Best Game Ever.

For Christmas/Birthdays ect. Jon and I normally buy each other tickets to a sporting event because we are both huge sports fans.  Well I bought him Duke vs Syracuse tickets. Funny Story: He bought be Bruins vs Oilers tickets for the homecoming of my favorite player (Andrew Ference) for the same day. The Duke vs Syracuse was the bigger of the games, so we went that that one….

Friday night we drove up to his parents house which is about 45 minutes away from Syracuse. On Saturday morning before we made it into Syracuse I went for a 6 mile run around his town. Now this picture is what you call running with a view…

My route was hilarious because I had no idea where I was going… I just started running down certain streets to see where they would take me. I had map my run up on my phone so I had a map. I only almost go lost once.

The important thing is I stopped where I started, Jon’s home.

Despite having no idea where I was going.. it was actually a really good run.
Pace per mile… 
Mile 1: 9:24
Mile 2: 8:56 
Mile 3: 10:22 *Major Hill*
Mile 4: 8:49 
Mile 5: 9:03 
Mile 6: 8:50 
Mile 7 (0.31): 9:10
When we got to syracuse we checked in the hotel and walked over to Tully’s . Only bar that I could find in Syracuse with the NHL Center Ice. Relationships are all about compromises like being able to watch the Bruins game on TV before we headed down to the Carrier Dome.
 Another funny story about this. As we were walking out of the hotel to go watch the Bruins this guy said to Jon “great shirt!!”.  He then asked us if we were headed down to the dome/bars. We told them we were actually headed to Tully’s because the have Center Ice package and told them about how we were from MA and were suppose to go to this game. They were actually from MA too and they asked their friends to go the Cuse game with them but said no to go the Bruins game to see Andrew Ference instead. Seriously this convo is in true Jon and I fashion when we go places, we always meet the most random people we have connections with. It would have been more true Jon and I fashion if we saw them out after the game and hung out with them. That kind of stuff seems to always happen to us. 
From Tully’s we took a cab to the Carrier Dome. The bars near the dome were packed with lines… we eventually got into one and hung out a little before the game.   I didn’t get many pictures because its my iPhones job just to die so I had to keep it off the majority of the time so we would have some juice left to call a cab to bring us back to the hotel…. 
The game was great… went into over time with Duke scoring a 3 pointer right as the buzzer went off, but Cuse ended up winning in the end.  Coach Boeheim said it was the best game that has ever been played at the Dome.  (Oh and the kid sitting next to us? From Wayland, which is the town over from which we live. Seriously. Small World. )
I will not understand the “Duke vs Syracuse rivalry”. To me you have to play each other in a couple of heartbreaking losses/awesome wins to be considered a rival or just find their team is always filled with punks. To me true rivals are the Red Sox vs Yankees, Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays (they are punks, I actually hate them more then the Yanks), Bruins vs Montreal, Bruins vs Vancouver  and so on. But these crazy college fans seem to think you the “rivalry has begun” with Duke vs Cuse in only playing a single game. I will never understand it, but I will tell you, it does make for a good time. 
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Finish Strong

So its January 31st and I already signed up for 3 races for the spring. The big one obviously being the Half Marathon on April 6.

Other ones I have signed up for? The Saint Patty’s Day race on March 15 2014.  My friend Kensie (who is running the half marathon with me) and Ann are running with me. I am secretly, well not so much of a secret now, really excited for this race. I have been waiting to do “holiday” race for awhile now, and the bar crawl after sounds fun. I probably won’t be staying up there for the whole day… but I am really looking forward to this. Oh. Its a 10K. which I think is going to end up being my favorite distance for a race. Challenging, but not insane.

The other one I signed up for.?

