Happy August everyone!  It’s the start of a new month which means anything is possible.  Start thinking about the things you hope to accomplish this month.

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Yesterday was my momma’s birthday!  It was kind of a chill day for her.  My  momma likes to celebrate occasions with food which is hard for Willie and I because we’re trying to keep things in check.

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We finally decided on Pei Wei.  If you’re an old blog reader you know Willie and I use to swear by this place, but they changed the menu.  For me, the nutritional information is a little bit harder to decipher than it previously was so we haven’t gone to this place in a LONG time.  But we made the best of it.  At least now they serve a side salad instead of the rice and/or noodles. We just dumped our entrees over the salad and called it meal. Luckily, I’m still obsessed with lettuce.

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But I couldn’t let my momma’s birthday past without letting her enjoy some cake, so I got her cupcakes. I got her two red velvet cupcakes, a banana split and a wedding cake cupcake. She seemed to enjoy them and that’s all that matters!

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I tallied up all the gift cards I got for my birthday and got some new running kicks. This is my first pair of green running shoes I’ve ever had. It was meant to be. I’m so excited! This was a welcome surprise on the door step yesterday!

I needed my @procompression socks today so I didn't care if I didn't match. Hit the treadmill this morning bc it was raining outside. #runchat #deadlegs #embracethespace #fitfluential #sweatpink
This morning I woke up to do an easy run but it was super humid because of a rain storm from last night. And it was kind of raining this morning so I decided to hit the treadmill. It was definitely a morning that I wanted to sleep in and when I was working out, I wish I would have just stayed in bed. It was a sluggish run for me, I didn’t feel right. I got through the three mile run and decided to walk another mile. I guess I’m glad I did it BUT I feel tired. In fact, this post is late because I went back to sleep when I returned home.

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I don’t want to set too many goals for August because I don’t want anything to get in the way of me getting back in the pool. I have been inspired by some of my Team Chocolate Milk teammates and I’m having a case of the “I should be there” blues. Last year, I swore this would be my year for a half ironmnan. I let fear get in my way and I didn’t even try. I’m not going to let that happen. So now I”m going to get in the pool and really work on my swimming so NEXT october I will be competing in a half ironman competition. When registration opens, I am going to sign up so I can’t chicken out. When you drop that much money on a race, you can’t really back out of it.

So what is your goal for the month of August? What do you need to do to achieve it?

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At Fitbloggin I found out about this cool thing called a Foodie penpal.  It’s like a penpal but instead of letters you send someone food.  I was matched up with Terra this month and it was both our first times doing the program.  We talked about our dietary restrictions and then we were left to fend for ourselves.

The main rule is to spend no more than $15, have you box in the mail by the 15th of the month and include something written with your box.

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This is what I got in my box:

Fruit leather
Peanut Butter
Veggie chips
Fruit Bar
Almonds
Mixed nut trail mix
White cheddar tortilla chips
Fruit cup

There was a lot of good stuff here that was portioned sized out for me which was pretty cool. Each bag was labeled. Terra must have known that I crave salty things sometimes so I’ve definitely been reaching for this stuff. If you’re interested to see what I sent her, you can check it out on her blog.

This is such a fun thing to get to know new people and try a lot of new things.  It’s great because you’ll get matched up with someone who might have access to different things that I don’t in my area or vice versa. I look forward to doing this again.

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I read a lot of blogs and follow a lot of people on instagram and twitter.  I know when Sunday rolls around my feed is jammed with people doing the same thing I’m doing: food prep.  I’m not foolish enough to think my house was the only one food prepping for the week but I feel like you, readers of the blogs, are getting hit over the head with the same information just from a different blog.  I love all my fellow bloggers because we couldn’t make it out here in this virtual world without each other.  BUT I want to be different for my readers and I want to share some different things with all of you.

I just need to know: what is it that you want to know? What I’m food prepping? How I decide what to food prep?  WHAT?!? I don’t want to keep giving you the same information as every other blog.

