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Frostbite 5 miler (30:25)

Frostbite 5 miler (30:25)

Last weekend I ran the Frostbite 5 miler.  To be honest, I hadn’t treated my body well the week before.  Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, and I like to celebrate with sugar.   It doesn’t have to be a fancy date, but I’ll be the first to tell you I didn’t make healthy choices.

I have always wanted to do the Frostbite 5 miler.  It’s competitive race as well as challenging course too.

My husband and I arrived at the race a little later than anticipated and I got about 2-mile warmup in.  I would have preferred a little longer, but took what I could get.  As I was delayering at the start; the race went off.  I panicked threw my long sleeve off and sprinted out.  I was boxed in, but I was able to run on the outside and slowly progress where I wanted.  The first mile I went out fast trying to get to a better spot.

I had no idea what place I was in, and I didn’t care.  I made an arbitrary goal of under 31 minutes for 5 miles.  6:10 was fast, but I thought my fitness was there.  I hit the first mile in 5:57.

During the second mile, I settled in a good rhythm and was going back and forth with another local female runner.  I gathered I was in the top ten of women which was cool with me.  We hit the second mile in 5:51 and I knew I was not going to hold that forever.

The next two miles climbed several hills.  We did makeup with downhills, but the long hills definitely took their toll on my quads.  Every uphill my friend would pass me, and downhills I would run by her.  Ultimately she passed me and never looked back.  We hit both miles in 6:14.

The last mile was almost all uphill and my legs were not in the mood to climb anything else.  I kept looking at my watch and hoping the race would finish soon.  The final mile felt like it took forever, but I finished in 6:05 and crossed the finish in 30:25.  I was 6th women overall.

frostbite 5 miler me running

I’m happy, and pleasantly surprised with my finish.  My goal had been under 31 and with the rolling hills, I can’t complain.  Technically I also ran an 18:35 5k which is my fastest 5k in a while too.  It feels good to be coming back to fitness.

Questions for you:

What’s your favorite distance to race?

Do you run downhills or uphills better?

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Training: Quality Training Fueled by Sugar

Training: Quality Training Fueled by Sugar

Last week’s training went better than expected.  Not only that, but life went well too as my husband came home from his deployment.  I feel like I’ve said that several times but it’s exciting and got me out of a weird funk I was in the last few weeks.

Anyway, as many of my personal friends know Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I like celebrating love, and I’ve enjoyed it since I was a little kid.Single, dating, married, I’ve enjoyed each year.

This year, I didn’t treat my body “the best,” and had a lot of sugary sweets on Valentine’s day and the days after.  I didn’t go crazy, but I did feel it in the days lingering.  This year my husband and I just stayed at home, enjoyed a home cooked meal, cupcakes, and Netflix.  It was perfect!  I didn’t regret my sugar and food choices last week, but my body definitely didn’t feel amazing all of the time which in turn, affected running.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes
Wednesday: 12x400s averaging 86 seconds
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 60 minutes
Saturday: Frostbite 5 miler (30:25)
Sunday: Long Run 14 miles

12x400s average 86 (400-meter recovery) On roads

My fastest 400 workout in a while.  The weather was perfect, and I was recovering from my sugar coma.  It was definitely one of my better workouts in the last year, if not the best.  The pace felt natural, and I never felt out of my means.  A consequence of the workout is I’ve had Lourde stuck in my head for the last week, but there are worse things.

Frostbite 5 miler: 30:25 (6:05 pace)

I hadn’t run a 5-mile race in a few years and had forgotten “how to race.” Going into the race, my goal was to be under 31 minutes.  Even being under 31 was a huge step for me, but I knew I had the fitness to do so.  The suburbs of Philadelphia are hilly, and this course was not an exception.  I ran exactly 18:35 for the 5k and then 30:25 for the 5 miles which averaged to 6:05.  If I had run a 10k, I would have PRed which is awesome to think about.

 

Raced a hilly 5 miler in 30:25. Went through the 5k in 18:35 and finished 6th women overall.

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It feels good to feel like my old “running self.”  While at the end of the day, it’s just running I’m happy to be doing well right now.

Posts of the week:

60 Days with Collagen

Cupids Chase 5k (18:38)

Questions for you:

Have you run an 8k or 5 miler?  What is your strategy?

Do you like Valentines Day?

Bandwagon Diner (Toms River)

Bandwagon Diner (Toms River)

Recently the owner of New Jersey isn’t boring, Cyd, and myself met at another diner in Toms River. We’e been to a few Toms River diners, a few months ago; we met at the Fast Break Diner as well as the Four Seasons.  We’ve been to over 20 diners together!

band wagon diner toms river

Atmosphere: B
The atmosphere of the Bandwagon Diner is stereotypical of many diners down the shore. It looks rustic and beachy. The inside is a bit outdated but still decent. There are several booths, tables, and a full-length bar. Plus, it has pink curtains.  It could use an update, but it was clean which is what matters.

