TGIFriday Faves.

Well it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood down in Texas! Happy Friday, TGIF and all that jazz. Hope you have some running and basking in the sunshine in store!

I will be teaching classes at the gym, running and getting my brunch on! I absolutely am ready to EXHALE after this long work week.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

I am back in the groove with my yoga game. Thanks to Class Pass I have been getting my namaste on and loving all of the cute Dallas yoga studios. Really there is nothing like a down doggie after a long day of writing for television. Those of you yogis who are local, please check out Jungle in the Bishop Arts District. I was so very pleased with the 75 minute session and cannot wait to go back.

New favorite tea. Stash has always had my faves so this one has been a great afternoon delight for most of this week.

This spin class cool down has been my jam as of late. Soulful vibes all day long.

Start taking a 10 second pause more often. The power of the DBs. (deep breath)

And finally, your Friday funny.

Make it a good one!

Feel free to share what is on tap for your weekend? Any poolside time basking in the sun?!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I got my morning started with a run + some strength work before a busy work day! Truly love when I have enough time in my crazy days to carve out all of my favorite workouts. Shiny bright pink shoes absolutely helps as well.

It is getting BLAZING hot out so I am back to acclimating to this Texas humidity! There is something about sweating a little extra this time of year though. Part of me thinks that it is good for the soul.

Last night I checked out another fitness studio thanks to Class Pass. A studio decorated with all of the beautiful plants, candles (and they had cold eucalyptus towels to cool off with?! Be still my heart.

It is getting to that time of year where I indulge in all of my fave summer fruits. I just bought some mangoes the other day and I have my eye on watermelon for this weekend.

I have not been indulging in pool time as much as I want to but I may have to change that at some point this weekend! Although someone actually complimented me on my TAN at work the other day. Haha…let’s start making that a thing.

Feel free to share some randomness from your week! Is it heating up where you are at?!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to ya! Hope you have some excitement and fun planned in your day today. It is the perfect time for a spin cycle playlist! I have some hot tracks on tap for the day for all of my workout enthusiasts as well as my fitness instructors who follow this here blog-o-thing.

Feel free to follow along on Spotify! We have quite the community there of folks that love to share in the music love.

Also check my schedule as it has recently been updated on where I will be teaching next!

Let’s go for a ride!

Dream About You- Warren: Warm up
Pica- Deorro: Accelerations
Smile- Joel Corry, Katy Perry: Rolling hills
Island- Dropgun: Seated/standing run
Hype- Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris: Accelerations
Medicine- Jennifer Lopez, Steve Aoki: Climb
High On Emotion- Sultan + Shepard: Jumps
Feedback- Janet Jackson: Rolling hills
Bubblegum- Jason Derulo: Standing run
Glamorous- Fergie: Climb
Work- Lil Jon: Sprints
Bam Bam- Lowderz: Active recovery
Save the World- Swedish House Mafia: Climb
Strive- A$AP Ferg, Missy Elliot: Jumps on a hill
Family Affair- Disco Fries: Tapbacks
Sensual Seduction- Snoop Dogg: Rolling hills
It Ain’t Right- Shane Codd: Seated/standing run
Give it 2 U- Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar: Sprints
Slide- Frank Ocean & Migos: Cool down

Feel free to share what songs you are loving this week or something happy and/or random! This is a judge free zone.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I got my morning started with a jaunt in the ‘hood and playing a bit on the trails. Sunlight through the trees is all I need to get the day cranked up. Awesome dose of Vitamin D.

I’ve been enjoying shaking things up with my free month from ClassPass! I love studio hopping and trying out different bootcamps/yoga/cycling spots. That I otherwise would not spend $200+ a month for. Yes, it is a great instructor perk to get amazing fitness amenities free of charge.

I’m going to restorative PILATES tonight and I am kind of nervous doing some moves on the reformer! It has been on my bucket list for a while though. Bring it on.

Running through Brazos Bend State Park not that long ago actually does have me hankering to do some more trail races. I will be putting more on the calendar in the coming months. Really still physically (and mentally) in recovery mode post 50k. I kind of missed taking time off from getting lost in the woods. I’ll have to pack up my Camelbak and take it back out to the dirt path soon and very soon.

New Balance trail shoes – big fan. I mean we all know how much I love my Brooks but these shoes have been rocking my world both on the trails and on concrete. Trail shoes + skull leggings = happy Chelsea.

Feel free to share some randomness from your week! Trail runners…what is your favorite trail shoe?!?

Weds Spin Playlist.

Hi there and happy hump day! Hope all is well in your world. I’ve got some new tracks mixed with greatest hits on the spin cycle playlist. Hope you do enjoy and groove to the beat with me!

