14 Miles, Nature Lovin’ and Wknd Recap.

Hey there! Hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with fun. Mine was quite marvelous. Nature lovin’, fun times with good buds and galavanting around on the trails. Let’s do a little bit of recappin’!

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Saturday was a good morning for a long run. I had a 14 miler on tap…getting ready to ramp things up a bit for my fall marathon training. Very much looking forward to this 26.2 in October! I have a feeling it’s going to be a fun summer of training in the super hot heat. I was up early to catch some cool breeze before that sun took over.

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Post long run…nap and some sushi lunch later. That definitely hit the spot.

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The evening was pretty chill…I had Saturday night church then a fun night with my girl Tricia. She is my special yoga loving friend who is getting ready to train for her very first half marathon! Love her.

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The next morning…trail run Sunday out at Cedar Ridge. My running club is quickly making this a tradition. We run a few trail loops, eat some watermelon and have some laughs. Hands down best way to celebrate Sunday funday runday.

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Seriously though…gotta love these awesome views.

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I ended the night with a little yoga and lots of much needed rest. Namaste.

How was your weekend? What are your favorite summer foods?
Sushi and watermelon…in that order. Yum yum.

TGIFriday Faves.

Well hello there, Friday! Nice to see you again. I am definitely ready for some free time this weekend to let my hair down after a crazy week of work! It has been a good week…just a little busy. Time to slow things down a bit.

I see some pool time, sunshine, brunching and of course running in my future!

Yes…Teresa said it best.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

8 running drills that will make you a better runner. High knees and butt kicks are my favorite.

-Fun times on the track this week. So glad to be back to working on a little speedwork…feels good.

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-This top…obviously I am going to need it for the 4th of July.

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This song. It’s been in my head all week long. So catchy.

-Eating all of the watermelon, all of the time. Yum yum.

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-The sky this week has been all kinds of ridiculously beautiful shades. Thus why I love my early morning runs.

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What are you up to this weekend? Do you see any pool/outdoorsy time in your future?

Beat the Heat and Running Funnies.

Another fantastic 7 miles done with my running crew. I have to say I think 7 is my magic number lately for running! Or I guess…make that 7.3. A solid hour or so of running crazy early in the morning…does the body good.

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I think these morning runs are the number one thing that makes me successful and consistent with training. In the summer (especially in Texas)…the earlier you get up to beat the heat…the better. I’ll take 70s and 80s over 100 degree temps any day. Plus I just feel like I get better quality runs when it’s not so oppressively hot outside. You feel me?!

Today’s run was great and we got some good convo and laughs in while we were at it.

Speaking of laughs…I’ve got some more running funnies for you today…courtesy of Pinterest. Let’s see if you can relate to my common runner struggles. In no particular order…

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Oh and my personal favorite…all of these emojis…explaining all of my feelings precisely.

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Tell me something random about your day today! 

Weds Spin Playlist.

I’ve got some hump day tunes for you on spin playlist Wednesday! My morning started out as usual with an early run to beat the heat. The sunrises lately I have to say have been pretty on point.

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Without further ado let’s get to the tracks this week! These are great songs for running, spin or any high intensity workout! And check out my updated weekly schedule to see where I’ll be teaching class next!

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Let’s go for a ride!

Summer Nights- Tiesto feat John Legend: Warm up
Turn Me On- Kevin Lyttle: Jumps
The Hand Clap- Hurricane Chris: Tapbacks
Scream (Remix)- Usher: Sprints
Another Life- KREAM: Climb 6/7/8
Low- Juicy J: Rolling hills
Bubblegum- Jason Derulo: Active recovery
Wild Thing- Tone Loc: Standing run
Pop That- French Montana: Accelerations
2 On- Tinashe: Climb 7/8/9
Preach- MO: Climb 8/9/10
It Takes Two- Rob Base: Accelerations 10 on/10 off
Partition-Beyonce: Active recovery
Floor On Fire- Lil Jon feat Pitbull: Sprints
Rock Wit Me- Trevor Jackson: Cool down

What songs are on your workout playlists this week?

One of the Best Things I’ve Done for My Running and Avocado Cauliflower Rice.

7 miles before 7 a.m. with the morning run crew followed up with some pretty fantastic coffee. If you ever go to this place make sure to order their almond milk latte…it is kind of the best thing ever.

