TGIFriday Faves.

The sun is shining here…it’s Friday…AND it’s a good hair day!

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2 snaps for that.

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I’m looking forward to lots of fun this weekend! Specifically some fun in the sun with The Hottest Half Marathon! The weather should be sauna like as usual. Let’s see how it goes!

On to my favorites this week!

-Hydrating lots this week after my workout this week with some refreshing coconut water. This one is the best.

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-5 times when saying ‘NO’ is the nicest thing you can do for yourself. Tell the truth, honey.

-41 running tips and tricks from Shape Magazine. Good stuff here.

-Gorgeous sunrises like this one. I have to show it again because frankly, it’s too beautiful.

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-Spa pedis. I had one after a particularly hard day at work this week and it was heavenly.

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That’s it! Peace out…see you all on the other side of 13.1 number 19!!

What are you up to this weekend? Anyone about to rock a summer race?

Top 10 Staples.

This morning I kinda rolled out of bed and decided I would get my run on. Just a few miles in the sticky icky Texas summer heat. Still felt pretty good though.

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But I have to tell you, I really cannot wait until fall…cooler breeze in the air, pumpkin candles, boots and scarves…bring it on! It really is my favorite time of year.

Switching gears a bit…this lovely lady posted some of her favorite items to stock up on in the kitchen. I figured this would be a great day for me to do so as well! Here are some top ten staples I like to have in heavy rotation during the busy work week. I strongly believe that being prepared and having healthy goodies in the house makes a huge difference.

Here are my favorite things to keep handy:

1. Eggs (Usually I go for the ones from Sprouts/or cage free/organic)
2. Fresh fruits. My favorite combo right now is cut up bananas and strawberries! I love eating this little combo after a morning run.

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3. Sweet potatoes
4. Avocados. They have been making a cameo a couple of times a week in my lunchbox. By the way…this without a doubt…so true.

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5. Quinoa
6. Asparagus. Love roasting them and having them as a side dish. All you need is a drizzle of olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes.

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7. Hummus
8. Broccoli
9. Chicken/turkey/salmon

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10. Fresh lemon/limes. To squeeze on my salmon, of course!

What are some staples that stay in your kitchen?

Weds Spin Playlist.

4 miles on the treadmill and also some strength training this morning while rocking out to Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda song on repeat. Hey, don’t judge…it’s catchy.

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And of course I was rocking the pink. Because…it’s Wednesday, obvi.

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Tonight I’m teaching my 2nd spin class of the week…2 down one more to go tomorrow. I’ve got a playlist to keep us rockin’ all hour long! Check it out!

Bang Bang- Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj: Warm up
Scream (Remix)- Usher: Jumps
Thinking About You (Panic City Remix)- Calvin Harris: Climb 6/7/8
Bangarang- Skrillex: Sprints
Problem- Ariana Grande: Active recovery
We Found Love- Rihanna: Rolling hills
No Mediocre- T.I. Feat Iggy Azalea: Rolling hills/Standing attacks
Light ‘Em Up- Fall Out Boy: Accelerations
Wiggle- Jason Derulo: Jumps
Shake- Ying Yang Twins/Pitbull: Climb 7/8/9
All About That Bass- Meghan Trainor: Climb 8/9/10
Addicted to You- Avicii: Rolling hills
Wild Ones vs Titanium (Mashup)- Flo Rida/David Guetta/Sia: Standing run
Good Time- INNA feat Pitbull: Team sprints
Breathe- Sia: Cool down

How is your hump day going? Are you looking forward to something before the week is over?

Running and Random Thoughts for Today.

I got in a few miles this morning under the cloudy skies…the rain we have been having the past few days has slowed down and sun was peeping through a bit. Love when that happens.

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This week I will be scaling back the miles a bit in preparation for Sunday’s half marathon! The Hottest Half…it has been a few years since I’ve done this race. AND…it has been since JUNE since I’ve actually run a race, period. You can see the recap of that one here. Can you believe it? Not like me to not be all race crazy.

OK…I’m going to let you in on my thoughts a bit since I feel like I know you all pretty well. Because we’re cool like that, right? Right. Well here are some random thoughts for today. I try not to be really hard on myself when it comes to running. I have been running long distances for over 5 years now (and as most of you know, in October I will be running my 11th full marathon!! Which I’m really excited about and thankful for the opportunity). I know how our bodies have their highs and lows. I just think that you should be proud of every day when you have the opportunity to just RUN.

