Archive for June 2014

A Few Friday Favorites + Being Productive

 

I missed my Friday Favorites last week because we were on vacation in Tulsa. I’m back this week and so I’m including favorites from the past two weeks as a bonus!

My husband was off of work for 5 work days and Wednesday was our first day back to normal. I don’t know what got into me but Wednesday afternoon was incredibly productive. I made phone calls, worked on the computer, cleaned, made dinner did a bunch of mom stuff and it felt great. If only I could be that productive all of the time!

We are enjoying having some family visiting for the weekend so it will be pretty low key. My favorite kind of weekend! Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend!

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[one] One thing you’ll definitely see on my Instagram account is a daily update on my workout. Usually accompanied by a shot of my Nike+ Sportwatch, some scenery and maybe my shoes of the day. [two] We finally made it to our local YMCA pool this week. We made it just in time too because as we were getting out of the pool to head home the pool was cleared due to thunder. [three] Yoga, I’m loving it and adding it into my routine more often and so are the kids. It’s fun to have them stretch out with me after a run, not relaxing, but fun. [four] My long run was on Sunday this week so I rode the spin bike on Monday. I usually spin for 20 minutes with 10 minutes of climb intervals before I hop off the bike for a strength, core and kettlebell workout. Then I repeat the bike portion for a 60 minute workout. [five] The Zoo! We love our local zoo and just renewed our membership for the summer.

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Interesting Reads

Michelle Gonzalez: Eating to Run Michelle from NYC Running Mama is over on Competitor this week with an article about the importance of eating healthy calories while training hard.

Catching up with Kara via Oiselle. Kara Goucher is running a fall marathon and is considering either NYC or CHICAGO. I bet you can guess which one I’m routing for!

Nailing the Negative Split by Miss Zippy. This is something that I’m constantly working on improving!

Do you Really Need Electrolytes? from Laura at Mommy Run Fast. An interesting view on electrolytes with a lot of helpful information.

5 Reasons You Should Do Kettlebell Swings from Mind Body Green. I’m loving my kettlebells lately!

 

Currently Reading

I started reading Anatomy for Runners (affiliate link) by Jay Dicharry while I was on vacation last week. I ordered the actual book to read instead of buying it for the Kindle. Boy do I love holding a real book again! I’m only about 25 pages in but I can tell that it is already helping my form. I’m trying to think more about how I’m running instead of just going out the door and hitting the pavement. I’ll keep you updated the more I get into this book.

 

Anatomy for Runners | amotherspace.net

 

Favorite Quotes

Go fast enough to get there but slow enough to see. — Jimmy Buffett

Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be. – Dr. George Sheehan

Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running. – Sarah Condor

 

 Have you read Anatomy for Runners? What did you think? Do you like reading books about running? What are your favorites?

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5 Fun Activities in Tulsa with Kids

 

I thoroughly enjoyed running while I was exploring Tulsa but we also found a lot of exciting kid centered activities while we were on our mini vacation last week.

 

5 Fun Activities in Tulsa with Kids | amotherspace.net

 

The Tulsa Zoo

We spent our first day at the Tulsa Zoo. We enjoy going to zoos a lot and this was definitely a highlight of the trip.

 

Tulsa Zoo | amotherspace.net

 

The train ride was a necessity because we have 3 little train lovers in our house. My daughter has always loved giraffes so it was fun to see them up close and also get to ride one on the carousel! The sea lion show was also a highlight of our day. We spent hours walking around the zoo and playing on the playground. It was such a fun day!

We are members of our amazing zoo here in Wichita and the Tulsa Zoo participates in the reciprocal program. That means that we were able to get discounts on our entry tickets, the train tickets and even when we bought our lunch.

 

The Oklahoma Aquarium

The aquarium was the reason that we chose to travel to Tulsa instead of Oklahoma City. They had a lot of local fish on exhibits and some favorites too like seahorses and jellyfish.

Oklahoma Aquarium | amotherspace.net

 

The shark tunnel was my sons favorite part and Little E enjoyed pointing at all the fish swimming by in the various tanks. They are working on a sea turtle exhibit which will be pretty amazing. The aquarium was not very big, not to say that it wasn’t a great aquarium but we didn’t end up staying there as long as I thought we would.

The Incredible Pizza Company

 

Incredible Pizza Company | amotherspace.net

 

We completely stumbled upon The Incredible Pizza Company with a Google search and I must say the kids loved it. We got there at opening time and stayed through the afternoon. First we ate lunch at the buffet. It is not the healthiest food in the world by any means but there is plenty of it! We then went back to the area for younger kids and rode every single ride. It was fun to watch them try new things. All the machines took cards instead of tokens which was much easier to keep track of.

We then ventured out into the bigger area and played a few of the harder games. One of my favorites to watch the kids (and my husband) play was Fruit Ninja. It’s a touch screen and you slice the fruit with your finger. Little A is playing it in the bottom left photo above.

Tulsa Parks

 

Tulsa Parks | amotherspace.net

 

We found a couple of parks in Tulsa and this ended up being one of my favorite activities. Going on evening walks and playing on the equipment was a great way to end the day. We also noticed that Tulsa has several splash pads and even went to a park specifically because we thought it had one. It did, but it wasn’t turned on. That’s o.k. though because the equipment and walking path was enough for us.

Sushi Train

 

Sushi Train | amotherspace.net

 

If you have a train lover in your family I highly recommend Sushi Train. My husband and I enjoy sushi and the sushi there was good, not great but good. The real highlight is the train that drives around the booths that carries sushi to the tables. Diners could pick a plate of sushi and then the bill would be added up by the colors of plates that you had when you were finished.

