16 Miles, Fancy and Wknd Recap.

Well hello there! Hope you all had a lovely chillax kind of weekend. Mine was pretty good… filled with some fun in the sun, brunching and of course long running it.

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Saturday I had a 16 mile run on tap…just running around my favorite park and watching the sunrise on the lake.

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I got up pretty early for this run though to beat the heat. Yep…we are officially in that triple digit weather season. And it’s already in the 80s by 5 am. Hardcore.

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Then it was mostly chillin and trying to stay out of the insane heat. Cooling off with a skinny agave margarita is always a darn good idea.

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I also got my hair all straight & done. Yep…I clean up sometimes and can be fancy like that.

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Then a little date night action to see the movie Trainwreck. Have you seen it yet? Amy Schumer is a girl after my own heart. Hilarious.

And some more running on Sunday…

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followed up with some brunching action. This place is on my top 10 list for best eggs benedict…in a cute little skillet.

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Oh yeah and they specialize in all things Moonshine. This is hands down the best chalkboard sign I’ve ever seen. I know you agree.

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Today is my BLOGiversary by the way. Pretty cool. I still love it as much as I did 4 years ago, too.

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How was your weekend? Did you soak up some sunshine?

TGIFriday Faves.

Well hello there! It is payday Friday around these parts. Color me happy. I think a dance party is definitely in order.

Hopefully you have some fun planned this weekend. I’ve got some running, a pool party and getting my hair done on the agenda. Bring it.

Let’s get to this week’s Friday Faves!

The life advice of running downhill. I can dig it.

-Hollywood Cycle…have you seen this show? I am simply hooked. Popcorn in hand and ready to watch all of the episodes. This makes my fitness / spin instructor side very happy.

10 things to tell yourself at 5 AM instead of hitting snooze. And you already know how I feel about numbers 2 and 3.

-Coconut lime kombucha. Love love love.

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-Taking a sushi lunch break during a busy work day. Spicy tuna rolls for the win.

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-The sunrises around here lately…they have just been especially beautiful. Do sky pics ever get old? I am just saying…definitely they do not.

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Have a great weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? What random things have you been loving this week?

Post Run Pineapple Banana Smoothie.

6 a.m. RUNrise plus some strength work to kick things off for the day. I am loving getting up earlier for my runs lately to catch these peachy blue skies.

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It has been a while since I’ve shared one of my post run concoctions with you! I love having smoothies after a tough workout especially in the summer time. This one is easy to blend and go.

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Here’s what you need.

-1 handful of frozen pineapple chunks
-1 banana
-1 cup of coconut almond milk (I used Almond Breeze)
-1 scoop of your favorite protein (optional)

Mix it all up in your personal travel blender and serve! If you are looking for a great single serve blender I have to recommend this one. I have had it for years and it does not disappoint.

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What are you having for breakfast this week?
Usually a smoothie (sometimes some eggs), then a midmorning snack – protein Luna bar and coffee.

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hello 10k Wednesday! I was blessed with this beautiful cloudy sky to get my hump day run going.

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Without further ado let’s jump right into this week’s rockin’ spin playlist! These are great songs for cycle, running, and all of your high energy workouts!

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If you’re local come check me out tonight at the Bedford Super Sport location – 6 pm!

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Enjoy the ride!

GDFR- Flo Rida feat Sage the Gemini: Warm up
Back it Up- Prince Royce feat Pitbull: Standing run
Habits (Chainsmokers Remix)- Tove Lo: Climb 5/6/7
Get Ugly- Jason Derulo: Sprints
Locked Out of Heaven- Bruno Mars: Tapbacks
Cool for the Summer (Todd Terry Remix)- Demi Lovato: Rolling hills
I Bet (Remix)- Ciara feat T.I.: Jumps on a hill
Throw Sum Mo- Rae Sremmurd feat Nicki Minaj: Climb 6/7/8
Love More- Chris Brown: Accelerations
Locked Away- R. City feat Adam Levine: Active recovery
How Deep is Your Love- Calvin Harris & Disciples: Rolling hills
About You- Trey Songz: Climb 7/8/9
Right Now- Rihanna feat David Guetta: Sprints
We Run the Night- Havana Brown: Rolling hills
Hear- Cherokee: Cool down

What songs are on your playlist this week?

10 Quirky Things Runners Do.

It was an 8 mile kind of day. Up around 5:30 am-ish to knock this one out! I got to see all of the colors in the morning sky. So glad to be done.

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I was thinking earlier about some of the quirky and funny things I do as a runner that most non runners would probably think…we are crazy. But you know what…that is okay. Because honestly, we kind of are!

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Here are some quirky things I do…and have been doing for years now.

1. Run in circles around my block like a maniac until I reach the desired amount of mileage for the day.

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2. Get dark polish on my toenails (even in the summertime) if my toes are jacked up and bruised/beat up. Which, thankfully in the past month or so I’ve not had too many issues with so I was excited over the weekend to actually get a pink color.