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I have to say one of the best things I’ve done for my running as of late is to join back up with a running group. The support/accountability is amazing. It’s one of the things that has kept me going since 2009 when I first started running with Luke’s Locker, a local running store/group in the DFW area. So If you’ve lost your fire or are looking for some motivation/another way to spice up your solo running…definitely joining a gang of like minded people just might take you to the next level.

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It’s not only invaluable…it’s a truly priceless thing. And a good way to make new friends! I just love it.

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So since it has been a while since I’ve shared a recipe let’s talk about what’s been going on in the kitchen! Lately I’ve been all about quick meals that don’t leave me slaving away on the stove. This cauliflower rice is absolute perfection with some chicken or shrimp on top. Pick your protein and go to town.

Here’s what you need:

-Crumbled cauliflower (You can chop it up yourself but I love buying the fresh steamable bags from Green Giant. Cuts all the prep work out)
-Avocado, chopped
-Garlic powder/Mrs. Dash/Salt & pepper to taste
-Crumbled feta or goat cheese

Chop up and/or cook your cauliflower and drain water, pat dry. Mix in crumbled cheese & seasonings. Cut up avocado, mix in and serve. So good with baked chicken on top!

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What are you cooking up in the kitchen lately? How are you keeping yourself motivated to get those runs in this summer? 

Cedar Ridge Preserve, Poolside and Wknd Recap.

Long running, pool time and fun with friends = one awesome weekend! Hope you had a great weekend as well! Of course I had to capture the RUNrise action. Let’s do a quick recap!

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Saturday I did a pretty HOT run with my Irving Running Club crew. A couple of us had 12 miles on tap for the day. It was already 80 something degrees at 6 a.m. Gotta love that.

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I made sure to rehydrate with my Starbucks pink drink. Coconut milk and acai mixed together just makes me happy.

The rest of the day was pretty relaxing. Just chillin’ poolside by the palm trees.

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And I got all caught up with the bestie. Love this girl and our fun adventures together.

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Saturday night sushi…because when it’s 95 degrees outside…that’s just what you do.

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The next morning I met up with some running buds for our trail run Sunday out at Cedar Ridge Preserve. Love this place…it’s some challenging terrain for trail running but is so pretty and peaceful.

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We’re getting ready for a trail relay in July so we have been out there practicing.

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I definitely have to get off the beaten path more. Loving this view.

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How was your weekend? Do you have any summer races coming up soon?
Fossil Valley and the Hottest Half Marathon!

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello and TGIF! Hope you are celebrating this very special day with a dance (or twirl) of some sort. I don’t know about you but it has been a long week of work and I’m more than ready for the weekend and some sunshine! Bring it on!

I am twirling in the office as we speak…thank you Kenya Moore for the motivation.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-The 90s R & B station on my Spotify. Love love and love some more.

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An uncomplicated guide to running and life. I can dig it.

-Squeezing in a fun happy hour night with my Yelp buds this week. Martinis and lettuce wraps for the win.

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Okay, but first…wine. Obviously I need this shirt. As well as the coffee one.

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The most effective running workouts if you only have 10, 20, 30 or 40 minutes. Progression runs are the best.

-Oh and loving this. Actually I think I need more friends that LIKE to get up at 5 AM? I don’t think I have very many of those. Hilarious.

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-The fact that Starbucks has Father’s Day gift cards you can send via email makes me very happy. My shopping is done! Thankfully my dad loves coffee just as much as I do.

What are you up to this weekend? Anything summery and fun?

10k Thursday and My Favorite Seasonal Race Picks.

This morning I rolled out of bed for a run with the IRC crew. I have to say it was tough to get up but I was glad I did. I got in some miles, pretty sky and good conversation with some of my favorite folks!! 10k Thursday is done.

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Speaking of favorites…I was scoping out Angela’s race picks not long ago and thought I’d give you some of my favorite races I try and run each year. Some are local to the Dallas area where I live and others are destination races. But you will definitely want to check some of these out and get them on your race calendar soon! I suppose we can start with January…

JAN-
New Years Double- Allen, TX This one actually starts on December 31st but you have a choice to run different distances on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. You can do back to back 5ks, half or even FULL marathons! Or mix ‘em up. The first year I ran it I did double half marathons…this year I went for the full gusto. Both days I placed in my age group! That champagne glass trophy was the icing on the cake.

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I love that this race is fairly small, intimate and the huge challenge plate for your medals can’t be beat. Check out my recaps here and here.

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Houston Marathon- Houston, TX This race is held during such a perfect time of year for running in Texas. More times than not temps are mild…close to 50-60 degrees in the morning. The course is also pretty flat and fast and there are spectators the entire way through cheering you on. The community really comes together for this race and it’s extremely organized. If you are looking for a first marathon choice I’d get this one on your list for sure. You will not regret it. My recap is here.