Coffee: B
There was nothing unusual or unique, but it was hot. The waitress refilled it a few times too.

band wagon diner toms river

Food: B
The Bandwagon Diner has everything from big breakfasts to lunch and dinner specials. I was going to order off the specials menu with a wrap that contained  “chopped meat,” but since I had enough mystery meat in high school, I ordered the Mediterranean wrap.  It contained grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, tomato, and spinach. In all the wrap was good but the tomato cooked spinach made it soggy.

band wagon diner toms river

I ordered a side salad which was nothing unique.  In all the meal was good, but it wasn’t my favorite.

Service: B
The waitress was friendly, and our food came out quickly. In fact, the food was one of the fastest to come in out in any diner I’ve been too.  We were in and out of the diner within 30 minutes!

Cost: $$
For my wrap, salad, coffee, the cost was about 12.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Bandwagon Diner, and it is one of my more favorite diners of the area. I would go back.  The service was quick.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: B
Cost: $8-15
Overall: B

Nearby Diners I’ve been: Four Seasons, Crystal, Fast Break

See all 172 Diners here.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite wrap?

Do you like cooked vegetables or raw?

 

60 Days with Collagen

60 Days with Collagen

Last month, I asked twitter what people preferred to see on LOLZ blog.  This is a blog about my life, journey, running, training, fitness, diners, military life and run on sentences and poor grammar.  While hard to classify what is LOLZ blog, it’s mainly about my life and journey.  If readers are interested in something in particular than I always try to include it.

benefits of collagen

One thing that popped up was more about food and diet.  Please keep in mind, I’m not an expert.  I’m not a dietician, and I’m not a nutritionist.  I do have a public health degree and took several college classes in health.  I still have a hand in the general public health environment (and no, it not because I blog LOL), although not as much in the food realm.

Moving forward, I’ve decided to share a new supplement I’ve been taking over the last 60 days.  With any review and supplement, I think it’s important to give it time.  Like running shoes, you can’t say you “love” something after 1-2 runs and you certainly can’t know a supplement is life changing after a week.

That being said, I started taking Collagen with Vital Proteins 2 months ago, and I’ve found myself recovering faster from workouts and runs.  Vital proteins sent me the original sample, but because I’ve found myself to be successful with it, so I’ve continued to purchase!  

What is Collagen?

When Vital Proteins contacted me, I wasn’t familiar with every benefit of Collagen.  I knew what Collagen was, but that was about it.

Collagen is a protein in the body found in muscles, bones, skin, nails, joints, the digestive system, and tendons.

Why Supplement and Why Vital Proteins?

While yes collagen exists in food, it’s hard to find. Due to the nature of collagen, it comes from the broth of animals.  That is why you see more and more athletes drinking bone broth!  Here is a few source of natural collagen:

  • Bone Broth
  • Eggs are one of the other few foods to contain collagen
  • Salmon

Thinking out loud, as delicious as both eggs and salmon are, it’s nearly impossible to eat them every day.  That is why finding a supplement like Vital Proteins is worth it.

vital proteins collagen benefits

My favorites as of now are:

Like protein powder, Vital Proteins dissolves well in water.  Each scoop contains 35-40 calories and about 10 grams of protein.  It also includes your daily dose of collagen.  I feel healthy just thinking about it!

Why is Collagen Great for Runners? 

Joint Health

Runners are constantly pounding their joints.  This decreases the cartilage in the knees and other areas.  In the running world, it’s not uncommon to hear athletes talk about “bone on bone” and needing surgery to repair it.

How does Collagen Help your Knees?

  • Increases lubrication around joints to make more mobile
  • Helps to increase bone density (A BIG ONE FOR RUNNERS!)
  • Reduces inflammation around joints and improves healing of connective tissues
  • Every seving contains 10 grams of protein in 35-45 calories.

Lastly, Skin Health!

One huge benefit outside of running is Collagen helps to replace dead skin cells.  If you know me, you know I’ve never had perfect, flawless skin.  I suffered from acne in high school as well as adult acne a few years ago.  No amount of makeup or Instagram filter made it better.  I do see a dermatologist, which has been great but I’ll never have perfect skin.  Collagen doesn’t treat acne or medical conditions but it will help to replace dead skin cells and make your skin look smoother.  I can personally say I’ve had success with that.

While Vital Proteins, sent me an initial sample, I’ve now been using and purchasing it for myself.  I feel better, and my skin looks better, and it’s something I’ve found helpful for me!

Questions for you:

Do you take any supplements?

Have you ever tried a collagen supplement?

Cupids Chase 5k (18:38)

Cupids Chase 5k (18:38)

Last weekend I ran the Cupids Chase 5k in Moorestown, NJ.  After my 3 mile race the weekend before, I was hoping for an accurate course this week.  I knew it would be a competitive race and I was looking to get a good baseline of where I was.

The race started later than I would have liked at 10:00.  It was forecasted to rain, but luckily it held off until my cool down when it poured rain.  I got to the race at 9, warmed up, and by the time I knew it, we were off.  I was excited to see a few of my local friends at the start.  As you can see by the photos, I guess I went through a lot of emotions during the race.

