Random Thoughts and Weds Spin Playlist.

It’s a great day for some spin playlist action and also for some random thoughts. So, just play along…will ya? I’ve got lots of great songs for your workout, spinning and running pleasure.

Let’s get straight to it…the thoughts first. Buckle up.

-Every run this week has been starting and ending in the pitch black dark before the sun comes up. Which kind of has me looking like this. Thankful for coffee and 9 p.m. bedtimes though so or else I’d be a true zombie.

-Can I just be honest? I do not like tapering. I know it’s a necessary evil. Runners do you feel me!? Let me just put it this way. I like to run a lot. A LOT. Always, all the time. Cranking up mileage all day every day. It keeps me sane and helps me not want to punch people in the face all day long. By the way! I’m really a positive person. I promise you! I generally love people….HA. Most of you know I am happy go lucky already (because of endorphins). Anyway. I am hoping scaling back the running mileage pays off come Sunday’s marathon. 26.2 number 22 (yes, Chelsea…we know). I’ll be like a caged animal ready to go.

-I’m starting to only want to drink black coffee. I know. Who am I? I am an almond milk latte kind of girl. Black coffee lately though has been my jam.

-I’m excited to get back to trail running after Sunday’s marathon. I need me some nature time. Plus I have a trail ultra coming up in 2017 so I need to get back to it. More on this later. I like to keep ya’ll in suspense.

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Lovely.

-I have an audition coming up to teach at a local boutique spin studio and I’m pretty excited about it. Super fun place! And they have fun things like brunch rides and Wine Wednesday. Hello awesomeness! I’ll let you know how it goes probably next week.

-I need a separate budget specifically for fall/winter boots. I basically wear nothing but leggings and boots this time of year. Makes my heart happy. And yes, leggings over pants/jeans hands down.

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-Life has been so busy lately but I’m looking forward to putting up my pretty pink Christmas tree later on this week. This is from last year. Yes it’s cheesy and girly and I love it oh so much.

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Enough random thoughts, onto the jams! Check me out at the following 24 Hour Fitness locations.

Let’s go for a ride!

I Got You- Bebe Rexha: Warm up
Crush On You- Lil Kim: Standing run
Moves Like Jagger: Maroon 5- Climb 4/5/6
Fireball- Pitbull: Sprints
Bounce Back- Big Sean: Tapbacks
Ayo- Chris Brown feat Tyga: Rolling hills
Worth It- Fifth Harmony: Jumps on a hill
Habits (Chainsmokers Mix)- Tove Lo: Climb 5/6/7
House Work- Jax Jones: Accelerations
Carry Out- Timbaland feat Justin Timberlake: Active recovery
Energy- Drake: Climb 6/7/8
I Would Like- Zara Larsson: Tapbacks
Tonight Belongs to U- Jeremih feat Flo Rida: Climb 7/8/9/10
Flawless (DJ Taj Mix)- Beyonce: Accelerations
Wishing- DJ Drama: Cool down

Any random thoughts today? What songs are you loving lately?

The Many Emotions While Running.

So I don’t know about you but I have many thoughts and emotions that swirl around my head while running or right before I go out for a run. Mostly these are emotions of joy and happiness…but ya know, sometimes me and running don’t always see eye to eye. The struggle is real. But that is just a part of this lovely journey, much like life. Am I right? Here are some of my emotions on the run.

The feeling of rolling out of bed to run early in the morning while half asleep. Don’t worry, you will wake up in the next mile or so. Give it a few minutes and you will be good to go.

The feeling of not being able to locate a GPS signal. Oh my, that is not a good feeling at all. Because if your Garmin/running app doesn’t record it, then it just did not happen.

That emotion of just feeling so darn good on a run that you are the energizer bunny. You just keep going and going.

That moment when you know you just look too cool for school in your brand new Asics you just bought from the store. Plus those cute new lululemon leggings. Ladies you know what I am talking about.

That feeling when it’s 35 degrees out and you forgot your earwarmers and gloves. Hashtag I am freezing my buns off right now.

The emotion of being done with your run and heading to get that first cup of coffee for the day. Heaven in a mug. Hallelujah.

What are some of your emotions while running?

Taper Miles, Gumbo and Wknd Recap.

Hi there and happy Monday to you! It is a chilly morning here but I managed to squeeze in a quick 10k before the busy work day. I have to say it was like pulling teeth to get me out of my cozy bed this morning but I did it. So I’m giving myself a gold star for good measure.

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Let’s recap the weekend a bit…for the most part it was uneventful since it was cold, wet and rainy. But it made for some pretty restful days mixed with a little productivity.

Saturday morning my ride or die run buddy met me super early for 12 easy/taper miles in the ‘hood. It was freezing and somewhat of a downpour towards the end of this run but we made it. Girl talk while running makes things better.

