Starting from Scratch

As of last Friday, my Jogging Concierge self hosted website is gone. I did a transfer of my files (or so I thought) on Friday afternoon, but not everything transferred over. I’m missing posts from April 2014 to February 2015, and a lot of my pages are “temporarily unavailable”.

I’ve been wondering if it’s worth it to try and salvage what I may have lost, but in the end, I just don’t know if it’s entirely worth it. As much as I love re-reading what I’ve written, I feel like things in my life are so different than when I started. Ah who am I kidding, of course they’re different! So over the next few days (weeks, months?) I’ll be deleting my old posts, all broken links and broken pictures.

I still enjoy writing, but I think I have to cut my losses and start anew…still as the Jogging Concierge of course. I have to copyright that name. ;-)

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My July 4th Weekend

This past weekend, I was able to spend the 4th of July holiday in Boston. Unfortunately it was because I was working aaaall weekend. I arrived at 2pm on Friday…

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…and didn’t end up leaving until Sunday at 3:30pm. Even though the weekend was absolutely crazy, it was really a lot of fun, and the time just flew by. It was busy Friday night with transient guests wanting information on the Harborfest and restaurants to dine at. Saturday was spent selling trolley tickets and informing guests where the best spot to watch the fireworks was. It helped that I was able to work with this goof ball in the morning too.

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Mario for president! :-P

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We were festive by giving flags and blue Hershey kisses out to guests. Even though the day was non-stop everyone was just in a good mood, and I had no problem repeating myself on where to watch the fireworks. I felt bad though because I was telling people to go on the Mass Ave or Longfellow bridges to see the fireworks but it turns out they were closed this year! I understand with the Longfellow construction but I was confused about Mass Ave. Apparently it was because they were shooting fireworks off from there!

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After my 14 hour shift was over, I hightailed it up to my parents room since they were staying here for their anniversary. We enjoyed some champagne and the fireworks. My mom uttered “this is so freakin’ cool” at least 10 times throughout the 20 minute show. It was amazing.

Check out my Instagram (@jogconcierge) to see the video I took from the hotel room! I was enthralled, and we all felt like little kids.

On Sunday after I got out, I immediately called David to ask if he could pick up some Harpoon Summer for me. I was craving a beer like it was nobody’s business. And for dinner we had ribeyes on the cast iron skillet.

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The house got smoky but the steaks were delicious! They barely needed a knife, and even though they were a bit overcooked, they were still moist *cringe* and perfectly seasoned (Montreal seasoning).

And after one beer and dinner, I passed out. I pretty much slept from 8PM to 8AM, and it felt glorious. I still have a couple of days of work before my 2 days off, and I’ll be working 6 days next week to cover someone’s vacation. Thankfully my vacation is coming up right after that! David and I are road-tripping; hoping to hit Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

How was your 4th of July weekend??

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10 Years Ago

Ten years ago today, my beloved Grandmama, Laureanne, passed away from pancreatic cancer. She was only 70 years old. I can honestly say that not a day goes by where I don’t think about her. She was such a wonderful grandmother to her 6 grandchildren. She loved her oldest grandchild (21 years) with the same intensity that she loved her youngest (11 months). I remember fondly the holidays and celebrations in their house in Bangor, ME and the summer weeks spent on Moulton Pond in Dedham, ME.

Myself and Grandmama at my high school graduation in 2002

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Grandmama and Grandpapa visiting me in college in 2003/2004

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Goofing around at my cousin Aimee’s high school graduation in 2004

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My last photo of Grandmama at my cousin Mae’s christening in 2004

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I’ll always have the memories of eating her delicious “food…good food”. Or when she would stock pile ice cream and cake cones at their cottage for me and my cousins to enjoy. Some of my favorite meals were her lasagna and ground beef over mashed potatoes (beef scallop? Is that right Mom?). But nothing stands out more to me than when she would set up breakfast with everything you could possibly imagine (cereal, bagels, fruit, pastries, OJ, yogurt, etc…) It’s no lie to say that I always ate extremely well when we visited.

Holidays, especially Christmas, were always the best. They had the fullest tree, set up in the living room next to the baby grand piano. They would illuminate orange candles in their windows, and even though they may be out of fashion now, I would love to put them up during the holidays (if nothing more than for nostalgia). At Easter, they would present us with carefully crafted baskets filled with chocolate and stuffed animals. And at every holiday, as a family, we would all walk to church; a community in which my grandmother was a beloved member. She had such a boisterous singing voice that I can still hear today. I can smell her too. And she always gave the best hugs.

I could, quite honestly, write an epic essay on how much I love and miss my dear Grandmama. She was one of a kind, and I am so grateful to have these wonderful memories that I get to recall anytime I want. My family and I still tell fond stories about her, and we laugh and smile. I’m sure we’re all thinking of her on this day, as we do every day. She is constantly with us, looking over us, and watching out for us.

Je t’aime Grandmama.

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2015 BAA 10K

This past Sunday I ran the 5th annual B.A.A. 10K in Boston. This was also my 5th time running and despite the fact that it was one of my slower times, it was one of the most enjoyable. The day certainly didn’t start that way since it poured and poured. It was buckets out there. The walk from the hotel to the start was mostly steady ran and just before we got to the Common, it was pouring buckets. Did I mention it was raining? My parents were on the fence about running but I rationalized that I was already wet, and I paid a lot of money for this race. I wasn’t about to let my 5th race be in jeopardy because of some rain.

Did I mention it was pouring?

You know when it wasn’t raining though? While we were running. After about a mile or so, my body felt normal because the rain made it feel like I had been sweating. I had some road blocks at the beginning: my shoe came untied 100 yards in to the run and at about a half mile I had to use the port-o-potty. After that though my pace was fairly consistent. I slowed down at a few of the water stops but I powered through the hills up Commonwealth Avenue and back down again. This was the first BAA race that I actually had gas in the tank after the 4 mile marker.

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Stats
Time: 1:06:09
Pace: 10:40
Division: 412 / 603
Gender: 2291 / 3235
Overall: 4695 / 5960

The only thing I can’t seem to wrap my head around is how well I ran that last 5 miles of mine (9:05 pace) in training and how I couldn’t manage to pull that off at this race. I felt great the whole time and was even picking up the pace towards the end. Makes me wonder if I miscalculated my 5 miles or maybe the rain slowed me down?

Either way, despite the fact that I was happy with the race, a small part of me is still grasping for that PR. I’m starting to incorporate shorter, faster runs in to my training. Just this morning I ran 2 miles at an 8:52 pace! My next 10K is the Tufts race in October and we shall see what I can accomplish! I keep saying that time and time again but I truly want to master my fuel and my training.

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