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Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Recently I went up to Scotch Plains and met NJ Isn’t Boring at another diner.  I’ve heard the Scotchwood Diner is good so when she suggested it, I agreed!

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Atmosphere: A
The outside of the Scotchwood Diner is exactly what you picture in a diner.  It’s a giant metallic chrome building.  The inside of the Scotchwood Diner has plenty of booths, tables, a giant dessert case, and bar.  If you’re looking for stereotypical diner then the Scotchwood Diner is ideal.

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The exterior of the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Coffee: A
The coffee at the Scotwchwood Diner was brewed hot and fresh each time.  There was nothing special or extraordinary about the coffee but it was good.

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Coffee and menu at the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Food: A
The Scotchwood Diner menu has everything you would want in a diner.  Breakfast is all day and there are plenty of lunch and dinner menu options too.  It has at least a dozen pages of food.  I’ve been eating out a lot lately so wanted a healthy salad.

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Greek salad with chicken at the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

I ordered a Greek salad with chicken which was presented beautifully.  Usually when I go to a diner with Cyd and get a salad, they have an awesome presentation.

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Up close of the Greek Salad at the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Service: A
The waitress was extremely friendly and refilled our beverages often. She was one of the best waitresses I’ve had in a while.

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Dessert: B
Cyd’s meal came with dessert and as the waitress was explaining the options, I thought the bread pudding sounded great. With the exception of cake, bread pudding is my favorite dessert!

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Bread pudding at the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains)

So much for my decision of eating healthy.  The bread pudding at the Scotchwood Diner was good, and there was less bread than pudding.  Personally, I prefer more bread.  It was good and I would order it again.

Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Cost: $$
For my coffee, salad, and dessert the cost was $22 which was a bit pricer.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains):
I liked the Scotchwood Diner and I would definitely go back.  They have a lot of options I want to try.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Dessert: B
Cost: $10-20
Scotchwood Diner (Scotch Plains) Overall: A

You can see all diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like bread pudding?
What is a healthy food you enjoy?

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Hiking the Palisades Interstate Park

Palisades Interstate Park

On Monday, my husband and I went hiking at Palisades Interstate Park, in NJ.  At Palisades Interstate Park, we hiked about 4 miles up to New York, looped up the cliffs and hiked back.  At Palisades Interstate Park there are plenty of hiking trails, long paths, boat basins, historic sites. At the Palisades Interstate Park, you can even see Bear Mountain in the distance. If you are looking for a surprisingly beautiful and challenging hike that faces the Hudson and NYC skyline, Palisades Interstate Park is your hike.  There are a lot of different options, and you can even just park and look over the cliffs if you prefer.

We had wanted to do Palisades Interstate Park for a while, but the timing never worked out.  I wanted a clear day (to see New York City) and snowy days weren’t an option because there is a 1-mile scramble across rocks.

What is scrambling? Scrambling is a walk up steep terrain involving the use of one’s hands.  Basically, it means hopping from rock to rock.  Doing that on icy or snowy rocks is extremely dangerous.  You don’t have to do the scramble portion at Palisades Interstate Park, and I wouldn’t recommend bringing any small kids or pets.

At Palisades Interstate Park , we started on the “long trail,” which went down next to the shore of the Hudson.  While hiking the shore trail, you could easily put your feet in the water if you wanted too, but I absolutely did not want to put my feet into the Hudson River. I think to see the floating dumpster justified that.  For about 3 miles of the Palisades Interstate Park, we hiked along the water just admiring the view of NYC.

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Easy terrain

I knew we would eventually have to get up to the top at Palisades Interstate Park, but I did not know or think about hard that might be.  I thought maybe we would take a natural staircase (which there were a few that we passed).  All of a sudden at Palisades Interstate Park, we saw this:

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It took us about 90 minutes at Palisades Interstate Park to hike up a single mile.  I didn’t take any photos because I needed both hands just to get up there.  It was quite the challenge and honestly one of the toughest hikes we’ve ever done.  I wasn’t expecting that at Palisades Interstate Park.