Whether it’s fast, or slow, or whatever. Honestly…I kind of get annoyed when I see runners being so hard on themselves. I mean, you know…I get it…push yourself always to go harder/faster/stronger is the mentality of most runners, but still. Some (read: MOST) days I am hard on myself…with my pace, the amount of miles I run and etc. This lady’s post kind of explains my feelings perfectly. I ALWAYS feel like I could go faster…and do MORE. But…it really is not fair to you and you are doing yourself a disservice if you beat yourself up and tear yourself down all the time. Not to say that you shouldn’t push your body and push your limits…but there’s a fine line and often overdoing things will lead to overtraining, injuries, and just unhealthy thinking.

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But I digress…now you know my feelings…I try not to worry about things that are out of my control.

Anyway…as far as the race goes…It should be a good one…although I am a little nervous. I don’t really perform well with the heat and humidity and just racing in the summer…period. Fall and winter is when I start picking up the pace and running well. So we’ll see.

After that…it will be time to ramp mileage back up and I’ll be knocking out a handful of 18 and 20 milers in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Marine Corps Marathon…I am coming for you in October! 2 months to go!

Anyone training for a fall race? How is it going? Are you hard on yourself when it comes to running and marathon training? 

Cheers to Life…Wknd Recap.

Hey hey! Hope your Monday is getting off to a fantastic start. Mine definitely is. Taught 1 hour of speedy spin class. I love getting it in with my early morning crew.

Let’s backtrack. Friday night I went on a date to the Dallas Museum of Art to one of their late night events. Caught up with some lovely art and live music.

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Saturday I was up for a hot and humid early morning run to the tune of 10 miles.

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The sunrise was insanely beautiful. So that helped. I’m running this half marathon next weekend so this was a taper kind of run. Definitely excited for it.

After the run I recharged my batteries at Bikram yoga. I went 5 times last week. I wasn’t kidding when I told you all I was using that Groupon. Talk about addictive.

After yoga my friend and I washed off and went to brunch next door. Peep that sign on the storefront. Pretty awesome.

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…then we went dancing at this awesome reggae club. And the drummer looked like Bob Marley. Fun times…I learned a few Caribbean style moves.

Cheers to life.

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How was your weekend? Have you ever gone reggae…or salsa dancing?

TGIFriday Faves.

Friday already?! Ah well…guess I can’t complain!

Although has been a crazy whirlwind of a week. But I got lots of things done on the work front. Sometimes being slammed with work can be a good thing! I’m all the more ready for some time to let my hair down this weekend.

Let’s get to my faves this week!

-First of all, I need someone to buy me these Asics Gel Lytes please and thank you. I like my running shoes like I like my music…LOUD and colorful.

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-This little piece of advice. Cuz it’s oh so true.

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-The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Dina is without a doubt my favorite and I’m glad she’s back. My little trash tv addiction.

-The 8 Types of People in Every Group Text. Haha I am definitely number 8.

-The person you really need to marry…it’s a little deep for a Friday but I loved it. Just thought I would share.

What are you up to this weekend? Did you find anything cool around the web this week?

Confessions of a Cycle Instructor and Weds Spin Playlist.

Well hi there! It has been a great start to my hump day. The barista that served my iced coffee this morning…he was a total cutie, and then he told me that the person in the front of me in the drive thru paid for my drink. Yes, there are still some good people out there in the world. And some cuties.

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Let’s get to this week’s spin playlist! But first I have a little fess up session to get out of the way. Some confessions of an indoor cycling instructor…here it goes.

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-A lot of times I make up my routines/playlists and change stuff at the last minute. Depending on my mood. It’s good to always change it up.

-I keep my spin shoes in the car always…you never know when you have to teach/sub a class! Those babies come in handy.

-I always get excited when I teach to a full house of cycle students. It really gets me fired up and I feed off of that kind of energy.

-Yes, I dance on and OFF of the bike. Kind of like this guy.

-I have a padded seat. Some say that’s for beginners but I love it when my tushy is comfortable!

-I also love it when my students dance/and or look like they are rocking out on the bike. It shows me they are enjoying themselves and having fun.

-During a set of sprints I love it when the members are working so hard it shows on their faces. Go hard or go home!

-My favorite part of a cycle class is always the hills. I love pushing myself through a really hard hill set (and when there’s a good song so go along with it)

-Second favorite part is accelerations. 15 seconds going hard…10 seconds of recovery. Rinse and repeat.

-My favorite day of the week to teach is Wednesday.

Haha and there are more confessions where that came from…maybe I’ll have to do a part 2 in the future.

