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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!


Another back to back weekend of races in the books! Even though it’s the end of September it was one of the hotter weekends of the month. The race in Rowley was cooler, with some shade, but the craft race was at 12noon in Falmouth so it was a bit hotter. Thankfully the course was shaded and there was some breeze coming from the ocean.

Race #23 | Rowley Poker 5K

This was my first year doing this race and I can certainly seem myself running it again. The course was shaded and not too hilly, and I was able to keep my pace pretty consistent.

2014-09-27 11.45.22

Time: 29:21
Pace: 9:27
Division: 16/27
Overall: 125/195

Race #24 | Craft Brew Race, Cape Cod

Sunday’s race was the last in the series of the Craft Brew Races in New England. I’m bummed that my work schedule got in the way of three of the races, but I was happy to be able to complete two (the first one was in May in Portland.) The race started at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds and meandered through residential neighborhoods. The race was far hillier than I would have thought but thankfully the route was almost all shaded. But the heat still got to me. It was just shy of 3.1 miles (my Nike+ read 2.93) but we weren’t there to set any records; we were there for the beer! And towards the finish I saw my dad on the side and he asked if I wanted to stop and wait for mom so that we could all finish at the same time. It was great being able to cross the finish line with both of them. Hopefully the photographer got a good picture of us!

2014-09-28 12.56.17-1

Time: 30:31
Pace: 9:49
Division: 25/70
Overall: 322/624

Only 6 more left to go! My next race is this Sunday, the 5th: the Oktoberfest 5K in Cambridge, MA.

What did you do this past weekend? In addition to the races, David and I went to a wedding at the Biltmore in Providence on Saturday night. We had a fun time! Smile

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Race #22: CVS Health 5K

by Alaina on September 22, 2014 · 2 comments

22 down, 8 to go!

Yesterday I ran my 22nd race of the year, and it was my 7th year running this 5K (it was previously called the CVS Downtown 5K). It’s always been a favorite of mine, especially since the last year or so they changed up the route. Sometimes when you run a certain race each year it can get predictable, and dare I say, boring. I liked that they changed it up enough that it kept things interesting. Unfortunately it still ends on that darn hill on Francis Street!

My parents and I arrived around 10:30 and waited it front of the state house before the start of the race. The weather was overcast but it was uncomfortably humid. There was a breeze every so often but not enough to really cool things down.

2014-09-22 08.27.24

The race started right at 11:15 and it took about 3 minutes or so to cross the start line. Usually the start is super congested and takes a while for me to get into a groove, but things opened up rather quickly. I tried my best to maintain an even pace but ended up going out too fast (per my usual); the humidity certainly didn’t help either. There was a breeze for some of the race but it didn’t happen enough. Thankfully, though, the sun never really broke through and the overcast skies helped. And I only stopped for a couple of steps during a water stop. I just told myself the whole time that I wanted to conserve enough energy to make it up the hill. And I did! No stopping for me towards the end. Smile Another successful race in the books.

2014-09-21 12.02.13-2

Time: 30:41
Pace: 9:52
Division (1-39): 305/884
Overall: 1362/3217

Next up is the Craft Brew Race in Falmouth this Sunday! Any races this past weekend?