Faves a Day Early.

7 miles this morning enjoying a little runrise and catching some rays. I love when I run into random things like Dora the Explorer. This was in the middle of the road so of course I took it as some sort of sign to keep going.

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Since I have a 4 day weekend that starts tomorrow (woot woot!!) I figured I’d leave you with some TGIFriday Faves…a day early. Here’s what I’ve been digging this week.

-Pounding the pavement to some crunkness from Lil Jon. He always makes me run just a little bit faster.

-This shirt. Because I’m from Texas, clearly. I think I’m going to have to snag it to wear to my next hot yoga class. Which I went to last night, by the way. 90 minutes of pure bliss.

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-20 thoughts you have on a long run. Number 20 is always the best feeling.

-My new found love for almond butter. This one is oh so good on a toasted english muffin with a bit of honey before a run.

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-This frankincense and lavender scent…it always mellows me out and makes me feel all zen and what not.

-100 things to do in Dallas before you die. I’m working on knocking down a bunch of these.

Hope you have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

What are you digging this week? Are you going anywhere for Labor Day or staycationing it like me? 

Weds Spin Playlist.

It’s Wednesday and you know what that means…I’ve got a little spin playlist lovin’ for you today! I am teaching a class tonight and one tomorrow night.

By the way…happy hump day! We are downhill into the weekend…Labor Day is so close I can taste it.

Let’s get to this week’s playlist!

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Feel So Close- Calvin Harris: Warm up
Work- Iggy Azalea: Jumps
Rest of My Life- Usher feat David Guetta and Ludacris: Rolling hills
Anaconda- Nicki Minaj: Sprints
Billie Jean- Michael Jackson: Standing run
Tonight (I’m Loving You)- Enrique Iglesias: Rolling hills
Delirious- Steve Aoki feat Kid Ink: Jumps on a hill
Grindin’- Clipse: Climb 6/7/8
Poison (Baltimore Club Edit)- Bell Biv Devoe: Accelerations
Own It- Mack Wilds: Active recovery
Partition (Dave Aude Extended Remix)- Beyonce: Climb 7/8/9
Mashup- Pop Danthology: Climb 8/9/10/11
I Love It- Icona Pop: Sprints
Come Get It Bae- Pharrell: Standing run
Is This Love (Montmartre Remix)- Bob Marley: Cool down

What songs are on your workout playlist this week?

Deals and Steals.

A little 5 mile shakeout run this morning was just what I needed. I’m feeling good since completing this race although the legs are a bit like jello after jumping over rocks for 13.5 miles. I’m thinking I might have to hit up some yoga soon and stretch some things out.

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Lately I have been craving coconut water after working out. So much that I actually start thinking about it while I’m running. I was never even a fan of this stuff but I now I am finding every excuse to guzzle it down. It’s kind of magical.

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Well I have been in a shopping mood lately and am finding all kinds of deals and steals for running swag around the net. So I thought I’d share a bit with you. Get it while it’s hot!

-50% off on all Pro Compression trainer low socks and calf sleeves! Offer runs through August 31st. Click here to browse and enter the code LOW at checkout. If you have not jumped on the Pro Compression train yet…it’s time. I am a huge fan of their socks and the sleeves are pretty awesome too in promoting running recovery.

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-Personalize your running gear at the Gone for a Run website! I don’t know about you but I need a shirt like this one that says something about wine.

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-Free shipping from the Nike website with a purchase of $75 or more. No promo code necessary.

-Save $15 on the Rock N Roll San Antonio Marathon/Half Marathon by entering code BeattheHeat15. Offer good through August 31st.

Any deals and steals to share with the group?

Hottest Half and Wknd Recap.

Hello hello! Hope you all had a marvelous weekend and are enjoying a marvelous Monday! Back to the grind for me…I was back in the saddle teaching spin this morning after rocking The Hottest Half Marathon yesterday morning. What a whirlwind that was!

Let’s backtrack a bit to the weekend! For the most part my weekend was fairly low key. I went out with friends on Friday and took it easy all Saturday afternoon. Washing clothes, getting things done around the house. Hydrating and resting those legs for Sunday’s race.

Sunday, my mom met up with me at the race site…the Community Beer Company! Pretty cool I guess that the race was held at a brewery. Although I’m not much of a beer fan. But the concept in itself was pretty cool.

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For this race…I knew it wasn’t going to be a full out race effort (for me…that’s just under the 2 hour mark for a half) since my hot and humid weather running skills are not the best. I just wanted to finish the race feeling good (and finish my 19th half marathon to date! Pretty awesome). I lined up at the start and the fun went off at 7:30 am with the temperature already soaring to 86 degrees with lots of humidity. Ahh Texas, gotta love ya.

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I started the race off too fast as usual but was feeling good. The course itself was mostly flat with a big hill right at the end which provided enough of a challenge. There was also a BIG part of the race that was along the trails with dirt and LOTS of rocks! That was pretty hard and unexpected. Aside from that part (which was towards the end and really slowed me down…since I was trying to navigate over rocks and not trip and fall) I really liked the course and running along the Trinity River.

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We also had a pretty epic view of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge. Of course I had to snap a pic.

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Aside from not really caring about my time I just wanted to finish strong, under a 10 minute pace and beat LAST SUMMER’S icky hot race. And I did it! It was definitely much hotter than Jalapeño too. Bam.

The course was also pretty long! 13.49 miles on my watch. haha.

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After the run I went to the pool and kicked it with my neighbors…

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and then ate some barbeque at this place. Decadent. Loving corn fresh off of the grill.

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Well, that’s it! Number 19 is done…and I am shooting for number 20 in September before my 11th full marathon in October. Here I come, Balloon Festival.

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How was your weekend? Have you ever completed a HOT summer half?

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?