That being said, I wanted to show you the inside of our fridge:

Inside our #fridge! I've already meal prepped for the week. Have you? #sundaysetup #mealprep #healthyeats #lunch #dinner #tiuteam #fitfluential

Now that you see it, there are a couple of things you can take away from it:

1. We obviously hold stock in yogurt companies. The top shelf is usually filled to the brim with just yogurt. Willie is on his greek yogurt fix so he’s buying a different brand than me. I like plain greek yogurt! Yogurt is something we eat everyday.

2. I love the Rubbermaid produce saver containers. Those are the green topped containers.  They really do extend the life of your produce.  It’s really great for the berries and squash because it lets the water drain to bottom but doesn’t allow you fruits and veggies to sit in it.  GENUIS! Red tops are for the actual food storage.

3. Willie has started a new thing with eggs.  He’s hard boiling those suckers and eating them as snacks.  He says it works.  I might try it every now and then.  At the farmer’s market on Saturday, he purchased duck eggs.  He hasn’t tried them yet so I can’t report anything. That’s them on the top shelf on the left.

4. Most of our grocery shopping is produce.  The drawer isn’t as filled as it usually is for some reason, maybe because I had already prepped a lot of the stuff.  Willie has a thing with eggs, I’m definitely going through a lettuce phase.  I will eat every meal on top of a pile of lettuce.  Doesn’t matter what it is, it will be served on a HUGE (like the size of my head) bed of lettuce.  I go through so much lettuce every week, it’s kind of scary.  Funny thing is, I will only eat romaine lettuce though.

5. Everything is pretty much grab and go.  Most people prep the meal parts separate and put it together throughout the week.  I don’t!  I portion size everything out in the containers ahead of time so we don’t have to worry about it.  That goes for every meal, except dinner because we have a little bit more time to eat on real plates instead of Rubbermaid containers.

Other things of note in the fridge:

I do keep hummus and tzaziki in the fridge because it’s great for dipping my veggies in for a snack.

Some type or multiple types of nut butters live in our fridge because we’re both obsessed with it.  Willie loves peanut butter and I like it all.

We do use almond milk instead of regular milk, unless I”m drinking my lowfat chocolate milk!

The fridge door isn’t quite as exciting:
And the #fridge door! Nothing really exciting here though! #foodgram #foodie
The only thing I use on a regular basis on this door is water, chocolate milk (workout recovery) and the liquid egg whites. Everything else is really just taking up space. I should probably throw it out. I keep the syrup there for when we have guests and we make pancakes for them. I also keep sugar free syrup on hand for us when we actually do enjoy the pancakes. For the first time in years we had juice in the house because Willie made some orange soy sauce thing that was really good!  Of course, I use the mustard and sirarcha on everything but lately sirarcha has been bothering me.

This was a pretty tame week for the fridge.  Nothing really special in there, except maybe the 3 pounds of fish we had on the second shelf.  It was raise your mercury limit in the house this week because wild caught Atlantic salmon was on sale so I had to buy it.  And we had cod because it’s my favorite fish.

What are the staples in your fridge every week?

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It was a big weekend because I did my 20 miler on Saturday.  Yesterday was a rest day.  Rest days are important to give your body a recharge.  It may sound funny coming from me because most people don’t think I take a rest, but I know when my body needs a rest.  Always remember to listen to your body.

Recovery has been a big deal to me lately and I’ve taken the time to really educate myself on it.  I was doing it wrong for so long.  It’s hard to think about putting the calories back in your body after you’ve done a workout.  I know when I was losing weight I did nothing about recovery.  My mindset was all wrong. When I was at Fitbloggin I had the chance to talk with Dr. Wendy Brazilian, who is also the sports nutritionist for my sponsor Team Chocolate Milk, about recovery and the mistakes that people make.  She told me the biggest mistake was people just not eating after a workout!

