Weds Spin Playlist.

I’ve got some hot tracks this week that I hope you will love! I will be teaching spin cycle classes tonight and tomorrow night. Should be a good time.

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As always check out my weekly schedule so see what I’m up to in the cycle room! That is my permanent schedule and sometimes I will sub classes here and there and I will make sure to update the calendar when I do so.

Let’s go for a ride!

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Bang Bang- Jessie J: Warm up
Krazy- Pitbull feat Lil Jon: Jumps
Get Low- Dillon Francis & DJ Snake: Standing run
Bills- LunchMoney Lewis: Accelerations
Treasure- Bruno Mars: Active recovery
Don’t Look Down- Martin Garrix feat Usher: Rolling hills
Jump- Rihanna: Climb 5/6/7
Carry Out- Timbaland feat Justin Timberlake: Jumps on a hill
Burial (Instrumental)- Yogi: Team sprints
Tuesday- Drake: Climb 6/7/8
Set Fire to the Rain (Mashup)- Adele vs Madcon: Rolling hills
Turn Up the Music- Chris Brown: Climb 7/8/9
Wonder Woman- Lion Babe: Climb 8/9/10/11
You Make Me Party Rock (Mashup)- Cobra Starship vs LMFAO: Sprints
Pusher Love Girl- Justin Timberlake: Cool down

What’s on your spinning/running playlist this week?

Tuesday Random Things.

-I went for a ‘naked’ run this morning and it was super lovely. Naked equals no music or running watch…just me, a few miles and some nature therapy. Oh spring weather, I like you.

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-I followed that up with a little yoga in my living room. Working on my crow pose.

-Lately I have totally been craving some beach/fun in the sun time. I miss Puerto Rico. Also, Miami is calling my name. And my 31st birthday is in a few short weeks. Time to check some flights.

-Saying ‘no’ to people and things is really difficult for me…but I’m getting better at it. Saying no to some things and yes to yourself is a good thing.

-Last night I dreamed I ran the Irving Marathon (that I am running this Saturday) and somewhere along the course I got off to make a quick stop to get my taxes done. Yes, during the race. I wish I was joking about this. Priorities.

-Have you seen the big hoopla about this Starbucks birthday cake frap? I’m not sure that it is really worth it. Is it? Has someone tried it!? Please enlighten me.

-I have been missing me some summertime marathon training. Mostly because I love running for miles and miles to get my tan on. Like a toasted mocha latte tan. Right now I’m looking a bit like french vanilla.

-Sitting still and watching the sunset with someone you are crushing on is pretty lovely. I did that this past weekend and then realized I need to do this more.

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Tell me something random about your Tuesday!

I Could Get Used to This, Me Time and Wknd Recap.

Hope you all had a great weekend. I enjoyed lots of fun in the sun…running, fun with friends and loved ones! Let’s do a quick recap.

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I had a 12 mile run on tap for Saturday morning…just enjoying some spring flowers and sunny skies. 60s in the morning and in the mid 80s by the afternoon. Definitely not complaining about that. I could get used to this.

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I have so say I was pretty wiped out though after this run. I think my body needs to start acclimating to the heat and humidity that we get in the spring and summer. So I enjoyed some chillin’ out on the couch for a while. Much needed ‘me time’.

Me time equals selfies and a manicure. I love me some pretty nails.

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Then I had a little sushi dinner date and we tried quail eggs for the first time…quail shooters to be exact. Have you ever tried this? It’s a raw quail egg shot mixed with a little sake, sriracha and some other stuff. It had a nice spicy kick to it! I guess you could say it was kind of a delicacy? I was nervous to try it but actually ended up really loving it.

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Sunday I slept in since I usually do church Saturday nights and then went over to mamas for a while. We had brunch and then did some shopping in downtown Plano. Love this place…they have the best tuna melt in town.

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I’m also loving the extra daylight we have been having in the evenings so I went for an easy few miles along the trail to end the weekend.

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I followed that up with some shopping at Sprouts Farmers Market. It’s kind of my favorite thing to do on Sunday nights…to go here and just walk around…I know, wild life. My favorite fruit right now are these tangelos. So I was very excited that they were on sale. Ya know…it’s the little things that bring me joy in life. Get ‘em while they’re hot.

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How was your weekend?

What fun finds are you discovering in the grocery store lately?

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to you! I am so ready for some fun in the sunshine…this weekend is shaping up to be a good one. Cue the happy dance.

The weather in Texas is going to be freaking gorgeous this weekend too. I see some poolside time coming real soon.

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Let’s get to this week’s faves!