Too Cold to Hold Half Marathon- Dallas, TX This one is held at the end of January…it’s usually again pretty mild temps (so much that this year a friend joked and called it ‘Too Warm for Sleeves’.) But the course is right along the beautiful White Rock Lake and you get some pretty stellar race swag. It’s a great time of year to set a half marathon PR for sure.

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Dash for the Beads- Oak Cliff, TX For those of you that love the 5ks this is one you will want to put on your list. It provides a good challenge with lots of hills and the post race party can’t be beat. Celebrate mardi gras, grab some beads and enjoy the run!

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Rock n Roll New Orleans- New Orleans, Louisiana Well hello, if you are a foodie like I am you will enjoy the cajun cuisine as well as the sights and sounds the bayou has to offer.  I ran the full in 2011 and really would love to go back. This course is another flat and fast one…and the weather tends to be mild since it’s in the south. I love most of the Rock n Roll series races because they offer plenty of entertainment and things to look at on the course. Dress up in some fun mardi gras wear and go all out!

Cowtown Marathon and Ultra- Ft. Worth TX This race is held towards the end of the month and it’s an entire weekend of racing. The 5k/10k is on Saturday and half/full/ultra 50k is held on Sunday. This one is very organized, excellent course and just a fun way to celebrate running with all of the different distances. I ran the ultra marathon this year and absolutely loved it. I’m already looking forward to running it next year! Check out my ultra recap here.

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MARCH-
Rock n Roll Dallas Half Marathon- Dallas, TX I try to run this race every year because it’s Dallas…so it’s close to home, and it’s usually a decent course to work on some speed. This year they altered the course a bit and put a pretty steep incline at mile 9 which was challenging but if you do some hill work beforehand you should be all good. Check out my recap from this year here.

APRIL-
Irving Marathon- Irving, TX I have a soft spot in my heart for the city of Irving and this race. This one is another one that’s in my backyard and they are really doing some great things for the community. The running group I’m a part of, the Irving Running Club really gets involved and we are official pacers for this race! The course is mostly flat, a few rolling hills but a beautiful view of the trails and neighborhoods in the area. If you enjoy a small, intimate racing experience you will love it. You can read about my experience as a pacer for the full marathon here!

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Divas Half Marathon- Galveston, TX Running along the beach is always awesome and this race is great because it focuses on women! Gotta love the pink boas, tiaras, champagne at the finish line and hot firefighters giving you your medal. You are sold already, right? My recap is here.

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Memorial Day Marathon- Bachman Lake, Dallas This time of year it starts to get pretty warm in Texas but for those of you that enjoy racing in humid/hot temps you will enjoy it. They offer a half and full marathon experience and it’s basically loops around the lake. Lots of Marathon Maniacs run this one and my awesome friend Angela is the race director. She offers different races all throughout the year too so you can collect all of the bling! Read more about it here.

JUNE-
Rock n Roll San Diego- San Diego, CA This one is a great destination race and you will definitely want to stay a few days afterwards to really enjoy the beach…there is so much to do and see! I’ve already reserved my spot for the marathon again next year! The half is a popular choice but the full marathon was fun and VERY hilly! Catch up on my race experience here.

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Jalapeño Half- Fort Worth, TX I hear they had a jalapeño eating contest at the end of this one but I didn’t participate. This race is CRAZY hot but an awesome way to work on your tan! I just love running in Ft. Worth too. They have a great trail park with pretty awesome views.

JULY-
Too Hot To Handle- White Rock Lake, Dallas This is a part of the Run Project race series…and yes it is HOT! White Rock Lake provides plenty of shade though and they offer lots of hydration to keep you nice and cool. They offer a 5k and 15k option…perfect distance for pushing the pace just a bit in the summer heat.

AUGUST-
Hottest Half- Community Brewery, Dallas If you are sadistic enough to run 13.1 in 90 degree temps in Texas…run this one! Don’t worry to much about your time and HEY…there’s beer afterwards. Yes, I’ve already signed up again this year. It was peer pressure. That’s what happens when you run in a running club. I’m just saying. Anyway, it should a fun time.

SEPTEMBER-
Erie Marathon- Erie, PA I ran this one with some running buds a couple years back and really enjoyed the girls trip. The course is flat, very quiet and scenic. Plus it was around $50 at the time we signed up. Talk about a steal, since most 26.2s are 100 dollars or more a pop. Who said running was a cheap sport?! HA. Not me.

