Friday Faves a Day Early.

Hello friends! It’s my Friday so I’m dancing around the office looking kind of like this. My coworkers already know I’m crazy so they do not mind.

Since I’ve got a long weekend ahead of me and will be out bouncing around the streets tomorrow let’s do this week’s favorites a day early!

-Crazy beautiful runrises like the one this morning. Hello 8 miles.

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Turkey zucchini burgers with lemon. Yes, I have a serious obsession with zucchinis lately for whatever reason.

29 Steph Curry reactions for everyday situations. Perfection. And ohmygoodness his daughter is just the cutest.

-English lavender soap…well anything lavender scented honestly is my jam. Makes my skin very happy.

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-Iced chai with coffee…mmm that freshly pressed ginger was so awesome.

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See ya later! Happy 4th weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? Are you traveling somewhere fabulous?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy July to you! I started this month off right with a hot and humid run. Here’s some sunlight through the trees acton to get you through your Wednesday.

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Tonight I’m teaching my 3rd spin class of the week…my classes have been working so hard lately! Rocking it on that bike. I wonder why…oh yeah, bikini season is upon us.

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Let’s get straight to the playlist!

BaDINGA!- TWRK: Warm up
Want to Want Me- Jason Derulo: Standing run
L.A. Love- Fergie: Jumps
Erase- The Chainsmokers: Sprints
Good Kisser- Usher: Climb 5/6/7
Time of Our Lives- Pitbull & Neyo: Rolling hills/Tapbacks
Hood Go Crazy- Tech N9ne feat 2 Chainz: Jumps on a hill
We Found Love- Rihanna: Seated/standing run
Put Your Drinks Up- DJ Mad: Accelerations
Preach- MO: Active recovery
Animals (Remix)- Maroon 5 feat J. Cole: Climb 6/7/8
Post to Be- Omarion, Chris Brown, Jhene Aiko: Climb 7/8/9/10
Ghost- Ella Henderson: Jumps/Tapbacks
I Love Myself- Kendrick Lamar: Sprints
Sable Doux- Cherokee: Cool down

What songs are you working out to today?

26.2 Reasons Why You Should Run a Marathon.

Pretty colors in the sky on this morning’s run! Much needed before a busy Tuesday.
Today I’ve got a few reasons why you (yes, you!) should run a marathon. 26.2 to be exact.

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1. Because it’s a great way to see a new town or city that you have never been to before.

2. Do it for the gear. Tank tops, shorts, flashy loud shoes…oh my.

3. There’s nothing more awesome than that runners high after your 20 mile training run. Can I get an amen?

4. To surprise yourself and push far beyond your limits.

5. For that extra glass of wine to celebrate.

6. Or beer…or margarita…whatever your fancy.

7. To get in those training runs with your homies…because running buddies are the best friends ever.

8. To run in honor of someone that you love.

9. For the awesome cheering/spectator signs.

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10. So you can rock out to 4 hours worth of music on your running playlist.

11. To high five little cute kiddos on the course. They make the best spectators ever.

12. Let’s be honest…to pass some runners like a rockstar at the end of the race. That is the most wonderful feeling.

13. For the sunrise at the start line.

14. For the bragging rights. Nothing wrong with a little humble bragging.

15. To make your mama proud.

16. Or your dad, sister, brother, husband, boyfriend, dog…whatever.

17. For the brunch afterwards.

18. To give you an excuse to plop down on the bed and take a nice post marathon nap afterwards.

19. To rack up the bling bling…love those race medals.

20. Because others can’t.

21. Just to get a good workout. And hot dang…it’s one heck of a workout if I do say so myself.

22. To raise money for an amazing charity that you believe in.

23. To get you through a tough time.

24. To get you through a happy time.

25. To see all of your hard work and months of training pay off with a killer finish time.

26. For the banana.

.2 – For you.

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Hey marathoners! Tell me…why do you run marathons?! 

Endorphins, Vitamin D and Wknd Recap.

Hi there! Lots to do today so let me get straight to it. Not going to lie, Starbucks is totally getting me through this lovely Monday. Espresso double blended on ice for the win.

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Hope you all had a great weekend! I got in a few training runs and had some fun in the sun with friends. Here are just a few snapshots from the weekend.

11 mile run Saturday. Thankful for temps in the 70s.