-Finally getting my swag from the Cowtown 50k. Loved that they did the virtual race option after we got snowed out. Nothing like getting a little bling after running 31 miles. And yeah, it for sure was not easy without all of the spectators and such. But, I did it.

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-7 ways to sneak in a run during your day…I’ll have to try the ‘running’ errands one.

-Avocado salsa…oh this is definitely being made lots this summer.

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-Running gear for spring? I can dig it. Love the lulu crops.

-Seeing a rainbow a couple of nights ago. It’s been a while since I’ve seen one actually…had to snap a pic.

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What are you up to this weekend?
Long running it, brunching it, the usual.

I Love Springtime and a Cherry Spinach Smoothie.

I thought I would show you a quick snapshot from my run this morning. Just taking in the sights and sounds around me. Pretty flowers are popping up everywhere around these parts. Hashtag I love springtime.

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Today I’ve got another quick post run smoothie to cool you off from your workout! My cherry spinach smoothie. Here’s what you’ll need.

1 1/2 cups of fresh spinach
1/2 cup of dark sweet cherries, frozen (it makes the smoothie ice cold)
1/2 banana
1 cup of cashew or almond milk

Blend and serve! Oh and definitely get you a bag of dark sweet cherries from Sprouts. Oh so delicious.

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What are you blending up in your smoothie this week?

Weds Spin Playlist.

I got some morning miles in today…just working out some things in my brain while I chased the sunrise. Mr. Sun was hiding behind the clouds for a bit but he finally came out to play.

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Let’s get straight to my spin playlist this week! I’ll be teaching spin tonight and tomorrow night so stop by if you’re in the DFW area!

Time to go for a ride!

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Hey Mama- David Guetta feat Nicki Minaj: Warm up
Blame- Calvin Harris feat John Newman: Standing run
Yonce (Electric Bodega Remix)- Beyonce: Jumps/Tapbacks
The Other Side (Davis Redfield Remix)- Jason Derulo: Sprints
TKO- Justin Timberlake: Climb 5/6/7
Drop it Low- Kat Deluna: Rolling hills
Let’s Go (Cash Cash Remix)- Neyo: Active recovery
Burnin’ Up- Jessie J feat 2 Chainz: Climb 6/7/8
Turn Up the Speakers: Afrojack feat Martin Garrix: Accelerations 15 on/10 off
Showgirl- Bluey Robinson: Standing run
All Hands On Deck: Tinashe: Rolling hills
I Don’t Mind- Usher feat Juicy J: Climb 7/8/9
Dum Dee Dum- NightTrap: Accelerations 10 on/10 off
Give Me Everything/Titanium (Mashup)- Pitbull vs David Guetta: Jumps
Go Hard or Go Home- Wiz Khalifa & Iggy Azalea: Sprints
Window Seat- Erykah Badu: Cool down

What’s rocking your playlist this week?

Grasslands 26.2 Recap.

Well hello there! Hope you all are having a great Tuesday. I had a bit of a 3 day weekend to recover from Saturday’s crazy trail marathon and definitely ready to get back on my grind today!

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But first I thought I’d give you a little glimpse from the trail. Let’s recap the race a bit, shall we?

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So…Saturday morning I was up early to get out to the race site…this particular race was kind of in the woods/country style. I have completed trail races before but definitely have not made the trip to a big one like this solo. My friend was running the half that morning but since we were starting at different times we both decided to take our own cars. I left the hotel close to 5 am to make the drive to the trail. Then…I kind of detoured and got lost. Oops. Ended up having to wait for a train to cross…went out in the woods…and then *cue the dramatics* I SIDESWIPED a deer. Thank goodness we did not hit head on and alas, the deer is okay.

But you guys…I’ve never in my life even have come close to hitting a deer and until now did not even know they existed in Texas. Yes…I’m a city gal at heart. So anyway…I ended up shaken up…and going back to the hotel because I was crazy lost and it was approaching time for the race. My sweetest friend, Camillia, calmed me down and told me to head back to the hotel and we’d go out there together. I told her that I just wanted to run the half with her because I was so frustrated!! And she told me…well….you’ll make it out at least in time for the full marathon for sure. So…off we went and thank goodness for her, we followed the map and made it on time. Seriously…what would I do without my friends?!? I’m telling you I would have gone home if she was not there. Girl was a lifesaver. My guardian angel.

