Sticky Icky Ice and Thank You.

IMG_20150228_184257Happy weekend, friends!! Hope you all are having a great night. Mine has been shaken up a bit with the announcement of the Cowtown ultra & full being canceled tomorrow due to the sticky icky ice. Super sad face. Fun times, eh?

I have trained hard for this race & just wanted to thank you all for being so supportive & positive every step of the way!! The half is still on at this point & temps will be in the 40s tomorrow…sooo I may just wear my race number, wait til sunlight, & rock out a super long run on my own. Stay tuned!!

Oh I should also mention I have signed up for the Grasslands 50 miler. Yep you heard that right. March 22nd! So come hell or high water the 31 miles needs to happen this week since its kind of a part of my training. Ha.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! Hope you all have some fun in store for this weekend. I am without a doubt looking forward to the Cowtown 50K and moving on into ultra runner status on Sunday. Bring it on!

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Hey, I know it’s just a *baby* ultra seeing that it’s 31 miles but…you gotta start somewhere, right?

Let’s get to my faves this week!!

-Getting to watch the blind auditions of The Voice this week. I am officially hooked on this show and I have to tell you that Adam Levine can do no wrong. Gorgeous man.

-Why you should set impossible goals. Yes. Work it. Do it.

-Runners alphabet?! Seriously freaking cool.

-Top 15 foods for runners. Love em all.

-This Nike Impossibly Light Jacket….and while we’re at it those leggings too.

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-And if you have not already seen this or are living under a rock…Christina Aguilera’s Britney Spears impression. Dying laughing.

What are you up to this weekend? Have you seen any cute runner clothes lately?!! Do tell!

How to Taper Like a Boss.

Morning run therapy…I got in some miles while rocking out to my tunes. It was definitely cold and blustery out but no snow or ice on the roads. Hopefully we’ll keep it that way.

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Well I thought today would be a good day to provide you with a few taper tips for those of you gearing up for a winter or spring marathon! As most of you already know I’m gearing up for the Cowtown 50K in a few short days. 31 miles in 3 days to be exact! It seems like time has really flown by this training season. So…here are a few things I like to do when I’m a week out to taper and scale those miles back like a boss.

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-Try to relax and keep your mind off of obsessing. YES…pre race nerves are super normal. But like they say…the hay is in the barn, and know that you’ve put the work in the last few months if you’ve been following a training plan. Now is the time to keep your mind stress free. Try to come home after work, put your feet up and compression socks on. Watch your favorite tv shows. I don’t know about you but I have been seriously into The Voice lately. It’s my new guilty pleasure.

-Get some extra sleep leading up to race day. Just say no to those after work happy hours. Trust me, they’ll be there when you get back. Enjoy that shut eye so you can store up that energy and feel fresh.

-Keep your normal pace but definitely shorten the runs the week prior. It helps to do some strides and make sure the legs are still frisky so you don’t go in feeling sluggish.

-Eat a diet rich in complex carbs and drink plenty of H20. Avoiding alcohol will be beneficial as it causes a dehydrating effect and also interferes with your sleep.

-Work on your mental preparation and review the course a bit if you have not done it before. Really visualize yourself rocking this race…like a boss. Here are some great mental tips on approaching the various parts of the marathon.

Do you have any helpful taper tips for those of us training for (ultra)marathons?

Mango Kale Smoothie and Weds Spin Playlist.

Hi there! Not only do I have a rockin’ playlist for you to groove to today, but I have a post workout smoothie that is sure to provide you with a party in your mouth…my mango kale smoothie.

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Here’s what you’ll need.

A handful or two of organic kale
1/2 cup of frozen mangoes
1 cup of Almond Breeze honey almond milk
1 scoop of protein (optional)
1/2 a banana

Blend and serve! Freaking delicious and I just love any excuse to drink something green.

Let’s get to this week’s playlist! Join me at any of these DFW 24 hour fitness locations!!