Around the halfway point at Palisades Interstate Park,  we also made it into New York!  As you can see by this fancy and prohibiting fence.  I wish there was a sign that said Welcome to New York or New Jersey, but I guess both states decided to fund other things other than Palisades Interstate Park.

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Finally, after about 90 minutes, we made it up to the top at Palisades Interstate Park. I haven’t felt that accomplished in a long time.

 

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It’s a long way down

From there we hiked back the way we came back on the “upper level.”  There was a small waterfall at Palisades Interstate Park where many people were taking photos, so of course, we did too.  You can access the waterfall at Palisades Interstate Park with about a mile of hiking, and don’t need to do the scramble (for my own personal reference LOL).  It’s a nice view and worth the stop.

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I was tired after that, but we still had a few miles to go at Palisades Interstate Park. We also discovered a small castle at the top, which was fun!hiking the palisades park nj

You can go into the castle and look out over the Hudson River too.

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We finally made it back to our car after about 5 hours and a much more difficult hike than anticipated.  I loved the hike at Palisades Interstate Park. I wasn’t ready for the scramble or the climbing.  I’m glad I wore the Brooks Cascadia because I doubt I would have made it in regular running shoes and not in anything else.

You can see more hikes I’ve done here.

Questions for you:

What is the hardest hike you’ve done? Have you been Palisades Interstate Park?

Have you ever walked across a state line?

 

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Phillies 5k (19:07)
Some days are your day, and others are not. This is a tale of the later. While yes, I did win, I felt like garbage the entire race. I’m proud of myself for not giving up and just fighting through. The week prior I raced both a 5k and the Shamrock Half. The half went ideally, and the next couple of runs in the beginning of the week did too.
Towards the end of the week, the previous weekend caught up with me.   My legs felt tired.  It was a case of super delayed DOMS.  I had wanted to get a deep tissue massage early in the week to recover, but the snowstorm closed everything and then my schedule didn’t work out.
So with that, I got to the race around 8, warmed up, and went back to my car. At my car, I realized I forgot my racing flats. I had a pair of Nike Fly which I’ve done many workouts in.  I decided I preferred to run in those over my Brooks Glycerin trainers. One of my big mantras is “it’s just running” and not having my racing flats stunk but it was my fault. I had to make the best of the situation.
I made it to the start at 8:55 and we were off at 9. During the first mile, I found myself as the first woman but felt awful. My legs felt like they had cinderblocks on them. I hit the first mile in 6:03 and knew it was going to be a long 2 miles.
The next mile went around the Navy yard. It was windy, but I knew the last mile would be the windiest.  During the second mile, we got water from the local Navy and Army servicemen which I always find to be awesome.  I hit the second mile in 6:03. I was running the entire race alone and it felt like a workout. I was wearing my workout shoes and running alone into a headwind.  I didn’t have the mindset to “run fast”, and my legs were exhausted.
During the last mile we went up a small hill and back towards the start. We crossed paths with runners going the opposite direction. Seeing familiar faces always motivates me, so I felt some energy. We headed into the headwind and I desperately just wanted to be done but also did want to be passed.
I rounded the parking lot and saw the finish line ahead. I powered through and crossed in 19:07. I wasn’t thrilled by the time but some days you have it, and some days you don’t.  I gave it my all for the day, and my all was a 19:07.
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I did win a baseball bat signed by Gabe Kapler which is cool.
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After yesterday’s hike, this week is about recovering and seeing where I’m at at the end of the week. I don’t want to end up in the same situation I was in last year at Atlantic City so I know I need to pay better attention to myself and balancing life, volunteering, work, and lastly running.
Questions for you:
Are you a baseball fan?
Have you ever forgotten anything to a race?
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Training Log: Travel and the Phillies 5k

Last week was spent being busy but also attempting to recover from races.  As you can see from the word “attempt”, it probably wasn’t my best attempt.  The next few weeks are going to be very busy and not because of my running store job. For instance, yesterday I had something pop up which caused me to miss fun plans with friends.

