Seize the Day, My ‘Go To’ Song and Wknd Recap.

Monday mood. Yes this is totally me right now! Hope you all had a great weekend. I was able to get some running in, fabulous brunching and such! Let’s do a quick recap.

My weekend started off right with a 17 mile jaunt in the ‘hood. The IRC crew was in full effect. Lots of us are training for different marathons right now…Chicago, Marine Corps Marathon (which is my next one!), the Dallas Marathon (and then this one which is in December) and etc. Can you find me?

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So we were all hitting some serious mileage that day. It felt good to get it done. I’m happy I stayed around a 9 something minute pace for most of the run.

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Seize the day. Yes that is one of my many mottos.

The rest of the day was mostly chill…I got in a little r & r and then celebrated a few friends birthdays. Lots of yummy eats were involved.

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Good times later with childhood friends! Love this crew.

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Snapchat selfies for the win.

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Then some karaoke fun. I sang Killing Me Softly by The Fugees! You know everybody has their ‘go to’ song. Well, that is mine. Fun fact I was in a pageant when I was 15 and I sang this song for the talent portion. It has stuck ever since.

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Sunday morning came around too fast but thankfully I got to sleep in just a bit before stepping out for a 10 mile run with more IRC friends. Nice and easy.

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Of course I was good and ready after church for a delicious brunch at this awesome place.

Just chillin’ on the rooftop with my girl Tricia before calling it a day.

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And celebrating another high of weekly mileage…61.2 miles. Woot woot.

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How was your weekend? Who is ready for Labor Day weekend already?
*raises hand*

TGIFriday Faves.

YESSS hello Friday! I am sitting here drinking coffee dreaming of being by the pool with a juicy book in hand. Soon, very very soon! Hope you all had a marvelous week. I am ready to let my hair down for sure after a long week of workin’ it!

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Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-Back on my Jason’s Deli salad kick. I am in love with their quinoa and have a strange obsession with raw broccoli. Oh and their roasted red pepper hummus…heaven.

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Song of the week…playing it on repeat. So upbeat and catchy.

Beet watermelon grape juice? Wow. Need to make this STAT.

10 ways texting doesn’t always translate…number 2 ALL DAY.

20 hilarious tweets about the Olympics that make you say ‘basically’. I’m kind of sad it’s all over…ah well…back to catching up on my Bravo shows.

That’s all for this week…be good or be good at it!!

What are you up to this weekend?
Long running it (duh), chill time, catching up with some childhood friends while celebrating August birthdays!

Humid Runs, Divas Half Marathon Ambassador and Some Sweet Deals.

Morning run…8 miles at a 9:30 something pace fighting through humidity! Good thing I have my friends to keep me going…this time last year I was really on the struggle bus with these humid summer runs so I’m glad to see a bit of improvement in my training. Hopefully it will pay off come October.

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We also went up this famous ‘KFC hill’…yes, they call it KFC because there’s a famous chicken place right at the top…haha go figure. And I’m proud to say I’m now 3rd overall female in my run group to get to the top! I’ve gotta work on that time. I’m getting there.

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But yeah…according to Runner’s World all of this summer training isn’t in vain. I’m so looking forward to the crisp cooler fall weather on the east coast, that’s for sure.

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So today I thought I’d give you all some sweet discounts and deals! First off, I’m proud to announce that I’m now an ambassador for the Divas Half Marathon! This series does races all over the U.S (and in Canada!) – including pretty epic destinations like San Francisco Bay, St Augustine Beach in Florida, DC’s Wine Country and even San Juan Puerto Rico! I ran the race in Galveston and had a total blast!! I mean tiaras, feather boas and champagne is basically a runner girl’s paradise.

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(Photo credit Katty Peraza)

You can check out more about my experience with this race here.

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So for those of you looking for an upcoming half (or 5k) I’ve got a discount code where you can save 10% off. Just enter the code CRDIVATX17 at checkout.

Here are some other deals and steals around the web!

-Running shorts starting at $9.95 – LeftLaneSports.com

-Save up to 60% off New Balance running shoes & apparel at Joe’s New Balance Outlet, free shipping on orders over $99

-If you’re local to Dallas/Ft. Worth, save $5 off the Color Me Green 5k & 10k on Saturday, October 1st in Frisco. Enter the code ColorMeGreen

-FREE SUSHI at PF Chang’s! Today only at participating Dallas restaurants. I believe they are also doing this in Oklahoma. Just mention the deal to get a free spicy tuna or California roll. No purchase necessary.

Do you have any deals & steals to share with the group today?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! Hope your hump day is getting off to a great start. I was able to get in some miles this morning as usual with my running group. I have a new phone so I was so excited to get a snapshot of the natural beauty this morning. Hashtag RUNrise.

