Triple R Ranch 5k (19:34)

Triple R Ranch 5k

My what a mouthful of a race title…but really…

I don’t know where to begin with the Triple R Ranch 5k…so many enjoying moments.  Sorry I didn’t announce that I was running a 5k on Memorial Day on the blog…that’s because well, I didn’t know either…and I’m not sorry because who really is that upset.

Sunday night while eating 1 pound steaks, dad asks “Hey there is a cross country race tomorrow at some ranch near North Carolina…want to do it?” Nevermind the fact that we ran the ERR 10k with the Tidewater Striders, two days ago and I did a long run yesterday and we are eating 1 pound steaks (by 1 pound I mean they were 16 ounce t bone steaks).  Why not add the Triple R Ranch 5k into our race calendars? 

Dad goes: The race is led by horses and that is just so cool…I’m so intrigued. Once dad is fascinated…there is no stopping him.

Yeah sure dad…why not…my legs will probably be on the pain train anyways.  So we drive out there and the area begins to get more “country like” and rural…oh great.

The Triple R Ranch 5k, is all cross country. I appreciate cross country runs because time is irrelevant.  The Triple R Ranch led by horseback riders along trails winding through beautiful tree lined paths and open pastures.

The Triple R Ranch 5kwas supposed to start at 8:30. I’m in the bathroom putting on my spikes at 8:25 and we hear go…and everyone started the race…while I’m still in the bathroom not wearing shoes.  (When I saw this was how it was going to be, I just thought to myself LOL, the Triple R Ranch 5k will be one of those races…alrighty then…nothing I can do about it now).

So I started the Triple R Ranch 5k behind all walkers and with 10 or so seconds already on the clock.I spent the entire Triple R Ranch 5k moving up in the field because we were running in the horse fields.

The first mile of the Triple R Ranch 5k was on a trail back behind the fields.  It was a bit cut up because it’s a horse trail.  There were huge mud holes (during warm-up Dad and I determined we might indeed be doing a steeplechase race at the Triple R Ranch 5k).

Around mile 2 of the Triple R Ranch 5k, we do a perimeter around a large field, I catch up to a guy and he says alright will you pace me for a sub 20 and I said okay sure.

I planned on going sub 20 anyways so I figured if he just stuck with me he would too. So I start pacing him, but he was slowing down, so I kept going. Then he shouts to his friend, don’t let that girl pass you.

Gee thanks…

I honestly think I’m at a point in my running career that if I’m uninjured (which why would I race injured) and under pretty normal circumstances, I should think that a sub 20 5k is pretty standard for me…

Around 2.5 of the Triple R Ranch 5k, my shoe comes untied and we run through some sort of mud trap that I was pretty positive I might lose my shoe…but I didn’t.  Yet another factor that was included in the Triple R Ranch 5k.

Then finally, we crossed the Triple R Ranch 5k finish line in 19:34.  I felt satisfied with my time.

Triple R Ranch 5k Thoughts:

I knew for a fact the Triple R Ranch 5k wasn’t going to a PR after my last two days of running and nutrition the last week. Plus, of course, the Triple R Ranch 5k was a cross country terrain.  In all, I had a fun race and I’m glad I went out to the Triple R Ranch 5k.  I would go back.  The Triple R Ranch 5k is well put together and a lot of fun.

I did get to photograph with a horse at the Triple R Ranch 5k so that was fun.

I realize I am straight up cheesing and this photo is oh so cute...
I realize I am straight up cheesing at the Triple R Ranch 5k and this photo is oh so cute…

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Questions for you:

Have you ever missed a race start? Have you run the Triple R Ranch 5k? 

Do you like horses?

Why I Should Not Run Marathons

Yet I signed up and got excited when I was chosen to run the New York City Marathon?

Yet I had scoured my email for 12 hours only and STILL HAVEN’T got that email saying I was accepted.

But my NY Road Runners account says otherwise as does my bank account has 255 dollars deducted and as we all know…the internet never lies.


So that’s that, November 3rd I will be hopefully running my first marathon.

It will be my first marathon.  I have one major goal:

Make it there first.  It’s a HUGE risk for me personally.  I’m not exactly the most injury free person and I’ll have to pay special account to anything and everything.  The last thing I need or want is to be injured here…or a week before.

