Boston… where to begin?!
It was a truly amazing weekend.
We drove up on Saturday morning after my parents arrived to watch the girls (a HUGE thank you to them!!) We were lucky that some of our good friends recently moved to Boston so we got to spend the weekend at their house, and we took Saturday evening to catch up with them at a delicious Mediterranean restaurant.
They live about 15 minutes outside of Boston, so we drove in on Sunday morning and I met the Stonyfield group at Athleta with a Girls on the Run event. Stonyfield also provided a yummy breakfast!
We were all meeting up again at 1pm for lunch, so we had a few hours to hit the Expo and explore on foot. Angela, her husband and Rachel came along with my husband and I. After getting my bib number (the most efficient process ever!) we checked out a few other sites.
I met blogging friend Nicole at the Skirt Sports booth…
and met Brian at the finish line…
And of course, got the traditional finish line photo.
We met at Sonsie’s at 1pm for lunch – so good! I had a spinach, feta, potato and tomato frittata. It was ginormous and delicious.
I loved the time to chat with the Stonyfield staff as well as all the amazing blogging mother runners that I had never met in person before. Everyone was so sweet, and we all chatted strategy for racing in the rain and our race day outfit plans.
Post lunch, we walked back to the EXPO for a Stonyfield booth photo.
Stonyfield gave us their protein smoothies and I had the chocolate one as I headed back to meet my husband at our car (he snuck off to a Red Sox game for the afternoon!) After a car pumping session, we had a date night dinner. I was considering the Boston pasta dinner but my ticket was for 7:15 pm and I wanted to be home crashing by that point. So instead, we found a great Thai restaurant and enjoyed a night out sans kiddos.
We also bought a last minute poncho at CVS (best decision ever!!) and picked up cannolis at an Italian restaurant to share with our friends, plus a peppermint patty for me… I needed to top off my carb stores with a little extra sugar.
I pumped again and tried to get to bed early. In reality, it was nearly 10pm and I was awake a LOT throughout the night, but I knew the adrenaline would carry me through.
All the race day details are coming tomorrow. But the short version is I thought I’d go for a 3:30- 3:45 and actually finished with a 3:58 but it was the most fantastic, slowest-to-date marathon for me ever!
Were you following the Boston coverage on Monday?
Do you have a favorite pre-marathon dinner or treat?