Maple Shade Soccer Club 5kish (20:51)

After running the Rotary 5k on Saturday I decided to pull a double and run the Maple Shade soccer club 5k on Sunday.  The race was only 15 minutes from my house so I thought…why not?

I woke up Sunday morning and felt decent.  I felt better than the day before but “dancing and heel DOMS” had set in (Is that a thing…I don’t know).  I feel silly saying my calves were sore from wearing stilettos but it is what it is.

I arrived to the race around 8am.  It started at 9 and I did a 3 mile warm up. At the start I looked a little better then the Rotary Run.  I at least had my hair pulled back and I had removed all of the makeup from 2 nights prior.  After I warmed up I finally found the restrooms and headed to the start.  The race director (who was also a personal friend) said a few words and we were off.

The course was remarkably simple…it was 3 laps around the high school and then around the track. Even I couldn’t get lost with that!

Once we were off I positioned myself as first women. I saw three men ahead that were running in a tight pack. Included in the pack was Marc who ultimately won. There was no one between the leaders and I.  I basically ran the entire race by myself.  During the first mile I realized I felt okay but not great. I was surprised when my watch beeped and I ran the first mile/lap in 6:07.

During the second mile one person passed me and that put me into fifth overall. It was the three leaders ahead, one male and then myself.  I ran the race entirely by myself staying in fifth place. The race was completely uneventful and reminded me of mile repeats around the track. You run a lap around the high school and then do it twice more…

I ran the second mile in 6:27 and the third mile in 6:33. There wasn’t anything eventful about either mile, it felt more like a workout I was trying to power through!

When we I hit the third mile I realized there was no way the 5k would be an actual 5k. We were at least .1 from the track and the course also went around the track. I was disapointed because I know on a normal length course I would have been below 20 minutes.

My Garmin told me I ran a 5k in 19:50 and clearly it knows everything. I powered through and finished the race in 20:51. I don’t know how much longer the race course actually was…my GPS says 3.3 which would make sense with 3X1 mile laps and going around the track. Oh well it’s not like a life or death situation.

Thoughts:

I haven’t really felt great in a race for a few weeks. That comes from racing after being out late or eating poorly the night before or in this case racing the day before. I can’t wait to see what I do on legs that aren’t tired.

The race itself was fun and I don’t regret it. If it was my goal race I might be have been more irritated about the bonus distance…but it wasn’t. I would prefer a course longer anyways.  So sorry no race photos all weekend but sometimes that is how it goes.

Questions for you:
What is the most humorous race course you’ve run?
Have you ever had heel DOMS?  Is that even a thing? 

National Coffee Day

There are only a few foodie holidays I like to celebrate or even point out.  Every day is a different food day if you google it.

But seriously: Here is a list of “National Foodie Days” incase you ever wondered.

Anyways National Coffee Day is a “Holiday” I will celebrate proudly.  Most people know I drink a lot of coffee but what they don’t realize is a lot of it is decaf.  I truly enjoy the taste of coffee but honestly don’t need or want that much caffeine every day.

Personally I love the taste of coffee.  Whether it’s decaf, flavored, with lots of cream or minimal…I enjoy coffee a lot! I don’t discriminate. 

The coffee life
The coffee life

My current favorite coffee is obviously the seasonal pumpkin spice with whipped cream.

Why the whipped cream?  As you drink the coffee, it gets more creamy (since the whipped cream melts).  It’s more bitter at first and then creamy towards the end.  It’s the perfect combination in my opinion.

Blue Swan Coffee

Here is a list of deals you can score today.  **Plus my favorite gas station Wawa is giving out free coffee all day too!  

Articles about Coffee: 
Why You Should Be Drinking Coffee Right Now
Buzzfeed: 22 Facts About Coffee
The Oatmeal: Infographic About Coffee

In summary by writing this post I learned the following:

  • Coffee was first discovered by research in Goats
  • Coffee was originally eaten in the form of berries.  Hashtag coffeeberries

And of course no National Holiday would be complete without the memes.

coffee meme 1

coffee meme 2

drink coffee 1

drink coffee meme

Do you drink coffee?  What is your favorite kind?

Rotary 5k (20:12)

After my fall the week before I decided to run a local 5k in Runnemede, NJ. I had actually been signed up for the Ocean City half marathon on Sunday but with Pope traffic and not wanting to run a half marathon…I decided not to go to the half.