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Anyway, here’s this week’s spin playlist! Remember to find me on Spotify under thedancingrunner. I am posting a lot of my songs on there but still not a ton of organization going on with that account (life is just too crazy right now) so bear with me. One day I’ll get it together, ya know? Ha. Until then, you’ll just have to go search for the songs…I like to put ya’ll to work, I’m just saying, it’s just more fun!

Let’s go for a ride! And remember if you’re local to come check out a class…you can find my weekly spin schedule here.

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Dessert- Dawin: Warm up
Come On to Me- Major Lazer feat Sean Paul: Tapbacks
Sahara- DJ Snake feat Skrillex: Climb 5/6/7
Get Ur Freak On- Missy Elliot: Accelerations 20 on/10 off
The Party- Joe Stone/Montell Jordan: Seated/standing run
Slight Work- Wale feat Big Sean: Climb 6/7/8
Famous- Kanye West: Climb 8/9/10
Fireball (Jm Castillo Mix): Pitbull: Jumps on a hill
Hit the Lights- Jay Sean: Sprints
Erase- The Chainsmokers: Active recovery
Oui- Jeremih: Rolling hills
Low Life- Future feat The Weeknd: Jumps
Crazy Love- Audien feat Deb’s Daughter: Accelerations 15 on/10 off
Hollow (DJ Mustard Mix)- Tori Kelly: Standing run
Play Hard- David Guetta feat Neyo & Akon: Sprints
Intention- Kiiara: Cool down

What songs are you working out to this week?

Ready for Fall and 10 Strength Training Moves for Runners.

8 miles before 7 am with some gorgeous cloud cover. My legs were feeling so good too! I think it had something to do with the awesome cool breeze we’ve been experiencing lately. I’m seriously counting down the days for the arrival of glorious fall.

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So along with marathon training as most of you know maintaining some sort of strength training regimen is vital. I try to lift weights 2-3 times a week along with my marathon training schedule. Bodyweight exercises for runners are also really helpful. This gets me out on the roads feeling stronger and definitely more powerful. Working different muscle groups and keeping your body shocked for me I think is so important and will help you get further in the long run. (pun intended) Click on the links to get a description of each.

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(source- Pop Sugar Fitness)

1. Squats – my absolute favorites are goblet squats
2. Walking lunges
3. Shoulder presses
4. Tricep dips
5. Bicep curls
6. Plank/side planks
7. Deadlifts
8. Wall sits
9. Kickdowns
10. Russian twists

Try to work some of these into your routine during the week (maybe on a cross training day or set aside time before getting your run on) and I guarantee you will see improvements in your running.

Runners (or non runners) What are some great strength training moves you like to incorporate into your routine?

20 Miles, Chandelier Love and Wknd Recap.

Happy Monday! I got in my run today as well as some coffee. It was tough to get up this morning but running with friends makes it all better! So I have to say I am a happy camper.

So this past weekend I did my first 20 mile run of the training season! I have a couple of marathons to knock out before the end of the year so I am ramping things back up. As you know down south we have been getting hit with a ton of rain so Saturday was pretty much a downpour. Because of this I was basically ready to call it a day by about mile 18. Jumping through puddles and mud was not really all that fun! But I have some awesome runner friends who would not let me. I’m so thankful for them for motivating me to get it done!

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After the run I got some good stretching in with a little yoga at the brewery. Getting my namaste on before sipping on a mango IPA…sheer heaven.

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Followed up with some awesome lunch at this new place, Pie Tap. We ordered a bunch of items for the table. That prosciutto pie with arugula on top was quite delicious I have to say.

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The next day…fabulous recovery miles and all smiles with a sky that resembles artwork. Love.

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And mama daughter day…my mom is actually doing real estate now and I joined her for her 2nd ever open house. It was actually so fun! I love going into people’s houses and just kind of looking around especially when the house is furnished. I have a thing for chandeliers.

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Cheers to yet another 60+ mile week of running last week. It feels good to get some more high (for me) mileage in.

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How was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?

TGIFriday Faves.

Well hello there Friday! You sure do look good! It’s also a splendid day for some coffee. I am in much need of some fun free time after this long work week. Bring on running and some good times with friends and fam!

And yes…today’s mood…I’m all about the coffee. So, cheers.

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Let’s get to this week’s faves!

A historic bromance…Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse in photos. I don’t know about you but I’ve been glued to the tv screen watching Bolt who is killing it as usual. Fun moment between these two.

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Give yourself a break. Reading this post could not have come at a better time. Love.

