10 Ways to Keep Running Spicy.

Just like any relationship, yours with running sometimes will require a little bit of TLC. In order to stay happy and healthy as a runner there are a few things that you can do to keep things spicy!

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1. Incorporate intervals & speedwork. These can be done on a track or on the treadmill. Also, fartleks, my personal favorite (and no, it’s not a bad word) are one my favorite ways to speed things up and get it in. Try it- warm up during your run, then start off running HARD for 30 seconds-1 min, recover, and repeat. This will help you with your efficiency and leg turnover while running & racing.

2. Cross training. Do other things other than JUST run! Running is very repetitive on your body so move it differently sometimes. Cycling, dancing, yoga. Pick up them weights! This for me helps prevent burnout and keeps me running strong all year round.

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3. Change up your route! We all know running in the same dang neighborhood all the time can get redundant. Be Dora the Explorer. Head to a lake or a park that you have never been to and enjoy the change of scenery.

4. Run with others! Find a running club or group in your area that surrounds those miles around something FUN! There are so many social groups now that will do coffee, brunch, or something fun after too so that makes it even easier to get it in!

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5. Bring along some different fuel on your long run to try. Whether it be a different flavor Gu, some gummy bears, or dried fruit. It will be something you can look forward to while you’re logging those miles and will give you that extra boost!

6. Do some trail running. It is fun to get off the beaten path sometimes. Make sure you stay aware of your surroundings and bring some friends along for the ride! You will be glad you did.

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7. Run in the rain! As long as there’s no lightning/severe weather you will be good to go. It has been raining a LOT here lately but I have to say I feel pretty hardcore when I get out there and bust it out.

8. Practice running without music/data sometimes. I like to call this naked running…haha. You don’t always need to know your pace. Go outside just to get some fresh air. Listen to your feet hitting the pavement. It’s like a form of moving mediation.

9. Sign up for a race. Or…more than one race! Heck…plan a RACE-CATION!! Have something to look forward to and keep you headed towards some kind of goal.

10. Change up the time of day that you run! Now I am a bonafide morning runner but sometimes I do enjoy a lunch time run during the work day. It’s a nice way to break up the monotony!

And…always remember this.

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What are some ways you like to keep your running spicy?

Weds Spin Playlist.

5 mile shake out run this morning, post marathon! Finally, the sun is shining down on Texas. Not sure how long it will last but with all of this rain I’ll take every bit of vitamin D I can get.

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I’ve got some spin cycle playlist love to share with you today! Definitely looking forward to teaching tonight and tomorrow since I was off on the holiday.

Let’s go for a ride!

Whistle- Katy Tiz: Warm up
Beg for It- Iggy Azalea feat MO: Standing run
Love More- Chris Brown feat Nicki Minaj: Climb 5/6/7
Bend Ova- Lil Jon feat Tyga: Sprints
She Came to Give it to You- Usher: Active recovery
Animals (Remix)- Maroon 5: Rolling hills
Tom Ford- Jay-Z: Jumps on a hill
Bananas (Mashup): Accelerations
Power Trip (Riddler Remix)- J. Cole: Climb 6/7/8
That’s My Ish- The Dream feat T.I.: Seated/standing run
Broke- Jason Derulo feat Stevie Wonder & Keith Urban: Climb 7/8/9
Ride Out- Kid Ink/Tyga/Wale/YG/Rich Homie Quan: Climb 8/9/10
Burnin’ Up- Jessie J feat 2 Chainz: Sprints
Blame- Calvin Harris feat John Newman: Jumps/Tapbacks
Take Care of You- Cherokee: Cool down

What songs are you grooving to this week?

Memorial Day Marathon and Wknd Recap.

Hi there! Hope you all had a lovely, relaxing 3 day weekend. Mine was filled with the things I love the most…running, fun times with friends and family and some crawfish!

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

Friday night I had a little fun time with friends. A friend cooked dinner, we relaxed and kicked back. Of course I had to fix up my hair for the holiday weekend.