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Pool time with my sparkly blue aviators.

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Wine time with the pretty Texas cheese board. Love the Bishop Arts Winery.

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7 mile Sunday by a mesmerizing lake.

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Eggs benedict makes my soul happy.

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Good times with my bestie neighbor.

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Selfie with sun kissed tan lines. It was a good weekend full of endorphins…and vitamin D.

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How was your weekend? Did you get any long runs in? How about brunch?

TGIFriday Faves.

I’m enjoying some 7-eleven mountain dark roast on this lovely Friday morning. Hey now, don’t knock the gas station coffee. It is good stuff.

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Let’s get to my Friday faves!

19 things Starbucks employees will never tell you. Haha and I have been a barista at a coffee shop (at church but hey, it counts) so I know the struggle.

6 ways to build endurance and increase mileage. Good stuff here. I can tell you every last one of those things has paid off for me when it comes to racking up those miles.

-Cherry tomatoes. I seriously just eat of bowl of them plain all on their own. They are the perfect quick summer snack with a sweet bite at the end.

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Grilled zucchini nachos though? Sign me up.

Listen to my cousin Charmaine’s Travel Tales podcast if you want to get motivated to hop on a jet plane. This girl, I tell ya…has been been literally everywhere. Love it love it.

-Amy Schumer…um I am counting down the days until her movie Trainwreck comes out. Freaking hilarious.

What’s on tap for your weekend?
Running…trying some new wines at a tasting tonight…pool time with the gals…maybe a date. You know, the usual.

Crazy Group of Runners and a Maniacs Survey.

7 miles to kick off Friday eve this morning. I am so ready for the weekend, no doubt! Bring on pool time, hydrating lots and kicking it with friends.

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Of course I had to rep the Marathon Maniacs with my fancy headband. Yes, I am a part of that crazy group of runners and I love it.

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Most of you know I qualified for this group back in 2014 when I completed my 3 back to back 26.2s within the span of about 2 months! It was a good time.

Speaking of which, they had me complete a fun Maniacs questionnaire not too long ago that I thought I would share with you all. Let’s get straight to it.

State or Country you live in? Texas

How long have you been a runner and why did you start running?
I have been serious about running for a little over 7 years now. I dabbled in track and field in high school but was never really that good. Then after graduating college I decided to join a running club and train for my first half marathon. Training for the half was my stepping stone to eventually running full marathons.

Why did you decide to become a Maniac? Who or what inspired you?
I have a few running buddies that have been Maniacs for a while. I always thought they were completely nuts and did not understand who in their right mind would want to run full marathons more than once a year. Now I am one of those people!

What do you like best about being a Maniac? I have found my people.

Do you also run half marathons? If so, are you a Half Fanatic too? Yes…I love the half distance but there is just something about 26.2 that changes you inside and out.

Stuff About Races

What was the first race you ever completed? (Any distance) Dallas Running Club Half Marathon in 2009

-What was your first marathon? What year did you run it? Did you have fun that day? What is the thing you remember MOST about this race? The Chicago Marathon in 2010. I remember loving the diversity and beauty of the city. Definitely would love to go back to Chi-town and run that one again.

Have you ever run an ultra-marathon (50K and up)? What is the longest race you’ve run? Which ultra do you remember best and why? I ran a virtual 50k (31 miles) back in March a couple of days after completing a half marathon. It was no doubt one of the toughest runs I’ve ever done!

Which marathon or ultra would you never run again and why? Galveston Marathon…I had a pretty decent time performance wise (3:56) but the weather that time of year is extremely unpredictable. The year I ran, it was storming and 30 degrees with 40 mph winds. I would probably go back though just to run the half.

Which one has been your favorite? Marine Corps Marathon

What was the most challenging marathon/ultra or combination of marathons/ultras you’ve ever done and why? Cowtown Marathon…it’s very hilly and again the weather at times is very unpredictable. Gotta love Texas!

Of all the races out there in this world, which one would you most like to run? Big Sur Marathon in California

If you could run a marathon/ultra accompanied by anyone either living or deceased, who would you choose and why? Dean Karnazes…because he’s awesome.

If you could put on a marathon anywhere in the world, where would you have it? Anywhere on the beach

What was your most memorable race (any distance) and why? Marine Corps Marathon Oct 2011- Of course because I PR’d and I just love the support of the Marines.