And then I have one second goal:

To be under 3:10.  The website told me with the same training as my (1:24.49) half I could be around 3:00.  Maybe for a seasonal marathoner that is feasible but it’s 26.2 miles and anything can happen.  I’ve heard and seen plenty of people take out their first marathon and either injure themselves or add 30 minutes to an hour on the second half of the race.  I want to finish strong and I don’t want to pressure myself.  I think 3:10 is a smart and wise goal. 

There is one thing I know I’ll need to work on though:

Fueling during running.  I’ve run 99% of my runs and races in the last year without using gels, energy bits, powerbars…ect.  Yes that includes half marathons and yes that includes 20 milers.  I have not bonked yet but I think that is something I’ll really need to work on for the marathon.

It seems in the blogging and running community everyone is running marathons.  I’m sure I’ll get lots of unsolicited advice.  I wanted to wait until mentally I had a day where I said hmmm, I think I want to run this marathon.  No “oh so and so thinks it’s a good idea, or oh they are so I am”…ect.  I could have gutted out a marathon 2 years ago after running my first 18 miler with dad.  Would said marathon be glamorous?  No.  But I want to finish and finish  strong.  I want to put in the time, effort and energy it takes to achieve a time that I’ll be proud of.

Not a time that I can say and sidestep around “well yes I finished but I completely died the second half…I wish I had done x,y,z”.

Finally for those inquiring minds of where my “training” is going.  I still plan to focus on 5ks and speedier runs this summer.  It’s too hot to want to run 20 milers and I’m too injury prone to start serious training right now.  Honestly throughout the summer my training probably won’t change entirely too much.  I’ll still run 10 miles before work.  I’ll still run a 5k on the weekends and see all my Hampton roads friends.   This summer is all about maintaining a strong base and staying injury free.

After Labor Day and once it gets cooler I’ll climb back into running 18-20+ mile runs and take it from there.

Questions for you: 

Have you ever run the NYC marathon?  Or any marathon?

Majestic Diner Review (Long Island area)

While visiting my brother Matt in the New York City area last week, we discovered a little gem of a diner.  Diners are one of my favorite types of restaurants because they are barely ever crowded (if they are then the food is out pretty quick), they normally have huge portions and I’ve honestly never had a bad experience with a diner.  Greasy spoons are kinda my thing. 


That being said, we saw the Majestic Diner and I knew we had to give it a try.

The first time we had gone to Sunken Meadow Park to run a nice (and quite hilly) 10 miler and then came back to where we saw this diner.  I immediately honed in on the Greek salad and it had all my favorite credentials (2 huge pieces of pita bread, double dressing, grape leaves, salmon and duh feta cheese…I think everything I like about salads…are the actual not salads).  It did not disappoint and we were stuffed afterwords.  We literally waddled onto the train.


Matt wanted to pose with his Cheese steak sub which was also great.


We had scoped out the breakfast options too (none of us were in the mood for breakfast the day before) and decided we had to stop back in the morning before dropping Matt off.  It was honestly the best decision we made.

I got the lox (salmon) omelet with rye toast and also pancakes.  I had nothing bad to critique the restaurant on food wise.  The food was amazing, the portions were huge and kept me full for an entire 8 hour drive home and well…  I don’t often eat pancakes at restaurants as well (because I enjoy to make my own) but these were extremely good too. It was a little bit expensive but it was worth it.  The only negative response I had was that I went periods without coffee but I can’t complain too loudly about that.





So would I recommend the Magestic Diner?

Um, well my budget is very lucky that I do not live near there because I would be at this restaurant every day trying everything.  They have so much options.  It is a little bit pricey but well worth it.

Questions for you: What is your favorite greasy spoon?  

Elizabeth River Run 10k (39:19)

I have been excited to run a 10k since the last 10k I ran in November…mostly because they are almost never offered anywhere anymore.  It seems there are either 5ks or half marathons…at least in my life.  My best 10k times are just splits from half marathon PRs…well until last weekend.   

