A Toasty Run, CocoaVia in NY, Return of Jicama Chips and Sharing is Caring


Instead of getting up early and getting out the door by 6:00 am as planned, I took things super slow this morning. It just happened. So did some backyard chicken chasing by the boys and their cousins at the crack of dawn. I’m sure our neighbors really love us.

Oh yes. The boys had their cousins over for their first official sleep over last night. I’m fairly certain everyone had a good time, but not too certain anyone got much sleep. That’s how it’s supposed to go though, right?

I had to do a few mama duties before heading out this morning and made sure the boys were set with snacks and hot cocoa.

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It wasn’t the easiest to get motivated this morning, but it was my only chance this weekend to try to fit in a long run.

I had to go back and read my own post about surviving the long run to help motivate myself for this one. Ha.

When I finally got out the door I had my coffee and pre run sandwich in hand.

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Whole grain bread, egg whites, coconut oil, cinnamon and half a banana.

Total side note, but for some reason I only like to cut my sandwiches diagonally. I don’t like to cut them down the middle. Is that weird?


It took me awhile to get into the run mentally. I actually think it took me the whole first half. I was definitely trying to talk myself out of it for awhile.

Since it was later and it was already hot outside, I took it really easy and was super conscious about staying hydrated. I just wanted to do the miles comfortably and not have any issues due to the heat or my foot.

It was the most beautiful day though. Here’s a couple pictures from my run. I stopped quite a few times to fill up my water bottles, listen to a voice mail message and take a few pictures.

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I doubled up on the Halo action today with a sweatband and a visor.One just wasn’t enough.

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The last mile felt particularly long, but it just made getting back to the car and putting my feet in the water that much better.

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I sucked down that Vega recovery right away.

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Long run done. It took me 3:28. I don’t even know or care what pace that is and I stopped my GPS once when I was really taking a long time at the water fountain. Today was really just about seeing how things went and they actually went pretty well.

Something that didn’t go so well though was my bright idea to add a raspberry Emergen-C packet to plain iced coffee once I got home.

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Looks good, sounded good, but it was just weird tasting. I’ll stick to my other Emergen-C recipes for now.

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Looking ahead…..

Today was a little test run. The San Francisco Marathon is in two weeks. I’m playing it day by day until then. I truly love that race, but I really want to make sure I make it to both The Kauai Marathon and the TCS New York City Marathon, so if I need to skip a race, it will be this one. I’m going to keep an open mind and just see how the next couple of weeks go.

Speaking of the TCS New York City Marathon, I finally got my act together and did a little travel planning. I’m already getting excited about the trip. Holy cow. What’s even more exciting is that CocoaVia is sponsoring the race. Yippee!

I’ve been taking their supplements for over two years now.

I used to use their supplement packets in all kinds of drinks (like this tea and this tea).

I’ve switched over to the capsules though. Currently I take two of these daily.


CocoaVia® supplement is made using our patented Cocoapro® process, guaranteeing the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols in a dietary supplement.


Who knew cocoa had so many benefits, right?

I think I’m going to have Mom start taking these too. She may not be coming to New York with me, but at least she can get in on the cocoa flavanol goodness. Ha ha.

They’re currently having a Buy One, Get One sale that I just noticed on their website.


Pretty cool. Use coupon code BuyOneGetOne online here.

Thought I’d pass this I saw on the CocoaVia twitter account also.

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Love it.


Moving on to a couple other things I love.

I forgot to show you these whole grain finds from Trader Joe’s.


I’m really liking both of them and that whole wheat lavash bread makes the best cinnamon crisps ever.

I just ate some with some SunButter.


I’m pretty sure these are going to become a daily occurrence.


Roasted jicama chips made a comeback this week.


I did something different and after slicing them I microwaved the thin slices for 3 minutes on a couple paper towels to get some of the moisture out.

It works like a charm and they came out better than usual.


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I did the whole jicama nachos thing with some roasted mahi mahi (from Trader Joe’s freezer section) and topped it with this new spicy guacamole find.


Good stuff.


Here’s a few more things to share before it’s officially the weekend.

My friend Larisa is cohosting a new radio talk show starting tomorrow.

You can listen to the show online here and they have a really fun contest going on this week also to win a very cool Six Pack Bag– tag a favorite healthy recipe on twitter or instagram with #TravelFit #FattoFitRadio #FunwithFood and one winner will get a bag.


