The Sunshine State, Photo Recap #2

There’s no particular order to these photos, but here’s the link to Florida Recap #1, in case you missed it.

I just can’t resist:

Just in case you didn't get enough river view in my last post...

Just in case you didn’t get enough river view in my last post…

FMW

Fueling and refueling are clutch. I enjoyed lots of Frosted Mini Wheats with skim milk. P. Bear likes them, too!

It’s the breeze, folks.  I fell in love with the breeze. The only time it breezes in Singapore is juuuuust before a torrential downpour.  But along the Indian River in Florida, it breezes (yes, this is now a verb) all the time.  Glorious!

I also did some online shopping while in the states.  In addition to new cycling shorts (one day I’ll tell you the story of how I exposed half my tush to three-quarters of my cycling class thanks to a pair of worn out shorts one morning), a home server, printer ink, several Athleta sale items, and a VERY cool knife block, I purchased enough Nuun Active Hydration to hydrate a small country for a month.  Or, to hydrate Genetically Challenged Athlete and I, while running in Singapore, for a month.  [We first bonded over a shared reliance on Nuun, so it only seemed appropriate that I bring her some.]

If you don’t know much about Nuun, click to read a previous post about Nuun and the importance of hydration.I ordered Lemonade, Watermelon, Sweet Tea, and Tri-Berry (KMN’s request).  GCA got Watermelon and Tropical Fruit.  Suffice to say, we’re keeping Nuun in business for another few weeks. 🙂

Nuun

Four of these boxes are mine…

(4 boxes) x (4 cylinders/box) x (12 tablets/cylinder) = 192 glasses of Nuun Hydration-y Goodness

Unless, of course, I take GCA’s advice and start going double-strength after long runs, in which case I’ll have less…  I tested one of the Lemonades out after my next long run in Florida, and it passed.  Lemonade might be my new favorite flavor!

There was, of course, more cooking and eating.  Mom did the meat, I did the veggies.  Asian cooking is rubbing off on me, I guess!

Noodles, pork loin, and sauteed baby bok choy.

Noodles, pork loin, and sauteed baby bok choy.

A special perch was built for them to nest in/on.

A special perch was built for them to nest in/on.

I spent lots of time watching and squealing over shore birds.  I grew up in the middle of a forest, and I know my chickadees from my wrens from my woodpeckers.  But give me a bunch of shore birds, and I’m lost.  I saw birds sweeping, swooping, fishing, carrying fish (still wiggling!), fighting the strong breezes, and just generally being shore-bird-like.  I even captured a photo (albeit not very good) of a nest!  [OK, you can’t see much of the next.  But there were babies in there!  Babies!!!!!]

Best Momma ever!

Best Momma ever!

On my last day, Mom and I managed to get out for an early-birthday-and-farewell lunch.  We went to Captain Hiram’s, a favorite seafood bar and grill that wasn’t too far away.  We got a table inside, next to the big windows that open out on to the water.  Lovely!

We both enjoyed the seared tuna with seaweed salad (yum, and double yum – in that order!), and shared an appetizer/side of artichoke dip.  Everything was delicious, even if the tortilla chips were a bit of an unusual color….

Seared tuna and seaweed salad

Seared tuna and seaweed salad

I'm not sure "vibrant" even does these justice...

I’m not sure “vibrant” even does these justice…

Of course, I insisted on a goofy blogger/daughter photo.  I have no idea what The Great Duck Derby is...

Of course, I insisted on a goofy blogger/daughter photo. I have no idea what The Great Duck Derby is…

But I wonder if it has anything to do with these little guys, who I spotted one day while out for a run:

They were perched on someone's mailbox!

They were perched on someone’s mailbox!

And that’s “Florida in Photos”, folks!  I do have one more FL-post coming, a bit more running-related, about adapting workouts to changing/vacation/travel/unpredictable circumstances.  [Yes, I’m going to cover ALL of that in one post – crazy, huh?  I even promise to keep it under 1,000 words.]  Stay tuned, because you won’t want to miss this.  🙂

Have you ever participated in a Duck Derby?  Can you clue me in??

