A trip to Cafe Rio and a guessing game.

by Elizabeth on February 23, 2013

Good morning! I hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start! Please send me speedy vibes? I am running the She Runs half marathon this morning. A little altitude mixed with some hills. Bring it on! Let’s recap an awesome day of activities, speakers, freebies and food!!! First off, I am so lucky to have this little angel to hold when I miss Noah. Seriously, Brooke is a doll.


I know many of you are HRG fans. She gave a pretty incredible presentation on training through different phases of life. Just like in her writing, she kept the crowd entertained and fully engaged! I know you’re shocked.



The crazier you acted throughout the day, the more opportunities you had to win prizes. I wouldn’t describe myself as crazy (not THAT kind of crazy at least) but I am all about free stuff? I even did a cartwheel at one point (I haven’t done one since I was 8?) and it was semi terrifying. Then, I volunteered to be in a limbo competition to win a free lunch at Cafe Rio. Luckily, the leader asked the participants who had come the farthest to be here (me) so I ended up not having to limbo (biggest relief of my life). Physical flexibility isn’t a strength of mine? ask Joe.

Or don’t.


If you live in Texas, imagine Freebirds mixed with Chick Fil A. Book a flight right now to come try the food and lemonade. I am finding more and more reasons I need to live here. I don’t see the fact that Joe’s job (and our whole life) is in Houston being an issue. We will make it work.


I had the salmon salad. Incredible.


Don’t think that my volunteering stopped there. During the self-empowerment class, I did it again.


She had me close my eyes, placed something in my hands and made me guess what it was by feeling it. Little did she know who she had chosen.


I knew it was candy. My first thought was 100 grand because I could feel 2 bars. It was too thick though. Final answer was either a king size Milky Way or king size Snickers. I think I impressed the audience. What impressed me is that someone WOULDN’T know?

She had some really great points in her lecture. Most of them being how the only thing limiting you is your own mind! When you feel like you can’t do something, challenge those thoughts with positive ones and you will be amazed where it takes you (how this related to a king size snickers I don’t really know. Candy gives me positive thoughts so that must have been it.)

I’m sure there was a lot of really good information during the nutrition lecture, but what I took away was his recommendation to eat peanut M&M’s during races as a perfect form of protein+fat+carb fuel. Although I was sitting at this point, I don’t like to be unprepared for races and figured I should get some practice in.


After a short break we had dinner. First class food and company equals first class running :-)



It was seriously a perfect day and I feel so blessed to be able to race today. Today, I am running for all those who can’t run and for my dad who is recovering from a surgery he had Thursday. I’ll be thinking of you out there.

I hope you didn’t forget you are supposed to be sending me speedy vibes :-)


What are you doing this weekend?!

Do you fuel during long runs? What do you use?

How good are you at guessing unknown objects in your hands (weird question just go with it).

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1 aine @ ainesadventuresabroad February 23, 2013 at 7:37 am

Hope your race went well! I am being a lazy bones this weekend doing some cleaning, some running, and lots of catching up on tv ;)

Is it weird i like to take gummy bears on long runs? I know that is not ‘good’ fuel but I like them! (My mom is running the Disney Half and says cough drops get her though hahahaha)


2 Lori @ sporadicrunner.com February 23, 2013 at 8:00 am

Good luck in your race today!! My roommate and I are huge fans of peanut m&ms and we are running a marathon together in April. I can’t wait to share the good news with her!

