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Marathon Motivation

by Alaina on April 22, 2015 · 1 comment

Congratulations to all of the runners of the Boston Marathon on Monday! The weather was less than ideal but you made it, and for that you are a true inspiration!

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After so many years of working the marathon (2011, 2012, 2013) and spectating (last year) the thought of running it has been creeping in to my mind more and more. At first it was just a passing thought since my previous marathon experience was anything but spectacular. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m so proud that I finished, but I know I have it in me to do a lot better.) Lately though, that desire has grown; to the point that I get teary eyed and emotional whenever I watch coverage.

It’s been about 4.5 years since that marathon, and since then, I really feel that I have grown as a runner, both in my training and my knowledge on what my body is capable of. I’m confident that with the proper training and guidance that I could run a better marathon.

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Now, I am nowhere NEAR (nor will I ever be) fast enough to be able to qualify to run this race. Again, I know what I’m capable of and a low 3 hour marathon is not in the cards (or my legs). But if I had the opportunity to, I would love to run on behalf of a charity. Particularly the Alzheimer’s Association. I will have to do some research to find out how this would be possible.

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I know that there are so many marathons out there that are worth running, but none have solicited the emotions that Boston does. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way, but I truly hope that I am able to have the opportunity to run this some day. Perhaps 2017 or 2018 are possibilities(??). Better start looking in to that right now. And find myself a good coach. Winking smile

What’s your dream race?

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Lacing Up

by Alaina on April 13, 2015 · 0 comments

Happy Monday everyone! Today is the last day of my little three day weekend. It’s back to the grindstone tomorrow with a 7 day stretch over Marathon weekend. I’m looking forward to the busyness though; it makes the days fly by. So I thought I’d pop in with a little update on what I’ve been up to.

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend a concierge dinner at Stoddard’s Fine Food. I dined here last in 2011 (visiting for drinks in between) and it was just as delicious as I remembered. For a drink I had the Revolution Anti-Hero IPA which was smooth with a bit of bubbly. We snacked on charcuterie, Scottish eggs, smoked gouda fondue (!!) with pretzel bites, and salads. For my main entrée I just had to have their burger. It was topped with slightly dill pickles, lettuce, and SMOKED GOUDA. Yeah, caps are necessary. Smoked gouda is my absolute favorite cheese and it really made this burger. I ended up taking half home so that David could enjoy it. Smile with tongue out

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Saturday ended up being an errand day, and yesterday I went with my mom to Haverhill to watch her run in the Frozen Shamrock 3 Mile race. It was supposed to be held in February but the storms delayed it until this month. The weather could not have been more perfect: not a cloud in the sky and in the high 60s. While I waited for her to finish, I stopped in to the Wicked Big Café in downtown for a coffee. I ended up with an iced Americano with almond milk and raw sugar. It was delicious and totally hit the spot.

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She finished just over 30 minutes and claimed that the route was super hilly, but fun.

And watching her run had me thinking about how much I miss running. Up until this weekend I hadn’t ran since December. The weather certainly didn’t help, and I was feeling a bit burnt out anyway. I felt that a break was definitely needed. I had been running pretty consistently since 2007 so I enjoyed the reprieve. But now I’m very much looking to get back in to it. I went running on Saturday and it was slow and short. My legs were…ok, but it was my breathing that was really labored. I never realized how much I was going to have to build up the lung endurance. My lungs felt like they were burning and I had to walk a couple of times. I ran again this morning and was able to make it further without stopping and the lungs weren’t hurting as much. I know that’ll it’ll take time to build it all up, but I’m looking forward upping the mileage and getting out on the road in the beautiful weather.

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My tried and true pre-run fuel.

I still haven’t signed up for any races this year but I will most likely do the CVS Health 5K and/or the Pell Bridge Run. I would really like to do the BAA 10K again but I just don’t think I’m in 10K shape at this time. Sad smile

Have you ever taken significant time off from running? How long did it take to get in to the groove of things again?

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An Awesome 31st Birthday

by Alaina on April 8, 2015 · 2 comments

Almost a month later and I realized that I never talked about celebrating my 31st birthday! This year didn’t have the fanfare of last year’s Roaring 20s party, but it was still a wonderful celebration. Smile

The biggest event was going to see Pentatonix with my mom at the Agganis Arena on March 16th. We had great seats, just to the side of the stage, and the concert was amazing. We started out the evening at Eastern Standard for dinner; I had a salad with a kale and apple melt sandwich. My mom had her salad with the French dip sandwich. Everything was delicious.

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We arrived to the arena about 45 minutes before the show started. This particular show was a little bit different than the rest of their tour because this one had an opening act. The singer was Mario Jose, who graduated from Berklee last year. He was absolutely amazing, and his rendition of Hallelujah gave me goose bumps. It was the coolest to see all of the phones out with their lights on. Ah, 21st century lighters. Smile with tongue out

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He sang for about 45 minutes and then there was a 15 minute break before Pentatonix came out. They were absolutely incredible, and I couldn’t get over how much their voices resonated through the auditorium. Avi is my favorite and his voice was absolutely booming.

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They even came out in to the audience to interact with their fans (Kevin, Scott, Mitch, Kirstin, Avi). I was tempted to run down the steps to get a better picture, but I think I was able to get some good shots from where I was. Smile

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At the very end of their show, they sang a song from the Christmas album (it was still freezing outside so it felt right), and decided to do it without microphones. Wow. Just wow. I don’t think I’ve ever heard vocals so tight like theirs. I was in absolute awe for the entire show. If you’re not familiar with their music, hop on YouTube now to check them out. You will be blown away! Even as I type this, I’m listening to their music.

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I ended up having to work on my birthday but my co-workers really know how take care of people during their birthdays. Winking smile All I wanted was donuts and my manager totally delivered.

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She had even put aside a croissant donut for me to save for later. I ate it the next morning, and it was delicious. And my concierge colleague, Natalie, was so sweet and picked me up some cupcakes from Georgetown Bakery. There was peanut butter swirl (delicious!), mint chocolate, strawberry, red velvet, and vanilla & chocolate birthday.

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My family party was a couple of weeks ago and I received wine, snacks, Mulan on DVD, gift certificates, and some Alex & Ani bracelets (my birthstone, daughter, and my first initial).

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Overall, a great way to turn 31! I’m very much looking forward to the following year. Smile

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