Moving Meditation, Good Eats and Wknd Recap.

I am super excited this week ahead will be a short one. I will be working til Wednesday and then enjoying a lovely few days for the Thanksgiving holiday! Bring on the turkey and dressing.

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This morning I had to teach a spin class and then get all cleaned up for picture day at work. It’s fun working behind the scenes in TV…kind of like going into the office to be creative, write and play all day. Well sorta. This week will definitely be crazy hitting some deadlines before a few days off.

Let’s backtrack to the weekend. We had all sorts of weird weather! Starting off with some clouds and rain on Saturday. I wasn’t quite sure that I was even going to get a run in because of the off and on rain but I managed 14 miles. I just kind of kept running until I was over it. It was a good run and I played with speed a bit. Not only was it a good run, it was super peaceful. The leaves were starting to fall all of the trees have finally changed colors. Moving meditation for sure.

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After the run I went to my mailbox for the first time in a couple of weeks and got some goodies sent over to me. Thank you, Clif bar people! Lots of fun things to try.

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That night I went out with a friend for some good eats in the Bishop Arts District. We discovered a new restaurant out there called Nova! It was like a cute diner and lounge all in one. Hummus, pita bread and cucumber salad for the win.

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Sunday I met mama for coffee at The Pearl Cup. By the way…any coffee place that has almond milk lattes is okay with me. And this saying is so true.

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Since I did church Saturday and it was such a gorgeous day out Sunday I had to get back out on the roads. 8 miles of sunshine.

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Oh and I also got to have a little pho action this weekend. Piping hot pho with tofu…the best.

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How was your weekend? What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Are you doing a super fun Turkey Trot?

TGIFriday Faves.

Oh, hello Friday! So happy you are back again. I am just sitting here drinking coffee and loving on my new boots. These boots are definitely putting a little pep in my step today.

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Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-My Victorias Secret gym/everything bag. It really is perfect for stuffing all of my gym things in it. Especially spin shoes. By the way I taught some hip hop cycle last night and it was too much fun.

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I think I’ve had that bag for several years but I always find a new purpose for it and has lasted forever.

-11 thoughts every runner has during a winter run. Haha all of the gifs just made me laugh but this girl is on to something.

-Discover the benefits of being a solo runner. I also LOVE running with friends but running alone definitely has its perks. For me it’s moving meditation.

-Everything on the Tory Burch website. I have my eye on a few cute handbags for the holiday season. Gimme gimme.

-Quinoa stuffed butternut squash. Holy deliciousness. Can’t wait to head to the grocery store this weekend. Yes, I actually get excited about grocery shopping.

Any fun plans this weekend?
Vino tasting, running, and relaxing as much as possible.

Running Wish List.

6 miles this morning to the tune of my favorite sunrise. Temps have warmed up just a bit and we should be hitting the 70s by tomorrow! I told you Texas weather was bipolar.

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I thought I’d share some essential items for running that are on my Christmas wish list this year. It’s never too early to go holiday shopping, right? Granted I’m not quite ready to bust out the stockings, lights and tree but I do need to start thinking about gifts and such.

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-These are super cute! They have all kinds of fun designs. I especially love this one because it is so true.

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-Compression socks
Simply because you can never have enough. I still need this pretty red to add to my collection. Right now you can save 40% off if you enter the code CYBER at checkout.

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-Touch screen compatible gloves
I actually have already purchased a pair of these from Wal Mart but I could use a few more! They have all types of fun colors too. These grey ones go with everything. And you can still scroll and get to your favorite song on your phone during your run with these babies. Score.

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-Nike running tights
These sure are fun. I love me some crazy pants.

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-The brisk run neck warmer from Lululemon. Plus it’s in the best shade ever, that would be pink of course.

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-Nike dri fit long sleeved knit shirt
Just because thumb holes are the absolute best.

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What’s on your running wish list this year?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Last night I hit up Bodypump at the gym…I have to say teaching spin there and having a free membership does have its perks because I can take advantage of the classes. Very thankful for that.

