the first two loops, chatting with my DDR friends and rocking and rolling along.

The third loop is where things got a little more real. We headed back out onto the 6 mile slightly more technical loop and it that is when the storm moved in. We had it all…wind…lightning (and yeah RUN AT YOUR OWN risk cuz they ain’t cancelling the race plus you’ve signed a waiver, etc) and heavy downpour for a good hour. The third loop was VERY intense and muddy and almost made me want to throw in the towel. This was where I had wished I downgraded to the half because I was ankle deep into the mud. I circled back onto the jeep road which led back to Dan’s house and really was ready to call it a day as I hit mile 19. I’m thinking okay…I ran 15 miles yesterday…19 miles today…that is some dang solid training! I would be super happy ending it there. But you know…the inner coach in my mind stepped in and just was not having it. I’m like…okay really Chelsea…7 miles to go…the 7 mile loop is the one you like, remember? Just crank your tunes up and freaking rock.IT.OUT. So that, my friends, is what I did.

I was literally jamming out to Spotify and at some point the rain just completely stopped. I was oh so happy!! I got separated from my friends (some slowed down, others sped up) so I was basically on the LAST 7 mile loop all alone. But I had my music and my crazy hard headed self that just would not let me quit. With the sun coming out I picked up the pace and felt freaking great. The shuffling picked up and I started climbing those muddy hills with a vengeance. Eventually I caught up to some friends that had sped up and we all kind of finished together. I finished that darn muddy tough trail race in 5 hours and some change and really felt good about it. Great day, strong trail run and got some kickass training in.

After the run we all grabbed some phenomenal BBQ- smoked brisket, homemade catfish and potato salad, baked beans, and even pie. And the best sweet tea you will ever have in life. I also brought a honey pear cider from home as my reward- from my favorite cider place in Ft. Worth. It was the icing on the cake for sure. And all was well in the world.

Overall I absolutely LOVE this run and highly recommend it if you are a short drive away from North Texas/Oklahoma! Great way to run and enjoy a very laid back spring trail race with good people. And get some SERIOUS grub that is all freaking free.

How was your weekend? Anyone else participate in the DanMan Challenge?

Weekly Running Report.

Hi there and happy Monday! Hope you had a lovely weekend. I definitely had a great one and am here to do a little recapping in my world of running! I was able to get in 76.8 miles last week as training continues for the Hachie 50 miler. Let’s see how it all went down.

Monday- I ventured out to some different territory and ran 6.3 miles of hills through my old stomping ground. Last week the weather was absolutely beautiful, we did have some rain towards the end of the week but for the most part it was quite pleasant.
Tuesday AM- 5.21 miles in the morning to start the day. Work wise April is quite the busy month so I’m going to continue on with being consistent with my early morning runs as they are quite therapeutic. And necessary for my mood to stay sane in hectic times. I am sure y’all feel me.
Tuesday PM- 4.12 mile run after teaching class at the gym. Legs were tired but got it done.
Wednesday AM- 7.22 miles with some more rolling hills. Nice quiet solo miles and managed to get up a little earlier.
Wednesday PM- 4.21 miles at night. Unwinding from the day.
Thursday- Back with the breakfast club run crew. 8.32 miles with some faster miles thrown in there.
Friday- 15.21 mile long run on my day off from work. I ran a bit in the morning then met up with a friend to finish since she had her long run that day too. Saturday was looking kind of sketchy weather wise (severe storms aka welcome to “Tornado Alley” in the springtime) and was not sure if they would even have the run that I was supposed to do in Oklahoma. So was glad to get this run in and happy to hopefully get some back to back long runs in.
Saturday- 26.22 miles at the DanMan trail run! If you are a regular reader you know I like doing this trail run and have done it the last few years in a row. Dan has ranch land out in Oklahoma and puts on a free trail run every year for the runners with delicious BBQ at the end. So I got in a solid marathon and then got down on some smoked brisket with all of the fixins. Good gracious that food was delicious. Hashtag so worth it.

