Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Boston Trip Report & Pics

My good friend Patricia qualified for Boston at the Toronto Marathon in October with a strong 3:36 finish in only her second marathon. I was thrilled when she decided to go to Boston this year and invited me to come along for the ride. She, her husband Ueli and I loaded up the car and hit the road dark & early Friday morning for the long ten hour drive. (Hubby was not able to join use because of work commitments.)



We arrived at our cozy B&B in the quaint town of Newton, MA just outside Boston by early evening. Our hosts were wonderful and the place was perfect. Here's my cute little single room which was next door to Patricia and Ueli's - a steal at $60/night with breakfast!



On Friday evening we wandered around Newton, including a trip up Heartbreak Hill just around the corner from our B&B.



Saturday morning we woke up and went for a little run around the quiet (and hilly!) neighbourhood before having a great breakfast of french toast and fruit prepared by our hosts.



After breakfast we made the short walk to the "T" which took us right into Boston for the expo.



We were there pretty early and it was already swarming with people. I've never seen anything like it!



We spent 3.5 hours there; visiting the booths, scoping out races, collecting free swag, taste testing everything from gels to tortellini and shopping!

Here's a look at some of the goodies I left with.



After the expo, we headed straight for the finish line, where they were already setting up for Sunday and Monday.





We grabbed a late lunch/early dinner and BEvERages before wandering around downtown for the remainder of the afternoon, taking in the sights of beautiful Boston.





Up next... Boston Marathon spectator's report and BAA 5K race report!

22 comments:

Melanie said...

Awesome pics Marlene! Looks like a great weekend getaway, and sweet stash from the expo! Can't wait for part 2! :)

runsarah said...

Great pics! What a steal with the bed and breakfast.

ShutUpandRun said...

So fun. I hope I am there next year. Fingers crossed.

Heather said...

Great pictures! The bed & breakfast looks so cozy and cute. Looks like it was a fun weekend.

X-Country2 said...

Great pics! I'd go just for the adorable (and cheap!) B&B.

Erik said...

Great pics!

Love the BEvERages. Nice!

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D10 said...

Grat pictures. I can't wait to read about the races.

Denise said...

Great pics. Hope to see it in person some day.

Mark said...

Looks like lots of good free stuff!
Plus an awesome place to stay, waiting patiently for the race report!!:)

tfh said...

Love the photos-- but I'm itching to hear about how the 5k went!

Vickie said...

Great pictorial. Can't wait for the report. Sounds like you had a blast.

Lily on the Road said...

How exciting is THAT!!

$60 and breakfast...WOW, that is awesome. Love all of your pic's girl...can hardly wait to read the rest!

Blyfinn said...

Looks like a great time. Looking forward to the race report.

Lacey Nicole said...

Hi Marlene! Hooray I have a new friend :) it looks like we read a lot of the same blogs, i will def add you to my blogroll! :) i cant' believe you were in boston!!! hooray! it was awesome,wasn't it?! i really wished i could run it... someday! :) thanks for the comment :)

aron said...

how adorable is that B&B!! soooo fun! I want to go to Boston!!!! :) cant wait for your race report!

Amanda said...

Great pics Marlene, really really makes me want to go to Boston (not that I could ever BQ, but maybe just spectate). That B&B is so cute, and it looks like racked up at the Expo! I really enjoyed following you on Twitter while you were gone:)

lindsay said...

love all the pics and the b&b was a great idea!! i'll have to keep that in mind next year :)

Jess said...

Great pics! Can't wait to hear the rest of the story!

J said...

OMG Boston looks amazing! This makes me want to go back and visit asap! That is so cool you got all that stuff from the expo! I am jealous!

I Run for Fun said...

Sounds like an awesome experience.

Runner Leana said...

The B&B looks so cute! Love all the swag and freebies too. Can't wait to hear about the 5K race!

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