26 Apr

Found this on Live For the Run’s blog

Just saw it and had to re-post!


115th Boston Marathon!

24 Apr

So I survived my first Boston Marathon… My sister took her camera with her during the race so we could capture our experience. The spectators were amazing. Hearing my name being called every few feet really helped me stay motivated throughout the race. It was great to be on the other side of the corrals!  I really didn’t start to get tired until about mile 20, then my quads started killing. I finished with my best time, and beat my goal time by 6 minutes! It was a great, long, exhausting day and I was so lucky to have my sister to share the experience with. Thanks to everyone who came out and watched and cheered for us!!

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Check out one of my other favorite blogger’s experience running the Boston Marathon!

Low-Fat, Sugar-Free Banana Bread (And STILL delicious!)

14 Apr

I made this Sunday evening after a long day of Showcase and tours at Suffolk. I found two different recipes that I really liked, so I attempted to combine them. The recipes were adapted from Joy the Baker and

I may have made a few mistakes here and there, since I for some reason could not find any measuring cups in my apartment, so I had to guesstimate a few times. I also didn’t realize that it is not as easy to “wing it” with baking like it is with cooking. And no, baking powder and baking soda are NOT the same thing… apparently they are very different in fact…hmm that’s something they should teach you in school. I have to say baking is a lot more challenging than cooking if you are not following a recipe exactly… but I’ll do my best to give some measurements…

3 or 4 mashed bananas
1 tsp. sweetener
2 eggs*
1 3/4 c. sifted cake flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. chopped nuts
I also added:
about 1/4 cup of Splenda Brown Sugar
1/2 cup of Oats
Tsp cinnamon
*I substituted 4 egg whites for the 2 eggs
Sprinkle artificial sweetener over bananas and stir until dissolved. Beat eggs and blend into bananas. Sift dry ingredients, add nuts and blend with banana mixture. Pour into greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, lower heat to 300 degrees and bake another 35 minutes or until done.

I would also add some more Splenda or brown sugar for the next time I made this- it just was not sweet enough for me.

My favorite way to eat it is heated up with some melted peanut butter, and/or with some made up oatmeal and fruit on the side, or some sugar free vanilla ice cream for dessert!



12 Apr

I’m a little all over the place right now. Lots has been going on, per usual, and I have not really had a minute to post about it all.

On April 2nd  I went to Mount Snow in Vermont for the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge finals. A friend of mine’s dad works for Pepsi, so she goes every year. I was lucky enough to take part this year, so we stayed in the Grand Summit Hotel and spent the day on Saturday (after a long and snowy drive up on Friday) snowboarding/skiing and spent the night loungin’ in the hot tub. It was great to get away from the city for a little bit.

Courtney and I at the bottom of the Mountain

I started working part time at my new job at BzzAgent. I have spent the past two Fridays in the office, learning the ropes, and doing some work for them at home.

I finished up the last two Showcases at Suffolk for accepted students, and after this coming Saturday, I will be done with weekend tours at Suffolk for good. We had a large turnout with 1,500 attendees, and for once we also had gorgeous weather.

I am finding it difficult to go to my classes, which are electives, when the rest of my weeks are so busy. My mind is 80 percent involved in working and finishing up my internship at Cone, the PR agency, and maybe only 20 percent involved in my classes. I guess that is why they call it senioritis.

And last but not least… Exactly ONE WEEK until the Boston Marathon!!! Freaking out just a little bit. I went for my last “longer” run yesterday, but for some reason I was in so much pain. I have been debating switching to new sneaks for a while now, but now I am afraid it is too close to the marathon to switch. But, I decided I have no choice; my shins and the right arch of my foot decided to start hurting as soon as I started, and continued hurting right through mile 4. Only makes me frustrated and more nervous. I think I should take the rest of the week off running, but if I buy new sneakers, I’ll have to run in them a few times this week. I found a great article about the mistakes of tapering and injury treatment on Runners World last night when I was doing some research. It was also cool to look under the hashtag #BostonMarathon on Twitter, and see what other runners are thinking this week, right before the big race.

Anyways, the end is near, and I am super excited to run with 30,000 other runners next Monday on Patriot’s Day! On the bright side, this week equals tapering and carb loading- two of my favorite words. 🙂

I think for the next few weeks my mind will continue to be scatterbrained. Without all of the running and marathon training, I am not sure sure of what else to do with all my my time! Train for another perhaps?