The evening before the race I had been out late at the Air Force Ball wearing 7-inch stilettos.  My eating and drinking left a lot to be desired prerace and I was more cautious due to my fall. In summary I had every excuse you can think of!

Anyways we got to the race around 7:30.  It started at 8:30 but there was no one there except for the race volunteers.  It was probably better we were alone because I looked and felt a mess. We warmed up and I realized my hair scrunchy had fallen out.  So I was stuck with my hair in a falling out side braid.  For some odd reason I decided I need to clean out my car and didn’t have any in there either…I don’t know what was more shocking, the fact I had cleaned my car or I had no hair scrunchies.  I took a silent prayer at the start and hoped my hair stayed in place.

In summery for a visual of starting this race (since I have no race photos):

I had makeup on from last night, my hair was coming out of a side braid and my knee had about 12 half falling off bandaids. I looked like that “cool aunt” that the rest of their moms keep their kids from hanging out with. Hashtag: GrimerHeimer

Then all of a sudden and out of nowhere the race began. There was no warning, just an air horn.  I made it my secret goal to beat all the kids wearing Nike frees.  My feet were cringing just thinking about it (The woes of working at a running store).

During the first mile I positioned myself as first women overall.  I felt decent but I was not expecting the wind or hills on the course.  For some reason I thought the course was flat but it wasn’t. I ran the first mile in 6:11. That was slower then most of my recent 5ks but after a night out, the weather and my fall it wasn’t a surprise.

During the second mile I began catching a couple of boys.  It felt good to catch people.  The wind was blowing directly into my face but I made the best of it.  There were also several hills and turns.  Around 1.5 we turned around and I could see the leaders including my husband.  Seeing people at the turn around kept me motivated.  I ran mile 2 in 6:21.

I was riding the pain train during mile 3.  I knew I didn’t have a lot of energy left and I felt that.  I was really struggling to make it to the finish line.  I always try and remember that there isn’t much time left until the race is over. My bandaid fell off somewhere in this mile. I don’t have any open wounds left but scabs still gross me out. I ran the last mile in 6:45 and turned the corner to power to the end.

I finished in 20:12. I was pleased with the race because I made it to both the start and finish. I had a few factors going against me that particular race:

  • Air Force Ball: Calves were pretty sore from heels, dancing and I ate a 24 ounce steak at 10pm.
  • My training the week prior was like playing Russian Roulette.
  • I didn’t really feel that tired at the end. I honestly feel like I could keep this pace for a while. I feel like I cannot get my legs to move any faster.  To me that signals I need to hammer down on more 400s and faster stuff at the track.

In summary I’m happy with the race.

Questions for you:
Do you like wearing heels or flats?
Honestly I’m a lot more comfortable in heels but I also walk on my toes.
What shoes do you race in?

Stay Safe while Running

How to Stay Safe While Running

Exactly one week ago, I tripped and fell.  While I wasn’t in a lot of pain, I did have to stop my run.   I was fortunate that I was only a quarter of a mile from my house.  If I were any further, I would have needed to be picked up to get home safely.  After my fall, I began thinking of ways to stay safer while running.  I even asked Facebook for some tips to stay safe while running. (Thanks for sharing!)

Tip to stay safe while running

So how can you stay safe while running?

If you run alone, run with a phone or a way to contact someone.

Not to blog or update my Twitter, but incase something happens and I need to be reached or I need to reach out for help.  

For instance, if I were 5 miles away from my house when the incident happened, I would have called someone to pick me up.  If I didn’t have my phone, I would not have been able to do that.  I’m honestly not sure what I would have done.  Having a way to connect with someone is critical for staying safe while running.

As runners, we take a lot of things for granted…including our safety.  To be honest, you can never be too careful to stay safe while running. It doesn’t matter whether you are a female runner or male, there are many safety tips to help you stay safe while running but still enjoy running!