Also, my high school friend is a finalist for a contest to win an ice cream truck party. The picture with the most Facebook “likes” wins. If you feel like helping her out, here’s the link to vote for the picture.



The boys just left to go get their free Slurpees. Yes, it’s THAT day. 7/11. Have you gotten yours yet? I’m skipping out this year, but my all time favorite Slurpee combination is cherry and coke.


Do you know what other day it is today?

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Yep, thanks to Chick-Fil-A’s instagram I learned it’s Cow Appreciation Day. Who knew?

Lastly, only because I just ordered some for myself, you should know that Bath and Body Works is having a buy one get one 50% off on their Wexler Skin Care products.



I love the 3-in-1 Day Cream and the 3-in-1 Eye Cream. Anything to help these darn wrinkles. Sometimes I go all out and buy the night cream too, but right now I’m just using some cheap Oil of Olay nighttime stuff from Costco.

Anyway, just wanted to pass this along. The only time I buy it is when it’s buy one, get one 50% off. Here’s the link to the sale.

Sharing is caring friends.


Have a great Friday night and weekend.

We have another family campout planned. No plans on going any further away than the last time, but Costco is providing cheap wine, Papa John’s is bringing the pizza, Grandma and Papap are bringing the s’mores and Uncle Kevy is bringing some fishing gear for the morning adventure. Good times.


What are your plans for the weekend?

Anything cool you want to share (Slurpee combo, sales, food, tips, etc.)?

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  1. 1

    I’m a huge jicama fan but haven’t made them into chips yet! Will have to try that out. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

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    While I’ll be sad to miss you in SF in two weeks, I’m excited that you will be in NYC for the marathon! And so fun that Cocoavia is sponsoring your trip! I always cut sandwiches diagonally too.

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    Going to make those cinnamon crisps – yum! They look like they would be great with a cup of coffee 🙂 making a trip to Trader Joe’s this weekend!

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    Sam says:

    Ooooooo Emergen-C and coffee sounds like a pretty gross combo. I just can’t get behind fizzing coffee. Have fun on your guys’ camp out! I’m going ca-booze-ing tomorrow. It’s a sport that my buddy invented: canoes + wine. I don’t have any cool tips to share, but I’ve been loving and eating a ton of kohlrabi lately. It’s related to beets and kinda like jicama, but has a more apple-y taste. I usually munch it raw, but I might have to try to make some krunchy kohlrabi chips.

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    Haha…we did stop by 7-11 yesterday, but apparently my boys aren’t fans. Oh darn?!

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    Laura says:

    Those ocean views!! I would never run on a treadmill if I lived there!!

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    2 things… cool people cut their sandwiches diagonally so that you can put the pointed side in first…bigger bite. Also, you’re running SF?! I downgraded from the full to the half so I could concentrate on Ventura full. So, I’m doing the second half… I wonder if I can time it so that I catch you on your last 13 =). I’ll message you later. I’ve been holding on to some hawaiian chili pepper seeds for you…if I see you in SF before I see you at AFH.

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    Jillian says:

    Thanks for the jicama chip trick. I’ll have to try it. I make jicama chips (and other oven based chips) more often than I’ll ever admit too, but sometimes I can’t quite seem to get those guys to crisp up how I want them. 🙂

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    Love hearing about your backyard campouts & the pics are sooooooooooooooo fun!!! HOLY CRAP on the miles you run! I wish I liked to run cause then I could run to the beach too!!!! Ours does not looks as pretty as yours though – gorgeous!!!!!!!

    Huge hugs on kitty still – I know it is hard….

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    Ashley says:

    I was planning on running the Kauai Marathon as well, but I was in a car accident at the beginning of June and has completely derailed all hopes of even thinking about training (messed up my back pretty good!!) 🙁 I am very jealous of you and wishing I was toeing up with you!! I will definitely be there cheering you on though! You are smart to be playing it by ear. It is much easier to skip out on a race and make sure you are healthy then prolonging your injuries!! Good luck with the training ! I hear the 3 Hs make for a hard race (hills, heat, humidity) ;D

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      STUFT Mama says:

      I’m soooooooo sorry that happened. That stinks. I wish there was something I could say to make it all better. That jsut means that next year you’ll have to run and you’ll do fabulously. Would love to meet up with you when we’re in town. Hang in there!

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