What’s in My Gym Bag + Weds Spin Playlist.

I promise I have not abandoned this blog-o-thing haha. You fabulous readers are always and forever on my mind! But I got time today!! I have a spin cycle playlist to share with you today, as well as the return of the fitness instructor GYM BAG! As you all know a lot of my free time lately has been dedicated to my side hustle teaching spin cycle classes at the gym so let’s do a little update. I think probably the most important thing to being a successful early morning instructor is having the RIGHT ESSENTIALS in your bag. It is a thing you guys…so let’s get straight to the gym bag and those jams.

My all time favorite deodorant that I carry any and everywhere. I love the smell of this stuff so much low key I would wear it as a perfume. (Hey Dove, do you hear me?!) It’s just such a fresh and refreshing scent and lasts all day from teaching classes at 5:30 AM to producing and writing promos for TV at 9:30 AM. I’m all about things that smell good and are long lasting. All about that endurance, baby.

Warm and Cozy body mist and lotion from Victoria’s Secret. I am going to be a sad panda bear if they ever get rid of this. LOVE putting this stuff on after the steam room / showering at the gym. They have travel sizes too which I love because they are easy to stash in the bag. The lotion is super hydrating too since I feel like my skin gets so dry in the cooler months. Plus it’s actually a great scent for spring time as well.

The absolute best facial cleanser. Vitamin C and ginseng make this runnergirl/fitness instructor very happy.

Cosmetic bag with fun sayings on it. Having uplifting things to look at when you’re half asleep getting ready will wake you up.

Post workout slides. These don’t necessarily go in the bag but I love easy slides to put on after my feet have been through a high energy or tough workout.

Snacks/ponytail holders/hydration. Yes those all go in the same category haha. Love dried fruit/nuts/coconut water before during and post workout since I go straight to work after teaching and getting ready at the gym.

And without further ado let’s gets straight to the jams this week! Check out where I’m teaching spin class next here and email me for a free pass to my class if you’re not a member!!

Get Together- David Guetta: Warm up
I Was Made for Lovin’ You- Oliver Heldens, Nile Rodgers, House Gospel Choir: Tapbacks
Drop That Low (When I Dip)- Tujamo, Kid Ink: Sprints
Tip Toe- Jason Derulo, French Montana: Standing run
All She Wanna Do- John Legend, Saweetie: Accelerations
Hype- Dizzee Rascal: High Lows/Tapbacks
RATATA- Skrillex, Missy Elliot: Rolling hills
Shell Shocked- Juicy J, Kill the Noise: Jumps
On the Low- Wax Motif: Rolling hills
Bring it Back- Travis Porter: Sprints
Drop- Connor Price: Shoulder taps
Come Baby Come- K7: Climb
Believe- ACRAZE, Galantis, Goodboys: Tapbacks/Jumps on a hill
The Parade- Joel Corry: Sprints
Never Been Hurt- Krewella: Climb
I Love It- Icona Pop, Charli XCX: Sprints
Turnin’ Me Up- BJ the Chicago Kid: Cool down

Feel free to share what’s in your gym bag…or some of your fave workout jams!

TGIFriday Faves.

TGIF and happy Friday to ya! Hope you guys have had a marvelous week. I know I haven’t been checking in as much but your girl is still around. Just teaching classes at the gym, running, hydrating and doing some behind the scenes TV things. Gotta love that hustle bachelorette life.

Let’s get to my faves from this week!

Spruce up your speedwork routine with this ladder track workout!! Love the beginner/intermediate/advanced break down.

This is why that morning stretch feels so good. Intentional movement like my yoga + run sesh this morning. Happy bliss.

How much do you really need to hydrate during winter workouts? I know at times I always need a reminder.

I have really been digging cooking in the air fryer so I have my eyes on this salmon. YES.

Texas bluebonnets making their way on into the atmosphere! Oh yes…spring time is just oh so close I can just TASTE IT.

That’s all for this week! Hope you all are loving running and living that happy life.

How’s your FRIDAY?! Any fun brunching/running/early spring breaking plans for you?

Super Bowl and Weds Spin Playlist(s).

Hi, hey and hello there! I do realize it has been off and on with me hitting the blogosphere, but I am here to share some spin cycle playlists with you! PLUS a throwback Super Bowl playlist for those of you doing theme rides going into game day Sunday! Hope you do enjoy!!

My (mostly updated) schedule is now live on the blog…I’ll be teaching lots coming up and I am also teaching a dance class again in March!