-Embracing my wild and free natural curls. Yes…it’s high time to get it straightened but I’m going to enjoy summer hair a little while longer while it lasts. Hashtag no makeup.

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-Cooler temps we’ve has down here in Texas all week long. Morning runs in the 70s in August? Definitely unheard of down here. I am absolutely loving it.

-Stunning sunset after the storm last night coming home from the gym. Heaven is smiling down on us.

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Have a great Friday!

What are you up to this weekend?
Long running it, followed by some r & r and chill time with friends.

Keep it Sassy and What to Eat Before a Long Run.

10 miles all smiles this morning…keepin’ it sassy. It definitely felt good to get another double digit run in before work this week! I attribute all of my motivation lately to my runtastic running group. They make these miles fly by like they’re nothing. Well that and I’m just one of those annoying ‘morning people’. Thank you, coffee.

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So for those of you that are getting up early on the weekends to clock some major mileage (myself included) I know it’s good to have a few breakfast options on hand before a long run. For these quick bites it’s good to get up a tad early before your run to let your food digest a bit before you get started. I know from experience that there’s nothing worse than food sitting on your stomach feeling heavy during a 15-20 mile run! Anyway, here are some good options to get your energy stores full and ready to go.

Oatmeal with fruit/honey. Oats are always a nice option because they keep you nice and satisfied. Just make sure not to overdo it with the fiber. Honey is a nice added sweetness to this one. And perhaps a little fruit for good measure. 

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Toast with a small spread of peanut or almond butter. A little bit of PB goes a long way. I like the organic peanut butter from Sprouts or the Justin brand that comes in those tiny fun packets.

Honey stinger waffles. These are perfection if you don’t feel like getting up and prepping something to eat. I like to keep a stash of these handy basically at all times. They are also organic and have gluten free options if that appeals to you. I love the gingersnap and maple flavors.

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Banana. You totally cannot go wrong with the good ole standby treat. Bananas are so easy to digest and really they were the only thing I wanted when I ran my 50 miler back in May. No clue why…I think I had a few bananas that day though actually. HA.

What are some things you like to eat before a long run?
Sometimes I will forgo food before a long run…provided that I had a good solid meal the night before. But in general I do like to have something on my tummy to keep my energy stores high.

Weds Spin Playlist.

I have to tell you…the hills were definitely alive this morning…but I got it done! Hello humidity but thankfully the rain has brought a bit of cool breeze in. I am so loving temps in the 70s right about now.

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Without further ado let’s get to this week’s spin playlist! I’ve thrown in some fun tracks, some new stuff and a couple of throwbacks for good measure.

Let’s go for a ride! Come check out my class if you’re local!

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Give it to Me Twice- Party Favor feat Sean Kingston: Warm up
Bring it Back- Travis Porter: Standing run
Work (DJ Taj Remix)- Rihanna: Accelerations (15 on/10 off)
Yonce (Electric Bodgea Mix)- Beyonce: Jumps
In the Night- The Weeknd: Climb 5/6/7
Ghost- Ella Henderson: Rolling hills
Power- Kanye West: Tapbacks
In My Room- Yellow Claw & DJ Mustard: Sprints
I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix)- Mike Posner: Active recovery
Rhythm Nation- Janet Jackson 6/7/8/9
Dive- Salvatore: Reverse climb (Heavy resistance, making our way back down)
Wipe Me Down- Trill Fam: Sprints
My Boo- Ghost Town DJs: Jumps
Blue Ocean Floor- Justin Timberlake: Cool down

What songs are you loving this week? Is it still blazing hot where you live or is it cooling down?
The weather has been cooler this week and I’m hoping for no more triple digit days!

You Know You’re a Run Addict When…

-You think getting up on a Tuesday morning to run 10 miles sounds like a good idea.

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-Most vacations are planned around races. Hence the term RACE-cation…they are absolutely the best.

-You spend a legitimate amount of time during the day looking at running blogs, runner magazines, checking out the latest run gear.

-Too many running shoes? No such thing.

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-You see a hill or awesome looking trail and you say to yourself…I’d run that.

-You get slightly envious driving by someone logging the miles on your REST day.

-Most of your friends are probably runners themselves.

-Your non runner friends think you’re absolutely nuts…but somehow they’ve accepted your crazy.

-Getting up at 4 a.m. to get some miles in with friends sounds like a damn fine way to start the day.

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-The first thing your coworkers say when they see you in the breakroom is, ‘when’s your next race’?

-You have a budget in place for races, run swag and everything else. Who said this sport was inexpensive. HA.

-You could see yourself running until you’re 105.

-It’s added so much awesomeness to your life…and you just want to share the awesomeness with everyone else too.

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Share what you love about this awesome sport of running!