Mission Accomplished: Boston

With the Fit all packed up and a long night of driving ahead of us, we (slowly) left the Manhattan skyline behind us and headed north to Boston for the night.  It took us about 4 and a half hours to get there; we arrived about 12:30am, completely exhausted.  After quickly checking into our hotel and grabbing showers, we jumped into bed and promptly passed out.

At 7:30am sharp the next morning, Jared’s alarm went off.  He dutifully got out of bed, allowing me to sleep another 30 minutes.  We were both ready by 8:40am and we headed out the door looking forward to our morning run with Nike Boston.  Once we arrived at the store, we were greeted by a few of our Nike New York club friends and some new Boston faces.  As we were waiting for the festivities to begin, I saw my New York running buddy, Huyen walking around.  Excited to see each other, we agreed to run together in the 9 minute pace group.  The run got started, and we had a wonderful time running with the group, even if we look like we’re riding the struggle bus here.  (In our defense, we are currently adjusting to the warmer spring weather.)

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Also in attendance was my friend Sarah Reinertsen who lives out on the west coast.  Sarah is the first female leg amputee to complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.  She is an inspirational and awesome person whom I am proud to call my friend.

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Nike Boston is a fantastic running club and they’ve got several sessions per week that will make you lots of new friends and a better runner to boot.  If you’re local, definitely check them out.  It will be life changing, I promise.

After the run, Jared and I hurried back to our hotel to shower and embark on our mission for the day: going to the marathon expo to register for the Disney Half Marathon taking place in January 2016.  After a fun walk through Bean town from our hotel to the expo on Boylston St, we made our way to the Disney booth and took care of business.  We are both now registered for our first half marathon!  Since Disney is awesome, we walked away with some fun swag:  (There’s another reusable grocery bag and two sling backpacks inside the bag in my hands.)

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After the expo, we had a quick lunch and then decided to spend our afternoon walking around the Back Bay of Boston.  Good lord, that is a nice place.  I knew this as I went to college right outside Boston, but I had forgotten just how lovely and picturesque that neighborhood is.  I spent a lot of time wondering why I don’t live in Boston.

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And lets not forget the Make Way for Ducklings statues and the Duck Pond on the Common…

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After a long day of walking through the Back Bay, Boston Common, and Faneuil Hall, we headed to dinner at Merchant, a fantastic restaurant on Franklin St.  If you’re ever in the area, I highly suggest you try it.  I had the cod special for dinner and the angel food cake for dessert.  Both were pretty great.

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After dinner, full and getting pretty tired, we made our way back to the hotel to collect our car and head home to New York.  All in all it was a great trip and we can’t wait to go back.  It was great seeing existing friends, meeting new ones and spending time in a great city.  We hope that all of our friends who are running the Boston Marathon today have an amazing and fun race.  We’ll be following in your footsteps as we look forward to training for the Disney Half.

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