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Saturday I went out for a nice shakeout run before Monday’s race. It rained a majority of the weekend but lots of rain made for a cool breeze in the air. It was a nice 4 mile run.

The next day was mostly more chill time since I went to church on Saturday night. The rain cleared up a bit so my mom, my neighbor Camillia and I went for crawfish at The Boiling Crab. This place is so freaking popular! We got there right when it opened and there was still an hour long wait. It was all so worth it though. The corn and sausage drenched in the cajun spices was the best.

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After that it was marathon Monday!! I had a stupid early wake up call of about 4 am. Since the race site was super close to me I jumped in my clothes, grabbed my things and headed on out to Bachman Lake.

5 am (yes can you believe it?!? 5 am start!) and we were off down the lake!! We did a quick out and back then all started out on our loops. The lake itself is a little over 3 miles all the way around so we looped it a total of 8 times. It sounds a little redundant but it actually was really fun! Mentally I do love looped courses because I can count down in my head how many I have left. It was also so fun because this is a TINY race (caps out at 75 people) so lots of folks there, like myself, were Marathon Maniacs!! No pressure race, no time cutoffs, just folks out there enjoying themselves with a passion for the sport. This was a part of a series so some folks did multiple days of racing throughout the weekend. There was a guy there that had completed over 600 marathons! I seriously thought that was cool. Just kickin’ it with some crazies like myself.

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Anyway, with 100% humidity…literally…I had no real time goals for this race. I just wanted to stay consistent with my time splits and I did just that. Since the parking lot was so close, I actually left the course during the race because I left my spi belt in the trunk…but of course the clock kept running. haha. I finished 4:33 (not official time as they have not posted results) but they did tell me I finished 2nd overall female!! And mind you this race is CRAZY small but still, I can humblebrag a bit, yes? I thought so.

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The best part about this race?! The main aid station. Yes, it was set up just like a trail race with TONS of goodies. They even had cupcakes and sandwiches! Crazy. I have a hard time eating all the food at races but I did partake in a few m&ms.

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More perks…this awesome flashlight and t-shirt! We run Texas…oh yes we do.

26.2 number 14 is a wrap.

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How was your weekend?

Do you have any more races coming up?
Yep…a 5k then a half marathon in June!

TGIFriday Faves.

Well, hello there! Happy Friday. This morning I got my bend and stretch on with an hour of power yoga at the gym! It felt amazing after a week of running and teaching spin classes.

Haha…yep…I’m definitely not a yoga pro, but I’m working on it!

Anyways…let’s get to my faves this week!

-My Hamilton Beach personal travel size blender. I swear this thing has been such a lifesaver for post run refreshment.

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-These heart shaped leaves spotted on my run the other day…yep sometimes you have to stop to capture beauty.

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-Checking out a Yelp event at this lovely new mani/pedi spa in Uptown Dallas. Just hanging with my girl Melody.

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Weird running habits? Yep…I have a few of them. But we’ll discuss that later.

16 truths for pizza lovers everywhere! Yum! I can dig it.

-This vino. Ya’ll…it’s a must try. Paso Robles, California wine for the win.

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On that note…cheers and have a fabulous weekend!!

What are you up to this weekend?
Running a marathon, actually! 26.2 number 14 on Memorial Day. Bring it.

Running Rules of Thumb.

-There’s no such thing as too many running clothes (or shoes). If you’re like me, you need all the swag you can get.

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-Running in the rain definitely makes you feel a thousand times more hardcore than running on a sunny day.

-Running is kind of like pizza. Even when you have a bad run…let’s face it…it’s still pretty dang good.

-1 glass of wine = 2 miles.

-Someone busier than you…is probably running right now. No, make that definitely.

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-Spending some of your paycheck signing up for multiple races is perfectly OK. Just saying. YOLO.

-Using a porta potty at least once in your life is your initiation into the tribe of runners.