Check me out on Spotify to & click here see where I’ll be teaching next.

Let’s DROP THAT BEAT & go for a ride!!

Do It To It- ACRAZE, Tiesto, Cherish: Warm up
Can’t Hold Us- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Standing run
Love So Soft- Kelly Clarkson, CASH CASH: Accelerations
I Like to Move It- Nicola Fasano: Rolling hills
We Got That Cool- Icona Pop: Jumps on a hill
Crazy What Love Can Do- David Guetta: Rolling hills
Back and Forth- B.o.B.: Standing run
Numb- Stash Konig: Climb
Latch- DJ Taj, Disclosure: Sprints
Never Leave You- Lumidee: Active recovery
Feel Alive- Grafix: Rolling hills
The Other Side- Jason Derulo: Climb
Dessert- Dawin: Rolling hills
Mercy- Duffy: Seated/standing run
Love The Way You Move- DLMT: Climb
Sweat It Out- Khleo Thomas: Sprints
First Class- Jack Harlow: Cool down

Feel free to share what songs you’re working out to this week!

TGIFriday Faves.

TGIF to you! I got my morning started with running some beautiful miles along the lake. I have been taking it all in and enjoying my lake miles in the ‘hood so much before I make moves in the next month. I mean the view of the sunshine through the trees really has been everything.

I am looking forward to hitting up some spring outdoor festivals this weekend, getting some miles in (of course) and then Mother’s Day fun with mama! I’m also teaching a spin class this weekend at the country club. Gotta love it.

Let’s get into my faves from this week!

10 gift ideas for the mother runners in your life. NORMATEC FOR THE WIN YOU GUYS. I have been telling you it is forever life changing.

-Honey Pomelo by Victoria’s Secret. Obsessed with this hand sanitizer and keep it in my bag to bring everywhere.

My Life Time water bottle. Yet another item that I pretty much cannot live without. Plus I mean hey…it is kind of like a walking advertisement to come to my spin class.

Drinking this actually helps your bones as you age. I really have been loving me some green tea as of late so this is good news.

And that’s all for this week! Have a beautiful weekend.

What is on tap for your weekend? Running anywhere new/trying something new/what is your favorite spring fragrance?

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I’ve been putting in a TON of work at the gym this week but also really loving our new treadmills! It is fun doing speedwork again and squeezing in interval training. I tell you what technology surprises me each and every time. I low key also really love running to the tune of scenery all around the world and back again. So thank you, Technogym.

This weekend though I do think I will be venturing out and doing a longer-ish run somewhere different and fun. I have been feeling a deep need to CHANGE my surroundings, and eliminating the extra-ness out of my life.

Doing the same thing over and over again is the definition of insanity. So I love switching things up…whether it be my environment or my workouts. Or my races or the distance of those races or my surroundings in general YOU FEEL ME? Bring it on baby. Just thankful I get paid to do all of the things I love and that in itself is a blessing and holds me accountable.

Yesterday, I spent most of the evening at one of our newest luxury gyms familiarizing myself with the new cycle studio! I’m so very excited to start teaching and helping out there. Plus getting my choreography ready to teach my AMP class on Sunday (Mother’s Day). Always fun having a brand new hard working group of riders in my class. Yes, I will be bringing mama to move and groove on the bike.

So many changes have been going on work wise so I am just happy to be able to stay afloat but you WORKING FROM HOME folks still have it good! I have to say I’m a wee bit jelly. Writing for live television I guess requires that you actually be in the office. But all of my friends that WFH say they wish they were in the office? If I had this set up I would definitely be waaaaaay too comfortable.

Share some randomness with me today! Do you work from home (those of you with regular degular normal people jobs haha). What are you doing to spice up your workouts lately and keep things fresh?!?

More Confessions of a Cycle Instructor and Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to ya! Hope you have mid week fun in store. It is a great day to share some spin cycle jams!! I’ve got some brand new songs mixed with a few throwbacks. But first I thought I would share some confessions…a continuation of sorts! Having a side hustle as a fitness instructor is quite fun and I love being able to do this labor of love. But there are some days that we just don’t have it all together!! Hahaha. The instructor struggle can be so very real.

I confess…

There are days when I change up my entire playlist for a class at the very last minute. Thankfully I am really good at changing up the workout as well to tailor to each song. I think when you have been teaching for a long time also you can kind of get away with this, so to speak. Which is always a good thing.

