Tufts 10k 2016

For the second year in a row I ran the Tufts 10k road race for woman. My mom, my aunt and a group of our girl friends from Vermont are making it a tradition. It’s so fun, we make it into a little girls trip, if you will. They all get a hotel room and after the race explore restaurants and around Boston. I always run, but have called it quits before the drinking and eating really gets going.

This year the weather was perfect! It actually felt a little cold and windy but once we started running it was plenty warm. Tufts 10 K 2016

The race starts at noon which is so nice ’cause you can have a relaxing morning and slowly make your way to the start.

My goal for the race was to finish. I thought if I could run around a 8:30 minute mile, and walk if it got too hard, I’d be happy.  I know that seems kind of silly but since having Emerson I really have not been able to run like I used to. I fit in some quick 3-4 mile runs, here and there, but I am not nearly in the kind of shape I typically am.

Tufts 10 K 2016

I ended up running exactly an 8 minute mile and finishing without having to walk at all. I felt good but it was super hard. I had to practice positive self talk! At mile 3, I was like, “okay, you’re half way, you can do 3 more miles!” By the end my butt and hamstrings were on fire. I pushed myself the last mile and when I crossed the finished I felt almost as fatigued as when I ran a marathon. My legs were weak and my body was exhausted.

Tufts 10 K 2016 results

Knowing I would see these two once I crossed the finish line motivated me to keep going! I mean, seriously, does it get any better than that. {maybe next year I will run with Emerson in the stroller…}

Tufts 10k

On a similar note, I was so proud of my mom today. She ran the race and finished in 1:04 averaging a 10:20 minute mile. Up until the last minute she was debating whether she should run or walk. Earlier in the summer she set out to run the race and started on a make-shift training program but then I asked her to help watch Emerson when I went back to work and totally cut into any free time she may have had to train (and she hurt her hammy too). Feeling unprepared to run, she was going to walk with my aunt. Luckily we convinced her just to try and run… see how far you can go, and then walk. Well, she ran the whole thing and finished with an amazing time!

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Mom and me at the finish with our #1 cheerleader, Emerson!

Another woman in our group finished 2nd in her age group! She makes me want to train for the race next year!

And everyone else had a great time, including me. It was my first race back and it felt great to be back out pounding the pavement with so many others.

Tufts 10k - the Vermont crew

This race is so inspiring! There are so many incredible women out on the course sweating together, sharing memories together and working hard together. I look forward to doing it again next year!

 

 

Nothing will Change Unless You Make a Change

“If you do what you have always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” Tony  Robbins

Work has and continues to be crazy. I leave completely drained and exhausted. But my one place of solitude is at yoga. I find the classes to be incredibly therapeutic and every time the instructors do an amazing job of creating a theme and sequence with music that completely and totally relates to me and my life.

Tonight I had all these plans to go for a run and do yoga but I ended up having to stay at work late. I rushed and managed to make it to the 7 o’clock yoga class. It was exactly what I needed! I left feeling open, relaxed and present.

Core Power Yoga Medford

The theme of the class was about letting go and trying something new. The teacher emphasized working through postures in a different way than we are used to. She told us to let gravity do the work and notice how our body feels in space. It was very much about being aware of where we currently are and how we could let go.

This translates so well to my life right now. Recently, I find myself thinking about what I really want to do with my life and instead of making a chance and letting go of what is comfortable, I continue to do the same thus I get the same results.

I encourage you to look at your life and see if there are places where you are not happy and could do something different to make a positive change. Where can you let go and try something new in order to get a difference result?

For me, I am proud of myself for doing the CorePower Teacher Training. I want to find a way to balance my 9-5 job with my yoga passion and ideally incorporate teaching yoga classes into my weekly schedule. Since I have done all this training. I want to use my certification and teach! I feel like this will be a positive thing I look forward to outside of my exhausting and stressful full-time job.

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Milkwise

On a totally separate note, MilkWise, a new, innovative milk beverage with fewer calories, less sugar and more calcium than traditional dairy milk is kicking off a tour of New England today in Boston. The Taste of MilkWise Tour will offer samples of MilkWise alongside one-of-a-kind treats from Boston’s Flour Bakery.

Actress, Monica Potter, from the hit show Parenthood, will be making a guest appearance around lunchtime!

