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BAA 10K Training – Week 6

by Alaina on June 9, 2014 · 3 comments

Good afternoon everyone! I took the weekend off to prepare and then throw David a 30th birthday party at our house yesterday (his birthday was on Saturday). We had friends and family over for burgers and a cider tasting. It ended up being a great afternoon; can’t wait for the next birthday!

This past week was solid with training. I ended up doing my long run this morning and it was much cooler than yesterday so I’m glad I made that switch. I did do 3 hot and hilly miles on Tuesday to get myself prepared for whatever the weather will be like on the 22nd. Heat + hills better = a stronger runner! Smile

Monday: Stretch and Strengthen 
Tuesday: 3 miles @ 29:43 @ 9:54 pace
Wednesday: Cross train day – spin, treadmill and strength @ 6.5 miles 
Thursday: 2.25 miles (treadmill) @ 22 minutes @ 9:46 pace 
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Cross train day – elliptical and treadmill @ 3 miles 
Sunday: Extra rest day

Last Friday was also National Donut Day! I love donuts; they’re the best for a special treat. I ended up with a coconut iced coffee and a lemon filled donut. Ate it right in the car in the parking lot. Powdered donuts don’t do well when driving.

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And I can’t end this post without sharing a picture of my parent’s cat Charlie. He was cleaning himself and ended up sitting back in the chair and stayed there for a good 5 minutes or so. He was just relaxing.

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I just can’t help but love that cat. Smile

How was your weekend? Did you take advantage of the gorgeous weather?

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Thirsty Thursday – Mead

by Alaina on June 5, 2014 · 2 comments

What is mead? Mead or honey wine is an alcoholic beverage created by the fermentation of water and honey. Mead’s alcohol content can vary greatly between mild and strong, and it can range between still and sparkling. Similar to grape wine, mead can be dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. [Source].

During the time that David and I were working on our house, he was eager to have another additional project. For reasons that I don’t 100% know, he decided on bee keeping. Not so much for the delicious honey that they produced (which was AMAZING!) but for the ability to harvest the honey and create a delicious honey wine, or mead.

Our first batch of bees (around April of 2012) only produced small batches of honey before they unfortunately, and mysteriously, disappeared. We enjoyed the honey in our tea or oatmeal and gave it out as gifts at our first house warming party. A good friend of David’s, however, was also bee keeping and gave us more bees to cultivate. That was last summer, and by the fall we had over 2 dozen bottles of delicious, sweet, 12% alcohol content, wine.

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First, we had to get all of the honey out of the combs and allow it to settle, so that the honey would separate from the wax. David then mixed 2 gallons of honey with 3 gallons of water in a 5 gallon bucket. Over the next few weeks he added yeast and any other minerals that he had purchased from a brewery shop. The fermentation process began in August and we were able to start bottling it in December. Throughout those few months he transferred the wine from the bucket to a glass container, or racking. That allowed for any settling to be discarded, so that what remained was a sweet, golden liquid.

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This was the first time that David had attempted to make alcohol and he made sure I mentioned that he is in no way an expert. He simply followed a recipe that he found at the local brewery shop. And if you happen upon making mead yourself, the recipes usually call for 1 gallon of honey, but since David likes things sweet, he added 2 gallons. And the mead certainly is sweet but it is so smooth and easily drinkable. It’s perfect as an after dinner drink with some pound or Bundt cake. Smile

Have you ever brewed your own beer or made wine?

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Happy National Running Day!

National Running Day

So so true. Winking smile But I also love how running makes me feel when it comes to challenging myself and seeing what my body is made of. Just a few weeks ago I wrote all about my intro to running and how it has affected me. You can read it here.

And now on to this month’s music! As today is National Running Day, maybe you are out in celebration by running a few laps around the block/track/treadmill or maybe you’re making today the day to lace up those sneakers for the first time. Either way, here’s some tunes to hopefully help put some spring in your step.

The Top 10 Workout Songs for June 2014

This month’s top 10 list provides a succinct argument for the dominance of electronic music on the pop charts. To put this into perspective, consider January of 1992, when Nirvana’s album Nevermind famously replaced Michael Jackson’s Dangerous as the number one album on the Billboard chart. This unlikely feat marked not just a change in fortune for Nirvana, but signaled a larger change in folks’ tastes.

Skipping back to the present, the last month has seen the release of new singles by Katy Perry, Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez, and a collaboration between Justin Timberlake and (fittingly) Michael Jackson. As was the case in 1992, each of these chart toppers has been replaced by a newer act in a previously overlooked genre. To that end, none of the folks above made the cut in this month’s list—as the majority of the votes went to club rockers like Avicii, Afrojack, 3LAU and Bright Lights.

Like fashion and film and most other cultural goings-on, music is cyclical. So, DJs won’t be replacing pop stars entirely—not permanently at least. Moreover, there’s plenty of room for outliers. The changing musical landscape doesn’t seem to have hurt Pitbull or Imagine Dragons—both of whom turn up in the list below. But, if it seems like dance music has a near monopoly on the airwaves these days, this month’s playlist is proof of that change.

History and context aside, there’s a lot to be excited about here. Plus, if there was ever a time for huge beats and raging synths, it’s the summer. So, check out a few of the high energy highlights below, grab a few favorites, and take them for a spin.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Rather Be – 122 BPM
Crazibiza, Dave Aude & Vassy – Hustlin’ (Radio Version) – 124 BPM
Janelle Monae – What Is Love (Walden Radio Edit) – 127 BPM
3LAU & Bright Lights – How You Love Me – 128 BPM
Afrojack & Wrabel – Ten Feet Tall – 126 BPM
John Legend – All of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix Radio Edit) – 128 BPM
Avicii – Addicted to You (Albin Myers Remix) – 128 BPM
Ariana Grande & Iggy Azalea – Problem – 103 BPM
Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World – 100 BPM
Pitbull & G.R.L. – Wild, Wild Love – 120 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.

Are you celebrating today? I may take a short jog outside, especially since it has cooled down significantly since yesterday. Happy Running!

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