To be honest, running takes the least amount of priority in my life.  Yes, I work at a running store and have a running blog but it isn’t, and never will be my sole focus in life.  It’s just what I choose to post on the internet.  During the next month, I will still run consistently but I won’t have a lot of time for the little things outside of that.  I’m worried I might over exhaust myself like I did last year which led to my burnout.  If that becomes the case this year I’ll just step back which prevent a month or more break. I am more familiar with signs and warnings (of my personal burnout) which makes it easier.

Anyway-

Not a lot to say about this week.  I consistently ran and raced one of my favorite races of the year: The Phillies 5k.  I’ve now won 3 years in a row which is a good feeling.

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes and drive back to NJ
Wednesday: Easy 60 minutes
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 60 minutes+ART with Dr. Kemonosh
Saturday: Phillies 5k (19:07)
Sunday: Long Run with fast finish (14 miles with 5 at 6:50)

Thoughts:

Not a lot to say about this week.  I skipped a midweek workout because my body was not ready for that after the Adrenaline 5k and Shamrock Half Marathon last week.  I wish I had been able to get a massage earlier in the week, however, another snowstorm on Wednesday closed almost everything down.  The snow has affected training but it affects everyone.  I’ll never put my safety in danger to run outdoors or travel somewhere.

The Phillies 5k was a rough day for me.  It’s my slowest 5k in a while, however, I gave it my all for the day.  My all for the day was a 19:07.  A lot of things happened that morning including forgetting my racing flats but I’m proud of finishing and getting another win.  Not every day will be your best.  I’m not mad, sad, or disappointed because there are many more 5ks in the sea of racing.

My next “big race” is the April Fools half marathon which I would like to run well at.  Last year, it was my final race before a break from burnout so it would be nice to have redemption there.  Until then, I’ll just focus on life, running, and recovery.  I’ll run a few 5ks before to keep sharp.

Posts from the Week:

My Start to Running

Questions for you:

Are you a baseball fan?

How do you fit in runs when you are busy?

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Nevada Diner (Bloomfield)

Nevada Diner (Bloomfield)

I’ve been looking forward to going to the Nevada Diner for a while.  I went to the State line Diner a few years ago, which has remained in my top 10 favorite diners.

I arrived at the Nevada Diner around dinner time, and it wasn’t too crowded.

Nevada Diner Atmosphere: A

The Nevada Diner is very clean, modern, and bright.  I’m not 100% why it was named the “Nevada Diner,” as it doesn’t have a big Nevada theme.  Never the less, the exterior and interior are clean.

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Image via Nevada Diner website

Coffee: A

The coffee at the Nevada Diner was brewed hot and fresh each time.  The waitress refilled my beverage multiple times, and the mug was large.  One of my favorite diner coffees so far.

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Food: A

The Nevada Diner menu is extensive and they have everything you want in a diner.  They Nevada Diner menu has a lot of vegan and vegetarian options, and an entire juice bar.  I don’t know if I’ve seen a juice bar at a diner before.

For an appetizer, I ordered the mezze platter.  It came with two types of hummus, pita, olives, and dolmades.  It was one of the best Mediterranean platters and I took some home because it was so filling.

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I decided to order the prime rib off their specials menu.  It came with a salad, two vegetables, and dessert.

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The prime rib was one of the best prime ribs I’ve had at a restaurant.  It was tender and juicy without being drenched in sauce.

Both my broccoli and asparagus were cooked well too.

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Dessert: A
I wasn’t hungry for dessert, but I can’t turn down free bread pudding.  I liked the bread pudding, but I was hoping it would be more bread-like.  In all, I have no complaints.

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Service: A
Our waitress at the Nevada Diner was both friendly and funny and it’s hard to beat that.  I always like it when a server shows their personality.  The food came out quickly as well.

Cost: $$
For my coffee, prime rib special, and Mezze platter the cost was $40, which wasn’t bad considering it was two full meals.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Nevada Diner:
I liked the Nevada Diner, and I can’t wait to go back.  I had no issues, and it’s a great stop.

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

See all 170+ Diners I’ve Been here.

Questions for you:
Do you like prime rib?
What is your favorite dessert?

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