2016 BAA 5K

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

Marathon 2

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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ˜‰

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

Birthday Celebrations

 

As I celebrate my 32nd birthday today, I thought it would be fun to recap some of my most memorable birthdays. From Vegas to bowling to prohibition-themed, I always enjoyed getting out and about to celebrate turning another year older.Β (Although I still get mistaken for my mid 20’s. I’m not complaining! πŸ™‚)

23rd Birthday in 2007 – Las Vegas baby!

Las Vegas

24th Birthday in 2008 – At home with family

24th Birthday

25th Birthday in 2009 – Celebrating at Tommy Doyle’s in Cambridge and Kings Bowling in Boston.

27th Birthday in 2011 – Celebrating with my sister in law and friend while David was in Afghanistan (the Thirsty Scholar and Post 390).

30th Birthday in 2014 – 20’s themed party at my parents house.

30th Birthday

31st Birthday in 2015 – The year of the doughnut cake!

donut cake

Today – Low-key day and having my parents over for dinner: mostaccioli and Guinness chocolate cake! And of course, more doughnuts, thanks to my wonderful manager Matt.

Donuts

What’s your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?

 

Holiday Celebrations & Welcome, 2016!

Happy New Year everyone!! I’m sure it’s no surprise that I haven’t blogged that much over the past few weeks (or months even!). Work has been surprisingly busy, even during the holiday season. Although our occupancy isn’t very high, there have been a lot of transient guests who have a lot of questions for the concierge. Always happy to help though! And it helps that the guests have been pretty great as well.

So where have we left off? In terms of the garage build, here’s the latest:

Driving In

We can finally park inside! The garage doors have been measured and ordered. There are just a few things that David and I have to complete before they can be installed. But we’re finally out of the elements for the winter! Yah for no more shoveling off snow! πŸ™‚

I recapped Christmas with my parents, and then David and I had a wonderful celebration with my in-laws.

We enjoyed mimosas, cinnamon buns and my overnight French toast bake.

And of course, there were presents! I received Cards Against Humanity, Seth MacFarlane’s jazz CD, Adele 25, Straight No Chaser’s Christmas album, coconut pancake mix, compression shorts and socks, and a gift card for DSW for some new boots. Overall, another wonderful celebration with family.

Ah, I almost forgot the night before! To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Sheraton offered each employee a chance to stay in the hotel for a complimentary night. We chose Christmas Eve, and the hotel gave us a really nice junior suite! And of course, I was having fun with my new camera.

Now back to Christmas! After a lovely afternoon at the in-laws, David and I headed up to Bangor for my cousin’s baby shower. We stayed at the Four Points by the airport and it was the perfect accommodations. The staff was really nice and the rooms were extremely well stocked and comfortable! And despite being right at the airport, the noise was very minimal.

We had a lovely time celebrating Angie…and doing the annual puzzle!

We left Saturday night and spent all of Sunday working on the garage.

The following weekend was just as exciting as well! I worked the whole week, and on Saturday my brother in law and I headed into Boston for the Celtics game. But we weren’t watching it in just any ol’ way. We had court-side seats baby! They were gifted from the most generous owner of Strega restaurant. (Side note: If you’re ever in Boston, you must try Strega Waterfront! Such a great restaurant run by a great group of people.)

Even though the Celtics lost to the Brooklyn Nets (100-97) it was still such an exciting game. I’m not the biggest basketball fan (I’m all about the hockey!) but even my heart was racing near the end of it. In addition to the seats, we had admission to the Putnam Club for food and drinks; the buffet was delicious, and the service was very friendly. πŸ™‚

Overall, quite a busy few weeks for myself! Things should start quieting down, even though work may remain steady. There’s always birthdays to celebrate and families to gather with, so I know I won’t be bored for long. πŸ™‚

And in terms of racing for the year? Still nothing scheduled yet, but I may sign up if my schedule permits. I still want to run the BAA 10K however! That’s always a favorite.

How were your celebrations? Excited for 2016?!

Tufts 10K 2015

Today was year number 3 for my running of the Tufts 10K; 5th year for my mom. We were both looking forward to the race, despite our less than stellar training weeks or the fact that the weather was in the 70s. Why this race starts at 12noon, I will never know. It’s fun getting to run through Boston and Cambridge though.

We arrived to the Boston Common at around 11AM and waited until they lined us up in our seeds at 11:30. I felt good and fueled, but the weather had me nervous. Although there was a slight breeze, the lack of cloud covers made the sun somewhat unbearable.

Tufts 10K

We decided to run at our own pace, and I got myself in to a nice groove around 10:15 minute miles.Β The course is mainly flat with a few up and down hills on the bridges. My pace slowed down as I was running, but luckily my stops were few and far between. I stopped to walk at 2 water stops, and walked for a few steps coming back over the Mass Ave bridge. I just kept telling myself “Don’t stop, don’t stop. Jog if you have to, but don’t stop!” Luckily that powered me through for the last mile. Additionally, taking off my hat and dumping water on my head helped greatly after around the 3 mile mark.

Stats
Time: 1:06:03
Pace: 10:38
Division: 595/1149
Overall: 2116/4301

Overall, a fine race that I’m actually quite proud of. Again, my training could have been better, but the weather wasn’t exactly in our favor, and I think I ran a smart race. πŸ™‚

On to the next one! It’ll be my 5th year running the Pell Bridge Run in Newport. Always a favorite.