Weds Spin Playlist.

What a whirlwind of a week it has been!! Between packing boxes to move, purging what no longer serves me and teaching all of the spin classes I am SPENT! Thankfully I’ve been able to squeeze in lots of hot yoga and a bit of running to also keep me sane. Hope all is well in your world.

I have some hot new tracks and throwbacks for my cycle geeks and instructors!! I know how much some of you look forward to my playlists so here it is below. You can also follow me on Spotify if you have not done so already!

My current teaching schedule is also here.

Let’s go for a ride!

Heat Waves- Glass Animals, Sonny Fedora: Warm up
Summer Lover- Oliver Heldens, Devin, CID: Accelerations
Follow- Martin Garrix, Zedd: Rolling hills
Escape- Kx5, deadmau5: Standing run
Mr. Saxobeat- Alexandra Stan: Jumps
Friday- Riton, Nightcrawlers, Mufasa: Tapbacks
Good Ones- Charli XCX, Joel Corry: Climb
Signs- Snoops Dogg, Charli Wilson, Justin Timberlake: Seated/standing run
Don’t Stop the Party- Pitbull: Jumps
South of the Border- Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Camilla Cabello: Climb
Human Touch- Armin van Buuren: Seated/standing run
Runnin’- Naughty Boy, Beyonce: Sprints
EXHALE- Kenzie, Sia, Hook N Sling: Active recovery
Acapulco- Jason Derulo, Michael Calfan: Climb
Vibe- JoJo: Accelerations
Prisoner- Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa: Climb
My Heart Goes- Becky Hill: Tapbacks
Midnight Rapture- Anabel Englund: Sprints
Summer Rain- Majid Jordan: Cool down


Feel free to share what’s your jam this week!

TGIFriday Faves.

It is a FRIDAY FEELING kind of vibe around here!! Big morning run energy has been happening around these parts all week long and I am here for it! Check out this lovely Friday sky.

I was up at zero dark thirty this morning for a killer workout with Outlaw Fit Camp.

These folks were freaking hardcore and so much dang fun soooo dang early in the A.M.!! I got a good pump and then took it outside and found me new route to run. Thanks Class Pass for hipping me to the game finding all of these awesome studios and body shocking workouts!! Your girl is keeping it spicy over here, and actually seeing real results. That’s the name of the game.

All of this studio hopping is leaving me pretty spent at the end of the week though. But it’s a happy tired…content…the best kind.

Going home and then immediately going to sleep and getting a solid 7-8 hours.

And then I pop my lashes on in the morning and all is good in the world of Chelsea.

Let’s get to this week’s faves!

How Jacky Hunt-Broersma used the power of her mind to set a world record. Extreme run-spiration right there. It is amazing how attitude and perspective will get you far in mileage, and in life.

Why tempo is the missing ingredient in your strength training workout. All about that control.

Matcha BUTTER?! Say it aint so.

Treating myself to a fancy dinner of sushi and edamame last night after my triple threat Thursday workouts. Run, lift, spin, SUSHI & repeat.

And there you have it! Make it a beautiful weekend.

What’s on tap for your weekend? What’s your favorite post run meal??!
Always sushi and vino.

Global Running Day ~ Go With the Waves.

Happy Global Running Day to you and yours! I got my A.M. started with a jaunt around the lake before the workday. It was early and I was sleepy but due to this being a very important holiday to me (HA) I just got up and did the dang thing. Early morning workouts always do make me a little more productive with the crazy busy days and with working two jobs.

Global Running Day always makes me feel a bit more reflective and helps me to look back and think upon all of the wonderful memories I’ve created and made with this sport. Many of you readers are already aware that running really has truly changed the trajectory of my life and for that I am forever grateful. I’ve crossed paths with many incredible folks…pounded the pavement and trails and many wonderful places…and really body mind and soul it has changed me for the better.

For all of the accolades and ultra awards I’ve won…I’ve worked ultra hard for. I wasn’t your cross country/natural ability type of athlete. Quite the opposite really. And over time I’ve learned to love the art of running. I’ve learned to go with the waves…with running and with life.

I came across this quote on Pinterest I believe and it really resonated with me and how I feel about running as a whole.

