What’s In Your Coffee Cup.

I was up and at ‘em for 10 easy miles this morning soaking up a little bit of sunrise. It was much needed brainstorming and thinking time enjoying the reflection off of the lake.

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I am starting to love these long-ish runs in the middle of the week. Part of me thinks I really need it…just working out things in my monkey mind and taking all of my worries out on the road. My time with God, if you will. Then when I get to work…I’m calm and easy breezy.

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I don’t have much today other than what I discovered on the internets. I’m always finding new gems. Check out this new take on getting a cup of coffee.

What’s in your coffee cup this morning?

Black java!

14 Miles, 58 Degrees and Wknd Recap.

How the heck are ya? Happy Monday! I got things started this morning with an early morning spin class. I love teaching my Monday morning peeps. We always have a good time even if we are half awake.

The weekend was pretty wonderful I must say. It always goes too fast, of course. But Saturday I had a long run on tap – 14 miles in the ‘hood. Can we talk about how awesome this weather is? 58 degrees. Too bad it didn’t stay around because temps are back to the 80s and 90s this week…

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BUT…that cold front was lovely while it lasted.

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A few more snapshots from the weekend. I had a mother daughter lunch date and got to catch up with mama. It had been a hot minute since we have seen each other so much needed quality time.

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Then…Grapefest in Grapevine. The annual fall wine festival did not disappoint. Local vino and fun for all. Cheers.

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How fun are these coasters? The vendor actually takes photos of hot spots in major Texas cities like Dallas, San Antonio and Austin and puts them on coasters. So freaking cool.

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Sunday I ran an easy 5 miles in my neon green compression socks. Temps were great but a little bit warmer on Sunday, back in the 70s. But it felt good to shake out the legs.

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I also made a little salmon with organic kale from Whole Foods. This one was stuffed with feta and spinach. Super delicious.

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Oh and I also did some yoga with this video. Check it out…it’s a wonderful little detox flow after a fun night out.

How was your weekend? Did you hit up any outdoor festivals?

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey hey! I’m sitting here sipping on a bit of iced coffee and dancing at my desk. It’s a good Friday over here.

This weekend there are lots of fun things going on in Dallas. I hope to be hitting up Grapefest! It’s an annual wine festival that is hosted here every year. I love all of the fall outdoor activities. Plus the weather SHOULD be a little bit cooler than usual. Win win.

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Let’s get to my faves this week!

-Of course still loving on all things pumpkin. Have you checked out the candle selection at Wal-Mart? It is truly on point. The Better Homes and Gardens line has a lot of amazing new scents, including this pumpkin one. Light it up and it will fill your house with the lovely smells of fall. Best of all…they are WAY cheaper than Yankee or Bath and Body Works! Take that, $20 candles.

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-12 things that are even more satisfying after a long run. Heck yes to number 8.

-How you eat on instagram vs how you eat in real life. Hilarious! And true.

-30 things you should do once a year. I definitely need to make number 1 a priority.

-These compression socks for running! I need them now. Actually I don’t…I definitely have enough, pretty much in every color…but I sure do want them.

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-39 thoughts every runner has when running…I can attest to some of these. Funny funny.

What are you up to this weekend? Tell me some thoughts you have when you’re running!

7 Miles and a Post Run Yoga Session.

Happy Friday Eve! 7 miles in under an hour this morning…plus a little post run yoga session. It has been a hot minute since I’ve been able to get that many miles in – all in under 60 minutes. It definitely felt awesome to see that number.

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These are without a doubt my favorite post run yoga stretches. I like this little quick sequence I made up.

Start off in child’s pose

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Go to downward doggie

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Pigeon pose- right leg

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Back to down doggie

Pigeon pose- left leg

Child’s pose

Happy baby pose/roll around on your back

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Repeat a few times as needed! Enjoy your runs today – and take a little time to remember 9/11.

What’s your favorite yoga pose?

My Private Playground and Weds Spin Playlist.

I hit up my private playground this morning…strength + 4 miles in the apartment gym with plenty of strides. Faster than last week’s ‘mill jaunt. It’s always nice to see improvement.