3. Don’t start running until you can locate the satellites on your Garmin. GPS on means GO.

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4. Finish 20 miles before most folks have even eaten breakfast or gotten out of bed by 10 am on the weekend.

5. Obsessively check the weather just to see what to wear or when to step out for those morning miles.

6. Go for a run if you’ve had a long day just to sort out life’s problems. Hey, that’s what those running shoes are for.

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7. Get jealous if you see someone running on your rest day. Simmer down…you’ll get it in tomorrow and be stronger than ever.

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8. Go on a vacation just to run a race. Hey, they are called RACE-cations for a reason and they are awesome.

9. Sing out loud / pump fists to music during a run…hey, guilty as charged. And not ashamed of it.

10. Take RUNfies. Because they are so necessary. Humble brag and show off all of your hard work.

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What are some quirky things you do as a runner?

15 Miles, Triple Digits and Wknd Recap.

Happy Monday! I am sitting here sipping on some Starbucks cold brew. It’s their new iced coffee if you have not tried it. Plus it’s super strong! Cheers.

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I taught my cycle and strength class this a.m. to get the work week started. Muscles are definitely feeling it now! I guess that is a good thing.

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How was your weekend? Hopefully you got to relax or do something fun. Friday night I had a little dinner date night then we watched the sunset on the balcony. Perfect way to end a busy day.

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Saturday was long run day! I have been ramping up my 26.2 training…Tyler Rose in October then Rock n Roll Las Vegas in November. 15 miles on deck. Training is coming along quite nicely so far.

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This was a good run and my legs were feeling strong despite how so flipping hot it was. We had our first triple digit weekend so it was the warmest day of the year. I got up early to beat the heat.

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Afterwards I enjoyed a bit of pool time…I found a nice shady spot where not a lot of folks were. This pool is closest to my apartment and it’s fairly new so me & my neighbor felt all VIP.

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Up bright and early again the next morning…only 7 miles this time with a few strides to spice things up.

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I was starved after that so I treated mama to a movie date then brunch at La Comida. She has been working hard and is taking her test very soon to get her real estate license! Loved the restaurant too…there was pretty artwork on the walls and I made friends with the pink flamingo out front.

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How was your weekend? Did you have fun in the great outdoors?

TGIFriday Faves.

Oh thank heaven for Friday, good music and 7-eleven coffee!! I hope you all have a great weekend in store.

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Cheers!!!

Yep, guilty as charged. You have to admit coffee in an IV would be fantastic, though.

Let’s cut straight to the chase with this week’s favorites!

Off the shoulder chambray…and pretty much anything this girl wears, ever. Super sassy and fun for summer.

-Janelle Monae’s song “Yoga”. And hello, this video is so hot. We must learn all of the dance moves.

-I am on a lettuce wrap kick lately thanks to my girl Maddie…these turkey taco wraps were perfection with some avocado and crumbled goat cheese.

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Summer porch drink? Holy deliciousness. I need this in my hand now for a poolside treat.

-This scent…Endless Weekend from Bath & Body Works. Truly makes me want to have another long weekend…STAT.

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-Coconut oil and not to cook with. Although it’s pretty good for that too. But it feels amazing when you put it on your skin! Try it. I like the one from Trader Joe’s.

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-Cooling off this week at some Yelp events (add me if you’re on there!!) this one was at Bravo Cucina Italiana. Beautiful place. Just kickin it with my girl Kendall.

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-These Sweatpants and Coffee posts…if you are a coffee lover you must follow her on Instagram. Hilarious.

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-Anything Real Housewives of Orange County related. I have to say my favorite character right now is Heather Dubrow. Just because she is so fancy.

-Signing up for this race next month. Feeling hothothot!! Can’t wait to run 13.1 in the straight up SUN.

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That’s all for now! Have a great weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? Does anyone have a rockstar summer race?

5 Ways to Increase Endurance and Mileage.

Thursday 10k enjoying a bit of vitamin D. Glad I was up early to beat this heat! We are hitting the triple digits here in the next few days! I am bracing myself for the heat wave. Bring it on Mr. Sun…I am ready.

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Today I wanted to chat a bit about increasing your mileage and endurance! It is definitely not easy to do so but after about 6 years of running marathons I think I’m pretty good at this topic. So let’s go over a few things that have helped me.

1. Be consistent. This is the one thing that has helped me out immensely in terms of running and upping my mileage. Honestly the more time you have on your feet, the better. Even if you go out for a short run…just get it in.

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2. Go slow if you have to. I think the whole world of social media has convinced us that we always have to do everything harder, better, faster stronger. To me that is not always the case. When you are first starting out it’s just important to get that time on your feet so sometimes you don’t have to worry about your PACE. Especially in the summer time when you are about 30 seconds to a minute per mile slower. So just enjoy those miles…feel the wind hitting your face, and your feet hitting the pavement.

