Birthday Sushi and Weds Spin Playlist.

Tonight I’m teaching my 2nd to last spin class of the week and then it’s countdown to Puerto Rico! I can’t believe I’m leaving in 2 days. I have not packed a single thing. This week has been crazy so I have a feeling it will get down to the last minute. I might even have to do some shopping for swimmy suits at lunch today.

Since I have been ignoring packing I’ve been doing other things…like running (of course) and eating. A friend took me to this place for birthday sushi last night and it was spectacular. The butterfly kiss with lots of crab and salmon was everything I wanted and more.

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Let’s get to my spin playlist this week! I have lots of fun songs and remixes to keep us goin’. Looking forward to a fun ride tonight with my happy hour class.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Dillon Francis Remix)- Daft Punk: Warm up
Applause- Lady Gaga: Jumps
Overdose- Ciara: Rolling hills
Goin In- J.Lo/Flo Rida: Sprints
Don’t Wanna Go Home- Jason Derulo: Active recovery
Beautiful People- Chris Brown: Jumps on a hill
Feelin’ Myself (LiTek Trap Remix)- Will.i.am: Rolling hills/standing attacks
Boy Oh Boy (TWRK Remix)- Diplo and GTA: Accelerations 20 on/10 off
What You Know- T.I.: Recover 1 min/Climb 7/8/9
Come On to Me- Major Lazer feat Sean Paul: Climb 8/9/10
Scream- Usher: Sprints
Gust of Wind- Pharrell: Easy run
Pop That- French Montana: Rolling hills, last 30 seconds sprint to the finish
Mas Que Feliz (More Than Happy) Mashup- Pharrell Williams vs Sergio Mendez: Cool down

Are you a last minute packer like me? Have you heard any fun remixes/mashups lately?

 

Mountain Climbers and We Do it Anyway.

This morning I was in kind of a meh mood about running. My mind was itching for a run but the body wasn’t feeling it. Sometimes they don’t agree with each other but I set out for a run anyway. I think we all have days like that where we just aren’t feeling motivated but we do it anyway. And it always feels good when it’s done.

Some days I just run purely for my own sanity. Mad, happy, indifferent, whatever. I read this tweet from my runner friend Shirley the other day, and I thought about it a lot on this morning’s run. It’s so true.

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7 miles catching some rays and the weather was nice and cool and breezy too. It’s funny sometimes how far you can go when you initially think you aren’t feeling it.

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I am loving spring mornings. Summer time temps in Texas are ridiculous so I’m soaking this up every chance I get. I finished off with some stretching and abs in my living room.

Last night I did a strength workout with my trainer. I love his enthusiasm and passion. It gets me excited to get in there and get it done.

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Oy, upper body hurts so good. Lots of upper body with core stabilization. And then at the end we do this crazy burst of intensity. He calls it 4 minutes of hell. High knees and lots of mountain climbers. I love to hate mountain climbers but they’re so good for ya. Especially for runners. They do a body good.

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What do you tell yourself to get out the door and get running?

Did you watch the Boston Marathon yesterday? Meb crushed it for the U.S.! It was amazing to watch. I met him a couple of years ago so I felt like I was cheering on my BFF.

12 Miles and Easter Wknd Recap.

Hope you all are having a fantastic Monday so far. I got my caffeine boost and taught a 5:45 am rockin’ hour long spin class. We all wore our blue, yellow, and running shirts for those running Boston this morning. I will definitely be watching from my desk in the office and tracking some of my favorite runners.

This weekend was so much fun! Lots of running, a little play time, and brunch with my favorite lady in the universe. My mama, of course.

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Let’s backtrack. Saturday was 12 miles in the hood at an easy 9 something minute pace. Just enjoying the view. I wore my Houston Marathon finisher’s shirt for good luck. It was a beautiful morning and there were lots of folks out. There were some folks moving out of our apartments and I think I ran past them 10 or so times. I guess they got tired of seeing me because finally a guy said, ‘are you ever going to stop’? Ha. I told him, ‘of course not’. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

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After the run I got cleaned up and did Saturday night church/worship service.

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They had a MASSIVE egg hunt for the kiddos. I have never seen so many pastel eggs in one location.

Later that night I went out with a friend to this place and danced the night away. Stayed out way past my bed time but it was awesome. It does not happen often.

Sunday I slept in (it was heavenly) and then met up with mama for brunch. My favorite meal of the day. She gave me some early birthday gifts and treated me to the most delicious mimosas and crab eggs benedict I’ve ever had.

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And now I will work a short work week and be off on a jet plane to Puerto Rico at the end of the week for my BIRTHDAY. 4 days!!!!

How was your weekend? Did you celebrate Easter with the friends and fam?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Good Friday! Hope your day is getting off to a great start. Mine definitely is. Plus, it’s a good HAIR day. And when that happens, it’s always a reason to celebrate.

