TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to you! I’ve got lots of fun things planned in store this weekend…including not 1 but 2 holiday races – a 15K tomorrow and a 5K on Sunday. Let’s rock n roll!

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Not looking to PR or anything for either of these races but I know it will be a good time! I’m hoping for some cool and clear weather! It has been fairly warm all week but I think this weekend it will cool down and be just right to race!

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Let’s get to my faves this week!

-For sure what tops my list would be going on a random night run looking at all of the Christmas lights. I put on some holiday music and went to town. It was fun galavanting through the neighborhoods and looking at pretty houses.

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-This is what happens when you get into running. Serious gif party here…and yes to all of those points.

-Quinoa fiesta enchilada bake…this is definitely going on the holiday eats list.

-While we are on the topic of food…digging these lazy girl peanut butter cookies. I really think these were made with me in mind.

-17 things you should know before you date a runner…heehee…loving it.

-Totally unrelated…but yes, I get excited about things like certificates of appreciation. This baby is going on my desk for the world to see. Hashtag love my job.

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Have a beautiful weekend!

What are some of your favorite links/recipes this week?

My Year of Running 2014.

7 miles this morning scurrying through the leaves on my favorite path. It was misty and rainy but a nice cool breeze certainly helped. It felt good to get it in after a little cross training/lifting day yesterday!

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Well…what a year of running it has been! I stole this survey from my buddy Kim and I figured it would be a great day to do it!

1. Best race experience? Oh man…that is definitely hard to pick and choose. I’ve had lots of FUN racing experiences this year….including having run the most 26.2s I’ve ever done (and qualifying for the Marathon Maniacs), 4 in one year and 11 total (plus 19 half marathons total…but, who’s counting?). I have to say my favorite one was the Houston Marathon back in January. I qualified for this race with my Galveston Marathon time of under 4 hours- 3:56. Flat, fast course and a huge health and fitness expo. I think I spent several hours in there scooping up runner swag.

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2. Best run? Also another tough one! It’s no secret I just enjoy running…whether it’s slow or fast…some of my most favorite runs are the ones where I’m just wandering through nature racking up the miles and getting all my thoughts out. But…my best run has to be when I got first in my age group at the Vineyard Run in Grapevine. The wine glass win was just the icing on the cake.

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3. Best new piece of gear? Definitely my Garmin Forerunner 10…love this pretty pink running watch!

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4. Best piece of running advice you’ve received? This one, hands down.

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5. Most inspirational runner? Oh, my homeboy Meb…no doubt!

6. If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be?
Adventurous
Incredible
Challenging (at times)
Amazing
Wild
Fearless and Free!

Loved this link up…thanks Kim!

Answer any of the questions..or join in on the link up!

Ho Ho Holiday Jams- Weds Spin Playlist.

I’ve got a fun spin playlist today for you!! Lots of new tracks mixed with some ho ho holiday jams. You could definitely rock out to these on your next workout or jingle bell run!

While you’re at it…check out my new page and see where I’ll be teaching spin class next at 24 Hour Fitness locations in the DFW area!

Let’s go for a festive ride!

L.A. Love- Fergie: Warm up
Fun- Pitbull feat Chris Brown: Jumps
You and Your Friends- Wiz Khalifa feat Snoop Dogg: Standing run
Higher Ground- TNGHT: Accelerations
What Christmas Means to Me- Ceelo Green: Active recovery
Feel Good (Oliver Heldens Remix)- Robin Thicke: Rolling hills
Overdose- Ciara: Climb 6/7/8
Come on to Me- Major Lazer feat Sean Paul: Jumps on a hill
All I Want for Christmas is You- Mariah Carey: Team sprints
Slow Down- Yellow Claw feat DJ Snake: Climb 7/8/9
Turn Down for What (Remix)- Lil Jon: Standing run
I Love Myself- Kendrick Lamar: Climb 8/9/10/11
Burnin Up- Jessie J feat 2 Chainz: Rolling hills
Love- Iggy Azalea: Sprints
Sleigh Ride- TLC: Rolling hills
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Sam Smith: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts this week?

I Run Because…

-It helps my mind relax…I have a bit of a monkey mind and it just helps me work things out in this crazy head of mine.
-I love to connect with nature. To be one with the pavement…the trail…and the sunrise.