Here is how I recover from my hard workouts:

1. Hydration.  When you workout, you sweat and your lose water.  Take the time to properly hydrate your body with water and an electrolyte drink.  I always have water and lowfat chocolate milk in my recovery.  Lowfat chocolate milk has the right carb to protein ratio to help refuel your body and contains some natural electrolytes.  Water is always great because it’s free and it’s really what most people crave after a long hard workout anyway.  Can you ever go wrong with water?

2. Eat a proper meal.  It would be easy to say I ran 20 miles and I can eat whatever I want…and some people do that.  Hey, I use to do that!  Do you remember my pancake and waffle obsession? I quickly squashed that after a little education.  The meal you eat right after your workout is probably one of the most important meals you’ll have all day.  Instead of going with what your body wants, go with what your body needs.  I have to remember sometimes that I am an athlete (even though I want to dispute that sometimes) and that means I have to take care of my body to keep going. It’s also important to have that meal within 45 -60 minutes of completion of your workout.  After finishing that race you might want to reach for the pizza, but save that for later and eat some real whole foods to help your body bounce back.

3. Compression socks.  After a long run or spin on the bike, I will always put on compression socks.  I really love the Pro Compression marathon socks.  I first discovered Pro Compression at RnR Denver last year and I’ve used that brand recovery sock ever since.  So what’s so great about the socks? These socks are one of the few compression socks companies that make a true graduated compression sock.  The motto of the company is to “keep it tight” and the product definitely backs that up.  The use of compression helps aid in recovery after strenuous workouts and I know my legs feel better after wearing these socks. True graduated compression promotes circulation by pushing fluid up from your feet and ankles to toward your knees. This design also helps reduce swelling and inflammation while providing critical support to muscles and tendons.

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I have worn them after every long run since I’ve been to Denver. I wore them last week after my run and bike ride and I definitely put them on after Saturday’s long run. My legs feel great today and I know that’s because of the Pro Compression socks.

I wear them everywhere. I also love that the socks come in great colors with different patterns.  Remember when I told you I loved socks?  These socks definitely fit the bill. I use the socks strictly for recovery but you can use them for exercise also because they have great arch support and are made from moisture wicking material to keep the sweat away from your skin.  Also, the seams on this sock are pretty much no-existent which means there are no blisters.  That’s really important if you’re using these socks to run in.  I don’t like to run in compression socks, but the company also offers compression sleeves that I would run in.

Do you want to try out Pro Compression marathon socks or sleeves?  Here’s your chance to get 40% your entire order at procompression.com.  Use the discount code “PINK” to take advantage of the 40% offer.  This will save you a lot of dough and maybe you’ll try out the sock of the month!

Tweet: I #KeepItTight w/ @PROCompression! Use the code PINK for 40% OFF your entire purchase! http://ctt.ec/W2UDL+ @fitapproach #sweatpink

For me a hard workout is 90 minutes or more, so these are the tips and tools I use for myself.  I was provided a free pair of Pro compression marathon socks by Fit Approach and Pro Compression for review but the opinions on the socks are all my own, obviously!  They are some really great socks!

What are your recovery tips and tools? Maybe I can learn something from you too!

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This morning started off very early for me.  It’s the day in every marathon training plan people look at and think…”20 miles is a long way to go without someone cheering you on.”  Well today was my day.  Honestly, I was skeptical about completing all 20 miles in the Texas heat and humidity but I was going to give it a try. I have a couple of marathons coming up and the first one is Revel Rockies Denver.  I’m trying to run myself back into shape.

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I planned on being out of the door at 4am, but that didn’t happen. I was still tired so a slept a bit more and then I was slow moving. I think the slow moving part happened because I was skeptical about running those miles. I decided I would do the miles in my neighborhood which meant I would probably have to make 17 loops. I thought this was a good idea so I could stay close to home and get my water without having to carry it with me. When I started running, it was already 77 degrees.

