Random Thoughts Thursday.

Happy Thursday to ya. I do not know about you but I am more than ready for some sunshine this weekend. It has been quite gloomy around these parts and now the sun is bright and coming out. Plus it has cooled down just an EENSY bit. Hey…temps in the 70s and 80s in the early mornings in August. Cannot complain one bit.

Your girl is still loving and embracing this season of expanding my fitness career and teaching all of the classes at the gym. I just love me some EARLY MORNING GYM ENERGY and seeing all of those hot bods happily get after it so early in the A.M. What can I say…I do like me some hot gym people. Gym bodies > marathon runner bodies. Let’s be real…ha. Actually you know what I am a hybrid so I do like both.

Speaking of races…I do have this for fun one on my calendar. THANK YOU ASH WALSH for the free entry, my race goddess angel friend. And I’ve decided I may do a few longer runs now that it is FINALLY freaking cooling off. I’ve been doing more speed work and sprints on the spin bike and less posting on Strava so it should be great time.

Definitely looking forward to adding to my trail and ultra race list. Love that I still have that LIL TROPHY next to my name. Hashtag still got it and I know it.

Has anyone been getting into any pumpkin flavored foods lately? Or flavored coffees?! Tell me about all of your finds if you have them…yes we are talking the fall talk in August…just because we can.

Feel free to share any randomness from your week! Rants…happy things…I love ‘em all.

TGIFriday Faves.

Hey there and happiest of Fridays to you! Hope you have some fun in the sun planned for the weekend! I am so very ready to just have some much needed free time to let my hair down and such. Gotta love working two jobs and wearing yourself out! In the best way possible.

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

The tennis ball effect!! I’m definitely trying this one on my next run.

Add this threshold workout to any training plan. OH YES.

I’ve been thinking about this ramen cabbage salad ever since I saw it. Needs to happen STAT.

Reminiscing on the Habanero Hundred for all of my trails buds rocking it this weekend. Have a good one and STAY HYDRATED MY FRIENDS down in South Texas!

And there you have it!

Feel free to share some of your faves from this week!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

Hey there and happy Thursday to ya! I was up pretty early getting my yoga on this morning and also a quick run!! Gotta love when you can get it all in before the busy workday. These views always make my heart smile.

I actually have been feeling a TAD under the weather but thankfully my body has been good at fighting off sickness! And yay for negative COVID tests. Thankful for vitamins and sunshine and all of those things that make the world go ‘round.

While I’ve been recovering and working from home I was able to check out some shows on my Roku…I honestly do not watch much TV (since I’m never sitting still). So it was kind of nice to rest for once and watch TV like a normal human being.

Any documentary fans out there? You guys have to watch this one if so. It was a 5 part series and I was literally glued to my TV trying to finish.

Now that fall is right around the corner (but it is still BLAZING HOT in Texas) I am looking forward to some fall festivals. Wine tastings…State Fair of Texas…pumpkin patches, oh my. Bring it.

And yes my pumpkin candle collection HAS BEGUN. I am also a fan of all things apple cider. Fun fall finds are kind of my favorite thing.

Feel free to share what is going on in your world lately! Anyone already have their fall décor up?

Weds Spin Playlist(s).

Hi, hey hello and happiest of hump days to ya! Hope your week is going great. I’ve got not one but TWO spin cycle playlists for your eardrums today!! It has been a busy summer thus far but your girl is hustling hard, racking miles and making that money honey! So very thankful for that.

I’m also just getting around to updating my schedule! So check it out if you are local and contact me if you’re interested in checking out a class.

Let’s get straight to the jams!

Summer Renaissance- Beyonce: Warm up
Amazing- Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled: Rolling hills
Save the World- Swedish House Mafia: Standing run
Most Precious Love- House Gospel Choir: Sprints
Greenlights- Krewella: Jumps
I Like it Like That- Pete Rodriguez: Sprints
Desperado- Rihanna, 3LAU: Climb
My Humps- JBroadway: Tapbacks
Moves Like Jagger- Maroon 5: Rolling hills
Streets- Ape Drums, Doja Cat: Jumps on a hill
Jolene- Dolly Parton, Destructo: Seated/standing run
Hot in It- Tiesto, Charli XCX: Tapbacks
Human Touch- Club Mix: Armin van Buuren: Sprints
Don’t Give Up- Cezaire: Cool down

Get Through- Fox Stevenson: Warm up
Everytime the Beat Drop: Monica: Accelerations
Back to it- Floyd Wonder: Tapbacks/Pushups
False Alarm- Matoma, Becky Hill: Rolling hills
Space Jam- Audio Push, Lil Wayne: Jumps
Latch- T. Williams, Disclosure: Sprints
Dangerous- Kardinal Offishall, Akon: Standing run
Love So Soft- Kelly Clarkson, Cash Cash: Climb
Rhythm Nation- Janet Jackson: Rolling hills
My Heart Goes- Becky Hill, Topic: Climb
Make Me Feel- John Summit: Sprints
My Oh My- Camila Cabello, DaBaby: Active recovery
She Knows- Neyo, Juicy J: Accelerations
Safe- Dimitri Vegas: Climb
Breathe, Stretch, Shake- Mase: Accelerations
Guilty Pleasures- Wake the Wild: Cool down

Feel free to share what workout tracks you are grooving to this week!