Sunday- REST DAY after a bit of a run streak. Much needed rest day at that.

And there you have it!

How was your week last week? Hows your training going?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

It was insane humidity for this morning’s run. I am pretty sure it was 1,000 percent humidity at 5 a.m. Yes I said 1,000. Runs like that definitely make you stronger. Thankfully a little bit of breeze helped. But it reminded me almost of an early summer Texas run.
Speaking of Texas humidity I definitely have a love/hate relationship with summer training. I will still do it…and mostly enjoy it because of Run My Hood and other fun social runner friend activities. but I would prefer cooler temps any day.

Runners in Texas basically get naked when we run in the summer. 

I wore my hydration backpack this morning and it’s funny because my road runner friends ALWAYS comment when they see me wearing my backpack. Like it’s some big monster of a thing on my back. Even when I wear the kiddie one. “What on earth/WHY ARE YOU WEARING THE BACKPACK today? It’s quite funny.
Then when I wear it around my trail run buds…I fit right in. Trail runners love their vests and hydration packs. And trucker hats.
Speaking of which I haven’t worn my trucker hats in a while. I traded them in for sparkly headbands.
When people ask me if I am a road runner or a trail runner I like to say I’m BOTH. You know, a hybrid of sorts. Ha. I do love me some ultras on trails.
The sauna at the gym was EXTRA HOT this morning. I usually stay in there forever (because I love dry heat) but I tapped out after several minutes. This was my sauna face.

I will also be lugging this thing around the office all day. I am obsessed with my gallon jug. Also…Ozarka water is absolutely THE BEST. You know this if you are from Texas. Ozarka for the win.

Tell me some of your random thoughts today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hello there and happy hump day! I have some hot workout tracks for your eardrums today!! As well as a spin cycle workout for my fellow fitness instructors. Hope you enjoy!

Follow me on Spotify and also see where I’m teaching classes next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area!

Let’s go for a ride!

Thinkin Bout You- Ciara: Warm up
Bring it Back Now- Sudden Beatz: Jumps
Dinero (CADE Remix)- Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B: Rolling hills
Fire Burning- Sean Kingston: Sprints
Like This- Throttle: Tapbacks
Tip Toe- Jason Dreulo: Hill climb
One Dance- Drake: Seated/standing run
Bashment Ting- Rob & Jack: Accelerations
I Don’t Like it, I Love it- Flo Rida, Robin Thicke: Tapbacks
Drop It- The Lurk: Hill climb
Down- Jay Sean: Active recovery
Yeah 3x- Chris Brown: Hill climb
Stir Fry- Migos: Jumps on a hill
Creepin- CID: Sprints
Pour It Up- Rihanna: Rolling hills
The Rhythm- MNEK: Accelerations
I Got Love- Don Diablo, Nate Dogg: Hill climb
Bourbon- Gallant: Cool down

What songs are you loving this week?

Weekly Running Report.

Happy April, y’all! You will have to excuse me being tardy for the party this week on my blog posts. I was not by a computer on Monday!! Anyway I am here to recap some miles and smiles from last week. Plus a recap of all of my monthly miles from March! Let’s get straight to the running, shall we?

Monday AM- 7.23 miles getting the day started in the early a.m. It is funny because now I always see the same morning folks out on the lake. And we kind of do the head nod (hey morning person, I see you out here) gesture which is kinda fun. Always lovely and always puts me in a good mood and a good frame of mind for the week.

Monday PM- 3.02 miles watching the sunset and getting in my double run day in.. Love having my Monday evenings off from work to unwind from the typical busy day.

Tuesday AM- 5.35 miles for breakfast. Threw some faster strides in at the end to finish strong.

Tuesday PM- 3.31 miles on my lunch break. It was beautiful out but it certainly is allergy season. AHH-choo. I had a spin class at the gym also to teach on this day so kept the runs fairly short.

