Sunday, February 8, 2015

All the food, and the best commercial I've ever seen

The first week of February had me feeling significantly more lazy than the first week in January. I should be done with my ten miler by now.... but instead I'm watching Mythbusters, blogging, and sippin' on some BPC. Bulletproof coffee gets me goin' in the morning! (If you guys haven't tried it, I suggest giving it a whirl. You might be surprised!) I usually make my bulletproof coffee with a little bit of coconut oil and ghee. Not only does it taste delish, but I don't need to use chapstick for the rest of the morning after drinking it! Win!
This is what's trumping me finding a sports bra right now. Does reading about running burn as many calories as actually running?

If you do decide to try out some BPC (don't be scared!), just keep in mind that it is loaded with healthy fats and calories. On mornings I go bulletproof, I don't eat or drink anything else (except for water, of course). Not only does it taste delish, it totally keeps me full until lunch time! Also, if you read up on bulletproof coffee, you'll find a lot of haters out there. But. You know. Haters gon' hate hate hate hate hate.

Yesterday, I dusted off ol' Cracker and took her on a 45 miler through the prairies of Texas. It was beautiful! I met up with two lovely (badass) ladies, and we photo documented our favorite parts of the morning!

Rest stop #1. The pickles! I'm pretty sure this was the second of the 28963 pickle pieces I ate yesterday morning. Not shown here is the brownies with peanut butter. If you think that eating a brownie with peanut butter, and then washing it down with a pickle is disgusting, then I urge you to ride your bike for a few miles and then try it. The heart wants some weird things in a work out...

I think this was rest stop #3. This was the cutest little set up! And an extra win- I was able to snag a pink and red starburst! (And of course, more pickles....)

It's not easy to look this adorable after riding 25 miles and wearing a helmet, and yet these two make it look effortless. 

Michelle got our bikes to lock together! It's like our bikes are snuggling. So precious.

Rest stop #4. You sure don't eat like this on a run. (And don't worry. There were pickles at this one, too.)

When I was driving to the starting line this morning, it was foggy, and cold, and spooky looking. This is what it looked like outside when we finished. I liked this tree and I liked the sky. Sometimes Texas is pretty neat.

I didn't even know when I signed up for this that there'd be free beer at the end! (It was put on by a small, Christian academy, so I kinda just assumed. Faith Christian Academy and No Label for the win!) Sweet Stephanie on the right made my day around mile 17 when she mentioned free beer and barbecue at the end. I think my pace picked up for the rest of the way after that new knowledge. 

They gave us a bracelet for the beer tent. And explained that they had to "limit" us to "only" 4 beers. Which was nice of them. Because at the finish line, there were NO pickles. Sometimes you can't win 'em all.

Also, I can't get enough of this. Watch it, and then go hug an animal of your choice.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

January- documented in pictures, miles, and calories

I've decided I'm going to document 2015 in pictures and in miles. With a double marathon month, a smattering of half marathons (and I'm sure another marathon somewhere in there), and Ironman Florida in November, it could by my miles-iest year yet. I've never been one for keeping track of my mileage (other than calculating mid-run how many pieces of pizza I can eat and beers I can drink to still calorically be in the neg), but I thought I might give it a whirl this year. Who knows how long I'll keep up with it. If it's anything like my blogging, I give it another week.

January was a good month though! I got to kick off the year in Disney World with a weekend of Donnie and an excessive amount of eating and running. Because that's how I roll.

Carbin' up at 'Ohana. Banana bread pudding til ya puke.

The finished product. I died a little.

I saw this sign on my morning run and I legit thought they were pointing me towards the carbs. 

RunDisney day number 1! Half marathon day, and lovin' every second of it!

Action shot down main street. The weather was great for cheering, and I'm still lovin' every second!

No wait at the mine train. I won't see that again. Don't care, still lovin' life!

Every year I run past these fools thinking, "I should stop and take a picture." 2015 for the win!

My. Most. Favorite. Part. Of. Any. Race. ...EVER. Lovin' it!

Not seen on my run, but too stinking cute to not share. 10 years later, I still got him <3

Marathon day- I was lovin' life a whole lot more on half marathon day. True story, I was hating life (shocking, I know) until mile 14 or so. Then these guys (and a coupla gu's) helped me perk up!

 Marathon day is the only day you'll find me loving on the Animal Kingdom :)

This little guy had his own race number on the other side of him! Unfortunately the cast member cut off half his face. Take my word for it- the other half of his face was super cute.

Jiminy's my favorite!

The rest of my marathon pictures are blurry or selfies, so I'll spare you guys those. At some point, I passed Sean Astin along my travels and was too marathon brained to even notice. I don't want to talk about it. 
These two just happened to be on vacation in WDW during marathon weekend! Liz is one of the sweet, sweet ladies that got me into running 5 years ago, and her daughter, Melissa, wound up jumping in and running a half marathon with Donnie's Aunt Nanette and I in December. Two of the greatest, these girls. They even took time out of their last day of vacation to tackle the crowds and cheer for all the marathon finishers (me included)! Thanks, you guys!

Marathon in the morning, and then 15 miles around the parks for the rest of the day. Disney World is great for logging some miles!

This sweet fella! I met him the day after I met Donnie for the first time. Disney World is where I meet all the best guys! (Side note: he totally murdered his first marathon, and suckered me in to doing the Coast to Coast with him this year. And by "suckered me in," I mean I asked him if he was doing Disneyland and he said, "yeah.")

My goal for the whole 26.2 was to make it to the Mine Train in time to redeem my fast pass. I had 5 hours from the time I started to the time my fast pass was up. Mission accomplished.

Mile 26.3- pound beers in England. Done.

And the following weekend, while home in Houston...

"I just want people to take me seriously." Direct quote. This guy also ran the full 26.2 with a Starbucks cup and a bagel. The bagel, though in really rough shape, actually did survive til the finish line. Gross. 

This girl! Natalie was a Briarmeadow Bronco up until last year, and now she attends a different middle school, which is a super bummer, because she's such a badass! We ran into each other before the starting line, and she ran the first 4 miles with us! What a boss!

Look how cute they are after running for 4+ hours! 

Teamwork makes the dream work. Another race surrounded by these kids! I'm a lucky girl to have such a great group of friends that build each other up on the reg. 

Post marathon walk with my true loves. My heart is full.

Total mileage for January- 133.6 miles. Had I not been sick for 70% of the month, I feel pretty confident I could have hit a nice even 150. But I suppose I shouldn't be hating on 133. I guess that's solid, all things considered.

Bring it on, February.