Weds Spin Playlist.

Happy hump day to you! I had to teach a class this morning at the Frisco country club – then I squeezed in a quick run which always feels good to wham bam thank you ma’am get it all done in one pop. Even better when there is a lady next to me that wanted to go toe to toe so I squeezed in a few speedy sprints and got it all done.

And then the Normatec compression boots – the icing on the dang early workout cake.

Let’s get to the playlist for the week, shall we?! Let’s be friends on Spotify + check out my teaching schedule here.

Time to go for a ride!

Girl- 6AM Remix: Warm up
Hear Me Say- Jonas Blue, LEON: Standing run
Glow Up- Meek Mill: Accelerations
On the Low- Wax Motif: Rolling hills
American Boy- Lost Frequencies, Kanye West: Jumps
Change My Mind- Just Kiddin’: Tapbacks/Climb
Move That Body- Nelly, Tpain, Akon: Seated/standing run
Great Spirit- Armin van Burren: Sprints
Whine Up Elephant Man, Kat Deluna: Active recovery
Love Tonight- David Guetta, Shouse: Sprints
I Feel Good- Pitbull, Anthony Watts, 71 Digits: Rolling hills
Come and Get It- Selena Gomez: Jumps on a hill
Turn Up the Music- Chris Brown: Tapbacks
This Is What You Came For- Calvin Harris, Rihanna: Accelerations
Ride It- Regard: Cool down

TGIFriday Faves.

Happy Friday to ya! I’m knocking out work and oh so ready for some free time this weekend. I have running, teaching a spin cycle class and brunching with friends on the agenda for sure! It has been blazing hot down in Dallas but I’ve been managing to get in all of the early morning workouts and just trying to stay as hydrated as possible.

Let’s get to my faves from this week!

This Life Time water bottle I simply cannot live without. I literally do not feel like myself without it. I mean and it is pretty great advertising as well for peeps to come to my classes.

Speaking of which, it does FEEL GOOD to get rave reviews and know that hard work certainly pays off.

Black Swan Yoga + Yoga Six have been making my heart smile. Thank you Class Pass for getting me in on all of the awesome DFW yoga studios.

Dinner at Drake’s last night = absolute perfection. That salmon roll was EVERYTHING. Odd side note my body always tells me when I need something so I’ve been oddly eating lots of eggs/salmon/avocado. So YUM.

All of the fruits – nature’s candy. Peep these figs off of my running friend Tiffany’s fig tree! Hey Tiff if you are reading. I need more figs please and thanks.

That’s all for this week! Hope you have a good one. Be good or be good at it! And stay cool.

What is on tap for your weekend? Do you have foods that you just crave randomly from time to time??
Right now I really want a iced cold bowl of refreshing watermelon and sweet cantaloupe.

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I have to say this has been one of many super caffeine infused weeks! I’ve been side hustling like crazy. I have been able to squeeze some moving meditation and running in though which has been quite wonderful. Speedy miles for breakfast.

I’ve been teaching an abundance of classes at the gym (which I love) and then working at the career job around the freaking clock. Busy to the brim but honestly I would not have it any other kind of way. I really do love making money while working out and having fun while doing it.

Okay so my new favorite studio class – yoga sculpt at YogaSix. And yes, I have a favorite instructor over there in the mornings. Some days I do not go to LIFETIME just to mix it up and keep things spicy. I also just love a real deal studio feel when it comes to my hot and power classes.

I mean really – isn’t my yoga mat the absolute best?! I think getting a fancy cute yoga mat has been one of those things that I love about getting super back into my practice. It makes me smile every time that I look at it.

Speaking of getting stronger…I think that is something I’m really enjoying focusing on as I get into my ‘cougar stage of life’. I mean 38 is still puma like. But you know. I am aging like a fine wine.

They say 40s are the new 30s? Or something like that. Maybe some of you can attest to this.

I see some of my peers that are younger and struggling with their self worth and this makes me want to pour into younger women and this generation even more. Hmm…maybe that is my ultimate calling in life. Ok that was a bit deep, but you get me. 

One of my aquaintences recently told me that I was “VERY DIRECT” (?) and frankly I cannot help but take that as a compliment. I do think with both of my professions (in TV behind the scenes as well as teaching classes at the gym and being in front of people often) I’ve had to step it up and just be a leader in every since of the word.

Quiet self-confidence can take you far if you let it. Some quick zen habits here that may help some of you. I know they’ve certainly helped me.

Another thing I’ve been loving is that yoga really loves my body back and I just enjoy seeing results from my hard hot yoga work as of late. Staying in poses longer and feeling stronger and then having stronger runs as well as a result.

MINI RANT that is absolutely extremely random. Any contact wearers out there or does everyone have the laser surgery? Low key I am thinking about getting it soon because I’ve had one too many contacts get stuck in my dang eye. Rescue me from my contact lens wearing woes. Touching your eye never gets easy even after freaking twenty years.