I generally do the workout along with the class (and doing this simultaneously while teaching is certainly no easy feat) which leaves me pretty dang spent afterwards. But that is something that I absolutely LOVE. I know I’ve taught a good class when I can come home and pretty much pass out right after class (after a shower of course haha)

Since I do know how TIRED and SPENT these classes leave me at the end of the day. A lot of times I will utilize the women’s locker room/amenities/shower before even going home. I really have considered bringing my pajamas to the gym so I can go straight home and then straight to bed. That is the plus side to teaching a class at night I guess.

I do have FAVORITES in class (teacher’s pet – yes we have them) and generally my favorite people are those that like to dance/sing to the music/make noise during class. My party people. Yes, you can workout hard and have FUN at the same dang time.

Hey there are some days where I get kind of emotional.

On that note…let’s go for a ride! Catch me on Spotify and see where I’m teaching a class next here.

Promises- Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, David Guetta: Warm up
Badman-Nostalgix: Seated/standing run
There it Is- Tujamo, David Jones: Accelerations
Wait a Minute- The Pussycat Dolls, Timbaland: Rolling hills
Oxygen- Martin Garrix: Accelerations
More Than You Know- Axwell Ingrosso: Jumps
Be Nice- Black eyed Peas, Snoop: Climb
Man’s Not Hot- Black Caviar: Tapbacks
Ori tali ma- Rolling hills
Werk- CID: Sprints
Alright- Kendrick Lamar: Active recovery
Save Me- Steve Aoki: Climb
Move to the Beat Like- 401 WST: Sprints
Night Cap- D.O.D.: Climb
Ain’t Talking Bout Love- Jumps on a hill
Grapevine- Tiestto: Standing run
Ain’t Giving Up- Craig David: Srpints
(Oh No) What You Got- Justin Timberlake: Climb
Say Yes- VanJess, Tokimonsta: Cool down

Feel free to share what jams you are loving this week!

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to ya! Hopefully you have some fun weekend plans in store. I plan on hitting up some hot yoga, squeezing a run in and perhaps exploring some spring festivals!! This is my favorite time of year to be outside exploring outdoor markets and such. Plus I have a move on the horizon. Lots of new experiences headed my way and ready for this new chapter in a brand new place.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

Why (and how) to take a recovery week. As a part time fitness instructor with a full time career some days I find it hard to chill out and breathe. But burning out hard and fast will happen if you don’t. TAMING THE GUILT MONSTER. Good stuff there.

Back on my Normatec game – apparently they have a compression contraption for your HIPS too?! I’ll be trying that soon and very soon. Love my free instructor perks.

Fitness instructor red flags. For my fellow instructors…it is sometimes very easy to lose sight of some of these things especially if you have been teaching classes for a very long time. One thing I do love doing is engaging with peeps before and after class. I also love seeing people pumped up and “dancing on the bike” haha.

10 delicious smoothie ingredients to boost your longevity.

And try my ‘RUNNER’S PINA COLADA’ while you’re at it. Thank me later.

And that is all for this week! Enjoy your Friday.

Feel free to rant/rave about your week! Looking fwd to any festivals this weekend?!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Well I am back and celebrating a glorious birthday week! I’ve still been in recovery and restoration mode after my last ultra race. So taking time off from work this week could not have come at a better time. Cheers to good times with friends and family. Plus beautiful patio weather down in Texas in the spring time.

For those of you who have been keeping up – the wonderful race directors over at the Hachie 50 miler so graciously let me defer my race entry to next year!! I ended up having some personal life stress things that I desperately needed to tend to. So everything really worked out in my favor and I am so glad I will get to run Hachie FOR FREE next year. They even sent me a shirt in the mail.

We make plans sometimes, and often times God laughs. I am so thankful as I get older I have learned to truly roll with the punches of life. And really be at peace with the decisions that I make regardless of how it looks but how things truly benefit me and make me feel. Races will always be there…and some days you just have to let go…and let flow.

I really go through chapters of my life with running, and I see ultras as a really personal thing as opposed to something I do to be uber competitive with others. I truly come out of running a lot of these races with a lot of introspection about myself and that in itself can be a beautiful thing.

I am glad I got to run this 50k and then this 50k trail race right after. 2022 has been a great year of racing comebacks for me. And teaching lots of classes at Life Time. I am just happy I am still able to do all of the things I love without injury and do them quite well.

The birthday staycation was fun though this year. I got to have my drink with my umbrella in it and cherries on top. Family and friends and good times were had with the people I adore most.

I do think another mini vacation is due in the yellow Jeep! I may have to make another trip down to the beach or some fun Texas destinations. Maybe I’ll throw another trail race in there at some point.

Feel free to rant/rave/share how your week is going?
We are so close to the weekend I can taste it. I think we will have some good running weather too.