It has taken me a very long time to get to the place that I am with my miles. I remember days when running encompassed my entire self worth as an individual.

Every blog post, social media post, thought in the morning was about races…miles…running friends…RUNNING. Although I hate to admit it, I cared a very great deal about how people saw me as a runner.

A Black woman…single…crazy independent…Two time 100 mile finisher…topping just about every Strava run club leaderboard I was in.

And to be honest, that was and still is something I am very much proud of.

It’s pretty common place to see a white middle aged male (for example) be really crazy good at marathon and ultra running. But a Black female…not so popular.

I was and still am very well aware of my accomplishments and how people see me as THAT girl. But…it does not define me like it used to.

I am now just as proud of how hard I’ve worked in the arena of broadcast journalism…leading a department and doing what I do. And also proud of my side hustle as a fitness instructor with over a decade of experience.

I’m proud of myself as a daughter and friend to many. I’m proud of how far I’ve come in realizing my self worth as an individual overcoming trauma and surviving many obstacles in life.

And I’m still here. Still moving. Still pounding the pavement. FOR ME. Not for accolades or how it looks to you or anyone else following this here blog-o-thing. Although I do appreciate any and everyone who still cares to read and occasionally comment haha. Shout out to my OG bloggers still doing the dang thing.

Running…I am still going with the WAVES. Still loving the ups and downs. Like any SOLID relationship. At the end of the day I have you in my back pocket.

Thank you, running, for proving to me how strong I am, time and time again.

Feel free to share some thoughts you have about running on Global Running Day today!

Random Thoughts Thursday.

I got my morning started early with a sweaty run + lift session before heading into work. You guys I’m getting better now that the sun is coming through my blinds in the AM with these morning workouts! Getting back into the groove. Even as a fitness instructor who really can truly never slack off…so important to take the time out for yourself.

I have been loving incorporating different workouts into my regimen now that I am not training for any hardcore trail/road distance race. So nice to keep it spicy and mix it up. Plus a colorful yoga mat just makes me happy.

Your girl is now a PILATES REFORMER fanatic! Really my hips and legs have been thanking me for stretching them out. Really I never knew how beneficial the reformer could be to my running! They offer these classes at Life Time too so I’ll be hitting that up more often. Thankful for instructor perks.

This weekend I’m teaching back to back spin classes at the gym so come see me! Plus running in the sunshine! Check out my schedule if you want to join me for a luxury workout.

I won a game of BINGO last night! So fun doing fun things during the work week. Makes me feel kind of naughty haha. And YAY FOR STORE CREDIT.

Feel free to share something random!! We could all use some good/happy/random news in our lives right about now.

Weds Spin Playlist.

Well it has been quite the week already, hasn’t it?! We could all certainly use a little musical/workout therapy. I’ve got just the thing for ya. Plus a workout for my fellow instructors! Let’s get to it.

My current schedule is up, plus you can follow me on Spotify! I’ll be teaching during the holiday weekend…so come check out a class. If you’re not a member, email me and I’ll grab a pass for you at our North Dallas and Frisco luxury clubs.

Let’s go for a ride!

Spicy- Diplo, Charli XCX: Warm up
Clap Your Hands- Kungs: Standing run
ILYSM- Steve Aoki: Rolling hills
You Got the Love- Pete Tong, Becky Hill: Standing run
Summer.mp3- Lucas & Steve, RetroVision: Sprints
Jump- Rihanna: Jumps
Time to Groove- Majestic: Climb
Give Dem- Kaskade, Kah-Lo: Accelerations
1×1- Galantis: Rolling hills
Higher Power- Coldplay: Climb
I Wanna Know- RL Grime: Active recovery
Warriors of the Night- Datsik: Sprints
Coming in Hot- Andy Mineo, Lecrae, Wuki: Rolling hills
Dose- Ciara: Climb
Glitter- Keys n Krates: Seated/standing run
Olha A Explosao: Jumps on a hill
DJ Turn it Up- Yellow Claw: Sprints
I’ll Be Here- Moonchild: Cool down

Feel free to share what is helping you get through this week!?
Music, running, cycling, lifting…BREATHING. Yes, and yes. Me too.

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!