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July 2013 in Review

July seems to have gone by really quickly but I can hardly remember writing my June in review post. It seems like so long ago. It’s been a busy month! We’ve had two vacations and some fun summertime activities at home. It’s crazy that it’s only a couple of weeks until we are in full back to school mode. (Can I say that if I have a preschooler??? I’m feeling it already though!)


Racing/Training in July

Zero races again this month on purpose. I’m not a huge fan of the 5K and I’ve stopped running them just to run them. Lately I’ve only wanted to run bigger races like my half marathons coming up in the fall. My training for those has continued throughout July. 

Training while on vacation proved to be a challenge but now I’m back at home and have no excuses for missing training runs!

Challenges

The only challenge I officially participated in was the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak. The tail end of the streak was at the beginning of July. I loved running the streak and plan on joining their winter streak as well.

A Few of my Favorites from A Mother’s Pace

A Girl from Kansas Running on Hills
This was my most popular post of the month. It highlights a few of my hilly runs while traveling. I’m not used to the hills but the variety sure adds to the excitement of running.

A Girl from Kansas Running on Hills | A Mother's Pace

Finding the FUN in Running
Postpartum running has definitely had it’s ups and downs for me. In this post I shared a weeks worth of fun running. 

4 Tips for Running in the Rain
As long as there is no lightning I don’t mind running in the rain. That is, when it is a nice sprinkle. But this run was my least favorite in July for good reason. Not only was it raining but it was a downpour. For all 8 miles. 

Favorite Running Gear

Almost every run this month I have taken my new Camelbak Hydration Pack. I’ve even been running with it on my short 3 milers. I found that having water gives me so much more energy while I am out during the summer, even early in the morning. The water makes all my runs easier and, once I got used to it, I prefer to wear the pack instead of carry a handheld.

Favorite Running Gear | A Mother's Pace


Although this is an affiliate link, I do not receive any compensation for recommending the hydration pack. I just like it and wanted to share it with you. 

Workouts in July

Running in July | A Mother's Pace


Total Running Miles: 70.04
Treadmill Miles: 0

Stroller Miles: 3
Average Pace: 10:54

Total Running Miles for 2013: 214.30


If you are here today anticipating more vacation pictures they will be up tomorrow. The end of the month surprised me and I wanted to get this post up first. I’ll be back tomorrow!

What was your favorite/worst workout from July? Do you have a favorite piece of new running gear?




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Vacation Snapshots: Take 1

Vacation with 3 kids 3 and under is interesting. Hanging out in a strange city while my husband works for several days is challenging. We made the best of it and enjoyed our visit to Colorado. I can’t wait to head back again!


We filled our days with museums and zoos. I’m realizing as I’m writing this that I’ve picked out a lot of pictures to share. (Although, I took about 800 more, consider yourself lucky??)  So, this post is part one of our vacation and tomorrow (hopefully!) I’ll be back with part two.

Day 1: Denver Aquarium
Denver Aquarium | A Mother's Pace


I love this photo of Little A and the huge sea turtle. It’s probably my favorite shot of the entire trip. That particular aquarium was amazing and we spent a lot of time in front of it.

Denver Aquarium | A Mother's Pace

Even Little E loved the aquarium. So many lights and movements inside each aquarium.

Denver Aquarium | A Mother's Pace

We happened to catch the Mermaid performance while we were going through. It was a highlight of the visit. Little O talked about mermaids for days after this.

Denver Aquarium | A Mother's Pace

Most of the aquariums were low to the ground. This was perfect for us because I didn’t have to lift the kiddos up to see anything and they could stay in the stroller if they wanted. 

Day 2: Denver Zoo

It was a pretty hot day outside in Denver but that didn’t stop us from spending 7.5 hours at the zoo. Yes, I said 7.5 hours!! We didn’t even make it to all the exhibits. A fantastic zoo, I would go there again in a heartbeat.

Denver Zoo | A Mother's Pace

Little A loved riding in the stroller with her baby sister. It’s so sweet that she always wanted to put her arm around her. 

Denver Zoo | A Mother's Pace

We stumbled upon the sand pit and the big kids played in it for a long time while Little E and I hung out during one of her naps. The big shovels were so much fun!

Denver Zoo | A Mother's Pace

One of the highlights of the zoo was, of course, the train. We all squeezed into one seat and enjoyed every second of the ride.

Denver Zoo | A Mother's Pace

I rarely need an excuse for ice cream so it was definitely in order during our steamy day at the zoo. Sadly, Little A’s shirt will never be the same. 
Back with more from our trip tomorrow! Have a great day!


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4 Tips for Running in the Rain

Finally, I’ve had an almost normal week of running. At least I was able to fit in all my main workouts and then I shuffled around a couple of easy and rest days to make it work. 

My favorite workout of the week was a strength and core workout on my back deck.

I had this cute little face cheering me on.

Weekly Training Log | A Mother's Pace


My moves with the weights made her smile and giggle. Being laughed at while exercising isn’t such a bad thing, right?

My long run on Sunday was WET! I postponed it because it was unseasonably cool out and I was hoping that the rain would ease up a bit before I headed out. 

Wrong.

It just kept coming down. 

Instead of running 8 miles inside on the treadmill I ventured outside prepared to dread my entire run but hoping that it wouldn’t be as bad as I thought it would be.

Unfortunately, it was pretty bad.

I had to switch my route at one point because the sidewalks were completely flooded. 

The new route that I picked was better but not great. I still spent way too much time and effort into dodging puddles and running through muddy grass to avoid sidewalks flooded out by water. 

Tips for Running in the Rain | A Mother's Pace


I learned today that my headphones don’t work well when they get wet. They slipped out of my ears all the time and I was constantly readjusting them. Finally, I gave up, took them off and stored them in my hydration pack.

I was cold and couldn’t have been more wet if I was aqua jogging. I’m sure people thought that I was crazy as they were driving by.

I only saw one other runner while I was out. This is very unusual and it made me feel a little like a BAMR!

I will say that I was never bored during this run. The run took longer but it seemed shorter because I was distracted by all the challenges the rain gave me.

And in the end when I took my waterlogged shoes off I figured I would have blisters all over my feet. But, amazingly, NO BLISTERS! 

Tips for Running in the Rain | A Mother's Pace

The only way that I got through my run was by telling myself over and over that this is good preparation for a rainy race day. A few things I did made this run go as smoothly as it could.

Tips for Running in the Rain | A Mother's Pace

  • Wear Body Glide.
  • If you have a phone put it in a baggie.
  • Wear clothes that you would normally wear for the temperature. Don’t add layers because of the rain. 
  • Leave the headphones at home. (I learned this one yesterday!)

Weekly Workouts | A Mother's Pace


Weekly Workouts

Monday:  Cross Training stair workout (Does that count?!) 20 minutes, Core Work

Tuesday: 2 miles

Wednesday: 3.5 miles (3 miles plus 6 strides), Core Work

Thursday: 3 miles

Friday: 4 miles (10 min WU, 6 x 1 min/ 2 min recovery, 10 min CD), Strength Training and Core Work

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 8 miles (long run), Core Work

Weekly Training Log | A Mother's Pace


Total Running Miles: 20.52
Weekly Average Pace: 10:56

Weekly Training Log | A Mother's Pace

July Running Miles: 64.40
2013 Running Miles: 208.78

Do you like running in the rain? What other tips would you add to my list?


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