German Food and Car Shows

Sometimes I have an exciting weekend that merits a blog post.  Since I usually work on weekends and live a fairly boring life, those exciting weekends are rare.

For those who don’t know, my husband likes cars.  That’s an understatement and along with all the random stuff he does outside of his job, he fixes cars.  In the time since we’ve been together, he’s never once taken his beloved 1989 BMW into the shop.  He fixes everything from the engine, brakes and whatever other car things need get fixed.

His other wife is a 1987 Porche he has been fixing.  When we lived in Texas, I drove it once and decided never again.  I can drive a stick shift fine, but I’m not about that life.   Now he has taken the entire thing apart and is rebuilding the engine.  It hasn’t seen the road for over a year, but I think he is almost done.

We had it towed during our move...since without an engine cars don't go too far...

We had it towed during our move…since without an engine cars don’t go too far…

I read blogs for fun, and he rebuilds engines.

So, in summary, yes, I might be sister wives with two cars…

His hobby led us to the Prestigious Philadelphia auto show.  For $14, you got access to all of the latest and greatest cars.  Almost every brand is represented, and they have classic and modified cars as well.

My only photo of a car

My only photo of a car

They asked me to model but I couldn't stand still that long...so sorry to let them down...

They asked me to model, but I couldn’t stand still that long…so sorry to let them down…

My dream car is the BMW I8.  Considering I just paid off my car, that won’t happen…I need to make blogging a full-time income on top of my day job.  I would have to win the lottery as well.  Then I suppose I could afford one of these cars. 

Maybe I'll start a gofund me for this car.

Maybe I’ll start a go fund me for this car.

Despite only living a few miles from Philadelphia we don’t get down there as much as we would like.  We decided to make a date night out of it and went to a German restaurant called the Brauhaus Schmitz.  I’ve never been to a traditional German restaurant and beer hall, but it was fun.

We ordered the liverwurst app, and the entree called “Schweinshaxe”.  It was essentially fried bread around the fattiest meat I’ve ever had.  The layer composition was meat, fat wrapped with fried bread.  It was unhealthy, but it was one of the best entrees I’ve ever had.

German food

If you are in Philadelphia, I recommend it.  Plus they have over 200 beers on tap!

On Sunday, we headed up to North Jersey and Morristown for the Pregame 4 miler.  As I said yesterday, I had a good race, but my husband finally had a breakthrough race.  He was able to run a 5:50 pace on a challenging course.  He has been working hard, so it was nice to see that pay off.

t and I

Afterwards, we went to the Jefferson Diner, where I got the most delicious red velvet cake.  In the 89 diners, I’ve been too, I think this might have won best dessert.  There will be a review in a couple of weeks.

jefferson diner red velvet cake

I guess that’s all my excitement of the weekend.  I’ll post another interesting weekend post for about three months when it happens again…

Questions for you:

What is your dream car?

Have you had German food before? 

Pregame 4 Miler (24:47)

Two years ago I accidently discovered the Pregame 4 miler and ran a 25:32.  The race is located in north jersey, in Morristown.  Two years ago I confused the towns of Morristown and Moorestown.  Moorestown is roughly 15 minutes from me, where Morristown is 90 minutes.  It turned out I loved the race so much I decided to come back this year too.  Luckily the race start is at 11 am.

As I mentioned in my training log, I had not been sleeping well.  The night before the race finally passed out and slept through the night.  I ended up getting 10 hours of sleep.  It was exactly what I needed.

The Pregame 4 miler has a “polar bear award” that the most naked person wins.  Since the Panthers were playing, I decked out in a Panthers themed outfit.  It included the most naked I could get down too, followed by several temporary tattoos.  Luckily it wasn’t too cold out, so it felt fine.

panthers superbowl 4 miler

We left the house around 8:15 and arrived by 10.  It was an easy drive and almost exclusively all highway.  While signing up, the volunteers gave us two bibs but didn’t specify whose was who.  When my husband and I asked which bib was which they said it didn’t matter. I mentioned would gladly accept the faster run bib (i.e. My husbands).

The bib confusion took longer than anticipated to sort out.  Since I was flustered and in a rush, I somehow put my bib on upside down at the start line.  I’m regularly pushing my limits to get to the start on time, and the bib is the last thing on my mind.  At the race start and during the entire race, no one told me my bib was upside down.  I can file that under most embarrassing race moments.

The race start was quick.  The first half mile is downhill and followed by a slow uphill and another downhill.  I was running in a big crowd of people.  Like last time, we ran by a church which was getting out.  It’s always fun to run by a church when you are half naked (not that I do that often).

