The Boston Marathon- Part One “The Best of Boston”

The Boston Marathon- Part One “The Best of Boston”

I have never had to write a two part race report before but I just don’t see any way around it this time.  So much happened in just a few short days on my trip to Boston.  I still don’t know if I’m ready (or will ever be ready) to open up about my experience in Boston but I will do the best I can. 

Up until an hour or so after I crossed the finish line Monday afternoon my trip to Boston had been nothing short of amazing.  I had the best time in every way possible- before the race and during my race.  Even my official finish time was my best marathon by 4 minutes.  This race report will be about the best of Boston.

Leaving Arkansas
It is never easy to leave my family to run a race.  I was extremely excited to go but leaving four young children definitely pulls on my heart strings.  The boys seemed ok but my girls were crying and it was a hard good-bye.

Saying good-bye to John. Gotta love the flashing lights on his head.
On the plane ready for Boston!

Tish and I left Little Rock Friday morning and were in Boston by early afternoon.  Our flights went off without a hitch and we were met by our friends Paula and Kem soon after we arrived in Boston.  (They had flown in the day before.)

We had lunch and stopped by our apartment to drop off our luggage.  Wwe rented the cutest apartment near Harvard through Airbnb

Inside our apartment

A view of the outside of where we stayed- Drayton Hall built in 1902 as a Harvard dorm.  Now it is an apartment bldg.

The best expo EVER.
Then we headed over to the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo. It was by far the best race expo I’ve ever been to and I’ve been to several- including New York.  When we first got there we picked up our race packets and official race numbers. It was extremely organized.

Then I spotted the Boston Marathon Race Director- Dave McGillivray talking to some volunteers.  We introduced ourselves and told him we were so excited to run on Monday.  He seemed like a very nice guy.

Dave McGillivray is the Race Director for the Boston Marathon

One of the many venders at the expo was KT Tape and Tish and I decided to check it out since we’ve both had different minor injuries we’ve been dealing with recently.  They were taping people for free and I decided to try out KT tape on my leg where I’ve been dealing with some tendonitis. 

Thanks KT Tape guy! This stuff actually works!

I could probably do an entire blog post on this stuff.  I do not know the science behind it all but let me just say that I was very doubtful and only tried it because it was free.  The guy who put it on says that this specific kind of KT tape can stay on for a week.  He put this on my leg on Friday and I kept it on until Tuesday, the day after the marathon.  I never felt my tendonitis during the marathon.  Thank you KT Tape!!  I now own an entire pink roll of this stuff so I will be ready in case my tendonitis flares up again.

We did a lot of shopping and took a lot of pictures at the expo Friday. 

After the expo we had some dinner followed by some delicious cheesecake factory.  Since the closest Cheesecake Factory we have to Searcy is 6 hours away I do not get to go very often but when I do I love to order the Godiva chocolate cheesecake.  If you like chocolate you will love this.  You can thank me later…

We all ordered different kinds of cheesecakes

Saturday morning we went for our last pre-marathon run.  Kem, Tish and I did an easy 5.5 mile jog around Harvard and the Charles River.  It was beautiful!

Had to get this pic for J since he works in a College of Business

After our little run we showered and headed back to the expo since we knew many of the “running celebrities” were going to be there.  There were long lines so we decided to just “pop in.”

Kara & Shalane
too bad they don’t even know I’m there…
Meb’s brother giving Tish bunny ears
Tish & Meb

He gave us a big thumbs up- nicest guy EVER!
Me with Katherine Switzer in the background

another pic of Katherine
Then we spotted Lauren Fleshman
And she actually took pictures with us!
She is a very cute preggo and super friendly!

Then we were able to meet some of the Runner’s World staff.  Tish met one of her favorite writers- Tish Hamilton.  We also met with Robert Reese who recently ran LRM and gave me some very helpful race comparison tips.

The two Tish’s
Hanging out with some of the Runner’s World staff

Then Tish met with Greg McMillan- yes, the same Greg McMillan whose running calculator we use all the time!

Tish and Greg McMillan

I also met some of my own blog/ Daily Mile celebrities.  First, I was able to finally meet Pam from California.  We’ve been Daily Mile friends forever and it was so good to put a face with her name.  She is one of the most encouraging DM’ers I’ve ever met.  I wish I would have been able to visit with her longer.

My friend Pam

I also met Amanda from Runninghood and Ana Maria from Running and Living. I’ve been reading their blogs for a while now and I loved getting to finally meet them!

Ana Maria, Amanda & Me

Eventually we decided it was finally time to leave the expo.  We found out they had closed off Boylston Street so we decided to take some pictures of the finish line. 

Very surreal to think I’d be running over this in just a few days…
At the finish

Then it was time for another carb loading dinner. We went to Legal Seafood in the Prudential Center mall and it was fabulous!

Sunday morning we had our own little communion service before we headed out on the town.  It’s great traveling with ladies who share the faith.  John texted me as we were leaving that he kept the kids home from church since Abi was throwing up.  Yikes! I can’t say I’m sorry I was missing that action…

We did A LOT of sightseeing on Sunday and we took a great trolley tour that we could get on and off whenever so we didn’t have to do much walking.  We were able to see a lot of the city this way.  I won’t go into a lot of detail here but I will share some pics from the day.

wearing our new Boston shirts we got at the expo

a famous bridge
at the Union Oyster House

sitting at the “Kennedy” table

Fenway Park
TD Gardens
John is a Celtics fan so I found him a shirt in the Gardens gift shop
“Where everybody knows your name…”

Then we spotted the famous Citgo sign.

historical landmark

We had such a great day and after dinner we headed back to the apartment to get all of our race stuff together. 

Next up- my actual race report.  I will try to finish it up very soon!

15 thoughts on “The Boston Marathon- Part One “The Best of Boston”

  1. You have a ton of great photos Tia!! What a great tip about the apartments. Those look fabulous!

    When I went I didn’t stay in Boston, but outside of it, so I missed a lot of the fun things to do there. It looks like you really were able to make the most of the time you were there and had a good visit with girls.

    Another person sold on KT tape…looks like I am going to need to try some out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now, hurry up with that race report!

  2. I’m just going to ignore everything else that happened and say it looks like you hit up most of my favorite spots and made a great trip out of the race! I just love Boston and the whole atmosphere is almost overwhelming leading up to race day. I will totally be back!
    Um, and your stalker photos completely crack me up. I would do the same thing – just stick my head in for a pic. Hilarious.

  3. My favourite picture amongst all of them was the one of the Charles river. My sister was over in Boston last year to row the Head of the Charles and it was really great to see where she rowed.

    Looks like you had a great time pre-race.

    1. That’s so cool Char! It was just beautiful out there. So glad we got to have a nice fun run out there to soak it all in before we got in serious race mode!

  4. The pictures are great! It looks like your trip was amazing…family, friends, sight seeing, stalking (ha-ha), and good food. I can’t wait to read about the race.

  5. I loved meeting you Tia. I hope you come to SoCal one day to run a race. I’m already looking forward to crossing paths with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I read part 1 & 2 of your re-cap & thoroughly enjoyed your writing. I’m so proud of how well you ran the course!!! You really are such an inspiring runner to me my friend. You keep improving with all of your hard work. I love it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The apt. you stayed at is so cute. Love all the pics. I know it wasn’t easy being away from your husband & kids. I’m happy that you were able to have a great time with your friends & family. Congrats to Tish as well!! 4 min PR is AWESOME!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ So happy that you & your family were all out of harms way. I hope that you’ve been able to celebrate your PR. CONGRATS AGAIN TIA!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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