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I was a great workout and the instructor switched up some of the moves this time. Lots of upper body and the squats were tough. My tushy was absolutely feeling it at the end. I think that may have had something to do with my run earlier in the day.

Moving on to spin! I have a hot playlist to get us through tonight’s workout. Looking forward to teaching tonight and tomorrow!

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Let’s go for a ride!

Funky Way You Move (Mashup)- Outkast vs Pitch and Scratch: Warm up
Beg for It- Iggy Azalea: Jumps
Can’t Hold Us- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Climb 5/6/7
Animals- Martin Garrix: Accelerations
Touchin Lovin- Trey Songz feat Nicki Minaj: Active recovery
Get Low- Dillon Francis and DJ Snake: Rolling hills
Uptown Funk- Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars: Climb 6/7/8
Turbulence- Steve Aoki/Lil Jon/Laidback Luke: Sprints
That’s Me Right There- Jasmine V feat Kendrick Lamar: Standing run
I Can’t Stop- Flux Pavilion: Climb 8/9/10
Not a Bad Thing- Justin Timberlake: Standing run
Wobble- V.I.C.: Sprints
I Can’t Believe It (Figgy Remix)- T Pain: Cool down

What’s on your workout playlist this week?

Coffee Break.

Well we all know around here I love coffee…so in my world, any time is a good time for java. Let’s sit down and pour ourselves a cup!

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If I were sitting down having coffee with you right now…I’d share with you that…

-I’m not quite ready for Christmas to be here yet…granted I have seen a couple of my neighbors pull out their Christmas trees…but I’m just thinking, already?!! Can we wait for Thanksgiving to get here please? I just need to take it one holiday at a time.

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-I am all about TV right now and all of my shows on Bravo. Yes they are my guilty pleasures and I have no shame. By the way, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills comes on tonight and Season 7 of Atlanta Housewives is back on every Sunday.

-A big batch of sweet potato turkey chili was made last night and I don’t think I put enough cilantro in it. What do you think?

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-I made my return to treadmill running this morning. Love doing some speedy intervals on it and burning rubber. Tonight will be Bodypump.

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-I signed up for my first holiday race…actually I think I told you all but I have a few friends on board to join me for this year’s Jogger Egg Nogger. It will without a doubt be a good time. 15K bring it on.

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-This song is in my head right now. Never gets old.

What would you share with me if we were having a cup of coffee (Or tea? Or hot chocolate? I don’t discriminate.)

10 Miles, BRRRR and Wknd Recap.

Hi there and Happy Monday! I’m attempting to stay warm over here sipping on a little bit of chai tea. It’s a brisk 28 degrees here in Dallas. BRRRR!!! I am one of those odd balls that actually loves it.

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I got started this morning teaching spin and then hitting up some weights. It felt good to pump some iron. We also did some speedy sprints to this mashup in spin cycle. Good stuff.

This past weekend was our first taste of some cold weather down in Texas! The leaves were just gorgeous…they are finally starting to turn. It’s about time.

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I ran 10 miles on Saturday morning in about 40 degree weather. I layered up but it was actually sort of warm towards the end and had to take my gloves off. Then I sort of forgot I had to sub a spin class that same morning. Oopsie…so I hot tailed it over to the gym right after my run and thankfully had a playlist handy ready to go. I kind of love teaching a class right after a run because I’m all doped up on the runner’s high so my energy is extra crazy. Haha. It’s actually a pretty funny sight to see. Great brick workout overall.

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Oh let’s back up a bit…Friday was fun too. I went to a Yelp event at this Science Museum with a cutie pie date and we roasted marshmallows. I even took a video.

Back to Saturday…that night I went to church then hopped on over to Pera Wine and Tapas for drinks and light bites with the gals.

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Love my ladies…homegirls for life.

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Sunday I was super lazy but I did get some grocery shopping in. I bought some raw broccoli and I have no idea why but I’ve been craving broccoli lately? As well as this greek yogurt dip I found to accompany it. Yum yum times a million.

