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!)

More Than Miles 2x

Are you participating in the marathon weekend? Or spectating?

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE RUNNERS!!

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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Boston Marathon RunBase

This past Monday, I had the pleasure of attending a concierge event at the Boston Marathon RunBase on Boylston Street and received some valuable information. We were treated to presentations by both the marketing director of the B.A.A. and of Marathon Sports (where I get my Asics running sneakers!). They provided us with information on the RunBase Run Club as well as the schedule of events for the 2016 Boston Marathon, and I wanted to share that with you all!

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WEEKLY HAPPENINGS AT BOSTON MARATHON RUNBASE
RunBase Run Club
Tuesday 6PM
Thursday 6:30PM

Hub on the Run Tours
Saturday 10:30AM

Free lockers & showers all the time | Your running hub in the city of Boston

855 Boylston Street | http://www.bostonrunbase.com

Who We Are: A runner’s hub in the hub of the universe, dedicated to helping the people of Boston meet, connect and run. We are the first of our kind in America.
What We Do: Through a partnership with the Boston Athletic Association, Adidas, and Marathon Sports, we are equal parts running store, clubhouse, and Boston Marathon museum.
Events: Run clubs, Saturday run tours, yoga for runners, early commuter hours, training clinics, product launch celebrations, and more. All free, all fun, all for you.
Amenities: Take advantage of free lockers and showers. Borrow a pair of Adidas running trial shoes for your run.

2016 BOSTON MARATHON SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, April 15: ONE BOSTON DAY: One Boston Day was established as “a celebration of the resiliency, generosity, and strength of the people that makes Boston the great city it is.” http://www.onebostonday.org.
10AM – 7PM: John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo Seminar Series and Official Boston Marathon Number Pick-Up. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

Saturday, April 16: 8AM – 9:30AM: B.A.A. 5K Charles St. at Boston Common; between Beacon St. and Boylston St.
9AM – 7PM: John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo and Expo Seminar Series and Official Boston Marathon Number Pick-Up. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
10:30AM: B.A.A. Invitational Mile & Middle School 1K. Boylston St.; between Exeter St. and Dartmouth St.
Start Times 10:30AM Middle School Girls’ Race
10:40AM Middle School Boys’ Race
10:55AM Scholastic Girls’ Race
11:05AM Scholastic Boys’ Race
11:20AM Professional Men’s Race
11:30AM Professional Women’s Race
1PM – 3PM: B.A.A. Relay Challenge. Boylston St.; between Clarendon St. and Dartmouth St.

Sunday, April 17: 9AM – 6PM: John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo and Expo Seminar Series and Official Boston Marathon Number Pick-Up. John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
4PM – 8PM: Boston Marathon Official Pre-Race Dinner. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE OFFICIAL BOSTON MARATHON NUMBER PICK-UP. City Hall Plaza, Boston

Monday, April 18: 8:50AM – 11:15AM: 120th Boston Marathon Start Hopkinton to Boston
Wave Start Times 8:50AM Mobility Impaired Program
9:17AM Wheelchair Division – Men
9:19AM Wheelchair Division – Women
9:22AM Hand-Cycle Division – Men & Women
9:32AM Elite Women
10:00AM Elite Men and Wave One
10:25AM Wave Two
10:50AM Wave Three
11:15AM Wave Four
6:30PM – 10:30PM: Boston Marathon Mile 27, Official Post-Race Party. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE OFFICIAL BOSTON MARATHON NUMBER PICK-UP. Fenway Park, Main Entrance, Gate K

The Boston Marathon will be here before you know it! It’s the most exciting weekend to be in the city, and it’s one of my favorites for working.

Do you enjoy following the Boston Marathon? What’s your favorite race?

Our Valentine’s Celebration

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend. And if you’re in the northeast, I hope you all stayed warm! I had to work on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and the lobby of the hotel was FAH-reezing. It didn’t help that the revolving doors were broken and the lobby is huge and hard to heat. Thankfully I had a powerful space heater and several layers on. I also took a few breaks to thaw out in the back office.

This past weekend was unbelievably busy. The hotel easily picked up 200 rooms in a 24 hour span, and we had a line to the door for check ins from 1:30 until about 5. It was chaotic but it made the day fly by. I worked 7 to 5 on Saturday and 7-2:30 on Sunday. After the Sunday shift, I hightailed it over to the Westin Waterfront where David and I were going to enjoy our holiday. Complimentary room for winning employee of the month last year!

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The view from our room was spectacular! Apparently it was the same room that housed President Obama, Chelsea Clinton, and Matt Damon. Swanky. 🙂 The concierge (Thanks Matt!) was so kind to send up some refreshments for us: champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and cheese/crackers.

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Before we enjoyed those treats, however, we had our evening to spend in Boston! We walked over to the World Trade Center to partake in this year’s Wine Expo. We arrived around 3:30 and stayed until the end at 5. We sampled wines from Italy, the Finger Lakes and South Africa. And of course, 90+ (one of my favorites!). We sampled a few of the food booths but some of the lines were too long to wait. I also ran into Marie, whom I won the tickets from. Loved seeing her again!

