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Another back to back weekend of races in the books! Even though it’s the end of September it was one of the hotter weekends of the month. The race in Rowley was cooler, with some shade, but the craft race was at 12noon in Falmouth so it was a bit hotter. Thankfully the course was shaded and there was some breeze coming from the ocean.

Race #23 | Rowley Poker 5K

This was my first year doing this race and I can certainly seem myself running it again. The course was shaded and not too hilly, and I was able to keep my pace pretty consistent.

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Time: 29:21
Pace: 9:27
Division: 16/27
Overall: 125/195

Race #24 | Craft Brew Race, Cape Cod

Sunday’s race was the last in the series of the Craft Brew Races in New England. I’m bummed that my work schedule got in the way of three of the races, but I was happy to be able to complete two (the first one was in May in Portland.) The race started at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds and meandered through residential neighborhoods. The race was far hillier than I would have thought but thankfully the route was almost all shaded. But the heat still got to me. It was just shy of 3.1 miles (my Nike+ read 2.93) but we weren’t there to set any records; we were there for the beer! And towards the finish I saw my dad on the side and he asked if I wanted to stop and wait for mom so that we could all finish at the same time. It was great being able to cross the finish line with both of them. Hopefully the photographer got a good picture of us!

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Time: 30:31
Pace: 9:49
Division: 25/70
Overall: 322/624

Only 6 more left to go! My next race is this Sunday, the 5th: the Oktoberfest 5K in Cambridge, MA.

What did you do this past weekend? In addition to the races, David and I went to a wedding at the Biltmore in Providence on Saturday night. We had a fun time! Smile

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Race #22: CVS Health 5K

by Alaina on September 22, 2014 · 2 comments

22 down, 8 to go!

Yesterday I ran my 22nd race of the year, and it was my 7th year running this 5K (it was previously called the CVS Downtown 5K). It’s always been a favorite of mine, especially since the last year or so they changed up the route. Sometimes when you run a certain race each year it can get predictable, and dare I say, boring. I liked that they changed it up enough that it kept things interesting. Unfortunately it still ends on that darn hill on Francis Street!

My parents and I arrived around 10:30 and waited it front of the state house before the start of the race. The weather was overcast but it was uncomfortably humid. There was a breeze every so often but not enough to really cool things down.

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The race started right at 11:15 and it took about 3 minutes or so to cross the start line. Usually the start is super congested and takes a while for me to get into a groove, but things opened up rather quickly. I tried my best to maintain an even pace but ended up going out too fast (per my usual); the humidity certainly didn’t help either. There was a breeze for some of the race but it didn’t happen enough. Thankfully, though, the sun never really broke through and the overcast skies helped. And I only stopped for a couple of steps during a water stop. I just told myself the whole time that I wanted to conserve enough energy to make it up the hill. And I did! No stopping for me towards the end. Smile Another successful race in the books.

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Time: 30:41
Pace: 9:52
Division (1-39): 305/884
Overall: 1362/3217

Next up is the Craft Brew Race in Falmouth this Sunday! Any races this past weekend?


Travel Tuesday: Wedding in Pittsburgh

by Alaina on September 16, 2014 · 1 comment

This certainly won’t be an in-depth travel guide to the city of Pittsburgh since our weekend was centered around a wedding, but I wanted to share it with you nonetheless!


Woke up at around 7:30AM and we were on the road by 9AM. The GPS had our trip at just under 9 hours, but of course we ended up taking a few stops for food, bathroom, and gas (small tank). The drive itself was very uneventful with just a few moments of road construction in eastern Pennsylvania. It wasn’t until we hit Pittsburgh at around 6:30 that we encountered any congestion. But it certainly didn’t compare to Boston! We got to the hotel and relaxed before we were to meet up with David’s family at Hough’s Restaurant. We showed up at 8:30 and promptly ordered a beer from their "wall-o-taps".

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I had the Great Lakes Oktoberfest and it was delicious! For dinner I had a hot dog on a pretzel bun topped with sautéed onions and relish, with a side of tots. Of course I didn’t really finish my meal since we were having so much fun catching up with the family. We were gearing up for an exciting day ahead!


We slept in, with no alarm, and it was glorious. We had some coffee and trail mix bars (from the wedding bags) for breakfast and after a couple hours of getting ready and doing a quick workout in the room, we walked over to Primanti Brother’s deli to try out their famous stuffed sandwiches. I ordered the roast beef with cheese and it was definitely mostly cole slaw and French fries. The vinegar in the slaw was definitely a predominant flavor but overall it was a pretty good sandwich. I’m glad I tried it out. Smile

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The ceremony took place at the Sacred Heart church in the Oakland neighborhood. Apparently the aisle of this church is the second longest in the country. It did make for a dramatic entrance. I ended up keeping my phone in the hotel room so there are no pictures from the ceremony, but it was beautiful and emotional. Why do I always cry at weddings but didn’t at my own? Smile with tongue out

There were a couple of hours between the ceremony and reception so David and I headed to the reception site earlier to walk around and see the animals. Animals?? Yep! The reception was at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium!

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The reception was SO much fun! There was an abundance of dancing and probably too many drinks being had (beer, wine and tequila, OH MY!). I always have so much fun getting together with David’s family. There are so many of them and they’re a hoot to hang out with!

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During the mother/son dance, they invited all of the mother’s to come out and dance with their sons. It was the sweetest thing watching David’s grandmother dance with her 5 sons. Got to love that family. Smile


Another morning with no alarms! We ended up getting up at 7:30 and left the hotel by 9. We had a few detours on our way, i.e. I got pulled over in PA. Oops! Apparently I was going 65 down a hill that was 45 MPH. I was super surprised since I didn’t feel like I was going faster than the rest of the traffic but thankfully he let me off with a lesser infraction. I still have to pay but ah well. It happens. We also stopped in Meriden, CT to grab a burger at Ted’s. They specialize in steamed burgers with the best melty cheese ever. We didn’t end up getting home until about 8:30. I promptly went to bed since I had to be up for a 7AM shift the next morning.

Overall, we had a fantastic weekend! The drive on Sunday was a bit long and I was still exhausted yesterday, but I’m feeling much better today. David and I both agreed that we want to go back and explore the city more, especially the bridges.

Have you ever been to Pittsburgh? What’s the most unique wedding venue that you’ve been to?

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