L.A. Love- Fergie: Warm up
Give Me Kuduro (Mashup)- Pitbull vs. Don Omar: Standing run
Ball- Lil Wayne: Climb 5/6/7
Up in Here (DJ Lady S Moombah Remix)- DMX: Sprints
I Want You to Know- Zedd feat Selena Gomez: Rolling hills
Holy Grail- Jay-Z feat Justin Timberlake: Climb 7/8/9
Funky Way You Move (Mashup)- Outkast vs. Pitch & Scratch: Jumps /Tapbacks
The Motto- Drake: Standing run
Delirious- Steve Aoki feat Kid Ink: Accelerations
2 On- Tinashe: Active recovery
Towards the Sun- Rihanna: 8/9/10
Ayo- Chris Brown feat Tyga: Jumps on a hill
Latch (Remix)- Disclosure feat Schoolboy Q: Rolling hills
TTU (Too Turnt Up)- Flosstradamus: Team sprints
Run Run Run- Kelly Clarkson feat John Legend: Cool down

What’s in your smoothie (or on your playlist) this week?

Turning into Slush and Wknd Recap.

You will have to excuse my absence over the last few days. It has been a mad house in my little world! We had a fun ice storm roll on through here and I am happy to say it is all melting today and turning into slush.

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Yep, that’s Texas for ya.

I ended up having to bust it out on the treadmill this morning along with some weights. 5 mile progression run.

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I am oh so thankful temps are getting back to normal towards the end of the week though…leading up to my very first 50K on Sunday, March 1st. Game on!

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Let’s recap the weekend, shall we?

For the most part my Saturday and Sunday were both real low key. I went out to sushi with a friend guy of mine and curled my hair. I am getting better at curling my hair with the flat iron. Work in progress.

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Saturday morning I had a 12 mile run scheduled in the park. Nice run just enjoying my feet hitting the pavement.

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My neighbor Camillia and I also hit up this swanky new cocktail bar called Parliament. Super cool spot! Check it out if the next time you’re cruising Uptown Dallas. Crafted cocktails, jazzy bluesy music and a good time.

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Sunday I ran 8 miles and stumbled upon some colorful flowers. Thankfully I got this run in right before the freezing rain hit. It was an easy, slow run but glad to get the miles in.

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Then it was brunch with my mama at Coffee House Café. Crab cakes benedict for the win.

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Recap me on your weekend! Is it snowing where you are?

What are the temps like today? High of 42.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hello there. How are things going your way? Me? I’m just sitting over here doing the payday Friday happy dance.

Let’s get to some of my favorites I’ve been loving this week!

-7 tips to survive your long runs. And yes…I agree…always have a mantra. One of mine is ‘Trust those legs! They’re stronger than you think’.

-Emergency white chocolate almond cutter cups? Sign me up.

-The link between money & happiness. Fun read. Love that girl’s posts.

-These Lululemon Seek the Heat tights. I kind of have a crush on them.

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-Thoughts you have in line at Starbucks. Yep, I have most of those.

-Having trouble staying motivated to work out lately? Here are some more pointers that I love. Source.

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-Maya Rudolph as Beyonce on SNL40 last Sunday. Did anyone see it? It was about 345 hours long but Maya was the hit of the night.

-This quote. Love it love it.

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What are you up to this weekend?
Running, brunching, relaxing.

What were your favorites this week?

Top 5 Happy Runner Foods.

8 miles this morning braving the wind and the cold. Temps were in the 30s this morning but I am really looking forward to highs back in the 60s and 70s for the remainder of this week. Bring it on!

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Oh yeah baby, my kinda weather right here. Perfect for running.

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I thought I’d give you my top 5 favorite foods in random order…these in my opinion are great runner foods…and they make my body very happy. I know everyone is different but I do keep these staples in heavy rotation. When you put in a lot of miles on the road, I think what you put in your body is muy importante. If you eat crap, you will feel like crap. And vice versa. Like putting gas in your car…rev it up!

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Yep yep…truth. Haha

1. Spinach: I stock up on this in the beginning of the week and then I use it as an excuse to throw in everything. So good in a smoothie.

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2. Eggs: I try to eat these almost every day or every other day. I love to boil them because they are so quick and easy and then I’m out the door.

3. Salmon: 3 words. Lime cilantro salmon. The best. Buy it wild caught.

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4. Bananas: Again…great in smoothie or just an on the go snack.

5. Avocado: Yes…I eat 2-3 of ‘em a week. I love to mix them in eggs, with rice and chicken, you name it. Nom nom.

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What are your top 5 happy foods?

Weds Spin Playlist.

My body was feeling pretty awesome after yoga last night so I got up this morning and busted out a run. Just chasing the sun as usual.

