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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?


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


Woops, look like I forgot to post workout songs for March!

I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I haven’t stepped foot outside to run since my last race in December. I was pretty burnt out from running and I’ve actually enjoyed the break of not having to train for anything. And with the winter we’ve had, I’ve kept my workouts to indoors anyway. But now that the weather is warming up, I’m finding myself itching to get outside. I know my speed won’t nearly be as fast as it used to be, but that’s ok. I just enjoy getting out there, zoning out, and listening to my music. Smile

The Top 10 Workout Songs for March 2015

This month’s top 10 workout songs cover a wide array of tempos and styles that will complement an equally diverse range of workouts. For low rep exercises that strengthen your body—crunches, weights and so on—you might start with one of the slower tracks from David Guetta or Flo Rida. For a cardio routine—running, ropes, and the like—consider one of the faster numbers from alt-rock favorites Bleachers or club stars Yellow Claw.

If the feel is more important to you than the tempo, there are tracks spanning 100-128 beats per minute (BPM) and a variety of genres. The mix includes the latest confection from Maroon 5, a remix of Big Data’s crossover hit, and a collaboration between X Factor alumni Fifth Harmony & L.A. rapper Kid Ink. There should be something here for every taste and routine. If you’re looking for a few new songs to spruce up your existing mix, you’re in luck. Alternatively, if you need a clean break, you can swap in this entire list—since it blends a variety of speeds and sounds that will get you moving and keep you guessing.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
David Guetta, Afrojack & Nicki Minaj – Hey Mama – 86 BPM
Flo Rida, Sage the Gemini & Lookas – GDFR (K. Theory Remix) – 73 BPM
Big Data & Joywave – Dangerous (Spacebrother’s Electro Stomp Remix) – 126 BPM
Fifth Harmony & Kid Ink – Worth It – 101 BPM
Madonna – Living for Love – 123 BPM
Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life (Alex Adair Remix) – 117 BPM
Bleachers – Rollercoaster – 163 BPM
Maroon 5 – Sugar – 121 BPM
Yellow Claw & Ayden – Till It Hurts – 146 BPM
Penguin Prison – Calling Out (Elephante Remix) – 128 BPM

The Top 10 Workout Songs for April 2015

Spring is in full swing, the weather is warming, and April’s top 10 songs will bring the heat to your workout as well. This month’s picks provide a steady rhythm with most of the mix clocking in between 122 and 130 beats per minute (BPM). Within that range, you’ll find chart returns from both Carly Rae Jepsen and Ricky Martin and the latest from Ariana Grande and Andy Grammar.

On the warm-up and cool down fronts, you’ll find an upbeat tune from Jason Derulo and a remix from Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack Ü side project featuring Missy Elliott. Lastly, while pop and dance hits generally rule the gym, the most popular workout song of the month actually came from Kid Rock. At 132 BPM, the title track from his new album First Kiss is also the fastest song in this month’s playlist. While some months’ selections vary wildly, April’s favorites make a virtue of their consistency. Along those lines, the mix features plenty of quick tunes, an emphasis on good vibes, and a few surprises to keep things interesting—everything you need to get up and moving.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
Jason Derulo – Want to Want Me – 115 BPM
Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You – 122 BPM
Ricky Martin – Adios – 128 BPM
Zedd & Selena Gomez – I Want You to Know – 130 BPM
Madonna – Living for Love (Dirty Pop Remix) – 129 BPM
Ariana Grande – One Last Time – 126 BPM
Deorro & Chris Brown – Five More Hours – 128 BPM
Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good. – 123 BPM
Kid Rock – First Kiss – 132 BPM
Jack Ü & Kiesza – Take Ü There (Missy Elliott Remix) – 80 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.

Any new songs that you’re loving lately? I’m still hooked on Uptown Funk, and I love dancing in my car to Maps by Maroon 5.