What a Weekend

by Alaina on May 23, 2011 · 7 comments

Lots going on this past weekend! So let’s get started. Smile

On Saturday, my sister in law Grace and I went out to breakfast. We had been planning it for a few weeks and finally got around to it that morning. And it was the best morning for it! We walked over to Zoe’s in Harvard Square and the sun was shining and it was warm. After the days and days of rain in Boston, it was more than welcomed.

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The breakfast menu was huge and since it was around 10:30 that we were eating, I decided to get something a bit more satiating. The pancakes and waffles looked so good, but I opted for an omelet instead. I had the Santa Fe omelet with chicken sausage, peppers, onions, spinach and jack cheese, topped with salsa. It came with a side of home fries and wheat toast. Of course, to drink, coffee, OJ and water. It took a while to place our order, but once we did, the food came out very quickly.

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The omelet was very good! The only complaint was that the sausage had a maple flavor to it and with the salsa, peppers, onions, I felt that it should have had more of a spice to it. And the homefries were…different. Tasty, just different. Overall, an enjoyable morning. And we walked through Harvard Square on our way back to the apartment. It was such a gorgeous day out that the square was packed. But it was fun walking around. And before we returned home, we stopped at Biscuit so I could get an iced coffee. The weather was just screaming iced coffee. Winking smile I picked up a regular, coconut.

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Guess what came in on Saturday??

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My foam roller!! And I love it!!

Anywho, work wasn’t too busy that night, and afterwards, I stayed over at a colleagues apartment who lives in Boston. The next morning I had to be up and out early for the Harpoon 5-miler! I was volunteering at a water stop and they wanted us there no later than 8AM. We ended up waiting around for an hour. They did feed us though and although the weather wasn’t as sunny as the day before, I could tell that it was perfect running weather.

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Au Bon Pain contributed the breakfast. I had a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese…and a danish. It was delicious. I also had a coffee (x2).

After 9AM, we were bussed over to water station number one. Our station was just before mile 2, in the middle of one of the hills. The water was set up in no time and while waiting for the runners, we had fun watching a softball game at the field next to us. Thankfully, only one ball made it into the road and the runners hadn’t come by yet, so no one got hit.

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Here come the first three runners! Of course, they didn’t need our water. After them, it was just a barrage of runners and the water was going left and right. I think we did a really great job making sure that the runners were kept properly hydrated. Smile People were saying “thank you volunteers!” It was great! I definitely think I’ll be volunteering more often. And since the course had an out and back, we were there on their way back too. I even saw a friend of mine from college! (Hi Corey!) And the clean up was done in a flash. The first wave of runners came just around 10:15 and by 11ish, we were done and packing up to go back to the brewery.

It was a mad house in the parking lot but I was able to grab some pasta and a salad and some beeeer: A Belgian pale ale:

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I also snagged two mini Clif bars to munch on.

When I came home, I crashed for about 2 hours. The beer got to me pretty quickly. And I still wanted to go out for a run. After my nap, I had an AMAZING run around the Charles River!!

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The only downside was that I didn’t have my Gu so it may have gone better if I had one. But this still felt really good! And I used my foam roller afterwards and my legs aren’t sore today. It’s great!!

That night, I decided to bake up some muffins because I had some ripe bananas to use up. I remembered seeing this recipe on Daily Garnish and only tweaked it a bit. Instead of a flax egg, I used a regular egg and instead of blueberries I used blackberries. They came out so good! And I had fun wearing my apron from my grandmother. Please excuse the post shower, no makeup, pulled back hair and bad lighting. Smile

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These were delicious, moist and hearty! I loved that it was all whole wheat flour. And the blackberries burst with flavor.

Late night close up of the shirt! Because for some reason, no pictures of me at the race. Love it. Smile

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! What were you up to??

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle May 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

This sounds like a wonderful weekend! I had some cocktails on Friday night, family-time on Saturday and apartment hunting on Sunday!

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2 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Great job on your run!!! The 2 hour nap (and beer?) must have energized you :)

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3 Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

That’s so nice of you to volunteer at this race! Doing something like that always gets me excited and gives me motivation to run too :)
And fantastic job on your run! There is nothing quite like the feeling after a fulfilling and energizing run like that

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4 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 24, 2011 at 12:52 am

I LOVE your apron!!

I really want to try foam rolling. I think my mom is looking into buying a roller, so I’ll just use hers :)

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5 Alaina Rose @ Sweetness Of Life May 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

Hi Alaina! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love that we have the same name! :-)

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6 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Foam rollers are the bomb ;)

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7 Rach May 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Sounds like such a great weekend! I love little breakfast places like that. I’ve never been a volunteer a race before, but it sounds like fun! :)

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