TGIFriday Faves.

I don’t know about you but I’m very ready for some fun this weekend. I actually have a long weekend ahead so I’m doing the happy dance! Plus it’s payday today. Color me excited.

This weekend I will be headed out to the Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve for a trail relay with my running buds! I should have some fabulous stories to tell come Tuesday when I return to my regularly scheduled blogging program.

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Without further ado let’s get to this week’s faves!

-A nice Friday morning shake out run with the tribe this a.m.! Just watching the sunrise, sharing some laughs and of course coffee after.

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-Watermelon post run has still been rocking my world lately. Plus they say that watermelon is actually the perfect post run fuel. Perfection.

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-Speaking of this awesome fruit…boozy watermelon popsicles? Sign me up.

Being an athlete vs. being a skinny girl who runs. Too much realness going on here. Thank you, Tina for the awesome post. Love love.

6 hill workouts for runners. I love to mix it up, so this one with mountain climbers, lunges, high knees etc is a good way to keep it spicy!

-The fact that the Real Housewives of New Jersey is back. I am a sucker for this show…cannot resist. Even the little jailbirds Teresa and her husband Juicy Joe. Hashtag guilty pleasure.

Until next week, folks! Run on!

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What are you up to this weekend? What’s your preferred run of choice…a long run, trail run, hill workout, or track work?

Too many of my favorite things to choose from. I’d say all of the above!

Triple Digit Time and Pushing Past the Wall.

Well folks, we are officially hitting those triple digits down in Texas! Time for lots of ‘Bikram’ running. It’s kind of like hot yoga, except pounding the pavement. Now you know why I like to get up at the crack of dawn in the summer. If you’re putting in serious miles, it really is the best bet.

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haha and this…so funny yet true.

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So lately I’ve been thinking about pushing past those mental and physical blocks when it comes to marathon training and racing. I’m pretty big on running being mostly a mental sport…meaning what you tell yourself is usually going to largely affect the outcome of your performance. It’s so important to stay positive and ignore those crazy thoughts when runs get tough. Sometimes if it’s an injury coming it’s best to listen to your body…but other times you have push past that wall. Here are ways I do just that.

Have some mantras you tell yourself during a long run. It could be something crazy or something that motivates you. But you know those words that will help you fight through the negativity. Some of mine are ‘trust those legs’, ‘run the mile you’re in’, a bible scripture like Phillippians 4:13. Whatever suits your fancy.

Breathe. Sometimes it really is that simple. Stop overthinking everything and just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Little things like that can get you a long way.

Think about the reward. Whether it’s a cup of coffee after the run or a long luxurious shower, knowing what’s to come after the obstacle will make the end result much sweeter.

Smile. Honestly sometimes when I’m running a long run or racing and I’m feeling super craptastic and cuss words are floating around in my head the one thing I do that gets me through that mile is to SMILE. Especially when I see spectators during the race. I will smile and let them know that despite the adversity that’s going on in my head (or in my life- just being real), I’m still smiling. Know that if you can get through one run you can honestly get through those other tough parts of life. And for me that’s one of the most rewarding parts of distance running.

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What are some ways you push past the WALL in training or racing?

High Five and Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to you! I got my morning started with a crazy humid fun run with the Irving Running Club. The RUNrise turned out to be a good one.

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Then after…much needed coffee. Coffee has been my motivation with all of these early summer runs lately. Thank you, Guatemalan dark roast.

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So this week we’ve got some oldies but goodies and a couple of new tracks for teaching spin cycle! I am very much looking forward to teaching classes tonight and tomorrow night. Check out my weekly schedule to see where I’ll be at next!

Enjoy the ride!

