Life Lately {September and October 2014}

It’s been a while since I’ve done a life update post, huh? It’s been since August, to be exact.

Life Lately

I don’t know about you, but I welcomed fall with wide open arms this year. Like I mentioned in my new newsletter that went out last week, I was happy to embrace the new season because it meant things were slowing down a bit from all the craziness that the summer brought. The first week of September was spent off from work. We spent the first half of the week celebrating my birthday, checking out potential wedding venues, and enjoying some time at home. We spent the second half of the week up north in one of our favorite places, Maine!

Maine Vacation: Cape Porpoise

When we got home from our vacation, we immediately were back into wedding mode, as we needed to make a decision within a week about our wedding venue. We were really torn between Atlantica in Cohasset for an ocean front wedding and Zorvino’s in NH for a rustic winery wedding. The second weekend in September we actually did a second visit back up to Zorvino’s just to make sure we had all our questions answered, and the return visit really clinched it for us. So that’s that! Our wedding date is set for Sunday, September 20th of next year at Zorvino’s!

Zorvino's

We are really excited about our venue, but I am just so relieved that the venue researching part of the process is over. Don’t get me wrong, I am really enjoying other parts of the planning, but the venue hunt simply wasn’t one of them. I feel guilty saying that because everyone and their mom and second cousin once removed felt the need to remind me about how AMAZING all of that should have been, but you know what? Trying to coordinate viewing a bunch of places all over the state between the hours of 8 and 4 during the week and keep it all straight actually wasn’t that amazing to me. I’m way more excited now that we have our venue and church selected and can think about more exciting things like who is going to lead the Greek dancing circles, what color I want my bridesmaids to wear, and what our signature drinks should be. Right?!

Zorvino's

Other mentionable September happenings include apple picking,

Apple Picking 2014

attending the annual WWCMA conference for work,

WWCMA 2014 Conference

going to a sweetgreen passport class called Barre & Bites with Liz,

sweetgreen barre & bites

and much more of THIS than I’ve been able to do in a really long time:

Tea on the Couch

There were also a couple of nights out to dinner with friends. I saw Allison for dinner at Seasons 52 in Burlington one night, and I met up with Bridget, Slesh, and Trina at a restaurant called Forum downtown. However, I’d say one of the main highlights of September was one of my bestie’s weddings! Holy moly, talk about an amazing fun weekend in NYC celebrating Erica and Chris. One of the best weddings I’ve ever been to, and just for the record, Tim and I figured out we’ve been to 23 in 3 years. So I think we are pretty good wedding judgers!

Erica & Chris: NYC Wedding

October was here before we even knew it, and I kicked off the month by hosting my really fun event at Athleta. Another one is in the works, so make sure to sign up for my newsletter to get early bird signup privileges and sneak peek details!

Athleta Legacy Place: Birthday Bootcamp

Tim was away for a bachelor party the first weekend of the month, so I used the time to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen a long time. I did dinner with my friend Erin at Isabella Restaurant and was able to get together spontaneously with some of the gym girls at Solea for sangria and tapas too. After we did dinner that night, I hung with Ashley at her house for awhile just catching up and drinking cider.

The week Tim got back, I was supposed to go to the October New Balance Girls Night Out event, but since we were still sharing a car at this point, it was impossible to get downtown. I was bummed to miss it, but Tim did get a new Altima, and we didn’t go broke (or start hating each other) in the process.

Other beginning of October things included a date night to see The Lion King (my birthday present, with dinner at Harvard Gardens first),

The Lion King

Tim’s godson’s christening,

Wes's Baptism

a random Tuesday night sleepover/gym friend get together at Ashley’s house when Jen was back in the states,

Jen's Visit: Tuesday Night Sleepover

and wedding dress shopping! I went first to David’s Bridal in Danvers to get a better idea of what type of style I was going for. I had no clue going into it whether I wanted satin versus lace, strapless versus not, etc. so that really helped. I brought my mom, MOH (Slesh), and bridesmaid (and seamstress!) Shannon with me, and they were all awesome throughout the whole process.

Wedding Dress Shopping

I went dress shopping again the following week, this time with my mom and Shannon again, but my Uncle Chris came along too. This trip I found the gown! I can’t wait for you guys to see it, but I suppose you’ll have to wait a year, huh?

Wedding: Gown

October’s last few weeks were spent celebrating our five year anniversary (dinner at Harvest in Harvard Square + drinks at Beat Hotel — HIGHLY recommend both),

Five Year Anniversary

spontaneously going to Harvest Fest 2014 in Somerville (SO many fun beers and food samples!),

Somerville Harvest Fest 2014

running the Oak Square OAKtoberfest 5k and post race brunching,

OAKtoberfest 5k Race & Taste: Family

Cook Restaurant

getting my monthly deep tissue massage (I signed up for a wellness package),

Massage Envy

celebrating my friend Jen’s birthday with the gym girls,

Gym Friends at Jen's

Gym Friends Food

going to Tim’s cousin’s birthday party, my friend Johnny’s housewarming party, and Patrice and Brian’s beautiful wedding!

Patrice & Brian's Wedding

We rounded up the month by heading back up to Zorvino’s for our meet the vendors night, and finally, hosting Halloween! We were lame this year and didn’t require anyone to wear a costume. What we did require was everyone bring a seasonal craft beer so we could have a little tasting. It was fun!

Halloween 2014

Lots of good stuff going on outside of work lately!

–Let’s chat–
Tell me about the highlights of September and October? What stood out to you the most? I want to know what you’ve been up to! What are you looking forward to in November?