Watertown Police Finish Strong 5K

When I saw this i didn’t even have to think about it…its on April 19th, which marks the one year anniversary from the Boston Marathon suspects were captured in Watertown. The Watertown Police Department is hosting a 5k that day in Watertown. I live in Waltham which is the next town over. The Waltham and Watertown communities are very close, I believe probably rivals in high school sports. A lot of people I hang out with grew up/live in Watertown. I am not sure I will ever forget how I felt that day. The incident happened about 6 miles away from my apartment. Which its a good distance…but I was still on edge that day. We were in lock down and it was the first beautiful day of spring. If I remember correctly I think it was around 70 degrees but I remember it was windy that day.  I remember at one point the wind knocked over our trash can, Jon was asleep on the couch, and I went outside to pick it up. I thought to myself… say if he knocked it down so I would come outside? My next thought was how sad it was I actually was scared in my own home. Well when the police told us we could leave our houses I wanted out of Waltham ASAP. We planned to go meet up with his brother in Framingham for some dinner and drinks, but as we were getting ready the news came on saying they were about to capture the brother. Jon and I at that point decided to stay in Waltham, we went to a restaurant/bar that is about 2 miles away from our apartment and watched it all unfold there. The days to follow where definitely different. The mall which was on the news was the one I go to pretty much every single weekend… which I went to the following Saturday or Sunday. To get to that mall from my apartment you drive past the Watertown Police department, where there were “Watertown Strong” signs and teddy bears outside the police station. A year later I am looking forward to this event that the Watertown Police Department is putting together. If you live around the area… you should sign up too.

Here are a few pictures I have taken around town…

During the Bruins playoffs I wore my Boston Strong shirt under my jersey for ever single playoff game….

Jon and I went for a run/hike in Prospect Hill Park… Boston in the background. Such a pretty park!

Just do it.. sign up!

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Boring Title Insert Here…

I hate coming up with tittles for my post. They are pretty boring posts, about the same thing over and over… so I been lacking creativity. Although… I am kind of thinking of making more effort to making this more interesting and not just a record of all my workouts. We will see.. I promise this to myself a lot and it doesn’t happen.

Another random thought… So I think I totally messed up my weeks of training some how.  I mean it was actually in a good way. ahead of schedule so that’s a positive….

Anyway… on to this week.

Monday: Skipped Yoga. I find it so hard to get to this class… because A. I find it boring (but I know its good for me) and B. because it starts at 7:30PM.  Well luckily for me sometimes things just work out… My work scheduled a yoga instructor to come to my work and host a class starting at 5:15PM. She was doing Tuesday- Thursdays but moved it to Monday- Wednesdays. AMAZING… Its “Yoga Fit” so its just the type of Yoga I like and I really really like the person who teaches it. Which is good because I was actually was thinking about paying for a Yoga studio in the town over for me because they offer “Yoga for Runners” on Monday nights.  When I went to the site, they stopped offering that class… So Fit Yoga it is for now.

Tuesday: 3.1 Mile run on the treadmill. I totally forgot what pace I was going. I need to figure out how to use my Garmin to track this!

Today (Wednesday)

First off…This is why I love my gym…. What New Years Eve Resolution’s people? Granted this was taken at 5:55AM this morning I got in a few minutes before the 6:00AM “crowd” gets there. But this is why its great becoming a morning person…. It takes a lot for a New Years Eve Resolution’s person to get there before 6:00AM.  The most trouble I run in? The other morning I almost had to use an older treadmill instead of newer ones… almost.

Anyway this morning was 4.0 Miles on the treadmill. I honestly forget what I was doing this morning as far as pace. I think I started around 9:05 minute mile pace. Then around mile 2 I switched it to about an 8:57 mile pace and went back and forth between 9:05 and 8:57 throughout Mile 2 and Mile 3 and then I think I went up again? I forget. Anyway it felt good!

Speaking of the Garmin the other day I connected to the “Garmin Connect”. I am not sure if you have a Garmin watch.. but if you do and have not download this yet I highly recommend it. It keeps track of all your runs for you. I was doing this manually in an excel spread sheet. (Yes I am crazy and track all my runs in excel…). So yes. Check out Garmin Connect. Very cool.

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What you learn…

This past weekend was a whirlwind with weather. Saturday felt like a heatwave…. at 30 degrees. The thing is, I am not even kidding.  I was debating back and forth on going to my class on Saturday or going for my long run on Saturday. I knew the weather was going to take the turn for the worst Sunday.

Well I choose the class, which I was happy I did because it was a really good workout.