Feel free to share something random today about your week!

The Small Picture.

Many changes have been happening lately in the world of Chelsea. Like previously mentioned it is related to things I do (and then do not) discuss on this here blog. But life on the personal front has actually been peachy.

In the last 6 months I’ve managed to move, buy myself a new car, and have really found a balance in ALL AREAS OF MY LIFE. Financial, social, personal.

Although at the moment I’m not a racing maniac (who in the past has ignored most adult responsibilities at times in lieu of training for a race – just me?) through it all this year I’ve managed to still train for and complete 2 ultramarathons (one of them on trails) Yeah, trail running and I actually kind of need to reconvene. I’m missing being out on that dirt path more.

I’ve been more introspective lately about life in general. It has been actually really great for my body mind and spirit. Also thank you, essential oils for making me stop and breathe amidst work chaos. Deep breaths during times of a crazy schedule working 2 demanding jobs equals a happy Chelsea.

For those of you who are the praying kind and can relate, God has blessed me with a side hustle that I love without a doubt. I’m teaching more classes at the gym than ever before and this has been extremely rewarding to be able to use my gifts and talents effectively. I’ve taken on more at my career/tv job and it is staying float thanks to my great editor and people that help make THAT world go ‘round.

I recently read a post on Reddit running and it definitely helped to put some things in perspective about runners, running and our self worth in general.

Sometimes it just helps to not only get a different perspective on things – but just to know that there are others out there, a community of sorts. A community that is still trying to figure it all out. It not only helps to get with community but to also tap into YOU…figure out what makes it happen through however YOU need to. And if you need to breathe, stretch, shake, let it go. Just know that distance running or whatever passion you are eternally after…will always be there. With open arms. Ready to embrace you for the beautiful human being that you truly are.

Focus on the small picture – be kind – you are worthy.

What are some things that keep you calm in the midst of a chaotic world?
Lately…tons of HOT YOGA…morning miles…evening views…and amazing friends and family in my life who just get me.

Weds Spin Playlist.

It’s a great day for some spin cycle jams! I’ve been insanely busy you guys but honestly it is the kind of busy that I LOVE. I’m truly thankful to have a side hustle that truly fulfills me in every way.

It is amazing how different things fulfill different people. For some, that is motherhood. For others…it is perhaps buying a home or something of that nature.

For me, it is truly being at peace with the way my life currently has a beautiful flow to it. Then, being a fulfilled fitness instructor really is just the icing on the dang cake.

With that said – here’s the playlist for the week! Let’s be friends on Spotify!

You can check out my latest teaching schedule here and come to class. 

Let’s go for a ride!

Dance With Me (Club Mix)- 112: Warm up
Bring it Back- MOTi/BODYWORX: Accelerations
Summer Nights- Tiesto, John Legend: Rolling hills
JUMP- Ciara, Coast Contra: Standing run
Grindin- Clipse: Jumps
Confident- Alias Remix, Demi Lovato: Tapbacks
Bad Habits- Ed Sheeran, SHAUN: Climb
I Would Die for You- Prince: Sprints
Side Effects- The Chainsmokers, Emily Warren: Active recovery
Crazy What Love Can Do- David Guetta, James Hype: Rolling hills
These Nights- Loud Luxury: Tapbacks
Simon Says- Meg Thee Stallion: Accelerations
I Feel Good- Pitbull: Rolling hills
Hoohah- Fox Stevenson, Curbi: Accelerations
Don’t Matter- FKJ, Cherokee: Cool down

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I’m finally settled in to my new place and enjoying my brand new DIGS you guys!! It is a real deal blessing when you are able to manifest a calming environment and just enjoy your surroundings. Feeling at peace with any and everything going on in the life of Chelsea right now. The things that I do and DON’T broadcast here.

Yoga several times a week is currently happening and I am absolutely loving the changes I am seeing in my body. And mind too!! It is funny how when those two things come together they create so much balance and harmony.

Also I am all about the LESS ANNOUCEMENTS on social media and just doing things that sincerely bring me the utmost joy. I’ve been spending lots more time with the people and things that resonate with my spirit.

Essential oils at the moment. Currently diffusing at my desk! AROMATHERAPY really has been everything.

I am still teaching more classes at the gym than ever before and getting in the groove of teaching in the early mornings again. It’s funny because my body just naturally knows how to wake up between the hours of 4 and 5 AM?! Then swiftly goes back into REM sleep mode if I’m not up by about 6. Haha. Must have been all of those years slaving and training in the sun for marathon training.

My sweetest friend Ash (who also happens to be an extremely low key badass 100 MILE ULTRARUNNER) got me a free race entry into this awesome race! This will be my first serious mountain trail 25k and I could not be more excited. So yeah, your girl will still be slaving a bit in the sun coming up oh so soon. But yes…this one will be all about the fun and I simply cannot wait.

Hmm…maybe I’ll get back to monthly 50ks in the mean time to train for said mountain race? The possibilities are endless.

Share what you are loving about this week!
Teaching AMP sculpt and all of the back muscles sore and hurting from strength work, recovering with compression boots and peach wine.