Ish is Getting Real and Funny Runner e-Bibs.

Happy run this morning with the crew…fast finish miles are always the best kind of miles! 5 days left til the Marine Corps Marathon. I tell ya…ISH is about to get oh so real.


I feel pretty good this week…a little tightness here and there but after running 20 marathons I’m very familiar with all of that. Legs are feeling decent with the scale back in high (for me) mileage. I personally love running all of the miles. So as far as my runner EGO goes (haha) it is always very humbling when I am forced to run less. I do like being done with all of my runs this week in less than an hour. I’m just focusing on my hydration and nutrition…and also on my SLEEP. I’m hoping to get at least a little sleep on the plane too heading to D.C. I leave Friday and then will do my expo packet pickup thing and get to see my college buds. Cannot wait.

So since I’ve been going taper crazy and I need a distraction let’s laugh a little, shall we? I am loving all of these runner e-bibs on Pinterest. They are all oh so true.






And my personal favorite.


You know you’re a runner when…finish the sentence!

Taper Crazies, 6 Days and Wknd Recap.

Hi there! Hope you are having a great Monday. It’s race week over here and I’ve got a full blown case of the taper crazies. But it’s okay…we are only 6 days away so I will get through it right? Right. Bring it on.


Gotta love scaling back the miles…hoping it will get my legs nice and fresh and ready though for the Marine Corps Marathon. 26.2 number 21, baby!

Let’s recap the weekend a bit!

Not too much went on this weekend…it was basically a whole lot of rest, relaxation and chill time after running. Saturday morning I met up with some peeps from the IRC crew for a long run. I had 12 miles on deck.



I was really actually happy with this run…it felt so good to be doing 8 something minute miles and actually feel good while doing it. For the most part I kept the pace conversational and enjoyed running with some buddies. I even had to reel it in a few times because we were creeping up and getting faster. Love it. Please fall weather…stay around for a long long time.

Sunday I played around in the leaves for a bit…recovery run day. It was overcast with a nice breeze and I encountered a couple of hills along the way. We have lots of pretty leaves on the ground but for some reason most of the trees are all still green? Haha eventually Texas will catch on with the fall foliage.


How was your weekend? Do you get kind of crazy when you have to taper for a race??

TGIFriday Faves.

Hi, hello and TGIF! It was a crisp and cool 50 something degrees this morning. Woohoo! I absolutely love it. Especially after dealing with this Texas Indian summer. Love me some fall.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Kombucha cider smash?! I must make this immediately. I love all things apple cider this time of year.



-Pretty flowers along the Katy Trail. I have to get out there more often for more miles. Love exploring all of the places to run in Dallas.


-All things Issa Raye. I’m obsessed with her new HBO show…and just catching on to her in general. Love.

15 true things…this girl and I are on the same wavelength. Especially number 4, 7, and 11.

-All things related to Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t dip out of that jar with just a spoon this week. So freaking delicious.


Have a great weekend!

What are you up to this weekend? How are you celebrating Halloween this year?
By running 26.2 number 21! Marine Corps Marathon in 1 week here I come.

Running in the Rain and The Blogmopolitan Quiz.

I got in some sweet miles this morning running in the rain. The drizzles came and went and brought in some cooler weather! Thank you, mother nature. We are in dire need of some fall weather down in Texas for sure.


So today I thought I’d break away from the normal run talk (well of course there will be a little sprinkled here and there still because I can’t help it) to do a fun survey! I found this one from Made in the Shade‘s blog. I love the little spin off from Cosmopolitan Magazine! Blogmopolitan does have a fun ring to it. So without further ado…


Answer any or all of the questions!!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Busy morning but I thought I’d check in because I love ya’ll. I do, I really do! I’ve got a hot spin cycle playlist for you today. Check it out.

If you’re in the area come check out a class sometime! I teach at the following locations weekly in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Let’s go for a ride!