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Any new foodie finds/discoveries? What did you do this weekend?

TGIFriday Faves.

Welcome to Friday! The arrival of this day kind of has me doing a twirl like this.

I’ve got some fun things up my sleeve so it should be a good weekend.

Let’s get to my faves this week!

-A double espresso break from Redefined Coffee House. Love this place…lots of cozy seats to get your work done while you sip your java.

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-Awesome tips for cold weather running. I know some of you deal with some serious winter weather so this would surely be helpful.
-Adriene’s post run yoga stretches. I did this last night after running/teaching a spin class and I have to tell you my body feels amazing today.
-26 things no one tells you about running. Number 1, 5, 7, 8, and definitely 14.
-Roasted pumpkin sage soup. I want to make this simply because it’s so pretty in that cutie pie little pumpkin.
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-The fact that Vanderpump Rules is back! You have no idea how happy this makes my reality show loving heart.

What are you loving this week? Is there any guilty pleasure show you enjoy watching?

Running in Chilly Temps and Making Lists.

Ahh yeah…my kind of running weather right here. 30 degrees this morning…I got in a few miles and the sun came out to play.

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One of my favorite things is running in chilly temps then coming home to take a scalding hot shower. What can I say…I like extremes.

It’s no secret that I love making lists. Just a few things I’m into right now…

Eating / sweet potato turkey chili. I made another batch this week. It has been getting me through these cold nights.
Drinking / water…tea…and wine – with my compression socks on. Happiness.

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Practicing / living in the moment…something I’m constantly working on.
Mastering / a few yoga poses–enjoying getting my groove on with the mat.

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Learning / to not take life so seriously and to laugh at myself every chance I get.
Trying / to get my crockpot back out. I have a massive one. I’m already making lists of meals I want to make.
Playing / this song on repeat. We did some speedy intervals to it last night when I taught spin. It was wonderful.
Finishing / a bottle of water as we speak.
Reading / and discovering lots of great blogs lately.
Remembering / simpler times…well it is throwback Thursday so it would be appropriate to put a pic here of when I was a little one.

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Wearing / all of the scarves. I need at least 8 more.
Cooking / warm and cozy dinners.
Working / on signing up for a Christmas/holiday race, can’t wait for the Jogger Egg Nogger. I run it every year.

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Traveling / to many places this year…D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Puerto Rico, and California to name a few. Ahh Puerto Rico. Gotta get back there.
Wanting / a little fun and break from my work routine. Can’t wait for the weekend.

Is it chilly right now where you live?
What are you wearing/cooking/reading lately?

Returning to Running Post Marathon and Weds Spin Playlist.

So I was reading an article from the awesome Jason Fitzgerald on returning to running post marathon. I definitely think recovery is the most vital in the weeks following 26.2 miles. I like to do somewhat of a reverse taper and slowly build the miles back up so I can get back out on those streets. And of course run to the tune of sunrises like this.

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Here are some things I think are the most crucial in the first few weeks post marathon.

-Sleep. I can absolutely tell my body needs more of it after the rigors of marathon training. And I have to tell ya…lately I am just loving me some sleep. What helps me with this is just forcing myself to get in the bed around 9pm…and maybe listen to some relaxing music and then I slowly knock out.

-Stretching. Getting my yoga on lately has never felt so good. Check out Adriene’s yoga videos on youtube if you want to do some good workouts in your living room. Or like me, get your crow pose on in the kitchen.

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-Massages. Check out Massage Envy locations all over the U.S. and if you work for a corporation they will let you use your benefits/flex account. I have been getting massages faithfully for several years and it helps prevent injury.

-Go on easy runs with no running watch/data, etc. Just BE OUTSIDE and enjoy the wind on your face. Listen to your feet as they hit the pavement. Listen to your breathing. Enjoy the sounds of nature…just the simplicity of a run and how it makes your body and mind feel.

-Hydration. I’ve been taking in lots of water lately. I can definitely tell when I don’t drink enough. Even as the weather gets colder out it is just as important to stay hydrated. Plus it makes your skin glow!

