SIX:02 Dallas 6K

This morning I was given the opportunity to run the SIX:02 Dallas 6K at Klyde Warren Park. This was my first time running a 6K distance (3.72 miles), so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, but it’s officially my new favorite distance. I really enjoy the 5K distance because you can truly push yourself, but it never feels quite long enough. Problem solved.image1To make this race even more exciting, I knew several other girls running. Luckily, I was able to meet up with Andrea from Loubies and Lulu prior to the race and we ended up running the entire race together. Running with a friend is always so much more fun than running alone! And having someone to talk to the entire time made the time fly by.

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The race’s after party was by far the best I’ve seen. As soon as we were finished running the race, Andrea and I headed over to the Sweaty to Ready Spa area where we were handed the most adorable nameplate necklaces on a silver platter (literally… a silver platter!).

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There were tons of great sponsors at the event including Buda Juice, FlyWheel, Quest Nutrition and The Barre Code.


There were also several spa treatments offered like manicures, massages and makeup and hair services—all free!

If you get the opportunity to run the SIX:02 Dallas 6K next year, I highly recommend it. It’s an amazing opportunity to be surrounded by incredible women and to receive a little pampering afterwards!

*This post is sponsored by SIX:02; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Half Marathon Training: Week Three

I wanted to start this post by saying hey to all the amazing bloggers I met over the weekend at the Athleta Stonebriar one-year birthday. The event was a blast and there were some great companies there. Plus, who wouldn’t love an event that offers free wine and massages?!image1 (2)Overall, this week was a little crazy. I started a new job two weeks ago and have been adjusting to a new schedule. My plan throughout this training is to give myself two rest days each week. Unfortunately, my schedule got the best of me this week and I ended up taking three rest days. Not ideal, but I do feel like I got in some great strength training on Friday, so I’m happy overall.

My long run for the week was six miles. Thankfully the weather in Texas is finally starting to cool down, so I had a beautiful run outside on Saturday. I actually ran my first half mile at an 8-minute pace without any effort. I’m hoping the weather stays like this for a little while so I can enjoy my long runs on the weekend!


Sunday: Rest

Monday: 3-mile interval run

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 3-mile run

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Crosstraining + Strength

Saturday: 6 mile-run

Total Mileage: 12 miles

Half Marathon Training: Weeks One + Two

Today marks the end of my second week of half marathon training. I’ve run two half marathons before, but it’s been quite a while since I’ve run my last. In fact, I actually started training for one last fall, but started struggling with IT band issues halfway through the training and decided to bow out and run the 5k instead.

So when a friend lent me her favorite half marathon training plans, I knew I wanted to try training once again. I’ve been going easy on the running recently, focusing on other workouts, so I wanted an excuse to up my running some.

I decided to slightly tweak the training plan she gave me to incorporate some additional crosstraining workouts to prevent injury and burnout. I plan to document my training for the next few months. Here is what my training has looked like the past two weeks.image1 (1)


Wednesday: 30-minute recovery run (done on the treadmill; came out to 3 miles)—this wasn’t a recovery so much since it was my first training run, but I just followed what the training called for.

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 30-minute easy run (again, done on the treadmill; came out to 3 miles)

Saturday: 4 miles—first “long run”

Total Mileage: 7 MILES


Sunday: 30 minutes of crosstraining (Jillian Michaels’ Shred Level 2)

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 30-minute easy run (on the treadmill; came out to 3 miles)

Wednesday: 30-minute recovery run (on the treadmill; came out to 3 miles)

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Strength training workout

Saturday: 5 miles

Total Mileage: 11 MILES

As you can see, this training plan is very minimal (at least for now) during the week. This was a huge selling point for me since I work full-time and do a lot of freelance work after work. I don’t have a lot of time to spend training, so I like that this pushes most of the long workouts to the weekends.

Plum Yoga Dallas

Do you ever have those weeks where you feel mentally and physically exhausted by the time the weekend arrives? That’s how the past few weeks have been for me! A lot of traveling, craziness at the office and busy weeknights have left me feeling very stretched thin. So when I got invited to attend a Plum Yoga class, I couldn’t wait.

