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NEO-TOTE* Insulated Water Bottle Holders

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I don’t like to drink warm water when I’m running outdoors. I like a nice cool stream of refreshment that perks me up. This need sparked a quest long ago. Unfortunately, the marketplace let me down. With every gadget known to man available on the web, ways to transport ice cold water  “on the go” isn’t one of them.

I’ve bought fuel belts, waste packs, Camelbaks– you name it– it’s probably in my closet. For runs lasting longer than an hour, I use a Fuel Belt with 2 plastic bottles. Works just fine but in 5 minutes the fluid is warm. 

I had to get creative. After experimenting with various types of bottles, I found these fantastic little “koozies” for the original plastic bottles. They help protect the fluid from the sun and provide good insulation.

NEO-TOTE ™ Insulated Water Bottle Holders

Ready to run!

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The 7 Deadly Sins at the Gym

Gym rats learn a lot from observation.

I’ve seen trainers and members come and go over the years at my gym. I’ve been there so long I’ve secretly given people nicknames because, frankly, I see them more than my best friends. There’s “rooster” and “diva darling” and “tough monkey.”  (Please don’t ask for the explanations:)

A gym rat is that person who religiously goes to the gym. Whenever you go, the rat is there so you just want to assume they live there. I know because I was one. Read more

First Endurance Ultragen

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Test results are in!  I cannot live without this recovery drink. 

Cappuccino flavor is my hands down favorite!

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Under the Covers: Eat & Run by Scott Jurek

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

 

In my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own.

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Ladies First- WinKC Women’s Triathlon

Next time you want to feel like you belong, sign up for an all women's triathlon.

Women come in all shapes and sizes. Some are strong and others struggle. Some are toned and some jiggle. Some are tweens and some are grandmas.

Many wouldn’t be caught dead being seen in their underwear but their butt covered in Lycra, no problem! Read more

What the Olympic Rings Mean To Me

Competitive sport is only one aspect of the Olympic games.

I proudly admit I have an obsession with the Olympic Games. Even on vacation the first week, I won’t miss the prime time Olympic coverage. Doesn’t matter which sport or what heat, I have to watch.

Is it because I was one of those little girls with Olympic dreams? I think that’s part of it. There’s always something intriguing about watching others achieve what I couldn’t. As I watch Jordyn & Gabby flip on the balance beam, I can smell the chalk and feel the apparatus as though I’m 14 again. Read more

Livestrong or Livewrong

The Lance Armstrong investigation stirs up debate for good reason.

Worthy of the yellow jersey?

I have read all of his books. My wrist adorned a rubber yellow bracelet for years. When asked which athletes I would most like to have around my dinner table, Lance Armstrong was tops on my list.

Accused of doping in his 7 consecutive wins of the Tour de France, Lance is forced to prove his innocence instead of proving he’s still one of the best athletes on the planet.

Is this a witch hunt or a legitimate effort on behalf of authorities to clean up the sport of cycling?  Here’s what I think. Read more

Wetsuits for Car Seats

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No more sweaty, sticky car seats! 

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Should You Workout on Vacation?

It's up to the parents to make fitness a family affair.

A recent trip to Austin, Texas to celebrate our daughter’s 21st birthday included a few family style workouts. Including exercise when you’re away from your normal environment and routine is a challenge for even the most steadfast athletes.

Consider these 5 FIT tips when vacationing with the whole clan. Read more

Le Tour de Fitness

A lifetime of fitness involves many stages.

The pursuit of fitness has a beginning but no ending. No wonder it’s difficult to stay on the path.

Pursuing a healthy “lifestyle” is a kind way to recruit our minds to accept that we’re in for the long haul.

Recognizing these stages of fitness can ensure the only towel you hang up continues to be a sweaty one:) Read more