-Run in the morning…before your brain figures out what it’s doing.

What are some of your running rules of thumb?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Morning run…enjoying a bit of cloud cover and cool breeze. 5 days away from 26.2 number 14! Can’t wait.

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In the meantime…here’s today’s spin cycle playlist! Check my weekly schedule for times and locations.

Let’s go for a ride!

The Night is Still Young- Nicki Minaj: Warm up
Mr. Put it Down- Ricky Martin feat Pitbull: Jumps
Don’t Stop Believin’ Levels (Mashup)- Journey vs. Avicii: Rolling hills
Come Get it Bae- Pharrell Williams: Accelerations
Tambourine- Eve: Standing run/Tapbacks
Leggo- B. Smyth feat 2 Chainz: Climb 5/6/7
Addicted to a Memory- Zedd: Rolling hills
Poison (Baltimore Club Remix)- Bell Biv Devoe: Sprints
Slow Down- DJ Snake feat Yellow Claw: Active recovery
All Day- Kanye West: Reverse climb 10/9/8/7
Body Language- Kid Ink: Climb 7/8/9/10
Cool- Alesso feat Roy English: Jumps
Hold On We’re Going Home- Drake: Rolling hills
Turbulence- Steve Aoki feat Laidback Luke: Sprints
I See Fire (Kygo Remix)- Ed Sheeran: Cool down

What songs are on your spinning/running/workout playlists this week?

Love Conquers All and Because It’s Taco Tuesday.

I ran a few miles this morning in my ‘hood. Totally loving these random words on the sidewalk by the way. “Love conquers all” in Latin. I can dig it.

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I’ve got a satisfying Mexican inspired meal for you today! Of course I do, because it’s Taco Tuesday. Duh.

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Word.

Broccoli slaw taco salad! I kind of made this one up but loved it so much I ended up eating it a few days in a row! Yum yum. Thanks to Trader Joe’s.

Here’s what you’ll need.

-1 bag of broccoli slaw- Loved the one I bought from TJ’s.

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-Cooked ground/seasoned turkey (I used spicy organic taco seasoning)
-1 handful of cherry or mini heirloom tomatoes
-1/2 avocado
-Crumbled goat cheese/salsa to taste

Top fresh broccoli slaw with cooked/seasoned ground turkey. Top with cherry tomatoes, chopped up avocado, cheese & salsa! Pretty easy and quick plus it makes for a great lunch / leftovers!

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Have you ever made anything with broccoli slaw? What’s for dinner tonight?

Sparkly New Gym, Main St. Festival, and Wknd Recap.

Hi there! How was your weekend? Hope you had a good one.

I got my morning started teaching early bird spin cycle and followed it up with some strength work. I love our shiny new black bikes!

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This past weekend was fairly chill but I got some good runs in, prepping for the Memorial Day Marathon which is in exactly 1 week! 26.2 number 14. Bring it.

I had to teach a class on Saturday morning at our newly remodeled 24 Hour Fitness gym in Bedford. There was a big event at the gym for the reveal! Myself and another instructor team taught the 8 am class. We split up the time and I taught the first half and she taught the second. Overall it was a fun morning!! I enjoyed seeing the sparkly new gym. It needed a serious upgrade.

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After class I saved up a little energy so I set out for a run in the park. 11 easy miles and the legs surprisingly felt spunky and good.

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That evening I went out on a little date to the Main St. festival in Grapevine. I was so happy the weather stayed rain free for most of the day! It was still sticky and humid though.

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I went to church Saturday so Sunday was a little funday! I went out to the lake for 8 miles with some speedy strides in between.

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Overall it was a great weekend of activity and I even got to catch up on some shows. Has anyone seen Being Mary Jane?? Ya’ll, it’s a must watch. I’m seriously hooked. And I may have a tiny girl crush on Gabrielle Union.

What were you up to this weekend? How’s the weather looking in your neck of the woods?

