TGIFriday Faves.

Hey hey happy Friday! I am headed to East Texas today for a 3 day yoga retreat in the pines!! It should be some much needed rest and relaxation.

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Of course…I’ll also be doing a little running too…maybe even some trail running at that!

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

The Expert Guide to Marathon Success…such good tips to keep in your back pocket…including some from yours truly.

-Moondance kombucha….talk about a sip of paradise. Plus it’s local so I’ve gotta show love.

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This song…just cuz it’s awesome for running. And spin class.

-Bluebonnets on the run…they do not last long so I enjoy seeing the Texas flower even for a short while.

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15 signs you’re in love with running. YES to them all honestly. I told you I am obsessed with lists.

-The fact that I just signed up to run 26.2 in VEGAS baby! Bring on November. I’m ready to go now.

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-And this…because this is exactly how I look during the work week vs. the weekend.

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What are you up to this weekend? Do you know the name of your state flower?

Thursday Things.

-Coffee has been my saving grace this week. Actually I am loving just plain coffee with a shot of espresso. I think it’s called a red eye.

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-Running has been feeling really good too. Honestly lately it has been more therapy than anything else. 7 sanity miles this morning.

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26 things every person should do for themselves at least once a year. Yes. Love. Creating a checklist now. I love lists…please tell me you do too.

-This year I’m not that into celebrating and making a big deal out of my birthday. Which is is this Sunday (April 26) by the way. Maybe this means I’m truly an old lady. So be it.

-I also kind of want to run my soon to be age…31…which I’ve actually already done but I want to do it again. Hmm…we shall see.

-The weather has been a little dreary and rainy here but thankfully we were able to get outside for some patio time by the fire. Best way to spend a weeknight.

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-I discovered a new sushi spot super close by and that fact alone is dangerous. Yummy yum yum.

What’s on your mind today? Do you make a big deal out of your birthday?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Before I cut straight to the playlist, I just wanted to wish you a Happy Earth Day! I celebrated with a few miles chasing the sun through the trees.

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I have lots of tracks to run or spin to today! Definitely looking forward to teaching tonight’s class.

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Somebody- Natalie La Rose: Warm up
Fall into the Sky- Zedd & Lucky Date feat Ellie Goulding: Climb 5/6/7
Tonight Belongs to U- Jeremih feat Flo Rida: Jumps
Intoxicated- Martin Solveig & GTA: Accelerations
L.A. Love- Fergie: Standing run
Right Now- Rihanna: Climb 6/7/8
Anaconda- Nicki Minaj: Sprints
Ayo- Chris Brown feat Tyga: Active recovery
Play Hard- David Guetta feat Neyo: Climb 7/8/9/10
Space Jam- Audio Push: Jumps/Tapbacks
Fight Night- Migos: Rolling hills
Up Down (Do This All Day)- T. Pain feat B.o.B.: Jumps
Who Do You Love- YG feat Drake: Climb 7/8/9
Harlem Shake- Baauer: Team sprints
Can’t Believe It- Figgy Remix: Cool down

What are you rocking to this week?

Divas Half Marathon Recap.

6 miles of runrise this morning…with a little short lived rain shower mixed in. Gotta love Texas in the springtime.

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This past weekend I ran the Divas Half Marathon down on Galveston island! What a fun 13.1 it was. My friend Malaika and I took a 4 hour road trip down to south Texas for the event.

We got there and checked in to our hotel then were off to the expo to get our race swag. Loved the DIVAS health and fitness boutique.

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This race was primarily catered to women so everything was all decked out in my favorite color! Bright hot pink. They even gave us pretty pink tutus. Of course we had to strike a pose.

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We spent the rest of Saturday relaxing, walking around on the beach and doing a little shopping. I had a delicious dinner of fresh shrimp and veggies while watching the sunset.

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Race morning we were up around 6 am and since we stayed super close to the start line we made our way over. We took a few pics and lined up to wait for the gun to go off.

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At 7 am we were off! Temps were really nice at the start…a breezy 70 something degrees but also very humid since storms had come in the night before. We went through a few neighborhoods then eventually made our way to the beach with the sun beating down. It was quite a lovely view though.

