TGIFriday Faves.

Welcome to Friday! I am working through the day then off on the first jet plane tomorrow morning to DC for the marathon!! This is me doing the happy dance at my desk right about now.

Plus after the race I’m staying in the area for a week with my best friend Nicole and I get to see all sorts of beautiful college friends. Like these ladies. Makes me all sorts of giddy.

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But I still have loads of packing to do since last night was unproductive after teaching spin. But I guess I have no choice but to get it all done tonight!

Let’s get to my faves this week!

-Some of this was over the weekend too…but we’ll just add it on. Loving spending time with the sweetest mama in the universe. Yes that would be the reflection of my hand taking the pic. Gotta love mirrored sunnies.

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-Awesome servers at Pie 314. If you live anywhere in the DFW area seriously check out this place. They have the most amazing pizza with goat cheese and they will make it for you gluten free.

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Plus the bartenders are always rocking it.

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-Twitter excitement about MCM…so cool to see the folks running it and reading about their journeys with the highs and lows of training.

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-What makes a runner? Great read there. More people need to embrace it.

-My new eyeshadow/color palette. And I have a secret…you can get a lot of cool makeup from Ross. Not at all ashamed to say I love me some bargain shopping.

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-This view…that makes running that much more wonderful.

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-Finally getting to check in for tomorrow morning’s flight. Ready for takeoff!

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See you on the other side of 26.2!

What kind of mischief are you up to this weekend? What do you think makes you a RUNNER?

Marine Corps Marathon Tips and 26.2 Checklist.

Last night I finally got my life together and started packing for my trip to D.C. Massage stick and compression socks ready to go. Definitely can’t wait to get this race behind me!

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And of course I am bringing some race shirts along…this weekend kicks off the Dallas 13.1. Last year I was a pacer for this race and it was an incredible experience. Good luck to anyone running it!

I thought today would be a good day to give you some tips for those of you also running MCM!! This will be my 3rd time running it and my 11th full marathon. Very much looking forward to running with the Marines!

And without further ado…a checklist to get you prepped and ready to go, courtesy of Brooks. This would definitely be something good to even print out and take along with you.

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Some quick tips for those of you rocking the Marine Corps Marathon for the first time!

I ran it in 2012 and 2011 and I have to tell you that it is my favorite marathon to date! The historical landmarks, Marines cheering you along the way, and beautiful scenery really keep you pumped up throughout the course!

A few things-

-Make sure you arrive early and give yourself enough time to line up to the start. A majority of the runners will be taking the Metro like you to the race site so you want to be able to allow time for that, as well as time for the porta potties and gear check. I would say to arrive about an hour or so early just to be sure.

-The course is nice and flat with a few rolling hills…there will be lots to look at! Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage DC has to offer! It is very pretty there this time of year. Take the time during the first half to ENJOY the course, and keep your pace in check. Conserve that energy for the later miles.

-The Marines will be at every water stop and mile marker cheering you on! It is so awesome and encouraging to have them there every step of the way.

-The toughest point in the course for me was the “Beat the Bridge” at mile 20 – basically it is a long stretch of road with almost no spectators…it’s the point in the course where you have to dig deep and tap into that MENTAL TOUGHNESS. At this point in the race you have what it takes to make it to 26.2! It’s all mental, all heart. Utilize whatever mantra, positive affirmations you’ve got inside and keep going.

-After you have conquered the bridge, you will enter into the beautiful streets of Crystal City…ahh and the spectators are all around! Feel the energy and the music around you…you are almost there!

-The last little obstacle you will conquer will be the lwo Jima hill! It is right at the end of the race…at this point you will be all adrenaline and ready to just FINISH! Surge up this hill and head to the finish line…you are done!! Celebrate your awesomeness!

-Make sure you take your photo at the end with the Marines and with the beautiful monuments in the background!

**For some of you, this will be your very first marathon. What an honor to say that MCM was your FIRST one! I have to tell you that after you run it once you will want to do it again! Trust me!

Anyone training for a fall marathon…or a spring one? Which one are you running?

4 Days and Weds Spin Playlist.

This week I have plenty of tracks to keep you movin’ and groovin’! I teach my 2nd to last class tonight before I go out of town for the Marine Corps Marathon.