First, I was deep in thought and possibly angry…

cupids chase 5k moorestown me

The first mile was uneventful, and I ran with a pack of males, including most that recognized.  It weaved around Strawbridge Lake.  I hit the first mile in 5:59 and was pleasantly surprised.  I didn’t feel bad, and I had gotten a decent amount of sleep but was still surprised.  My legs just felt meh.  It was my first mile below 6 minutes in a while.

But then I was full of regret

cupids chase 5k moorestown me

The next mile, I ran by myself.  There was one male in front of me, but no one around.  I stayed in that position the entire time.  The course was an out and back but had 2 180 degree turns.  We hit the first 180 at about the halfway point.  The ground was slick, and I nearly fell but was able to maintain good speed around the turn.  I hit the second mile in 5:52 which is my fastest mile in a long time.

The final mile was just about getting back to the end.  To add the extra .1, we went around another park that included another 180 turn.  Because, in general, the course was an out and back, I was able to see my friends as they went the opposite direction.  It gave me motivation.  I thrive on seeing friends or racing with other people.  I hit the third mile in 6:02 which in a 5k I can’t complain because it was still plenty of energy in the tank.  With the turnaround and running alone, I was definitely happy with that.

Then I was desperate for the finish line to be close 

cupids chase 5k moorestown me

The final .1, I just ran as fast as I could and crossed the finish line in 18:38.  It’s my fastest 5k in nearly a year, and I could not be more excited.  I know I have a long way to go, but it was great motivation.

Questions for you:

Do you like themed races?

Do you prefer out and back courses or loops?

Training: Fast 5k and Sleep

Training: Fast 5k and Sleep

Last week was both mentally exhausting and physically.  Luckily, when it mattered the most, I was able to run fast.  That being said, running is never my life priority.  Yes, I have a running blog, but my life and overall wellness mean more to me.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes
Wednesday:  6X800s at 6 min pace
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 45 minutes
Saturday: Cupids Chase 5k (18:38)
Sunday:  14 miles with fast finish 

Thoughts:

My legs were tired for most of the week.  My husband was supposed to get home on Wednesday but a last minute change caused him not too.  Which began an added stress.  I didn’t handle it well.  Was I crying all of the time?  No, but was it an added stress?  Yes.  With life responsibilities, sleep took a hit.  Luckily on Friday night, I fell asleep early and I got a lot of extra rest which ended up helping with the 5k.

6X800s at 6 min pace with 1/4 mile jog recovery

As I mentioned on Instagram, it poured rain during the workout.  For some reason, I was drawn outside.  My legs were tired, and I could feel that. I got the workout done.  Was it my favorite? No, but I finished and moved on.

Cupids Chase 5k (18:38):

I’ll have a full recap this week, but I felt better than I anticipated.  My splits were 5:59, 5:52, 6:02.  It’s my fastest 5k since my burnout, and I was definitely not expecting to run that fast with everything I’ve been dealt with. I can’t complain.  I am excited to be that far into the 18s again, and I know on a good day, I’m capable of more.

Today I ran my fastest 5k since my burnout. 18:38 with splits of 5:59, 5:52, and 6:02.

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Posts of the week:

20 Podcasts to Keep You Entertained

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Mercy 3 Miler (18:20)

Questions for you:

Did anyone do any Valentines Day races?

How was your week of training?

Westampton Family Diner

Westampton Family Diner

I was back in Burlington County and was able to cross another diner off my checklist.  Longer time readers might know, but I used to live in Burlington.  Then we decided to move east towards Philadelphia.  The Westampton Family Diner was one of the last diners to cross off my Burlington Diner “list”…for now.

Atmosphere:  A
I wasn’t the diner to be so big.  It was a big restaurant building with plenty of booths, a full-length bar, and a dessert case.  For some reason, I had pictured it to be much smaller.westampton family diner mount holly nj

Coffee: B
The waitress brewed hot coffee, and it was good.  There was nothing unusual or unique about it, but it tasted good.

Westampton Family diner nj

Food: A
The Westampton Diner has a lot of choices, and the menu is massive.  To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to have that many choices, and I had no idea what I wanted.  I’ve been back a couple of times since and my favorite was the steak and eggs.  My brother had ordered it the first time we went, and it looked good, so I decided to give it a shot the second time, and I’m happy I did.

Westampton Family diner nj

The portion size is huge.  The steak itself is roughly a pound, and with the over-easy eggs, it’s definitely a lot.  It also came with hashbrown and toast. I had run about 10 miles in the morning and was still full.

Service: A
Both times I’ve been, the service at the Westampton Diner was fast.  The waitress refilled our drinks quickly, and the food came out quickly.  On top of that, the waitress was extremely friendly always had a story to tell us when she returned to our table.

Cost: $
For the steak and eggs, and coffee, the cost was $15.  The portion size was massive.

Overall Summary/Would I Come Back?
I liked the Westampton Diner, and I’ll be back again.  It’s a fast, inexpensive diner.  It’s one of my favorite in that area!

Atmosphere: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $7-13
Overall: B

Nearby Diners I’ve been: Vincentown, Route 38, and Pandora

You can see all 168 diners here.

Questions for you:
Have you moved recently?
How do you like your eggs cooked?

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