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Scenic 90s Cafe (Pensacola)

Scenic 90s Cafe (Pensacola)

Scenic 90s Cafe (Pensacola)

While in Pensacola, my husband, I decided to stop at the Scenic 90s cafe.  When we moved from Texas to New Jersey, we had lunch there previously.  Even though it was about three years ago, I remembered I enjoyed it.

Scenic 90s Cafe Atmosphere: A
The atmosphere of the Scenic 90s Cafe is everything you can picture in a diner.  The outside of the Scenic 90s Cafe is retro and shiny.  It looks like an old rail car.  The inside has plenty of booths, tables, and a full-length bar.  You couldn’t ask for a more picture-perfect diner.

Scenic 90s Cafe Coffee: A
The coffee was one of the best I’ve had in a while.  The waitress refilled it often, it was piping hot, and it tasted great.  I couldn’t have asked for better coffee. Scenic 90s cafe pensacola

Scenic 90s Cafe Service: A
The waitress was very pleasant.  She refilled our drinks quickly, and our food came out quickly too.  I was shocked because even though it was a Saturday at lunchtime, our food came out within 15 minutes.  You can’t beat that!

Scenic 90s Cafe Food: B
The Scenic 90s Cafe menu is smaller.  They have several omelet and breakfast options and a few different diner staples such as sandwiches and fried fish. Their menu is one single trifold versus 10-20 pages like many diners in NJ.

I chose the Cajun Omelet with a biscuit and fresh fruit.  The omelet had Crawfish tails, Andouille, onions, peppers, and Cajun seasoning.  It was spicy, and I enjoyed it.  The fruit cup was fresh, and it was apparent it didn’t come out of a can.

Scenic 90s cafe pensacola

Scenic 90 Cafe Cost: $
For my coffee and omelet, it was $13.  Most items on the menu are inexpensive and they have several specials as well.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to the Scenic 90s Cafe (Pensacola)?
I enjoyed the Scenic 90s Cafe, and I would go back.  The diner itself is very stereotypical and has everything you need in a diner.  The Scenic 90s Cafe is an excellent stop in Pensacola, and I highly recommend it.

Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: B
Cost: $8-12
Overall: A

You can see all of the diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
Do you like Cajun food?
Have you ever been to Florida?

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Double Bridge 15k (58:41)

Last weekend, my husband and I raced the Pensacola Double Bridges 15k.  We heard from various people that it was a fun, well put together race.  I hadn’t raced a 15k in a long time. They are more common in Upstate NY while 10 milers are more common in New Jersey.

Due to our schedule, we weren’t able to leave Montgomery until 5:30 pm.  We arrived in Pensacola around 9 pm, checked into our hotel and immediately went to bed.   I woke up around 4:30 am, got ready and headed to the shuttle by 5:30.  The only race I’ve also used a shuttle was the Phoenix Full marathon.  Since my hotel was essentially at the end of the race, the shuttle drove us the 15k backward.  Once we arrived, we realized how cold it was.  Originally the weather was supposed to be 55, but it turned to 38 and windy.

The hour before the race there was little to no shelter from the wind.  Even through my layers and jacket, I was both miserable and freezing.  If I had known about the start conditions, I probably would have driven to the start, sat in my car and taken a taxi back after the race to get my car.  It would have been a pain, but I wouldn’t have been cold.

The restroom lines were long, and I found myself in line 5 mins before the start.  I was lucky my husband dropped my bag off, and I sprinted into the corral less than 30 seconds before race start. It was nowhere near ideal, but I made it to the start.  Out of any race, this one cut it the closest.

Because my adrenaline was pumping from nearly missing the start, the first mile went by quickly.  I was running in a pack of people including my husband.  His plan was to take it “easy” the first half and then finish strong the second.  We hit the first mile in 6:17.

During the second mile, the pack began to spread out  I got my bearings of the area, and I found myself 5th woman overall.  I passed a couple of women and grabbed water.  I was hoping for Gatorade, but it was water only.  I crossed the second mile in 6:24.

Double Bridge 15k me running

We entered “3 Mile Bridge” which is exactly as the name indicates.  A three-mile long bridge.  You could see the first “hill” up ahead.  Since there are no tunnels, the bridge hill is what allows Navy ships to pass through, so it was pretty steep.  I crossed the third mile in 6:20.

I wasn’t feeling bad during the race, but I definitely didn’t feel amazing either.  To be honest, I had hoped I would feel amazing and have a magical race.  I didn’t feel awful, but I did not feel as though, I had cut miles and tapered.  My calves were extremely stiff.