Wednesday- 11.22 miles early with a friend of mine who is also training for Hachie 50! She also does her longer runs on Fridays so I have been linking up with her to run long on that day. We had a good lil chat and then I finished the last few miles solo.

Thursday AM- 8.38 morning miles with the breakfast run club. Rolling hills and then 7-eleven coffee after.

Thursday PM- 3.22 lunch miles. Quick loop around the park and then went off to the gym to shower up. Then back to work and taught another class at the gym that night.

Friday- 20.12 miles with my friend before a busy work day. Yep…running long in the mornings BEFORE work is no easy feat but hey. Someone’s gotta do it. Lots of coffee was consumed on this workday but at least it was Friday.

Saturday- 14.01 miles in the morning with WRRC before teaching a 9:30 AM class at the gym. Took a long power nap after – and had to stock up on a few of my Trader Joe’s goodies.

Sunday- 5.32 miles to hit my numbers for the week. Thankful for great running weather basically all week long to knock out all of those miles.

Finally, MONTHLY miles for March totals are in- 352.4! Woohoo for that. I should be good and ready for my Hachie 50 mile race coming up.

Oh, and I also celebrated by participating in a little bit of Sunday funday. In my hot new jumpsuit. See?! I like to get out of the running clothes every once in a while.

And there you have it!

Share with me how your training is going! Any races coming up??

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey y’all!! (Imagine me saying that in the most TEXAN of accents) Happy Friday to ya! You will have to excuse me because I am riding the runner’s high from my 20.1 mile run this morning. Yep that point 1 is pretty important. Ahh yes, it always feels so good to get it done on a Friday, right? Hope you have some fun weekend plans in store.

Here are some of my faves from this week!

-I am obsessed with everything on SHEIN– has anyone ordered from here? I can’t believe how crazy cheap it is. I want all of the swimwear in every color on there. Especially this one.

Skinny funfetti cake batter dip. Where do I sign up…seriously thinking about making it this weekend.

2019’s best gels, bars and drinks for runners. I may have to look into that Amazing Grass.

-Ya’ll have probably already seen this but I came across it the other day on IG. I love her dad’s coaching skills from back in the day- super cute. Super inspiring for the runs and all of your athletic stuff this weekend.

And there you have it! Have a lovely Friday.

What’s on tap for your weekend?
More running, teaching a class at gym, relax time.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I know it seems like I am constantly talking about the weather lately but you guys I sincerely cannot help it. Temps are in the 70s every dang day. I cannot contain the amount of spring fever joy that I have right now.

So whenever I order my running shoes online (shoutout to Brooks) I always get them delivered to work and it feels like freaking Christmas time. My soul is just oh so happy. Does anyone else just get so giddy when they buy new running shoes?

I also get really happy when I can manage to get an early run in, shower at the gym and still am the first person in my little office suite to make it to work. The office in the morning without coworkers is oh so peaceful and I can check emails in blissful solitude.

Also my birthday run is fast approaching and I am trying to decide how I’m going to go about it this year. Run solo miles on the actual day (which is a Friday) or do the run with friends on a Saturday? I do have a few friends that want to do at least some of the miles with me. Hey I don’t expect everyone to do the whole 35. BUT…then the only child solo zen runner in me – wants the miles alllllll to myself…HMM. Decisions.

Also I love having 3 day weekends in the spring time. Especially when the weather is so glorious. Yes, I have another one coming up this weekend and I am going to a concert on Sunday so having Monday off will be the icing on the cake. I may even go get a spa pedicure. Ahhh yes.

I’ve just discovered a new favorite conditioner from Whole Foods and it is lavender and it is wonderful. Conditioner from a natural foods store? Hey, it is a thing. My new favorite thing. And it makes my curls seriously POP. See?? Wild, all natural and free.

Share some random thoughts with me for today!