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We made it out around 7 am and off I went. They gave me a timing chip and I was off on my way. I started out running the 50 course and just to see how far I could get for the day. A couple of other folks were late too so I think we were all on the same wavelength. On my way out I saw my girl Kim and said hey and gave her a hug…it was great to see her out there enduring that crazy mud!! Check out her recap by the way – I think we had a similar hectic day. Anyway…I linked up with a gal who was also late and we were on our way. Just splash splashing along in the mud. It had been raining for a few days prior so the trails were absolutely soaked as a result. This was not just your typical mud either…it was more like…CLAY…that sucked your feet in while you ran. Almost similar to quicksand. I wish I was exaggerating this.

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I finished basically a marathon and then made my way back to the aid station where I asked the race director I was able to drop down to the full. He was super nice and let me switch it up. I am so very thankful for the volunteers and everyone out there for being so helpful. Aside from having scratches up and down my legs (Which I’m kind of proud of? Is that a sick thing?) I’m feeling pretty good. I did not want to leave this race empty handed after busting my ass so I did what I went out there to do. Finish the marathon and get a medal. Phew! What a morning. I went home to nurse my wounds. Just scratches from trying to avoid the mud but ended up being all cut up by sharp sticks.

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So…yeah things did not turn out like I had hoped but I have no doubt that 50 is going to happen. I just kind of chalked this experience up to being an adventure…I met some cool crazy peeps like myself and really enjoyed the camaraderie of the people on the trail more than anything else.

Moving forward…I’ve got a couple of other races on tap. Including the Irving Marathon in a couple of weeks to kick off my birthday month! And then the Divas Half in Galveston. I was a pacer for the Irving race last year but this year I’m ready to take on the full 26.2. Bring on April!!

This medal will be cherished though for years to come. Grasslands, it has been real. Number 12 is a wrap.

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How was your weekend? Have you ever run a crazy trail (obstacle course) marathon?

Last Minute 26.2.

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So…I decided today to switch from the ultra to a full due to the course being caked with mud, sand & clay from the rain. And wow…what a day it was! Recap is to come. I felt like this was a wise choice rather than to risk an injury or broken ankle. I almost hurt myself out there a few times. Almost. Phew!!

But…26.2 #12 is done. Never have done that many miles on a dirt trail & I have a medal to show for it! Yeah, I’ll be back to road racing for a while but it felt good to get another trail race under my belt. Off to celebrate!! Cheers.

Oh & I’m not giving up on ultras just yet. I’ve still got one 50k checked off the list & many more to come.

Have a great weekend!!

10 Reasons Why I’m Thankful for Running.

I’m thankful for…

1. Early mornings on the trail or on the roads to pound it out and sort out my thoughts.

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2. Cozy running shoes that make my feet feel like they’re bouncing around on clouds.

3. Running buds to share this crazy hobby of mine with.

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4. Or…sometimes just a little bit of solitude…peace and quiet…’me time’ miles.

5. All of the running gear that I spend so much money on…and yes, it’s all very much worth it.

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6. Being able to fly to see a new city or town on my own two feet.

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7. The runner’s high that comes from a long run…nothing like a nice fix of those endorphins. Best drug out there.

8. Music to make me run just a little bit harder or push just a little bit faster when needed.

9. Massages…yoga…REST…and all of the things that keep my runners legs going strong.

10. The ability to do what some people are not able to do. And never taking it for granted. To do what I LOVE because this thing called running…truly makes me happy.

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Share some of yours!

Weds Spin Playlist.

I’ve got an energy packed playlist to get you revved up today. Definitely looking forward to teaching spin cycle tonight!

And yes…I kind of feel like this when I get on that bike.

Without further ado…let’s get straight to it!

Enjoy the ride!

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DJ Turn It Up- Yellow Claw: Warm up
Mr. Put it Down- Ricky Martin feat Pitbull: Standing run/Tap backs
Boy Oh Boy- Diplo & GTA: Jumps
Scream (DJ Reidiculous Remix)- Usher: Sprints
Good Feeling- Flo Rida: Rolling hills
Maps- Maroon 5: Climb 5/6/7
You and Your Friends- Wiz Khalifa feat Snoop Dogg: Jumps on a hill
Bird Machine- DJ Snake feat Alesia: Accelerations 15 on/10 off
Five More Hours- Deorro feat Chris Brown: Climb 6/7/8/9
Rock That Body- Black Eyed Peas: Accelerations 20 on/10 off
Four Five Seconds (DJ Mustard Remix)- Rihanna/Kanye West: Active recovery
Tom Ford- Jay-Z: Rolling hills
Outside- Calvin Harris feat Ellie Goulding: Climb 8/9/10
Come Get it Bae- Pharrell Williams: Team sprints
I See Fire (Kygo Remix)- Ed Sheeran: Cool down

What tracks are you rocking to this week?