Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Porch - cheeseburger review

After a little over 2 months of living back in Orlando, FL, I've finally managed to try a "new to me" burger.  My little family met up with my friend Katie and her tribe at The Porch, a sports bar type of place in Winter Park.  We picked a location that would hopefully be kid friendly; this place delivered.

Huge tv screens covered most walls and had college football games playing.  The beer special was $3.50 Corona Light drafts that Ryan and I loved.  The vibe was laid back and chill, just what we were looking for.

Thankfully I ran 3 miles this morning before going to Disney with Mason, so there was no doubt in my mind that I was ordering a cheeseburger for dinner. 

There were a few different burger options to choose from (along with the popular make your own burger).  I went with the "mama jama" on a brioche bun.

"Award winning combination of pimento cheese, bourbon bacon jam, crispy onions"
I demolished that poor burger.  I brought home my side, sweet potato tots, because I was so full from the burger and from all of the appetizers I ordered (oopsie).  The meat had great flavor and the combination of the salty fried onions mixed with the sweet bourbon bacon jam was heavenly. 
We had a great time at The Porch and I truly apologize to the poor server for having to pick up the ginormous mess Anderson made on the floor (not a fan of Chex cereal I suppose). 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rock n Run 5k - recap

Last night race prep occurred like usual ... cheeseburger and a beer.  I repeated my same order from Smashburger from last Sunday ... classic smashburger washed down with a Fat Tire beer.

My alarm went off at 6:03 this morning and I quickly got ready for the race.  I left the house around 6:30 and headed to Casselberry.  It took close to 40 minutes to get near the race and a long time to find parking.  I walked almost a mile to the start line and had about 5 minutes before the start of the race.

The course was flat and pretty fast.  There were some shaded areas which was a plus. I really tried to push myself this morning and finished mile 1 in just over 7 minutes.  I finished the 2nd mile in 14:30 minutes.  And then I started to lose steam ...

Official time - 22:59 minutes, 7:23 pace
6th finisher - women's 30-34
30th finisher - women
118th finisher - overall
I'm proud of myself for finishing one minute faster than last month's 5k race.  Next 5k isn't until January so I'll be curious to see how my speed improves. 
Best part of the race was the mini craft beer festival.  Each runner was handed a card with 6 possible beer samples.  I only had time to finish 2 of the samples before rushing to the soccer field to catch Mason's second soccer game of the morning.  Such is the life of a mother runner ... 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

the past month ...

the good news is that I've continued to run and eat cheeseburgers during the past month.

the bad news is that I haven't written anything about it.

so I'll try to make it up to you.  I would give you all a virtual cheeseburger, extra pickles if that's your thing, but that isn't possible.  so instead I'll try to recap as best as I can.

first I'll start off by saying that I'm getting closer to reaching 1,000 miles for 2016.  in order to hit that goal I'll have to run at least 80 miles each month.  I honestly don't think I'll hit that in September, which means the last 3 months of the year will be ramped up considerably.

my right knee has been doing that fluid buildup thing again which is worrisome. 
(un)fortunately I've been so consumed with our new house that I've put medical issues on the backburner.  totally normal and responsible of me.

oh and you know what happens when you run in Florida?  there is a good chance that it'll start raining, without any warning.  both times I was stuck clutching my iPhone fearing that there would be water damage. 

the 2nd race of the Track Shack fanatic series is this Saturday ... Rock n Run 5k.  plans this week include picking up the race packet and hopefully getting myself ready for the race (ie. eating a cheeseburger Friday night)

on the cheeseburger front, this past Sunday night I picked up some Smashburger for Ryan and I.  tasty for sure, but nothing beats eating it fresh at the restaurant. 

and that's about it.  fingers crossed I do well at the race on Saturday morning and have a recap posted shortly afterwards.  hope everyone is running and eating cheeseburgers!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Celebration of Running 5k - recap

My recent move back to Florida fell perfectly in line with the beginning of running season.  I was able to sign up for Track Shack's "fanatic" which is a series of 6 races throughout the year. 

The first race on the schedule was the Celebration of Running 5k on Saturday August 13th at 7:30am. 

 As per race tradition, I had a cheeseburger the night before for dinner.  We got take out from East Coast Wings and the burger was not good.  Which shouldn't be a surprise since the restaurant specializes in chicken wings!

The morning of the race I headed off solo and let Ryan tend to the boys.  Although I love having my cheerleaders there it tends to be a circus trying to round them up so early in the morning.

My buddy Mike found me at the start of the race and we lined up next to each other.  The race was 95% brick roads which made it difficult; at least it wasn't hilly!  It was super humid and muggy, but hey that's Florida for ya. 