Here’s my playlist for tonight! I’m teaching my 3rd class of the week tonight and one tomorrow night. Let’s go for a ride!

Rihanna Mega Mashup- Warm up
Shell Shocked- Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla Sign: Standing run
Feel Good (Oliver Heldens Remix)- Robin Thicke: Rolling hills
Drink (Extended Mix)- Lil Jon feat LMFAO: Sprints
My Boo- Ghost Town DJ’s: Active recovery
On To The Next One- Jay-Z: Climb 6/7/8
Got Me Good- Ciara: Rolling hills/Standing attacks
Low- Juicy J: Jumps
Animals (Radio Edit)- Martin Garrix: Accelerations
Get Lucky- Daft Punk/Pharrell: Jumps
Jungle- Jay-Z/X Ambassadors: Climb 7/8/9
Ring the Alarm (Freemasons Remix)- Beyonce: Climb 8/9/10
Body Operator- DJ Spin King: Accelerations
With Me- Cashmere Cat: Rolling hills
Aaliyah’s Boat- Satin Jackets: Cool down

Any other cycle instructors out there with confessions to make? What is your favorite part of spin class?

Move of the Day and Race Planning.

5 miles this morning on the ‘mill. Pink Dr. Dre headphones on, rocking out like nobody’s business. It was definitely a good one.

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If you ever want to run fast and totally zone out just put this remix on repeat. I’m definitely liking it better than the regular version. So gangsta.

Strength move of the day…hammer curls. I upped the weights a bit this morning. Progress.

So I’m doing some race planning for the rest of this year’s race calendar. My theme this year has definitely been TRAVELING…gosh I think it is so important to do so! So far I’ve already been to Puerto Rico, San Diego for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon, then in October I got into the lottery so I will be rocking the Marine Corps Marathon (26.2 #11) in Washington D.C.!! And possibly one more marathon before the year is over. I am kind of contemplating this race. Especially now that I’m peeping the headliner. Hello? Snoop Dogg at a race?! Ridiculously awesome.

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What races are you traveling for this year? VEGAS anyone?

Hot Run, Hot Music, Hot Yoga…Wknd Recap.

Hey there! This morning I taught a rockin’ hour long spin session. We worked on speed and intensity for most of the class. By the way, this is a great song for some speedster hills. From the new Ninja Turtles soundtrack. Haha.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? I definitely did. Ahh summer…it’s hot but I am loving me some summer weekends lately.

And it was really a hot one. Saturday I had a long run in the heat. Thankfully it was only 12 miles since I’m incorporating a mini taper into my training. 2 weeks til I get to rock this race.

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Picturesque sunrises make everything better.

After the run I had a nap, then a lunch/coffee date, then a dinner/wine date. And we hit up some live cajun music at The Free Man. This girl was rocking the mic.

Sunday was a little bit of a funday as I tried something new. Most of you know I’m a vinyasa/power yoga kind of gal. Well my friend has introduced me to Bikram Yoga Dallas and we have signed up for the month long Groupon. 26 poses, 90 minutes, 105 degrees, 40 percent humidity. Basically like doing yoga outside in the summer here in Texas.

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Not going to lie, it was HARD but I never left the class…I chugged my water with Emergen-C in it and then after I guzzled water AND coconut water like no one’s business. Talk about a sweaty mess too. I enjoyed trying out a new experience though. I don’t think I’ll ever permanently drink the Bikram kool aid though. But I’m definitely using up this Groupon.

How was your weekend?

TGIFriday Faves.

Not only is it Friday…it is payday Friday around these parts. Color me excited.

Hope you all had a great week…I’m sitting here sipping on some Starbucks. With the crazy neon straw.

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I have a couple of fun things up my sleeve this weekend…running, a little after work fun tonight, and definitely some yoga! My body has been jonesin for some yoga for real.

Let’s get to my favorites this week!

-Getting to see this pretty rainbow outside my window the other day after work. It has been a while since I’ve seen one so it really was a treat.

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-Some truth on my kombucha. The life pause…oh so necessary.

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-This song. It has been on repeat a couple of times this week…also played it when I taught spin class…it’s good for some speedy jumps.

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-10 Must Do Marathons Around the World. Some simply gorgeous views I’m definitely adding to the list.

-19 Realest Things Lauren Conrad said on The Hills…don’t act like you didn’t watch that show.

What are you up to this weekend?

Runners, what’s the most beautiful/scenic marathon or place that running has taken you?