Now that we’ve talked about the running part of Boston, let’s catch up on what we did for the rest of the time we were there.
Saturday morning, we started things out by meeting a bunch of friends at Tracksmith. This was my first time meeting Katie after following her for over a decade online. Ali and I met for the first time before I had Brooke, and we always get together anytime we are in the same city. The friendships that are built are my favorite part of blogging.
We were at Tracksmith for a while before heading to the finish line area with Ali. We got in our traditional running picture while we were there.
Andrew and I then returned to our hotel and got ready before heading over to the expo. We stayed at the expo for a very long time looking at every little thing possible. We also took advantage of any of the free massage chairs, rapid reboots, and samples… I’m very grateful he loves an expo as much as I do.
This year was the 50th anniversary since females were allowed to enter the Boston Marathon. These women are incredible, and the anniversary made the whole experience feel even more special.
Lauren and I also got to meet Meb! I asked him for a tip for the race, and he told me to be patient until mile 17, which was just the advice I needed.
After the expo, we walked around before taking an Uber to Trillium Brewing Company for a meet & greet with the people I was working with for my Amazon partnership. This collaboration was through my Instagram, but I’ve been blogging about my Amazon favorites since the beginning of my blogging days! I didn’t take any pictures there, but we ate a lot of delicious food while chatting with new friends and the people I have been emailing with for a bit now. After the meet & greet, we went to Ali’s live show and then headed back to the hotel when that was over.
We stayed at the Hyatt Regency, and it was about a 5ish minute walk from Boston Commons (where the busses pick you up for the race). The location was perfect, and I slept so good while we were there (I slept 10 hours STRAIGHT on Saturday night).
Random hotel tangent… I just realized yesterday that when Andrew packed up my stuff to check out he thought the hotel blow dryer was mine… so we stole a blow dryer. Calling the hotel now.
Sunday was a bit more chilly, and we took things easy. We went to the expo again, shopping on Newbury Street, and ate a lot of carbs. I was in my hotel bed from 2 on…. I felt so tired, and my best marathons happen when I stay in bed as much as possible the day before!
Our favorite eats while we were there were from Piattini (the breadsticks and the pesto were terrific) and…
Parish Cafe on Boyleston. We also grabbed a bunch of things at Trader Joe’s to have in the hotel room and had pasta from Serafina delivered to our room on Sunday night.
I was very happy to learn that Levain was just opened in Boston. I dream about this chocolate and PB cookie. I will say, my biggest regret of the weekend was not making it to get a cannoli. I will live with this regret for a while.
When I originally found out about being able to run Boston, I called my sister, asking if she wanted to go with me because Andrew and I had just recently gone on a trip together and didn’t think we could leave just the two of us again. My sister responded that she wanted to watch our kids so that Andrew and I could go. She and my BIL had seven kids (well, two are teens now ha) to keep track of all weekend. We felt very lucky to experience Boston while the kids were in heaven with my sister’s family and my in-laws also for a night too!
Do you like staying in hotels? Have a favorite? Or do you prefer an Airbnb?
Have you ever lived in a big city?
Have any trips you are looking forward to in the rest of this year?
What is your run/workout today?
-I’m taking this whole week off!