Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saturday Activities

We had a more balanced Saturday this week. Every 4 weeks we have a "recovery week" in our running where we don't have a super long run on Saturday. We ended up running 8 miles (we were only supposed to do 6) and the weather was awesome for running! It was in the low 50s and sunny. We actually wore shirts and shorts, which we haven't done in months now. We ran on the Creek turnpike path. For those of you that don't know, we live out by one of the turnpikes and they have a run/bike path that runs from a few miles from our house all the way to Jenks (where I work). It's probably 20+ miles of path. The downside is it's not very scenic and you have to run out and back, but it was a good alternative for this week since we didn't have as far to run. We did get to run along side some cows that live on some land beside the path. There were some babies that were pretty cute! Only in Oklahoma, I say!

After our nice run, we came back, took showers, and went to run some errands and go to some places that aren't open on Sundays (our normal day to go out and do things). We ate lunch at one of our favorite places from Texas, Lenny's sub shop. We were really looking forward to it because we love Lenny's! We had their food at the pool party/lunch thing at my parents' house before our wedding. The two things I like most from Lenny's are their cookies and lemonade. I say that because when we went to get lunch they had NEITHER! They had a "big day of catering" and Saturdays they clean our their lemonade maker and ovens. Like Tony said, if you're a business and you're open you should sell everything you offer on your menu. That would only make sense. Needless to say we were pretty disappointed. We still ate there and the sandwhiches were still good, but it didn't live up to our expectations to say the least.

After that we went to a running store called Fleet Feet to get some gels and Clif Shot Bloks for our runs coming up. There was a nice liquor store next door that we checked out and bought some wine. They had one of my favorites Saint M Riesling, and we picked up a Yellow Tail Australian wine to see if we liked that for our trip coming up. AND we found the cutest box of Shiner cans. We've never seen this before and thought they were really cute!


For dinner, we decided to try something new last night. We made turkey burgers, pasta salad, and baked potatoes. Everything was really good, but we needed to cook our potatoes a little longer. We also tried the Australian wine. During the afternoon we got a phone call that Tony's long time friend, Jacob, and his wife Mindy were in town and needed a place to stay. So they came over around 9 pm and we stayed up until midnight talking with them.

Andie and Alice just got back from their trip to Fayetteville this morning. We think we are going to go to the zoo this afternoon. So we'll post some pictures from that if we go.

Here's a picture of Alice in all her cuteness!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Last Week

As I said earlier, last week my sister Andie and her youngest Alice(13 months old) came to visit us for 10 days. Andie lives in Paris, so we don't get to see her and her family too often(usually once or twice a year). Beth and I would like to make it to Paris at least once a year to see them, but that's not always easy to make happen.

About 2 weeks before Andie came, Mary surprised us by buying a plane ticket to come to Tulsa for a few days when Andie was here to visit us all. We've known Mary since we were really young and don't get to see her often. The easiest way to put it is, Mary was once married to Tom who is a distant/non-existant relative of Andie and I. Luckily we still keep in touch with Mary and we're really glad she came to visit.

After picking Mary up from the airport, we all went on a tour of Tulsa. We showed them where I worked and where Beth worked and then ended with lunch at Smashburger which is a favorite of Beth's.

The next day Beth and I had to work so Mary and Andie hungout all day. That night for dinner, we had Hideaway Pizza. We couldn't let someone come visit and not introduce them to Hideaway Pizza. Mary left Tuesday afternoon. It was a short, but fun trip and we're really glad Mary came to visit. Here are a few pics from Mary's visit.




Stacy Update

Most people, but not everyone knows that Beth's sister is Stacy Lewis who plays on the LPGA Tour. I thought I'd give a quick update on what Stacy's been up to lately.

Last week, Stacy played in the first LPGA tournament of the season in Chonburi, Thailand. It was a good start to her season and she ended the four round tournament in 22nd place. Here's a pic of Stacy in Thailand.


From Thailand, Stacy flew to Singapore for the HSBC Women's Championship. Because of the 14 hour time difference between here and there, Stacy's teeing off in the late evening here which means we can wake up in the morning and see how Stacy played. Through 3 rounds, Stacy is currently in 42nd place. You can follow live scoring of any LPGA tournament at LPGAscoring.com.

Here's a pic of Stacy during her first round in Singapore.



From Singapore, Stacy will be heading to Australia for two different tournaments. We are looking forward to see how Stacy likes Australia since we will be going there in a few months.

Lately

Just when I say we've been slacking with the blog, we go another week without posting. My sister and her baby Alice got here last Saturday afternoon so we've been a little occupied between work and hanging out with them.

But let's start before they got here. Last Friday night we celebrated Beth's birthday. We went out to dinner at a place in Tulsa called Red Rock Canyon Cafe. It's kind of a sleek looking upscale casual restaurant that had been recommended by someone that I work with. We were not disappointed at all. Although it was a little on the pricey side, we will definitely be going back. I got meatloaf and Beth got rotisserie chicken. Both meals came with carrots and garlic mashed potatoes that were awesome!!! We started our meal with calimari that was different than anything we'd had before, but tasted great!