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7/11 (Club Killers Trap Remix)- Beyonce: Warm up
Want to Want Me- Jason Derulo: Seated/standing run
OMG- Usher: Climb 5/6/7
In My Room- Yellow Claw & DJ Mustard: Accelerations
Scylla- RL Grime: Rolling hills
Me Myself & I- G Eazy: Reverse climb
Jumpman- Drake & Future: Jumps
So Emotional (Morales Club Mix)- Whitney Houston: Tapbacks
Deeper Love- Jauz: Sprints
In the Night- The Weeknd: Climb 6/7/8
She Wildin- Fabulous feat Chris Brown: Climb 8/9/10
The Rhythm- MNEK: Active recovery
Get it Right- Laidback Luke & Moska feat Terri B: Sprints
L.A. Love- Fergie: Jumps
Tear It Up- Yung Wun feat DMX: Team sprints
Remember Me- Jacob Latimore: Cool down

What songs are you grooving to this week?

It’s Just Therapy and Trail Running Essentials.

Today was just kind of one of those mornings…that I needed a run for my soul. Do you know what I mean? Awesome miles with the gang getting it in. It’s always a good day when you can get in 7 miles before 7 a.m.

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Speaking of running for my soul…lately my soul has been loving trail running. Gearing up for my upcoming trail relay I’ve been loving being out there along the dirt path. But for those of us that are mostly road runners, sometimes trail running can be completely out of our comfort zone. There are definitely tricks to having a great trail running experience. Here are some things to remember to bring with you so you can have a fun run in the woods!

Trail running shoes- They definitely have shoes that are specific to the trail that will help you navigate rocks, roots and other tricky obstacles. Check your local running store for the latest and greatest in trail run shoes. I personally love Asics for running trails and any shoes with a good grip on the bottom. And I also hear that Brooks has a fancy new trail run collection.

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Deep woods bug spray- This brand is my go to when it comes to being out in nature in Texas. I don’t know about you but the mosquitoes and bugs are something serious down here. To avoid getting bug bites I spray this stuff on my legs, arms and even clothes since sometimes the bugs are so ruthless they will bite through fabric too.

Sunscreen- Not only is this important on the roads but the same thing goes for the trails especially in the summer. I like to keep my skin protected with a strong SPF/sports type of lotion.

Compression socks and/or gaiters- I have some friends in my running club that wear the gaiters and seem to like them. Having socks and anything to protect your ankles and lower parts of your legs is key.

Hydration vest/ backpack- Hands down my Camelbak has been the best investment for trail running. I love how easy it is to fill up and go and depending on how big your hydration system is you can get a ton of water in there that will literally last you hours.

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What are some of your essential go to items for trail running?

Trail Run Fun, Cooling Off and Wknd Recap.

Hey there! Hope your weekend was wonderful and you were able to spend a little time in the sunshine! I got my morning started with a 10k in the ‘hood…great way to start the week that’s for sure. Plus I hit the weights and got some strength work in afterwards. Hashtag never miss a Monday.

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Let’s recap the weekend a bit and start with my Saturday morning run. 11 miles total with the Irving Running Club.

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Check out that high for the day though. It was about 80 early in the morning…so in comparison not so bad. Plus plenty of awesome cloud cover.

Followed up with a ton of rest and relaxation time. Much needed. My mind is always gogogo so it was so nice to do nothing for the rest of my Saturday. I went to church and was basically a vegetable after.

Sunday morning we all headed back to the trail for some Sunday funday action! We have a big race weekend coming up (hello, trail relay!) so I’m really looking forward to that. We got a good run in while chatting and talking about our race strategies.

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Followed up with a mimosa picnic in the park. Fresh fruits and veggies for the win.

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Post trail run I got cleaned up and spent some more time in the heat by the pool. Sunday the pool was pretty tame! Probably because it was basically 100 degrees outside.

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Cooling off with a daiquiri with friends. And some cajun food. This place is the best.

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How was your weekend? What’s the weather like there?
Super hot down here! But at least temps are a bit cooler in the mornings for running!

TGIFriday Faves.

