Race #25: Oktoberfest 5K

by Alaina on October 6, 2014 · 3 comments

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Woo! Only 5 more races to go! And this past Sunday was the most perfect weather for my 25th race: the Oktoberfest 5K in Cambridge. I had signed up, hoping that I would run with my friend Jess, but she ended up having to travel this past weekend. But I didn’t run alone! I ended up seeing my friend Erica and we ran the majority of the race together. The course was hillier than I expected but the cool weather and sun shining made the race extremely enjoyable. I felt strong the entire way and probably could have kept running too!

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And what’s better at 10 in the morning than finishing an awesome race? Beer of course! The Oktoberfest 5K also had a beer tent and a couple of restaurants offering up refreshments. Thankfully when I got my (only) beer there were no lines. After I was done though there were lines as far as…you could see. I had a pumpkin beer from the Cambridge Brewing Company, along with a slightly salty and doughy pretzel. It was the perfect way to start the day. Winking smile

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Time: 29:38
Pace: 9:32
Overall: 1067/2121

Overall, an awesome race that I would definitely consider running again. But sign up early as this race always sells out! Next up is the Tufts 10K next Monday with my mom!



A Beautiful Fall Day

by Alaina on October 4, 2014 · 1 comment

Yesterday had to have been the most perfect fall day. I had the day off and, after relaxing a bit in the morning, went for a 5 mile run through town. I ended up running a mile to the train station and then ran the route of the Bemis 5K that I did back in June. The weather was cool, breezy and sunny; absolutely perfect! I ran the 5 miles in 48:57.

David ended up coming home early from work, and to make the best of the beautiful afternoon we went to a farmer’s market at William’s Barn in Groton.

The Williams Family Barn was originally built in 1840 and today serves as a living museum and has many of its original tools and objects. The Barn committee warmheartedly looks forward to, presenting this historic landmark. It’s a place for families to visit and enjoy the simpler things in life! The Committee enjoys informing and educating the public on such topics as agriculture, local history, conservation and the environment.

   The Williams Barn Committee has something to offer everyone throughout the year. The Committee host events that capture the days of our past such as, the Groton Farmers Market with live music, the Thanksgiving Farmers Market, Groton Women’s Club Holiday Green’s Sale, the Barn’s Earth Day event, The Local Native American Council holds their Open House on the farm. Also, every year in June the Barn Committee, with the Groton Women’s Club, host the entire Groton/Dunstable 3-4 grade class. They are treated to, what life was like for a child in the 1840’s.

David and I ended up picking up a couple of bags of spring mix salad, some pears and apples, and shared a delicious cup of clam chowder.

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We also listened to a bluegrass band before heading home. We plan on going back next Friday, the last day of the year that they are operating, to get some more food from the local farmers. There was also a bagel stand so I may have to indulge in a few of those. Smile

Days like yesterday make me absolutely love this time of year. I told David that I wish I lived somewhere where it was fall all year round, and he mentioned that the wonder of it would wear off. Having it last for barely a month makes it all that more intriguing and enjoyable. Totally made sense to me. Smile

What do you like most about the fall?

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Happy October!

Next to March (my birthday month) this month is my absolute favorite. I have four family members celebrating birthdays (my cousin, uncle, mom and dad) and I’ll be celebrating 6 wonderful years with David. We don’t have anything planned for this year but I’m sure we’ll find a night to do something special. :-) In addition to that, I just love the cool, crisp weather that comes with the month. The foliage is already starting to color the landscape and I get very distracted when I drive down route 2. I have yet to go apple picking but hopefully I’ll get that done soon. Must have a cider donut! :-)

I also have a few races this month (the Oktoberfest 5K, Tufts 10K and The Pell Bridge Run) and I’m crossing my fingers that the weather stays cool for those runs. A few years ago I ran the 10K in 82 degree weather. Crossing my fingers that doesn’t happen!

Here are some songs to add to your collection; I have been listening to Rude by Magic on repeat. Love it!

The Top 10 Workout Songs for October 2014

Pop rules in this month’s workout music recap. First off, you have the lingering effects of this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Collaborations pairing Ariana Grande with Zedd and Iggy Azalea with Rita Ora both received a significant boost in popularity following performances on this year’s broadcast. Moreover, the show is where Taylor Swift debuted the first single from her new album. “Shake It Off” was the most popular, workout song in our monthly poll. Moreover, at 160 beats per minute (BPM), it’s the best song in the list for running.

Remixers also racked up three big tunes this month. Zedd makes his second appearance in the the list with an uptempo version of the summertime smash “Rude.” OneRepublic also find their latest release reworked for the club. Though both of those tracks are geared for the dancefloor, they’d be equally great for a jogging or walking. For a lower rep routine—like kettlebells or Pilates—you might check out the Surkin remix of Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap.” At 93 BPM, it’s on the slower side of things, but it’s lives up to its title with thunderous production that’ll power you through your next session.

On the whole, Top 40 tracks dominate this month’s list. But, there should also be enough alternate versions—plus some crossover hits from upstarts like Kongos and Echosmith—to keep things interesting. So, if you’re looking for something new to freshen up your gym playlist, you’ll find 10 great places to start below.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

Echosmith – Cool Kids – 130 BPM
Magic – Rude (Zedd Remix) – 130 BPM
Kiesza – Hideaway – 123 BPM
Demi Lovato & Cher Lloyd – Really Don’t Care – 121 BPM
Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora – Black Widow – 82 BPM
Charli XCX – Boom Clap (Surkin Remix) – 93 BPM
Kongos – Come With Me Now – 104 BPM
Ariana Grande & Zedd – Break Free – 130 BPM
OneRepublic – Love Runs Out (Grabbitz Remix) – 124 BPM
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off – 160 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

As always, I have not been compensated for this release. RunHundred.com is always free to use.

Virtual Race with Cabot

I was not compensated or solicited to give out this information. I signed up to receive e-mails by Cabot and thought that this might interest you all! Information is directly from the e-mail that was sent.

Join us in celebrating Cabot’s 95 years of “running” strong as a cooperative by signing up for the virtual Cabot Legacy Race to benefit Feeding America.

Our goal is to encourage as many people as possible to race with us on October 25, 2014 (or any day during October) as a way to stay fit, do good, and have fun, whether you’re exercising with a group or by yourself. Our virtual race is a perfect way to connect with a community of runners and walkers across the country.

One lucky participant will also be randomly selected to have Cabot donate $1,200 in their name to a local food bank — that’s $1 for each of Cabot’s 1,200 farm family owners.

WHEN: October 25th (or anytime during the month, just log your miles!)
WHERE: Wherever YOU are! This is a virtual race.
FEE: $25 — Participants will receive a race medal, race bib, and Cabot VIP coupon and 35% of the fee is donated to Feeding America. First 100 registrants will also receive a Cabot Fit shirt!

No matter what your activity of choice is, it’s important to fuel your body. What you put into your body will determine what you get out of it. Eating a nutritious diet every day will help you race faster, feel more energized and recover more quickly. Check out our Nutrition Tips for Runners for a more tips on fueling your body pre- and post-race.

Virtual Race Oct. 2014: You're invited to help celebrate Cabot's 95 years of running strong as a cooperative! Join in our virtual Cabot Legacy Race to benefit Feeding America.

I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy a good bite of cheese right after a run! :-P

What’s your favorite time of the year? Favorite cheese? I love smoked gouda!