I know there’s been a lot of “Nuun”sense going on around the blog-o-sphere lately, with the Nuun Hood-to-Coast team and whatnot.  And you all claim to love Every! Nuun! Flavor!  But seriously: What’s your favorite flavor??

29 thoughts on “The Sunshine State, Photo Recap #2

  1. Amy @ Writing While Running

    Baby Bok Choy is BY FAR my favorite sautéed vegetable. Very Asian and super good. I swear it has taken me until recently to realize that there are plenty of ways to cook that do not involve a wok and an electric rice cooker. (Can I substitute my favorite veggie for a Nuun flavor since I do not drink the stuff? K-thanks! But I am glad you got to replenish your supply).

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Hahaha! I’ll definitely take fave veggies over Nuun flavors. I’ll admit I like the stuff to rehydrate, but it’s not for everyone!

      It took moving in with my husband to realize that rice was an even easier starch than pasta, and now I’m a rice cooker convert. Five seconds of work and BOOM! starch. Ready to eat. Add a dash of Chinese vinegar/soy sauce/sesame oil/fish sauce and you are GOLDEN. It’s great! And every time I come home with Chinese veggies, I briefly contemplate a different cooking method, but usually opt for the stir fry (or the steamer – I like to steam kai lan, which is my favorite!). I am going to jinx myself now, but I love that the Chinese greens seem MUCH less likely to be really bitter than a randomly-chosen American green!

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  2. Debbie @ Deb Runs...

    Funny you should mention Nuun! I bought a tube of grape flavor over a year ago and just opened it up a few weeks ago. I’d sort of forgotten about it, and since I’d never tried it before, I didn’t know what I was missing. Grape is the only flavor I’ve tried, but I really like it. I also really like the way it makes me feel like I’m absorbing the water I’m drinking better… Does that make sense?

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Maybe it’s the bubbles? 😉 Or the electrolytes?

      It’s also ‘fresher’ (If that makes sense?) – or maybe ‘cleaner’ (?) – tasting to me than some of the other super-sweet options available.

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  3. Jean

    I’m still trying to figure that out. I THINK I like strawberry lemonade best, but there’s a cherry something or other out there I’d like to try at some point. Lemon lime (I think it’s the same as lemonade?) was kind of a letdown for me-not strong enough! I want to make a sour face when I drink lemonade, running or not! And grape: NEVER AGAIN!

    On first glance, I thought Amy Z’s comment said bok choy Nuun is her favorite flavor. Made me chuckle.

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Funny, because Lemon + Lime was also MY first Nuun try, and definitely *not* my favorite. Lemonade is a different flavor, and I do like it – although I would warn you that it’s NOT puckery like good, fresh squeezed lemonade is. It does taste more dilute, but not too fruity (which is what I don’t like in some of the really fruity flavors).

      But if you like puckery drinks, you should suck it up, brave the humidity, and come out to Singapore, where we drink lime juice like crazy. I’ve tested every bottled brand and found the sourest. Two containers (one open, one for back-up) permanently live in our fridge. I LOOOOOVE it!

      Hey Amy – if they MADE a bok choy flavor, would you try it? 😉

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  4. Brennan

    I love the ducks! You are so cute! Aaand looking at these pictures makes me wanna chop my hair off. YOu look so adorable.

    Fave nuun flav: Citrus. Second place: watermelon. That bit of flavor helps me when I’m running and get a little stitch. I think it tricks my body into thinking it’s been replenished and isn’t working anymore. HA! Tricked you, body!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Hahaha…thanks! But it mostly looks adorable because I finally “did” it, as opposed to pinning the front back and letting it dry in a flat, lifeless mess on the top of my head. The humidity in Singapore basically guarantees a hair-do flop no matter what…amusingly, Florida was a nice respite.

