June 13, 2014

Free Friday - lots of fun things

This week, the topic for the Friday linkup with the ladies of DC is free.  In other words, write about any five things you feel like.  This was right up my alley since I discovered several new things this week that I wanted to share with you.

Organic Fuel by Organic Valley:  This drink was served after the Asheville Half Marathon and boy is it delicious! A high protein milk shake, it comes in several different flavors and I was allowed to take two drinks, one vanilla and one chocolate!  I immediately drank the chocolate one and can I just say it was yummy?  It was icy cold and hit the spot after a long hot half marathon. I brought this vanilla one home for a post long run refuel.  Unfortunately, these are not available at my local stores yet.



Nuun party favors: This week the nine hole ladies golf group of which I am a member is hosting an event.   With table favors a customary thing for our luncheon post play, I thought Nuun water bottles and tubes would be the perfect thing for the 72 ladies in attendance.


The Biltmore Estate: While Asheville is not the easiest place to run, the beauty of the mountains and the opportunity to visit the Biltmore Estate make it worth a trip.  Not only is there a beautiful mansion to tour, there are gardens and a winery that round out your visit.  We did not have time to see the winery, but Nancy and I enjoyed the house and the lovely gardens with many flowers in full bloom.  We could not resist a stop for some wonderful ice cream after lunch. Have you tried salted caramel flavor?

The estate, Bird of Paradise in greenhouse and my salted caramel ice cream treat!

Naked Juice: During a trip to Costco this week, I saw this in the refrigerated section and decided to give it a try. Worst case scenario, I would choke it down while holding my nose!  What a surprise when I liked the taste and texture!  Each bottle is packed with a ton of fruit (11.5 apples, 2.5 bananas, 2 kiwi, 1.5 mangos and 1/3 pineapple).  But that's not all!  It also has some veggies, grasses, ginger and parsley.  It is a great drink when you need a little pick me up and very healthy too.



Water Aerobics: After a really hard race last weekend a recovery week was in order. Sorry I have been so whiny about the race. Plenty of other runners had hard races too!  My recovery has been slow and I decided to take 2 water aerobics classes, one shallow and one deep water to ease my muscles.  The shallow one includes a little pool running and various other exercise while your feet are firmly planted on the bottom of the pool.  Deep water is totally different and all of the other ladies were wearing a belt.  Yours truly does not own one yet, although one has been ordered since I nearly drowned at class this morning.  Just kidding, but you really need a belt to get the full benefit from this class.  Noodles were my friend since I did not have the appropriate equipment! 





Did you try anything new this week?  Thanks again to Courtney at Eat Pray, Run DC,  Mar at Mar on the Run and Cynthia at You Signed up for What for hosting the Friday link up.  


31 comments:

  1. The Biltmore is so beautiful to look at! (I've never toured it, but just from the looks of it) Oh, and salted caramel - definitely a favorite! :)

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    1. If you ever get to Asheville, do not miss the Biltmore!

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  2. I just love the Biltmore. I can't wait to go back although I'm starting to think I need to check out the elevation map for the Asheville Half before I register! Let's see...what did I try new this week? I tried a new protein powder which I like and I tried a new massage therapist who was pretty good... I'd like to give water aerobics a try, sounds very refreshing now that it's so darn hot!

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    1. Skip the race April, unless you want to be tortured. Sounds like you had a fun week of new things too!

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  3. Looks like a cute venue and event for sure - cheers to the weekend ladies!

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  4. I've seen that Naked drink before. I think I will try it now that it is Pam approved! Have a nice weekend!

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    1. I'm very picky about taste and yes, I thought it was very good! Buying the multi pack of smaller bottles on my next rrip to Costco!

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  5. I have that Naked Juice in my fridge right now. Costco special! It is very good. I know juicing and those bottled juices get a bad rep, but I really like them. You can't beat getting some extra nutrients in your diet, and it tastes good in the summertime when hot foods just don't seem appealing when it's 100 degrees out.

    That protein shake looks good too but I haven't seen those.

    I would love to visit Biltmore! Makes me want to plan a race and trip to Asheville now.

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    1. I think the juicing gets a bad rap because people skip food and exclusively juice. I love my food too much to do that! Yes, you would love Asheville....so many fun things to do there, we just scratched the surface.

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  6. Gorgeous estate! And salted caramel ice cream? Yum!!

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  7. Yay for Aqua Fitness Classes!!! I'm going to get that naked drink at costco for sure!!! All those fruits and veggies would be great for breakfast with my morning shake.

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    1. Water aerobics has a great instructor too!

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  8. That estate looks gorgeous wow! I sometimes do water aerobics when we travel and they offer it. It's usually quite a crazy mix of random people but fun. #FridayFive

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    1. Yes, it is a very wide assortment of ladies in various sizes and fitness abilities. I like the low impact part of it.

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  9. Wow. The Biltmore estate looks amazing.

    Sounds like the water is a good way to get refreshed and a workout.

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    1. Might be time to plan a racecation John

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  10. I would love to visit the Biltmore estate one day. It looks gorgeous. I love the Nuun water bottle favors. Great idea!

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    1. Obviously I do too Jamie. You would enjoy the Biltmore, and next time I would like to check out the winery!

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  11. I do my own version of water aerobics sometimes when I can't get out or don't feel like running. They can be a great workout. Especially now that it's so hot outside. I will have to try the salted caramel ice cream next time I'm at an ice cream parlor < do they still call them that?
    Have a great weekend! =)

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    1. Not sure about that Haley, but I am a big fan of ice cream. It has the calcium I need so that is my excuse!

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  12. Biltmore Estate is beautiful! I love anything salted caramel flavored. It's the best! I thought the same thing about the Naked juice and ended up really liking it as well. Nuun as party favors is a great idea. I would love to go to a party and get that as a take home gift :)

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    1. Heather, I hope the ladies like the Nuun bottles, but if they leave them on the table, I will take them home! LOL

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  13. I really want to do the Biltmore half this spring if possible. The estate is so pretty.

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  14. Biltmore at Christmas is even more beautiful if possible! I love visiting there :)

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  15. I didn't really try anything new, I have to admit. But I was recovering from a mean cold! So I have a good excuse.

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  16. I would love to try water aerobics…but as for me, I did try out my new Mizuno Wave Paradox and loved them!!

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  17. The Biltmore looks lovely! I've been itching to go to the pool to swim laps or for water aerobics - such a fun workout.

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