Hello from Boston! I’m here for the Boston Marathon and wanted to give you a complete recap from traveling on Friday to the race on Monday. It was a long weekend packed with so much fun and running and eating.
Friday morning I did one last run before the big race on Monday (the race is traditionally held on Patriot’s Day). I packed the day before but did a double check of everything to make sure I wasn’t missing any race day must haves.
Then, I was off to LAX for BOS! It’s a long flight but I scored a direct so it was over pretty quickly.
Travel essentials include: iced coffee, iced tea, Spark, snacks, more snacks, more iced coffee, wifi, repeat.
I got a lot of work done on the flight. This was good because I ended up not having any time to work over the weekend. If you emailed me or commented on social media – I’m catching up tomorrow.
I am running the Boston Marathon as part of the Hyland’s Team and stayed in a hotel with the other runners. I stayed at the Chandler Inn. It is a great location! We were within walking distance to the expo and tons of great restaurants and sight-seeing locations.
I got in about 9pm Friday night and immediately went in search of food.
There is a Whole Foods about a half mile away. I hit up the hot food bar for a dinner of all the best things. After Sizzler – Whole Foods is my favorite restaurant.
Saturday morning I met up with Chandra for a short shake-out run around the Boston waterfront. It was COLD for me early in the morning so I bundled up.
It actually wasn’t that cold! Sure it was chilly but I ended up ditching my gloves. Plus it was GORGEOUS. The sun was shining bright and it was a clear beautiful day. We did about 4 miles (I think? I kept starting and stopping my Garmin at the wrong time when we paused to take pictures or figure out where to run).
I don’t know how I’ve managed to keep a friend when I’m such a weirdo…. (my gloves are in my running belt in the back pocket)
Chandra just moved here 6 months ago. She was my official tour guide / photographer / support team / PIC / cheerleader and friend all weekend. I don’t know what I would have done without her. <- Seriously.
I have been super stressed and everyone else on the team had their partner or parents or someone with them. If not for her I think I would have been super lonely and sad.
After our run we walked by the Boston 5K – it was HUGE! I didn’t realize how many people were running it. The sounds of runners getting ready for a race, the announcers and all the buzz got me super excited for the marathon.
Dunkin Donuts was the next stop. Monican runs on Dunkin!
After the run I went back to the hotel to shower and met up with the Hyland’s team for brunch. This was the first time we were all meeting in person. I already felt like I knew everyone from watching their training journey and updates on social media. It was like we were already friends.
After brunch we headed to the Boston Marathon expo at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. This is a huge race and the expo is really awesome. I saw a sign that it was rated ‘best race expo in the country’. I’m not sure who voted on that – but I do think it’s one of the best expos I’ve been to in a long time.
Bib pick-up was quick and easy. Before the race we were sent a “Runner’s Passport”. It was an information packet with your race number plus info on race day, times, locations and other race weekend notes.
Race t-shirt pickup was in a separate room just across the hall. This helped keep it organized too.
The expo vendors and merchandise was on the next floor of the convention center.
Have you tried any of the new alcohol sparkling waters? This is Truly – I tried the lime flavor. It’s good!! I also saw another brand at Whole Foods recently.
The group met at the Hyland’s booth to meet Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray.
I saw McGillivray speak at the Runner’s World hat trick race a few years ago. He is super inspirational. I still remember a few of his quotes and stories from that night.
I spotted the SportHooks booth and had to stop and say Hi!
There was tons of Boston Marathon merchandise including the famous Boston Marathon jacket. I kept going back and forth on whether or not to get one. The super long line at the checkout made me decide to skip it until tomorrow and try to come back.
But I did get a Boston hoodie and then I spotted this runner onsie or Runsie?! I thought it was funny – it just seems so naked to run in?! I tried it on to share on the blog and get your opinion. I figured it would make for a good random poll – would you run in a runsie?!
Then, I ended up loving it. I wouldn’t wear it to run – I need longer tight kinda shorts to prevent chafing. And it has an open back and I need clothes to mop up my sweat. But I love this for just wearing on a hot day – maybe even for a walk or something since it’s wick-wear. It has a lil pocket for a key or gels so I can try to squeeze a snack in there. Boom.
Boston Marathon expo – check
Boston Marathon bib pickup – check
Boston Marathon pre-race nerves – check
Plus I scored a poster. I haven’t opened it up yet but it’s supposed to have all the runners names on it.
Hello and thank you to everyone who said “hi!” at the expo or around Boston this weekend. It was fun to meet so many readers and IG followers! Kinda made it feel like a small world and that we were in it together. Great to meet you!!
More on the race weekend fun and the actual race soon!