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June Training

June Training

I hope everyone had a good Fourth of July!

Training wise, usually June is a tough month for me.  It was an “easier” month because I did run but it was in the bottom of how months have gone.  It’s hot, humid, and I’m not adjusting to the weather well.  To be honest, I like the heat far more than the cold, I’m just not adjusting to the weather well.

Anyway, I did put down some races but none were anything to say: “the best race ever”.  I had fun at each though.  The Newport 10 miler being my favorite as I got to see my family.

One last hurrah before my brother, Matt, goes back overseas for a while. 🇺🇸⚓️

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Miles Run:
Range of Paces: 6:07-12:03-untimed.
Rest Days:
Races:
Newport 10 Miler (1:03.57)
Fathers Day 5k (20:06)
Bungalow Beach 5 Miler (32:12)

Irish Festival 5k (20:25)

Thoughts:

Looking back I ran nearly all of these races at the same pace.  Running a 5k and 10 miler at the same pace is probably not the indicative of fitness but the weather, course, and training all played into account.  There isn’t a whole heck of a lot to say right now.  June was a busy month and I think July will be as busy.  While yes, running is fun and I enjoy it, it’s not the only thing I like.

The summer, for me, isn’t about grinding away at PRs, it’s about having fun.  I don’t want to train hard because I would rather do that when I’m less busy.  I like to be outdoors hiking or just relaxing as much as I like to be outdoors running.  

Making the most of the longest day of the year. 😎🌞

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Plans for the Rest of July:

We are already 5 days into July! Anyway, my plans are the same as June.  I will run when I can and enjoy the process along the way.

Posts from the Month:
Hiking Bear Mountain in a Downpour

Running:
Rest is Best
Blah Blah Blah: Run Easy
Benefits of Racing Frequently
Saucony Triumph ISO 4 Shoe Review

Other:
Vital Proteins Recovery Smoothie
Hair and Nail Benefits of Collagen
Why You Don’t See Many Negative Sponsored Posts

Questions for you:
How was your fourth of July?
How was the month of June?

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Majestic Diner (Ramsey)

Majestic Diner (Ramsey)

Recently I was in Ramsey, NJ near New York State.  I’ve been to a lot of the diners near the NY border so finding a diner near the top I haven’t been too has been increasingly difficult.  Even though I live nearly 90 miles from Ramsey, I’m actually very familiar with the area now from road races as well as hiking.

Atmosphere: A
The Majestic Diner looks like many North Jersey Diners.  The outside is clean, modern, and open.  When you walk in, you face the bakery and dessert case.

Majestic diner ramsey nj

Coffee: B
I enjoyed the personalized coffee mug.  The coffee itself wasn’t the best or worst.  It tasted decent.  I do wish I could have more refills.

Majestic diner ramsey nj

Food: A
The Majestic Diner has a lot more upscale options.  While they do have “traditional” diner items, they all have an upscale feel to it. Due to traffic, I got up much later than I wanted so I arrived hungry.  I ordered the Mezze platter which came out quickly.  It had plenty of grape leaves, olives, pita, and hummus.  i ate it all embarssingly fast.

Majestic diner ramsey nj

There are breakfast options like chicken and waffles and dinner options like fish tacos.

Majestic diner ramsey nj

I’ve had a craving for fish tacos lately, so I decided to order those.  It came out with a side salad, which I had hoped would come out beforehand but came with the meal. The tacos themselves were good. They were a lot spicier than I anticipated but I enjoyed them. They satisfied the random taco craving I was having!

Majestic diner ramsey nj

Service: C
Even though it was quiet that particular evening, the service was slow. The food came out quickly, but I could barely understand what our waiter was saying. The manager did seem nice though!

Cost: $$
The Majestic Diner is more expensive than most diners because it is a more upscale restaurant. The cost of my meal was about $20.
The quality of food is good, and I think it’s worth it.

Overall Summary/Would I come Back?
I liked the Majestic Diner and thought it was a good diner. They have a look of unique and upscale “diner: items that I would like to try.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: C
Price: $15-25
Overall: B

You Can See all 194 NJ Diners I’ve Been too Here.

Questions for you:
Do you like fish tacos?
Where has been your favorite taco?

Rest is Best

Rest is Best

Telling someone to rest is a lot easier than doing it yourself.  Telling someone to do ANYTHING is easier said than done.

Throughout my blogging journey, many people have emailed or asked my thoughts on topics including running, life, and you guessed it: rest.  If there is ever a question of should, I give my honest advice to rest and see how you feel.  If you are injured with a bone-related injury, always rest.  If you injured with a muscular related injury, sometime rest will help but sometimes it won’t.  Rest will never hurt you, and missing an individual run or even a week is nothing in the long scheme of things.

running Rest is Best

Anyway, I’m not a coach or doctor, so giving medical or training advice is not what this post is about.  I’m just a woman telling people to rest including myself.

In my training recap on Monday, I talked about my personal needs and why rest was best for me right now.  I’m often out of my house for 12+ hours a day.  That isn’t the whole day, and many people are out of their house longer.  I wish I could squeeze running in, but I would be more tired and more exhausted. Realistically, there wasn’t a point.  It was better for me to take a few days off, get quality sleep, focus on things currently going on, and regroup from there.

So this week, that is precisely what I did.  I definitely feel much better because of it.  I do think I might do a short run tomorrow and see how I feel.

Here are a Few Important Reasons to Rest:

Refocus Goals:

Right now I have no idea what I want to train for. Do I want to train for another marathon? How about a 5k PR? Maybe even try and better my half marathon PR? I have no clue.