      I’m looking forward to trying our watermelon flavor. We drink watermelon juice out here, which is pretty dilute anyway (because, duh, lots of water) – I’m hoping that the watermelon is similar, with a hit of ‘lytes! 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Hahahah! You have to find what works for you – but I like Nuun for replacing electrolytes after a long, sweaty run. Some people take it ON their run, but I don’t stomach that well. But you can buy single tubes at Fleet Feet for … maybe around $8? There are 12 tablets per tube, so that’s actually pretty cheap as far as sports drinks go. Give it a whirl! [And some people don’t ever end up liking it for workouts, but end up using it to flavor their water! The possibilities are endless…]

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  5. greengirlrunning

    I’ve never tried Nuun but since I keep reading all the Nuun-tastic posts raving about it… maybe I should jump on the Nuun bandwagon? Love your pics! Never heard of the Duck Derby but it looks like something my kiddos would love! 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      More info on the Duck Derby forthcoming in my next post (breaking news from Dad).

      I like Nuun; but you have to figure out what works for you. If you have a good system, only mess with it if you’re feeling adventurous. There are other products that people looooove that I simply can’t get into. So, it’s all personal!

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  6. Jules

    I got a mixed pack of Nuun and am on lime currently which I’m actually quite enjoying. Kona Kola’s probably my favourite so far though! Do you not get Nuun in S’pore? Or is it just because it’s a lot cheaper in US? If so how much is it (because then I’ll wait until my next trip to NY to stock up!) 🙂

    Lovely colourful pics from your trip btw!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      I found one vendor in Singapore that sells for $11 (USD)/tube. Cost for a 4-tube pack (same flavor, or one of their combo packs) direct from Nuun is $22 (USD). Free shipping over $50, I believe. So…you can buy it in Singapore, but it’s waaay cheaper in bulk, and in the US.

      However, if you can’t mail order, you won’t get quite the same pricing. Probably closer to $6-8 USD/tube from a running store.

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  7. Kristen L

    Fun that you got some shopping in while in the US. Lots of Nuun to take home! I really want to try the lemonade — haven’t had it yet, but I think it will be my favorite.

    Oh, and I did get to attend the world’s largest duck race in Dublin, Ireland when I was visiting. Basically, the dumped a TON of rubber ducks into the river, and each had a number. Whatever one made it to the “finish line” first won! I think you could maybe bet on them? Or won a prize if your number won…something like that.

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      YES! Breaking news! Holly’s Dad just updated with more duck derby information. Combined with your info, there will be a DDU (Duck Derby Update) going up in my next post!!!!

      How many ducks dove into the river at the LARGEST duck race? Sounds massive….and potentially pollutative? How did they scoop all those quackers back out?

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  9. Paul

    Believe it or not, there was a couple of duck derbies held in Singapore but of cos we called it by less cool-sounding ‘Great Singapore Duck Race’. Its usually held at the Singapore River and the last race was in 2007.

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      1. Paul

        Yes. I will be doing the night trail. Challenging myself with the 18K. I think its probably going to be harder than the HM. But I’m looking forward to it and enjoying the unique experience. Hopefully the weather will hold; but with the rain we’ve been having, I’m ready to get dirty for this run 🙂

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        1. Holly KN Post author

          Hahaha! My trail runner heart CHEERS that you’re looking forward to some mud. I sure am! [18K for me, too!]

          Perhaps I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one with the…erm…headlamp! 🙂

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  10. Logan @ Mountains and Miles

    In Estes Park, Colorado, there’s a duck derby of sorts every year, where everyone buys a rubber ducky and then you write your name on the bottom and then the first duck to get to the bottom of the river (it goes down a canyon) wins the jackpot! It’s really fun to watch!

    I’ve really been wanting to try the citrus Nuun. I really like the grapefruit flavor, but it’s the “AllDay” kind and I want the active hydration one. They don’t offer it at my REI, so I will probably have to order it.

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Those duck-a-roos sound like so much fun! I sorta want to get in on a duck derby myself, now!

      I haven’t tried the citrus, and grapefruit sounds awesome, except I don’t really do artificial sweeteners. I do suggest the lemonade, though. Tasty! (And at double strength, it actually *almost* tastes like real lemonade. Sort-of!)

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