Double Bridge 15k me running

My husband was still several feet in front of me.  As we climbed the bridge hill, I knew exactly what he would do. He was going to power up the crest of the hill and surge downhill and leave me.  He did just that, and I was proud because I knew he was going to have a great race.  I found myself alone with two women directly ahead. I ran mile 4 in 6:27 and passed the remaining two women.

The fifth mile was boring.  It was the last mile of 3-mile bridge, and I was running alone.  Just me, staring out over the water looking for manatees.  It was windy but not bad, and I ran it in 6:18.

As we entered onto land, my body began to feel worse.  I became and more stiff.  Typically in the 10-13.1 mile distance,  I end up feeling better towards the end.  I’m not a fast race starter, and I’m not a runner who “counts down” miles.  So when I didn’t feel great at mile 6, I knew immediately it was going to be a pain train finish.

Double Bridge 15k me running

We passed the 5k race start, and they were chanting “first lady”.  All I could think was WTF, how did this happen.  I thought there must have been a couple of women out of my line of sight.  I had looked at race results from the previous years, and female overall had sometimes won in 55.  Despite feeling stiff, I tried to focus on the finish.  I crossed mile 7 in 6:23.

The second bridge also brought a drastic banked turn which felt extremely uncomfortable.  I can run uphill, and I can run downhill but running up banked hill always seems to shred my legs.  It did in the Philadelphia half marathon, and it did during the Double Bridges 15k.  That mile hurt, a lot. I crossed mile 8 in 6:28 and thought: “just one mile to go.”

During the final mile, a police motorcyclist approached me and told me to show my bib so he could radio to the front.  My bib was directly on my top but because it was windy, it was hard to read the numbers.  I honestly didn’t have any energy at all, and the police officer weaving in and out because he could not see my bib was the last thing I wanted to entertain.  I just wanted to finish.  I knew the second place woman was quickly approaching.

Double Bridge 15k me running

She caught me around mile 9, and I tried desperately to hold on.  I didn’t feel great, and my legs were stiff.  I had led the race for the last 5 miles and wanted to hang on.  Unfortunately, even with powering my strongest, it didn’t happen.  She outkicked me in 9.2 out of a 9.3 race and broke the tape.  I finished the last .3 in a 5:50 pace. I won’t pretend as though I’m satisfied to be outkicked in the final strides of a race, but she was faster that day.  I gave that race everything I had!

Double Bridge 15k me running

Thoughts:

There were a lot of minor issues that happened during the race.  I’m happy with it and how I performed under the conditions but I was hoping for a faster time which I do believe I’m capable of.  I ran Broad Street at a 6:11 pace.

While the race went pretty well under the cold conditions, I don’t believe it yet shows where my fitness is.  My calves were stiff the entire race and didn’t feel as though they had their usual “pep”.  Luckily, the Double Bridge Run was just one of many races in my 2017 Goals.

Questions for you:

Have you run over a bridge before?

Have you been to Pensacola? 

Training Last Week: Mostly Boring with a 15k

Training Last Week: Mostly Boring with a 15k

For some reason, I struggled with writing this week’s recap more than usual.  My easy runs were just that, easy and boring.

Monday: 6 miles (8:40)
Tuesday: Workout
Wednesday: 5 miles easy
Thursday: 5 miles easy
Friday: 5 miles easy
Saturday: Double Bridges 15k (58:41)
Sunday: 60 minutes easy
Total: 51 miles

Tuesdays Workout:
3X400 meters
1X10 minutes (6:38 pace)
3X400 meters

The track was being used, so I found a piece of road and ran there. I felt as though I was still recovering from the Polar Bear 5k in Atlanta the weekend before, but I was happy with my effort.

Double Bridges 15k: (58:48) 6:18 pace
This was the only “exciting” aspect of training last week.  The Double Bridges 15k was a solid race effort for me.  It wasn’t a PR, as Broad Street’s pace last year was faster but it was fastest I’ve done since my ankle fracture. I will say, I’ve never been as cold as I was at a race start.

The weather changed overnight from the high 50s to 38 and windy at the start.  I barely made the start, and it wasn’t an exaggeration when I say I didn’t have a minute to spare.

The race itself was decent.  My legs never felt great and my calves actually felt stiff the entire race.  I’m happy with my performance, although I do feel as though I’m in better shape than the race shows.

Sunday’s easy run was my favorite.  I asked my husband if he wanted to take a running selfie post run.  Then when we went to actually do it, I promptly fell. As you can guess, I’m clumsy and that wasn’t a surprise.

Next week I’ll be running the Mercedes half marathon in Birmingham.  I ran the course preview last weekend, which was fun and I’m looking forward to running the race.

Running Related Post from the week:  January 2017 Training

Questions for you:
Have you run a 15k before?
I feel as though they are much more common in Upstate, NY.
How was your workout week?

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