The She Runs Retreat looks like it has been such an awesome experience. Do they have the retreat every year?
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3 Pickyrunner February 23, 2013 at 8:17 am

You and janae are like two peas in a pod. I want to come party with the two of you next time!!!good luck today! Your candy guessing skills impress me :)


4 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries February 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

I’m so glad you got to experience the joy that is Cafe Rio! ;) It’s a MUST when you visit Utah! I’ve actually never tried the salmon salad… I think it’s a newer menu item? I usually roll with their grilled chicken salad, but I’m thinking I need to try the salmon next time. Glad you’re having a great time!
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5 Bri February 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

I’m just starting to experiment with fuel. I’m a little scared of gels, so I might start slow with Janae’s gummy bear/Swedish fish strategy – it’s more my style. I’m pretty good at guessing unknown objects so long as they’re not creepy crawly or all out disgusting.
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6 Laura @ RunningJunkie February 23, 2013 at 8:31 am

My fueling depends on how far away the race is. I try to have a carb heavy dinner (good carbs) and for breakfast I usually just have Powerbar Performace Energy bar and a banana. I cannot eat anything with fat in it (ie. PB on toast) because it upsets my stomach. I use GU every 5 miles or so but I’ve yet to find a flavor that I actually liked. lol.

This weekend is going to be really relaxed. We have NO plans. My boyfriend’s son requested cupakes so I guess that’s on the agenda today. I also want to make Honey Beer Brea.
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7 Carly @ Snack Therapy February 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

You should definitely continue to practice eating peanut m&m fuel. Practice makes perfect. Good luck at your run!
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8 Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom February 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

So much fun! I never even thought of peanut m&m’s… amazing! I don’t fuel during long races, but I eat a scoop of peanut butter beforehand and I’m usually pretty good to go. Good luck in your race today! I’m running my first half marathon tomorrow :D Send me speedy vibes and also vibes that I make it out alive. I don’t think guessing random objects is my forte… unfortunately, but we can’t all be perfect!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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9 Alex @ the run within February 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

good luck in this race, I can’t wait to hear how you are going to kill it. I am also mad jealous you got to meet HRG and Brooke as well as hit up Cafe Rio. I feel like I would love that place
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10 mrsalexzan February 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

What a fun weekend! I’m totally excited to have an excuse to eat peanut m&ms now. Haha.
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11 Amy N. February 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

That retreat sounds absolutely incredible! I’m glad you’re having such a good time!

Cafe Rio – Oh how I love thee! Probably the #1 thing I miss living in Utah. (Don’t tell my family that.) Drooling. I’m so glad you got to experience it while you were there.

What an amazing day! I’m sure you were stupendous at the race! I’m excited to stalk your recap post!
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12 [email protected] February 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Speedy Vibes! Speedy Vibes!
Hope the race went well! It’s funny that you talked about how only your mind gets in the way of you. I posted a “oh-my-gosh-I’m-so-scared” blog post and realized that since I haven’t played the victim to the monster in my mind on this journey yet I certainly am not going to start now!!!
So happy for you that you’re having a good time!
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13 allison reynolds February 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I am running a 10k with my 7 year old son tomorrow (his first, my second). We trained for a 5k starting in November and then when we ran that New Year’s week… we then started the 10k training. So, tomorrow is our day. I have so far lost 112 pounds and will be an “official” runner for a year next month. Can’t believe how far I have come. Love your blog!


14 Katie @ running4cupcakes February 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Sounds like you are having an awesome time! Hope the race went well.. . sent lots of good vibes your way!!!
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15 Candice February 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Oh hey!! So glad I found your blog! via HRG. Wish I could be at the retreat! Its probably a lot warmer there then this pile of white crap I’m under right now! Noah is so cute! He is about the same age of my little guy and girl!! I’m excited to follow along! xoxo
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16 Debbie @ Deb Runs February 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I hope your race went well, and that you’re having a great rest of your retreat. Sounds like the perfect weekend! I fuel on Shot Blocks, but peanut M&M’s sound better!
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17 Amy Cannon February 23, 2013 at 10:57 pm

You were amazing today!!! Way to go. It was so much fun meeting you and Janae this weekend. We hope you enjoyed the retreat! And seriously, we just might be calling you about helping us out if we come to Texas!!! And, now I am excited for another fun blog to read! Hope to see you at another retreat!


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