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That night was pretty chill…I caught up on most of my shows including the Real Housewives of the OC reunion. Whoa what a hot mess. Part of me wants to like Kelly even though she is a bit of a trainwreck. But you have to admit she brings some entertainment to the show.

Sunday morning I got up and did some solo miles. I kind of enjoyed getting in a good run by myself. I run with folks a lot during the work week so nowadays solo runs are a real treat. Just rocking out to my music with some pretty overcast skies.

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And I ended the night at mama’s…she made a huge pot of gumbo and invited friends and fam over. It was like Thanksgiving all over again. I loved the addition of turkey smoked sausage thrown in there. Gumbo…perfect for cold rainy weekends.

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56.5 miles done last week for the taper. I’m going to be ramping right back up after Sunday’s marathon in preparation for some more big races in early 2017. Stay tuned!

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How was your weekend? Are you looking forward to anything this month!?
The Dallas Marathon…26.2 number 22 in 6 days, baby!

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday, TGIF and all of that good stuff! I am definitely ready to relax and enjoy the weekend after a long week of work! Bring on some running and some r & r. So excited for the Dallas Marathon also which is in 1 week!! Bring on the 26.2 joyride.

Let’s get to my faves from this week!

-The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Vanderpump Rules are both back on for my guilty viewing pleasure. I know…I have a reality TV show problem. Guilty as charged.

Crockpot green chile chicken enchilada soup? I totally need to bust out the crockpot since it is getting chilly. I don’t know about you but there is nothing more amazing than coming home to a good smelling crockpot meal after work. Love love.

5 simple snacks for runners. I’ll have to try the cottage cheese on toast. Sounds interesting.

-Scarves making a comeback. I basically have to have 2 things during the winter time. Fleece leggings and scarves. They are a part of my survival kit.

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This song on repeat. It has just been an instant mood lifter for me lately. You know those songs that just resonate with you? Yes, this one is my jam.

That’s all for this week! Have a great weekend.

What are you up to today? Is anyone excited about the Cowboys win last night?
HA. I’m honestly not that big of a football fan but I do have a little love for the home team.

Pinspirations Lately.

Happy December to you! I thought I’d share some of my Pinterest inspirations I’ve been loving as of late. I don’t know about you but I will always and forever be a Pinterest fan. Although I have to say the app itself has undergone some changes lately. There’s just something so therapeutic though about pinning. I know some of ya’ll out there feel me.

Follow me on Pinterest also to get the latest of what I’m loving 24/7 365. Or something like that.

In no particular order…

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Have you been on Pinterest lately? What has inspired you this week?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hey there! Hope you all are having a marvelous week so far. I’ve got a rockin’ playlist for yalls eardrums! These songs are great for spinning, running, and/or high intensity workouts. Hope you enjoy!

Of course I had to throw ‘Black Beatles’ back on there. Which I simply cannot listen to anymore without thinking of the Mannequin Challenge.

I think this is one of the best fitness ones I’ve seen hands down. I’ve been thinking of doing this with some of my classes at the gym but it’s kind of awkward, no?

Anyways, catch me at any of the following 24 Hour Fitness locations in the DFW! I will also be adding another club to this list very soon. So stay tuned!

Let’s go for a ride!

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4 Real: Destructo & Ty Dolla: Warm up
This is What You Came For- Rihanna: Standing run
Goin’ In- J. Lo & Flo Rida: Climb 4/5/6
In Common (Kaskade Mix)- Alicia Keys: Tapbacks
Tightrope- Janelle Monae: Jumps
Lions in the Wild- Martin Garrix: Sprints
Black Beatles- Rae Sremmurd: Climb 5/6/7/8
If- Janet Jackson: Team sprints
Let the Groove Get In- Justin Timberlake: Rolling hills
I Took a Pill in Ibiza- Mike Posner: Active recovery
Love More- Chris Brown & Nicki Minaj: Accelerations
Animals- Maroon 5 feat J. Cole: Rolling hills
Soldier of Love- Sade: Cool down

What songs are you loving right now? Have you ever done the Mannequin Challenge?
I still think it’s awkward. Ha!

Time to Taper Once Again and Mental Benefits of Running.

So once again I am back on the taper train getting ready for the BMW Dallas Marathon in December. It’s funny because I’ve actually run the half course for this race more times than I can count and although this will be my 22nd marathon it will be my 1st time running the Dallas full! I love to travel for marathons which is why but this time I’ll be running 26.2 on my home turf. I am excited to run along the beautiful White Rock Lake and through the streets of my awesome city. 2 weeks and counting baby. Bring it on.

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I’ve been religiously clocking 60-75 mile weeks so I’ll scale back a bit this week in preparation for the big race. Then I will recover a bit, rest and get ready for some more ultra running in 2017. Woohoo!

So lately I’ve been thinking about some of the mental benefits of running. I know there are so many physical benefits but sometimes we forget how vital running is just for overall well being. Here are a few ways mentally running has gotten me through the ups and downs of life.