If someone asked you to pick a marathon for him or her that they could run a PR at, which race would you suggest? Either Chicago or the Houston Marathon, for sure. Both are fast and flat.

What was the furthest you’ve ever traveled for a marathon or ultra? Erie, Pennsylvania. We were right up near Canada!

Do any of your non-running friends or family members think that you’re crazy for running as much as you do? What are some of their comments to you? Yes…they have all just accepted my crazy.

If personal obligations or finances were not an issue, how many marathons/ultras would you run in one year? Probably once a month. I teach spin classes and love to do other types of workouts as well so it’s nice to have a balance but I love running the marathon distance.

Stuff About Stuff

Is receiving a medal important to you? From what marathon or ultra did you receive your favorite finisher’s medal? Yes, I have a pretty nice collection now. The one I just received from Cowtown is probably my favorite because it has a spur and belt buckle attached to it.

Where do you keep your finisher medals? On my bedroom wall.

Do you wear your race t-shirts? What do you do with the ones you don’t wear?
Would you rather receive a cotton shirt or a technical fiber shirt? Either one. The cotton ones are usually great pajamas.

Stuff About Training

What is a typical training week like for you? How many miles do you run? Any cross training? I typically run anywhere from 40-50 miles a week. Teach spin classes 3-4 times a week and strength training/yoga about twice a week.

What training advice would you give to some one who wants to run their first marathon? How about their first double (2 in 2 days)? Or their first 50-miler? Trust your training and listen to your body. Rest when you need it as opposed to strictly following a schedule. Cross train to maintain a balance and avoid injury.

Do you have a training partner(s)? If so, who? I have trained with/coached with Luke’s Locker in Plano, TX for the past few years. Now I mostly train and run solo. It’s a form of moving meditation for me and since I spend a ton of time teaching group fitness classes I now look forward to the peaceful running time on my own.

What about eating? Pasta dinner the night before? Breakfast before the race? Favorite post-race food and drink? A nice carbo load meal (I love quinoa pasta or a thin crust pizza) 2 days prior to the marathon. The night before I eat something carby but a little bit lighter so it doesn’t weigh down on you the next morning. I love to eat the honey stinger waffles the morning of the race.

Do you eat gels during races? What is your energy gel of choice? Sport drink of choice? Cherry sports beans or Gu with caffiene. I usually drink whatever is on the course during the race…alternating electrolyte drink with water.

What kind of shoes do you train in? Do you race in a different shoe? Asics or Newtons.

What are your short-term running goals? PR in any race distance, but overall just to run a strong, hard race where I give it my all.

What are your long-term running goals? Become overall stronger, more fit and balanced as a runner. Also to continue my pursuit in ultra running! I plan on running another 50k in spring of 2016.

Stuff About Other Stuff

Assuming you have time, what do you do for fun other than run? Teach spin class, go to yoga, travel, enjoy a nice glass of wine or two!

Tell me some running stuff about you! Shoes you train in…short term/long term running goals? What do you like to do for fun other than RUN?! 

Weds Spin Playlist.

Yet another sticky hot run this morning getting a few miles in. But I tell you what…it sure does feel good when it’s over! I am digging this view.

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On to tonight’s playlist. Can’t wait to teach spin this eve! Check my schedule for where I’ll be at next. Lots of new tracks thrown in with some oldies but goodies.

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Let’s go for a ride!

Ayo- Chris Brown feat Tyga: Warm up
Overdose- Ciara: Standing run
Goin’ In- J. Lo feat Flo Rida: Accelerations
Don’t Tell ‘Em- Jeremih feat YG: Jumps/Tapbacks
Timber- Pitbull feat Kesha: Rolling hills
Problem- Ariana Grande feat Iggy Azalea: Climb 5/6/7
Talking Body- Tove Lo: Jumps on a hill
Roll the Bass- Major Lazer: Sprints
Holy Grail- Jay-Z feat Justin Timberlake: Climb 6/7/8/9
10 Bands- Drake: Reverse climb 10/9/8/7
Applause- Lady Gaga: Seated/standing run
I Can’t Stop- Flux Pavilion: Rolling hills
Hey Mama: David Guetta: Jumps/Tapbacks
Animals- Martin Garrix: Sprints
Can’t Feel My Face- The Weeknd: Cool down

What songs are rocking your workouts this week?