The end of one and the beginning of another

31 Mar

There is so much going on right now, yet I feel like I am just waiting for it all to happen. I ended my internship at Mom Central after 1.5 years, and it was definitely hard to say goodbye. They were so sweet and signed a card and had cake for me before I left. It was a great work environment and overall a really great company. I will continue to recommend that students from Suffolk intern there. (If you need a contact, let me know!) It was a great learning experience and as an intern, I really got to have my hands in a lot of different projects. I learned all aspects of PR, Marketing, Business Development, journalism, Social Media, and the importance of teamwork (which is not at all like it is in a school setting!) I felt part of the team. What else can an intern ask for?

I start my new job at BzzAgent part-time tomorrow!

18 days til’ the marathon…

My sister and I in our new Boston Marathon 2011 gear!

4 Weeks until the end of school…

I’m just waiting for all the craziness to start.

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How DO we find that “Me Time”

22 Mar

My weeks are seeming unbelievably busy right now.  This week will probably be the busiest, seeing as I am currently employed at Mom Central, Cone, Suffolk Admissions, and BzzAgent (Hurray new post-grad real-life job!) And let’s not forget about class and training for this little thing called the Boston Marathon. My days include leaving my house at around 7 or 8 and not stepping foot back into my apartment until about 8 at night. Talk about exhausted. But in the end, it will be all worth it. No I did not go on Spring Break like pretty much every other college student (especially the seniors), but I successfully landed myself a new job. And like my mom never fails to remind me, I WAS in Australia for four months during my Sophomore year , so I guess I had enough Spring break to last me the rest of college (rest of my life?!)

With that being said, and being as busy as I am, I am desperately trying to find some time to myself throughout my days. The only way I could do that is to cut back on the running and training. And to be honest, that probably won’t happen. There are only 27 days until Boston. With Spring here, I guess I was hoping training would start to become more enjoyable- but I am finding it very difficult right now to stay motivated to run when it is STILL snowing, especially the long ones. The aches and pains are starting and I am starting to wonder if less is may be more right now.

As I read other training blogs, I find myself discouraged as to how many miles I have been putting in a week, compared to them. I had a few long runs (long being only about 18) but I am wondering if I really should be doing more (like 24-26). Since once again I have to mention that I failed to obtain a number for the marathon, I guess my time really shouldn’t matter- I guess I should just run it to run it, but my mind needs something specific to work for. It’s like the same idea that if I am not training for a race or marathon, I have no motivation to run. And I am too afraid to stop running, too afraid to gain back the weight I have lost since I started running September of 2009. (Has it really been almost 2 years?!) Do I love running? No, absolutely not. I never look forward to going for a run. I just do it because I know I have to. I don’t love anything about it, except how it makes me feel after I am done.

Then there are the days when I come across some inspiration and motivation through other runners. Things like this, that I found at

“Training is doing your homework. It’s not exciting. More often than not it’s tedious. There is certainly no glory in it. But if you stick with it, over time, incrementally through no specific session, your body changes. Your mind becomes calloused to effort. You stop thinking of running as difficult or interesting or magical. It just becomes what you do. It becomes a habit.

Workouts too become like this. Intervals, tempos, strides, hills. You go to the track, to the bottom of a hill, and your body finds the effort. You do your homework. That’s training. Repetition–building deep habits, building a runner’s body and a runner’s mind. You do your homework, not obsessively, just regularly. Over time you grow to realize that the most important workout that you will do is the easy hour run. That’s the run that makes everything else possible. You live like a clock.

After weeks of this, you will have a month of it. After months of it, you will have a year of it.

Then, after you have done this for maybe three or four years, you will wake up one morning in a hotel room at about 4:30 am and do the things you have always done. You eat some instant oatmeal. Drink some Gatorade. Put on your shorts, socks, shoes, your watch. This time, though, instead of heading out alone for a solitary hour, you will head towards a big crowd of people. A few of them will be like you: they will have a lean, hungry look around their eyes, wooden legs. You will nod in their direction. Most of the rest will be distracted, talking among their friends, smiling like they are at the mall, unaware of the great and magical event that is about to take place.

You’ll find your way to a tiny little space of solitude and wait anxiously, feeling the tang of adrenaline in your legs. You’ll stand there and take a deep breath, like it’s your last. An anthem will play. A gun will sound.

Then you will run.”

And this is what it’s all about. This is why I run. Besides the fact, of course, that I love to eat.

So when searching for things to cut out of my day- to make more time for me… I guess I will just have to accept that running IS my “me time.”

Some Inspiring Words

15 Mar

I found this on another blog that I follow often, and I just love everything that it says. If only I could really live life like this.

5 Weeks until Boston Marathon!!!