Would You Rather.

5 miles for breakfast this morning along with some strength training. Felt good to get my lift on. I was also happy with this little tempo on the ‘mill.

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Move of the day. Woodchops…I love these now thanks to Nike Training Club.

I’m keeping things on the lighter side today with some questionnaire fun. Many thanks to Michelle for the idea.

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-Read on a Kobo or paperback book? Hmm…I am going to have to say paperback.

-Go to a play or a musical? Play

-Go to a theater or a movie? Is netflix an option?

-Hike or bike? Bike

-Wear jeans or chinos? Jeans for sure. Allthough I am going to come clean and confess that I really don’t like pants. Not even at all.

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-Have a margarita or pina colada? Skinny margarita

-Crash with friends or stay in a hotel? Crash. Always crash.

-Visit Europe or Mexico? Europe. I’ve always wanted to go to Spain and/or Italy. One day.

-Visit Hawaii or Alaska, and why? Honolulu, Hawaii to visit my uncle I’ve actually never met before. He left there for the military when he was young and never came back. My mom still talks to her brother but she hasn’t seen him in probably 30+ years. Crazy, right?

-Go skiing or snowshoeing? Skiing

-Travel by plane, train, automobile? Plane. Definitely save time and enjoy more vacation!

-Enjoy a houseboat or a speedboat? Houseboat

-Go climbing or zip lining? Climbing. I went zip lining once when I was young and it was not my favorite.

-Go to a comedy club or dance club? Ooh hard one because I LOVE to dance – but then I also love to laugh. So I think dance club is going to win this time.

-Have a night out or evening in? Night out. Some days this answer changes but I’ve been loving being out and exploring new things with different people. I think that’s what life is all about. Of course, now if I’m doing a LONG RUN the next day, the answer is always evening in. Ha.

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-Watch tv or read a book? Watch tv.

-Go canoeing or waterskiing? Hmm…canoeing definitely sounds fun.

-Camp in an RV or stay in a tent? Haha…I’ve stayed in a tent and that was ok but I’d rather be a little classier in a fancy RV.

-Facebook or Twitter? Twitter…I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I will also never be able to keep up with anyone on there, ever.

-Choose a free trip or money? Wow…both?

-Win the lottery or find your perfect job? Hello lotto!

-Swim in a pool or the ocean? Pool

-Travel by boat or cruise ship? Cruise

-Watch sports or play sports? Play sports

-Play dodgeball or kickball? Kickball was definitely my favorite thing to play in P.E. as a kid!

Answer any or all of the questions!

17 Miles, Salsa and Wknd Recap.

Hi there! Happy Monday. Hope your day is getting off to a good start. I rolled outta bed to teach my early bird spin class this morning. Then I showered up and coffee came to the rescue to fly me off to work.

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Yep. Exactly.

Backtracking to the weekend…it was long run Saturday over here. To the tune of 17 miles. And boy was it hot. I’m talking about temps in the high 80s at 6 am hot. And humid. Lots of folks were out though, walking, rollerblading, biking…so it helped to have a little scenery and say ‘good morning’ to people. I slathered on my sunscreen, bug spray and just got it done. To say I was tired by the end of this run and pavement pounding in that heat– is an understatement. Actually I wanted to call it a day around mile 10. But I kept going. Days like this just remind me how tough as nails I am. In my training and really in life.

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I did not take in fuel, any kind of gels or whatever during this run…kept it simple with a nutrigrain bar for breakfast, some caffeine, and carbed up pretty well the night before. I took in tons of gatorade/electrolytes and water during though. Some days for me are like that. I do better fueling during the race than eating a whole bunch on a training run. I get tummy issues if I take in too much. I think if I had run for longer than 2 hours and some change though I would have done some gu…or jelly belly energy beans. Still kind of experimenting with what works for me. I have been running marathons for over 5 years and I am still learning. I think we all are…you know? No one is an expert at this stuff even if they pretend to be. Always a work in progress.

Anyway, fun times. After that I stretched and put on some compression socks. Kicked it at the house for a bit. Later on I met up with some friends for some live salsa music on the lawn. It was a super chill night. Love these ladies forever.

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Sunday was church and a 4 mile recovery run.

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Then some yoga. I really needed this yoga class. Got all the kinks out. With my favorite colorful Lulu mat of course.

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The weekend must end with rainbow sprinkles. Always always.

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Did you have a good weekend? How did you beat the heat?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday! It is indeed a great day to dance. I think a few dancing gifs are in order…just because.

Hope you all had a great week and got some fantastic runs in. I certainly did and am looking forward to lots more this weekend! Running, a dance festival in the park with friends, and lots of down time to maybe be productive. I said maybe.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-Discovering new coffee/fresh juice shops like this one. Global Peace Factory is where it’s at. Plus, they make lattes with almond milk. Score.