Running motivates you to have a target/goal to aim for. Whether it is to set a personal record or conquer a new distance…running always gives you something to strive for.

Running helps to fight stress and/or a case of the blues. Issues at work? Relationship drama? Rest assured if you go out for that run you will return more clear headed & in a better mood. Oh yes, endorphins are my favorite.

It sharpens focus and gives your brain a boost. This is one of the reasons why I am a bonafide morning runner. Running for me honestly is the equivalent to my cup of coffee in the morning. I’m just more ‘on it’ and focused when I’ve gotten that run in. You feel me?

When you look better…you mentally feel better…and vice versa. Running just gives you that happy healthy glow. And yes, I am all about that.

What are some amazing benefits you have discovered from the simple act of running?

Thanksgiving Wknd Recap.

Hi there! Hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving. Lots of good food, laughter and fun was had over the last few days. Definitely a good time! I tell you what, the weekend is never long enough. I am ready to hit it hard this week and knock out some awesome workouts!

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Let’s recap a bit…

Thanksgiving morning…I did a just for fun ‘Chelsea Trot’. 15 miles in the ‘hood enjoying mostly some alone/thinking time. Hello pretty sunrise. Nice to see you again.

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Good grub and relaxing time with family is the absolute best. My mama threw down and I helped her make some of the sides. She rocked it.

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No Black Friday for me…I already spent my money on an ultra coming up early next year (MORE ON THAT LATER)…so I just rested up for Saturday’s long run.

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Yep yep..true story. Moving on…

16 mile Saturday with my homegirl Tracy. I love running with her because she forces me to keep a solid pace and we always have fabulous conversation. Yet another beautiful sky.

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Later on that day…paint party with more fun people. Now I have my very own pair of Christian Louboutins. Ha, yeah right. Love it.

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I ended last week on a solid note with a weekly mileage total of 61.5. Cheers!

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How was your holiday? When’s the last time you’ve gone to a paint party?

Turkey Trot Playlist.

Happy Thanksgiving eve!! Do you have your turkey all ready to go? Or I guess for vegetarians it would be Tofurky?? Haha, no judgment…I promise.

Today I’ve got a hot playlist to get you through that Turkey Trot tomorrow! I will be doing a long run on my own tomorrow (Chelsea Trot for the win) followed by putting my feet up and enjoying the festivities!

Let’s get straight to the playlist! Enjoy!

I Feel it Coming- The Weeknd feat Daft Punk
24K Magic- Bruno Mars
Never Give Up- Sia
Don’t Stop the Party- Pitbull
Should’ve Been Me- Naughty Boy
Side to Side- Ariana Grande
Sahara- DJ Snake
Nice Flow- Smookie Illson
Show Me- Tiesto & Dallas K
One Woman Army- Ciara
Hymn for the Weekend (Seeb Mix)- Coldplay
Dream Bigger (Extended Version)- Axwell Ingrosso
Borders- M.I.A.
Some Kind of Drug- G-Eazy
Bounce Back- Big Sean
Turbulence- Steve Aoki
Touch- Little Mix
Shut it Down- Dillon Francis & Party Favor

Have a marvelous holiday! Catch you on the flip side.

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?

Chelsea Trot and Turkey Day Tips You Need This Year.

Hi there! I’m still rocking and rolling with the training over here. The days are dwindling down til 26.2 number 22! I’ll be running on my own on Thanksgiving…doing a turkey trot (long run) in my ‘hood. Except I call it a Chelsea Trot. It has more of a ring to it, right? Right.

So leading up to Thanksgiving Day…I know a lot of folks feel like they have a tendency to overdo it this time of year. Let’s be real…the holidays are a great excuse to pack on the pounds. But there are so many ways you can avoid doing that and I have a few tips to get you through it!

Get moving! Many of us have time off and utilize this short work week to get moving and grooving. Whether it’s a local turkey trot 5k/10k in your hood, a spin class or your favorite class at the gym. Go bust a move and get your sweat on so you can make room in that calorie budget. Hey…and if you’re really looking for a good little bootcamp style workout, here you go. You’re welcome.

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Do yourself a favor and resist the meal skipping. I don’t know about you but skipping breakfast especially the day of the turkey feast makes me absolutely ravenous. Start your day with some protein (eggs are my favorite) so you won’t want to eat everything in sight when dinner time rolls around.

Fill up your plate with some color! At my house we do lots of grilled/steamed veggies to go along with the more hearty/rich type sides. I kind of love it when my plate looks like art work!

Wear something flattering to the turkey day festivities. No buffet style pants allowed. I like to go with cute and somewhat comfortable. But nix the stretchy type stuff that will encourage overeating. Plus I like to wear stuff that will look cute in family photos. Oh so important. Hey, I’m a girl…what can I say.

Any turkey day tips to share with the group? What’s your favorite thanksgiving dish??
Smoked turkey…and sangria. Yes, that counts as a side dish.