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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!!!


Welcome to summer! Lately the weather has been hot and humid; not exactly conducive to enjoyable running. Of course, running in all types of weather will make me stronger. I have a 5K this weekend and then two, back to back, next weekend. It’s time for me to update my tunes and get my butt out there to sweat! :-)

 The Top 10 Workout Songs for July 2014

This month’s top 10 list plays host to an eclectic bunch of established and upstart musical acts. On the international front, you’ll find a reggae hit from the Canadian band Magic and a platinum single from Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz. Elsewhere country artists Jarrod Niemann and Lady Antebellum document their nights on the town. Finally,you can check out the latest from newcomers Tune-Yards and Charli XCX alongside chart regulars Katy Perry and Shakira.

No matter where your interests lie on the musical spectrum, there should be something for you below. So, if you’re looking for a few new tunes to liven up your summer workouts, this month’s playlist will give you 10 great places to start. Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong – 121 BPM
Katy Perry – Birthday – 124 BPM
Charli XCX – Boom Clap – 93 BPM
Jarrod Niemann & Pitbull – Drink to That All Night (Remix) – 120 BPM
Magic – Rude – 72 BPM
Lady GaGa – G.U.Y. – 100 BPM
Shakira – The One Thing – 84 BPM
Tune-Yards – Water Fountain – 111 BPM
Far East Movement & Riff Raff – The Illest (Rell the Soundbender Remix) – 80 BPM
Lady Antebellum – Bartender – 101 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.

What do you do to get yourself out there and run in less than ideal conditions?