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Let’s get to my faves this week!

-Lots of delicious time on the foam roller this week. Gettin’ my roll on. So good for those tired runners legs.

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-69 inventions every girl wants, needs, and deserves. Yes, yes, and absolutely.

-Springtime smoothies 3 ways. Love this girl and her pics make me want to run out to the store and make those concoctions immediately.

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-20 hilarious tweets to make you feel better about skipping the gym. hahaha. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

-Pink Beats by Dre headphones with rhinestones? Obsessed. I need these yesterday.

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-The obsession with spaghetti squash continues. I had a huge bowl of this after teaching spin on Weds night with lots of feta and I was in heaven.

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-Green ginger Tazo tea. Smells and tastes amazing. Afternoon delight.

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Happy Easter! Have a great weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? Are you a more of a coffee or tea drinker?

Stop at Never and Running for Boston.

This morning I kind of missed the buzzer when the 6:30 alarm went off. I crawled back under the covers and before I knew it my eyelids opened and it was after 7 am. Haha, don’t you love when that happens? I looked a little bit like this guy.

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I hopped out of bed and decided I needed to squeeze my run in before work. Good thing too because the weather was nice and breezy, temps 50 something degrees. Ahh…definitely my sweet spot in terms of running weather.

I slipped my house key into my secret pocket only to find this little surprise. Haha…it must have been some sort of sign. Kind of like a fortune cookie.

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6 miles watching the sunrise and these interesting looking clouds in the sky.

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Speaking of running, one of my buds in the DFW running community Logan Sherman is raising funds in support of the Boston runners affected last year. Check it out if you’d like to show your love!

Hopefully you have been able to get out and run for Boston a little bit this week. I know I sure am.

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How is your running going this week? What’s the weather like where you are? Anyone running the BOSTON MARATHON on Monday? If so, good luck!!

Going Over the Mile Marker and Weds Spin Playlist.

This morning I was up early for a quick Nike Training Club workout in my living room. My trainer would be proud. I did lots of burpees, pushups, plank rows and kickdowns for the core.

I love doing these plank rows. They definitely make me feel strong.

After that torture I hit the streets to do my favorite thing…yes, that would be running. 5 miles in the ‘hood.

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My obsession with going over the mile marker is obviously getting out of hand. It’s .1 something or die.

I’ll be teaching a rockin spin class tonight over at the Bedford gym. Looking forward to 55 minutes of fun with my happy hour crew. Lots of newbies and oldies on the list to groove to!

DJ Turn it Up- Yellow Claw: Warm up
Boomerang- DJ Felli Fel feat Akon and Pitbull: Standing run
Don’t Stop the Party- Black Eyed Peas: Rolling hills
Give it 2 U- Robin Thicke: Sprints
Loyal- Chris Brown: Active recovery
Shake- Ying Yang Twins: Rolling hills/standing attacks
Sweet Nothing- Calvin Harris: Jumps
Don’t Stop the Party- Pitbull: Accelerations 20 on/10 off
You Make Me- Avicii: Recover 1 min/Back to rolling hills
The Devil is a Lie- Rick Ross: Climb 7/8/9
Pop Danthology (Mashup) Various: Climb 8/9/10/11
Pound the Alarm- Nicki Minaj: Sprints
Crazy- Gnarls Barkley (TEEMID & Joie Tan Cover): Easy run/Cool down

Do you go over the mile marker when you run or stay right on the dot? Have you tried any Nike Training Club workouts lately?

Leg Day and Lots of Trips Planned.

So last night after teaching spin and a full work day I went back to the gym for part 2 of my workouts. My trainer texted me and told me that Monday was leg day. Exciting! Yeah, not so much.

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I know I need to work on toning and strengthening my legs and hips. But it definitely still is not my favorite activity. But I powered through it and got it done. We did lots of one legged deadllifts, calf raises and walking lunges. Oy. I have to say I’m definitely feeling it today. Can’t wait for tonight so I can head back to yoga and stretch it all out.

So, what’s next in the world of running? Well, not so much in the month of May. I’m thinking an impromptu 5K may be thrown in somewhere in there though. This one looks mighty tasty.

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Aside from that I will just be running/training on my own, working on speed work and strength training in order to get ready for this baby in June. San Diego here I come!

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Lots of trips planned in the next few months…Puerto Rico in less than 2 weeks, San Diego in June, and D.C. In October for the Marine Corps Marathon.

Travel, travel, travel. The idea of that makes me oh so happy. I found this on my cousin’s Facebook page. Makes me miss my college – Hampton University pride!

Where are you traveling to this year? Does anyone have any fall marathons planned?

Abby’s 5K Run, Bird of Paradise and Wknd Recap.

