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?? 

Goals for 2016

In the past I’ve tried to create resolutions for the New Year, and whether or not I was vocal about them, they never really stuck beyond a couple months or so (i.e. eating healthy, getting stronger, doing yoga, etc.)

But this year just feels different. Since before New Year’s, David and I have been actively trying to lose weight. We’ve both set goals and have been tracking our calorie intake with My Fitness Pal. I tried to track a few years ago (2013) but I got bored with it after a couple of weeks. This time has been different though. I actually enjoy adding everything in and seeing how much I’m left with for the day. And I’m actually able to eye-ball a few things (cereal, yogurt, pasta) without having to measure.

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Picture from 2010. Instead of Trader Joe’s though, I shop mainly at Aldi. Love their selection (although limited and scattered) and prices!

Aside from getting healthier by eating better, I would like to up the fitness as well. For Christmas I received some compression shorts and socks that need to get some good use! I still don’t plan on signing up for two many races but maybe a few here and there. I was invited to try a Barre class in Cambridge so I’ll see what that’s all about! Otherwise, it’ll be Pinterest workouts for me in the comfort of my home, along with hitting the pavement. 🙂

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My blogging is also something that has definitely taken a backseat. I love this platform of just being able to talk about what’s going on in my life. It might not be the most exciting life, but it’s fun to interact and “chat” with all of you that continue to read! With my beautiful brand new camera, I hope to bake and cook more recipes to share and take more pictures of my surroundings. New England is such a great place for photography! 🙂

Oh, and this year is my 10 year college reunion (WHAT??). This is what I looked like around that time.

2006 Alaina

A lot has certainly changed since then, and I look forward to gracing the campus of Endicott College in June!

In terms of family goals, let’s just say things are in the works for an exciting year to come. 😉

Do you set resolutions or goals?

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! 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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?!

Our Latest Project

As some (still around) readers may remember, 3 years ago my husband and I embarked on our biggest project: building our very own house.

Our Handmade House

I still can’t believe we’ve been there for three years. Time sure does fly!

Since then, David has been itching to have another project to work on. Since we’ve gotten ourselves out of debt, we now have the means to cash flow said project. Just about a month or so ago, we were finally able to break ground on our new…

…garage! And it’s bigger than our house! The house is (approximately) 24 x 36, and the garage is 28 x 44. Yep, gargantuan! It’ll house our two cars and his workshop. For the time being, our goal is to get it weathered in, and installed with doors, before the winter hits. Next summer we’ll install the patio and get the structure insulated.

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This was the garage about a week or so ago. This past weekend we installed the rafters over the side where the patio will be going. It’s going to be THE place for BBQ’s in the summer. 🙂

Overhang

As I type this, David, my father in law, our neighbor, and friend are outside finishing the overhangs and putting up the sheathing on the roof. Once that’s complete, we can have someone come in to install the shingles. David is completely capable of doing it, but with our limited time before the winter comes, he’s decided to hire someone to get it done in a much quicker fashion.

And that’s what we’ve been up to lately! Work is busy but it will be slowing down during the holiday months. Can’t wait for the holidays to arrive!

What’s the biggest house project you’ve ever tackled?