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Tonight I’m teaching my favorite spin class of the week! I love my Wednesday cycle peeps. Here’s what we have on deck!

Let’s go for a ride!

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Whatever You Like- T.I.: Warm up
Turn Up the Love- Far East Movement: Climb 5/6/7
Chandelier- Sia: Jumps
Rock the Boat- Bob Sinclair feat Pitbull: Sprints
You Make Me- Avicii: Active recovery
Hit the Lights- Jay Sean: Rolling hills
Blame- Calvin Harris feat John Newman: Jumps on a hill
Bang Bang- Jessie J/Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj: Standing run
Bend Ova- Lil Jon feat Tyga: Accelerations
Somebody Else- Mario feat Nicki Minaj: Jumps
Let the Groove Get In- Justin Timberlake: Climb 7/8/9
Strut- Lenny Kravitz: Climb 8/9/10/11
Gust of Wind- Pharrell: Seated flat/6/7/8
In My Head- Jason Derulo: Sprints
Ascension- Maxwell: Cool down

What’s on your workout playlist this week?

Confession Session.

So it has been a while since I’ve done one of these…I figured now was just a good a time as any to do a little confession session! Here it goes…

-Even though sometimes I teach spin at night, I am a morning workout person. Mainly because the minute I start thinking about the fact that I am working out I’m already done. It’s a good feeling.

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-At my 9-5 I wear my headphones all day while I write promos (I don’t talk about it much but I work in local television behind the scenes) Something about listening to music really keeps my creative juices flowing.

-I actually like the taste of black coffee. My brew of choice is a dark roast. Yep…I could probably just drink it straight right out of the pot.

-Having alone time really reenergizes me. I think that’s why I really enjoy running alone and hashing all of my thoughts out.

-I like to dance and sing when I run…and blast my music out loud on my phone. Sometimes I get strange looks but it’s all good. I like to rock out.

-Obsessed with all things fall. Yes I have already purchased my first bag of candy corn which is hidden in my desk at work. My favorite thing to do is to mix it with nuts so I also bought some cashews. I figure if I hide it at work…I will occasionally forget it’s there. Ha.

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-I love to flat iron my hair. Not sure why…it’s therapeutic…especially while having a glass of wine and getting ready for a night out.

-Right now I am actually loving dating and being a single gal. After being in a serious relationship for over 5 years (part of it was long distance) it’s very refreshing to have some sort of freedom.

-The other night on a first date I spilled sangria at the table. Haha oh well…I guess I broke the ice.

-Being 30 isn’t so bad…in fact I feel sassier and am loving myself now more than ever before.

What are some things you want to confess today?

20 Miles, Make it Happen and Wknd Recap.

Monday is here again. I hope you had a good weekend! My day started bright and early as usual teaching my a.m. spin class. It was a good crowd and I was happy to be back in the saddle after time off on holiday last week.

Let’s recap a little bit of the weekend! Starting with my Saturday morning 20 mile run. I was ready to tackle this run and just get it over with. I got started around 7:30 am and temps were already soaring past 80 degrees. 3 hours of running and when I was done it was 90! Can you believe it? Even though it was so hot I felt good before and after this run.

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I inhaled two big bottles full of water and some lemon lime NUUN. Gosh that stuff is a lifesaver. I need a lifetime supply of that and coconut water.

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After that I got in my compression socks…took a nap…then charged my batteries for a fun night out…but first, let me take a selfie.

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A little karaoke and dancing with the…cops?! So fun. The po po was getting down.

Sunday funday and a recovery run in my hood. 4 mile loop enjoying a drop of some cooler weather. And by cooler I mean 78 degrees with a million percent humidity. Sheesh.

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That is all…overall a fun weekend. Oh and I also got a massage on Sunday. 60 minutes of pure bliss. Actually it was deep tissue so it was some ouchiness involved but you always feel nice and loose when it’s over.

And before I go…I wanted to share a little motivation for you on this Monday. Now…go and make it happen.