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Tonight I’ll be teaching a power packed spin class…check out this week’s playlist! Lots of new tracks to move and groove to.

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Let’s go for a ride!

Talk Dirty- Jason Derulo feat 2 Chainz: Warm up
Go Hard or Go Home- Wiz Khalifa feat Iggy Azalea: Jumps
Let it Roll- Flo Rida: Rolling hills
Fireball (Jm Castillo Remix)- Pitbull: Sprints
Somebody- Natalie La Rose feat Jeremih: Standing run
Hunter- Pharrell Williams: Climb 6/7/8/9
Take Back the Night- Justin Timberlake: Climb 7/8/9/10
I Can Only Imagine- David Guetta: Accelerations
Maps- Maroon 5: Active recovery
Fine China: Chris Brown: Jumps/Tapbacks
Real Love (Tough Love Remix)- Clean Bandit feat Jess Glynne: Climb 7/8/19/10/11
Na Na- Trey Songz: Standing run
I’m a Machine- David Guetta feat Crystal Nicole: Team sprints
Something About Us (Cherokee Remix)- Daft Punk: Cool down

What’s on your playlist this week?

Random Tuesday Things.

-This morning’s run was cloudy, cold and I froze my hiney off but it was exactly what I needed. I was kind of excited because they said it may snow today but I did not see not one snow flurry. Womp womp.

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-I made a blueberry banana smoothie this morning with protein and it was the most beautiful purple I think I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing how pretty blended fruit can be.

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-Mardi Gras is probably my most favorite holiday next to Christmas. It’s just so colorful and fun. And today is Fat Tuesday! Is anyone celebrating?? I have a ton of beads if anyone needs some.

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-Countdown begins…my 31st birthday is a little over a month away. I’m already running 31 miles to celebrate in 2 weeks but I need to figure something else out. Perhaps book a plane ticket somewhere.

-My spin shoes are falling apart so I think I need some new ones. I have my eyes on these pretty pink ones.

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-Word of the day…love it love it.

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Tell me something random about your day today!

Dash for the Beads, Taper Mode and Wknd Recap.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine was busy but fun as usual. I taught spin this morning and now I’m off to the 9 to 5 with Starbucks in hand and cute boots on my feet.

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Let recap the weekend a bit, shall we? Well I’m officially in taper mode as I scale the miles back to get ready for my first ever 50K in less than 2 weeks. So Saturday I mixed it up a little bit and set out to run the Dash for the Beads 5K in HILLY Oak Cliff!! Yep, on Valentine’s Day! I kind of loved that there was a Mardi Gras themed race on this holiday. My neighbor and I signed up for this race a few months back on a Groupon deal so we were decked out in our masks and ready to go. But first…a little yoga stretching.

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Honestly my only time goal was to beat my 5K time from when I ran this race last year. This is hands down the hilliest 5K course I’ve ever run, no exaggeration. What’s extremely tricky about it also is that it starts off mostly downhill and then all of a sudden it’s an uphill death march to the end. But since I knew what to expect I just coached myself throughout and kept telling myself not to slow down. Top it off with the fact that it was a pretty warm that day with highs reaching the 80s and it was just a rough morning overall. But…I did it! Beat my time from last year by over a minute too. Good stuff!

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I also tacked on a 7 miler after the race for good measure. 7 miles plus a 5K…logged 10 miles total for the day! Fun fun.

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After the race we ventured on over to the beautiful Bishop Arts District where we had brunch at Jonathon’s. Super cool place…it’s basically a restaurant in a historic house that has been spruced up and renovated.

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I had the eggs benedict and parmesan grits. To die for!

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They also have some fantastic cocktails here. You have to try the torched cherry limeade served in a mason jar.

Oh I should also mention I went out Valentine’s Day night…a little champagne and dancing and enjoying life.

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Sunday was a pretty chill day. After church I went out to the park to get another longish run in. 2nd to last 10 miler that I’ll do before the training season is over!!

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I did my usual restorative yoga at 4:30 then went to Sprouts for a grocery haul. Came out with some yummy stuff and sipped on a coconut water while I did my shopping.

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Overall it was quite a lovely weekend! Now a cold front has come though and it’s 30 degrees here with a chance of snow flurries tonight. Thankfully temps will stay above freezing for the most part so it won’t stick.

How was your weekend?

Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day, or Mardi Gras? Or both??