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3. When it comes to intensity/speed (and mileage)…take baby steps and build a foundation. Then work your way up from there. Once you have a schedule of running consistently…then you can work on increasing your speed. Perhaps sign up for a goal race to have a light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s a great site you can check out for some ways to incorporate speed play into your workout.

4. Cross train. Do I sound like a broken record by now? Maybe. But find other ways to move your body besides running. My favorite way of keeping my endurance strong is with spinning/indoor cycling! It’s low impact and an awesome way to torch some calories and keep your cardiovascular system nice and strong.

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5. Know not everything is going to be perfect. I think a lot of runners have a perfectionist mentality. And we beat ourselves up a lot about our pace, mileage and etc. But you are going to have bad days. You may have a kink or two with your body that you need to work out…perhaps with more rest or TLC. But ride the wave of distance running and know that if you just keep moving forward you are going to build up that endurance…and you’ll be good to go.

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What are some ways you increase your endurance in training?

Beat the Heat and Weds Spin Playlist.

7 miles early this morning trying to beat the heat before another 98 degree day. It felt good to bust it out!

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Here’s my spin cycle playlist for the week! I will be teaching class tonight and tomorrow. Check my schedule to see where I’ll be at next!

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Let’s go for a ride!

Freedom- Pharrell: Warm up
Let’s Go Set Fire to the Rain- Adele vs. Calvin Harris: Rolling hills
You Know You Like It- DJ Snake and Aluna George: Jumps
Dum Dee Dum- Night Trap: Accelerations
Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)- Silento: Active recovery
Post to Be- Omarion feat Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko: Climb 5/6/7
Diamonds (Congorock Extended Remix)- Rihanna: Jumps on a hill
All Hands On Deck- Tinashe: Seated/Standing run
Work Work- Britney Spears: Sprints
Yoga- Janelle Monae: Tapbacks
Wiggle (Moombahtrap Remix)- Jason Derulo feat Snoop Dogg: Climb 6/7/8
Truffle Butter- Nicki Minaj feat Drake & Lil Wayne: Rolling hills
Drunk in Love- Beyonce: Climb 7/8/9/10
Boy Oh Boy- Diplo & GTA: Sprints
Pusher Love Girl- Justin Timberlake: Cool down

Tell me something random about your day!
I put some matcha green tea in my pineapple banana smoothie this a.m. & it was delicious. Nice jolt of energy.

What’s on your playlist this week?

Morning Miles and a Running Habits Survey.

Hello morning miles. I got a quick shake out run in to start the day! This view definitely motivates me to move.

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Today I thought I’d share with you fun little running habits survey from Marathons & Macarons! Here it goes.

Would you rather run along a beach path or on a mountain trail?

Definitely beach. Anything near the water is my jam.

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If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid stations, what would it be?

Cucumber lime. It is simply the best.

If I gave you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?

Shoes…give me all the bright pink Newtons and no one gets hurt.

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Do you prefer to follow a training plan or wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?

Even though I’ve run 14 full marathons in a short span of time…I still very much prefer to follow a plan because it helps me stay on track…I like structure. But when I’m not training for anything it’s nice to just go for some data free miles.

Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?

Uphill of course! Actually I really have grown to like hills. They are mounds of opportunity.

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When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?

Spinning, yoga, dancing. Lifting weights. Love to cross train…it helps keep my love for running going strong and in my opinion helps prevent burnout as well as injury.

What is your preference—> Out and back, point to point or loop runs?

I am a loop kind of gal. I’ve even run looped courses during marathons (like this one I did in May) so I don’t mind a little redundancy at times. Mentally I think it helps me get through it because I know what to expect.

If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a—>

Garmin and a cozy fresh pair of running kicks.

Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?

Yes…I’ve seen a coyote (from a far), turtles also some deer! Lots of fun creatures in the great outdoors.

Ever gotten lost while out on a run?

On the trail, yes! Thankfully I was with a few of my running buds so it was kinda fun to get lost and we found our way back.

If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be?

A green goddess smoothie and some eggs…wait, make that eggs benedict.

Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?

Both…mostly a shorts gal in summer.

At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?

2-3 miles.

What do you do with your key when you run?

Put it in a pocket that has a zipper!

If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one would it be?

The Chicago Marathon! It was my first though, so I’m a little bias. But I loved the diversity of the city and running through different neighborhoods!

What type of run is your least favorite type of run?

A short run. Haha spoken like a true distance runner. But…I guess it’s better than NO run at all!

What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?

The sunrise! Always the sunrise. And the way I feel after.

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When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?

Usually for the sake of time during the work week I run in the neighborhood but on the weekends I venture out.

When running in daylight—> are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?

I usually don’t run with sunglasses…but I would not be against it.

When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

My stubborn-ness. Haha..and knowing that I can go home, shower, and feel amazing afterwards!

Answer any of your favorite questions in the comments!