How do You Know When it's Summer Running?
How do You Know When it’s Summer Running?

As warmer weather approaches, a change in attitude does too. Summer running has its own set of obstacles from sweating through 10,000 layers to tan lines you didn’t know were possible.

This year seems to have gone straight from winter to summer.  In the greater Philadelphia area, it’s either 90 degrees or pouring rain and 40.  Let’s be honest, we complain about running in any weather: hot, cold weather, rain, snow, ice…there is probably a week of weather we don’t complain about.

Thinking out loud, here are some thoughts I have when training through the summer.

So far in my running history, I’ve run in many climates,  I went to college in upstate New York and spent summers in Hampton Roads, VA.

In 2017, I spent the winter in Alabama which was hotter in January then New Jersey is in June.  (My husband had a school down there).  New Jersey is not the hottest state, nor the coldest but it can be tough to run somedays.  This week most days were 90%+ humidity which right now we are not used too.

To be honest, over the last 2 years I’ve learned you can’t control the weather.  It might be extremely hot, thunderstorms or hailing but everyone is dealing with the same elements.  Over the last couple of years, I’ve raced multiple half marathons in torrential downpour and wind.  This year at Boston was torrential downpours.

How do You Know When it's Summer Running?

So How Do You Know You’re it’s Summer Running?

You stalk the Weather App:

It’s the first thing you check in the morning and the last thing you check at night.  Forget about other social media, that is where it’s at my friends.  Good thing you can’t make a weather app profile and add friends and update your weather-related status…

You Run Early or Late:

In the summer, it’s light, cooler and you beat rush hour traffic. You never knew you were an early morning runner until the summer hit!  If you have been like me, you might have already made the mistake of running at 9 am on the weekend.

You Have Weird Tan Lines:

Runners have every tan line from a sports bra, watch, sunglasses, compression socks, and even shoes.  Right now I have a compression tan line, sock tan, sports bra, and watch.  I’ve been working on getting rid of my compression tan line, but I doubt it will ever happen.

Your Diet is Electrolytes:

With all of those electrolytes lost, hydration is essential.  You don’t even know how to eat food that isn’t Nuun or GU.

The Lighter Weight the Clothing, the More Expensive it is: 

Who knew you would pay so much for a moisture-wicking tank top? It keeps from sticking to you when it’s 90 degrees, so it’s worth it.  The question is why not run in just a sports bra or tank top…clearly you need the $70 tank.

Sunscreen and Bodyglide are your Lotions:

You and your running group smell like a glorified trip to the Carribean.  Seriously don’t forget to wear sunscreen while running this summer.

Your Route is Planned to End at the Pool, Lake or Ocean.

Luckily for us in New Jersey, you are never too far from a lake, park, or the ocean.  Jumping in is perfect for cooling off.

There is Always a Mystery if What Kind of Workout you’ve Done:

Why is your clothing wet?
Did you go swimming?
Did you just sweat that much or run through sprinklers?

The mystery is always there…

Don’t get me wrong, I like summer running!

Questions for you:
Do you do any of these things?
How do you train through the summer?

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Flying to Bridgeport, CT

As many people know, my husband is a pilot in the Air Force.  He also has his private’s license, so we are able to rent planes and fly to various places.  Due to being busy, life, and other interests we haven’t gone anywhere too exciting in a few months.  Last year was my first time going through the Hudson Corridor (around NYC).  We like flying there and it’s usually scenic.

The weather looked good last Saturday so we decided to fly back up to Connecticut.  We chose Bridgeport since it would be scenic and there was a lot going on around the airport.

We took off from Princeton Airport.  Tim’s been taking lessons to be an instructor there (so he can teach people how to fly…).

The morning of, we realized the Mets were playing which means certain parts of the Hudon, New York, and New Jersey Air Space are closed.  This is the same for any major sporting event.  When Trump plays golf in NJ, it essentially shuts down half of the state for private flying.  If you cross the airspace, you run the risk of getting escorted out by F18s.

