If you go to Boston, you must get your pre-race bagel at Finagle a Bagel. The bagels are delicious, which is great and all. But this bagel slicer!! It send the bagel down a conveyor belt and FLING – it goes through a spinning blade to be cut in half. Much like the small children crowded around, I could have watched it all day.
Then we did a course tour by bus. It was a great way to see the course, learn about the history of The Boston marathon, and stay sitting down. One of the most challenging things about being in a new and exciting city for a race is not walking myself in the ground.
This statue of John Kelley is pretty cool. It is located in Newton and it shows a young Kelley winning his first marathon in 1935, and finally retiring in 1992 at the age of 84. The tour was extremely helpful to see the Newton hills and the route. It also just got me plain excited to get out there and give it a try for myself.
We finished off with an amazing dinner at The Grotto with a family friend. We had a great time and the food was delicious. After yet another big glass of water, it was off to bed for race morning!