I had so much fun getting back into the groove the last time I taught dance and just kind of being slightly OUT of my teaching comfort zone for the first time in a WHILE. But you know what it’s time we put the *dance* back in thedancingrunner. So, I am keeping things spicy (while still getting my running in) & loving every minute of it.

Without further ado…let’s get to the spin cycle playlists this week! Come check out a cycle class too anytime if you are local. I have your free pass to class if you are not a Life Time member.


Let’s go for some rides!

Taste- Tyga, Offset: Warm up
Closer- DJ Great: Accelerations
Get Right- Jennifer Lopez Rolling hills
Wild Thing- Tone Loc: Standing run
Never Been Hurt- Krewella: Tapbacks
Tounge Tied- Mahalo: Sprints
Go Cinderella- DJ Rapture: Active recovery
Headband- B.o.B.: Seated/standing run
Let’s Go Crazy- Prince: Sprints
Get Yo Head Right- DJ Great: Tapbacks, Pushups
House Work- Jax Jones: Rolling hills
Light Out- Taska Black: Climb
Bring it Home- Sick Individuals: Accelerations
Tadow- Masego, FKJ: Cool down

Good Morning Gorgeous- Mary J Blige, Emmaculate: Warm up
Let’s Go- Jaxson Gamble: Standing run
Coming in Hot- Wuki Remix, Andy Mineo: Tapbacks
Believe- ACRAZE: Pushups
I Like Dat- T Pain, Kehlani: Jumps
Pretty Girls Walk- Big Boss Vette
Fun- Kaskade: Tapbacks and Pushups
Somebody- DJ Smallz: Active recovery
All She Wanna Do- John Legend, Saweetie: Sprints
BYGPW- Wale: Standing run
Bust a Move- Young MC: Climb
CTRL+ALT+DEL- Reve: Rolling hills
B.O.B.- Outkast: Sprints
Wey U- Chante Moore: Cool down

Halftime- Ying Yang Twins: Warm up
Game Time- Flo Rida, Sage the Gemini: Sprints
This is What You Came For- Rihanna: Tapbacks
Focus- Ariana Grande: Rolling hills
We Will Rock You- Queen: Climb
Can’t Hold Us- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Jumps on a hill
#thatPOWER- will.i.am, Justin Bieber: Tapbacks
Touchdown- OT Genasis: Accelerations
We Run the Night- Havana Brown: Active recovery
It Takes Two- Rob Base: Climb
Let’s Get Ridiculous- Redfoo: Sprints
Countdown- Beyonce: Jumps
Bounce Back- Big Sean: Seated/standing run
All I Do is Win- DJ Khaled: Team sprints
Celebrate- Anderson Paak: Cooldown

Feel free to share what jams you’re loving this week!

Guess Who’s Back…Random Thoughts Thursday.

Happy Thursday! Oh we are so close to the weekend I can taste it. With all the crazy going on in the world let’s have a happy chat shall we? Pull up a chair and grab a coffee (or vino depending on what time it is) and let’s get into the randomness.

Life has been peachy around these parts and your girl is still doing lots of yoga – running – teaching cycle and sculpt classes at Life Time. Busy times in the life of Chelsea but honestly I would not have it any other way. (Oh and I’m teaching dance again! Coming in March.) I am simply loving life and the people that are closest to me at the present moment.

Social media wise I have been feeling like less is more lately. Anyone else? Honestly the only thing I share these days on social are cycle playlists and the times that I teach for the people who care. I saw this tweet earlier and it really is an ENITRE VIBE.

I also notice I have more…hmm let’s call it….*story stalkers* on my IG and FB due to me just sharing less. Almost like they are going to get MORE INFO there? LOLz. I think it is kind of hilarious. I guess I get being nosey & bored. But then again…I also think the art of maybe just calling to see how someone is doing is a LOST ART. End rant.

At the end of the day I just vibe with people who love to laugh, be humble and mind their business. And are about their business. Nothing more and nothing less.

Y’all who have been reading long enough know I don’t hold back though when the situation calls for it. Ha.

I know the “new year new me” stuff is played out – but I really am feeling the energy of keeping people in your circle who want to BE THERE. Can I get a dang amen??! Love yo’ tribe. And love on your girlfriends ladies.

2023 spin cycle playlists baby…they are COMING!! I do still post on my Spotify on a weekly basis, so peep that if you need some ideas, cycle instructors. I’ll get back on that game next week post wise. Now that the holiday hoopla and post holiday career catch up is slowing down. So check out my latest until then.