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-Christmas lights in July – a little fun with friends in Highland Park after teaching spin Wednesday night. I think they should be everywhere.

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-32 of life’s most underrated activities. Definitely.

-Tips for running in humidity. Great stuff here…personally I’m starting to enjoy running in these Texas summer temps. Call me sadistic if you want.

-This top. I kind of need it right now.

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-Pets interrupting yoga. Haha…too freaking cute.

What are you up to this weekend? Anyone running a hot summer race?

Friday Eve and a Mexi Dish.

Yes yes ya’ll…it’s Thursday. Finally. This is definitely one of my favorite days of the week! I teach my last spin class of the week (my 4th) tonight. Thank you Lord, I made it.

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I started the day off in typical fashion with a 5-ish mile run. Admiring the pretty colors in the sky. I’m starting to find all of kinds of pretty views in my hood and I’m loving it.

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Then I had a little bit of time before work so I got my foam roll on. Felt good to get those kinks out. Lots of working out going on over here lately so I take every lil bit of TLC I can get.

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So anyway, I think I was supposed to share this recipe with you a couple of weeks ago but then I got all A.D.D. and time slipped away from me. So here it is. A lil mexi dish…chicken enchilada black bean casserole. Adapted from this recipe but I swapped out a few things and added goat instead of cheddar cheese. Just cuz I can.

What you’ll need to make 1 small square pan.

Corn tortillas
Shredded cooked chicken
Black beans
1 can green chilies
1 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 can red enchilada sauce
Chopped fresh cilantro
Garlic powder/salt/pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375. Mix shredded chicken (seasoned with dash of salt/pepper/garlic), black beans, and green chillies together, set aside. Spread half of the enchilada sauce over the bottom of a baking dish. Place 4 tortillas over the sauce, overlapping if necessary. Spoon half of the chicken mixture over the tortillas, and sprinkle with some of the cheese. Spoon the remaining enchilada sauce over the cheese, and make another layer of tortillas. Layer the remaining chicken mixture over the tortillas. Cover dish with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

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Serve! Then devour.

What meals are you cooking up in the kitchen this week?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Busy week over here. I’m teaching my 3rd spin class of the week tonight and one tomorrow night over at the Irving club. Let the fun begin!

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Fogging up the mirrors – probably my favorite thing to do when I’m teaching a spin class.

Without further ado…here’s a little hip hop edition of my Wednesday spin playlist! I did this one last night. Lots of fun tracks to get you movin and groovin on that spin bike.

Now let’s work it out!

Na Na- Trey Songz: Warm up
How I Feel- Flo Rida: Jumps
Flex- The Party Boyz: Climb 6/7/8
Bend Ova- Lil Jon feat Tyga: Sprints
Fine China- Chris Brown: Active recovery
Gimme Dat- Ciara: Standing run
Hustlin’- Rick Ross: Rolling hills
She Twerkin’- Ca$h Out: Jumps
Cut Her Off- K Camp feat 2Chainz: Rolling hills
The New Workout Plan (Remix)- Kanye West: Accelerations
Paranoid- Ty$ feat BoB: Standing run
Believe Me- Lil Wayne feat Drake: Climb 7/8/9
Me and My Team- Maejor Ali feat Kid Ink: Climb: Climb 8/9/10/11
Hold On We’re Going Home- Drake: Rolling hills
1UP- Just Blaze feat Mysto and Pizzi: Sprints
Part II (On the Run)- Jay-Z feat Beyonce: Cool down

What hip hop (or whatever genre) songs are you loving for your workouts lately?

It Was a Good Morning and Match Made in Heaven.

I was up just before 6 am to put in a little work on the ‘mill. 4 miles done at a 7:38 pace plus strength training. It was a good morning.

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I told myself I was going to keep the run in the 7s and that’s exactly what I did. Sometimes you just have to grab your goal by the horns, hold on, and prove to yourself that you can, in fact, do hard (and speedy) things.

Lots of bicep curls and arm work this morning with the weights too. My arms are indeed feeling it already.

I have to teach a spin class tonight and it will likely involve me being off of the bike dancing around the room. With this jam. The Irving club loves them some hip hop crunkness…and so do I so it’s a match made in heaven.

And oats for breakfast. With lots of color in them. I don’t know about you but I like my food to be pretty.

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I’ll leave you with some runspiration for your day before I get to work.

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Do you have any goals you are hoping to crush this week?

15 Miles and It’s Still Texas, Ya’ll…Wknd Recap.

Hi there! Happy Monday. This day is already shaping up to be a crazy one work wise. At least I got a nice spin session in with the crew this morning. That always takes the edge off.