Monica Potter

September 16, 2015, Long Wharf

Sampling all day: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monica Potter arrival: 11 a.m

In addition to Boston, the truck will also make stops in Springfield, Mass.; Portland, Maine; Providence, R.I.; Hartford, Conn.; and Manchester, N.H.

If you are in Boston and close to LongWharf go check it out! It’s going to be a beautiful day and who wants to pass up meeting a celebrity!?

 

Glow Yoga Sculpt

The CorePower Yoga (CPY) studio always puts on super fun events and I always miss them because I have family in town or I’m traveling or I have another commitment. But last night, I was determined to make it to Yoga Sculpt Glow class, even though the Patriots were playing. It was a special class set to 90s music and everyone was wearing neon clothes, glow sticks and had glow paint on.

COREPOWER YOGA SCULPT GLOW CLASS BOSTON

The predicament was that class was at 7:30pm and kick off for the Pats was around 8:30pm. Vinnie really wanted to go and watch the Pats game at my grandparents house, per our football tradition. Soooo I convinced Vinnie to come with me to Sculpt Class so that we could leave from there and go directly to my grandparents. He is such a trooper!! Sculpt classes at CPY are NOT your typical yoga class. They are a total body workout designed to tone and sculpt every major muscle group. Free weights and strength training exercises are incorporated into the yoga sequence and the room temperature is set to 95 degrees. Vinnie and I were sweating like crazy! The class was super fun and a great workout before heading out to watch football all night.

COREPOWER YOGA SCULPT GLOW CLASS BOSTON

After class, we chatted with all the other fun yogi’s and then zipped up to my grandparents house to eat lots of popcorn and watch the game. Football is an incredibly special sport and time for my family. Throughout all the games, I am group texting with my parents and siblings, I try to watch as many games as possible with my grandparents and we are the BIGGEST PATS fans everrrrr.

This picture of my sister, Lily, shows how my whole family feels about the Pats… no matter what other people around us may think!

PATRIOTS SEASON 2015

I am so glad I fit in the class and we got to see most of the game!

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We have a busiest few days going to a bike ride and a wedding in northern VT. Have a great weekend!

Talk to me:

What are your weekend plans?

Are you a Football fan? Whose your team?

Have you ever done a fun themed yoga class?

September 1 and I am Back

I hope that everyone has had an incredible summer. I can not believe it is already September. With a new month, comes new goals and I really want to get back into blogging and writing. To start, I wanted to share pictures from my summer. It has been a whirlwind but it is all so worth it! 
Sunsets

Summer nights on the roof deck.Sunset On The Roof Deck

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I have been doing lots of traveling for work. But, that means I get to run my favorite loop around the reservoir in Central Park! Running Around Central Park

Traveling means lots of eating out at restaurants, in airports or on trains. I try hard to eat well but it’s not always easy. The below breakfast was a gold star and super good. Maple Hill Creamery yogurt which is organic and made strictly from grass-fed cows (you can absolutely taste the difference), topped with Purely Elizabeth granola and Dang Coconut Chips which are like candy. This organic combo was a win and worth repeating, over and over again. Healthy Snacks When Traveling

We have not gotten to the beach or Vermont as much as we would like because I have been busy getting my Yoga Teaching Certificate. I had class every weekend… but it was SO worth it. And, it made us really enjoy the time we did get to spend outside enjoying the beautiful New England weather.

Summer Days At The Beach

Walking In Vermont

Delicious Vermont farm-to-table dinners!

Farm To Table Food

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Long Days on the lake enjoying the sunshine and playing on our SUP boards.

Drinking On The Boat

SUP On Lake RescueBeach BoardwalksViews Of The Bunker Hill Monument

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As I mentioned, I have spend most of my summer in the CorePower Yoga studio working to receive my 200hour Yoga Teacher Certification. It has consumed most of our weekends but it was so worth it. I enjoyed every second and now I am officially a YOGA TEACHER!

Core Power Yoga Medford

Yoga Certification

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Vinnie has been so supportive and incredibly patient with me all summer as I have juggled all the crazy things I get myself into!

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Now that yoga is wrapping up. I have taken a bit of a break this summer and focused on yoga but it is time to step up my running game. If for no other reason than the number on the scale has crept up and it needs to go back down! 7 Mile Run

I have not been doing a lot of cooking or baking, but I attempted this Zucchini Bread (and made muffins too). I left out the nuts and raisins and it still turned out ok!Zucchini Muffins And Bread

The first sign of fall. It is sad but I do love wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, looking at the foliage and eating apples and pumpkin all day, every day!