After dinner we went to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino just outside of Tulsa to meet up with a few teacher friends of Beth's. It wasn't fun. The casino itself is a combination of the new casino(Hard Rock) and the old casino(Cherokee Casino). The place smelled of smoke everywhere and the crowd left a lot to be desired. To sum it up, we won't be going back.



Saturday we got up to face out biggest running challenge yet.....20 miles. We knew that we needed to pick my sister up around 345 p.m. so we pretty much woke up and went out to do our run. After our 18 mile disaster, neither one of us was looking forward to adding 2 miles to our run. We decided before we started that we would slow our pace down just a little so we didn't feel like collapsing when we got done. Changing our pace just a little bit helped a ton. It took us 2 hours and 49 minutes to complete the 20 miles and we both felt great when we were done.

During the run, we took 2 packages of Clif ShotBloks with us, as well as the Clif electrolyte drink. Both came in really handy and gave us a great energy boost.

Today is an easy 6 mile run that we're both looking forward to. We made end up running 8 miles just to get a little extra distance, but 8 miles is nothing compared to 20 miles.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Happy Birthday To.......

BETH!!!!!!


Today is Beth's birthday!!!!! We weren't able to be together last year for her birthday since I was in Oklahoma and she was in Texas. So I'm looking forward to celebrating together tonight!

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Australia......Check!



We now have our entire trip to Australia booked including all hotels, flights, and rental cars. Our trip is going to be a mix of everything. We will be spending time in Sydney, outside of Sydney in the mountains, on the beach near the Great Barrier Reef, and even on the beach south of Sydney. We'll definitely get to see a lot of different sides of Australia which I think will be fun.

I got some great deals on hotels using different promo codes that I found online. One code on Orbitz(after a bunch of searching) got us $50 off our 3 night stay in Port Douglas. And the room rate that Orbitz was offering(before the discount) was lower than even the hotel site was offering. I also got 15% off our rental car through Europcar after finding a promo code and got 5% off through Avis. Needless to say, I probably saved us over $200 just by doing some internet searching. People wonder how we travel so much and that's one of the ways. I don't stop searching until I find a good deal. And the best part about it is the fact that we're staying in 4 and 5 star hotels(star ratings are a little different in Australia) for what you would pay to stay at Holiday Inn Express in the States.

Beth and I haven't been to the beach since our honeymoon so Australia's going to give us a chance to get back to the beach. I'm not much of a beach person, but Beth enjoys it. I like the beach, I just get bored after about 15 minutes. And while we're at the beach, we're doing a daytrip out to the Great Barrier Reef. We will be visiting 3 different reef sites and snorkeling at each one.



We will also spend a day and a half out at the Blue Mountains about 2 hours west of Sydney. It is listed as a World Heritage Site and I think we'll have fun exploring at a little bit slower pace.



Anyway, that's a pre-trip rundown of what we'll be doing. We're only about 3 months away at this point and have a lot of fun stuff going on between now and then.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day


Happy Valentine's Day! This is our second Valentine's as a married couple, and we don't really have any plans. We were going to make a nice dinner...salmon, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and dessert...but Tony has not been feeling well today and has spent the afternoon sleeping. He didn't even feel well enough to go to the grocery store. So change of plans, and I'm going to try to make a chicken noodle soup with thick egg noodles. I hope it tastes good and helps him feel better. I was sick early last week, and now it's his turn which is weird because Tony rarely gets sick. I just hope he doesn't have the stomach bug I had. Anyways, I'll end with a picture that I think its funny/cute from our wedding. The look on our faces is like, do we really have to do this? Haha, but he's my partner in everything we want to do and things we don't want to do and I love him!

18 Miles Will Wear You Out!

Yesterday was our 18 mile run. I don't know what the deal was, but this was so much harder than the 16 we did the week before. Neither one of us felt that great after about 12 miles. It was a struggle to stay with it, but we did it. I've never felt such pain in my muscles. I wanted to drop to the ground after we stopped running. I just didn't have the right attitude or something and the miles dragged on and my legs really hurt. I was really glad to be done with that run yesterday. It's kind of discouraging to feel like that and realize that a marathon is 8 more miles after that...8 more miles! I didn't think I could do one more yesterday. The only promise is that we do 20 next week plus 20 two more times after that and 16 two more times. I've got to think that it can only get easier from here the more we run these longer distances.

We ran our usual long run places on Riverside, but of course added 2 more miles. We had our last GU's at 7 miles. I wasn't a fan of the GU the first time, but it was ok this time. We also took 2 little water bottles with the Clif electrolyte drink again as well as the Clif Shot Bloks at mile 14. Still loving the Shot Bloks. This time we had lemon-lime flavor. The Shot Blok package did not love me though! I carried them in the waist band of my shorts and the edge of the package rubbed on my skin and made it bleed. That's my own fault though.

