Race #21: Kent Hospital NK5K

by Alaina on September 8, 2014 · 2 comments

My races can drink now! And that’s been my running joke since Saturday. Smile

This past race was not my best showing of the year, but I’m OK with that. The weather was muggy, overcast and a bit breezy. If it was sunny, it would have been even worse. The timing also starts when everyone starts running (gun time=net time) so my Nike running was different that the official results. Again, that’s OK! I’m just glad I ran because I was hesitant in the morning if I wanted to go through with it. Humidity is no bueno. Hopefully the weather will start to cool off from here.

21st Race

The course itself is not too challenging, with a few hills and a gradual uphill towards the end. I think I would definitely enjoy it more if the weather always cooperated. Smile

Time: 32:04
Pace: 10:19
Overall: 219/403

Only 9 more races to go!! I’m so excited that I’m actually pulling this off. Next year though? I think I may only attempt the BAA Medley. 3 races will be much more manageable than 30. Smile

Next up is the CVS 5K in Providence on the 21st! Anyone race this past weekend?


Surprisingly the month of August was relatively mild and *bam* once September arrived we were hit with 90* and humidity. It’s not fun running in it, but 10K training is now underway. I can’t wait for the cooler weather that the fall brings. Smile

The Top 10 Workout Songs for September 2014

Summer might be winding down, but you’d never guess it from this set of sunny songs. The top 10 list below kicks off with a remix of Calvin Harris’ ode to the warmest season and continues to heat up from there.

The biggest winner of the month is Nicki Minaj—who appears once with some help from Sir Mix-a-Lot and again alongside Jessie J and Ariana Grande. Her first song “Anaconda” is perfect for starting a workout—with its abundance of energy and attitude to spare. Meanwhile, her collaboration “Bang Bang” is the month’s fastest cut—with a tempo of 149 beats per minute (BPM)—making it ideal for running.

If your playlist is already heavy on Top 40 tracks—and you’re looking to branch out—the last few weeks have provided a number fun, accessible tracks that have been making more noise in the clubs than on the radio. To that end, you can check out the latest in Nero’s string of nightlife epics and a remix of Robyn and Röyksopp’s latest single. The hook of the latter finds Robyn announcing that she’s going to do what she wants—and then do it again. So, if you’re looking for a go-to track when your energy is running low, this blast of assertive enthusiasm might be just what you need.

Generally speaking, the competition between acts to release the “song of the summer” should have died down by this time of year. Nevertheless, the last few weeks have seen the release of one anthem after another. If you take advantage of this bumper crop of pop and get yourself outside for some exercise, you just might be able to squeeze an extra month out of this summer.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
Calvin Harris – Summer (Twoloud Remix) – 128 BPM
Nicki Minaj – Anaconda – 130 BPM
Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again (Zoo Station Radio Edit) – 125 BPM
Nero – Satisfy – 124 BPM
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass – 134 BPM
Neon Hitch – Yard Sale (Radio Edit) – 128 BPM
Maroon 5 – Maps – 120 BPM
Pharrell Williams – Come Get It Bae – 120 BPM
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang – 149 BPM
Cash Cash & Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home (Chainsmokers Remix Radio Edit) – 129 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.

And before I sign off, here’s a few pictures from my cousin’s wedding this past weekend. It was probably the most beautiful and love-filled wedding that I have ever attended. Tears were shed that’s for sure. But they were all tears of extreme happiness. Smile

View album

Angie & Jacob | 8-30-2014

How was your Labor Day weekend?


A Week in the Life

by Alaina on August 29, 2014 · 2 comments

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of “life lately” or “day in the life” posts. I thought I would chime in with something a little bit more: my WEEK in the life. This past week has been the longest of my life and I cannot wait to be able to sleep in on Saturday morning.

Saturday, August 23rd

6:30AM – Woke up and drove to Salem for the 8AM start of race #20.

10AM – Arrived back at home; spent the afternoon getting ready for work and hanging out with David.

1:30PM – Started my drive to work

3-11:30PM – Worked the guest services desk

11:30PM- Sunday, August 24th 6AM – Spent the night at the hotel. Never really had a solid nights sleep and got woken up at 2:45 to people yelling in the hallway.

6AM – Woke up

7AM-11:30PM – Yep, you read that right. I worked a double shift. Thankfully the manager on duty bought dinner from the hotel restaurant for myself and another colleague who worked the same double. I had a chicken panini with truffle French fries. Smile with tongue out

12:30AM – Arrive at home and promptly pass out.

Monday, August 25th

7AM – Get up and get ready

8:30AM – Drive to work

10AM-5:30PM – Work the lobby and a bit of guest services.

6PM-7:30PM – Invited to a concierge reception at Abe & Louie’s. The prosecco and sliders were greatly enjoyed.

8:30PM – Back at home.

Tuesday, August 26th

7AM – Yah, waking up to an alarm again!

10AM-6PM – Busy day at work since we needed to catalogue ALL 1220 rooms of the hotel and their descriptions. It all has to be in the system by Friday at noon. At least today I was able to be on my feet. And we were again treated to lunch in the restaurant.

7PM – Pick up dress from my sister in law to wear to my cousin’s wedding this weekend! Open-mouthed smile


Wednesday, August 27th

9AM-3PM – Scheduled day off but my help is greatly needed for room cataloguing. I went in for a couple of hours.

3PM – Drive home and stop by the grocery store. Steak tips and mashed potatoes for dinner.

9:30PM – Hello pillows.

Thursday, August 28th

4:30AM – Alarm goes off. 10 minute snooze.

7AM-4:30PM – Stayed at work for a bit longer to help out with the rooms again.

9:30PM – We meet again pillows…but not for long…

Friday, August 29th

4:30AM – Damn you alarm! I’m starting to forget what sleeping in feels like.

7AM-1:30PM – Not as crazy of a work day. And a couple of the managers brought in donuts and muffins. Thankfully my manager let me go early since I haven’t had a day off since last Wednesday. The sun feels glorious and the drive was nice and steady.

4:34PM – Writing up this blog post and baking snickerdoodles! My cousin’s wedding this weekend is a potluck and these are my contribution.

Upcoming: Picking up my cousin Tony from the airport and then heading up to Maine! Smile

Thankfully I can sleep in tomorrow morning and then I work the night shifts all next week.

Have a good holiday weekend everyone! What are your plans?