Midnight Madness Run

17 Jul

Despite the fact that I didn’t see Harry Potter (still don’t want to either) – didn’t go to the beach – and didn’t venture up to Penn State for a weekend of debauchery – I had an amazing weekend. Here’s a quick re-cap.

1st Kayak Trip Ever! Our friends invited us to join them for an afternoon kayaking trip down the Brandywine River. Who knew there was a little country-bumpkin place about 20 minutes away that offered kayak / canoe / tube rentals? This is probably the best news I’ve ever heard. Anyways – it was a lot of fun, even though it hasn’t rained in forever and the water was maybe 1 inch deep in certain spots, so we had to get out and walk our canoes downstream. Also – I may be the only person to FLIP their kayak while floating down an extremely calm, 1 inch deep river. I’m not joking. I flipped the damn thing. What a joke. I’m just walking entertainment, people. I wish I had pictures to share, but the whole idea of taking a camera out into the water seemed like a poor choice (and I was obviously right, given the flippage of my kayak). Ugh. But trust me, it was awesome.

1st Time Cooking Spaghetti Squash! As I was wandering around the produce department at Wegman’s, I saw some spaghetti squash and decided to finally  try it out. My mom gave me a recipe called “Confetti Spaghetti Squash” and I was good to go – well minus the whole cutting the damn thing in half. Does anyone have suggestions as to how to cut a spaghetti squash? Or should I buy an axe? Anyways – once it was cut in half (and I got my arm work-out in for the day) it was ridiculously easy. I baked the squash for 40 minutes and then proceeded to watch magic happen.

Seriously, it’s just like spaghetti. It’s the most peculiar thing I’ve ever seen. I added in some sauteed zucchini, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and seasonings (and Steve cooked up some tilapia) – and I had myself a whole new dinner.

I really enjoyed this dish – although it could have used a bit more seasoning. Next time I think I’ll cook it with some white cooking wine or perhaps some lemon juice. It was good, just could have used a bit more flavor. But honestly, if you’ve never had spaghetti squash, try it. It’s exciting.

Back on My Feet Midnight Madness Run! I decided a few months ago to just sign up for every race I could find, and so I decided that a race at midnight in downtown Philadelphia was a great idea… Not gonna lie, yesterday at 9pm when I had to get ready to leave, I was wondering why the hell I signed up for it. My normal bed-time is midnight. Parking in Philadelphia is a bitch. I haven’t been training for an 8.4 mile run (or any length run for that matter). But I packed up all of my glow-in-the-dark gear, put on my neon pink shorts, and headed out into Philadelphia with Steve. Surprisingly, parking was ridiculously easy – and once we were parked, we heard music blaring and saw people everywhere. I was shocked at how big of an event the ’20 in 24 Back of My Feet’ event was! The relay teams doing the entire 24-hour event were camped out all around Lloyd Hall, hanging out in tents, having a good time. And all the midnight runners were decked out in glow-in-the-dark gear. There were a ton of people, lots of music, a great crowd. It was awesome! I really want to get more people together next year! Plus, I really love the ‘Back on My Feet‘ organization, so it was a good choice.

After hanging out for a while & taking in the sights – we were finally ready to go (at midnight)


The course was an 8.4-mile loop on Kelly Drive and West River Drive, following the Schuylkill River. I’ve always wanted to run this loop – so why not at midnight, right? They did a great job of having bike escorts and police stationed along the course – and also had abundant water stops for the runners. Since we were running the opposite direction as the 24-hour relay & ultra marathon runners, it was also great to cheer them on & have them give us encouragement in return. I loved it. The course was obviously really crowded at the start, but after the 1st mile, it really opened up & for a long time, Steve & I were kind of on our own.

I had a set a goal a while back to finish the loop in 1:15.00 – holding about an 8:30 pace. (I previously ran a half-marathon at a 9:00 pace, and I wanted to crush that). I checked my Garmin throughout the race, and we actually kept up our ~8:30 pace really well! I was proud that I didn’t start too fast or burn out at the end. Even though my right leg (hip flexor / outside hip) has been really hurting lately. Around mile 7, it got pretty painful, but then I saw this beautiful sight.