Happy Monday! My morning has already taken off to a great start. I taught a power packed spin class at 5:45 a.m. and we did lots of speedy intervals. Pretty sure this is my new favorite song for cycle. Especially when they say ‘drop down and shake it shake it’. Haha. Also I’m sure sometimes my early morning cycle peeps think this about me. It’s all good…they’re probably right.

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How was the weekend? I did a couple of fun things but mostly my weekend was low key. Just what I needed.

Saturday morning I was out in Frisco for Abby’s 5K run to support the Dandy Walker alliance. That little girl, Abby, is such a fighter! You can read her story here.

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I was so happy to be out there to run for such an amazing cause. A bunch of my running buddies were out there running and supporting as well.

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That morning I was actually feeling kind of blah energy wise and really felt depleted after my workouts that week. Even after a complete REST DAY on Friday (which I needed like you wouldn’t believe) I still woke up Saturday pretty sore and tired. Even after stretching and foam rolling on Friday – after a long week of running, teaching 3 spin classes and having my hiney handed to me from my personal trainer…I was spent. But I lined up at the start line ready to see what my body would do. The course was 2 loops of the same course which was a little dull but I had a feeling it had more to do with my energy level than anything else. It was also pretty windy that morning and extremely humid. I really did not have any goals for this race other than just to finish at a strong (for me) pace and I had no idea how I was going to perform that morning. It sure was fun though getting to see a lot of my friends out on the course. That’s what mattered the most to me. Some of them I had not seen in a minute so I just enjoyed it for what it was.

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I finished 24:59…not half bad considering how BLAH I was feeling. 1st place in my age group and 4th woman overall. Thank goodness for small races…haha, they can be a nice little confidence booster sometimes. A couple of my buddies also won in their age groups. We all felt like rockstars.

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It was fun getting the ceramic medal and a free movie pass! My mom came out to support me so I gave the free movie pass to her. She goes to the movies more than me anyways.

After the run mom and I went to Jakes for brunch and split a delicious omelet with mushrooms, onions and cheese. And then of course, I had a mimosa. Because, why not.

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Sunday morning since I had done church the night before (AND had the most marvelous hour long massage) I got up and felt like running more. So I did 8 miles in the wind and with a little bit of rain.

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After running I went to yet another amazing 75 minute yoga class at Karmany. Amy was wonderful and I got all of the kinks out. Oh and I am still making some amazing progress with the yoga poses. Hello bird of paradise pose. I’ll have to show you one day. Next I will master the backbend once again. I’m getting there.

And lastly a little inspiration for your Monday. Have a good one.

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How was your weekend? Did anyone go to brunch? What did you have?

Have you ever won your age group at a race?

TGIFriday Faves.

Anyone else doing the Friday dance with me?

It has been a pretty low key week around these parts but I have to say I’m definitely ready for some relaxation this weekend! I also plan to play catch up with some things around the house so I am looking forward to the free time. Some spring cleaning is definitely in order.

Let’s get to my favorites of the week!

-These cucumbers with lots of fresh lemon, a drizzle of olive oil, dash of salt and chili pepper. I have a feeling they will be in heavy rotation. Freaking delicious.

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-I spent an embarrassing amount of time on Vine this week. Is anyone else on there? I mostly just follow funny people. Oh, and I cannot participate in this website at work. Because I laugh like a hyena. I’m pretty sure my neighbors think I’m nuts sitting on my couch laughing by myself at 9 pm. This guy really is Obama’s twin.

-15 Signs Spring Has Sprung on Social Media. I know I can relate to rocking the pastel colors. Mint everything all day every day.

-Google translate for runners. You can deny it all you want but you know you’re thinking it.

-This popcorn. I probably should let you know right now that it’s crazy addictive. It’s giving Garrett’s a run for it’s money.

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-Who knew Amsterdam had ‘twerk music’? Had me dancing at my desk.

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What are you grooving to/loving this week? Doing anything crazy fun this weekend?

Punch Burpees in the Face.

Last night after teaching spin I worked with my trainer on some HIIT and lotsa upper body strength training and holy lordhavemercy I am sore this morning.

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Well no…I didn’t die buuut my arms are definitely talking to me this morning. We also did bunches of burpees, mountain climbers, and some high knees.

I am definitely wearing this shirt next time.

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This morning because the birds were chirping so dang early (not cool, birds) they woke me up and I decided to run 4 miles in the ‘hood.

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4 miles always is more exciting when you are wearing mint pants. My obsession with this color continues.

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This weekend I will be running the Dandy Walker 5K. My good friend Ann is one of the race directors so I will be out there to support her and this amazing and worthy cause.

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I am hoping for some fast running and a good time! Tomorrow is a REST DAY (Fridays always are), and I am very much looking forward to it after I had my hiney handed to me last night. Thanks Torrence. Grrr.

Anyone running a race this weekend? Do you want to punch burpees in the face…or is that just me?