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Since I had run a full marathon a couple of weeks ago I knew I wanted to just go out there and have a good time, and finish somewhere just under 2 hours. Once that sun came out I knew it would be a bit of a battle and the humidity made it feel even warmer! So…I just fought my way to the finish and even passed a few gals in the end which always feels good. 1:58…not too bad for running on some tired legs! I was just glad to be under that 2 hour mark which was the goal all along.

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Hey, having some hot firefighters at the finish line to give you your medal…not half bad, either.

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After the race we chilled out some more and enjoyed some more time on the island and I managed to get a little tan. Very much needed.

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Overall it was an excellent trip and I added another medal to the medal rack! I seriously don’t know how this thing has not fallen off of the wall yet.

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And I just wanted to add a huge CONGRATS to those that crushed the Boston marathon this past Monday! It was so awesome to see everyone’s social media posts and cheer a few of my friends on.

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How was your weekend? Do you have any fun races coming up?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to you! I’m definitely looking forward to this weekend. Today’s a half day at work then it’s off to Galveston for the Divas Half Marathon!

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13.1 number 21 will be on the beach! I can’t wait.

Let’s get to my faves this week!

-Discovering new coffee houses in the area. I am loving the cinnamon chai tea over at Roots Coffeehouse! Plus they make beautiful latte art. I am all in.

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-Running through the beautiful roses in my neighborhood the other day. It definitely made for a good morning.

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-These crazy colorful Asics Kayanos. I kind of think I have to have them.

-Made this lime cilantro chicken this week. No pic but I promise it was delicious.

Email in real life. So funny. I cannot get enough of these guys.

-Enjoying some after work time with my buddies from Yelp at Meso Maya! Love this fun place.

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And these fun people.

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-Also…can I just add that TODAY IS WORLD MALBEC DAY?!? Malbec is only the best red wine ever. You’re welcome.

See you on the other side of 13.1!!

What are you up to this weekend?

Mental Tips for the Long Run.

As some of us ramp up for marathon training season…I figured it would be a great time to discuss some quick tips for the long run! These runs are like the bread and butter of any training plan.

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Here are some good mental things to remember when getting out on those roads to pound the pavement for hours and hours.

Break up your run. It definitely helps mentally to break those miles up in segments so it all doesn’t seem so overwhelming. For instance…if I have a 10 miler on tap, I usually tell myself it’s just 2 five mile runs. 20 miles…4 five milers. Each time you knock off a segment, visualize yourself as if you’re just starting out on the run. Before you know it…it’s all done!

Run the mile you are in. Try not to focus too much on how much or how far you have to go. Be present and enjoy every single mile. Trust me, when you do this…the miles sure do rack up quickly.

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Have a rockin’ playlist or a podcast to listen to. I recently listened to this podcast…Limits of the Body…on a run recently and I definitely recommend it. I don’t normally listen to podcasts either but after hearing that one I think I may have to do it more often.

Visualize yourself on race day. Feeling good, the wind blowing in your hair, high five-ing spectators along the course.

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Keep some mantras handy for when the run gets tough. Usually this would be later on in the miles when those glycogen stores are running low…you will need to rely on that mental strength. Some of mine are ‘trust those legs’, ‘power through it’…’the body achieves what the mind believes’.

Wear your favorite outfit or colorful compression socks. Not only do the compression socks make those legs feel good they are just so much fun…gotta love that runner swag.

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Have something to look forward to after the run. Whether it’s brunch or coffee with a friend or just a hot shower and a nap. Every little bit helps to get those miles done.

What are some mental tips that you keep handy for the long run?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Well hey there! I am definitely looking forward to teaching tonight’s cycle party…lots of fun tracks to move and groove to!!

Let’s get straight to it!

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Don’t Stop the Party- Pitbull: Warm up
Uptown Funk (Drums on Acid Remix)- Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars: Climb 5/6/7
Give it 2 U- Robin Thicke: Accelerations
No Mediocre- T.I. Feat Iggy Azalea: Jumps
Rise- David Guetta feat Skylar Grey: Climb 6/7/8
Don’t Tell ‘Em- Jeremih feat YG: Rolling hills
Stay the Night- Zedd feat Hayley Williams: Active recovery
That’s My Ish- The Dream: Standing run
Higher Ground- TNGHT: Sprints
Want to Want Me- Jason Derulo: Rolling hills
She Knows- Neyo feat Juicy J: Climb 7/8/9
Ghost (Dave Aude Extended Mix)- Ella Henderson: Climb 8/9/10
Na Na- Trey Songz: Jumps
Express Yourself- Diplo feat Nicky Da B: Sprints
Say My Name (Hayden James Remix)- Odesza: Cool down

What songs are you grooving to this week?