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OCTOBER-
Chicago Marathon- Chicago, IL LOVE this course! It’s literally pancake flat. This was my very first marathon in 2010 and I loved every minute of it. Temps this time of year in Chicago are pretty unpredictable but if you luck out and the weather is cool and crisp (as it should be in the fall) you’ll have an excellent experience. I surely did. Oh, and go get some Garrett’s popcorn afterwards to celebrate! Check out my throwback Thursday race experience here.

Marine Corps Marathon- Washington DC/Arlington, VA This is hands down one of my favorite 26.2s to date. The marines cheering you on the entire way, the historical sites, and the camaraderie of everyone there is just so heartwarming. The course has a few rolling hills but honestly just run this one for the experience. It’s one of those bucket list choices and for sure…one you will want to run again and again. I can’t wait to head back in October, to run it for the 4th time!

NOVEMBER-
Rock n Roll Las Vegas- Las Vegas, NV This one has a half and a full marathon option. Perfect destination race, lots to do obviously and basically anywhere you stay on the strip you will not be far from the start line. Running the full marathon at night was also pretty interesting and fun! Great way to change things up. My recap is here.

DECEMBER-
Dallas Marathon and Half- Dallas, TX Lovely time of year in Dallas to run if you like chilly weather! And for some of you…temps in the 40s/50s/60s is very mild so you will love it! This one has good crowd support, spectators most of the way and is also very organized. Perfect way to end the year strong and save room for some Christmas cookies.

What are some of your favorite seasonal race picks? Share them so I can get them on my calendar!

Weds Spin Playlist.

I got in some awesome hilly miles this morning with my breakfast running club crew. Seriously though, check out this sky! Unreal. Thanks mother nature for providing us with some lovely scenery.

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You know what they say about hills…they are speedwork in disguise. Gotta love it.

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Let’s get to this week’s spin playlist! I’ve got some fun songs to make you move and groove out on those roads or on that bike.

Enjoy the ride!

For Free- DJ Khaled feat Drake: Warm up
All in My Head- Fifth Harmony: Jumps
Good Kisser- Usher: Climb 5/6/7
Bun Up the Dance- Dillon Francis: Tapbacks
Cool for the Summer- Demi Lovato: Sprints
Call Me When it’s Over- Rockie Fresh: Climb 6/7/8
Saw it Coming- G-Eazy feat Jeremih: Climb 7/8/9/10
Hoohah- Fox Stevenson & Curbi: Reverse climb
Mr. Postman- Baltimore Club Music: Accelerations
Wicked- Future: Active recovery
What’s My Name- Snoop Dogg: Rolling hills
Turbulence- Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke: Team sprints
Talking Body- Tove Lo: Jumps
Body High- Mike Taylor: Rolling hills
Work- Missy Elliot: Standing sprints
9- Willow Smith feat SZA: Cool down

What songs are you working out to this week?

5 Ways to Enjoy Summer Running.

Hello! It was a 7 before 7 kind of morning…just enjoying this awesome (humid) view with my running club. 7 miles before 7 a.m.

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I tell ya…it sure is starting to heat up down here! I’m seeing lots of weekend pool time in my near future.

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Post run refreshment…have you tried the Starbucks pink drink yet? It’s filled with acai and coconut milk, then strawberries thrown in. And all for less than 150 calories. You can read more about it here. My new summer favorite.

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Speaking of summer…and humidity…here are a few ways you can enjoy those miles this season…run happy and beat the heat!

1. Lather up on that sunscreen…and the body glide. Chafing can definitely be avoided with the right products. I recommend body glide and also coconut oil! If you didn’t know coconut oil actually is a natural SPF. I would mix the two for best results. Your skin will thank you.

2. Don’t underestimate the power of electrolytes. Especially with longer runs, I like to take in some Nuun or mix my water with a bit of gatorade.

3. It’s okay to slow the pace down in order to adapt and acclimate to the heat. I tend to run 30 seconds to a minute per mile slower than usual in the summer. Not to worry…when those fall marathons roll around and it cools off you will be stronger both physically and mentally! Just get through those runs and you will absolutely build strength and endurance. Consistency is key.

4. Have the proper running swag. Wear light colored clothing, dri fit tops and shorts. The lighter the material, the better.

5. Run in the heat with awesome people. It surely helps those runs go way faster when you run with fun buddies!

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What are some ways you enjoy those summer miles?