Boston You’re my Home


On Friday I will be flying home for the Thanksgiving holiday to stay with my family. My daughter will be taking the trip with me and she hasn’t been to Massachusetts since she was 2. I’m excited to show her around the places I grew up and explore Boston with her. In light of it all, I figured I’d share some beautiful photos of Massachusetts.

Boston skyline at night
Boston skyline at night
Eastern Point Lighthouse, Gloucester MA
Eastern Point Lighthouse, Gloucester MA
Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, Boston,MA
Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, Boston, MA
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House, Salem, MA
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House, Salem, MA
Moonrise over Newburyport Harbor
Moonrise over Newburyport Harbor
Surfside Salisbury Beach, MA
Surfside Salisbury Beach, MA
Citgo sign in Boston, MA
Citgo sign in Boston, MA
City skyline, Boston, MA

I can’t wait to be home for a week. I feel like I am going to be a complete tourist. Currently living in Florida is beautiful and has its perks, but being from New England it’s where the old history is and it’s just breathtaking.

Do you live far from where you grew up and do you feel like a lot has changed since you last visited? 

New Liebster Award

I am honored to have been nominated by Montana from  Pretty Lil Mudder for this awesome Liebster Award. This is my second time around being nominated and it’s been a while so I figured why not do this again. I love all the questions your nominator asks you. This is a great way to get to know other bloggers in the community.


Here are some questions Montana left me to answer:

1. What’s your favorite quote and why does it resonate with you?  My favorite quote “she turned her can’t into the can, and her dreams into plans”. This is becoming my favorite quote after I ran my first half marathon on March 23, 2013. After that I know I could do anything.


2. If you were stuck on an island with all your basic needs provided for you (food, shelter, water, clothing) what 3 additional items would you bring with you? Hmm, this one is a little tough. I have so many things I’d love to have with me if I was stuck on an island. If my family is included on being stuck with me I would choose my best friend Lisa. I’d go crazy if I couldn’t speak to her at least once a day. Also, a good book, if I’m going to be stuck on the island for a while a good book would help pass the time. Last but not least my running shoes. I mean running around the island I could search for new things and sightsee. Hope I’m stuck on a BIG island.


3. What’s the last movie you saw? The last movie I saw was with my daughter last week. We saw Big Hero 6 and we loved it.

Big_Hero_6_film_poster-210x3004. Do you have a favorite workout item? Running shoes, clothes, fitness equipment? Saucony running shoes all the way. I have run in Nike’s, Asics but Saucony’s are my absolute favorite and it’s the only brand shoe I will run in.

5. What’s the unique workout class you have ever taken? I took a spinning class a few years ago and it was the only time. It was pretty intense and my legs were sore for weeks. But what a great workout.

spinning6.  If you had to go without one modern convenience for the rest of your life, what would you give up and why? If I had to chose it would be my cell phone. It takes up so much of my life, especially when I’m bored. If I go without maybe I will be more engaged with those around me.

7. Which relative are you closest to? My Mom. I don’t know what I’d do without her. She is my rock and knows I can go to her with any problems. Since I live over 1,400 miles away from my Mom. It’s hard not being able to see her every day but we still make trips to visit each other or a simple phone call. I love you, Mom.


8. Would you ever do an obstacle course race? If you have done one, which one did you do? I have done one once back in 2013. It was local and it was fun. I would love to do a tough mudder because I love endurance.


9. What’s your guilty pleasure? I love books. I love reading a lot of new adult books. I have read over 50 books so far this year and my goal was 100. I may not get there. But the year isn’t over yet.


10. What’s your best/happiest childhood memory? Every summer we’d vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We would stay up there for a week or 2 and we would go to StoryLand. This is one of my fondest memories, especially the talking tree.

37503_146020555408406_2685918_nNow it’s my turn to nominate some people. Andi from Fit 2 Fat 2 Fit: the Cancer survivor who doesn’t quit, Haley from Running in Diapers, Tanya from Running in Boise, Rachael from Diapers & Dumbbells and Angela from The Road Less Run. Here are your questions ladies:

1. How do you feel right now? What are you thinking about?
2. If you were going to write a book, what would you call it and what would it be about?
3. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?
4. If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?
5. If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you?
6. What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you?
7. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
8. What are some of your favorite websites?
9. What’s the biggest personal change you’ve ever made?
10. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Have fun with this ladies. Can’t wait to see your answers and choices on who you nominate.