My thought at the end of the run yesterday was...thank goodness we don't have to do this again for a whole week! (We did run relatively fast for not running this distance before...8:14 mile pace for 2 hours 28 minutes total.)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

16 Miles And Counting

Our lives have been pretty boring as of late. In fact, we’ve pretty much had nothing going on. And because of that, the blog has suffered(or maybe no one looks at this blog anyway). Since we haven’t been doing much, I’ll give you a quick rundown of the few things that have been happening.

Last Saturday, we ran 16 miles as part of our marathon training(this week is week 6 out of 16). The furthest that Beth had ever run was 15 miles, so it was definitely a big accomplishment for her. I hadn’t run 16 miles in probably 3 years or so, so I was pretty happy as well.

For the run, we took two normal sized water bottles with us and left them in the car for after the run. Then for the run we took 3, 8 oz. bottles with us(ditching one bottle behind some bushes for later, 4 miles in). The two remaining bottles we filled with Clif Shot Electrolyte Replacement powder, lemonade flavor. It’s basically a powder that you mix with water and drink during exercise. We had never thought about something like this for our long runs, but are very glad we had it. The flavor was great and it definitely gave us a boost during our run compared to normal boring water. It will definitely be a part of our future long runs. After getting that ready, we had to get dressed and drive to Riverside where we run which is about 20 minutes from our house.



Six miles into the run, we had our first energy gel. This time we had PowerBar Gels for our run. Beth had tangerine flavor and I had apple flavor. Needless to say, Beth was not impressed. In fact, she had a hard time even getting the whole thing down. The flavor of mine was okay, but the consistency was a little off. The gels did give us a little boost, but nothing special. Overall, I would say that we probably won’t buy these again.



After 12 miles it was time for our Clif Shot Bloks(Beth and I were both excited about this). These were the same thing we had back during another one of our long runs, but this time we had the CranRazz flavor. These things are awesome! The downside is that the packaging can be a little tough to get into while running and also not as easy to carry with you in your pocket on a long run(I can put the gels in my “media pocket” on my shorts). But the great thing is, they have tons of flavor and tons of substance. You definitely get a boost after eating these and also feel replenished. On a 16 mile run, I burn about 2400 calories, so it’s pretty important to get some substance in while running.



The Shot Bloks helped us finish the last four miles and we were done! Our final time was 2 hours and 10 minutes with an average per mile pace of 8:10. When we got into the car, the first thing we did was get some Clif Shot Roks that we brought with us. They come in a package of 10 little protein “roks” that honestly tasted like Milkduds to me. Each “rok” has about 27 calories and 2 grams of protein. The flavor we had was Peanut Butter, but I couldn’t really taste the peanut butter in it a whole lot although Beth disagreed. It was nice to have something to eat after the run that tasted good, but was also good for us. I look forward to trying the chocolate and chocolate chip cookie dough flavors.



On the way home, we stopped at Braum’s and picked up some chocolate milk for when we got home. Braum’s is a dairy store/fast food place only found in Oklahoma and bordering states. Everything is produced in Tuttle, Oklahoma and super fresh. It is definitely one thing that I can say Beth loves about Oklahoma. And the chocolate milk literally tastes like a chocolate milkshake. It’s a great reward after a 16 mile run and also has some good health benefits too, according to Runner’s World.



By the time we got home, we had been gone for almost 4 hours. I never realized the process that goes into running 16 miles and also the time needed(not just counting the actual time running).

Saturday night we went to Oklahoma City for my friend Matt’s 30th birthday party. It was fun seeing a lot of people I hadn’t seen in a while and also introducing Beth to some high school friends that she had never met. Sunday morning we drove back and got ready to watch the Super Bowl. We had fun watching the game, but unfortunately Beth got sick after the game and is just now starting to feel better.

This weekend should be somewhat quiet. Beth has a teaching exam that she has to take to get another certification and after that it’ll be time for an 18 mile run.

And…..the Amazing Race starts on Sunday night!!! It is definitely my favorite show and has been since its first season. I love watching the people get out of their comfort zone and interact with all different types of people around the world. I also love seeing the race go through places that we’ve been before like Dubai, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Istanbul.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Bad Bloggers

Sorry we've been MIA for the past week. Nothing too exciting has been going on. The weather's been pretty dreary and last week seemed to just drag on. The good news is that we just booked a trip to Las Vegas for my birthday. We are going for 4 nights and staying at the Wynn. Ever since the Wynn was built, I've always wanted to stay there so that should be fun. Beth has never been to Las Vegas so I'm excited to see what she thinks.



On a side note, my sister and baby Alice will be here in two weeks! We can't wait to see them. And on a side side note, Mary surprised us by booking a ticket to come see us too at the same time Andie is here. We can't to see Mary either! It's been since our wedding in July 2008 that we saw Mary.

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