They also had a menu with normal kids items so we ordered a couple of kids meals for the kids and then started to get sushi off of the train. Little A and Little O had fun helping us pull the sushi off when as it went around the track. Little A even surprised us by snagging one when we weren’t looking. Luckily it was a veggie roll and she ended up eating it. They also had dessert sushi that was fun for the kids. It was a Rice Krispie treat inside a fruit roll up with gummy bears on top.

Tulsa ended up being the perfect mini vacation. It’s only about 3 hours away from us and it has plenty of great attractions to keep a family busy. We found a lot of good restaurants, swam in the hotel pool and even drove around neighborhoods admiring the houses and landscaping. We’ll be back when the kids are older and able to do more hiking. I was surprised to find out that there are a lot of hiking trails and a huge lake right there too.

Have you been to Tulsa? What would you add to my list of activities for kids?

 

 

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Running in Tulsa [Chicago Marathon Training: Week 2]

Is it strange that I actually enjoy running on hills?

I live in Kansas and it’s definitely known for being a flat state. We do have some hills, for example the Flint Hills, but I live in Wichita which is very flat. The only ‘hills’ are found in some slight inclines in neighborhoods and the bike path ramps down by the river.

Last week we were on a little mini vacation a couple of hours away in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Tulsa was pretty hilly (by my standards) and was excited to explore the area on foot.

 

Running in Tulsa | amotherspace.net

 

The first morning I headed out I went to a familiar area that was close to us. I ran through a shopping district and then found a nice looking neighborhood to wander around. My workout was supposed to be a ‘hilly speed work’ session, which was great because I had plenty of hills. But by the time I ran into this neighborhood I was too distracted to concentrate on running 2:30 minutes fast at a time. The houses were BEAUTIFUL and the landscaping was gorgeous. I wanted to take pictures of all the yards and replicate them back at my own house. I held myself back though and didn’t take any photos.

But I did decide to scrap the faster workout and just concentrate on the hills. Instead I did more of a fartlek workout because I didn’t time my faster bursts. This allowed me to really enjoy my vacation run.

 

Running in Tulsa | amotherspace.net

 

My next run was on Saturday and I ran to a path I had discovered while we were out driving a day earlier. It was only a mile away and ended up being a perfect path. My only wish was that I had packed gels and chafing cream so that I could have ran long on Saturday instead of planning my long run for Sunday morning after we were back home again.

 

Running in Tulsa | amotherspace.net

 

The path was split in two. One for the cyclists and one for the pedestrians. There were plenty of drinking fountains which was nice because I didn’t have any water with me. I ran a mile on the path and then had to turn around. I didn’t want to run too much because I had 14 miles scheduled for the next day. Once I turned around I noticed a nice gravel section on the right of the path. I ran on that for the remaining mile on the path because it was such a soft surface.

This path convinced me that I definitely want to go back to Tulsa at some point. It’s the perfect area to run a long run.

My hotel also had a gym but I didn’t use it as much as I wanted. I managed to get down there one morning and I spent only 8 minutes with some free weights before I headed out for my Saturday run. I just wasn’t feeling the weights and I was missing my kettlebells at home.

 

Running in Tulsa | amotherspace.net

 

This entire trip wasn’t planned very much in advance so I didn’t spend any time researching running routes like I normally do before visiting a new area. I should have spent a few minutes and googled Tulsa running routes because I would have come up with some pretty routes. That said, I enjoyed what I stumbled upon and it felt great to run in a new environment for a few days.

 

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Weekly Workouts

 

Monday: 4.83 miles (9:49 pace) + 31 minutes Kettlebells and Core Work

I took this run nice and easy today. My plan called for an easy 4-5 + 6 strides. I ran just over 4 and then started in on the strides.

Tuesday: 5.01 miles ( pace) + 15 minutes Yoga for Runners

This run was supposed to be a 3 mile tempo run with a 1 mile warm up and cool down. I started out great, running with the wind. My first tempo mile beeped in at 8:30, right on track! Then I turned around and failed miserably at keeping pace heading into the wind. The second tempo mile beeped in at 9:00 and the third at 9:30. Almost a minute off of my goal. But I was working hard and getting a resistance workout all at the same time!

Wednesday: Walk the Tulsa Zoo

Thursday: 6.6 miles (9:40 pace)

My hilly speed work session turned into a hilly fartlek run. These hills were fun!

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 4.04 miles (10:01 pace) + 8 minutes strength

Because my hilly run on Thursday was so successful I decided to tackle a larger hill. I ran a couple of larger rolling hills to  a running path by the river.

Sunday: 14.01 miles (10:30 pace) + 15 minutes Yoga for Runners

Back home again. I ran a new route because I needed a change. I decided to run this at a slower pace (10:00-10:40) to see how it affected my recovery. My pace range for long runs according to McMillan’s Running Calculator is between 9:23 and 10:40 and in the past I’ve always aimed for the faster end of the spectrum. It’s hard to purposefully run slower than you are capable but all types of runs have a purpose in a training plan. I felt great during this run and when it ended I felt as though I could have kept on running.

 

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 2 | amotherspace.net

 

Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 34.49

Weekly Average Pace: 10:01

June Running Miles: 81.05

2014 Running Miles: 586.91

2014 Running Kilometers: 944.54

 

Do you run while on vacation? Do you plan out a route or just explore?

 

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