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That was a great idea until the sun came up and I decided I needed a change in venue. So I drove to the local trail to run which was a good idea until the sun started peaking through and ruined my run. I made it about 7 miles before I decided I needed to finish the run in the shade. At this point I was already thinking I’ve done 17 miles so I could stop and call it day. But I pressed on.

I pressed on because lately I’ve been lacking that mental toughness. It’s been easy for me to just quit or sit down and that’s really just not who I was. Willie told me that he thinks I just needed a reboot and I think he was right. I did A LOT of marathon running at the front half of the year and it takes a toll on you. And then the heat set in and I really wasn’t interested in running long miles so I became complacent. TODAY was the day I was going to work through it. I wanted to stop many times because it was too hot but I knew that was wrong. As long as I followed the hot running rules of hydration, taking a slower pace and taking rest breaks, I knew I could and would conquer this 20 mile run. I needed to finish the run.

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I was so happy when I finished! It felt good. I felt accomplished. I didn’t give up and I didn’t give in. I pushed through. It takes me back in time where I knew I could beat anything. I think I arrived back at that place this morning; running in the heat. When I finished it was 84 degrees and the humidity was KICKING.

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Long runs mean overnight oats in peanut butter jars. I was excited for this at the end.

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Let’s just say I’m enjoying the recovery. I’ve got my Pro Compression marathon socks, a nice glass of lowfat chocolate milk and now I’m blogging. Today is going to be a great day.

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Oh, I forgot about the ice bath. I haven’t done one in a long time but I knew it was going to be needed today. I think Willie enjoys dumping the bags of ice in the tub and watching me cringe.

It’s almost noon, what have you done today? What do you have planned?

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Good mid-morning my readers.  I hope everyone is having a great day because it’s FRIDAY.  The weekend has arrived!  I was supposed to be in San Jose for Blogher but I had a little incident last weekend.  I thought it would be better on my pocket book if I stayed home this weekend.  It’s a bummer but I’ll be there next year.

Missed my 5am workout this morning cause I was tired but I still HIIT it up with #tiuteam workout. #fitfluential #sweatpink #toneitup #ffcheckin #training #workout

This morning I totally decided to sleep in because I felt tired so I missed my 5am workout, but I just finished a HIIT Tone It Up workout.  I’m going to take it easy on my workout today because tomorrow is the dreaded day of marathon training of the 20 miler. It’s been really hot this week so I hope I am able to pull it off.  I will go as far as the weather allows me to with this run.

I’ve also been nursing what I thought was hamstring strain but I know it’s not.  I think it’s just bruise that I got from the bike ride.  It’s only sensitive to the touch and nothing else.  It really doesn’t stop me from doing anything so I’m just starting to think it’s a bruise.

So what are your plans this weekend? How are you planning to get active?

My Team Chocolate Milk teammate Erika is doing her first IronMan this weekend.  Go send her some love and good wishes! Don’t be afraid to tweet her and let her know I sent you!

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Yesterday something very exciting happened.  I registered for the Marine Corp Marathon in October.  This is exciting because I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of many people.  The amazing thing is I raised $435 in 7 days for Team Inspiration.  I will be running the race to support Team Inspiration.  The main goal of the non-profit is to help people who are battling serious illness still lead an active life.  The people that are helped by Team Inspiration are amazing and inspiring.  We’re talking ultra-marathoners, IronMan competitors and other serious endurance athletes. Thank you to everyone how gave money for this great cause and if you’re still interested in donating you can. Willie and I are also raising money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Cancer is a BIG deal to us so helping out in anyway is much appreciated.

I”m also interested in the causes that are a big deal to my readers.  What’s the cause or charity you fully stand behind and why?

 

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I hope everyone is having a good day.  I think I’m a little worn out from my workout yesterday.  I’m feeling a little lazy so I’ll take it.