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-I’m addicted to the runner’s high.
-Others can’t. These strong legs of mine are something I’m very proud of.
-My personal best is just that…mine and mine alone.
-Adrenaline and endorphins are amazingly powerful.
-I love to get out of my comfort zone, do what I fear doing, and push my limits to see what I’m capable of.
-I’d rather log crazy miles and be outside for hours than do chores around the house.

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Haha…just being honest.
-I’m generally a morning person…yes, I am one of THOSE people…and it brings a whole new energy into my day.
-There’s no better way to travel and experience the sights and sounds of a new city.
-The bling bling race medals are fun to collect and just the icing on the cake.

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Finish the sentence! I run because…

15 Miles, Good Company and Weekend Recap.

So this morning I taught my spunky spin class and of course it was lots of fun…speedy sprints and jumps all hour long. Plus it’s just the icing on the cake when you get Christmas gifts in the form of Starbucks money. I love being an instructor. And yes, they know me oh so well.

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How was your weekend? Hope you were able to get out and do something fun. My weekend for the most part was real low key! It will be a busy next couple of weeks going into Christmas and New Years so I’m glad I was able to run, relax and clear my head.

Friday night I met up with my girl Angela for a drink at our favorite hangout spot, Pie 314. It helps when you know the bartenders and they can whip you up a tasty beverage off of the top of their heads. Good libations and good company. This was a pic from a while back but I love hanging with this gal.

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The next day I slept in a bit (which was heaven) and I set out for a LONG run in the park. I made it to 15 miles and then called it a day. I kept a good pace and finished in 2 hours and some change.

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All this running lately has me SUPER excited for some ultra marathon running with this race in a few short months. I am even looking at perhaps doing an ultra LONGER than a 50K (which is 31 miles)…sometime next year. Who am I? Nuts…clearly. Stay tuned.

Moving on to Sunday…it it was dreary and rainy out so for me it was a bonafide rest day. I did a little yoga in my living room, went grocery shopping and checked out a new to me coffee shop called Zenzero. Dirty chai tea latte for the win.

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How was your weekend?
Did anyone run a holiday race or do you have one coming up?
I have not one but TWO races next weekend! 15K Saturday and 5K Sunday.

TGIFriday Faves.

Who’s doing the payday Friday dance with me? Hope you all are enjoying this glorious day. I’m looking a little bit like this right now.

In fact…why don’t we have a dancing GIF party. Just because we can.

Let’s get to my favorites of the week!

-Definitely getting in lots of back to back runs in this week tops my list. I am so thankful for these strong runner legs of mine. Pounding the pavement and rocking it on the trails.

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-7 ultrarunning myths that hold you back. Definitely one of my goals for 2015 is to dabble in some ultrarunning and I can appreciate this article.

-This shirt. Needing it now.

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-Why do you run? Love it…makes you think. Lots of reasons for me. I especially liked this guy’s reason when I posted it on Twitter.

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-6 lessons you’ll learn while training for a marathon. I dig all of them but especially loving 5 and 6.

-And last but not least this, just because…cracking me up.

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What are you up to this weekend? Are you running any holiday/Christmas races? 

Christmas This or That.

Of course my day started off with a run on my favorite trail. I would not have it any other way. Not only that but the weather has been pretty stellar for running…in the 50s every morning. That is my sweet spot.

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I thought we would switch gears this week and do some of This or That…Christmas survey style. Let’s get to it.

-Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Christmas Day…no doubt. I love giving gifts and seeing the smiles on my parents faces. This year my dad is coming up from Houston too so it will be a good time. Love my papa.

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-Real tree or fake tree? I’m usually a faker when it comes to trees. This year I have my sassy white Christmas tree up with the colored lights.

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-Tree ornaments or tree lights? That’s a tough one…I think you have to have both.

-Going Christmas caroling or watching Christmas movies?
Movies for sure…just because I love me some Elf. I have to watch it every year.

-Indoor or outdoor decorations? I prefer outdoor just because I love driving around and looking at all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood.

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-Santa or the elves?
I’m a santa lover…Black santa for the win.

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-Eating the Christmas cookies or leaving them out for Santa?
Just eat ‘em.

-Putting presents in front of the tree days in advance, or waiting until late Christmas Eve? Days in advance. I just love the look of a Christmas tree with presents underneath.

