Almost two months ago, I asked you all for your Boston Marathon advice. Since then, I've received comments and e-mails about all things regarding the marathon, sightseeing, and places to eat in Boston. I'm sure so many of you could add to this list, but as promised, I compiled a list of all-things Boston for those of you that were interested. Thanks to Adrienne from Running in Hingham, I was able to add to this list a ton!
- Miss Zippy: Heartbreak hill isn't that big of a deal! I remember having to ask someone if it was really heartbreak b/c it didn't seem like it could possibly be.
- Raina: Wear shoes with room!
- Jenn: One thing that worked for me well but is different for everyone is how I ate because of the late race start. I ate supper-pasta bread at 6:30 on Sunday night-not a ton-just a normal amount and then I ate half of a bagel at 3 am and then ate the other half of a bagel with peanut butter and a banana and coffee at about 7 am and then ate part of a powerbar in the start corral. I never felt like I had a ball in my stomach and I felt perfect!
- Ana-Maria: About the course--don't expect any flats. It is all up and down. Don't expect to run 26.2, you will run at least 26.5 (the course is actually measured long--there are some articles online about how this happened). Don't break on the downhills. Heartbreak hill is nothing compared to the hill at mile 15-16?
- Jim: Respectfully disagree with the Zipster. HB hill just about killed me, it was legit!
- Jill: Good place to stay is Marriott Copley Square. It is a direct shot to the expo and over one of those enclosed bridges and therefore you never have to go outside to get to the expo. Sooooo convenient. And the Marriott has a couple of nice restaurants. LOVED taking the bus the the start. LOVED meeting all sorts of cool people and their stories of how they got to Boston. You miss out when you rent a private bus.
- Nota: Post race bag: flip-flops, first aid, peppermints to settle stomach, wet wipes
- The Otherside Cafe--at the top of Newbury and Mass Ave. Cute, funky place with good beer and good food.
- Bukowski's across from the Sheraton has good beer
- Stephanie's on Newbury--great for brunch
- Down near the expo, there is a Legal Test Kitchen that has great food.
- If you're looking for an easy meal the night before the race, Joe's American has the full standard American classics.
- In the North End of Boston, go to Modern Pastry (not Mike's). Mike's is good but Modern is better. A Boston Secret.
- The South End (near the finish line area) is a good place for food. Coppa for breakfast, Stella for dinner, Myers and Chang, a bakery name Flour...it is all good over there!
- Mallory says that a good lunch spot is Boloco. They have the BEST burritos there and they are super healthy! There are a ton of them in the city.
- Ana-Maria: Good food: White Elephant in Cambridge. Any restaurant in the North End for authentic Italian food. Emma's pizza in Kenmore square. Anything on Newberry Street.
- Katie: Mike's pastry: "They have amazing cannolis. Near Fanueil hall is an Irish pub called the Black Rose that I love."
- Top of the Hub or the Prudential Sky Walk for the View
- Stroll through the Public Gardens, at the bottom of Boylston bordering Arlington
- Harvard Square!
- Gracie: She shared links: Here and Here of a past Boston trip.
- Jill: If you have time before or after, take a trip to the North End and tour all the amazing history, such as Paul Revere's house. Be sure to stop and get a red velvet cupcake for $1 (and the size of your entire hand) at MIke's Pastry!!
So, yesterday ended the treadmill stories contest. I loved your comments! Here are some of my favorites that were in the running for winner:
Marjorie (XLMIC) (Funny):
I rarely run on a treadmill, though I have a few times in the past couple of weeks, so I'm not so competent as others in the "help pass the time" department. What I do to stay sane is sing. I turn my iPod up and sing. Usually I don't sing out loud, but sometimes I do...and that gets some really strange looks, I'll tell ya. I don't sing too well, but I do sing LOUDLY :P
Petra (biggest OUCH and the rest of her comment about swearing like a sailor made me laugh!):
The dumbest thing I've done? Caught my shoelaces in it, been knocked down and banged my head into the mill. Nice move. Thank god the mill stopped...
Donna G (Most embarrassing and then funny afterwards):
Sunny 2 Runner (Most Inspirational to me):
Honestly, if I wasn't about to get on a plane and head to Boston where I will surely be spending way too much money on hotel, eating out, etc., I'd send you all a little something. But as with most contests, there has to be a winner. Right? So, I'm going to go with the one that stuck in my head the longest and the one that I kept coming back to when I thought of this. The winner is.....
Sunny 2 Runner! I liked her passing the time trick because it is something that I know would really work for me. I love the idea of having quotes, collage cards or mantras on a sticky note to read every mile. Having that visual...you know, something to focus on for each mile just sounds powerful. Useful mental work too! I like the idea of even writing different goals or affirmations on each sticky note. Thanks for the inspiration girl. Please send me your address and full name so I can get you your mail. Oh, and include favorite Nuun flavor and maybe your favorite energy bar, racing fuel, etc.
I hope taper time is going well for everyone who is running Boston. And it is almost time for taper for all of you Eugene Marathon runners too! So exciting and maddening all at once.
Anyone have a suggestion for a good place to have a casual blog meet up sometime on Monday evening?? The kind of place where we can just pop in, grab a beer, say hello and maybe eat something if we feel like it?? IDEAS WELCOME. Otherwise, I'm just going to meet up with Miss Zippy and friends right after the race at McCormick and Schmick's and call it good (planning on that anyway).