How was your weekend? What are you going to make happen this week?

When is the last time you’ve been to karaoke?

TGIFriday Faves.

Well I am sitting here sipping on some pumpkin iced coffee…my fall drink of choice from the ‘bucks. Move over PSL…the iced coffee version of you is where it’s at.

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I am so glad pumpkin is back. Pumpkin flavored anything…and candy corn with peanuts. 2 things I love! Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year. This guy agrees.

This weekend I have lots of running and playing in the sunshine planned! Oh and there will be sunshine…lots of it. Looks like the heat is here to stay for a little while longer down in Texas.

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Let’s get to my faves this week!

-Compression socks…I slipped these babies on last night after 10 miles in the morning/teaching spin class last night. I’ve had this pair for about 2 years and they are still a pretty bright purple! It felt so good just to plop down on my couch and do nothing after a productive day.

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-13 things you must absolutely do in Dallas this fall. Ahh yes…the State Fair of Texas. One of my favorite things to do in September. Bring it on.

-32 struggles only girls know. Emotions…all the time.

-Gummy bear sangria…what the what? Seriously I saw this girl pin that the other day and it just about blew my mind. Recipe here.

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-10 Running Misconceptions. Love all of these. I am hoping to still be running marathons at 70 by the way. God willing.

Happy Friday! Catch you on the flip side.

What are your weekend plans? Any fall festivals in the horizon?

Running Quiz and My Favorite Distance.

10 miles this morning along my favorite little path…exploring the sights and sounds around me. The sunlight did a little peek a boo through the trees greeting me along the way.

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Have I ever told you that 10 miles is one of my favorite distances? The HALF might just be my all time fave but I kind of wish they had more 10 mile races around here. Ever since I raced this race a while back I have decided that…that number is absolutely perfect in every way.

Cotton candy grapes were for breakfast of course along with some eggs. I heard a rumor that they are only around in stores for a few weeks…so grab them while they are HOT…and then poof, they will be gone.

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BTW…runner friends, have you taken this quiz – How Much Does Running Rule Your Life?? I was pretty sure I was going to get 50 out of 50 but it turns out I’m quite normal and not a running psycho…yet. Just half psycho.

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That’s it on this end! Happy Friday Eve…enjoy your day.

What are some of your favorite distances to race/run?
7, 10, 13.1, 26.2.

Tell me your running quiz score!

Test Run and Weds Spin Playlist.

This morning I hammered out 4 miles on the treadmill along with some strength work. I tell ya it felt so good to get back in the weight room to get my lift on. I got some good upper body work in along with some squats and leg extensions.

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Legs are feeling pretty good after Saturday’s 18 miler. I did a test run on some new shoes this morning. Thanks Ebay. 60 bucks for some Asics Kayano 19s ain’t half bad.

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Without further ado let’s get to this week’s spin playlist! I am looking forward to teaching class tonight – especially since I was off from teaching on Labor Day.

Also, if you get a moment head on over to Char’s blog to check out my guest post!! 10 Questions with The Dancing Runner.

Let’s go for a ride!

Fireball- Pitbull feat John Ryan: Warm up
Let’s Go (Cash Cash Remix)- Calvin Harris feat Neyo: Standing run
Black Widow- Iggy Azalea feat Rita Ora: Climb 6/7/8
I’m a Machine- David Guetta feat Crystal Nicole: Sprints
Good Kisser- Usher: Active recovery
Don’t Tell Em- Jeremih feat YG: Rolling hills
Higher- Just Blaze/Baauer/Jay-Z: Jumps on a hill
Flawless (I Woke Up Like This) Booty Bounce Remix- Beyonce/DJ Taj feat Panic: Accelerations
Maps- Maroon 5: Jumps
The Devil is a Lie- Rick Ross: Climb 7/8/9
DJ Turn it Up- Yellow Claw: Rolling hills
Main Chick- Kid Ink: Standing run
Troublemaker- Olly Murs feat Flo Rida: Sprints
La La Latch (Sam Smith Mashup)- Pentatonix: Cool down

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