4 days, baby!

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Let’s go for a ride!

GDFR- Flo Rida feat Sage the Gemini: Warm up
Down- Jay Sean feat Lil Wayne: Jumps
Runaway Baby- Bruno Mars: Rolling hills
Bands a Make Her Dance (Bmore Remix): Accelerations
Fancy- Iggy Azalea: Active recovery
Touch 3 Skies (Mashup)- Britney Spears vs Kanye West: Jumps on a hill
1Up!- Just Blaze feat Mysto and Pizzi: Climb 6/7/8
Drop it Low- Ester Dean: Climb 7/8/9
No Mediocre- T.I. Feat Iggy Azalea: Climb 8/9/10
Celebrate- Pitbull: Standing run
Let’s Go Set Fire to the Rain- Adele vs Calvin Harris: Climb 8/9/10/11
Break Free- Ariana Grande feat Zedd: Easy run 5/6/7
Turn Down for What (Remix)- Lil Jon: Sprints
Right Now- Rihanna: Rolling hills
Love Lockdown (Kanye West Cover)- Glass Animals: Cool down

What are you looking forward to this weekend? Anyone else running the Marine Corps Marathon?

Confession Session, Part 2.

-I have been enjoying some pumpkin spice coffee over here courtesy of 7-eleven. Dare I say it tastes better than Starbucks and not only that, it’s much cheaper. I like to mix it with the Colombian roast. Tasty stuff.

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-Still loving this Victoria’s Secret scent and it’s from the summertime. My friend got it for me for my birthday. Makes me feel like I’m still chillin poolside.

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-Lots of yoga and massage stuff going on during this cutback/taper week leading up to Sunday’s marathon. By the way if I could hire a massage therapist to come over to my house every day and rub me down I would. No lie.

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-Obsessed with all things New Jersey housewives. I cannot take my eyes away from my tv screen. Especially with all of this legal stuff going on.

And yes Teresa…you do need to learn how to blow out your own hair. It has saved my life many times.

-I do not have cable tv right now by the way. I’m saving a whole heck of a lot of money. Plus I’ve been cutting corners and finding ALL of my Bravo shows online. FOR FREE. It’s awesome. No I do not regret it one bit.

-On the topic of not having a tv is the fact that I’ve been getting out of the house a LOT more. Hanging with good friends and yes…going on a few DATES with man friends. Being wined and dined is great fun.

Maybe just a little.

-I am without a doubt a last minute packer…leaving for DC early Saturday and I have not thought about not one item I’m going to be bringing with me. I’ll be gone for a week by the way. Definitely time to start at least getting the suitcase out.

-I have been eating a lot of bananas…yum yum good stuff. Which reminds me of this…best marathon shirt ever.

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By the way you can read part one of this little confession session here.

What do you have to confess today?

Spa Event, Last Big Run and Wknd Recap.

Hey hey! I don’t know about you but it’s definitely coffee o’clock around these parts. I taught a fun spin class this morning and we did some speedy intervals to this jam. Way to wake the legs up and get the week cranked up.

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My weekend was packed with wall to wall excitement. First we started things off at a Yelp event. I have been a Yelp member for a few years now so we get invited to all of this cool stuff. Friday there was a relaxing spa event on the terrace of The Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. Chillax music, chair massages, hand scrub. The works.

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Love the community manager Kendall. She definitely showed us a good time!

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Saturday I was up for my LAST BIG run before the marathon! 10 miles all smiles. With my Marine Corps shirt from 2011.

6 days til game time! I’ve gotta start packing and getting ready for my trip to Washington D.C.

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That night I did church and then went out with the girls and we had pizza, wine and good conversation.

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Sunday I had brunch with my mama at Chino Chinatown! My friend Uno is the chef and owner…I am addicted to the cuisine at this place. Mama and I had chicken lollipops, elotes and their amazing rice with egg on top.

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I especially loved this sign. I have to say the free ice was delicious.

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Me and mama also did a little window shopping at the Bishop Arts District. It was a gorgeous afternoon just perfect for cruising around!

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I also picked up a few things at Sprouts including some purple sweet potatoes and pumpkin spice salsa. Yum yum! Lots of good finds there.

