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!!

Scenes from the Weekend

Happy Monday evening everyone!

My weekend was a much needed one full of good food and relaxation. I had Thursday through Sunday off, and it was glorious. It definitely helped that the weather was awesome, and spring-like, in Massachusetts!

Thursday was National Drink Wine Day and of course, I had to participate. But which one to choose from?

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I ended up enjoying some Riesling in the afternoon. The whole day was spent running errands: grocery shopping, getting gas, cleaning the house. I cooked some enchiladas for David since I wasn’t going to be home that evening for dinner. Instead, I met up with my mom and we went to her friends house to sing! They invited me along to try out and sing with their a cappella group for a show in April. Thankfully the “audition” went well and the director thought that I would fit well with the group. A couple more rehearsals and then the show! Very much looking forward to it. Along with the singing, we enjoyed some more wine and Chinese food for dinner. 🙂

On Friday I pretty much stayed around the house all day and it was glorious. I printed up a 5K training plan for the upcoming race in April, and it starts today! (Well, rest day today and then 3 miles tomorrow.)

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For dinner, I really wanted to do something special. I set up the dining room table and had a pork roast cooking in the crock pot all day. We had it alongside salad and some champagne.

Saturday, David and I spent the whole day together. In the morning we went to New Hampshire to visit the tool outlet and Costco (thank you no sales tax!). He found a pneumatic stapler at the tool outlet and some LED shop lights at Costco. Can we also talk about how awesome Costco is?? I’m so used to shopping at BJ’s and while they do have a wider selection, the options at Costco are still amazing and the yearly membership is rather cheap ($55). And can we talk about all of the samples?? I think we went back multiple times for a few of the samples (burgers and cinnamon bread). We’ve pretty much decided that we’ll travel to the NH location twice a year to do a big haul. I’ll have to document it the next time we do! We picked up a few things but I could have easily bought out the whole place. 😉

For dinner, we were bad and ordered chicken wings and Little Caesar’s pizza. It was delicious though and we enjoyed it thoroughly.

Sunday was spent lazing around in the morning and then finally getting to work on the garage. I finished taping the ceiling (I did the whole thing myself!) and we finished the stem walls around the perimeter. There’s still so much to get done but at least we can work inside now. Because the outside is (pretty much) done!

That night we indulged in some of David’s (amazing!) burgers. I topped mine with pickles, onions, and ketchup, and we had some Alexia potato puffs alongside.

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Overall it was a wonderful weekend and I was ready to get into the work mode today. I had a lot of e-mails to catch up on, and thankfully the desk hasn’t been crazy busy. We’ll see how the week goes! I’m excited to be going to a concierge dinner this Wednesday in the North End. I’ll be sure to report!

How was your 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! ❤