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After the expo we walked over to Miel at the Intercontinental for our dinner. And here is where our dinner could have turned in to a disaster. I admit, I was a bit out of it given how much wine I had and how little food I had eaten. My mind wasn’t completely straight, but thankfully, David’s was. I had failed to check to see if their regular menu was going to be available; lo and behold, since it was a holiday, it was a prix fixe menu. Normally it wouldn’t be an issue but we went there specifically for their French onion and pistou soups. I was almost ready to walk out, but David told the server how much we were looking forward to having those dishes. Our server, Stephen, was so incredibly accommodating and allowed us to modify our menus to have what we wanted (the menu was heavy on fish). I don’t know if it was because Stephen knew me since I used to work at the hotel, but in any case he could have easily said “no, I’m sorry”, but he allowed us to have our soups and then a steak dish for David and a shrimp pasta for myself. It ended up being a very delicious dinner, although far more expensive than what we were hoping to spend.

Overall though, our Valentine’s stay was lovely. We had breakfast at the hotel restaurant in the morning (steel cut oatmeal for me, blueberry pancakes for David), and after he left for work, I meandered my way around Boston until my shift at 2. Yep, I walked about 3 and a half miles through Boston in 20* weather. It was a beautiful day though, so I didn’t mind it. I had lunch and then did a bit of shopping on my way.

So that was our holiday! Not exactly how things were planned, but enjoyable nonetheless. And it definitely proved that David can remain level headed far better than myself. 😉

How was your holiday weekend?

Happy Valentine’s Weekend!

It’s that time of year where the color red is everywhere, and people are professing their love for one another. Valentine’s Day is certainly not just about loving your significant other, but also your family and your close friends. With it being on a Sunday this year (and not snowed out like last year), you can look forward to an entire weekend of celebrating.

Boston Wine Expo

This weekend will be the 25th anniversary of the Boston Wine Expo at the Seaport World Trade Center. I was lucky to win two tickets (thanks again Marie!) to the Sunday Grand Tasting, so David and I will be enjoying some wines from around the world that afternoon.We went in 2014 and had a great time. There was a lot of snow that year too!

Dining Out

Like I mentioned above, last year was one of the worst when it came to the weather. Valentine’s Day almost felt like it had been cancelled since so many restaurants couldn’t open due to the blizzard. Although this year is projected to be frigid cold, at least there will be no precipitation. So bundle up, and get your dining on!

Some of my favorite restaurants for a romantic evening are Bistro du Midi, erbaluce, Grill 23, Legal Harborside, or Sonsie.

Don’t forget to check out OpenTable.com for any special Valentine’s Day menus and to make your reservations!

Or Staying In

Did I mention that it’s supposed to get in the negative temps this weekend? I certainly wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to stay in and make a nice dinner or bake up something sweet.

SIDE NOTE: When I transferred my blog back to WordPress last summer, all of my posts (at least the ones that came over successfully) were broken, so I ended up making them private. A lot of them are still around, just with no pictures. Over the course of the next few months I plan on “resurrecting” the posts (i.e. recipes and restaurant reviews) since I hope that they could be helpful to those looking for new recipe ideas or wanting to travel to the Boston area. Get ready for a lot of classic Jogging Concierge! 😛

Stopping to Smell the Roses

Although this could be taken in the literal context, it’s also a time to slow down and think about what your loved ones mean to you. Whether that’s your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/parents/best friend/dog walker, make sure to let those people know that you care about them.

Have a wonderful weekend, whatever your plans may be! ❤

Ice Skating in Boston

Yesterday I attended, what I feel is, the most fun concierge event of the year.

Ice skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel!

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This year was equally as fun, if not better. We started out in the Rowes Wharf bar with drinks and some small snacks. Before getting on the ice, I enjoyed a nice glass of Prosecco.

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Then it was time to skate! I actually haven’t skated since the last event, but I surprised myself by getting the hang of it really quickly. I didn’t fall, and I was zipping around doing forward cross-overs and stopping to turn really quickly. To put it in a few words: I had a blast! I used to figure skate when I was younger, and I actually miss it a lot. I’d love to take adult classes…we shall see! 🙂

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No action shots this year, but believe me, I was flying! 😛

I could have stayed on the rink for hours, but the bar eventually won me over. I enjoyed a nice Tanqueray and ginger beer while munching on their many delicious appetizers: pizza, chicken wings, calamari, crab cakes; everything was delicious! And the company was even better, as I was surrounded by some of the best concierge that Boston has to offer. And I received some great advice when I go for my Les Clefs d’Or keys. Only a couple more months until my application is due!

The skating rink is located at 30 Rowes Wharf, under the Rotunda. The rink is smaller than the Frog Pond, but far less crowded. They are open weekdays from 3 pm to 8 pm and on weekends from 10 am to 9 pm. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children. Rentals are $10 for adults; $8 for children. They also offer season passes: $50 for an individual; $100 for a family (2 adults, 2 children 12 & under). 

This concierge event was complimentary; all opinions are my own.

What is your favorite winter activity?