Moving Up

Today is such a bittersweet day as it’s my last here at the concierge desk of the hotel. If we’re friends on Facebook or you follow me on Instagram you may already know: I got a promotion at work!

Starting next Monday I’ll be the new Executive Assistant to the General Manager at the hotel (every time I say that I think of Assistant to the Traveling Secretary). It’s a huge step up for me, and even though I still had to go through the interview process, it was extremely flattering that the GM asked about me personally.

Of course now this means a whole new wardrobe! I even gave away some of my office wear a few months ago since I thought I’d be living in uniforms. Luckily I was able to find two beautiful Calvin Klein suits at Burlington Coat Factory for only $60 each (retail price of $280!).

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I also have some gift cards to Old Navy and TJ Maxx so I can at least get a good rotating selection of tops. It’ll be a work in progress for sure.

I guess the big question now is: what should my blog name be?? I’m not technically a concierge anymore, although the “Jogging Concierge” does still have a nice ring to it. I hope to still be active in Boston and surrounding areas, but we’ll see if I feel like changing things up in terms of name and identity.

And on another (singing) note, this past weekend I sang alongside my mom and other lovely ladies of Stardust Chorus to sing at the Algonquin Club in Back Bay. It was such an amazing experience, and I’ve forgotten how much I love singing in a group. We’ll have to see if it parlays into something I do on the regular. And it’s always fun to be able to play dress up:

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So those are the updates in my life! Oh, and on the garage front:

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We have electricity! Such a lovely thing.:-)

What’s new in your life??

2016 BAA 5K

First off: Happy Marathon Monday!! It looks like a beautiful day for the runners and spectators. Good luck to everyone running!

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This past Saturday I ran the 8th annual BAA 5K. It was my first year running, and it ended up being such an amazing race.

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Dad and I at the Boston Common before the start.

The race had about 10,000 entrants, so you can imagine the crazy crowds as we tried to line up. Dad and I were around the 9 minute line, although we could have done better getting closer to the front because we ended up behind some walkers.

It was a bit crowded at first but it started to open up after the first mile. I was also FAH-reezing and my finger tips on my right hand were white. My legs and feet were also a bit cold so I think that helped me run fast, since I couldn’t feel them.😉

The best part of the race though is when we crossed over the marathon finish line just around the 2 mile mark.

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It was at this point too that my dad caught up to me. He thought he had passed me at the beginning and was surprised to see how fast I was going! I was losing a bit of steam but kept him in sight just a few paces ahead of me. I did have enough in the tank to bolt across the finish line but unfortunately the chute was too narrow for me to really get my strides in.

Stats
Time: 27:38
Pace: 8:54
Gender (F): 1395/5033
Division (F 30-34): 236/785
Overall: 3411/8708

I had SUCH a wonderful time at this race. And it has definitely boosted my confidence with running at a faster pace. Even though I have no races on the calendar, I’m certainly going to continue my running about 2 to 3 times a week and see where my fitness can take me. I’m contemplating another half marathon, actually, but it’ll be a year or so before that happens.😉

Was there a race you did that gave you that “I can fly” feeling?? 

BAA 5K Training – Week 7 | Boston Marathon Weekend

Good day to you all! A little bit late on my recap for training last week, but better late than never right?:-)

Monday 4/4 & Tuesday 4/5: Rest

Wednesday 4/6: 2.85 miles in 26:06 @ 9:09 pace

Thursday 4/7 & Friday 4/8: Rest

Saturday 4/9: 1.47 miles with David. No clock; just a fun run!:-)

Sunday 4/10: Jay Lyons 5K in Worcester with my mom and dad. My mom ended up not running due to an injury so I took her bib and ran alongside my dad. He’s a speedy guy but thankfully we were able to stay together the whole race (me running faster than normal; him slowing down to let me keep up) 3.2 miles in 27:20(ish). For some reason the numbers we ran with aren’t showing up in the complete list, so I’m not sure of the exact time.  I had a great time at this run though and it’s given me the boost I need for this Saturday!

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Boston Marathon is less than a week away! The Sheraton Boston hotel is hosting a couple of events leading up to the big day, and I’ve been encouraged to spread the word!

1. Give Blood on Friday for One Boston Day!
• Join the Red Cross & Fox25 News for our annual Boston Strong blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday (Hampton & Exeter).
How to Participate:
o Call 1-800 RED CROSS for an appointment
o Visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code BostonStrong.

2. Donate Your Shoes!
• We’re working with the awesome nonprofit Soles4Souls to collect and distribute your used shoes to impoverished communities worldwide. Help us to reach 120 pairs of donated shoes internally, representing this year’s annual Boston Marathon!
How to Participate:
o Bring in shoes you can live without (sneakers, heels, flats, sandals, etc.) and drop them off in one of the two drop-boxes in the lobby: “Your shoes have another journey post-Marathon.”

EDIT TO ADD: I’m sure that those who are familiar with the marathon know how important fundraising is in order to run this prestigious race.

Bain Capital created an infographic on the critical fundraising efforts that happen each year in conjunction with the race. One of the most active charities is Miles for Miracles, a team of nearly 200 runners from Boston Children’s Hospital. In preparation for this year’s race, they’re hoping to raise $1.7 million to provide high quality care for children and families in need.

They were kind enough to send me the infograph to share along with you. It’s such a wonderful cause during such a wonderful occasion. (Follow Bain Capital on Twitter!)

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Are you participating in the marathon weekend? Or spectating?

