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Move, Work, Run

All three words in the title of this post could describe the same activity. After all, running involves moving, and is a lot of work. But at the start of June I had a few different big events happen in my life, and though it’s now almost August, I felt like I should write about them. Plus, I haven’t blogged in awhile and it’s getting a bit (slash REALLY) embarrassing.

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As previously mentioned, Jeff and I moved in together, to a new apartment in Charlestown! It’s certainly a whole lot better than my last place in Allston (though I did love it there and it was a great starter apartment). We have a roof deck, washer/dryer, garbage disposal, dishwasher…it’s a whole new world! And it’s been nice to get some new decor like a sleeper sofa, fun dishware, and new sheets. There’s still a lot more to be done (does anyone know of a good place to get mounted deer heads on the cheap?) but it’s just been wonderful to get all that time back that we were spending commuting back and forth between each other’s places.

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I also started a new job on June 6th! Working for 90+ Cellars has been a great experience, but social media was not a large part of my job there. I really wanted to find a position where I could exercise my current skills in that area, as well as learn more about the subject. So I took a leap, applied for a job as a Social Media Account Manager at 451 Marketing, and got it! So far I really like the company, my team, and the close proximity to my new apartment. I’m proud of myself for recognizing what I wanted in my career and going for it.

My team took over the 451 Marketing Instagram account last week...check it out!

My team took over the 451 Marketing Instagram account a few weeks back…check it out!

Finally, I did my big race of 2016 – the Newport 10 Miler! The race took place on 6/5 and like last year, I went the method of not training running-wise since that resulted in disaster in the form of an injury after training for my first half in 2014 (and I hate running anyway). I just kept up with my ClassPass workouts (about five a week) and showed up ready to give it a shot.

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My mom ran with me, just like she did in the 2014 and 2015 Zooma Cape Cod half marathons, and this time she smoked me! I finished with the race disappointed in my time, which averaged about an 11 minute mile, and also with how I felt during the race, which was terrible. I skipped the beer tent, got right back in my car, and drove back to Boston. There Jeff gave me a bit of a wake-up call. I didn’t train for the race and I drank a ton of rose the day prior. Of course I wasn’t going to PR, or feel 100%. But I went out there and did it, and even if I walked during some of the last miles, finishing the race is still something to be proud of. So I checked my ego at the door (of Eastern Standard, of course) and enjoyed a fabulous brunch in celebration of my finish.

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Since the start of June I’ve explored my new location-convenient ClassPass options (in Charlestown and the North End…and click that link to get $30 off your first month!), sailed away on another 90+ Cellars Rose Cruise with my family, had my sister come to visit, taken boat rides, and celebrated the 4th of July with my family in Newport. I’ll try my best to keep up with this blog and share at least some of my adventures in this new chapter, but for now I wanted to update you guys on the big stuff. I’m in a new apartment, in a new job, with another big race behind me. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more frequent updates!

What was the last big life change you went through?

Have you ever been harder on yourself than you should?

Marvelous Thanksgiving at Home!

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It’s been quite awhile since I did a Marvelous In My Monday (MIMM) post! It’s been quite a weekend away from Boston, back in Connecticut to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. I certainly ate and drank plenty, but I also didn’t let any bad feelings get me down and keep me from continuing to enjoy myself. Though I weigh more right now than I ever have in the last few years, I also felt happier and more fulfilled over the course of this long holiday weekend than any Thanksgiving I can remember in “recent” history. And that’s certainly marvelous!

Link up with Katie today if you too are sharing the marvelous!

Marvelous is…being able to drive home Tuesday night. Especially given the snow we got on Wednesday! I worked from home that day so was able to beat (a little) traffic by heading out of Boston around 8PM on Tuesday. Plus I had a car buddy – I gave my neighbor Molly a ride too. The 1.5 hour ride took 3 hours, but according to her that wasn’t nearly as much of a delay as she experienced last year. And I was home in time to accompany my dad and Nana Connie (yes she was back!) to get my sister from t he airport at midnight.

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ALA Stair Climb 2012

Running a bit behind today. Busy, busy! But it’s OK because it’s a four-day week! Anyone else have Friday off?

The American Lung Association hosted their annual Hartford Stair Climb at the Hartford 21 Tower this past Saturday, and I participated for my second year in a row. ALA New England has done a ton for me – not only am I very, VERY anti-smoking, but they provided me with amazing market research and social media experience when I was an e-Philanthropy Intern for them in the Summer of 2010.

The old crew after happy hour at Margarita’s in East Hartford at the end of the summer!

One of my supervisors that summer, Britney Martin (in the black pants, above), was my team leader (we were the misFITS) and also organized the entire event! She did an AMAZING job. Britney is also a talented writer – check out her work!

Pre-climb #PlankADay #PROOF

I woke up before I had to head out for the climb, and took advantage by doing a home upper body and ab workout. 30 minutes later I was done, and finished it off with a little FitFluential #PROOF – of course 😉

I nommed on a banana with PB&Co Mighty Maple PB, and headed out to pick up my co-worker, Kasie, who kindly agreed to join our team after I started my fundraising efforts at work. I swear, I am still blown away by my co-workers’ support for me in this climb!

The event was extremely well-organized. Kasie and I checked our coats (boo for cold, rainy, dreary weather headed back to CT) and lined up to climb. Climbers were staggered by 20 seconds, and we were to climb 36 flights of stairs. For a StepMill lady like me, should have been no problem! And it wasn’t.

Had to cheese it while climbing.

I finished in 6 minutes even. I have no idea what my time was last year, so I can’t compare. However, I’m sure I was faster this year. How? Well, last year I was actually the most hungover I’ve ever been in my entire life and coming fresh off a rough night, in which I lost my driver’s license at a bar. You’ll be glad to hear I have not had another night like that one since!

Proof I made it to the top! (35 floors plus one "ground/lobby" floor).

I was glad I had Kasie to hang out with at the event. We took a photo at the top to share with our co-workers!

Rocking my shirt from last year!

Before we left, we of course had to go get our 2012 Climb shirts. We both wore them to work today! I love wearing “race shirts” right after a race. But I have to be honest – I don’t often wear them again!

Headed to work this morning – yes, we have a very casual dress code.

Whole Foods was also there handing out plenty of goodies. I LOVE FREEBIES! I’ll be tweeting how I like these.

Of course I hung my number up in my increasingly-decorated cubicle! Right next to my 5K PR number from the Santa’s Run in December.

Thanks to Britney and the rest of ALA New England for putting on a great climb for a good cause!

Do you keep your race numbers? How about race shirts – do you actually wear them ever again?

Have you ever done a climb of any kind?