Race #20: Kevin O’Boyle 5K

by Alaina on August 23, 2014 · 5 comments

Woo! 20 done and only 10 more to go! I’d say I’m in the home stretch now. And with having the 20th race in August I think I’m poised to space out the remaining 10 pretty well for the next four months. I still have one more to add to the list though but I have no doubt I’ll find another one to squeeze in.

This morning’s race was the inaugural Kevin O’Boyle 5K. The race was in honor of a fallen soldier and firefighter from Salem. There were over 300 participants which was very impressive for a first year race. There were family members and firefighters running in his honor. Before the race started we observed 2 minutes of silence followed by bagpipes.

Once 8:10 hit, the race started…uphill. Thankfully it was a short hill and the remainder of the run was just rolling hills through Salem. I kept a consistent pace and felt great the entire time! I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since I haven’t been running very much lately but I was very happy with my performance. Smile

20th Race

Time: 28:34
Pace: 9:11
Division (30-39): 20/53
Overall: 164/376

Next race is the NK5K in RI on September 6th!

**Apparently yesterday was my 4 year anniversary of blogging! So much has gone on in the past few years: attended amazing events, met inspiring people and made friends, and just had a blast, especially when it came to running and eating. Smile with tongue out My readership and involvement has gone up and down over the last four years but I still enjoy coming on here and “speaking” whenever the mood strikes me. Thank you to those who continue to check in! And even those who have made it here every now and then.**

If you’re a blogger, how long have you been blogging?


Some Thoughts for Tuesday

by Alaina on August 12, 2014 · 7 comments

1.) The death of Robin Williams has left me utterly stunned and saddened. Everyone has already reminisced and shared their memories of watching Robin on TV or in the movies. There’s nothing more that I can add that hasn’t already been said, but the world were surely be a quieter place now that he is gone. <3 RIP

Robin Williams


2.) A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a wine dinner at Row 34 featuring the wine of Martin Codax: Albarino. The sweet, citrusy, dry white wine was the perfect accompaniment to the striped bass, brown butter lobster and lemon pound cake. We sat around two tables in their private dining room, chatting with the lovely folks of the wine’s PR company and other local bloggers. Bianca was my “date” and we had such a great evening. I would seriously consider making this wine a staple in my wine cabinet. Smile

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3.) This weekend is the Indian Ranch Brewfest! It’s one of my favorite outings of the summer (2011 & 2013) and I’ll definitely be back again this year! Tickets can be purchased here, through Ticketweb. Brewfest tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door, and $5 for designated drivers. Hope to see you there, enjoying beer, BBQ and country music by the lake!

4.) I’m still holding strong with 19 races done and 11 more to go. I’ve been battling a bad head cold and then a subsequent back issue for the last week and a half so the running has come to a halt. I have a race scheduled for August 23rd and I may try and fit one in on Sunday the 17th. We shall see what my schedule holds!

5.) Speaking of schedule, work is going extremely well. The summer has been busy busy but I love how my position has me working in different areas of the front desk. I’m learning so much more than I have at any other hotel, and although I miss being a concierge sometimes, I am learning valuable information that I hope to use to move up in the hotel world. And I’ve made some great friends in the two months that I’ve been there. Smile

sheraton buddies

Yah for booze cruises!

6.) This Saturday, in addition to the Brewfest, I’ll also be attending the Linkin Park concert at the Xfinity Center! I’ve always wanted to see them live and cannot wait for the show this weekend.

7.) My cousin is getting married at the end of this month! I’m so excited to celebrate with everyone and to welcome Jacob in to our (awesome) family!

Have a great week everyone! What is new with you?


For the past few days (almost a week now) I’ve been battling a head cold. When I get home from work all I want to do is rest on the couch. In a week and a half I’ll be back to training, this time for the Tufts 10K in October. I’m going with Hal Higdon’s Intermediate training plan so I’m hoping it will make me faster. Smile 

I have to admit, too, that I have not been listening to the radio at all. I am so not familiar with these new songs. But I hope they help you get your workout going!

The Top 10 Workout Songs for August 2014

This month’s top 10 list plays host to a variety of dance cuts, club remixes, and curious collaborations. On the cardio front, you’ll find a pair of songs from Cash Cash—an original song and a remix of Katy Perry’s latest single. If you’re looking for something up-tempo to score your next run, either will fit the bill.

For lower rep workouts—crunches, push-ups, and the like—there’s an updated version of the summertime smash “Turn Down for What” that keeps the same 100 BPM as the original, while dialing up the intensity and adding new verses from Juicy J, 2 Chainz, and French Montana.

From out of left field, you’ll find a country-meets-pop hit featuring Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo. Equally surprising, the single, biggest vote-getter of the month is an ode to going hard from Swedish DJ duo Dada Life and heavy metal icon Sebastian Bach.

On the whole, this playlist compiles a healthy mix of new tunes, fresh takes on recent favorites, and a few curve balls. So, there should be plenty of songs here to keep you moving and a few to keep you guessing.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

DJ Snake, Lil Jon, Juicy J, 2 Chainz & French Montana – Turn Down for What (Remix) – 100 BPM
The Black Keys – Fever – 128 BPM
Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan & Jason Derulo – This is How We Roll (Remix) – 132 BPM
Billy Currington – We Are Tonight – 128 BPM
Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again – 125 BPM
Katy Perry – Birthday (Cash Cash Remix) – 128 BPM
Lady GaGa – G.U.Y. (KDrew Remix) – 125 BPM
Cash Cash & Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home – 127 BPM
Dada Life & Sebastian Bach – Born to Rage – 128 BPM
Tiesto & Matthew Koma – Wasted – 112 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.

What new songs are you loving lately?