Oh heck yes! It’s Friday and that deserves some sort of celebration. I am in need of my chill weekend time for sure. Running, maxin’ and relaxin’ and good times with friends! Can’t wait.

Let’s get to the faves from this week!

-Scoping out summertime party recipes on Pinterest. I’m pretty sure I need to be making this pineapple salsa immediately.

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-Tina’s post on HRG about something every runner needs to do. Preach, girl!

-A fun happy hour jaunt with my run club. I never thought running in 98 degree heat could be so enjoyable. First running, then wine.

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-Pretty maxi dresses like this one…I kind of get never tired of maxis. Even though they are basically just crotchless yoga pants. Gotta love it.

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That’s all for this week! Have a great weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? Anyone going on summer vacation/weekend getaway soon?
I’m thinking a visit to down to the TX hill country for some wine tasting would be nice. Hmm…

10k Thursday and Post Run Breakfast Ideas.

10k Thursday today with my running crew. I probably see these people every day now! We are all gearing up for marathons at the same time so I have a feeling we will all be the best of friends by the time the summer is over. Fun fun. We had to take a shoe pic as usual.

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Um yeah, and 79 degrees this morning? That almost never happens around this time in Texas. So you know I had to take full advantage of it.

So today I thought we’d quickly talk about some quick post run meals you can put together after an invigorating workout! I know sometimes it’s hard to come up with things to make but these for me have saved me from going to the fast food joint and/or RUNger. As most of you know, that post run hunger is very real.

Smoothies. I have a personal travel sized blender that really comes in handy. I usually love to include protein, fruits and almond or cashew milk in my concoctions. Here are a few smoothie ideas to try. My favorite is the runner’s pina colada (rum not included).

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Egg muffins. I hear these are absolutely awesome and quick especially if you can get a bunch of ‘em ready. And honestly my personal go to after a run is always eggs because it packs a serious amount of protein. Perfection.

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Avocado toast. Yet another nutritional favorite for me would have to be avocado. It’s so awesome on toast too with a little lemon or lime juice and sea salt.

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Acai bowls. I am simply obsessed with these especially in the summer time. Again it’s basically a smoothie in a bowl but I love to top it with shredded coconut, different types of fruits, and maybe some chia seeds. They are just kind of pretty too, you know? Kind of like artwork.

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What’s your favorite breakfast to eat after a run?

Where Would I Be and a Running Playlist.

Hello there! I got in 8 hilly miles this morning…enjoying the view right over the lake. It was quite humid this morning but the breeze certainly helped. At this point I take every little bit of relief from this heat that I can get.

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So glad to have a dedicated group of folks to run with. Seriously, where would I be without this crew? Let’s be honest, probably still running. But I do have some pretty awesome routes nowadays! Ha. We like to mix it up. In fact…we are running tonight too so it will be a little double running day for me. Who am I? I almost never run in the afternoon. But it’s a happy hour run so it will be fun with some vino after.

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Speaking of mixing it up! Today I have taking a break from our regular spin playlist program to talk about running music! I have a few running jams I’ve been rocking lately. These songs are especially awesome for speedwork and or motivation to climb some steep hills. Nothing wrong with a little musical motivation!

Love Make the World Go Round- Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda
WTF (Where They From)- Missy Elliot
Around the World- Natalie La Rose
Delirious- Steve Aoki, Chris Lake
All Hands on Deck- Tinashe
Ole- John Newman
Say Aah- Trey Songz
Famous- Kanye West
Turn Me On- ID
Takes My Body Higher- Shoffy, Lincoln Jesser
Boy Oh Boy- Diplo
Waiting (Extended Mix)- Oliver Heldens & Throttle
I Got the Keys- DJ Khaled
Paradise- Benny Benassi & Chris Brown
Messin’ Around- Pitbull feat Enrique Iglesias
Make Me Like You- Gwen Stefani
Into You- Ariana Grande
Jumpman- Drake & Future
Leggo- B. Smyth
All in My Head- Fifth Harmony
Hymn for the Weekend (Seeb Remix)- Coldplay
Get it All- GTA & Wax Motif
Go- Moby (Hi-Lo Remix)
I Like Tuh- Carnage
A Little Bit More- Jidenna

What songs are you running to lately?

