Happy Friday! 3 days to go!!! Today is a vacation day for me and I’m so happy to be sleeping in and having a relaxing morning. My relaxing morning definitely entails eating carbs and foam rolling. I’m beyond excited that this weekend is finally here! Here’s what my weekend will entail…
- I’m starting my day with what I’m calling a “Marathon Manicure”. Yes, I’m thinking purple and sparkles for Team in Training. I am a girly girl even when I am out sweating it up when running or on my yoga mat.
- Expo Day! I’m heading to the expo with two of my girlfriends from Team in Training. I’m so excited to get my number, finishers shirt and check out the vendors. I definitely want to stop by the Sparkly Soul booth. Those ladies were so wonderful and helped me with my fundraising efforts by donating to my raffle and providing me with a discount code and donating a portion of the proceeds, I owe them a big thank you! Also on my list, the Saucony booth! I love the t-shirts they’ve designed this year. I’ll also be stopping by the Gatorade booth! I have a Nutrition Feedback Session scheduled with them which may just happen to have a little perk for all of you associated with it!
- Saucony Party! Michael and I will be attending Saucony Presents: An Evening of Running Inspiration with an All-Star Panel. Bill Rodgers, Mark Herzlich and Karen Smyers will all be presenting and there will be a special tribute to Caballo Blanco. I’m looking forward to meeting some fellow bloggers and FitFluential Ambassadors including Dorothy Thorn Beal from Mile Posts!
- Team in Training Inspiration Luncheon! I’m excited to carb-load with all my teammates and reflect back on the last 4 months of training and build excitement for Monday!
- My parents arrive! It will be a low-key day for sure. Hanging out, socializing and then heading out for an Italian dinner!
- I board the buses for Hopkinton at 7am!
- Race starts at 10:40am….I can’t wait!
- Afterwards, meet up with Team in Training, Re-unite with my Family, Stop by the Lululemon After-Party and then Dinner to Celebrate!
I hope to get some down time Saturday afternoon to share with you the highlights from the expo and the Saucony party but I firmly believe in soaking in this experience and living life before blogging so you may just have to wait until after Monday…the suspense!
I know a ton of runners come into Boston for the marathon. Undoubtedly you’ll want to check out the sites so here’s just a few of my favorite things I’ve done in the city over the years…
- The Duck Tour! It’s really fun, you can sit the whole time and you’ll learn a ton about Boston. You’ll see Paul Revere’s house, go through the North End, learn about the Back Bay, take a spin out on the Charles River, and head through Cambridge a bit too. It’s definitely worth it! Sign up online a head of time though as the tours sell out quickly!
- The Museum of Fine Arts! I’ve been a few times and always have a good time. It’s a large museum with plenty to see and lots of different galleries. The building itself is beautiful and they just opened a new wing. It’s in the South End of Boston which is an adorable neighborhood filled with tons of cute brownstones!
- The North End! This is always a favorite of mine. If you’re looking for a delicious Italian meal before the marathon head down to this neighborhood, you won’t be disappointed! I also loved the little Italian shops with fresh bread and pastries, and fresh meat. Modern Pastry is also in this neighborhood. Their sweets are delicious. Take my advice and skip the line to Mike’s Pastry and head there. It’s much better. In fact Michael (whose family is Italian and had a shop in the North End) told me when we started dating that it would be a deal breaker if I liked Mike’s Pastry over Modern Pastry! Also in this neighborhood is Paul Revere’s House, and the Old North Church. It’s usually very busy but the neighborhood is like going to Italy!
- The Boutiques on Beacon Hill! If you are in the mood to do a bit of shopping but aren’t in the mood for the more famous stores like Lord and Taylor, Crate and Barrel, etc (All of which are in Back Bay on Boylston St.) head to Charles St. in Beacon Hill. The boutiques are adorable and carry tons of stylish dresses, handbags and jewelry. There are also a few antique shops there too!
- The Top of the Hub! I wouldn’t recommend eating there but it is really nice to go have a drink at the top of the Prudential building. The views of Boston and the ocean are awesome. If you are like me, and not from Boston you will definitely appreciate it.
- Back Bay! This is the neighborhood I call home and if you’e running the race you’ll cross the finish line here. It’s a cute neighborhood with lots of shopping and tons of good restaurants. Newbury St. has plenty of boutiques and there are even more shops on Boylston Street and in the Prudential Center. Some of my favorite restaurants and bars include the Pour House on Boylston Street, Casa Romero (authentic Mexican) on Gloucester Street, Bar Lola (tapas) on Commonwealth Avenue to just name a few.
- Run on the Esplanade! My last suggestion is if you have to do an easy shake out run and are staying in or near the Back Bay head to the Esplanade. The paths are beautiful, the river is right there and no matter where you are there are views of the city. It’s relaxing and definitely worth checking out especially if the sailboats are out!
Ok! I’m off to have some fun and enjoy this weekend! I hope all of you who are visiting and in town for the marathon have safe travels and lots of fun!