Busy Season Eats

The past 2-3 weeks I’ve been eating all my meals at work. Luckily, we have a pretty good dinner expense policy so I’ve been eating fairly well. Although I did start to miss my boring frozen salmon burgers and kale dinners from those lazy nights at work. Here’s a few of the things I’ve been sustaining of.

Busy Season Eats B Kane's

Kane’s donuts! Seriously best donuts in Boston area.

Busy Season Eats Breakfast Cafe

Breakfast from our cafeteria. An omelette with all the salsa I could fit!

BUsy Season Eats Brown Sugar 2

Spring rolls from Brown Sugar cafe

BUsy Season Eats Brown Sugar

Seafood Volcano from Brown Sugar Cafe. I don’t recommend ordering this. I still love Brown sugar but seafood from a Thai place is never a good idea.

Busy Season Eats B Good

Turkey avocado burger from B Good. To be fair, I did run a 20 miler before grabbing a much deserved burger and sweet potato fries.

Busy Season Eats Cheesecake Factory

Seared Tuna salad from cheesecake factory. Not recommended at all! Could have used some more salad in it. Next time I’ll stick to a chicken dish since portions are larger.

Busy Season Eats Cosi

Cosi sandwiches. Can I say these have been my favorite sandwiches so far? I think they put crack in the pita bread because it tastes too good!

Busy Season Eats Douzo

Sushi from Douzo Sushi in Back Bay

Busy Season Eats Flour

More sandwiches from Flour Bakery

Busy Season Eats Giant Cookie

M&M cookie from Sam LaGrassa. I also had some sandwiches but didn’t take a photo.

Busy Season Eats MD Tax KitchenWhat we called our own tax kitchen filled with organic apples, bananas, almond butter, pound cake, apple pie, muffins, and soo much more!

Busy Season Eats Ramen

One night, i actually came home early enough to eat dinner at home. However, I was lazy and had no food. That’s where fancy spicy raman and frozen broccoli did the trick!

BUsy Season Eats SkipJacks

Ginger Glazed bass from SkipJack’s

Busy Season Eats Sushi

More sushi from DouzoBusy Season Skip Jack's

Seafood cobb salad from SkipJack’s. I probably ordered this at least 4 times in 2 weeks.

Pumpkin Spice Ganola

And for my favorite crunchy snack!

 

Do you have busy seasons at work?

What’s your favorite take out place near work?

Wandering about Topsfield Fair

For 10 BIG days, the town of Topsfield goes from a population of 7K to 500K! Why? The state fair! I’ve never been to a state fair before but I figured I should to continue achieving the American dream. Well I didn’t know how I would get enough time, but I found myself with a few free hours on Sunday and instead of washing my hair (yea I went through 3 races, 10 days, and lots of dry shampoo and braids) I decided I wanted to pet barn animals and eat a damn turkey leg.

The entrance fee is $15 on weekends and $11 on non-holiday weekdays per person. However, this doesn’t include a fee of $10 per car parking, which is impossible to avoid unless you know someone who lives there and feel like running/walking on a highway. There is a second option of where you park a few miles away and take a shuttle. You still need to pay for that parking but I think it’s a few bucks cheaper; however, i don’t know how often the mystery shuttle runs. Another option is to take the highway an exit up and come back from the north towards Topsfield. Either way, I wasn’t smart enough to know these alternatives and so we sat for about 90 minutes waiting to park. And by the way, parking is CASH only. Everything else inside has an ATM and credit card for the most part.

Topsfield Fair Selfie

When your car is parked literally in traffic, all you can do is take selfies

Topsfield Fair Bee wax

We hit up the bee area first but it was sprawling with kids just like every other spot in the fair. Maybe kids get in free? They were all out of local honey halfway through the fair (10 days), however, there was a small station where you can make your own bees wax candles. However, I didn’t want to break any children’s dream and I hate lines so we moved on.

Topsfield Fair Train

They had this really cool train model with 3 trains running.  Choo choo!

Topsfield Fair Sheep

We then went to the sheep and goat barn. There were many price winners there. What the judgement criteria is, I have no clue. They all seemed lovable to me.

Topsfield Fair pigs

The next barn we explored were the pigs. With many many babies!!!!!! BAAAAAAAAAAYBEEEE PIGS!!!

Topsfield Fair Cows love

The cattle were mostly napping and looked bored to death. Also, although I’m not expert, I feel like they were kept way to confined to each other. Almost ass to ass.Topsfield Fair Cows

Do you know it was someone’s job to clean the poop all day as the cattle’s nature called. talk about a shitty job!

Topsfield Fair Horns

And this poor fellow, I think because of his horns was all alone, all alone.

Topsfield Fair Roaster

Next came the chickens, roasters and pigeons? They’re fancy pigeons but if I saw them in a park, I wouldn’t know the difference.

Topsfield Fair Flower

Next came the barn with the flowers, some were pretty, some were floral designs and some looked like bushes that I saw nothing special about besides maybe it was the best bush of the year? I skipped the photos on those. The colorful flowers were a little wilted I think from being on display for 9 days already.