Race Bucket list


We all have that race we just want to run eventually. I know I have quite a few races I have on my bucket list and would love to run from the Boston Marathon to Ragnar Relay.

Boston Marathon (ever since I was a kid watching this race on TV, I knew someday I would run this race and hopefully someday I will)

Ragnar Relay (I would love to get a HUGE group together and run a leg in the ragnar relay)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (If I had a choice on where to the RnR it would be in Savannah, GA)

7 Mile Bridge Run (This race starts in Marathon, Florida along the 7 mile bridge to Key West)

New York City Marathon (I’ve never been to NYC, so what not a great introduction to NY by marathon)

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (This race takes place at Disney World, one day you run a half marathon next day the marathon)

Diva Half Marathon (Who wouldn’t want some roses and bubbly after finishing 13.1 miles?)

Princess Half Marathon (This race has been on my list since I ran the 5k for Princess Half weekend since 2011)

Nike Woman’s Half Marathon (Now wouldn’t you love a handsome suited fireman handing over a Tiffany necklace at the finish line?)


–What are some of the races on your bucket list? I’d like to hear about them.


{Race Recap}: Space Coast Classic 15k


I have never run a 15k race before. So I signed up for the Space Coast Classic 15k and used it also as a training run for the Space Coast half marathon which is coming up in a few weeks. This was the first year SCC was supplying medals to all 15k and 2m finishers and the theme was the classic muscle car a Mustang. We are such BIG mustang fans in our household. Another reason I had to run this awesome race.

I had to get up early to head to the course. The race took place about 30 minutes away. It was a pretty chilly morning for Florida. It was in the low 50’s and we had a very windy breeze coming off the ocean. The race was on the beach side through really nice neighbourhoods. I figured I would head for the bathrooms first then after I decided to do some stretching and loosen up. I was shivering the entire time and just couldn’t wait for the race to start and hopefully warm up.

I lined up in the corral and they sang the national anthem. The race was to start at 7:15 am. After the national anthem, they went over race details and letting us know all the turns and to listen to the volunteers directing us where to go and turn. I was worried about water stops at this race so I bought a Nathan handheld bottle. It was the best investment. It never once bothered me being on my hand and it was the perfect amount of water for the distance.

The buzzer went off and we were on our way to run a 15k. The first 3 miles went by pretty quickly. I felt like I was being carried along this race. Mile after mile came and went. I was shocked when I hit the 10k mark and looked down at my watch and saw 58 minutes. I teared up, I couldn’t believe it said that time. I knocked 8 minutes off my last 10k time. See I told you I felt like I was being carried.


The last few miles I felt myself slowing down. The wind was getting pretty bad. Nothing like being forced in the direction of the wind. It wasn’t as tough until I got to A1A and took the turn and again was running in the direction of the wind, this time I felt like the flash busting through that wind. I pushed as hard as I could through the wind. Then there was the relief when we took another turn and thank god for houses to blocking the wind from hitting me again. I hit the 9-mile mark and took a few seconds just to do a fast walk. My left hip was starting to ache a little bit. Once the dull ache went away I ran to finish the last .3 miles of the race. When I saw the finish line I hauled my butt towards it wind and all.

It was PR for me not only for a 10k time but also for the 15k since it was my first 15k race. I was very pleased with the overall race. But I wish they could have had a little more volunteers and maybe a few more water stops for those who didn’t have water with them. The race director was very supportive and was more than happy to give me a 2nd medal to send to my IRUN4 buddy Nolan. She has also signed herself up to be matched.

I went to check out the official results and couldn’t be happier. I was 5th place in my age group out of 15 ladies and my overall pace AHH! I kept a pretty steady pace the entire time. I’ve been working on speed training a lot and will continue to keep working on it. I plan to run this race again next year.

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