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Update: Run to Home Base Fundraising

by Alaina on June 21, 2014 · 1 comment

Happy Saturday everyone! Have you been enjoying this gorgeous weather we’re having? I’m hoping that it stays this way for tomorrow. So far it’s looking pretty good! I’m hoping for low 60s with low humidity. Smile

The race tomorrow will be number 15 which means I am halfway to my 30 races in 2014 goal! And speaking of goals, I am nearly to my goal of raising $750 for the Run to Home Base 9K this July at Fenway Park. I have about $200 left to raise and less than a month to do so. I’ve decided to add a few raffles for anyone who would like to donate! (Existing donations will also be included in the raffle.)

Item #1

Two tickets to the Red Sox vs. Mariners game on Sunday, August 24.


Seats are located in the Grandstand section by the third base line.

Item #2

A $25 American Express gift card


Thank you all so much for your support in my fundraising so far. It’s for such a great cause, and I look forward to running in honor and memory of our servicemen and women.


[Fundraising link in picture]

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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?