I was not to happy with myself Sunday. IT WAS COLD. When I got back from my run and I checked out my weather app it said “feels like 1 degree”…. I felt a little crazy for attempting this. But the 7 miles needed to get done and 7 miles on the treadmill sounded like cruel and usual punishment.

It was a very slow run.  Something you learn as a runner is the reason in which town officials demand that residents clean off their sidewalks. Another thing you learn is that people who live in your town do not listen to that advice. A couple of times I had to stop and walk to avoid a disaster.  Also as runner you learn the importance of Under Armor. See I had Under Armor long sleeve top on, but just my running leggings on the bottom…. It is not easy to run when you can not feel your lower half. 
With that being said my spits were as following… 
Mile 1: 9:56
Mile 2: 9:54
Mile 3: 10:30
Mile 4: 9:38 
Mile 5: 10:12
Mile 6: 10:14
Mile 7: 10:10 
… after my run I headed to Sports Authority to buy Under Armor for my legs. As well as a compression sleeve, because it does not make sense to sell compression sleeves as a pair. You know two legs but they sell them singles. I did not realize until I came home with the first one. Another thing you learn as a runner. Sleeve, not Sleeves. 
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Running like a Girl

This polar vertex crap is keeping me indoors! I was convincing myself to start running outside again this week but with feels like -22 degrees that would not be happening.

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: 3.1 mile run with a cool-down.

Wednesday: This quick workout I got from Carrots N Cake. 

I was going to kill my friends *I love them* but they started texting uncontrollably around the time I was at 7.5 and it was interrupting my music. I need to fix that… ! It was kind of a workout buzz kill because I was so frustrated with it. BUT I got through! I really enjoyed this workout. Challenging and I normally would never going to 7.5 so it felt good to get some speed in. 
Thursday: Body Sculpt class.
Today is Friday and it is an off day! TGIF!!
This week I finished Running like a Girl. It was soooo good! She is so funny, and pretty much just like me. I could relate to her a lot! 🙂 I loved this quote at the beginning of one of her chapters… 

I been really enjoying reading before going to bed. Aside from Tuesdays… I just end up watching TVs shows that I do not care about before sleep…. I been finding reading a lot more enjoyable.

So the question is what do I read next?!

 I started Born to Run and its good so far but I am not sure I am in the mood for another running book right away. I am thinking of Mindy’s Book or a book on Francona  hmmmmm

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Snowing Sunday Run

Sunday morning my running partner had to get up extra early to get a run in. I was dreading this… 8:00AM on a Sunday? Ugh. BUT I made it… and you know what? it wasn’t that bad… aside from it being cold and snowing (again!).

Here are some pictures from the run…

My pace for this run was…

Mile 1: 9:41
Mile 2: 9:38
Mile 3: 9:13
Mile 4: 9:37
Mile 5: 8:57
Mile 6: 9:30
Mile 7 (.20 miles): 10:49

After my run and some errands I headed to a local bar with the boyfriend and to meet up with some friends to watch the Patriots game…

Did not turn out so well… Its okay though…. We have the Bruins! 🙂
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Embracing it!

Last week I was really feeling down… I missed running outside. I was looking at pictures from my spring/summer/fall runs and thought about how lucky I had it then! This weekend I was determined to make the most of it. So I went for a run Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday we had an unsuspected snow storm… we were barely suppose to get a dusting but we got a lot more!  It was fine in the morning went I went to my body sculpt class but by like noon it was full out snowing. Anyway… I went to friends house Thursday evening so still owed my 2 miles for training so I told myself I would do that Saturday because I take my class that day as well and when I went out to run this is what I found.. 

Yeah… It was a little snowy! I was wearing my more stable running shoes as well. My other running shoes are like a minimalist shoe.. which I love! BUT not for these conditions they are cold and wet!

and yes I am very pink! Its funny I am not at all a “pink girl”.  I hate, hate, hate pink Boston sports fan gear. BUT running? I love it! Not sure why. This new athleta jacket is also amazing. It has that pattern on the sleeves in the back but much larger. The best part? The patterns are reflectors. Score. Thanks mom for the gift card! 🙂 

Slow.. but actually kind of fun!

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