Mid week long run ended up being 11 miles. It's hot. #runchat #running #ffcheckin #fitfluential #sweatpink #teamchocolatemilk

My mid-week long run turned out longer than I expected. Let me tell you, I didn’t feel like I ran 8 miles until I tried to sneak those extra two in and then it felt like my feet were bricks.

Anywho, last week I ran out of strawberries for my oatmeal. I only had enough for one person’s oatmeal so I gave them to Willie because I love him so much. FYI: Make sure you buy a really fresh batch of strawberries otherwise you’re just wasting money like me. I needed something else to put in my overnight oats an d I needed it quick. I opened up the fridge and spotted some carrots and pineapples so I thought I would try something out.

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Here is what you need:

1 serving of baby carrots
1/4 to 1/2 cup chunk pineapple
1 packet of no calorie sweetener. I used Pure Via.
2 tbsp of almond milk
1 tsp of cinnamon

You will also need a food processor or something to chop up the carrots really thin. I used my Ninja Prep.

Here’s what I did:

1. Put the baby carrots in a bowl and microwave covered for about 2 minutes or until soft. *If I would have had enough time I would have just put the carrots in the steamer and steamed them until soft. But I was in a hurry and had about 7 minutes before I needed to leave for work. The microwave had to do.
2. When carrots are soft enough, add all the remaining ingredients into your food processor/prepper and pulse until everything is mixed together.
3. Eat it up because it’s so good.

It was really easy and so good. I love carrots because of the color and of course the nutritional benefits. No matter how many carrots I ate, I still ended up with glasses though.

Like I said, I added this to my overnight oats. I also had some left over and for my snack I added it to my yogurt. The next day I made it again and I added it to my salad.

I honestly think this is something that Willie would love too and he hates carrots. I might have to serve it up for him to see what he thinks. It was just one of those spur of the moment things that turned out to be something I loved.

What’s the best tasting thing you’ve made on the fly?

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Every once and a while I get an e-mail asking me if I have “fun” because it always seems like I’m working out or running. The past two weeks have been filled with these types of e-mails so I thought this would be a great time to blog about this kind of stuff.

I was supposed to run my first #marathon today but last night at 6:30 pm St. Jude canceled the marathon. This morning my husband and I got up to run for the kids! I ran my first 26.2 so does this make me a marathoner? #runchat #running #run

I know it seems like I only workout or run but there is more to me than that.  This is a blog about losing 200 pounds and staying active.  My blog focus is to show people that you can do it without a fad or pill and have fun doing it.  This is just a part of me, but yes it is a large part of me.

I don’t know if anyone would be interested in my daily reality tv viewing habits or playing with my dogs or randomly breaking out in song! Ok so you MIGHT be interested in those things but if I only talked about those things it wouldn’t be furthering the purpose of We Beat Fat.

The blog is APART of who I am.  Blogging your life to the world leaves a person with no privacy.  I get spotted in the most random places at the most random times which is a constant reminder people are reading the blog and paying attention to what I do.  Therefore, there are parts of me that don’t make it on the blog.  Willie and I put ourselves out there in the world BUT the people in our lives didn’t ask for that.  I try to respect the right to privacy for them so there are a lot of things you just don’t get to know about in my life.

Now back to the main point:
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Working out has become a BIG part of my life.  Most days I devote at least 2 hours to working out.  We started our weight loss journey and had to go to the gym.  We had to put in the work to get there and all that doesn’t end just because we’ve reached the place we want to be.  In fact, I think it’s harder to maintain than actually lose.  I remember being filled with some much anxiety when I was in maintain mode.  I didn’t know what to do.  I felt lost.  I’m a very goal oriented person and when I reached the place I never thought I would be…it was definitely a state of unbalance for me.