I hit the first mile in 6:03. I wasn’t tapered, but because I knew it was the easiest mile, I was worried.  I didn’t know how to race a 4-mile race and just raced it as a 5k with a bonus round.

The second mile began to disseminate the crowd, and I found myself with plenty of room.  I had warmed up the first two miles of the course, so I knew the layout.  We ran up a short incline and by the time I knew it, it was mile 2.  I hit the second mile in 6:09.  I didn’t feel remarkably good or bad.

I knew the third mile was the most difficult.  In the middle, we climbed a steep hill of about 200 feet.  I felt the hill repeats from training keeping me strong.  I was able to climb the hill well and charged the last 1.25.  Two months ago that hill would have crushed me, but on Sunday, I ran it well.  I hit the third mile in 6:22 which I was pleased with.  My overall time was 18:31 and continued to run a 5k in exactly 19:00 (which is where I want to be for race workouts).

During the last mile, I made the six-minute goal to break 25 minutes.

super bowl 4 miler

I sprinted to the end.  The final mile was a blur.  The first half is straight followed by a turn and a short incline.  I finished the last mile in 6:09 and with an overall time of 24:47.

I’ve never had a video focused on me while running but they made videos for some of the finishers.

Thoughts:
A lot has happened since running this race two years ago. Back in early 2014, I was in good shape.  In 2014, I ran a 25:32 and two months later, a 1:23:23 half marathon.  This year, I ran 50 seconds faster, and I believe I’m in better fitness.  Mentally the race shows that I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in, but I have room to improve.

I was untapered for the race and used it as a workout.  Honestly, it felt like a workout as well.  It was a 19 minute 5k on a challenging course.

Finally, I did not win the Polar Bear contest.  One of the local runners ran in a speedo and held the signs “D” and a “fence” for defense.

Questions for you:
Were you rooting for a team at the Super Bowl?
Have you run a four miler before?

 

Training: Possums and 71 Miles

The first week of training in February started off well.  Like I mentioned last week, February is a month to get through.  I’m training through the month and not tapering for anything.  All of my planned races will provide quality workouts for bigger Spring Races.

Monday: Easy Run
Tuesday: Easy Run
Wednesday: 6X1 mile repeats (6:27 pace)
Thursday: Easy Run
Friday: OFF
Saturday: Easy Run
Sunday: Pregame 4 miler (24:47)
 Total:  71 miles

To be honest, there isn’t a lot to say about this week.  My easy runs were done easy and for the most part, they were uneventful.  I did run into this guy on Thursday.

possum running

South Jersey is not for the city slickers I guess.

Workout Wednesday: 6X1 hill mile repeats with 90 seconds rest

I posted on Instagram, but I was not in the mood for this workout.  I was tired and had psyched myself out for the run.  Most of the time, I don’t get nervous for a workout but this time, I was.  I let negative thoughts creep in, and I almost scrapped the workout altogether.

I can typically tell how I run will go by my warm up, and the warm up did not feel good.  Even though I felt awful, I decided to do the workout.  Why?  Because I wasn’t sick or physically hurt, I was just mentally tired.  There was no reason not too, except my nerves.

I plugged along the repeats and averaged a 6:27 pace.  I was surprised they were that fast to be honest.

All smiles afterwards though

All smiles afterwards though

Workouts #2: Pregame 4 miler:

I ran this race in 2014 but not 2015 (I was in Rochester that weekend).  Despite the race being a far drive, it’s a race I enjoy doing.  My husband and I make a day trip to North Jersey out of it.  Plus, with the Panthers in the Super Bowl, I had to find some way to support my team.  In summary, I ran a 24:47 which is a 6:11 pace (with a 19:00 5k).  It didn’t feel good or bad, but it did feel like a workout.  I have no complaints, and the race was exactly what I wanted.  My husband had a great breakthrough race for his current fitness and ran a 23:20.

It’s hard to tell, but I was rocking plenty of Panthers tattoos and colors.

super bowl 4 miler

Thoughts:

I’m happy with how both the workout and race went.  Both are the most important runs of the week, and I was pleased to have solid efforts in both.  As I said in my monthly log last week, February is about getting quality miles and training for Spring races.

I’m not getting enough sleep recently, and it has played a role in my training.  Some days it’s because I’m tossing and turning in bed, other days it’s because I’m living my outside of running life.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a little better next week.

Questions for you:

How have you been sleeping?

What do you do to get over running nerves?