This particular race is a masters championship race so there are a lot of fast people and big competition that come down to run it.  The club that I’m a member of (Tidewater Striders) have a big rivalry with another local club and they use age grades times to determine the fastest team overall.  Plus it’s an excuse to sport a team singlet so I look like I’m a serious runner or something…

Dad and I got there and casually warmed up but I mostly warmed up my vocal cords chatting to everyone. It was nice to finally be back in Virginia and see a whole slew of great runners and my friends.  I love actually knowing more than 1 person at road races.  I got to the starting line and was ready to go.  Normally this race is upwards of 70 degrees, there is no shade or cloud cover and it’s sweaty just thinking about it…this year it was roughly 50 but the wind was out of control.

Can you see me now? I’m right behind my rival. 😉

With that we lined up and the race was off.  I hit the first mile in 5:55 (where is my pizza deal?).  I was somewhat boxed in and there was a pack of about 10 people around me, with me being the caboose.  I would love to say I was drafting off of them but I was about 5 feet behind about to blow away.

By mile 2 (6:21) the pack had fizzled out and I noticed I was roughly 5th female overall but it didn’t look like there was anyone in my age group ahead of me.  (I don’t even deny that 20-24 females is generally a pretty easy age group compared to 25-29 but also anywhere in the 30s.   We started running along the water and that is where the wind started.


Around the 5k point, I thought I might blow away. I hit it in 19:45 and was like oh my gosh…ain’t no one negative splits a 10k in the wind if I don’t break 40 I’m not going to be happy. So I started to run…faster…I would have been pretty torked honestly if I hadn’t broken 40 and I barely ever make goals like that for myself.  Mile 3 was my slowest mile due to wind and whatever else at 6:36.

Around mile 4.5 I had in my sights my 14 year old rival. We always run roughly the same 5k/10k times over the summer. I knew I probably had some endurance on him so when I caught him I said “we got this man, it’s a sub 40 day for both of us” and we upped the speed a bit. I later passed him but he thanked me and was glad our rivalry can continue.  I was glad we both ended up breaking 40 minutes.  (though I’m not actually sure if he had already broken it before).

I hit mile 4 at a 6:24 pace and mile 5 at 6:27 pace.  Then just charged the last final stretch which was just straight and looking at the finish line. During the last mile all I could think about was a sub 40. Then realized I was 40 seconds ahead of that…there is a reason I decided being a math major wasn’t for me..ha ha…In short this race felt good, not great, the wind certainly slowed me (and everyone) down but at least it wasn’t a heat box.


Splits were 5:55, 6:21, 6:36, 6:24, 6:27 and 6:11…typical race for me.  My races tend to be in parabola form with fastest towards the outer miles and slowest towards the inner.  I didn’t feel terrible during the race by any means but I didn’t feel awesome like the Nike half a few weeks ago either.  I just felt like…I’m running a road race.


I got to see Kris and Renee who both ran PR’s and took 1st overall and second respectively.  I probably say this a lot (and they are tired of it) but both of them are huge idols of mine.


Questions for you:

What is the most common race distance near you?  (probably after 5ks I’d assume)

What or when is your goal race? 


Guinness Pancakes

It’s no secret that my favorite beer is Guinness.  I’ve never denied it on my blog.  Since my favorite beers is Guinness, it would only make sense that one of my favorite desserts is well…Guinness flavored anything.  Lately, I’ve seemed to be able to enjoy this a lot more since many of the foodie places I’ve gone have had this option…

No I did not have this for breakfast before work because well…that might be enough to lose my job.  They are a nice treat for dinner if you are feeling it, but then again I’m always feeling a casual beer at dinner so why wouldn’t I feel a casual bunch of Guinness Pancakes?


2/3 cup flour

¼ cup cocoa powder (I used gheridelli cocoa powder but I know Hershey’s dark cocoa would be good here too)

1 egg

1 tsp baking powder

2/3 cup Guinness

1 tsp vanilla extract

*Personally I used NO sweetener here because I like the raw flavoring of Guinness.  If that isn’t your thing than maybe these pancakes aren’t your thing but you can always use a different brew or add sweetener.


My verdict?

Well duh these are my new favorite.  They are extremely dark and almost fudge like.  I bet they would be just as good in waffle form so that’s what I’ll probably do…tonight.


Questions for you: 

Favorite alcoholic (or nonalcoholic) drink?

Mine is almond milk with a splash of seltzer water and 2/3 tsp chia seeds…whatever that means.  Just kidding my drinks diet is typically water, coffee, milk and Guinness.

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