7 Mile Kind of Tuesday and Cross Training for Runners.

It was definitely a 7 (point 3) mile kind of Tuesday around here. I’m working on building my mileage as my marathon training is ramping back up! Hopefully I’l get in just over 40 miles this week. We shall see.

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So speaking of 26.2 prep, for me I think a key component to staying injury free is incorporating cross training into your schedule. Most training plans actually include it which is nice. Here are my favorite ways to get some other workouts in and mix it up. If you are looking for ideas too I recommend Pinterest and/or the Nike Training Club app. Both are helpful tools to finding new ways to work it out.

-Spinning
My number one favorite way to workout aside from running would absolutely have to be indoor cycling. It’s low impact on your joints, you burn a ton of calories in very little time, and build your leg muscles for endurance. During my ultra training spin cycling also helped me to stay injury free and kept me super fit for those long runs. You can take cycling classes at most gyms or find a spin studio near you such as Flywheel and/or Soul Cycle.

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-Kettlebells
As far as strength training goes, this one is a great way to work the upper body as well as work on lower body movements such as squats. They are effective and there are just so many things you can do with this piece of equipment. You can find some kettlebell workouts for runners here.

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-Yoga
Yoga is another one for me that tops the list because you can not only work on stretching the muscles but also your breathing and alignment. Even when I do a run, one of the first things I do when I go home is a quick yoga sequence in my living room. Downward facing dog, high planks, child’s pose and pigeon pose are great for the core/hamstrings and especially those hips. I make sure to do lots of hip openers to keep my lower body nice and loose. If you’re a beginner to yoga try a gentle yoga class, restorative or to crank it up a notch check out some hot or vinyasa/power.

-Dancing
I taught dance for a number of years at my local gym and I think it’s an excellent cardio alternative to running. Especially classes like hip hop or Zumba are great because you are doing more side to side movement, something completely different the way you use your muscles when you run.

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-Barre
Some people swear by barre classes and I know a ton of runners that love it because you are really strengthening your lower body. They also use light weights and resistance bands to work your entire body. It’s worth checking out to try something completely different and really work different muscle groups. Check out my review for Pure Barre in Dallas here.

What’s your favorite way to workout besides running?

Crazy Hot Runs, Salsa Nite and Wknd Recap.

Hey there! The weekend recap today will be pretty quick! Busy busy bee over here. I got the ball rolling this morning with an early run around the lake. We had some pretty excellent cloud cover I have to say! Very much needed after all of the crazy hot runs I’ve been doing as of late.

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So let’s recap! This weekend was actually pretty chill. I ate some delicious sushi, hung out with friends and fam, and got some long running in! Starting with Saturday morning. 14 miles in the ‘hood. It sure does help to start these long runs around 5 AM or so. Since basically we hit 90 degrees every day before lunch time.

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Post run yumminess. I was craving an acai bowl since it has been forever since I’ve been to this place. It was fruity perfection.

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Saturday night…salsa dancing at Gloria’s with some runner friends. As you can see it was a wild fun time.

Sunday I slept in a bit then did a 10k recovery run…nice and easy since it was already pretty hot out. But I think I’m slowly starting to acclimate to the summer heat.

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And I ended the night with sushi, vino and movie night. Loving this place…it’s like a Chipotle for sushi. You pick out your selections and your sauces…love their Louisiana rolls with some wasabi sauce. Heaven.

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How was your weekend? Are you training for anything this summer/fall?
Currently I have two 26.2’s planned before the end of the year! Marine Corps Marathon in October then the BMW Dallas Marathon in December. Plus some other small races. I plan on getting back to ultras early next year.