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-A white Christmas or a green Christmas? We’ll go with white.

-Going to church or volunteering at a soup kitchen? I think it’s so important to give back during the holiday season. Volunteering is the way to go because you can always go to church.

-Religious Christmas or a festive one? Festive all the way. I still love me some Jesus though.

-Spending the holiday with immediate or extended family? Immediate

-Eggnog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate with Bailey’s. Although I do love me some egg nog especially when I get to RUN for it!! Can’t wait for the Jogger Egg Nogger 15K next weekend. And of course the spiked nog afterwards.

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-Spending Christmas with or without children? It’s always nice to have the kiddos around.

-Giving or receiving? Giving

Answer any or all of the above questions!

Weds Spin Playlist.

6 miles along my favorite route this morning…I kind of wish this was the view from my office. Ah well. Maybe one day.

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Let’s get right into tonight’s spin playlist! Lots of fun tracks to move and groove to. Enjoy! And come spin with me sometime if you’re in the area and a member at 24 Hour Fitness. It’s more like a cycle party than anything else!

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Crank it Up- David Guetta/Akon: Warm up
It Takes Two- Rob Base: Standing run
Drop it Low- Kat Deluna: Jumps
Take Over Control- Afrojack: Accelerations
Stay the Night- Zedd feat Hayley Williams: Recover 1 min/Rolling hills
Feel This Moment (Reidiculous Remix)- Christina Aguilera/Pitbull: Climb 6/7/8
Problem- Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea: Rolling hills
You Make Me Feel So/Party Rock- Mashup: Sprints
Holy Grail- JayZ feat Justin Timberlake: Climb 7/8/9
2 On- Tinashe feat Schoolboy Q: Easy run
Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)- Lana Del Rey: Climb 8/9/10
Put Your Drinks Up- DJ Mad: Team sprints
Pusher Love Girl- Justin Timberlake: Cool down

Tell me one random thing about your day today.

Thoughts on the Run, December Edition.

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-Ahh…nice, crisp and cool out. GPS signal on! Let’s go.
-Good thing I brought my gloves…I love it when my hands are nice and toasty.
-It’s nice to just listen to the sounds of nature sometimes.
-Hmm…what should I have for breakfast this morning? First things first, coffee.
-Thank the good Lord for Starbucks.
-What should I wear to work today? Definitely boots.
-Did I blow that candle out?
-Wish I could go home and cuddle up on the couch with a movie. This is great napping weather. Too bad I have to work.
-Alrighty…a few miles in. Feeling good. Say good morning to fellow runners and dog walkers on the trail.
-Time to turn the music up…oh yeah, that’s my jam.
-Oh…this runner behind me thinks she’s going to pass me up? That’s not even happening. Better pick up the pace and make this a tempo run.
-Totally smoked her.
-Done! That felt great.
-Oy…I need a massage. Better yet a private masseuse.

What are some of your thoughts on the run?

Holiday Parties and 50K Training Has Begun…Wknd Recap.

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Hope you all are having a great day so far. Of course I started my Monday teaching a rocking spin class.

At the end of class…one of the members enthusiastically says…’This is going to be a great Monday!’. I strongly believe that. Love that attitude. Believe it and make that thang happen.

Anyway lets get back to the weekend. This one was a fun one for sure. Lots of running and good times with gal pals. Starting with Friday night…I took my bestie Natalie out to dinner for her 30th birthday. You love my singing skills, yes? I thought so.

I had a power packed day the next day so I went to bed in a timely manner. Saturday was 8 miles and subbing a class at the gym.

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That night I went to yet another 30th birthday party for my homegirl Elyse. If you remember back in the day we used to be true blue running buddies when we lived in the same apartment complex. Her and her husband just bought a house so they invited us over.

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This gal worked her tail off, qualified for Boston and will be running it for the first time in 2015. Love her (and kind of want to steal her running mojo).

We all took a pic in the holiday photo booth with our reindeer antlers on.

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The next morning was chill and relaxing, went to my mom’s house for dinner, and then ended the day on a strong note…11 miles while rocking out to my jams. And cooling down with some yoga in my living room. It felt good to get some back to back longer runs in. 50K training for the Cowtown Ultramarathon has begun!

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Bring it on! Wonderful things are happening.

Have a great week!

How was your weekend? Any holiday parties?