Vibe- Jojo: Warm up
Universal Mind Control- Common: Jumps
La Loca- Milomilo feat Makla: Accelerations
Get Ugly- Jason Derulo: Tapbacks
Greenlight- Pitbull feat Flo Rida & Lunchmoney Lewis: Climb 4/5/6
We Own the Night- Wolfgang Gartner: Climb 5/6/7
Right Now- Rihanna feat David Guetta: Sprints
Sweet Memories- CID & Kaskade: Rolling hills
Don’t Wanna Know- Maroon 5 feat Kendrick Lamar: Jumps on a hill
Hardcore- Dombresky: Standing sprints
Can’t Feel My Face- The Weeknd: Active recovery
Push It- Rick Ross: Climb 6/7/8
I Don’t Mind- Usher & Juicy J: Climb 7/8/9
Balll- T.I.: Sprints
Walk it Out (Merengue Remix)- DJ Unk: Climb 8/9/10
Day & Night- Majid Jordan: Cool down

What songs are you loving for sprinting/high intensity workouts this week?
Random confessions today?
I have to dance in the office to get through the day. It’s therapeutic. And yes, I share an office with several other people. No shame.

On a Solid Note and My Favorite Podcasts for the Long Run.

7.1 miles before 7 a.m. at a easy breezy pace with the IRC crew. It was dark this morning even by the end of my run so no sunrise pics…I thought I’d pose under the lights for the camera. Peace, love and morning run happiness.


So as of late I’ve been doing lots of runs with friends but occasionally I like to get out and run solo. I think solo running definitely has its benefits. Especially after doing a bulk of my training this season with the run club I’ve found that it has made me a stronger runner when I’m out on my own. I did most of the run this morning with the group but then I split off and did some faster miles solo. It always feels so good to finish the run on a solid note.


So if you are a mostly solo runner and are looking for some sweet podcasts to add to your collection, you have come to the right place! Here are a few podcasts I’ve been digging lately. A lot of them are great for long runs…even daily workouts or just out and about on the go! I actually listen to some of these sometimes at work…I’m just saying, it makes the day go by faster.

Ten Junk Miles This is hands down one of my favorite runner podcasts right now. These guys just crack me up and I love following some of them on Strava as well. Mostly they discuss ultra running, trail running and just randomness. They have episodes that last anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours so they are perfect for 10 miles or more.



Radio Lab- ‘Limits of the Body’ specifically is a must listen. I listened to this episode last summer at least 100 times on the run and I tell you what it is super motivating. Some of their other topics too are really interesting (non running related) and there are great hosts on that show.

Run to the Top Tina Muir is fantastic as a host and she’s a great elite runner to follow if you’ve ever heard of her blog. She is very informative and covers a ton of topics for marathoners and casual runners alike. It’s a great resource for tips and all things running.



The Read If you are not bashful when it comes to provocative language you may like this podcast. Kid Fury and Chrissle are forever cracking me up covering all things entertainment and pop culture. You can find them on Spotify and they have a ton of podcast episodes on there. I’m slowly working my way to listening to all of them.

Heather Dubrow’s World For all of my Real Housewives fans you will love a look into the life of Mrs. Dubrow. I also love her assistant Natalie who is her co-host on the show. It’s a very girly type podcast but what can I say I am a girly girl so I can relate.

Runners (or non runners) what are some of your favorite podcasts? Share ‘em all so I can add to my collection!

2 Weeks, State Fair of Texas and Wknd Recap.

Hello and happy Monday to you! It is kind of cloudy, humid and windy down here in Texas. So I am just leaving this here to motivate myself to rock it out today. Run, check…coffee, check. Going good so far.


Let’s recap the weekend a bit, shall we?

This past Saturday was my 2nd to last long-ish run before the Marine Corps Marathon! 14 miles on deck. 2 weeks out! I’m scaling things back a bit getting ready for 26.2. ISH is about to get real I tell ya. I am equal parts excited and nervous. And also am hoping for some decent running weather for the marathon.


Afterwards I celebrated with some of my Irving Running Club crew. We had lots of folks in our group that totally dominated the Chicago Marathon recently so it called for cupcakes. With ‘Made in IRC’ frosting of course. Good stuff.


Later on that day me and my homegirl Natalie took the DART rail out to the State Fair of Texas! Fireworks, smoked turkey legs and fun were in store. I love taking the rail to the fair because parking out there can be crazy. It’s a nice, stress free way to travel. Plus there’s one real close to my place to I literally just step outside of my door and go.


We walked around, ate some delicious fair food and said hello to Mr. Big Tex.



Nelly also performed at the Chevrolet stage that night…we got to see a bit of it before leaving. He played some serious throwbacks for sure.

Sunday funday runday – I had a run date with my friend Tricia who is training for the BMW Dallas half marathon in December. I am running the full marathon that day as well so I am going to be doing some recovery runs with her while she ramps up her mileage. She had 7 miles on deck for the day. Her first time running 7 miles ever! I was so proud of her for getting it done.