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE RUNNERS!!

BAA 5K Training – Week 6

Monday 3/28: Rest

Tuesday 3/29: 2.19 in 20:00 @ 9:07 pace. Today I just set my timer for 20 minutes and was on my way. Another lovely day for a run! A bit windy, but not too bad.

Wednesday 3/30: 4 miles in 38:35 @ 9:38 pace. I was able to run with my sister-in-law, Grace, along the Charles River. We had such a great time and the weather was perfect!

Thursday 3/31 & Friday 4/1: Rest

Let’s talk about what happened on Friday. I was called in to help out at the desk because they had a call out but as I was driving down Rt. 2, a turkey decided to slam itself in to windshield.

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Thankfully I wasn’t hurt but it sure shook me up a bit. Now I’m driving a rental until I can get it fixed.

Saturday 4/2 & Sunday 4/3: Crazy weather and unpredictable schedules kept me busy these two days.

And as I write this on Monday (with this crazy snow outside!) I have every intention of getting out there this week since the races is less than 2 weeks away. I feel confident about it though, and I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of fun.:-)

Are you experiencing some crazy weather where you are? Have you ever hit a turkey?? 

BAA 5K Training – Week 5

AKA: Better-safe-than-sorry week.

I’ve been battling some chest tightness and shortness of breath lately. It happens every so often, mostly when the weather has weird peaks and valleys. Rather than risk making it worse, I’ve decided to take the runs easy again this past week.

Monday 3/21 & Tuesday 3/22: Rest

Wednesday 3/23: 2.69 miles in 25:02 @ 9:20 pace. I battled up a big hill in town and instead of feeling exhausted on the way down, I felt like I was flying! I love that feeling.:-)

Thursday 3/24 & Friday 3/25: Rest

Saturday 3/26: 2.33 miles in 22 @ 9:22 pace

Sunday 3/27: Happy Easter! I worked the morning shift and I was on the go-go helping with luggage storage for a group that was checking out. Lots of heavy lifting and fast walking! Felt like a workout to me.😉 To celebrate the holiday I went to my sister in laws to watch the Syracuse vs. Virginia game and enjoy some dinner. It was just what was needed after my busy morning.

How was your holiday weekend?

Loretta’s Last Call

When you think of bars around Fenway Park you may automatically think of sports bars galore with beers on tap, hot dogs on the menu, and TVs highlighting the games of the day. But did you ever think that hidden on the corner of Lansdowne Street that you’d find a little taste of the South?

At Loretta’s Last Call you’re treated to some of the best Southern cuisine. Before we even ordered, they were bringing out corn dogs, fried pickles, pimento grilled cheese, short ribs sliders (on the most delicious biscuits!), fried green tomatoes, catfish sliders, and chicken wings.

Everything was delicious, with my favorite being the sliders, fried pickles, and pimento grilled cheese sandwiches! The biscuits were so buttery and light, and the fried pickles were so perfectly fried that I couldn’t get my fork away from them. I wasn’t a huge fan of the corn dogs, perhaps because they used andouille sausage, and while I appreciate the flare, I’m more of a traditionalist when it comes to my dogs.😉

When it came time to actually order dinner, I was too full to enjoy anything heavy. I ended up going straight to dessert and ordered the angel food cake with strawberries. It was slightly moist with the most freshest tasting strawberries and whipped cream. Totally hit the spot.

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For cocktails, I started with a moonshine concoction that was perfectly sweet and potent. For our second, the waitress said that she could “throw something together” that included cinnamon infused tequila. It was quite the margarita and gave me the liquid courage to engage in the evenings activity…

LINE DANCING! But really, I didn’t need the convincing; I love line dancing. David and I even danced an epic Cotton Eyed Joe at our wedding. There were two dance instructors that taught us two dances. One was to Boot Scootin’ Boogie (LOVE!) and the other was to the music of their house band. I had so much fun and can’t wait to go back again for some more dancing. And one of the best parts was when a bunch of people would just start dancing to the songs. Apparently there are people that go every week, and it felt like a flash mob of stomping boots and swinging around!

Interested in getting out your cowboy boots? Currently they have dance lessons on Tuesdays and Sundays, however the schedule will change once Red Sox season is in full swing. They also have a calendar of rotating events here.

This evening was complimentary, but all opinions are my own.

Loretta’s Last Call is located at 1 Lansdowne Street, right behind Fenway Park.

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BAA 5K Training – Week 4

I got in two days this past week! It was another week of early shifts and having to cover some shifts as well. Not ideal, but I work with what I’ve got.:-)

Monday 3/14 through Wednesday 3/16: More mid-shifts and late night activities meant long days for me. On Tuesday I went to an awesome restaurant near Fenway Park for Southern food and line dancing! I’ll be posting about that soon.:-)

Thursday 3/17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! 2.35 miles in 20:49 @ an 8:51 pace!! Beautiful morning for a run.

St. Paddy's Day run

Friday 3/18: Happy Birthday to me!! 3.2 miles to celebrate turning 32 in 29:39 @ a 9:15 pace. A little windy but a great run!

Birthday run

Saturday 3/19 and Sunday 3/20: Rest days. I had every intention of resting on Saturday and then “racing” a 5K to see where my level was but I ended up working until 1AM on Saturday and didn’t get to bed until 2:30. I slept until 10:30 and just went on my way to work.

Less than a month until the 5K and I’m feeling great about it. I’m just having fun running the short distances and further exploring my little town.:-)

Anyone training for races?