Thank you so much for all of the comments, emails, messages, tweets, etc. over the last several days. Sharing this experience and knowing so many of you were watching from near and far made it even better. My race report is coming soon, but for now here is a run-down of the first part of our memorable weekend in Boston.
It all started Friday night when my Mom dropped us off at the airport. I was giddy with anxiety and excitement, and luckily everything went smoothly. I had fun spotting Boston jackets at both airports from previous years and scoping out other tell-tale signs that passengers were on their way to the race.
We were staying at a Best Western in South Boston for our first night. It was late, but we were starving so we went for a walk to try and find something decent to eat. We quickly learned that it wasn’t in the nicest area so we didn’t stray too far from the hotel and ended up grabbing ”dinner” from the gas station.
It was a late night (about midnight by the time we turned in) and the alarm was set early so we could be at the Expo by the time it opened.
We bought “T” passes so we could get around on the subway lines, and it was a pretty easy trip out to the Expo at the Seaport World trade Center.
This is when it really started to feel real. We decided to scope out the merchandise first, while the rest of the crowd filed into packet pick-up. The sea of orange was amazing. I honestly wanted one of everything, but settled on the jacket (duh!), hoodie, tank top and a tee shirt. I teared up a bit trying on the jacket. Is that bad luck to try it on? I wasn’t sure but I am not superstitious anyway. I certainly wasn’t going to wear it out in public like many others were. (What’s up with that?? Lots of people were even wearing their official race shirts before the big day.)
After buying our goods, we headed over to pick up our packets. There weren’t any lines and they really made the process easy.
We decided not to stick around since we would be returning later with the rest of our group arriving that day. Instead, we hauled our loot back to the Best Western to get re-organized and head to our hotel for the next 3 nights, The Lenox.
We checked out and we were able to catch a complimentary shuttle to Back Bay Station, which was a short walk to The Lenox. It blew my mind when I saw just how close we were to the finish line. This was the view right from the entrance to the hotel:
The Lenox was all decked out for the marathon from the key cards to the elevator doors, and it was a thrill to find ourselves right in the middle of the action.
The energy at the hotel and all over downtown was just incredible. The place was crawling with runners and there was immediate camaraderie among all of us. The staff were nothing but supportive and made us feel like complete rock stars.
First things first, our jackets were hung in the closet ready to be worn on Monday:
Next stop was the finish line to check it out live and in person.
We stopped for lunch at ‘B Good’ for delicious veggie burgers, then went for a walk around Boston Common and explored more of the downtown area.
It was such a nice day that I couldn’t say no to the ice cream truck!
We made it back to the hotel with for a bit of down time before the rest of our gang arrived. I got super pumped all over again when we met up in the lobby and got to start sharing the excitement.
We all headed back to the Expo and stayed a bit longer this time to check things out, but it was extremely busy and we didn’t last too long.
We got to meet Kathrine Switzer and she told us that she’s coming to Toronto for our marathon in a few weeks.
We were all pretty pooped and ready to head back to the hotel after scoping out a few booths. We had a little bit of down time and then got ready for dinner at The Lenox City Table. Great meal and we even had some wine (just one glass for me).
After dinner, we hit the sack and I slept like a rock. Lenox beds & pillows are ridiculously comfortable. Ahhhh………
On that note, are we the only married couple that gets excited to sleep in separate beds at hotels? STARFISH!
This is getting long and picture-heavy, so I’ll save our next 2 days for a separate post. Thanks for reading!
Sadly, it’s back to reality…