And of course Sunday would not be complete without mimosas…cheers to life.


How was your weekend? Do you have any fall or holiday trips coming up?
Washington D.C. oh so soon! Bring it on.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hi there! Hope you all are having a marvelous Friday. I tell you what…I am ready for some fun this weekend! I’ve got some long running, State Fair of Texas shenanigans and good times with friends in store!


Without further ado let’s get to my faves for this week!

-A really awesome evening run last night with some cooler weather that came on through. And yes, we are starting to see just a little bit of color with the fall leaves down in Texas. I can’t wait to be on the east coast though in a couple of weeks…it is always beautiful there this time of year. Texas is always just late with the fall foliage.


55 pieces of advice all 30 year olds which they had heard at 25. Yes, yes and even more yes.

This hot new Solange track. Dare I say I’m kind of feeling her lately more than Beyonce? I mean…she’s just so soulful and chill. I’m digging the vibe.

-This…seriously cracking me up.


Have a great Friday! Be good or be good at it.

What are you up to this weekend?

5 Ways to Stay Motivated for Fall and Winter Running.

I was up pretty early with the IRC crew for this morning’s run. I have to say as it gets darker outside in the mornings my warm bed just gets even more and more cozy. But I’m so thankful for friends that get me up and out the door for some miles.


I have 2 die hard friends that for the most part I can really depend on to be there in the mornings. We like to call ourselves the IRC breakfast club. Early morning runners for the win.

So as it gets darker and darker earlier I know some folks seem to lose the motivation to get it done early. I tell you…lately I’ve been hearing lots of excuses from friends in my running club. Hey…I know, I get it. We all aren’t morning people and that is okay. But especially as it gets cooler it becomes harder to want to get up, grab those layers of clothing and get out the door. So here are some ways you can stay motivated to get those miles in during the cooler fall and winter season.

1. Stay close to your dedicated, die hard morning runner friends. Those people are your tribe. You know the ones…they are up early and ready to go run with you most days of the week. These peeps will become your besties in the winter months. You basically know you can always rely on them for an early run to get ‘er done.

2. Get your clothes, gear etc ready to go the night before. It makes it 3,000 times earlier to wake up and roll out the door if you stay prepared.

3. Always keep your goal in the back of your mind. Whether it’s to reach a certain weekly mileage or an upcoming fall marathon. You know what it’s going to take to get there. Hard work, dedication and often times early wake up calls to get your run on.

4. Know that in the end you will be SO happy and feel accomplished that you got it done. See part of the reason why I love to run in the morning is I can be kind of competitive…

I know, Heather Dubrow is even surprised. Anyway, I like to be the first one to get the run done. The early bird gets the worm so to speak. Sometimes I do not like this Type A part about myself. But hey, someone has to be the Type A cray cray runner. I guess that is me. It’s okay, my real friends already know that I’m crazy and they accept me as I am.

5. Promise yourself a hot and cozy beverage and delicious hot shower after a chilly run. This pretty much always keeps me motivated to run fast and get it done. I sooo look forward to that hot and steamy shower afterwards. And yes…the coffee. Oh coffee how I love you.

What are some ways you stay motivated to run early in the fall and winter months?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hi there! It is one of those crazy humid mornings down in Texas. I ran some happy miles before teaching my class tonight. Days like this the cycle room at the gym always gets pretty steamy! But I really love it. Great detox and good for the skin. I am just saying.


Without further ado let’s get straight to this week’s spin playlist! Check my schedule to see where I will be teaching next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Let’s go for a ride!

24k Magic- Bruno Mars: Warm up
Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)- Dante Klein: Jumps
We Found Love- Rihanna: Accelerations 15 on/10 off
It Takes Two- Rob Base: Rolling hills
Higher- Jauz & Netsky: Accelerations 20 on/10 off
Shy Guy- Diana King: Climb 5/6/7
Up in Here (DJ Lady S Moombah Remix)- DMX: Climb 6/7/8
Starboy- The Weeknd: Jumps on a hill
Drop it Low- Ester Dean: Seated/standing run
Fine By Me- Chris Brown: Tapbacks
In My Nature: GTA feat Karina: Active recovery
Whole Lotta Lovin’- DJ Mustard: Climb 7/8/9
Turbulence- Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke: Sprints
Can’t Remember to Forget You- Shakira: 8/9/10/11
Cranes in the Sky- Solange: Cool down

What songs are you working out/spinning/running to this week?