A Slow Run and a CocoaVia Coconut Coffee Float Creation


It was the right choice to go to bed when I did last night.

It was not the right choice to try to do a post from the iPad though. Could my pictures have been any smaller? Ha. (I fixed them by the way.)


It was still a little rough getting up this morning, but I knew I wanted to get my run done relatively early.

I woke up at the fourth alarm.

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Yeah, that’s right. I had to make one more after I wasn’t quite ready to get up at the third one. The fourth alarm was set for 6:00 am.



It took a little longer than usual to get out the door.

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Check out what went in my egg white STUFTwich this morning.

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Whole grain bread, microwaved egg whites, buckwheat honey, cinnamon and frozen pomegranate arils.


I didn’t have any pace goals in mind today. Sure, I always hope I’ll just start running and want to randomly go fast on a long run and really work for it, but that didn’t quite happen today.

But, I made it. Anytime you finish a long run, there’s that feeling of accomplishing something big.

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I was slow. It felt great to be out there though. It was also really great to stand in these sprinklers at the end of the run.

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I totally stood in the middle of those until they turned off about 30 seconds later.


Random thoughts from the run today:

Seagulls are my least favorite birds ever.

The new Fireball song by Pitbull is awesome.

Why do some people get all done up in make up and everything to go running? I purposely wear old clothes and hats and sunglasses to hide myself for training runs.


I had a little Vega Sport recovery accelerator on the road right afterwards and didn’t even try to do the figuring out my average pace thing. I did stop twice to fill up my water though and I made a bathroom stop.

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There was some apple cider vinegar in my recovery drink and it spilled in my bag and the car a bit. That is really not the best smell.


This week has had a lot of mileage so far. I’m not running tomorrow, but I do have a fun little trail adventure planned for Sunday morning. It’s actually a good thing that today’s run was slow.

Instead of focusing on a post-marathon recovery week like last week, I’ve been focusing on recovery between workouts this week. Day to day recovery and proper recovery after a long training session is just as important. This Competitor Running article has some great tips on recovery after a long run or hard workout. It talks about what to do immediately afterwards, an hour or two afterwards and then the next day.

The Long Run- Putting Recovery to Work


Yesterday I kept track of my steps at the Safari Park with the boys with my iFit Active. (Enter the GIVEAWAY to win one if these here.) I forgot to wear it last night to keep track of my sleep though. Oops.

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Joaquin wanted me to take pictures of his bear everywhere we went.

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Judah picked out his next reward to filling up the next row of stickers on his sleep card.

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STUFT Daddy paid us a quick visit while we were there too.

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I thought you might want to know, that there’s more than just animals at the Safari Park.

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This acrobat show was pretty cool and now the boys and I have some work to do to copy some of these moves.

It was a good day.

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In other random Friday news I saw the Alter-G treadmill for the first time ever today.

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I so want to get on that thing to give it a try. Has anyone ever been on one?


I also tried stuffing some Trader Joe’s chicken apple sausage with organic chard and Scotty B’s bacon jalapeño hot sauce.


I thought it was a good idea, but it wasn’t the easiest to eat.

I followed that up with some Peanutty Pumpkin Dip and brown rice cakes, cinnamon crisps, an apple and lots of NuttZo

Then this was created.


Mmmmm hmm….

I simply added these two things

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(an unsweetened CocoaVia dark chocolate pack and some coconut Arctic Zero) to some leftover chilled coffee.

I mixed the packet with the cold coffee first.

Then added it to this.



CocoaVia Coconut Coffee Float


It wasn’t too sweet, so if you make it and want a sweeter drink, you might need to add a little sugar or sweetener of choice in there. It was kind of like a coffee float because the Arctic Zero was left at the bottom. It was darn good and will definitely be repeated with some other flavors.

Now I’ve got a little second wind to tackle some things before dinner.

Have a wonderful Friday night!

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  1. 1

    Whoa… talk about looking tasty. I’d like to dip my balls in that drink. Errrr… you know what I mean. LOL!

    That treadmill is so cool!

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    Marsha says:

    I don’t know… I thought your pics posted from iPad looked good. I always use my iPad to read your blog though. I have always wondered how people workout with make up on AND not one drop of sweat? Anyhew, how is the accuracy with your Polar versus iFit in terms of tracking steps/miles?

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    Brittany says:

    You did better than me getting out for a morning run! Ha, best intentions to get up and run still doesn’t always get me out the door :)

    I’ve been on an alter G before. They are really awesome to run on, but if you run at a lot less than your normal body weight (I did 60%) the next days run feels like you have someone pushing down on your shoulders (gravity!!). My husband also trained on one after fracturing his fibula which helped him ease back into training.

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    I am supposed to try out that Alter G treadmill at some point and I need to set up the appt to do it. But who has time (apart from running)? We have to meet at the Safari park sometime with the kidlets! How are you guys doing over there? Many hugs!

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    Kim says:

    I love Safaris – the boys and I always try to check them out when we go places.
    Glad you got a little bit of extra sleep – sometimes the best thing ever!!!

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    Joy says:

    Fireball purchased. Thanks for the recommendation! Was just looking to update my music.

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    Tess says:

    So Happy you and the Family had a good day! With your recent losses good days are welcome and prayerfully they will become the norm! The CocoaVia Coffee Float could be marketed!!!!! Enjoy the weekend…time is love!

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    Kathy says:

    I think the sausage looks yummy! I say high five to a nice slow run!! The girls and I are running our first official race together on Aug. 30 ~ Women Rock! (Actually Makenzie will be ahead of us b/c she wants to see what her time will be for a 10K) Nicole and I will stick together …..we made shirts to wear and the quote I put on the front of mine is…”My 10 minute mile is JUST AS FAR as your 6 minute mile” …ha! Just thought that was so funny and true….why rush? Enjoy every minute of just being out there and doing it.

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    I always sneak into sprinklers on runs too!

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    K! Me, I have ran on the Alter-G!!!! Sorry, better than pool running. ;)

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    So much in one post.. all I want to say is that always remember that taking care of you is not selfish – it is crucial & important in life!!!!!! HUGE HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOVE the recipe but love more—> Pic of boys with dad!!!!

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    Allyssa says:

    I’ve just had my first container of PB Artic Zero! Will have to look back at your other Artic Zero creations! I will also have to try adding fruit/jams/etc to my egg sandwiches!

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    Alicia says:

    We saw that show when we were there too! It was very entertaining – the boys thought so too! My littlest, was not entertained by the dragons though!! :O

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