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How was your weekend? Have you found any fall foods/finds at the stores lately?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! Early morning at the office over here. Thankfully I’ve got my good companion, coffee by my side to keep me happy. Grande dark roast for the win.

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This is pretty much right on the money.

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Let’s get to my faves this week!

-I have been doing lots of Yoga with my girl Adriene. Definitely check out her youtube channel and subscribe. She’s magnificent and witty to boot.

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-T.I. reading your mom’s texts is surprisingly adorable. Haha, really though. I love me some Jimmy Kimmel.

-Gorgeous views on the run this week. I have been loving 70 degree temps for my lunchtime runs (as opposed to 90). Thank you Texas.

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-Frankie’s meet-ups with my mama. Plus this place is awesome with the bottles on the ceiling.

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-Ms Fit Runner’s recap on qualifying for the Olympic Trials…talk about motivational. I like hearing how the elite runners tick and what goes on in their heads. Read it and I promise you’ll go run right now.

-25 reasons to be a thankful runner. Number 17 all the way.

And that is it, my friends! Have a fabulous weekend!

What are you loving this week?

All About This Lately.

Short and sweet post today. I’ve been all about this lately. Learning to trust myself and my capabilities. To push past my doubts and test my limitations. To become FEARLESS. It’s definitely all a work in progress. But I am learning, finally…to trust my power.

I leave you with this quote today. Thank you, Mr. Roosevelt.

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

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What are you doing this week to push past your doubts and test your limits?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Seriously guys, I want to be this lady when I am in my 70’s. How amazing is she? And she teaches fitness classes too just like me. I believe we are kindred spirits.

Talk about inspiring. I want to take that video and put it in my pocket for whenever I need a little kick in the pants.

Without further ado, let’s get to this week’s spin playlist! I am teaching 4 classes this week. Last night I subbed and danced around the room, it was great fun.

Let’s go for a ride!

L.A. Love (la la)- Fergie: Warm up
Find Your Love (Tim Gunter Trap Remix)- Drake: Standing run
Bounce- Iggy Azalea: Jumps
Give it 2 U- Robin Thicke: Sprints
Don’t Tell ‘Em- Jeremih feat YG: Climb 6/7/8
Electric Feel (Justice Remix)- MGMT: Jumps on a hill
I Love Myself- Kendrick Lamar: Rolling hills
End of Time (Cutmore Club Mix)- Beyonce: Climb 7/8/9
Goin In- Jennifer Lopez feat Flo Rida: Accelerations
Boom Clap- Charli XCX: Active recovery
Ready for the Weekend- Icona Pop: Standing run
Lifestyle- Rich Gang feat Young Thug: Climb 8/9/10
Gust of Wind- Pharrell Williams: Jumps
Fireball- Pitbull: Sprints
Unthinkable- Alicia Keys: Cool down

What’s inspiring you to move and get your workout on today?

Thoughts on the Run, Fall Edition.

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-Ahh, the sunrise is so gorgeous this morning…I had better take a pic.
-GPS signal ON, ready to go!
-Look at all of the fall leaves…lovely.
-And the crisp cool air. I have been dying to feel some cooler air on my face!
-Summer marathon training is so brutal.
-Oppressive even.
-Makes fall running that much more amazing.
-Lots of folks out on the trail this morning…be nice and smile at your fellow runners.
-Did that guy look straight at me and not say hello? Not very nice.
-That lady did…she’s out here a lot with her doggies and baby stroller. Super nice.
-I like nice runners that say hello.
-Gosh, it feels amazing out here!
-It is a little humid though…just a tad bit. Ahh, Texas.
-Alright, turnaround point…let’s pick it up in the 2nd half.
-It’s a little hot out now! I swear it was freezing 20 minutes ago.
-Good thing I still wore shorts.
-I cannot wait for some cooler weather. Winter running, you are my favorite.
-Pass this guy up ahead of you, you will look like a total rockstar if you pass him. Hold your pace!
-Smile and nod while you’re passing him though…so you don’t look like a total jerk.
-Alright, finish up this last mile…a pumpkin chai latte sounds amazing right now!
-Pumpkin. I should bake something today.
-Yum.
-I love fall running.

What are some thoughts you have on the run?