Sunday morning kicked off in the best way possible – with Finagle A Bagel. This is largely because of 2 reasons. 1 – Finagle A Bagel as a giant spinning blade that cuts the bagels in half and FLINGS them down to be prepared. 2 – Finagle A Bagel has salt bagels. So good.
After bagels and hot coffee, we went down to the finish line.
I saw a lot of friends!
I am in the top row, third from the left – note to self, get a step stool LOL.
A few people asked my mom for pictures hahaha.
Then we took the Tracksmith shuttle back over to the expo. When we had gone on Friday, we didn’t do much exploring because we had a lot to do that day, so we thought it might be fun (and warm) to go back. As the expo was moved this year (so far away from everything else), I thought it was awesome Tracksmith provided a shuttle to get runners over there.
It was VERY cold this day. I think 32-35 degrees. It was hard not to keep obsessing about how I was going to dress for weather this cold AND wet.
This was a really cool thing to take a photo in front of. There was a big line for pictures at all times.
Every year, the city is covered in yellow daffodils in support of the victims of 2013. All of the daffodils out of doors stayed firmly clamped shut to stay warm. The ones inside looked much happier.
I had researched places for lunch, and somehow when we got to Parish’s, it was not at all what I thought it was going to be. No sweet potato fries, not many options. On their menus, they had several different sandwiches that had way too many ingredients for the day before a marathon. I asked the waitress if it would be possible to mix and match, and just get a sandwich with turkey and cheese. I am not proud of this, but when she said they would not help me on that – I kind of lost it. I think worrying about the weather the next day kind of bubbled to the surface. Plus it seemed crazy they wouldn’t just help a girl out!! We finally did come to a solution of putting chicken on the sandwich instead of turkey.
From there we headed to a FREEZING cold game in Fenway Park. We borrowed the blanket from our hotel bed and brought it with us, which was a good move. Our seats were great, it was just too bad it was so windy and cold.
It was Jackie Robinson day, so every player was #42.
We found out my friends were at the game as well, so we decided to go say hi to them. Due to the weather, there were a lot of empty seats. And where they were sitting was out of the wind, so we hung out there for a few innings before calling it. The Red Sox did win though!
That afternoon we relaxed and tried to stay warm! I worked on putting together everything I’d brought for the next day. It is crazy how hard it can be to remember everything. I can’t imagine doing a triathlon!
Before I had brought a giant sweatshirt (it fit right over my rain coat), sweats, umbrella, old throwaway tennis shoes, and a poncho.
During I was planning to wear a tank with sleeves, rain jacket, Tracksmith Lane 5 tights, gloves, ear warmer & hat. I would normally wear my trusty Lululemon speed shorts, because I feel a bit self conscious in tight clothes. But I knew with rain and my preference to size up in the speed shorts, they’d spend the entire race sagging and falling down.
And I laid out warm clothes to snuggle up in after the race, and after the longest, hottest shower of my life.
We had dinner at Bin 26 Enoteca, which was just a quick walk across the Boston Public Gardens from our hotel. The food was delicious and they had NO problem making a substitution when we asked for meatballs on the spaghetti.
My friend Annie from Sacramento joined us, which was so much fun!
Boston never ceases to amaze me! Our restaurant has this on the window sill outside. Race recap to come Monday!