5 Ways to Overcome the Blahs of Running.

Tuesday 10k to the tune of this runrise. I think my body is slowly getting acclimated to all the humidity we’ve had lately! It was 78 degrees out but it definitely felt like 85.

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Since so many are gearing up to begin their summer marathon training…I thought now would be a great time to talk about something we all go through as runners…just feeling BLAH about training and toughing it out in the summer months. Here are some ways I get through a long season of long runs and just the rigors or training overall!

1. Have a goal/target race that you are aiming for. I think this certainly helps to hold me accountable in the summer months! Whether it be a run streak or a couple of big goal races you have scheduled during the fall…having that light at the end of the tunnel will certainly keep you focused and pressing towards that finish line.

2. Find a training plan that works for you…but remember some days you may have to tweak things a bit. Some days aren’t going to be perfect in terms of training and hitting those paces…and that is perfectly fine. For me, I just try to make sure I do my long run every Saturday. That long run on the weekends is what will build your mileage base and keep you consistent overall. One of my favorite plans to follow is Hal Higdon because he has free plans for all different levels, from novice to advanced.

3. And I always say this…but I will say it again and again…cross train. And REST! This…I need to put it up on my wall…it is oh so true.

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4. Find ways to keep your running spicy. Try a new route…go join a social run…run a local 5k on the weekends. Get in your speed work! I also like to rock out on the hill repeats (which I did this morning). Hills are speed work in disguise.

5. Remember the WHY…maybe it’s you run because others can’t. Because it makes your day and clears your monkey mind. Or that it helps you to relieve stress or brainstorm some creative ideas. Or…that you just do it for the bling bling. It’s also fun to put your medals up on the wall and remember those accolades. Having that WHY always in the back of your mind will help you stay full of gratitude for this amazing sport.

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How do you overcome some of the *blahs* of running?

Summer Solstice Party and Wknd Recap.

Happy summer to you! My weekend was filled with lots of hot weather fun…playing outside, running in the sunshine…and fun times with friends.

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Let’s do a quick recap! I started things off on Saturday morning with a nice 12 mile run by the lake. Followed up with some burpees and core work afterwards. Man…it was crazy humid all weekend. With the tropical storm that came in a few days ago we still had some left over drizzles. But it did cool things down just a tad and brought in a small breeze.

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I ran a few errands, went to Saturday night church and later that evening went to a Yelp Summer Solstice party in the heart of Dallas. Gorgeous sunset with some lovely people.

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We were decked out in all white…lookin fly.

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The event had 3 floors of food, drinks, fun and even a DJ and some cirque du soleil / acro yoga action on the rooftop. Truly awesome.

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Sunday I kinda slept in (which felt amazing) then got in a recovery run to the tune of 7 miles. Just enjoying the nice breeze in my Jalapeño Half shirt. That medal ranks up there as one of my faves.

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Then a little grocery store shopping at Sprouts Farmer’s Market. Did I tell you Cotton Candy grapes are BACK?!? Don’t tell everyone…we want them all to ourselves. It will be a secret between you and me.

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Oh and I got to chat on the phone with my sweet Dad who lives in Houston. I sent him a Starbucks gift card for Father’s Day. That’s right…he loves coffee just as much as I do.

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How was your weekend? What new foods have you discovered at the grocery store?

TGIFriday Faves.

Well hello there! I am rocking my Houston Marathon mug from 2013 for coffee selfie Friday!! This was one of my favorite 26.2s for sure! Flat, fast…and some great down home cuisine after. I highly recommend it.

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Anywho…let’s get to my faves from this week!

I give myself permission to….yes, yes and yes. I need to put this on my wall somewhere.

5 reasons to love summer running. I am definitely already starting to love it…90 degrees, 100 percent humidity and all.

This vegan sushi bowl…looks so colorful and pretty. Noms noms.

-Sushi date night with my girl Angela at Oishii. Ahh yes, salmon sashimi on deck.

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17 flawless Mindy Kaling tweets. Don’t you just love her? Yes, I do too.

-The fact that I just signed up for fall marathon number 2 – this one is in October before Vegas in November. The Tyler Rose…26.2 surrounded by a bunch of beautiful flowers? We already know how obsessed I am with nature. Bring it on.

What are you up to this weekend? Do you have any fall marathons on tap?