We were able to fly around NYC going up, but coming back we had to stay clear and flew down through Western NJ. It ended up being a cool flight because we were actually above Newark Jets approaching.  It’s kind of crazy to look down and see a massive 737.

Here are a few photos:

Taking off from Princeton Airport

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Flying over the Verrazano Bridge into NYC…who has started a marathon there?

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Down into Connecticut:

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Coming back home.   On multiple occasions, we were about a mile away from 737s and other jets (which in flying world will cause your plane to beep: “traffic traffic”.

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This was definitely one of my favorite views of the night.

It was definitely one of the more scenic flights.  We are hoping to fly to Block Island this summer as well as Montauk but we will see how schedules go.

Other Flying Related Posts:

Flying to Cape May
Flying to Pompton Plains
Flying the Hudson Exclusion 

Questions for you:
Do you like flying?
Tell me a nonworkout hobby you have!

Training: Plugging Along

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been running.  I don’t consider myself “out of shape” by any means, but I’m not in peak shape either.  I’ll have more about that on my monthly recap log. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and while yes I’m running, yes I try and run most days, I haven’t found myself actively seeking a goal or goal race. I’ve found myself putting life events ahead of running on more than one occasion and that’s fine. To be honest, I need this time and history have shown both May and June to be rocky and injury prone months for me, if I push, push push.

I’ve run a few sub 18:30 5ks this year, but right now I know I’m not capable of breaking 19 without putting back in the time and effort to training for it. Is 19 a great time.  Of course, is it a PR for me…no.

Anyway, this week was fine. I opted not to race on Saturday.  My husband and I got back late on Friday from a fun flight up to Connecticut.  Then Saturday was busy, so I wanted some time to sleep and for myself.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 4X1 mile at 6:15 with 90 seconds rest
Thursday: Rest
Saturday: Easy 10 miles with my husband
Saturday: Easy 30 minutes
Sunday: Long Run: 14 miles with 7 at 7:30 pace

Thoughts:

As I mentioned, easy runs were just that easy.  I skipped a race on Saturday which I have no regrets about.  I took an extra rest day on Tuesday because my body needed it.

Wednesday:4X1 miles with 90 seconds rest

The workout itself felt challenging but fine.  I feel good about it and getting a workout in.  The weather was good, and it was nice not to worry about a downpour or too much humidity.

14 Mile Long Run:

This is my longest run in over a month, and I’m satisfied with it.  I’ve run faster, but I’ve also run slower.

Thoughts:

I’m happy with this week.  It’s good for where I’m at right now.  I’ll be able to train and race more regularly.  Summer running doesn’t typically bring PRs due to heat and humidity, but I do want to enjoy it…who doesn’t?

I get this a lot because I have an “active running blog.”  I like running, but it’s not the focus on my life, and I don’t live, breath and dream running.  It’s just one hobby I have, and this month it’s not even the main hobby.

Posts from the Week:

Hiking to the Cape May Lighthouse

Saucony Ride ISO Shoe Review

Xterra Trail 10k (50:54)

Questions for you:

What is your favorite workout?

How was your week of running?

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Salem Oak Diner (Salem)

Recently I went to the Salem Oak Diner in Salem County, NJ.  The Salem Oak diner is one of the quintessential diners in Salem, NJ.  It’s in a small town, located close to the Delaware Memorial Bridge.  If you just entering NJ and looking for a stereotypical NJ diner, it’s the perfect stop.

The other interesting aspect is the Salem Oak Diner is located across from the oldest White Oak in NJ.  It is estimated to be between 500 – 600 years old and the largest white oak tree in NJ! Recently the Salem Oak tree has uprooted and collapsed. It’s been devastating news to see the Salem Oak Tree, no longer. 🙁  RIP Salem Oak Tree, you will be missed by all.

The white oak tree was owned by the Salem Religious Society of Friends. It stood in the Salem Friends cemetery. The White Oak Tree actually had historical meaning and was the location of a 1675 peace treaty between Quaker John Fenwick and Lenni Lenape Native Americans.  All of it right near the diner.

