Random weekend = random photos. And busy week at work means this post is about 5 days late.
After spending most of February with a nasty cough I finally got back on track with running once March started. It’s been a slow and not fun process. I’ve been putting in low mileage, but at least running semi-consistently. I’m running Broad Street in a little over a month so I really need to step up my game.
I was exchanging emails with some (running) friends and they mentioned they were heading out of the city to run the last Pickle Run. I’ve never done one of their runs but have always heard they are a blast. No timing devices are allowed and you have to guesstimate your finish time. There are also decorated pickles cucumbers along the course that you are supposed to find and you can win prizes at the end!
My friends and I all signed up for the ~4 mile trail run. It was a really small race and once we turned off the paved road everyone got really strung out. I spent most of the race alone, only seeing people here and there. Luckily they had awesome volunteers at every turn so it was almost impossible to get lost.
The race was awesome. It felt great being alone, running on the trail, while snow (!) was falling all around. Some of the inclines were steep and made me doubt my fitness levels.
Towards the end of the race I was making a turn and saw a pickle cucumber! I picked it up and it was just the boost I needed, hahah.
We hung out post race and received our bizarre prizes, aka garage sale items. I came away with a grease presser, or something like that.
Sunday morning Eric and I set out on an adventure to North Jersey so he could buy some bike wheels. Yes…we are back to the random travels for bike parts. But usually when he does something like this we try to make an adventure out of it and do some other fun things.
Randomly The Cinnamon Snail food truck sets up in Red Bank, NJ on Sundays and we had to make our wheel transaction nearby. I ate at the snail last weekend for the first time and was excited for Eric to try it.
There was a bit of a line, which gave us ample time to figure out what all we wanted. We started off with donuts that were delicious. And then I got the maple waffles and Eric got their special sandwich. It was really cold outside we we had to eat in the car. I can’t wait to go back when it’s warmer, it’s about an hour and a half from Philly.
Post stuffing ourselves we headed to the nearby beach, Sandy Hook. It was really cold and windy on the beach, but nice to walk up and down. Sandy Hook was hit by the hurricane and there was still a lot of damage along the waterfront.
You would see the Manhattan skyline from the beach though, which was really cool.
We hung out for a while on the beach then drove back to Philly.