And without further ado…let’s get to this week’s spin playlist! I’ll be teaching a class tonight and tomorrow. Come join if you’re in the area!

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Come Get it Bae- Pharrell: Warm up
Yonce (Electric Bodega Trap Remix)- Beyonce: Jumps
Body Language- Kid Ink feat Usher: Climb 5/6/7
Fireball- Pitbull: Sprints
Break Free- Ariana Grande: Active recovery
Holy Grail- Jay-Z feat Justin Timberlake: Rolling hills
Where Have You Been (Paperchaser Remix)- Rihanna: Climb 7/8/9
Animals (Remix)- Maroon 5 feat J. Cole: Standing run
The Drop- Bro Safari: Accelerations
She Knows- Neyo feat Juicy J: Jumps on a hill
Tuesday- ILOVEMAKKONEN feat Drake: Climb 8/9/10
Habits (Chainsmokers Extended Mix)- Tove Lo: Standing run
L.A. Love- Fergie: Sprints
Body Party (Figgy Mix)- Ciara: Cool down

What are some things you do to recover post marathon? Any songs you’re loving for spinning/running lately?

A Typical Day.

I thought I’d do a post today on what a typical day looks like for me as far as how I eat. I’ve gotten a couple of questions on how I properly fuel my body for teaching spin, running and etc.

For instance…this is my ‘work’ schedule for the week, aside from my full time career. I’m teaching 5 spin classes total (usually I teach 3, but I’m helping out a friend subbing an extra 2)…and still trying to get in my own workouts which usually consist of- running, weights and yoga. Work hard, play hard.

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First of all, I will just put it out there right now and say that I do not count calories. Or excessively weigh myself. I used to when I was losing weight (see my about me). I am no longer interested in serious weight loss, more like toning and maintaining what I have. Especially during the holidays! That doesn’t mean I give myself license to eat like a truck driver. I have a rough estimate in my mind of how many calories I do eat a day, but that does vary and change from day to day depending on my activity level. Obviously, when I am in the thick of marathon training…I do take in more calories.

As most of you know who have been reading for a while…I enjoy running and racing year round. Right now…I’m in somewhat of an off season before I ramp back up in December to train for my 50K.

Anyway…here is what a typical day would look like for me in terms of meals.

-Breakfast- Usually…I will run/spin/workout in the mornings…so I think breakfast is a pretty crucial part of my day. In my opinion, it sets the standard on how the rest of the day will go. For me…I like to take in a good amount of protein and some complex carbs. I’ll either have some oats, boiled eggs (I usually eat 2), and a banana. Bananas are a staple in my diet. I kind of feel odd if I don’t have them in my grocery basket. Also coffee…I like it like I like my men…dark and smooth. Ha!

-Mid morning snack- Nuts, or maybe a piece of cheese. String cheese is my jam.

-Lunch- Usually chicken tortilla soup, those organic Amy’s meals, or a huge salad…I love having a big colorful salad. It keeps me the most full and gets me through the afternoon.

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I also love avocado and will find an excuse to put it on any and everything. Gotta love those good fats.

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-Mid afternoon snack- I usually will have a protein bar or a banana before I go to Bodypump or teach a spin class.

-Dinner- I’ve been experimenting lots in the kitchen lately. My favorite meal to eat is fish and I love salmon…I’ll marinate a salmon with lime, cilantro and a little bit of olive oil. I’ll have steamed veggies with that and probably some rice or quinoa pasta on the side. Recipe here.

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As far as carbs go…I la la LOVE carbs and I do not shun them. I think as an athlete carbs should be vital part of your diet. And not only that, I just feel better and have more energy when I eat them. I believe in wholesome, good for you complex carbs – such as sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice etc.

All things in moderation…that’s how I was able to lose roughly 50 pounds and keep it off for a number or years.

Don’t deprive yourself. MOVE YOUR BODY. Enjoy life, and have that glass of wine.

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What does a typical day of eats look like for you?