Have a good rest of the week friends! Be good or be good at it.

What’s on tap for the rest of your week?!? Any other Life Time instructors in the blogosphere? Share with me your random rants and happy things making your soul happy.

TGIFriday Faves & Happy 2023.

Happy 2023, ya’ll! And yes you can imagine me saying that in the most Texan of accents, haha. It is the first Friday of the new year (!) so that is something to get excited about! I got some miles in this morning, and also enjoyed this glorious Texas sunrise, I definitely would not have it any other way. I’ve also got some Friday faves to kick things off in a proper fashion! So let’s get straight to it.

Kicking off the new year team teaching a spin cycle class with my girl Leedonna! It was a “Black girl magic” moment for sure. I have been teaching a TON over the holiday and helping out with so many instructors out and I have to say I really loved making all of the holiday money…and doing something I love all at the same time. So cheers to that.

Cooking up some things in the kitchen! Those stuffed shells were also a HIT. Even though Christmas is over I have this smoked salmon dip next to try for a fun weekend snack. I’ve been meaning to hit up Trader Joe’s lately too because I’m obsessed with their Everything Seasoning + smoked salmon.

I TAUGHT DANCE in Frisco, for the first time in YEARS!!! Haha. Had a fun group attend my class, after I had already taught 3 spin classes in one day. Had way too much fun doing that. YES…we are bringing the true “dancing runner” back to life.

I have my first race on the schedule for Spring 2023! Yes…that racing thing…Chelsea still does that. LOL. I took a huge racing hiatus after 2 back to back 50ks last year. Mainly because of my full time schedule / part time schedule getting so hectic and just really falling in love and dedicating most of my free time, to Life Time. Also…let’s be real I’d rather get PAID to work out these days. But, Hachie is still on the list. Haha…talk about a 50 mile FUN RUN. That will make for lucky number 7 in the 50 mile race department.

Yoga is still one of my main loves in life, and I really loved winding down last night with some beautiful hot yoga at Sanara. Tomorrow I’ll also be squeezing some more in at our new Craig Ranch location.

That’s all for now…feel free to catch up with me in the comments…and cheers to another wonderful year of doing what you love. And loving what you do.

How was your holiday/new year?! Any upcoming winter/spring marathons and/or ultras for you?
What can I say, I just like ultras…ultras are my favorite.

TGIFriday Faves.

TGIF, happy Friday and all that jazz! I hope all is well in your world. If you’re anything like me you still have a ton of Christmas shopping to do…YES?! Well I am definitely looking forward to that this weekend…as well as running, brunching and teaching spin class!

Let’s get straight to this week’s faves!

Checking out a new to me fitness studio in the morning! Body Machine Fitness…I know some of my peeps are familiar but it was my first time checking it out for their lifting + running circuit. It was like a freaking nightclub up in there. I was sweating within the first 5 minutes and was dripping sweat after 45 minutes. Love when all of that happens in under 1 hour. Efficiency baby.

Tips for a positive post-season retrospective. Love THIS, especially for my fellow runners who don’t have much of an outlet…besides running. And WHEW CHILE….that comparison trap never gets easier does it? Especially when you are just glued to social media, and (marathon) runners love to OCD style talk about miles.

I know…I used to be that runner.  Yikes. HAHA. Thank you for bearing with me.

This…is so freaking spot on. Put in on your wall at work if you need a reminder at times.



(Randomly) making these stuffed shells for dinner! Lately I’m back in the kitchen with my chef Chelsea kick. These spinach and ricotta stuffed ones were absolutely incredible. Really a nice comfort dish to make for your family during the holidays.

Plus this…your Friday funny.

How was your week? Any faves!? Feel free to share with me!

TGIFriday Faves.

Happiest of Fridays to you! I got my morning started with a run to the tune of this glorious Texas sunrise! Yes, it is true that Texas sunrises and nature in general is just more beautiful this time of year than in other parts of the country!!

Once again…sorry but really not that sorry.

Let’s get to my faves from this week!

Love this hottie Black girl magic triathlete Sika Henry killing it in the game. Utmost respect always for my ultrarunner peeps. What can I say, we are unicorns in that big sea of humdrum marathon runners. Way to set the 100k record girlfriend.

Wellness trends that will shape your well being in 2023. Work out your MENTAL HEALTH like you do your body. All about that baby.

