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Race #27: Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run

by Alaina on October 27, 2014 · 2 comments

Race number 27 is complete and I only have 3 left to go! Two of them have been registered; still looking for that third one. For some reason I can’t access the website for the Providence Jingle 5K in December. Hopefully that’s just a temporary thing and I can sign up for that one. Smile

This past Sunday my parents and I ran the Citizen’s Bank Pell Bridge Run in Newport, RI. This was my fourth year running (2011, 2012, 2013) and by far one of the best. I was a little nervous as to how I was going to hold up since I had to work the night before and drive to Newport afterwards. But thankfully the race was moved back an hour to 7:15 and I was able to sleep in a little. I ended up sleeping for 4 hours before the alarm went off and after getting ready we drove to the shuttle area to take us to the start.

It was another year of absolute perfect weather, although waiting at the start had us huddling next to each other since there was a cold breeze coming off the water. Once the sun came up though, it was getting a bit warmer and the wind died down.

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The race started promptly at 7:15 and it took us about 4 minutes to cross the start line. As we got across the start we realized that we were way too far back and there were people already walking. It took almost a mile for mom and I to weave around everyone and finally got into a groove. Our first mile ended up being around 11:30 because of that. The trek up the bridge was so much better than last year, for me. We kept our heads down and arms pumping, (looking up ahead would always psych me out) and before we knew it, we had reached the top!

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We both coasted down the other side of the bridge and ended up finding my dad! We stayed behind him and just let the momentum carry us towards the finish. I felt awesome and was compelled to try and push it the last mile, but my mom and I made a pact that we would finish together, since yesterday was her birthday and my anniversary. I checked my Nike Running app and realized that we were going at about a 9:30 pace for the last half! We were able to keep that up and we bolted across that finish line, hand in hand. Smile

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Time: 40:31
Pace: 10:23
Division (30-34): 95/262
Overall: 1092/3033

Such a great time! To celebrate all that was going on that day, we had a delicious steak dinner and for dessert, a pumpkin pound cake with a maple cream cheese glaze at my parents house. And to top it off, we watched a spectacular win by the Patriots! A perfect little Sunday I would say. Smile

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Happy 6 Year Anniversary David!! <3

Next up for race #28 is the Whitinsville 5 Miler on Thanksgiving morning!


Tried and True Meat Sauce Recipe

by Alaina on October 16, 2014 · 4 comments

Growing up my parents and I would always eat pasta on Wednesday night. Prince pasta night anyone? Aaaaanthony!! Throughout the years, I would eat the pasta with regular pasta sauce or even sweet Italian sausages, but my favorite is always the ground beef meat sauce.

Lately David has been raving about the sauce that I make so I thought I would share my “tried and true” recipe. I will preface by saying that I don’t make my own tomato sauce. Maybe eventually, but for this recipe, it’s store bought.

Step One: Cut up one small onion and sauté with olive oil until they become soft. Add to crock pot once they are done.

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Step Two: In the same pan, add more olive oil and brown the ground beef. I generally buy between 80% and 90% lean so that I’ll have a little fat left over, for flavor.

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Step Three: Add ground beef to the crock pot. Then I add stewed tomatoes, sauce (I usually switch between Prego and Francesco Rinaldi), garlic powder and oregano.

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Step Four: Set Crock Pot to “warm” and let the sauce simmer for about 3 to 4 hours to let the flavor mix.

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And we’re done! Very simple yet so extremely delicious. David and I love garlic so I go pretty heavy on the garlic powder. Smile with tongue out And I tend to make a big batch so that it lasts us a couple of days. I think it’s actually better a day after because the flavors really mix together.

What’s your favorite pasta topping?


Race #26: Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women

by Alaina on October 14, 2014 · 1 comment

Wow, 26 down and only 4 more races to go! So excited to be nearly done with this challenge! More so for the feeling of accomplishment, but also to not have to wake up so early on the weekends for races. Winking smile 

Yesterday I ran the Tufts 10K in Boston, with my mom, and thankfully the weather was SO much better than when I ran in 2011. We met up at my hotel and walked down to the Boston Common, getting there just after 11AM. We walked around for a bit before they called everyone to their pace markers. We lined up around 10 minute mile pacers. The weather this year was overcast and in the 50s, with a slight breeze. Absolutely perfect!

The gun went off at noon and we were on our way! The race course brings you down Beacon Street, right onto Mass Ave where you go over the bridge into Cambridge; make a right onto Memorial Drive, around Memorial Drive for about 2 miles, then back onto the Mass Ave bridge, left on Commonwealth and back towards the Boston Common. Up until the half way mark, my mom and I were running together, at about a low 10 pace. But then all of a sudden she started to get in front of me and by the time we were crossing over the bridge again, I lost her! She was on fire! Thankfully this race turned out a lot better than my past 10K’s. I was able to maintain a fairly consistent pace and I ended up crossing the finish line at 1:03:42. My mom finished in 1:02:36!!!! She did amazing!! Hopefully I can keep up with her at the Pell Bridge Run! Winking smile

26th Race

Time: 1:03:42
Pace: 10:15
Division: 805/1488

My next race is Sunday, October 26; the Pell Bridge Run in Newport, RI! This is one of my favorites, getting to run over the bridge when the sun rises. Here’s hoping the weather is nice again this year!

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