First Signs Of Fall

How has your summer been!?

Balancing Yoga

I can’t believe how fast this summer is going. Not to mention, yoga Teacher Training (TT) is already half way through. Between work, yoga TT, life and summertime fun, I feel like I haven’t had a second to stop and just be. But, I am not complaining. I am loving every minute of it. Yes, blogging has taken a bit of a back seat, but all is not lost! I really do want to write about yoga and what has been going on in my life, but the hour I have free, I try to be present instead of sitting with my computer open.

As part of the Teacher Training, we are required to attend three 3 hour classes a week, take over 60 yoga classes in the 8 week period and journal after each seminar and class. It is a lot!

Core Power Yoga Teacher TrainingWe are half way through the training and we have covered so much. From learning all the postures in a beginners C1 Core Power Yoga class, the adjustments and assists to Yoga Philosophy and Chakras. It is incredible how much I have already learned. I can not wait to have more time so I can spend more time on the topics I am really interested in and hopefully share with all of you!

I have to say, I am very thankful for yoga. I feel like while it has added a lot to my plate, it has also made me way more grounded and relaxed. In the past, if my life was this crazy busy I would be a total stressball and be really grumpy and uptight.  But I am really embracing every moment, enjoying each experience and focusing on what I can control.  It’s a nice feeling!

 

Spring has Sprung

This past weekend we finally saw the first signs of Spring here in Boston.  Sunday was incredibly nice!! I went for a run and could not stop taking pictures, smiling and enjoying  the spring air. I ended up running an extra 3.5 miles because I was having so much fun!

The Charles River was full of  sail boats, the park was full of kids playing soccer and the walking path had rows of people walking, running and biking.

All this nice weather makes me excited to get outside and energized to exercise. I have been looking for that extra push to get in shape and work out. The nice weather is helping and I plan riding this wave as long as I can!

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yoga under the blooming tree!

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Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie

This smoothie was so good and so easy to make. I may of had two!

Coconut Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 cup of strawberries

1 banana

1 scoop protein powder

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut almond milk
1 cup of water

Put in your blender and mix until it is all blended together and smooth.

view of the Zakim Bridge
Beautiful view of the Zakim Bridge

 

Back Bay Chopped

Hello Friends!

I am really sorry I haven’t been around much. I am going to try really hard to be better about it. It is an April goal of mine. I love this community and the connection I have with all of you. I don’t want to loss that because “I am tired” and “things are busy”. Being healthy and fit and sharing my experiences and journey is my passion and makes me happy. I need to make time for my happiness.

So I am back here today to check in on my eats and share what I ate yesterday. I was fortunate enough to work in Boston for the day which meant a much easier commute (no driving required!) and bundles of more time at home.

I convinced Vinnie to get up early and take the 6am BoxFitt 360 class at The Club by George Foreman which is quickly becoming a go-to favorite on my monthly ClassPass schedule. It was great! You truly never regret a workout. Plus, it’s so fun to spend time with my husband and a get work out in.

After class, I headed home and Vinnie went to work.

Egg Omlet with peas, spinach, mushrooms

I had enough time to make myself a glorious egg omelette with mushrooms, peas and spinach. I sat and ate it with my coffee and a glass of water.

For lunch, I had a giant Back Bay Chopped salad with almost everything in it including cheese, bacon and avocado from The Met Bar on Newbury St. Sorry no picture… I forgot to take one, plus I was with co-workers and it probably would of been a little weird.

I snacked on a lot of Tostitos chips and a grande Cafe Soy Misto. I can’t seem to get enough salty snacks and warm cozy coffees.

Garlic & Herb chicken sausage with brocolli

For dinner, we had some really delicious Garlic & Herb Chicken Sausage and Broccolini. It was super good, but I am still kind of hungry as I write this and have a wicked craving for something sweet.

I am trying hard to focus on my diet and fitness to get back on track. It’s been a little over a week of real focus and dedication and it’s going ok – there are definitely highs and lows but overall I am feeling much better which is the goal, right!?

How are things going for you? Anything yummy  and noteworthy to share??

4 Things to do under $25 in Boston

Today, I am writing a guest post over on Stacie’s blog, Simply Southern Stacie. While Stacie is traveling she asked me to write a post. Since she is actually visiting Boston, I thought it would be would be fun to share 4 things to do in under $25 in Boston during the cold winter months.