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I love to run and it’s fun for me.  It gives me some freedom, space and time to myself.  It helps clear my mind.  I can’t explain it but it just feels right.  Most of the time, running is my “bonus” workout of the day and week.  There are days when I want to go run;t here are days when I just want to sit down and forget about it and there are days I just need to run to clear my head.  Running is my joy.  I run races because I like to excitement.  I like to work toward something and every race means something different for me.  Sometimes I really pushing towards a PR or learning how to take water at the stations or helping someone else along in the race who is having a hard time.  Racing allows me to combine two things I love running + travel.  I just like to go to new places and meet new people, even though meeting new people is the hard part for me.

Running is not the only thing I do.  I like to ride my bike, I teach indoor cycle at my gym.  I love to do strength training because it keeps me strong.  I also love going to Group Kick!  I feel like I’m Rocky Balboa when I’m in that class.  It’s great.  I also like going to Centergy even though I’m failing miserably at it.  It’s just later in the day and by the time I get to 5:30 pm I usually just do my own stretching routine and call it a day.  That’s a bad thing because I like the group fitness setting.

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But I also love to travel. I can’t express to you how important that is to me. I love seeing new cities and trying new foods. I like being wrapped up in the essence of a new place. I want to do the things the locals do.

This summer I’ve tried to increase the variety in my workouts so I can try new things. And come September I am going to hop back on the swimming train when the pool clears out.  I will be an Ironman!

I know I could do a better job at sharing some of the things I like to do outside of these activities within reason so here are just a few things you should know about me:

1. I’m a horrible speller.  “Bad spellers of the world untie.”  That is me! I’ve never been that awesome at spelling but I do the best that I can.

2. I love all things colorful but my favorite color is green.  My favorite color combo is blue and green.  And my third favorite color is red.  Weird that I can put it that way.

3. I like to make lists.  My whole life is a list.

4. I think I come off as having a huge personality but I’m that shy girl in the corner.  It’s hard for me to go up to people and talk to them.  I’m horrible at small talk so I don’t talk just to talk.  That makes social situations really hard and making new friends even harder.

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5. I like socks.  The higher the better and they must be colorful.  I have a BIG sock collection!

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This was my second year doing the Katy Flatland Century, BUT this was Willie’s first “big boy” bike ride ever. I’ve really wanted him to ride with me but road bikes are expensive. He was kind enough to let me get my bike first. He really wanted to make sure he would love the experience before he dropped that much money on a bike. So we borrowed a bike from our good friends for the occasion.

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Luckily, Rodale sent me some books on cycling for beginners which we both looked through. Yes, I got my bike last year but I’m still a newbie. I know nothing about bike maintenance so I was thrilled to get these books. The Big Book of Cycling for Beginners was the biggest help for Willie. This book really broke down the basics of the bike (moving and not so moving parts), gear, technique, etc. I was really more concerned about Willie riding in a group setting and knowing the proper riding etiquette which was also covered in the book. I really made him read that chapter so he knew what to expect and how to react while we were covering the Texas roads. I also liked the chapters on nutrition because it was easily broken down for everyone to understand. Fueling is an important part of any endurance sport and this book covered it extensively. After having Willie spend some time with this book, I really thought he was ready to hit the road.

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The bike ride was really fun. Last year, I had a flat in the first mile and I really could have used The Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook to be prepared.  I knew nothing about the moving parts of the bike or how to fix them. This year, we were off and cycling. We did see a lot of people on the side of the road fixing their bikes and I knew that I couldn’t do that type of stuff but having this book will help me get there a little faster.  The handbook talks about all the moving parts of the bike and how to maintain those parts.  The brakes, patching tires, brakes, chains and everything in between.  It’s just a nifty book to keep with you as a guide to your bikes.

Willie was getting use to the bike in the first 10 miles so he was riding a little cautiously. He was getting a feel for the whole riding culture too so I know he’s glad he did read through the books first. We were having a great time. It was pretty and not too hot yet.

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30 miles in he was still smiling. This was the halfway point, obviously, and he was still having a good time. He wasn’t taking in enough fluids though. I did start to worry about that but he was still pushing through. Over the past year I’ve learned a lot about the bike and the shifting of gears. It really helped out because I was able to move a lot faster on this ride. This year we finished the ride in a little over 4 hours. The entire time I was riding I was thinking about eating a sandwich though.

