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Race #19: Yankee Homecoming 5K

by Alaina on July 30, 2014 · 1 comment

I think last night was the first time that I ran a race in the evening. And given the fact that it was late July, it was unseasonably cool and awesomely overcast.

I arrived to Newburyport around 5:15, given that there was more traffic than expected on 495. I was also not aware at how big this race was! I ended up parking on a side street right by the high school. The lawn and streets were filled with people, both runners and spectators. I loved the energy around me. I knew I was in for a great race!

It started promptly at 6 and the race wound through downtown Newburyport and along the shore. I absolutely LOVED this course and I loved the crowd support. The race was hilly but I felt strong the entire way, and I didn’t feel defeated when we reached the short, steep hill before the finish line.

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Although I ended up parking near the finish line, I was also right in the midst of the race. I had to wait about 20 minutes or so while the 10 miler runners were running by the end of the street. When that cleared up, it was smooth sailing home. Smile

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And after the race, I enjoyed a Bud Light and delicious burger that David made!

Time: 29:05
Pace: 9:22
Division (Female): 384/1123
Division (F30-34): 48/109
Overall: 928/1990

Have you ever completed in a late day race? I definitely think the weather really played in my favor this year. Apparently my aunt and uncle have ran it before and it was always hot and humid.

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Race #18: Run to Home Base 9K

by Alaina on July 21, 2014 · 6 comments

18 races down; 12 to go!

This past Saturday I ran the 5th Annual Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Run to Home Base 9K in Boston. Back in February I signed up after seeing the presentation at New Balance, and after months of fundraising I was finally able to run in support of all the men and women who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The race started at 8AM but there was a ceremony an hour prior. There were several speakers including Tom Caron, Retired General Hammond, Mayor Marty Walsh, and a mother whose son was treated through the Home Base Program. I’ll say that tears were pretty much flowing during that time.


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The race wasn’t certainly my best showing but I was able to run the majority of the route, only stopping at 2 of the water stops. The weather was warm but there was cloud cover. The race started on Yawkey Way and continued up the Mass Ave bridge and Memorial Drive before coming back over the Mass Ave bridge and then ending on the warning track at Fenway Park. The finish line was starting to get crowded but they did a good job of getting people to walk towards home plate. My mom took pictures so as soon as she sends them to me, I’ll update the post. Smile

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Time: 57:23
Pace: 10:16
Division: 101/267
Overall: 908/1604

Up next is the Yankee Homecoming 5K in Newburyport next Tuesday. Because of my weekend schedule I’ve had to rearrange my races a bit. But I should still be able to complete this challenge!

What’s the most interesting race you’ve ran?


Race #17: Shipyard Old Port 5K

by Alaina on July 14, 2014 · 2 comments

Happy Monday everyone! Today is my Saturday, and I enjoyed sleeping in this morning since I had such a busy weekend. Saturday night I worked 3-11 and then had to drive the two hours to Portland, ME. Thankfully my cousin lives just outside the city so my mom and I were able to stay with her and her fiancé before the race.

It was another race where I ran on about, oh, 3-4 hours of sleep. Not ideal but when it’s just a 5K, I wasn’t too concerned. And thankfully I had the energy to run. We had a gorgeous view to wait around with as well.

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The race started at 7:30 and wound through parts of Portland and then on to the Eastern Promenade Rail Trail. The majority of it was downhill, and there was a water treatment plant that we ran by, and phew, it did not smell pleasant! Thankfully it was only for a short while.

The last 1/2 mile stretch was flat and sunny and I crossed the finish line at 28:15.

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Time: 28:15
Pace: 9:05
Division: 25/80
Overall: 297/760

I would definitely run this one again! My mom and I had a great time. Smile And I even ran in to a friend of mine from college, and his wife. I always hope that I’ll run in to someone I know!

Any races for you this past weekend? And this Saturday is race number 18, the Run to Home Base at Fenway Park! And guess what?? I reached my fundraising goal!!!