TGIFriday Faves.

Well hello there! Hope you are having an excellent Friday. This weekend is already shaping up to be a busy one! I’ll be teaching spin at a brand new facility, and also trying to squeeze in a long run. Who’s with me?

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Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute. This stuff is awesome sprinkled on just about everything. And best of all it’s salt free so I’m not sure what they put in there other than magic.

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The 75 song ultimate late 2000s playlist. Makes me want to dance all night long.

-Leopard shorts for running? Someone tell me please where I snag these.

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-A little sushi for lunch this week. Central Market is the best.

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These foam roller exercises will help keep you on the road. Love me some foam rolling action. Hurts so good.

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32 life questions that should plague humanity. Truth!

-And last but not least some red wine time on my patio last night. Patios, wine and people watching go hand in hand.

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That’s all for now!

What are you up to this weekend? Is anyone rocking a race?

7 Things Every Newbie Runner Should Know.

When I first started my running journey…everything was all sparkly and new. I was obsessed with my pace, my mileage, and wanted to soak up everything related to the how to’s of training.

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Here are some things I wish I would have known as a newbie when I first dived into the awesomeness that is the life of a runner!

1. Having good running shoes makes all the difference. Change your running shoes out every few months especially if you’re logging tons of miles. Right now my mileage is close to 40 miles per week so I’m changing mine fairly often. Especially when I get race happy and start doing tons of marathons back to back I know I have to be careful and take care of my feet. Go to a running store and have them fit you in a pair that makes your tootsies happy.

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2. Hydration is key. Investing in a hydration system, whether it’s a handheld water bottle or a fuel belt will help you in training especially if you are training for a marathon in the summer months. I do like to do my long runs in the park where there are water fountains but when the water source is few and far between it’s nice to be prepared when you need to re-up. Here are some great buys to look into.

3. Don’t wear the actual race t-shirt until AFTER you finish. Not only is it kind of bad luck (not that I’m superstitious or anything…haha) and it definitely makes you look like a rookie. Save it to wear after the run is complete.

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4. Not every run is going to be a PR. Sure, it’s nice to set personal records…as well as win age group awards and such, but after you’ve racked up a ton of medals running will hopefully take on a whole new meaning for you. Learn to take the epic wins with the “this just wasn’t my best race day” moments and don’t beat yourself up. No matter how much you train, there are times when things will happen (such as the weather) that are just out of your control. And never compare your finish time with anyone else’s. Comparison is the thief of joy. But I always say…having a not so awesome run will make the PRs and wins all the more amazing!

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5. You CAN’T eat whatever you want. I know some of us think…we run to eat. Well…frankly, it’s easy to overestimate how much you’re running and underestimate how many calories you’re actually taking in. When I first started running half marathons and training with a group…I tell ya the weight literally fell off of me. I was in my 20s and of course having a speedy metabolism helps. I never changed my diet or did anything different. But after a while your weight will plateau and your body gets used to you running distance. So watching what you eat (whole, fresh foods) and nixing the junk becomes all the more important. I think honestly after a while you start to crave healthier foods as a result so this definitely helps. Everything in moderation. And yes, I still have my glass of wine and enjoy it after a long run. So, cheers. Just take care of you and make sure your nutrition is just as much in check as the fitness part. *Abs are made in the kitchen* or whatever the young folks say these days.

6. There are going to be times when you’re just not feeling it. Let’s call it “burn out” or what have you. Learn to ride the wave and when you need to rest, chill on the miles and do some cross training. Whether it’s biking, swimming, dancing, kickboxing…find something you love that will compliment your running and keep you injury free. And keep strength training…always…a part of your regimen. As well as stretching.

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7. BUT…for me, the start line never stops being an exciting place to be. I have run numerous marathons over the last 6 years and I still get pumped up every time. I always and forever will have a love for racing….years later and I still haven’t lost that joy.

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What are some things you wish you would have known as a “newbie” runner?