Here are some tips and basic rules to follow to stay safe while running:

  1. Run with identification.  Personally I like to run with my phone as well as an ID inside my case.  It might seem bulky, but I always want to be sure in case of emergency I have something. It can be the reason you remain safe on the run. These days there are plenty of safety apps on your cell phone to keep you safe while running.
  2. Tell someone about how far you plan to go and your basic route.  It might seem silly but if you were expected to run 2 miles and you are gone for 2 hours….something doesn’t add up. Letting someone know when you are leaving for a run can help you stay safe while running.
  3. Don’t run the same route daily.  You truly never know who is watching you run.  Make sure to run different routes at different times.  This is one of the most critical but often overlooked rules of running.
  4. In running safety two runners is better than one.  There is safety in numbers, right?

    Run with people. It's fun that way.
    Run with people. It’s fun that way.
  5. Run against traffic: This is a huge one for those living in more rural areas. I’ve run in both the middle of nowhere and the city.  It’s important to run against traffic at all times. You can see who is coming and it’s easier for drivers to see you. It’s the rules of the road and one detail to help you stay safe while running.
  6. Take a Self Defense Class: It might seem crazy to take a self defense class to stay safe while running, but you never know when you might need it. There are also devices Tiger Lady that help you stay safe.
  7. Wear Reflective Gear: One of the best ways to stay safe while running is to be seen. Never take for granted that every person “sees you.” This is especially important when running at night or in the early hours.
  8. Be Aware of Your Surroundings: This includes how to listen to music while running. Using headphones like aftershokz and being more aware of your surroundings can only help you stay safe while running.

Questions for you: How do you stay safe while running? 

Deepwater Diner (Carney’s Point)

The Deepwater Diner (Carney’s Point)

Last month we decided to stop on the border of NJ and Delaware.  Carney’s Point is located off of exit one, and you can see the Delaware Memorial Bridge from the diner.  We hungry and found this one.  Despite the internet having limited information about the Deepwater Diner (Carney’s Point), we decided to stop.

Deepwater Diner Atmosphere: A 

The Deepwater Diner has the trucker and family atmosphere to it.  The diner itself is cute and has a very hometown feel to it.  It’s also open 24 hours!

Something I found unique to the Deepwater Diner was the specials menu was handwritten on a notepad. How fun!

Deepwater Diner Specials

Deepwater Diner Service: A 

It’s clear at the Deepwater Diner every member of the wait staff knows each other and enjoys working there.  Our waitress was extremely friendly.  It was clear she had a lot of parties in her section, but she always made time for us.  We had a great experience with the service there.

Deepwater Diner Coffee: B

I enjoyed the coffee.  It was brewed well, and the whipped cream was delicious, too, but the cup was abnormally small.  I wish they had larger coffee mugs, but the coffee itself was perfect.

Deepwater Diner Coffee

Deepwater Diner Food: A 

There is no menu or even website for the Deepwater Diner, so we had no idea what to expect!  We assumed we could find something, though.  The menu is huge, and they have everything from breakfast to lunch specials and dinner.  The Deepwater Diner has a lot of seafood specials (typing that out makes sense…Deepwater Diner and seafood).

The vegetable soup sounded good, so I ordered that as an appetizer.  It was delicious and came out quickly.  I think I blinked and it was out! It was as if they had dumped every type of vegetable into the soup.  There were even Brussel sprouts.  It was a different vegetable soup, but I liked it.

Deepwater Diner Vegetable Soup

I ordered a burger with bacon, provolone cheese, and mushrooms.  It was cooked perfectly.  The steak fries were also excellent.  After the RnR half marathon, I was craving red meat.

Deepwater Diner Burger

Honestly, the food was excellent, and I have no complaints.

Deepwater Diner Dessert: A 

After walking by the dessert case several times, I knew I wanted a piece of carrot cake.  Tim and I decided to split a slice with vanilla ice cream.  Despite being already full, I had no regrets.  The cake was very dense, as was the frosting.

Deepwater Diner Carrot Cake

Cost: $

For the burger, coffee, and dessert, the cost was 18.

Would I come back/Overall thoughts of the Deepwater Diner (Carney’s Point)?  

The Deepwater Diner was one of the best diners I’ve been too, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is traveling through.  The Deepwater Diner is within a mile of the start of the NJ turnpike and 295; it’s along the way for anyone going up and town the east coast!

Cliffs notes:
Atmosphere: A 
Service: A 
Coffee: B 
Food: A 
Dessert: A 
Cost: $10-20
Overall: A 

You can see all the diner reviews here.

Question for you: 

What was the last hidden gem restaurant you’ve found? 

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