Sometimes you just need to take time off regardless of whether you reached your goal or not.  With training, you put your body through a tough period.  It doesn’t matter if your body ends up in a PR or not, you still put yourself through tough training. Taking time off allows you to reflect, and think about what you want in the future.

Emotional Break:

As hard as it can be to admit this, running and training can be exhausting.  For me, running has never been a therapy of any kind.  It is never been my way to “escape the world”.  Training for a goal race can be exhausting.  I need time away from the sport to fall in love with it again, and I think we all do.

While it has only been a few days, I have already felt fonder of the sport again.  Today, Thursday, I want to run.  Last Thursday, I had no interest and even loathed the idea of running.

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder:

For me, I like to crave running again.  I want to feel like I want to run!  Along the same lines of mental recovery, it’s important to want to run.  If you don’t start running again feeling “refreshed,” you’ll end up in a burn out longer and faster.

Recovery:

If you don’t allow your body time to recover from training stress, you will continue to feel worn down and it will take you longer to recover from runs (I began to feel this).

Injury:

As one of the most injury prone people out there, I’ve learned I do need extra rest and recovery. If you are not able to recover, your body will be more susceptible to injury. It is better to take a few days or week off early, than several months off with a serious injury.  I’m not injured now, but there have been a few times I should have rested to keep a minor injury from becoming serious.

Healing Small Aches and Pains:

Sometimes you have small aches and pains that you don’t realize you have.  An amount of time off, allows your body to heal.  Running every other day or every few days doesn’t let your body to heal as quickly.  By taking time off, your body will use more energy to recover versus recovering from daily runs as well as small aches and pains.

I never regret my running breaks.  This one will be short, but I’m getting to the point my legs and mind feel like they “want to run.”  Plus hopefully next week my schedule is a bit more forgiving to add it into my schedule.

Questions for you:

Do you take a break every year?

What are you currently training for?

Training Recap: Running and Travel

Training Recap: Running and Travel

As I mentioned in my May training log, last week, I’ve been running but not making running a priority.  Right now, I’m “running for fun,” and while I’m still in great shape, I’m not in 100% peak performance shape.  Which is fine!

Anyway, last week was a good week of training, and I spent the weekend hanging out with my family up in Newport Rhode Island.  My brother, Matt, is finishing up another school before heading back overseas for a couple more years.  Last time, I went a couple of years without seeing him, but it’s been nice to see him several times while he has been in various schools over the calendar year.  We’ve hung out in VA, NJ, AZ, and now RI.

Last weeks training was decent.

Monday: 60 min easy run/short hike at the Delaware Water Gap
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes
Wednesday: 12x400s averaging 87 with 90 seconds jog
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Easy 60 minutes
Saturday: Easy 60 minutes
Sunday; Newport 10 miler

Where to Start?

As always, the easy runs are just that…easy.  I don’t usually time my easy runs and keep them super relaxed.  There are some days my body decides 8:30 miles are comfortable, and other days 10 min miles are easy.  I never push the pace and running without a GPS always helps that.

12X400s with 90 seconds jog (averaging 87 seconds)

I was actually pleasantly surprised.  I do my workouts on roads, and I was hoping to be around 90 seconds.  My legs also felt like bricks so when I saw my average was 87, I was happy.

Newport 10 Miler (1:03.57):

I knew I wasn’t in the same shape as Broad Street last month, but I also knew Broad Street is a fast course.  Newport is along the water, and it was much hotter.  Plus, I would classify the race as “hilly” but there are rolling hills along the entire course.  It’s beautiful and one of the most scenic races I’ve ever done. I was pleasantly surprised with my race and have no complaints.  I’ll have a full race recap sometime during the week.

Posts from the Week:

May Training Recap

How do You Know When It’s Summer Running?

Flying to Bridgeport, CT

Questions for you:

How was your week of training?

Do you have any goals for June?

The Gateway Diner (Westville)

The Gateway Diner (Westville)

Recently I went to The Gateway Diner in Westville, NJ.  It’s relatively local but not one I had been too.  I went on a Sunday around noon, and it wasn’t too crowded.  I was pleasantly surprised since Sunday for lunch is usually one of the busiest times.

Gateway diner westville nj

Atmosphere: A
The Gateway Diner appears to be a regular restaurant, but on the inside, it’s all diner.  Each table is even complete with a jukebox.  There is everything you imagine in a diner including a massive bar, plenty of booths, and tables. There are a few specials written above the board as well.

Gateway diner westville nj

Coffee: B
The coffee at the Gateway diner was good.  It wasn’t anything or unusual, but they did provide plenty of refills, and I have no complaints.

Gateway diner westville nj

Food: B
The Gateway Diner has all of the basics of a diner.  There are plenty of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.  I wasn’t too hungry, so I decided to order a greek salad with chicken.  I was surprised at how large it was and as well as the amount toppings there were including anchovies.  Personally, I like anchovies.  In all, it was a great salad, and I have no complaints.  It was good for what I wanted for the day.

Gateway diner westville nj

Service: A
The waitress was extremely friendly, and the food came out quickly.  It couldn’t be any better.

Cost: $
For my salad and coffee, the cost was $11.

Summary/Would I Come Back?
I enjoyed the Gateway Diner a lot and was pleasantly surprised by the entire diner.  It’s definitely one of my favorite in the area.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: B
Service: A
Cost: $7-15
Overall: A

You can see all 189 Diners I’ve reviewed here.

Questions for you:
Do you like anchovies?
Have you been surprised by a restaurant lately?

Training: Plugging Along

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?

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.

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?

Winslow family diner winslow nj

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.

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

Winslow family diner winslow nj

Food: A
The Winslow Restaurant has everything you want or need in a diner.  There are plenty of 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!

Winslow family diner winslow nj

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

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

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
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
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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