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When we made it to an aid station I was looking for PB&J. I spotted it! I had a bite and it was soo good. And there I saw something else I wanted…

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You couldn’t keep me away from the watermelon. It really hit the spot on that hot Texas day. By the time we made it to miles 45, it was hot! Everyone was lingering at the rest stops but I was reaching for the watermelon. The best rest stop was the 3rd stop but no one stopped there because it was only 4 miles from the previous rest stop.

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Some of the road was rough which made it a little hard to take. For the most part, it was flat but there were some hills to dig deep. I would just grunt and think “sexy legs” as we climbed to the top. It was just really nice to be out there with Willie and enjoy the surroundings. The roads were still live so we had to watch for cars but there wasn’t that much traffic. I never understand the need for drivers to honk when they see you running, biking, etc. It really does nothing!

62 miles on the bike done! I'm so proud of my husband for pushing through his first bike ride. It was a great time! #cycling #sweatpink #fitfluential #teamchocolatemilk #iambft #katyflatlands #kfc

What a difference a year makes because last year I struggled through this ride but I still had a good time. This year I really enjoyed the ride and that’s probably because I did it with Willie. I was so proud of him because he hung in there like a trooper. He kept up with me most of the time until the last 15 or so miles. I ended up leaving him the dust without knowing it and I had to wait for him. But he still pushed through. His first bike was 62 miles, how freaking amazing is that?

Apparently people think it’s a BIG deal that Willie and I do this stuff together.  People think it’s amazing but it’s really nothing to us.  Some couples go out to dinner and movie, but Willie and I cook together and do things like races and bike rides as dates.  That’s just who we are and we love it.  He’s my best friend and there’s no other person I would love to share these experiences with in life.

What do you and your significant other like to do for dates?

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Friday is usually a more hoppin’ day on the blog but I was MIA yesterday.

The weather is all kinds of horrible today. Just arrived to work with no power. #notgood
It all started with a horrible rain storm. I didn’t want to drive to the gym in this horrible rain storm at 5 am because I’m afraid to drive in Noah’s Ark weather. It took me an hour to get to work because there was a major flash flood happening. When I got to work, the power was out which isn’t a good thing. I really had some pressing projects that needed to be finished yesterday. I had to wait around until the power came back on about 1pm which kind of through my day off.

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Willie and I are doing a 62 mile bike ride tomorrow and I like to take a particular car for bike traveling. I needed to get my car inspected. I’ve been driving for 16 years and NEVER had a car fail inspection, but yesterday my car failed. I needed to get 2 back tires. The tires on my car are special order and expensive. I didn’t like having to drop that money yesterday.

#pho with friends! #dinner #carbloading #goodeats

It was a horrible day but we made it through. That’s the thing about bad days, tomorrow will be a new day and chance for us to start again. Remember, a person is defined not by the situation but how they deal with it. I was carbloading for my long run this morning so I got to enjoy some pho! It’s so good. I get the chicken broth with chicken.

#running 13.28 miles done in some #Texas humidity but there was a little breeze. Tomorrow is a 63 mile bike ride. #marathontraining #training #teamchocolatemilk #sweatpink #fitfluential #runchat #iambft

This morning I got up early to do my run. I was supposed to pull a 20 miler this week but I switched it for next week since I’m riding 62 miles tomorrow. So I only ran 13 miles which went pretty good. Due to all the rain yesterday, I had built in walk breaks when I got to the puddles. I really enjoyed the run and didn’t run with music so it must have been good. Next week, I won’t be doing that. I was scared out of my mind when I first started the run because I saw something that wasn’t a dog in the bushes. When the sun came up, I found out it was a doe. I guess she was pushed out from the woods due to all the rain.

What did you do today? What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever seen on a run?

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