Topsfield Fair Rabbit

 

They had a barn with rabbits, and hamsters and other critters you could buy. I was almost convinced to buy one until I noticed all the droppings in their cage and decided I purfur to get another cat instead!

Topsfield Fair pumpkin winner

For our final stop, we hit the agriculture barn to see the record breaking world’s largest pumpkin. There was a long line to take photo with the front of this big boy/girl but it’s back was just as large so seemed good enough for me.

Topsfield Fair Pumpkin Melon

And check out those melons!  A nice pair of jugs. I don’t remember the weight of the 2013 largest pumpkin, but it didn’t even come close to the one displayed there from 2012. The world’s first one ton pumpkin, grown by New Englander Ron Wallace from Greene, RI, weighed in at a whopping 2009 pounds!!!

Topsfield Fair Peppers

Besides the pumpkin, you can feast but with only your eyes on million types of peppers, tomatoes, green beans and anything and literally everything in between. However, since the produce has been chilling there for almost two weeks already, most looked like they’ve had better days.

Talk to me peeps!

Have you ever been to a state fair?

How do you feel about farm animals?

Have you ever owned a rabbit as a pet?

NYC Marathon Training Week 10

The shortest and sweetest update you’ll get from me. But worry not, just as my taper period starts, my busy season at works end so I’ll need to fill the void of less running and less working somehow.

Things I’ll have upcoming

TARC Summer Classic Recap (LONG OVERDUE my first 50K)

Pinnacle Ultra 50K Recap (Ran last weekend as a long run)

Tufts 10K Recap (This Monday with Fitfluential and Reebok!)

TARC Fall Classic 50K (My final long run for NY on Oct. 19th. I haven’t ran it yet but I assume I will haha)

Giveaways and reviews of somethings I’ve been given/purchased such as socks, who doesn’t love socks, shoes, and everything in between.

Monday – 8 Miles 61 miles 7:39 pace 
Good solid run on incline 2. Thought that maybe I shouldn’t run since Monday is usually a rest day for be but decided I’m resting Saturday due to a 50K Sunday so its okay to cheat.

Tuesday 12 Miles
8 miles in the morning at 8:22 pace. Legs were tired today from running 7:39 on incline yesterday. Way too many cars on the road. Almost got hit by a jackass who decided to go around a car that stopped for me so I could cross. Stupid random blocks with no sidewalks and stupid jackasses. Did 4 miles in the evening on incline 3 at 8:04 pace.

I will definitely miss my sunrise runs when I start working humane hours again.

Wednesday – 11.45 Miles
Woke up too late for my normal 8 miler too early to get ready for work do I decided squeeze in a shorter run. Ran flat path for faster pace. Should have pushed to 7:30 but hamstring is getting tight. Did an extra 10K during lunch at a slow recovery pace. Kept this easy by taking some photos on my run. 2nd run of the day. Banking away to rest Saturday.

Thursday – 5 Miles
Incline 2 for 37 minutes because that’s all the time I had.

Friday – Rest since I remembered I had a 5K

Saturday – 3.1 Miles 20:57
Check out the full recap of first first 5K in half a decade!

Sunday – 31 Miles
Pinnacle Ultra 50K. Finished 6:30 because trails really are my weakness. One day, One day. Full recap will come eventually!

Total Miles – 71

Total Feelings – I think working 71 hours this week has been the hardest part.

and just because I haven’t shared a Jack Meower photo in a while

18th Annual Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K Race Recap

I haven’t run a 5K in years and I was glad to break my hiatus with the Annual Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K. The race took place on Saturday at 9AM. Registration is $25 and with it includes a long sleeve cotton shirt and breakfast from local Davis Square restaurants afterwards.

Wanting to maximize on sleep, I’ve prepped my outfit with my Garmin 305 the night before. My favorite Reebok shorts that make me look beast, my favorite pink shirt from Target (Champion?), my ProCompression pink compression socks, and my VIP Mizuno Wave Sayonaras.

Liana Somerville 5K 3

On Friday, I decided to have a lofty goal. However, goals change and you move on. I woke up with a headache. I drank water, drank some tea and ate a kind bar. By the time I got to the race start, I had a migraine and I thought I might throw up. Too many hours at a computer will do that to you.

None the the less, I got to the starting line and pretended to look serious.

Liana Somerville 5K 2

You can spot me, because my quads/calves are bigger than any guy around me.

I’ve also decided that those perfectly chiseled women at the start of every 5k/10K, you know the ones doing strides or whatever to warm up before the race started with not a milometer of cellulite are aliens and their results should be in a different category.

Anyways within half a mile, I thought I was going to vomit and have my legs collapse beneath me as a we hit a hill. I started to wonder if I’ll even finish. However, by the mile 1 marker, I started to feel better and it was downhill so I was able to pass by a large number of people.

