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BAA 10K Training – Week 7

by Alaina on June 16, 2014 · 1 comment

One more week until the BAA 10K! I’m feeling excited about the prospect of PRing. I’ve felt pretty good during my training and I’m excited to see how it’ll all transpire. The race certainly has the energy that boosts your spirits and if I just run smart (negative splits!) I should be successful.

Monday: 5.01 miles @ 51:33 @ 10:17 pace
TuesdayFriday: Started my new job and ended up being a bit exhausted from it. I ended up not running these days.
Saturday: Bemis 5K @ 27:54 @ 9:00 pace
Sunday: Worcester Running Festival 5K @ 28:45 @ 9:15 pace

Despite the fact that my mileage was a bit low this past week I’m still feeling pretty good about the 10K. The weather is forecasted for cloudy and a high of 74* on Sunday so at least the weather will be bearable (fingers crossed that it stays that way!). The 5 miles on Monday were a bit slow but I feel that a lack of proper nutrition may have been the culprit. I’ll make sure to be plenty nourished once Sunday rolls around. Smile

And a Happy (belated) Father’s Day to my supportive, hilarious, and overall amazing dad Mark! I gifted him a custom made beer tap handle from a shop on Etsy, Bearded Boy Design for his basement bar. It was hand etched in to maple and it came out looking real nice! Definitely check out his shop if you’re looking for any gift ideas.

Dad and I

Picture from around 1988. It’s my absolute favorite.

How was your weekend??

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Another weekend of back to back races! Due to work schedules I was unable to run the Craft Brew Race in Stowe, but there was a 5K right in my town so it was easy to make the substitution. And I’m so glad I did! (More on that in the recap.)

Race #13 | Bemis Associates 5K

Since I worked the 3-11 shift on Friday night, finding a race that was so close to home was extremely beneficial. The start line was just over a mile from my house! I could wake up at 8 and be there to start at 9. The race was very small, only being the second year, but there was some great energy in the group. We did some dynamic warm ups before the start and right at 9 we were off. The route was one big loop, in an area of Shirley that I’ve never ran before. The majority of the course was flat, with a few rolling hills. The entire last mile was downhill, and I coasted in for a finish of 27:54.

13th Race

And with that time I placed 3rd in my age group! First time getting a medal for placing. At this finish line there were children giving out American flags (Saturday was Flag Day) and wet washcloths (although the temp was cool, it was a bit humid). They were much appreciated. Smile 

Time: 27:54
Pace: 9:00
Division: 3/??
Overall: 34/??

Race #14 | Worcester Running Festival – Harvard Pilgrim 5K

Phew, quite the mouthful. I wasn’t sure what to think going in to this race due to the fact that I didn’t get to sleep until 1 this morning and I had to be up at 5:45 to make it to Worcester for the 7:15 start. I was a bit tired, but the sunny and windy weather was enough to make me think that the race would turn out all right. It ended up starting at 7;30 and the wind was just enough to keep us from overheating. I’m very thankful for the early start.

The race wound through Worcester and only included small hills for the first 2 miles. About half a mile from the finish line, however, there was a pretty steep hill to get over. Thankfully it was shaded and I knew at the top that it would be all downhill from there. And it certainly was! Look at that finish. Smile

14th Race - Professional

Time: 28:45
Pace: 9:15
Division (F 1-39): 21/66
Overall: 77/206

I am very happy with that!

14th Race

And now I’m ready to sleep until tomorrow afternoon.

14 down, 16 to go! Next up is the BAA 10K this Sunday! Cannot wait. Smile

Any races for you this weekend? Have you ever ran on less-than-optimal sleep?


Getting Back To Work

by Alaina on June 13, 2014 · 4 comments

Hello everyone! Tuesday was my first day at work which is why I’ve been a bit quiet the past few days. I am really liking it so far! My schedule is, of course, not as set as my last job but I actually enjoy that because even if I’m working in the evening I can do stuff in the morning. And I’m working PM shifts on the weekend so I can still run my races in the morning. Unfortunately I won’t be able to run some of the Craft Brew races because they take place in the afternoon. I will find substitutions though! There’s even a 5K in my town tomorrow that I plan on running instead of the race in Stowe.

As far as the job itself, I feel like I’m learning a lot but at the same time it’s all so familiar, if that makes sense. I think if you work in one hotel you can work in all of them. Smile When answering phones I know the etiquette and I’m learning rather quickly where everything is in the hotel. I still have to learn their operating system for looking up hotel guest information because I’m so used to Opera and this is very different. I learn by doing though so I’m hoping to pick it up quickly. I’m also not relegated to just one area of the hotel. For a few days I’ll work in the back office and the rest of the week, I’ll be stationed in the lobby. I like that it’s a kind of “mobile” job.

I also very much enjoy the people that I work with. This will only be my 4th day but I feel like I fit right in! I also like I’m starting at the very peak of their busy season. I like diving head first, as I mentioned previously, I learn by doing so the more I can do the more I can learn!

So that’s where I’ve been at for the past week. I’ll have to get myself into another schedule of having different wake up times during the week (4AM for the 7AM shift and around 8 or 9AM for the 3PM shift). It’s a part that I enjoyed about working in hotels though and I’m sure it’ll get better once I get in to the groove.

And to cap off this post, a picture that I took on my way to work: the Christian Science Center reflecting pool. Wednesday was such a beautiful day!

Christ Church

Have you ever had to adapt to a brand new schedule? What are your plans this weekend? Two races for me and Father’s Day on Sunday!