TGIFriday Faves.

Well hello Friday! It’s nice to see you again. I am so excited for the upcoming weekend! I foresee lots of fun in the sunshine coming my way! I am coaching a 12 mile marathon training run bright and early with my running buddies tomorrow, then will be resting up for a friend’s birthday party on Saturday evening! I am looking forward to lots of kicking back and letting my hair down.
Today is the day where I tell you all of my favorites and what I’m loving lately. So here it is…
New running shoes – Asics Gel Lytes
Introducing new favorite speedy running shoes! I bought them a few weeks ago and have finally broken them in. They are great for a track workout, for running shorter fast distances, and even for cross training! They are soft, cushiony and light! If you are used to the more minimalist feel (similar to the Nike Free shoes) then you would like them too.
Teaching a hardcore (and FUN – yes you can have both at the same time!!) dance class
It always makes you feel good as a fitness instructor to know that the participants loved every sweaty morsel of your class. So much that they even care to talk about it on facebook afterwards…
haha…after teaching my first 90 minute Danceaton session on Wednesday, everyone talked about how sore they were the next day! We did a bunch of songs that required them to drop down to the floor, do some high knees, squats and lots of burpee like movements. Awesome. I love combining strength and cardio together –they are a match made in fat burning heaven! My quads are still pretty shredded after all of that dancing combined with the running. I kinda dig it, that so sore I have to go down the stairs BACKWARDS feeling. 
I love this hot stuff. I bought a huge bottle of it and I pretty much want to add it to everything. I love it with sushi and I also hear it’s great on eggs. Way to kick up the spice in your foods!
What I’m listening to – Sade on Pandora Radio
I know she’s old school…but to me she never gets old! I had the privilege of getting to see her live in concert a few months back and she is an incredible performer. Such a great concert to go to with your significant other.  I love her music, it’s mellow and relaxing. Sometimes you need to unwind to some chill music. Solider of Love is one of my faves.
Fun jewelry
Every Friday I always like to celebrate the fact that it’s the end of the week by wearing fun jewelry. Last week I wore some pink bling, and today I am wearing my blinged out earrings that make tons of noise.
No I didn’t just say a bad word. Fartleks are a fancy term for “speedplay” in your running workout.
From Runner’s World:
I love including fartleks in my runs, I think overall it makes you a more efficient runner to be able to include short bursts of speed. Last night I did a few of these during my run and it felt awesome! I definitely recommend it during a tempo run or even on a day where you are doing an easier/relaxed pace to mix things up a little bit. These short quick strides will make a big difference in your workout.
Do you do anything special or fun to celebrate the fact that it’s Friday? Do you prefer spicy,  savory or sweet foods the most? What are you doing this weekend?

Published by thedancingrunner

Marathon runner & group fitness instructor at 24 Hour Fitness. Passionate about family, friends, traveling. Loves destination races. Loves dining out, cooking in, being around down to earth people, writing, sunrises.

5 thoughts on “TGIFriday Faves.

  1. LOVE Sriracha, I keep a bottle at home and in my desk drawer at work haha. Obsessed

    I really like Sade on Pandora too – perfect for at home yoga workouts 🙂

  2. I’m glad your 90 minute class went well! It sounds like everyone taking it really enjoyed it and that they definitely got their money’s worth if they were looking for a good workout. Also, your shoes look fantastic–I love the bright colors!

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