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24 Hours in Glasgow, Scotland

I am now home in Philly, but probably not for long. I go back on call at 6am tomorrow morning. But before I forget about the wonderful 24 hours spent in Glasgow let’s rewind and review what exactly I have been up to.

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Monday afternoon, I had a shift at the airport, to sit there for four hours. Yes, just sit there. I’m not going into details, but its for when there are last minute issues with crews and flights. I was one of four people on the shift from 3:45-7:45pm. By 5:45pm I was the last one left and then a little less than thirty minutes had passed and I was called to go to Glasgow!

Good thing I packed for all seasons because I really had no clue where I could end up. I’ve been fortunate enough to go to Glasgow before so I knew what to expect. Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland! Its a fun city with lots of shopping! I love going to the United Kingdom. Years ago I studied abroad in London and travel all through the U.K.

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After 6 and a half hours we arrived in Scotland and the crew was shuttled off to the hotel in the city center. We stay at a fabulous hotel thats only a quick walk from the central train station. My first stop is always Costa (a british coffee company). There I had to have a cappuccino and a bacon roll. The bacon roll is literally a roll with bacon on it, but its just not like American style bacon. Plus you have to put HP brown sauce on it! I’m drooling just thinking about it! With my belly full I was on to my next stop-shopping!!!

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Primark! Even though Primark is now in the US, its just so much better in the UK, with items that aren’t available in the US. Ok…I was picky this time I promise. I took in the local sites and shops, and my next stop, Boots. Hmmm….how to describe Boots, its a pharmacy, convenience store, beauty products, but they carry the best stuff!!! And even their store brand products are amazing and super cheap! The prices and quality of product do not compare to what we have here in the US.

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Next, I decided I needed to head back to drop off some of my purchases, but now I needed to stop in Sainsburys. Sainsburys is a grocery store and while you are probably thinking I’m crazy for going grocery shopping while I’m on a 24 hour layover in Scotland, you are totally wrong. While I lived in London, I constantly grocery shopped in Sainsburys and the food is top notch. While I can’t do all my shopping there now, I do pop in to bring back some of my favorite candy, cookies, and other treats that I can’t get in the states.

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Finally lunch time! One of my co-workers told me to check out Old Salty’s for fish and chips. This was probably the best fish and chips I had ever had! You can choice want type of fish you would like; hake, cod, haddock. I chose the haddock and it was out of this world! And what better way but to wash it down with a beer!

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I was now in the west end of Glasgow and headed up the street to the Glasgow Botanic Garden. It is free to enter and wander through the green houses and gardens. I was told they hold many concerts here too.

As I made my way back to the hotel I walked through University of Glasgow. This university is the fourth oldest in the English speaking world! I love how the old buildings are just surrounded by the newer buildings.

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I truly love the European lifestyle and how friendly people are. Every time I am in U.K/Europe I just totally embrace every second I am there. I love the experience, the foods, and the people.

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You really just have to go experience it for yourself with an open mind!

xo

Leann

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Jobs Fill Your Pocket. Travel Fills Your Soul. 

Traveling for a living is amazing, but sometimes you come to realize you are missing the treasures that are in your own backyard. Growing up in South Jersey my family would take me to the Jersey shore during the summer months. The thing about the Jersey shore; there are so many little towns to visit! Everyone has their favorites for one reason or another. Most of our visits ranged from Wildwood, Ocean City, or Cape May. Now or then my family would chose another area to explore, but not often, you mostly kept to what you knew. It could not have been better timing on Jared’s part to say, lets take a trip to LBI (Long Beach Island). The weather in the city was going to be in the 90’s so on the island it was in the 70’s. Perfect.

