A weekend away from NYC has been just what I needed to recharge, hang with my sis and yes, have some freaking fun.
After arriving in Boston on Saturday afternoon, we relaxed, got our nails did and went to dinner at Towne in Boston’s Back Bay
Swordfish and octopus skewers with Meyer lemon and lemon butter couscous
Flourless chocolate cake with strawberry ice cream
and then out with friends.
Sis and I
Sunday was gorgeous in Boston, so we hit up the expo and I scored some new Brooks Adrenaline’s on sale (win!), and walked around the city amidst the thousands of runners in town for the race.
Someday I’ll be crossing this baby on Patriot’s Day!
I lived in Boston for six years before moving to NYC, and marathon weekend has always been my favorite – even before I was a runner myself! The atmosphere is so positive, full of hope and athletic dreams about to come true.
I started Marathon Monday with 7.5 miles along the Charles River, through Beacon Hill and Boston Common (tons of runners lining up for busses!), near the finish area and back up Beacon Street to my sister’s apartment. The weather was gorgeous – about 46 degrees and sunny – and I couldn’t stop thinking about all of my lucky friends that were on their way to Hopkinton.
My sis made a special pre-marathon breakfast – fresh berries with lemon, orange juice and mint and lemon blueberry muffins
Before we knew it, the lead ladies were coming by our spot at about mile 23.75
American Desiree Davila in the orange and yellow looked amazing ended up placing second
Kara Goucher on her way to a nice little PR as well
Little did we know these guys were on their way to break the world record (or not? WTF).
Even though I would always rather be running, it was so much fun cheering everyone on and looking for friends that were racing. It was an amazing day in running, and my drive to qualify for Boston (soon) has never been stronger.
Let me tell you, friends, it’s been a while since I’ve actually had an entire string of days without stressing about work, school, life, etc. And it felt fantastic.
Question: Does watching races like this one inspire you? Did you watch Boston?
On a sad note, the great marathoner Grete Waitz passed away from cancer today. I met her at the NYC Marathon expo and she was gracious, kind and had great running advice. She will truly be missed.