As runners, it’s easy to stick to what we know: running. However, our bodies tend to tell us when we need to take a break, both physically and mentally, and incorporate other workouts into our routine. Since I’ve been running since I was 13 years old (yes, it’s been 16 years), I like to take time off from running every now and then so I don’t burn out. Right now, I’m focusing on exploring other workouts and have seen my body respond to that!

Anyway, sorry for the tangent. Back to yoga.

As soon as I arrived at Plum Yoga Dallas last weekend, I knew it was in the perfect location: smack dab in the middle of Greenville Avenue (right by Steel City Pops for you Dallas people!). This area is always busy, even when I arrived for my class at 8:30 am.

Plum Yoga Dallas is all about community. With a gorgeous tea and coffee house at the front of their studio, it’s the perfect place to relax after a class.


Their tea is incredible. I highly recommend the “Namaste, Y’all.”


Several of their teas come iced as well, which is great for us iced tea addicts in Texas!


There are two studios inside Plum Yoga Dallas: one for traditional yoga (pictured first) and another for more contemporary workouts (pictured second).

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Since I attended a Vinyasa yoga class, I was in the traditional yoga room. This class was truly challenging. I’ve taken my fair share of yoga classes and truly have never worked so hard and felt so good afterward. There were only five of us in the class, so I felt like space was very appropriate and we were able to spread out. The studio was warm, so I was able to sweat out toxins while working out, which I appreciated.


At the end of the class, we took plenty of time to relax and recharge, which is my favorite part of any yoga class. Finding balance in our busy schedules is so crucial and yoga is one of the most natural and beneficial ways to do this.


After the class, I took time to look around at the retail section of the studio.

Plum-Yoga-2015-09-161There were so many amazing pieces of jewelry, clothing and even spa products.


I truly felt amazing after my experience at Plum Yoga Dallas. Whether I am looking for a mental or physical workout, this is my new go-to. If you have any questions about my workout or the studio, I’d love to hear from you!


*This post is sponsored by Plum Yoga Dallas; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. All photos were provided by Plum Yoga Dallas.

Where To Eat In Seattle

If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you noticed I spent this past weekend in Seattle for my birthday. My husband gave me the choice between a present or a trip. No brainer.

I’d never been to Seattle, so I was really excited to visit. Everybody raved about the fresh seafood and all the fruits and vegetables at Pike Place Market. Plus I’d been given some specific recommendations from friends who’d visited before.

If you ask me, trying new foods is half the fun of any trip, so I really want to share with you guys where we ate while in Seattle.


Beechers was recommended to my husband and I on the plane ride to Seattle. The restaurant specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches, but also serves other cheesy dishes, like mac n’ cheese. Mark and I ordered the flagship sandwich with a side of macaroni and cheese and were pleasantly surprised at how good the cheese was!


Six Seven

This meal was our splurge for the trip in honor of my birthday. Six Seven is a nicer restaurant that overlooks the ocean. I ordered a caeser salad to begin followed by the salmon and loved how fresh the fish tasted. And the view truly can’t be beat!


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On Saturday morning, Mark and I decided to sample a few things for breakfast. After walking all day Friday, we’d worked up quite an appetite. Our first stop was Piroshky, Piroshky Bakery. What is a Piroshky? Basically delicious hand held pies filled with whatever tasty goodness you want. We chose the cinnamon cardamon braid and the chocolate cream hazelnut roll. Oh my goodness.


Biscuit Bitch

This place is as fun as the name sounds. The line was out of the door, but absolutely worth the wait. Mark and I decided to order two different things and share. He ordered the Straight-Up Bitch (biscuit and sausage gravy) and I went with the Bitchwich (biscuit sandwich with egg over hard, cheddar, bacon and the bitchy sauce). Both were incredible!


Pike Place Chowder Co.

One of the places I was most excited to try was Pike Place Chowder Co. I’m a huge seafood lover and I heard the clam chowder here was impeccable. That was no exaggeration. Mark and I split a bowl of the clam chowder, a bowl of the seafood bisque and a Dungeness crab roll. Both soups were absolutely amazing, although I was slightly disappointed by how dry the crab roll was. But overall, no complaints. I will totally go back when I visit again!