Bonfire cider!! I saw this browsing one of many of my favorite non running blogs. Definitely making it even though it’s no longer October.

-Our Craig Ranch country club just opened! Checking it out for sure this weekend for working out and recovery.

-Plus a little funny for your Friday.

BTW I haven’t been able to find this hat anywhere…but it’s a friend of mines hat and I have to say it’s pretty awesome. If you know, you know. Get me one when you see it please and thanks.

Have a marvelous weekend!

What are you up to this feel good Friday!? What’s your favorite workout besides running?
HOT YOGA hands down. I’m also checking out a new kickboxing studio tonight….we’ll chat next week.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Career life has been busy along with the holiday hustle and bustle but I have not forgotten about you readers! I feel like today is a great day for some randomness, yes?! Let’s get straight down to the nitty gritty.

Running lately has been chill and a great stress release from the busy days working all day and into the night. PLUS the wonderful colors are all around. We tend to see the leaves change later on in the season down in Texas so I am enjoying the scenery of my morning runs.

Yoga has also been quite wonderful in the evenings…stretching out from being sore all the time teaching my cycle + sculpt classes. My arms and shoulders are always tight lately so yoga has been winning in the workout department. Love seeing the results though and the changes in my body.

I have TWO holiday parties this weekend (plus I will be working) so I’ll have to set aside extra time to inhale exhale. HOT yoga is tonight too so that will be blissful.

I am loving that I really have no race plans at the moment (marathons are boring to me right now, probably because I have done too many of them sorry not sorry) but I do have an ULTRA on the roster for 2023! So more to come and you will see ultra runner Chels make a comeback. But “off season Chelsea” is a happy Chelsea and I make no apologies for running just for fun.

Me versus me always and forever amen. HAHA. I’m such an only child.

Anyone watching any good shows? Tell me what I should be watching when I am not doing yoga.

My absolute favorite fall and winter scent right now. Victoria’s Secret Warm and Cozy. It’s the little things that make my soul happy.

Feel free to share some randomness with me today!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to ya! We’ve got a hot spin cycle playlist for your eardrums today!! These high energy songs are also great for running or for any HIIT workout.

Also come check out a class at Life Time during the holiday season if you are local! I’ll also be teaching my usual classes ~ then subbing at the following locations below. Yes peep the Dance Jam class below. Bring your dancing shoes.

Let’s go for a ride!

TERN UP- DJ Class: Warm up
Bop Bop- Saucy Santana: Accelerations
Get Right- Jennifer Lopez: Rolling hills
Light Up My Life- Jack Wins, Joe Stone: Standing run
Bad- Pitbull, Michael Jackson: Tap backs
Turnin’ Me On- Keri Hilson, Lil Wayne: Climb
Headphones- Banx & Ranx: Pushups/Tapbacks
Move Ya Body- Nina Sky: Climb
Unlove You- Neyo: Jumps on a hill
Melanin- Kah-Lo: Sprints
Spiral- Lena Leon: Seated/standing run
Transition- LUSU: Climb
Turbulence- Laidback Luke: Sprints
Passion- Cherokee: Cool down

Feel free to share what you are jamming to this week!

Weds Spin Playlist.

I’m back with a hot new playlist for your workout pleasure! It has been a busy season for me with teaching tons of classes at Life Time but I haven’t forgotten about this blog-o-thing!! I have a workout for my fellow spin cycle instructors as well.

Check out a class sometime if you are local! Send me a message and I can guarantee you a pass to class.

Plus, let’s be friends on Spotify! I am loving my top songs for 2022. Lots of great memories with each and every song.

Let’s go for a ride!

CTRL + ALT + DEL- Reve: Warm up
Cha Cha- Dram, DJ Sliink: Standing run
The Motto- Tiesto, Ava Max: Tapbacks
Low- Juicy J, Nicki Minaj: High Lows/Jumps
Super Cool- Floyd Wonder- Sprints
Levitating- Dua Lipa, DaBaby: Climb
Higher Love- Kygo, Whitney Houston: Rolling hills
Do It to It- Cherish, Sean Paul: Climb
Good Good Night- Roscoe Dash: Accelerations
Big Energy- Latto: Active recovery
I Cry- Flo Rida: Rolling hills
Fine China- Chris Brown: Jumps on a hill
Jungle- Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman: Sprints
South of the River- Tom Misch: Cool down

Feel free to share what workouts / workout music you are loving this week!