I am looking forward to a free Saturday and Sunday next weekend after we attend wedding #7 of 8 this year on Friday night! I am also excited for Thanksgiving. Slesh is hosting Friendsgiving again this year, AND Tim and I figured out how to spend the holiday with both of our families.

Have a great day, you guys!

OAKtoberfest 5k Race & Taste

On Sunday, I ran in the OAKtoberfest 5k Race and Taste at the Oak Square YMCA. This year the Y asked me if I would like to create a Fitness & Feta team to promote the race in exchange for a couple of free race entries to give away, so of course I said yes. I won’t lie, I wish I decided to get a little more creative with my team by creating t-shirts or something, but I just didn’t have it in me this year with everything else I’ve had going on. Next year, you guys!

Oaktoberfest Race & Taste: Y Sign

We got to the Y around 9am to pick up our race numbers. I foam rolled and did a quick dynamic warmup, then found some of my F&F team. Here’s me with my gym buddies Mary, Missy, and Alice:

OAKtoberfest 5k Race & Taste

And here’s one of my dedicated 6am class members, Alanna, with her roommates. They went all out and dressed up as superheroes! Love it.

OAKtoberfest 5k Race & Taste

Before we knew it, it was time to line up.

Oaktoberfest 5k Race & Taste

Oaktoberfest Race & Taste: Tim and Dad at start

And then we were off!

Oaktoberfest Race & Taste: Start

Oaktoberfest Race & Taste: Start

My first mile was a little rough. My legs felt heavy, which I attribute to doing my warmup too early and then getting cold again right before we started running. The two huge hills at the beginning didn’t help either, but I can feel the difference in my incline runs from lifting heavier this year. I didn’t get into a groove until those hills were behind me, so I must have made up some time on the downhills and flat road.

Oaktoberfest Race & Taste: End

I ended up beating my time from last year by 8 seconds and finished at 24:38, which is a new PR for me. I was psyched!

OAKtoberfest 5k Race & Taste

Tim came in next with a time of 25:37, and my dad finished right behind Tim at 26:10. My dad won second place for the 60+ age group and won a New Balance gift card!

Oaktoberfest 5k Race & TasteOaktoberfest Race & Taste: Tim and Dad at end

Oaktoberfest 5k Race & Taste

Soon behind Tim and my dad were my friends Missy and Mary. I am so pumped for Mary whose goal was to run in under 30 minutes. She did it!

Oaktoberfest 5k Race & Taste: Missy and Mary

Oaktoberfest Race & Taste: At the end

We weren’t expecting my mom to finish as quickly as she did, but soon enough, she was right around the corner! My mom was planning to just walk the entire course, but she said once she started she felt inspired by some of the other people who were jogging around her. She ended up doing walk/run intervals and surprised us all! So proud!

Oaktoberfest Race & Taste

Oaktoberfest Race & Taste: Mom at end

After the race, there was a little after party with a live band, and local Brighton restaurants were offering free samples/tastes. I still miss having the little health fair party after the race, but that’s okay. We took a lot of pictures and just hung out for about an hour. I had fun chatting with everyone, especially Kaylin! She came back to join us for the morning.

OAKtoberfest 5k Race & Taste: FamilyOaktoberfest 5k Race & TasteOaktoberfest 5k Race & TasteOverall, Team F&F came in 2nd place out of all the teams. Way to go, guys!

Once things started wrapping up, my family went out for a post race brunch at a new restaurant in Newton, Cook.

Cook RestaurantEven though my brother and sister didn’t run in the race, they joined us for breakfast. I ordered the mushroom omelet for my meal, and we also ordered a side of apple french toast to share among the table. It was a great little fall flavored treat, and everything hit the spot after our run.

Cook Restaurant

All in all, it was a nice little Sunday funday! Oh, and photo credit to RaceMenu for some of the pictures I snagged for this post.

–Let’s chat–
What’s a recent race you participated in? What’s one you’ve always wanted to try?

Tim and I are on the hunt for a good turkey trot to run in on Thanksgiving morning! Do you guys have any favorites?

Fall 5k Race Giveaway

One of the Boston area 5k races that I like to get involved with is the OAKtoberfest 5k, held at the Oak Square YMCA where I teach fitness classes in Brighton. Last year I ran the race with my dad, my cousin Dean, and Tim, and I set my 5k personal record of 24:46.

Oaktoberfest 5k

Oaktoberfest 5k

The year before, I was still the group exercise coordinator at the Y, so I helped work the event (called Oak Scare at the time). I didn’t run, but I helped with registration, announcements, fitness demonstrations, and more.

Oak Scare 5k

Corpbasics at Oak Scare 5k

This year, the race is being held on Sunday, October 19th, and I will definitely be running again in hopes of beating my time last year. I’ve actually formed a Fitness & Feta team, and since right now that team only consists of me and my dad, I would like to extend the invitation to all you local readers to join us! How lame if Team F&F only consists of two people, right?!

The Oak Square Y has been kind enough to offer me four free race entries to give away to four lucky winners. For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me something about running — do you love it? Hate it? Did you used to hate it, but now love it? Are you working on any running goals? For an extra entry into the giveaway, just share this post on social media, and make sure to leave me a second comment telling me you did.

Oaktoberfest 2014

The race is open to walkers, runners, and wheelers. Here’s the agenda for race day:

  • 8:30am: Number pick-up and same day registration
  • 10:00am: Race begins
  • 10:45am: Awards ceremony
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm: Post race party with free food and live music (I am also hearing rumors that The Last Drop could potentially be setting up a beer tent? To be confirmed).

For more details about the race location, course map, and more, check out this link. I’ll announce the four giveaway winners on Friday. Even if you don’t win, I have $5 off coupon codes to share with you then.

Good luck!