Hike at Lime Ridge Open Space
A Quick Hike at Lime Ridge Open Space (Walnut Creek, Ca)

While looking at houses, my husband and I decided to do a short hike at Hike at Lime Ridge Open Space in Walnut Creek, Ca. We had time to kill and it looked like a nice spot.

Hike at Lime Ridge Open Space

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turkey swamp park freehold nj
Exploring Turkey Swamp Park (Freehold, NJ)

Earlier in the week, I decided to take a trip to Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold, NJ.  I’ve heard it’s a cute park surrounded by a small lake. Most Monmouth County Parks have a campground office, park ranger, picnic areas and picnic tables, paddle boats, water and electric hookups, travel trailers, picnic areas, fire rings, water spigots, and drinking water.

Turkey Swamp Park is just over 2,200 acres in the pine barrens.  The major attraction at Turkey Swamp Park is the 17-acre lake.  In the summer it’s used for fishing and boating. Turkey Swamp Park also features miles of trails and even an archery range.  While walking through Turkey Swamp Park, I wondered what kind of range it was but after googling found out archery (obviously, no one was practicing).

While I didn’t run through Turkey Swamp Park, you can.  Turkey Swamp Park actually hosts a trail series and even a looped marathon.  The trails are accessible and even if you don’t consider yourself a “trail runner”, you can run through.

In all, it was a fun few hours in Turkey Swamp Park and I enjoyed the warmer weather.  This spring and summer, I want to get out to more parks in NJ and enjoy them.  I haven’t been to many down the shore so that’s where you’ll find me.

At Turkey Swamp Park, two main trails join together and create about 5 miles of hiking.  There are plenty of sections of the parks on boardwalk but most of the surface is flat and dirt.

The shorter, Alder, is 1.6 miles and an easy loop around the lake.

turkey swamp park freehold nj

turkey swamp park freehold nj
What am I staring at…the world will never know.

The Longer, Manasquan Loop is about 3.8 miles from the Nomoco parking lot.  Both are easy to follow.

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walking along the stream

turkey swamp park freehold nj

In all, it was a great morning at Turkey Swamp Park of relaxing before a busy day.  There weren’t any turkeys out, but I can’t complain about that.  At Turkey Swamp Park, there were plenty of geese and their babies (which I had no interest to go near territorial geese…or any geese).

turkey swamp park freehold nj

You can see other hikes I’ve done here.

Questions for you:

What are some things you want to do this summer? Have you been to Turkey Swamp Park? 

Do you have a favorite park near you?

Recovery Runs and Turkeys

This week I have taken a few days away from running.  I’ve been busy with work but also wanted my body to recover from a few months of hard training.

My four runs of the week were just easy runs.  There was no speed and they were all untimed.  I can say it honestly felt really nice to relax.   (I love running easy with no worry about speed). The only exception was a little bit of speed on Wednesday due to being chased by Wild turkeys.

Did you know you can draw hand turkeys on the computer?
Did you know you can draw hand turkeys on the computer?

I had two rest days and one cross training day last week.  During my cross training I did some easy AMT.  I had wanted to run but it was thunderstorming and I was not in the mood (at all) to run on the treadmill.

But anyways back to running, Although I live in NJ there are real turkeys that occupy land near me.   When I pictured living in NJ, I pictured living in NYC but one state down.  I pictured living in a heavily populated area.

Not this:


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The Cranberry Bogs
The Cranberry Bogs.  A good portion of the nations cranberries are actually grown and harvested at the Ocean Spray Cranberry bogs near my house…NJ really is the Garden State.

And not being chased by these:

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Anyways I don’t have a lot to say about this week.  I don’t have any races to report about, any speed work to go into more depth with or really of any remote interest besides getting attacked by a turkey.  I had a lot of easy runs which felt good.  After setting my half marathon PR by 90 seconds, recovery was most important to me this week.

As I said earlier in the week, I’ve been running a lot lower mileage this year.  I am PRing so it’s working for me.

Next weeks plans:

I will be in Seattle from Wednesday until next Monday.  My dad and brother found a race to do.  It has the option of a 5k, 10k, 15k and half marathon.  I’ll let you guess which one I chose.  Winner will get extra LOLZ.   I’m hoping to get another high mileage week and a race day.

Questions for you:

Do you like birds?

How do you stay active on vacation?

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