NASA, Cyclists and Elderberries

wknd nasaOn Friday, I got to see one of the coolest parades of cars ever.  NASA!  Parts of old space shuttles were transported from Green Cove Springs to the Keystone Heights Airport’s Wing of Dreams Aviation Museum.  I heard the transport was happening and some roads would be closed but I never thought I would actually get to see the pieces.  I’m not even sure what I saw but it was still really cool to see NASA on the side of the equipment escorted by police!

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I was down in Keystone Heights, FL having a work day at the Y’s Resident Camp, Camp Immokalee.  Little did I know NASA would be there too!  I only saw the caravan of trucks passing by and I was able to capture some great pictures from the side of the road (yes, I was that person that pulls over to take pictures!).

wknd bikeMy weekend just seemed to get better after that!  Saturday morning started early…  My dad and I did a 40 mile ride at the crack of dawn.  The weather was absolutely amazing.  It must have been mid-60s with ZERO humidity (or felt that way anyway).  We passed by the Gustafson Farms milk plant (who knew this was in south Orange Park/Green Cove Springs area?!).  This was the perfect place to take a short break, and snap a picture. 🙂

After the farm break, we saw about 30 cyclists going on our same route.  We were quick to join up to them.  Drafting is an AMAZING thing!  So we tried to caught up to the group, eventually.  They were averaging 20-21 mph.  It was a little tough for me to keep up but I loved the challenge!  We rode with them for about 15 miles or so.  By the end of the ride, I was tired and ready for a shower, and lunch!  It’s amazing how much energy you burn in 2.5 hours on the bike!  I layered on the sunscreen but still managed to get a farmer’s tan on my legs… so naturally the rest of the day had to be spent at the pool!

Sunday night I went to the movies and saw The Hangover Part III.  I’ve seen the first two and minus the boobs and butts and Chow’s whatever-you-want-to-call-that, these movies really are hilarious, over the top, great comedies.  I liked the first two better than this last one but it didn’t stop me from laughing and many scenes.

After procrastinating my 10 mile run the entire weekend, I got a little motivation after the beach yesterday to run.  Just run.  That was my mission.  So I layered on SPF 70 and hit the road.  Music blasting, PowerBar eaten and Garmin fully charged.

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I also recently purchased Sambucus Nigra Black Elderberry Extract Syrup.   Elderberry is used for antioxidants, to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system and help fight against coughs, colds, flu and infections. I decided to go with this product as an alternative to OTC synthetic cold/flu type medicines.  Summer colds are something I dread and as I’m getting strong and faster in my running, I don’t want a little cold to stop my progress.   Click here or benefits of Elderberries and click here to purchase.

I don’t know if it was that special motivation that kept me running or the fact I didn’t do anything (literally – eating and lounging pool or beach side) for a few days, but I hit the road running.  10 miles. 1:20:23… that’s an 8:02 pace!  A new distance record for me!

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