Weds Spin Playlist.

This week I’ve got a bunch of fun songs to move and groove to. Definitely looking forward to teaching spin and getting my cycle on tonight!

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Let’s go for a ride!

Time of Our Lives- Pitbull feat Neyo: Warm up
Beg for It- Iggy Azalea feat MO: Jumps
Wiggle (Moombahtrap Remix)- Jason Derulo feat Snoop Dogg: Standing run/Tap backs
Bend Ova- Lil Jon feat Tyga: Sprints
Loyal- Chris Brown: Active recovery
Don’t Stop the Party- Black Eyed Peas: Rolling hills
I Don’t Mind- Usher feat Juicy J: Jumps on a hill
You Know You Like It- DJ Snake & Aluna George: Climb 6/7/8
California Love- 2 Pac: Accelerations
Umbrella vs Diamonds (Mashup)- Rihanna: Climb 5/6/7
Feel Good (Oliver Heldens Remix)- Robin Thicke: Climb 7/8/9/10
Sugar- Maroon 5: Standing run
BaDINGA!- TWRK: Team sprints
Earned It- The Weeknd: Cool down

What’s on your workout playlist this week?

In Full Effect and Roasted Asparagus with Feta.

So yeah…this happened yesterday. Grasslands training is in full effect. I made up my mind to get out there and knock it out. 31 miles and a personal distance record to boot. Yeah baby!

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It’s amazing what you can do once you make your mind up to do it. Yes?! Absolutely.

Oh, and salted caramel GU certainly helps. So does chocolate toffee pretzels and smart water. Good stuff. It was a good evening to test out my fuel and see what works for me. I find that having some salty foods does the trick as does taking plenty of electrolytes in.

Today I am feeling surprisingly good. I listened to my body while I was running and went SLOW…backed off the pace and made it to a shuffle when needed. Or a waddle…yeah, it was definitely a waddle towards the end. But having a nice view of the lake helped.

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Seriously though, once I passed the marathon mark and hit mile 27 I did a little fist pump in the air. It was super cool to just keep going and actually feel good while doing it. All it takes is a little patience and a good attitude. It was honestly mostly mental. I’m still a little amazed at myself and my will and determination.

Every once in a while, I think you have to do that…you know? Shock yourself and go beyond what you think you are capable of doing. You may just surprise yourself.

And now the taper begins…once again…the Grasslands 50 miler is at the end of the month and I could not be more excited.

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I think I really needed the confidence booster of that 50k and it really made me feel like I could keep going even when I hit mile 31.

Moving right along. I have a tasty side dish recipe for you today. This would go great with a main entrée…chicken, fish or even steak. It’s roasted asparagus with feta!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 bunch of fresh asparagus
Chopped garlic (or garlic powder)
Sea salt
Red pepper flakes
Feta or goat cheese (to taste)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Lay the asparagus on foil and drizzle olive oil on top. Sprinkle garlic powder and a dash of sea salt. Finish with red pepper flakes (if you like it spicy like me!) Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until crispy. Serve with something delicious!

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What’s for dinner tonight? 

On the Back Burner, Cowtown Half and Wknd Recap.

Happy Monday to you! The snow and ice here is melting and I don’t know about you…but I’m more than ready for some sunshine. In fact…we may be getting a little relief this week with some warmer weather. Let’s see how long it lasts!

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Let’s recap the weekend, shall we? And what a weekend it was…

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So this weekend was slated to be Cowtown Ultra race weekend. As you all saw on Saturday…I posted that race plans came to a screeching halt when they called off the ultra and full marathon distances due to a winter storm that blew through the area.

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UGH. Crazy right? In fact…it was the FIRST time in the history of this race that they had to call off part of the event due to weather.

I was very disappointed but I truly saw it coming. They had also canceled the 5k/10k races that were supposed to be held on Saturday due to ice on the ground. The ice melted a bit but over on the west side in Fort Worth there were still a LOT of patches. So, somehow the race director decided to sand the streets and pave out a course to still hold the half distance. All distances were also invited to come run the half for free, which was cool. It was my 4th time running this race series so I figured I’d join in for the fun.

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Race morning, I was up early and made my trek out to the start. I started in corral 3, which in hindsight I wish I would have started in an earlier corral.

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The patches of ice still made me nervous though so I was prepared to go SLOW and tread carefully so I would not slip and fall.

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Once I got some good traction I started to pick up the pace and bit and when I saw the 2 hour pacer I knew I could blow past him. This course has a fair amount of hills as well but since doing some hill training as well as running this hilly 5k a few weeks ago they didn’t seem all that bad.

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Hey, for a no expectations, let’s just go out and have fun race…not a bad time there! This is the fastest half I have run in over a year. Number 20 is done!

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As for the 50K, I’m definitely bummed they did not hold the ultra but I also knew Sunday was just not a good day to do it and risk injury slipping and falling. So I am prepared to knock it out this week on my own. So stay tuned.

And why….do you ask? Well, not only have I trained for it…BUT…it’s a part of my training for the Grasslands 50 mile race. Yes, I was a bit of a stinker by not telling you this but I signed up for this race a while ago and it has been on the back burner. So now you know.

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Even if I have to walk the whole darn back half I will totally do it. I think I’ve just gotten to the place in my running where I really want to see what I’m capable of with distance. So…let’s do this! Oh yeah, and pray for decent weather. At least, no ice.

How was your weekend? Any other ultra marathoners out there? I need some ultra tips!

Sticky Icky Ice and Thank You.

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Happy 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 21st! 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?