Let’s recap the weekend, shall we? Friday and Saturday…oh man, the weather was so nice. Much cooler in the mornings than usual. 75 percent humidity but it was all good. It still made for an awesome 15 mile run Saturday morning.

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I kept a pretty good (for me) pace considering how much I tend to slow down in the summer on these longer runs. Very thankful for that.

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Don’t get it twisted though. It’s not like I live in San Diego or anything. It’s still Texas, ya’ll. It’s still hot and humid as I don’t know what. Mother nature was just nice to us that day. At least it will be in the 70s in the mornings so I’ll just have to get up and bust it out this week.

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I took it easy for the remainder of the weekend. Got a pedicure, went to my baby cousin’s birthday party, chilled with my mama, Saturday night church. The next morning it was a 10K Sunday funday runday…recovery run. IMG_20140720_104717 Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 8.09.27 AM

I had brunch and got to catch up a little bit with my girl Jackie. We went to Taco Diner and had some of this deliciousness – the Los Cabos salad.

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Oh and then I had a massage and bought myself some shiny blue aviators. How fun are these? I stumbled upon them doing some window shopping. Great for summer.

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How was your weekend? What are you looking forward to the most this week?

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello there! It’s Friday and I have to tell you…I could not be more happy to see this day. I am in dire need of some free time for sure.

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This weekend will be all about running, brunching it up, family/friend time and a lovely massage! Can’t wait.

Let’s get to my faves this week!

-Cooking it up more in the kitchen. Lots of lunches being brought to work this week, including this lemon red pepper salmon and a refreshing cucumber tomato salad. I actually got the cucumbers from a Korean market and they were so fresh and delicious.

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-All the pretty flowers around my neighborhood during my morning runs. Kinda makes it hard to not stop and sniff a few of them.

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-What it’s like to text with that friend who’s obsessed with the gym. I may or may not be said gym rat…oops.

-Finally learning how to cut a mango correctly. Life changer.

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-Signing up for this race in August. I ran it a few years back. It will be one of my benchmark races before MCM in October. Bring on the heat. We have actually been having a mild summer down here so let’s hope it stays that way.

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What’s on tap for your weekend?

Downpour and a Recipe.

7 miles in the rain this morning. It was nice and clear from jump but then I was running in a straight up downpour on the way home. I got a nice little shot of the clouds before all of that happened though.

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Looks like the rain will be staying around for a while…thank you mother nature for the somewhat cooler weather.

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So today I figured I’d share a recipe with you for goat cheese turkey stuffed peppers…it has been a while since I’ve done that! I made this one for dinner this week then had plenty of leftovers since I made a few peppers. I am scoring all of the fresh delicious veggies at the local farmers market.

And you know I had to add goat cheese…just because.

What you’ll need:

Green bell peppers (of whatever you favorite color is), cut in half, seeds out
Extra lean ground turkey
Cooked quinoa
Taco seasoning (preferably low sodium)
Sriracha
Garlic powder
Goat cheese/avocado to taste

Brown ground turkey and add in taco seasoning. Once cooked all the way through add in sriracha and garlic. Cook on medium low for 5-10 minutes. Mix meat and cooked quinoa together and spoon it into the halves of bell peppers. Top with goat cheese. Cook in oven on 375 for 15 minutes. Serve.

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What are you cooking up in the kitchen this week?

Love Affair and Weds Spin Playlist.

Today and probably the rest of the week is going to be cray cray…come on Friday!

I’m already teaching my 3rd spin class of the week tonight…teach one more tomorrow…plus lots of deadlines to hit at the 9 to 5. Coffee has been my constant love affair this week.

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But I still wanted to stop in and give a quick hello plus some spin playlist fun…because I love you all just that much.

Let’s get to it!

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody- Fergie feat Q Tip: Warm up
2 Reasons- Trey Songz: Standing run
My Hitta- YG feat Rich Homie Quan: Jumps
Good Feeling- Flo Rida: Sprints
Leggo- B Smyth feat 2 Chainz: Rolling hills
TKO- Justin Timberlake: Climb 7/8/9/10
Work- Iggy Azalea: Jumps
Come Get it Bae- Pharrell Williams: Accelerations
La La La- Naughty Boy feat Sam Smith: Active recovery
Crazy Kids- Kesha feat Juicy J: Rolling hills
No Mediocre- T.I. Feat Iggy Azalea: Climb 7/8/9/10
The Other Side (Davis Redfield Remix)- Jason Derulo: Sprints
No Church in the Wild- Jay-Z and Kanye West: Rolling hills
Bad Habits- Maxwell: Cool down

Do you have any deadlines to hit this week? What songs are rocking your playlists lately?