Garmin Distance / Time: 8.63 miles in 1:13.55 (8:34 min/mile)

Event Distance / Time: 8.46 miles in 1:14.25 (8:47 min/mile)

Either way – I finished in under 1:15! Booya. I’d also like to go with my Garmin, because this event wasn’t timed with a chip, so my start time was a bit different than the actual start time (I started in the back). I know half of you reading this could finish that distance in under an hour, and probably another half of you might struggle to finish this distance at all – but that’s not important. What’s important to me is that I hit my goal time! I pushed through my leg pain & really picked up my pace at the 8 mile mark to make sure I hit my goal. Woohoo!

Haha Sorry these pictures are so ghetto. I didn’t think that bringing my nice camera into Philadelphia at midnight was a great idea – and this was the best my cell phone could do. Deal with it.

Hope you all had a great weekend as well!

For real, suggestions on cutting spaghetti squash!?!

Have you ever done a race at some ridiculously random time like midnight!?


14 Responses to “Midnight Madness Run”

  1. kim July 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    LOL, I think I gave your mom that recipe!!! Love it. Cutting squash is hard, I usually stick the knife through the center and go around. Knife should be really sharp. Congrats on your time, that’s terrific!

    • Jessica Rose July 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

      I suppose I should invest in some sharper knives… ha

  2. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) July 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Good job, Jess! That’s awesome! And I love Steve’s picture. 🙂
    I’ve never done a race period, haha, maybe I should work on that!

    • Jessica Rose July 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

      You should find some kind of yoga-thon or something – you’d be amazing at it! ha I love races though – the crowds / support / other racers just make it so much easier than it would be otherwise. There’s always “fun runs” or obstacle things that you could find so they aren’t just running, just a thought 😉

  3. Tessa @ Amazing Asset July 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Great Job pretty lady! These are such great pictures, and what a wonderful experience too!
    I have never done a race at such a strange time before. I like to sign up for ones in the morning, I would feel so odd having to wait around all day for it haha
    I should change it up once in a while though!

    • Jessica Rose July 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

      Thank you! The whole random time of this race could have been weird, but I didn’t really think about it until it was time to go… ha I probably should have planned out a better pre-race meal, or taken a nap… but I just kinda went into it for fun. It was quite an experience! If you get the chance, I recommend it 🙂

  4. In Sweetness and In Health July 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    I’ve never had spaghetti squash because I don’t know how to cut it haha. That’s so awesome that you did a midnight run! And, good job on the time girl!

    • Jessica Rose July 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

      Well I loved the spaghetti squash – so my advice would be to buy a super sharp knife, and then you really just slice it in half length-wise. It’s pretty easy if you have a knife (or chainsaw ha) –

  5. Tara July 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    That run looks like it turned out to be a really good time! Though I was babysitting last night and ready to sign out at 12, i don’t know how good a race would have been.. I’d love to do it someday though. Congrats on your amazing time!! I think someone I know did the 24 hour race. so I guess he’s still going? I can’t imagine…

    • Jessica Rose July 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

      Thank you!! The race was really awesome – I was surprised at how much fun I ended up having! Plus, Boat House Row at night is just gorgeous. As for someone doing the whole “ultra marathon” 24-hour thing, God bless them. That’s something I could never (and would never want to) do. But yeah, you should definitely do it sometime!

  6. er July 18, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    I love spaghetti squash! It is SO good, but SO hard to cut! haha, no suggestions there.I read some people bake it for a bit and then cut it, but it is a much longer process!

    Did you cook it with the halves down and an inch of water in the pan? I find that always yields the best spaghetti-like strands!

    • Jessica Rose July 18, 2011 at 10:02 am #

      I cooked it cut-side down, but no water in the pan – just some olive oil. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Amanda Ernzer July 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    LOVE spaghetti squash…ditto on the sharp knives. Which reminds me I should really buy some new knives because I have the same problem. And I have only done one race at night. It started a little after 10 on OSU’s campus. It was put on by nike, they went to 2 other schools in the country. So much fun, definitely a different feel. I am doing the ragnar relay in Florida the first weekend of january where we have 12 people on our team and take turns running from Miami to Key West (199 miles total) We run a bunch of different lengths at different times throughout the day/night so this should be interesting! I’ll let you know how it goes of course!

    • Jessica Rose July 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

      I’m so excited for you & your Ragnar Relay! If anyone drops out, can I join your team!?!? ha I can’t wait to hear about it – I know if someone woke me up at 3am and told me to go run for an hour, I’d be angry / confused – so it will be interesting to hear your take on it all.

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