Because Mark and I are both sushi lovers, we knew sushi was a must-eat while we were in Seattle. I mean, does the seafood get any fresher than that? Mark did his research and made us reservations at one of the highest-rated sushi spots in Seattle called Japonessa. We ordered various sushi and sushi rolls and I’ve gotta say, it did not disappoint. I highly recommend trying the sushi if you make a trip to Seattle! It was the best sushi I’ve had. (Plus you get free edamame and miso soup!)


Bacco Cafe

On our last morning in Seattle, Mark and I tried out a cafe we’d read rave reviews about online. Luckily we were up pretty early, so the line wasn’t bad when we got there, but by the time we left, it was out the door. To start off, we both ordered the Ravenna juice from the juice bar. It consisted of carrot, apple and ginger and was the perfect pick-me-up to get our morning started. For breakfast, we decided to once again split two entrees: the Dungeness crab omelette and the Brioche french toast. I was probably just hungry, but this was one of my favorite meals of the trip!


Daily Dozen Doughnut Company

On our final walk through Pike Place Market, we decided to swing by the famous Daily Dozen donut shop to pick up a dozen mini donuts. (I mean it was my birthday, donuts are a must!) The donuts were the perfect size and the perfect consistency. We actually ended up ordering an assortment and every flavor was amazing!


Now I want to hear from you! If you’ve ever been to Seattle, I’d love to know the places you enjoyed the most. Besides, I’m already planning a trip back, so I need some new places to try. ;)

My First Rocksbox

I love mixing and matching jewelry. The perfect jewelry combination can make or break any outfit. So when Rocksbox asked me to be an “It Girl,” I couldn’t say no. I mean, new jewelry sent each month? It’s the perfect way to transition into fall with new jewelry favorites.

Haven’t heard about Rocksbox? The concept is simple. Members pay a flat rate of $19/month to get access to a personalized rotating closet of designer jewelry, sent in sets of three at a time.

My first Rocksbox came with two gorgeous necklaces (pictured below) and a pair of Sophie Harper earrings (I’ll share those later!). Because you fill out a style survey when signing up for Rocksbox, you’re guaranteed to get jewelry that’s just your style. You are also assigned a personal stylist (hey, Hana!) who works with your survey and handpicks the pieces he or she thinks will fit you best.

I’m obsessed with these two extremely versatile pieces I received. The Gorjana Remy Necklace (pictured first) is perfect for layering over tanks and tunics as we move into colder weather. The SLATE Skyline Necklace pictured at the bottom will be my new go-to piece when I need to make an outfit really pop!

Use code thatrunninggirlblogxoxo to receive a free month subscription to Rocksbox. If you have questions about the Rocksbox process or want to know more about the products I received, send me an email at

*This post is sponsored by Rocksbox; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.







One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing exciting new workouts and workout classes. When I was first approached by ZYN22 to come try a class, I didn’t know much about it. I’d seen a few bloggers share pictures on Instagram, but that was pretty much the extent of it.

As soon as I walked into the studio, I was blown away. If there is one thing I love as much as working out, it’s workout apparel. Nothing motivates me to work out more than colorful capris and cute tanks. ZYN22 is not only a workout studio, but their fitness apparel is seriously on point.

I decided to try my first class at the Park Lane location on opening weekend after seeing tons of pictures on Instagram. Assuming an early Sunday morning class would be pretty empty, I signed up for the 9 am class. Was I wrong. The studio was buzzing with riders leaving the 8 am class and a bunch of us preparing for the 9 am class.

But let’s get to the workout. I’ve taken a lot of spin classes in my day. Ever since college, spinning has been my favorite way to supplement running. It’s a huge cardio challenge and is very low impact, so it gives my knees some rest. ZYN22 is truly unlike any spin class I’ve ever taken. With a focus on rhythm, this class is an absolute blast and goes by so fast.

Unlike other classes I’ve taken, which focus on torque and resistance, ZYN22 is extremely fast-paced with very little down time, so every second is utilized. I truly feel like I haven’t sweat so much in my life! But with fun music and dancing incorporated into the class, it’s seriously a blast. Some light strength training at the end of the class is the perfect way to wrap it up and feel like you truly work until the very end.

I am so pumped to take my next class. If you have any questions about my experience with ZYN22 or want to join me sometime, I’d love to work out with you! The first class is free.

*This post is sponsored by ZYN22; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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