Boston Views

Please click over to Stacie’s blog and read my guest post!

Vermont Weekends

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I am surprised how much the time change has effected me. I am super sluggish today, but looking forward to the daylight when I leave work tonight!

Vinnie and I went up to Vermont this weekend. We spent time with family, skied a lot and ate great food!

I am running the New Bedford Half Marathon this coming Sunday (EEEKK). I feel so unprepared, but I am hoping for the best. I did manage to get a good 6 mile run in on the snowy dirt roads of Vermont. I have to say it was actually not that bad compared to what I have been dealing with in Boston this winter!  long run in after skiing all day

Vinnie’s mom makes amazing pizza and Saturday night she did not disappoint! She makes everything from scratch including the dough and the red sauce. It was super good! I never go hungry when we are in Vermont 🙂

Dinapoli dinner and pizza night

On Sunday, Vinnie and I dragged ourselves out of bed, bright and early (especially with the time change) and skied all day. Vinnie’s sister, Kelly, was racing so we watched her and skied around all day.
Volkl and Fisher Skis - okemo mountain

The snow was awesome! It was nice to rip some turns – I feel like I haven’t taken advantage of all the great snow this winter. We have been trapped in Boston, unable to travel anywhere because we were too scared of losing our parking spot! #truestory

Skiing at Okemo Skiing at Okemo

Sunday afternoon we turned on NECN and my cousin’s hockey team was on TV! They were playing in the Hockey East Championship game against Boston College and they WON! It was so cool to watch her on live TV. That’s my cousin holding the giant trophy over her head!

BU Womens Wins Hockey East Title

This week is going to be busy! My sister, Julia, flies into town tonight. Vinnie’s family is coming to visit and it’s restaurant week so we are going to try to take advantage of that. I am determined to fit in all my workouts including some runs so I feel ready for Sunday’s race… we will see how that goes!!

How was your weekend?
What are your plans this week?

 

A Weekend in Boston

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine was way busier than I intended but I got a lot of things done which is always a good thing. During the week, I seem to never be able to get things done at home (or on the blog) because I am at work wayyy too late and I focus my time and energy on working out and preparing for the next day at the office. This weekend I got some family time and great long runs in; I also cleaned the house, did laundry and organized the kitchen.

Friday night I didn’t think I stayed at the office that late, but clearly I did because I was the last car in the parking lot. Literally, the only car in the lot. Pretty crazy!Work-aholic - last one in the parking lot on Friday night

Working late on a Friday called for a lazy evening watching TV, drinking red wine and eating popcorn. It was glorious!
Friday night popcorn and wine

Saturday I woke up and forced myself to get outside and do  my long run. It was freezing, snowy and so difficult. I had to search for clear sidewalks and safe roads. A lot of my normal route looked like the below picture and the neighborhood roads are way too dangerous because the snow banks are so high cars can’t see you.

Snowy bike path

I battled through the run and was able to get in 11.3 miles. I was supposed to run 13, but the tough conditions made me run a lot slower, my body was cold and tired and to be honest, I had had enough.

Long run in the snow and cold

After my run, I hustled change and get in the car to go up to UNH and watch my sister lacrosse game. Can you believe they are playing lacrosse outside right now? There is SO much snow

UNH Womens Lacrosse Game

Are you sick of seeing all the snow in my pictures??I am! Imagine living in it….

Sunday I had a busy day.

I woke up and met a friend at Exhale for a Core Fusion Barre class that I scheduled through Class Pass. It was a great class, my body was very sore immediately after. I had to sit on the couch for a little while to regain my energy!

Once I got off the couch I managed to clean A LOT, grocery shop, meal prep and get another run in. It was a balmy 40 degrees which felt so warm… I can not wait for spring.

Sunday Runday

On my run, I ran by the train tracks and check it out… there was a mob of Boston workers clearing the MBTA tracks of all the snow. If you haven’t heard, Boston is having wicked issues with all the snow and public transportation has been completely derailed. It has effected a lot of people and made it incredibly difficult for people to get to work. It was nice to see them working hard to fix the problems. Now if only the snow would just melt.

Boston workers cleaning snow off the mbta tracks

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?  I want to hear about it!

I am linking up with Biana and Meghan