I don’t remember much of mile 2 other than it was painful and ugly. We hit a second hill and I cursed for forgetting what seems flat in a car, is less flat on your feet.

After about the 2.7 miles, we made another turn and we were on the bike path. Flat! Thank god, my legs felt like they would hug the ground beneath if I had time to spare. I picked it up. My garmin said I was running at sub 6 minute mile, but that’s can’t be right.

As I spot the finish line, the clock was ticking away at 20:51, 20:52 and I dug deep within. I failed at my sub 20 goal but I wasn’t going to let another minute flash by. I pushed with everything I had until I once again thought I might throw up.

Liana Somerville 5K Finish

20:57 was my total time for 3.1 miles… a PR, so I’ll accept. I’ll have another chance in December in Cambridge. Maybe this time, I won’t be running with a migraine.

Overall 65th out of 888 finished runners, 10th woman and 7th in my age group. 

I can’t help but wonder if I should have pushed harder on the uphill. My strategy is always steady effort uphill, push on downhill but then again I never run 5Ks, so I don’t know if that’s best.

We are our own worst critics.

After the 5K, they had a really lovely breakfast brunch set up from all the local restaurants including but not limited to Anna’s Taq, Red bones, Burren and I forget what else. There was also a Wholefood’s tent. I grab a few bits and bites and than Tony my lovely assistant in life dropped me at work where I resumed my life of taxes, taxes, and more taxes!

Liana Somerville 5K 5

Overall, if you’re in the Boston area and want to do a 5K this one is highly recommended. It doesn’t get as much attention as the Jingle Bell runs and the other Somerville beer 5Ks but it follows the same path more or less and comes with great food, a great crowd and a great charity! I don’t think there were medals (maybe I was too busy rushing to get to work) but I am loving the long sleeve shirt for the cold winter days ahead. I’ll definitely be adding it to my calendar for 2014 even if I have to run to work right afterwards!

NYC Marathon Training Week 9 – Running and Taxes

I once read an article about how Alisha Williams’ chances of being in the Olympics were ruined because she is (or was?) a CPA working in the industry where tax seasons come and come again. Now, I am no where near or even two levels near being Olympic speed even in my dreams but it’s still a struggle to balance a personal goal race like the NYC Marathon on November 3rd with a work deadline where my busiest time all year is September & October. So when I’m not thinking about taxes, I’m thinking about running as I try to hit 60-80 miles a week within the final four weeks before taper.

And as any endurance junkie knows, it involves sacrifice from not only my sanity but also my loved ones. My marathon addiction is an incredibly selfish of me, and its something that at the same time keeps me sane and the person that people love. Unfortunately, often times, I’ll give up my free time on my day off (working weekends now) to go on a long run. instead of spending time with friends and family. I hope they know its temporary <3.

I think the second most important part of marathon training after the long run, are the medium long runs, 10-13 miles mid week. Unfortunately, I am not waking up at 4AM to do that, so I’m sneaking them in piece by piece. 8 miles here, 2 miles there, 5 miles there until every piece of free time has been plugged. My long runs feel good, so maybe its working.

Anyways the weekly recap:

Monday – Rest

Tuesday 13.25 Miles
Two runs, one girl. 8 morning miles around 7:39 pace. Evening ran on the homemill for 5.25 miles at 7:37 pace.


Sunrise on one of my favorite running spots

Wednesday – 7 Miles
My evening run on Tuesday gave me mild insomnia so I overslept my wake up call. Instead, I dug myself some time midday between work and more work to hit the treadmill. 8:18 pace on incline 3 or about 58 minutes.

Thursday -15 Miles
8 slower miles in the morning at 7:58 pace and 7 miles in the evening. The weather was gorgeous and I just didn’t want to go back to the office. Hit 7:51 pace which was faster than expected on tired legs.

Friday – 5 miles
Did short but fast 5 miler on the work treadmill at incline 2, 7:29 pace.

Saturday – 20.2 Miles
Around 8 minute average pace for the long run. My first 15 miles went by great. I hit it in a solid sub 2 hour I haven’t seen on my training runs before.  picked a hilly path that I love. Unfortunately by the last quarter of my run it was warm and I don’t carry water on me. My pace started to drop a little so I finished my final 2 miles at home on my treadmill.

Sunday – 11.2 Miles
I started the day looking fresh and clean

But we all know that once you hit the trails you don’t stay that way long. I met up with two of my friends to run around the Fells. I love trail running with great company. Found some pretty fire roads in the Fells, but got a little lost. Since in theory I should have known the areas, I was trying to navigate with my phone (which I couldn’t figure out how to use after updating my IOS eww) and ending up with some trail ouchies/trail trophies.

I tore up my hand a bit, this is after I showered and cleaned all the blood and plasma off!

The pace varied between 10 – 14 minutes depending on navigation. Look at the pretty view/day we had for our run! Next time I need to take some photos with the girls.

Total Miles – 70

Total Feelings – Full of energy but lack of time!