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Salem Oak Diner Atmosphere: A
The Salem Oak Diner looks like it’s been around for decades and that is because it has!  It’s in an old shiny train car.  Inside has a few booths, tables, and a bar.

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Salem Oak Diner Coffee: B
The coffee at the diner was brewed hot and fresh.  There was nothing unique or unusual about it, but it wasn’t bad either.  It tasted like that of typical diner coffee.

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Salem Oak Diner Food: A
The Diner has a lot more options that you would anticipate for a small old time diner.  It has plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  It even has several salads and healthy choices.

To be honest, I was surprised it was open for dinner.  I stopped in around lunch and decided to order the vegetarian omelet.  It had an assortment of vegetables including broccoli, asparagus, and mushrooms.  The waitress asked if I wanted onions in my home fries and I thought, sure why not.  I also chose rye toast.

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The omelet at the Salem Oak Diner was massive.  It was one of the better omelets I’ve had.  I enjoyed the addition of opinions in my homefries.  I’m not sure if this a regular thing, but it was a nice addition.

Service: A
The waitress was friendly and refilled our beverages quickly.  The food also came out fast, so I have no complaints about that.

Cost: $
For my meal and coffee, the cost was $9.  You can’t get much better than that.

Overall/Would I Come Back to Salem Oak Diner:
I really liked the Salem Oak Diner, and I’m glad I was finally able to get down there.  If you are looking for a quick, unique, and fun stop close to the highway, the Salem Oak Diner is perfect!  It’s devastating now that the Salem Oak Tree has come down, but it’s still worth the stop.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: A
Cost: $6-12
Overall: A

You can see all 191 Diners here.

Questions for you:
What is the oldest restaurant you’ve been in?
What is your favorite type of breakfast food?

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Winslow Family Restaurant

Winslow Family Restaurant

The Winslow Family Restaurant is one of my last diners in Gloucester County.  ETA: I didn’t realize Winslow was actually in Camden County.  Thank you for correcting me!

I met my friend Lisa around dinner time at the Winslow Family Restaurant.

Lisa lives down the shore, so Winslow was a good meeting spot for us.  Of course, both of us dealt with traffic but when don’t you in NJ?

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Exterior of the Winslow Family Restaurant

Winslow Family Restaurant Atmosphere: A
The Winslow Family Diner is massive, and I was not expecting that!  There isn’t a lot online about the diner, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The outside is large and modern, and the inside has a “diner feel” with plenty of booths, tables, and bakery case in the front.  It was quiet when we arrived.

Winslow Family Restaurant Coffee: A
The coffee at the Winslow Family Restaurant was good.  It was hot and fresh, and the waitress asked if we wanted refills plenty of times.  I have no complaints.

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Winslow Family Restaurant Food: A
The Winslow Restaurant menu has everything you want or need in a diner.  There are plenty of menu options from breakfast, to lunch, and dinner.  Despite the menu not being online, believe me you’ll find everything you want in a diner.  With all of the choices, I wasn’t really sure what sounded good.  Lisa mentioned a Greek salad, and I hadn’t had one in a while, so I thought, why not!

When the salads came out, they were massive.  They were definitely two of the biggest diner salads I’ve seen in a while.  I wasn’t complaining though.  There were plenty of toppings including anchovies, two types of olives, onions, more cheese than I knew what to do with, and a green lettuce base.   In all, it was one of the best diner salads I’ve had!

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Winslow Family Restaurant Service: A
The waitress was kind, refilled our drinks often, and our food came out quickly.  It’s hard to complain about that!

Winslow Family Restaurant Cost: $
For my salad with salmon and coffee at the Winslow Family Restaurant, the cost was $16, which wasn’t bad for the size.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of the Winslow Family Restaurant:
I liked the Winslow Family Restaurant, and it’s one of my favorite in the area.  I will definitely be back.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Service: A
Price: $10-20
Winslow Family Restaurant Overall: A

You Can See all 187 Diners Here.

Questions for you:
Where is the biggest portions you’ve had?
Is there a lot of traffic where you live?

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