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For once I felt like a tourist in my own state because I’m not that familiar with LBI. Long Beach Island can be highly associated with the original location of Ron Jon Surf Shop that opened in 1961! Or in more recent news the when Hurricane Sandy damaged large portions of the island in 2012. The island is separated into six different municipalities.

img_6241We stayed at the Surf City Hotel, which just had some major renovations. The location was perfect as we could walk to the beach, with an entrance on the same block. The second day we grabbed some food at the restaurant bar. The happy hour prices are great. We shared some clam steamers and a pizza or what they refer to as bar pie. img_6216

 

 

 

 

Lunch was Surf Taco. I had heard many great things about this place so I was thrilled to try it out myself. Who doesn’t love tacos? This place does not disappoint, an endless list of types of tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. You can’t go wrong and its BYOB. img_6164

Looking for local attractions, stop by the Barnegat Light House, you can climb all 217 steps if you wish to reach the top!

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For dinner we checked out Northside Bar & Grille. Wednesday night was trivia which we did not take part in, but seemed to draw a large crowd. I had a chicken italiano sandwich and he had the cheeseburger which uses meat from the local butcher-Okies.

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For breakfast- The Chicken or the Egg (or better referred to as chegg), in Beach Haven which was seen on Man vs. Food. The menu has a mix of classic and unique items. I had the Goshdarnwich, one egg, bacon & cheese between two slices of thick french toast, served with a side of maple syrup, served with home fries. Amazing!!!!! What a treat!img_6181

I picked up a bag of coffee from How You Brewin?, a local coffee company in Surf City. Since I had coffee with breakfast I didn’t have a cup there, but just decided to take the LBI blend of beans home to try.

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This island has such a relaxed and welcoming vibe. I’m sure as soon as the summer officially begins the tourists will swarm down. Jared did a nice job of showing me some of his favorite places around the island and what beautiful place it really is. What a great local place for a getaway!

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“Done laid around, done stayed around this old town too long and it seems like I’ve got to travel on” -Bob Dylan

xo

Leann


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Racing Weight

As I’ve become more and more invested in my running and racing I’ve felt the need to educate myself. Everything I’ve learn has been self taught for the most part so please don’t use what I say as the end all be all. I’ve read books, magazines that focus on fitness, and have talked with many other athletes and trainers-we are by no means professionals.  d6fbe7ddae9c75e077db51f6e908f39a

In the last few years I would say I have taken my training to the next level where I compare my race times to previous times, consider my age bracket and where I place, and really have become concerned about my food as fuel. After running the Philadelphia marathon at what I considered was a “comfortable” pace for myself without pushing myself at all I finished in 4:18. To say I was impressed with myself would be an understatement. I followed a strict training schedule and overall ate healthy and restricted myself to having minimum alcoholic beverages.  After that race I realized I wasn’t pushing myself to my full potential. I set new goals. Quicker times and hard races that I plan to work up to- it doesn’t happen over night.

I picked up a book, Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald. I’m only about a quarter through and I’ve already have learned so much while solidifing some ideas I had about how to fuel when training. 51fqplNG5lL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_One thing I am focused on right now in the reading is high and low quality foods. Fitzgerald developed the Diet Quality Score Calculator or DQS. This gives points to higher quality foods such as fruits and veggies, lean meats, and multi/whole grains. It deducts points for foods that are fatty, high in sugar, or highly processed. You do not need to reach a specific number because every person is different in how much or how little they may eat. If you end up with a negative number you just aren’t eating well.

Now I’m not saying I’m perfect at following this, but I like the idea of having this structure. I have days I eat plenty of junk-who doesn’t love some crispy French fries or ice cream now and then. Just trying to keep it to a minimum!

Fitzgerald includes 6 main steps in his book for endurance athletes to follow: improve diet quality, manage appetite, balance energy sources, monitor yourself, time nutrition, and train right. Since I haven’t gotten through the entire book yet I will have more information to share with you later on more of the steps.

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In the very first chapter I had interesting read about the different body structures of athletes body types depending on what type of sport he/she competes in. Runners tend to be light and skinny, but cyclists having more muscular legs, but a triathlete is a hybrid between the swimmer/cyclist/runner. Fitzgerald explained that the triathlete body type is really its own special body type of lean composition. He even mentioned shorter triathletes do quiet well (Yay-I’m only 5’4”)! Overall this type of athlete needs to have lean body composition.

Back to reading!

xo

Leann