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Race #29: Reindeer Run

by Alaina on December 7, 2014 · 2 comments

Woo, only 1 more race to go! Yesterday I ran the Reindeer Run in Beverly. The weather was pretty miserable but the rain held off, for the most part, during the race. It was a bit drizzly but it really started to come down after I finished.

Start of 29th Race

In the gym, getting ready to go! My parents had both signed up for the race but I ended up running alone as my mom had other arrangements and my dad’s hip still wasn’t feeling well. I ran this race last year and I’m a big fan of the course. It has enough turns and hills to keep things interesting. I took it easy and made it across the finish line just after 30 minutes.

29th Race

Time: 30:30
Pace: 9:44
Division: 30/53
Overall: 248/411

Race #30: aka The Last One(!) is this coming Sunday in Providence, the Jingle Run.

Any races this holiday season??


Race #28: Whitin Five Miler

by Alaina on December 2, 2014 · 1 comment

28 races down; only 2 to go! At this point, I’m really thinking that next year will be a year of rest in regards to running races. A big part of me has lost motivation to run. It’s not something I’m proud of and I’m hoping that it won’t last that long. I love what running has done for me, both physically and mentally, but I’m wondering if the 30 races this year has actually burned me out. I’ll reflect more on that, though, when I’ve completed the challenge.

And now, on to the race! Nothing incredibly special happened with this one, to be honest. It had snowed the day before but luckily the roads were clear. It was chilly, in the high 20s, but not very windy. I started the race with my mom but ended up falling behind around the halfway point, when I stopped for water. I ended up trudging along for the last mile and walked a couple of times, but I did run over the finish line!

My dad started the race with us but had to stop around the one mile mark because his hip was bothering him. Sad smile He was hoping to walk the race but there weren’t too many people doing that so he stopped and walked back to where the finish was (the course is a loop). I’m hoping that his hip is OK! It’s always been a fun time being able to run with my parents.

28th Race

Time: 53:16
Pace: 10:39
Division: 64/85
Overall: 513/617

Definitely not my best showing; only two more left! My next race is this Saturday in Beverly, MA: the Reindeer Run 5K!

How have you gotten over a running rut or burnout? Any advice/thoughts? Smile

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The “Four” Survey

by Alaina on November 26, 2014 · 2 comments

Happy (day before) Thanksgiving! It’s snowing right now in Massachusetts and I love it. Hopefully it won’t interfere with tomorrows race though because the forecast is for snow all day and possibly in to tomorrow. I don’t think anything is going to keep me from running it though because I am just 3 races away from being done with my challenge! Very exciting indeed. Smile

And on this snowy afternoon, I thought it would be fun to participate in this little survey that’s floating around the blogosphere. Enjoy!

Four Facts Survey

Four names that people call me other than my real name

  • Al
  • Laina
  • Lainey
  • Sweetie

Four jobs I’ve had

  • Waitress at Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse
  • Front Desk Agent
  • Sales/Catering Coordinator
  • Concierge – Job that I LOVE!


Four movies I’ve watched more than once

  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Good Morning Vietnam
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  • My Cousin Vinny

Four books I’d recommend

Four places I’ve lived

  • Haverhill, MA
  • Mendon, MA
  • Beverly, MA
  • Shirley, MA

Four places I’ve visited

Me in Paris

Four places I’d rather be right now

  • A pub in Ireland
  • Pacific Northwest (I’ve never been)
  • Having coffee with my cousin in New York City
  • Relaxing at any Fairmont resort in Canada (Lake Louise is below)

Fairmont Lake Louise


Four things I prefer not to eat

  • Raw tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Salmon/Swordfish
  • Olives

Four of my favorite foods

  • PIZZA!
  • Ice Cream
  • Tacos
  • Tourtiere (Quebec pork pie that my mom’s side of the family would make every Christmas)


Four TV shows I watch (I don’t watch cable; these are just shows that I’m catching up on with Roku)

  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • The Simpsons
  • White Collar
  • Family Guy

Four things I’m looking forward to this year

  • Celebrating the holidays with my family and in-law family
  • Finishing my 30 races in 2014!
  • Possibly going ice skating with my parents and David (?)
  • Seeing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay movie in the theatres (after the crowds have died down, hopefully)

Intercontinental 2009

Four things I’m always saying

  • Yo (When someone says my name)
  • Ha!
  • You are too much (to David)
  • Yello? (How my “hello” comes out)

The last one is to tag someone but I know this has been going around for awhile so instead of tagging, just tell me something about yourself! Smile