I finished in exactly 24 minutes and didn't think I had such a spectacular performance out there.  Mike and I took our picture and said our goodbyes. 

Later on when race results were posted I realized that I had placed 3rd in my age group, 30-34.  The prize was a pillow and I couldn't wait to stop by Track Shack to pick it up.
It was a great start to racing season in Florida ... Looking forward to the 2nd race of the Fanatic series, Rock n Run 5k on September 17th.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

back in Florida

this will be the quick and dirty update of what has been going on ....

we recently moved from Charlotte, NC back to Orlando, FL.  my mom and I drove the boys back on Friday while my dad drove Ryan's car.  Ryan and Alex drove the moving truck on Saturday.  after many hours of unpacking during the weekend we got our necessities into our 3 bedroom apartment.  the rest of our belongings are chilling in my parents' garage.

why the move?  we missed family.  I missed my parents so much and wanted my boys to grow up knowing their cousins.  fortunately Ryan is able to keep the same job ... and well so do I.

as far as cheeseburgers go I haven't eaten one in days ... over a week?  sadly I can't remember when the last one was.  I have, however, logged in some Florida miles.  the past 3 days I've run at least 3 miles and boy have they been HOT.  at least running in Orlando is virtually flat as a pancake so that's a plus.

no set races on the calendar ... although I have my eye on a bacon race in 10 days.  it's a 5k so I think I can rock it although my fastest 5k time lately has been averaging 8 minute miles.  I still have some work to do.

I'll get back here as soon as I can with some cheeseburger recaps.  I finally got internet so that's been a huge lifesaver so that Mason can chill with the iPad during quiet time.

hope everyone is having a good week ... keep running and eating those burgers!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Two Burgers in Two Days .... all the way in Rhode Island!

A couple of weeks ago I got to travel to Newport, Rhode Island to help celebrate my friend Shannon's bachelorette weekend.  A bunch of us flew in from Charlotte and met up with some of her friends and family from up north.

Even with staying up late and having a few cocktails Friday night, I managed to get in a run Saturday morning.  I ran from our hotel to the "Cliff Walk," a 7 mile out and back trail near Newport. 

For someone as clumsy as I am, I was pretty scared going over the rocky parts of the trail.  But the views made up for it!  It was a little cloudy and much cooler than it had been in Charlotte, and oh so quiet.  I ran and walked just under 5 miles and headed back to the hotel, coffee in hand, ready to party!

One of the fun activities that Shannon's sister planned for the group, was a trip to a local vineyard (Newport Vineyard), complete with a chauffeured party bus ... no drinking and driving for us!

After touring the winery and sampling our fair share of delicious wines, we headed to their in-house cafĂ© for lunch.  I settled on their beet & bean burger and chips.
BEET + BEAN BURGER                                                     9
herb mayo, arugula, tomato, brioche roll
It was tasty and definitely made me feel like I was eating healthy!

The next day found us on the water aboard a mimosa cruise.  Although I was too hungover to partake in any drinking, I did work up an appetite while sailing, and devoured a burger at our lunch spot. 

Not only did the Midtown Oyster House have a delicious burger, they also had a killer bloody mary that worked wonders for my hangover.

GOOD BURGER*          13
Bacon, Gruyere Cheese, Onion Jam Toasted Brioche Bun

I loved spending so much time with one of my favorite people in such a cool city.  Eating 2 burgers in 2 days wasn't so bad either :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Famous Toastery American 4 Miler - race recap

I was lucky enough to win a free race entry into the Famous Toastery American 4 Miler on July 4th.  There are a couple of reasons why I shouldn't have run this race ... I was still on antibiotics for my sinus infection (ie. hacking up a lung) AND I didn't have my pre-race cheeseburger the night before.

I made it to the race with time to spare; I parked 1/2 mile away at the nearby middle school and took my time walking over.  I wasn't feeling all that motivated to race and had a feeling I wouldn't be setting any PRs that morning. 

I didn't even make it to the 3 mile mark when I began to text Ryan.  I told him I wasn't feeling well and that I was stopping to walk.  A side effect from my sinus infection medication was DIARREHEA.  Boy oh boy did I have to poop.  I continued walking the course as I coughed up all sorts of green and yellow grossness. 

I finally crossed the finish line in 36:14 minutes, by far my slowest 4 miler time ever.  Although I was disappointed I didn't run faster, I was surprised that I actually finished the race.  I could've veered off course and found a shorter way to my car but instead I suffered through the 4 miles.  How noble of me right?  Wrong.  I should've skipped the race and gotten healthy.  You live and learn I suppose.

Run For Your Life always puts on a great race and the Famous Toastery American 4 Miler was no exception.

Did anyone else race during the holiday weekend?  Any fun patriotic running stories?