April 22, 2014

Marathon Monday in Boston

Marathon Monday was such a great day to be in Boston! The weather was gorgeous–sunny and mid 70s–and everyone was in good spirits. That morning, I met up with my very first best friend Jessica. We were friends from kindergarten up until I moved at 13 years old. It’s so great to be able to pick right back up, even though we’ve grown up so much.

Before we started our day, we watched a little bit of the marathon coverage on TV. Seeing the female winner, Rita Jeptoo, cross the line was pretty incredible. You could tell her emotions were all over the place, from excited, to exhausted, to proud. Knowing how much of a feat just a half marathon can be, I was proud of her too!

Then, after seeing the male winner cross the line, we started our journey to go watch the other runners. First, we stopped for lunch in Davis Square at a place called The Joshua Tree.

For bar food, the menu had pretty good options. My salad was delicious but sadly, I was too hungry to take a pic.

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After lunch we walked around Kendall Square and the MIT campus. It’s so refreshing being in a city bigger than Charleston. One difference in particular is the bigger buildings. Charleston restricts buildings from being taller than any church steeples. Needless to say, it’s they don’t get to be built very high. There’s something charming about the rule, but I’m still in awe of Boston’s architecture. The view from the Charles River is fantastic.

charles river bridge boston massachusetts

charles river bridge boston massachusetts

We headed over to Boylston and saw the runners coming in on the last mile of the race. It was as close as we could get at that piont in the day, but still so cool to watch. The sense of pride and encouragement from the fans was inspiring. I can’t imagine ever doing a full marathon myself–the half marathon in 2013 was enough!–but I am eager to start running in the warmer weather.

Earlier this evening, my fellow runner friend Ben texted me this picture. At first glance, I thought he was showing me the sign but then I saw the girl! Whoa! Major lookalike.


And of course I would hold a sign just like that. I wonder what this girl looks like without her glasses on! I should find her. 🙂

And as far as running goes, Maddie and I raced to CVS this evening for Easter sales. Cadbury mini eggs are our favorite candy and knowing they were now 50% was reason to buy a bunch.

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Hmm…will 10 bags last us until December when the Christmas eggs come out? Let’s hope so!

Did you watch any of the Boston Marathon coverage? Have any of you run it?

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  • itzyskitchen

    Boston is a great city! I’ve restricted myself to only returning in the summer though haha – I’m such a baby when it comes to the cold That girl does totally look like you- crazy! And score on the candy!!

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats

    She’s totally your doppleganger! Boston is one of my favorite cities to visit. Looks like you had a great Marathon Monday 🙂

  • OMG stop it! You totally have a doppelgänger and of course she would be holding a sign that says that! That is so creepy and fun all at the same time!

  • I have an unhealthy addiction to those Cadbury eggs…. so good! Boston is on my list of places to visit. It looks so fun!

  • Sheanna Caban

    I thought about getting the discounted cadbury mini eggs, too. I didn’t do it though. I’m a little fluffier than usual and I can’t have that sort of temptation around.

  • Biana Perez

    Girl you did a ton of walking on Monday – but it was a perfect day for it!! Nothing quite like being in Boston on Marathon day!

  • Shelby Hanchey

    Haha that poster. So amazing you got to see the race in-person.

  • hahah um she DOES look like you and i love that sign! i didnt have any coated cadbury eggs this year (just the cream ones)… probably a good thing/ i have very little self control when it comes to the sweet stuff. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  • so glad you are enjoying Boston. It’s great to hear your thoughts compared to charleston. I left work early to cheer on some runners from Kenmore, such an inspiring day.

  • Cate Hartnett

    Hahaha! I almost posted that same photo on your FB page. I had to triple check to make sure it wasn’t you! I wish I hadn’t known that CVS had their candy at 50% off the regular price. I didn’t get any at Target since it was only a 30% discount! 🙂

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