Corvette Diner

Corvette Diner  (San Diego, CA)

The Corvette Diner was one of the first diners I went to when I was a young child.  I was born in San Diego and have memories of when we visit.  My parents would always take us to the Corvette Diner!  It’s been at least 15 years since I’ve been back.  On a side note, that sounds weird to say.  I wanted to know, would this diner live up to my childhood expectation?  I’ve been to at least 100 diners since then…

Image via here

Image via here

We went to the Corvette Diner after the Carlsbad half marathon.  If you are anything like me, then everything tastes good after a hard race.  We arrived around 11 on a Sunday.  If felt like 2 pm to me and I was starving.

Atmosphere: A

The Corvette Diner is as cool as I remember.  The inside is retro with an actual old Corvette inside.  They have done renovations since I was there over 15 years ago.  There is plenty more space and seating.  The atmosphere is exactly what you picture a retro diner to be.  Even the waitresses are dressed in hoop skirts and retro clothing.

Something I do remember from my childhood is that upon greeting you; the waitresses throw a dozen straws on your table.

Corvette Diner straws

Service: B

Even though it was 11 on a Sunday, the diner wasn’t crowded at all.  There were just two birthday parties.  The waitress was friendly and refilled our drinks, but I did feel as if we were forgotten a couple of times.

Coffee: B

When I came as a child, I didn’t try their coffee.  In fact, I didn’t like coffee at age 10.  (I know there was a time I didn’t drink coffee).  The coffee at the Corvette Diner was good, but there was nothing unique and special about it.

corvette diner coffee

Food: A

There are plenty of options at the Corvette Diner.  It has a big menu from breakfast to lunch but luckily the menu is not overwhelming.  I was starving, and I ordered with my stomach.  I ended up getting a chunky monkey milkshake as well as a burger.

The burger wasn’t greasy.  While I did take off the pickle, the onion ring, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato were all good as well. The French fries were a nice medium between crispy and soft.  They weren’t soggy at all.  Even after running, I left feeling full.

Classic post race burger and fries

Classic post race burger and fries

The chunky monkey milkshake had bananas, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream.  It was topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, banana chips and a cherry.  It’s hard to mess up a milkshake, and this was perfect.

Corvette Diner milkshake

Cost:$$

For my burger, coffee, and milkshake the cost was $20.  Not bad considering how full I left.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?

Everything was great, and if I were local, I would be back often.

Summary:
Atmosphere: A
Service: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Cost: $10-20
Overall: A

Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of car?
What’s your favorite flavor of milkshake?

Five Things Runners Can Never Have Enough of…

As runners, we can never have enough of several items.  One of my first fears is running out of any of these items.  If you are anything like me, then you have many items stocked and ready.

Five Things Runners Can Never Have Enough of...

Underwear

I don’t think anyone can have enough underwear but as runners we definitely can never have enough.  The more underwear you have, the less you have to do laundry. It’s a win-win.

Socks

As much as I go through socks, I go through underwear.  I put on a pair for my daily run, put on a new pair post running and sometimes even put on another pair in the evening after a long day.  Sometimes I go through more pairs of socks than underwear!

running socks

Shoes

Shoes are a hit and miss.  You can never have enough shoes that work appropriately for you but like many things shoes have a lifespan.  I would argue having proper shoes is one of the most important aspects to keep you running.  The most important takeaway is you can never have enough of the RIGHT shoe.  If it’s not the right structure for your feet, it’s a waste.  I’ve written about the importance of wearing the appropriate type of shoe.  I’ve also written about the importance of rotating shoes too.

Snacks:

Anytime I work out; I’m more hungry.  If you don’t have plenty of snacks for any and all occasions, then you are doing your training wrong.  It only takes a second, or a whiff of a good smell to realize how hungry you are.  (Warning: Don’t want through the mall after a run.  Auntie Anne Pretzels never forget).

GIFSec.com

Running friends:

Seriously who doesn’t want a plethora of friends to train, run and hang out with?  When you see them in nonrunning clothes, you will wonder who they are.  If one friend gets tired of you, then you have more friends.  Seriously, though, running friends understand good and bad races.  They know the ups and downs of training, they just get it.

running friends meme

Other blogging challenges I’ve written about:
One Mistake I’m Glad I made
Why Training for Shorter Distances Will Make You Better at Longer Ones
Deep Tissue Massages
Steps to Increase Mileage and Stay Injury Free
How to be a Better Runner

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Questions for you:
Fill in the blank: Runners can never have enough________.
How many pairs of running socks do you own?

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