Fighting Incredible Odds…Heather’s Story.

I know that I usually only post once a day but I thought I’d share this heartwarming story. A lovely lady by the name of Heather Von St. James wanted to share her story with you. Since April is National Cancer Control Month…I figured it would be a great time to talk with you all about her incredible testimony.

What a blessing to hear that she is an 8 year cancer survivor! I have friends and family members that have been affected by this horrible disease so this really hits home with me. I personally love Heather’s attitude and really do admire her strength.

As you all know, when cancer is found in it’s early stages…it increases the patient’s chances of survival. Here are some great preventative tips we can all put into (or continue to put into) practice.

-Eat a diet based around plant based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. If you do drink alcohol or eat animal products higher in fat, do so in moderation.

-Adults should try to include 30 minutes of physical activity into their daily routine. Keeping a healthy weight can lower your risk for many types of cancer.

-Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day, do not use tanning beds, and seek shade between 10AM and 4PM.

-Quit smoking and using tobacco products, and avoid secondhand smoke. There are more than 70 known carcinogens in tobacco. Those who smoke tobacco have up to a 9000% greater chance of contracting mesothelioma.

-Have your home tested for radon and asbestos and have any asbestos abatement carried out by licensed professionals. Make sure that you read the labels on household products and use them according to their direction

-Know your family’s health history and make sure to have annual exams with your physician. Bring up any noticeable changes in your health, cancer is most treatable when it is caught early on.

More information can be found at mesothelioma.com. You can also reach Heather directly here or on Twitter @heathervsj.

Thank you, Heather for sharing your story with us!

Spring and Summer Races on Tap.

I was up and at ‘em this morning for a few miles in the hood. Love this pretty green view.

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Post run concoction…frozen cherries, strawberries and almond milk. Plus a little squeeze of lime because…why not? Makes me feel like I’m on a staycation.

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Speaking of running…I do have a few races that I plan on doing over the next few months. I do also want to put a fall marathon (or 2) on the calendar but for now I have some local races that I’d like to knock out. There are so many fun ones around Texas that I’d like to take advantage of!

Here’s what’s coming up in the near future…

Divas Half Marathon in Galveston / April 19th- This weekend! Running right along the beach should be a good time. Fun road trip planned down there with my girl Malaika.

Vineyard 5k in Grapevine / May 2nd- I ran this one last year and won first place in my age group! Figured it would be great to return this year and maybe compete for another wine glass trophy.

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Memorial Day Marathon in Dallas / May 31st- Should be a fun run though Bachman Lake and lots of my fellow Marathon Maniacs will be there! Can’t wait.

Wounded Warrior Half Marathon in Las Colinas / June 14th- Running through my hood is always fun! It’s usually a warm one this time of year but it will be a great tune up going into summer marathon training.

And maybe a few more to come…you know I always have something up my sleeve.

What races do you have coming up this spring/summer?

Bluebonnets, Arts Fest and Wknd Recap.

Hi friends! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. It’s definitely coffee time around here.

I got my day started teaching a spin class and getting my pump on. Gotta love those iron grips.

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Backtracking to the weekend. And what a lovely weekend it was. It was actually supposed to rain some but thankfully the wet weather held off. So Friday night I spent a little happy time on the patio.

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Saturday morning I was up a little after 8 am and set out for a quick run around the block…well, make that about 11 miles. It was a good run through the lovely bluebonnets. Just getting ready to run the Divas Half Marathon this upcoming weekend down on the beach!!! Bring it on.

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In the late afternoon me and a friend made it out to the Ft. Worth arts festival in downtown. Fun attractions and artwork for everyone.

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Sunday was somewhat of a low-key day. I did church the night prior so decided to sleep in and then go for another early afternoon jaunt for an hour and some change.

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Then I came home and was craving a good breakfast! So I decided to treat myself and make me some greek yogurt pancakes. Recipe to come! And that organic maple agave syrup was scrumptious.

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How was your weekend? What’s your favorite meal of the day?
I think I would have to say breakfast…or maybe brunch.