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Monday (4/18):
26.2 Race (Boston Marathon, 3:32:25, 8:07 Pace)

Tuesday (4/19):
Rest – Driving

Wednesday (4/20):
Rest – Driving

Thursday (4/21):
3 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 28:04, 9:22 Pace)
1 Hr Yoga

Friday (4/22):
45 Mins Yoga

5 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 44:27, 8:54 Pace)

Saturday (4/23):

8 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 1:07:45, 8:29 Pace)

Just wanted to share with you all some of the sweet Boston items I got while we were there.

Cowbells baby! The Boston one was in my gear bag. The Niketown cowbell Rob and I received for dancing while on the escalator. Apparently our moves are worthy of a cowbell. That or they gave it to us to we would shake our cowbell instead of dancing.




Water bottle

Pilsner Glass

Boston Mug 🙂

I also added to my Starbucks mug collection. 🙂

I’ve gotten in some easy runs in the neighborhood and two yoga sessions. Each day I’m feeling less sore. I was telling my friends that I haven’t felt this worked since my first marathon. After 2010 Chicago Marathon, I had my heels on and was out and about later that day. After Boston I looked like a dancer in thriller with only half of my body still working. I’m so glad to feel the soreness fading and the easy runs allow me to daydream and soak in how amazing the Boston Marathon was. Like every marathon, the experience becomes a part of me, but Boston had that extra level of feeling, like being a part of history.


So Great To Be Back!

I completely under estimated the time it would take to blog while in the midst of traveling and running the marathon, so I will try to catch up. The morning after the marathon we spent a few hours in Boston before getting back on the road. We even got to take more pictures with the oldest fire station.

When we got on the road, we had no real destination. Of course, home, but we wouldn’t make it in one day. It felt a bit adventurous to not know where we would end up. While on the road I want to say that Connecticut and Pennsylvania are beautiful states! We finally settled on staying at a Sheraton in Cuyahoga Falls that overlooked a river with falls. The room was very nice and we had a view of the falls. The food unfortunately was bland. I would suggest finding other locations for dining, but definitely this is a great place to stay.

On the drive home we took an hour out of our way to get new toys! It would have been great at the start of the weekend, but we couldn’t find the exact one I wanted. I’m so excited to use it to blog, keep up one everyone and read books like my first one Kara Goucher’s Running for Women.

The side trip meant we got home later that night and I found out that my girls Amanda and Abby had decorated the house! They had checked with Rob to make sure we would be back and did all of the decorating in the crazy wind. Thanks girls!!!!! You are so awesome!!

They even chalked the sidewalk!

It says Chrischine!!! 😀

A couple pics in the daylight.


2011 Boston Marathon – 3:32:25

The marathon of all marathons – BOSTON!!!!

I was up at 3am to eat breakfast and get ready slowly to make sure I had everything. We headed out to walk to the busses at 5am. We stopped into a Dunkin’ Doughnuts that was open on Boylston. It felt a bit silly to be up and heading to the busses so early. The wave 2 recommended time for busses was 6:30-7:00am, but they would be arriving at 6am. We were warned to get there early!

Once we got to Tremont side of Boston Common we saw that the lines were already forming so it was good that I was there early. Rob and I kissed goodbye and he headed back to the hotel to do his long run. While in line I found out that others were saying that getting in line early for the busses was the best way to go. We were on the first set and by the time they finally left the lines were insanely long.

I made friends with Natalie on the bus ride. It was her first Boston too and she was more prepared than me. She had extra food, a garbage bag to sit on, and just extra everything. She was such a cool girl that we ended up chatting it up in athlete’s village the entire time and it really helped my nerves. Natalie shared her garbage bag to sit on and extra pants. Even though the weather would be great for running it wasn’t warm for sitting on the cold ground for a couple of hours. While we were hanging out I saw my neighbor Kim that was also running! She paid $30 for a chartered bus to get to Hopkinton and it sounded like a sweet deal!

It was a long wait, the longest I’ve ever had for a marathon. Chicago is usually 2 hours, from 5am – 7am. This was 5am – 10:20am and I don’t think I judged how much food to eat correctly.

We bag checked and walked up the to hear the Wave 1 start take off. We stripped layers off and lined up for the Wave 2. Natallie was corral 6 so we hugged and wished each other well. I hope that Natallie had a great race and enjoyed every mile! 🙂 I lined up in corral 1 and within 5 minutes we were off! It was just as everyone who has ran this race before has warned, it easy to get sucked into the first 6 miles of the downhill momentum. Not to mention we had perfect weather and a tailwind. I fought to not get sucked into faster pace. I spent a the first 6 miles checking my watch often to make sure I was taking it easy. I felt totally relaxed and just enjoyed the easy pace. I knew I had to make sure that the first half was easy so I could save my energy on what was ahead.

Around mile 11 or 12 my stomach started to hurt, I knew I was going to have to make a potty stop. The Boston Marathon has frequent and plenty of water and gatorade on the course. Porta-potties, not so much. Each water stop had either a set of two or four only and a line of runners waiting, not good. This meant if I was going to make a stop I was going to have to go for an opportunity when there was one either open or where I would be the next person in line. Even though my stomach started hurting, I refused to let it ruin my mood. On the course the crowds are great. So many people are handing out sliced oranges, candy and popcicles. It was so warm out and I figured my stomach was rocked already, so screw it, I snagged two green popcicles from some kids handing them out. What a nice running treat! I also had a small peppermint pattie, yum!

Before I knew it we were through the half and at girls of Wellsley. There signs were very cute. “Kiss me I’m a chemist”, “Kiss me I’m Canadian”, etc. I saw a few guys get some run by kisses others settled for high fives. That was another thing that I noticed about Boston. Giving 5 was very common, not just with the kids, but all ages. So if you run the edges of the course you better be ready to slap hands with a bunch of people the whole way, don’t hold out on the crowd if you are on the edges. I did a few hand slaps, but then stuck to the middle of the road mostly because the road seemed pretty crowned in areas.

By mile 15 I finally found a porta-potty that I would be the next person in line. I waited and anxiously moved my legs to try and not lock up. I got in and out of there as quickly as I could.

Things in general were a blur. I’m not great at noticing landmarks or buildings. I kept my eyes on the road to keep from tripping on any crack or manhole in the road. I did notice the city signs, but time did fly by quickly. At Newton the hill things still felt good. I felt okay although I knew my pace was slowing. By Heartbreak that was another story. I learned very quickly that I’m still not hill worthy. Every hill my legs began to burn more and more and my left foot felt swollen, which was a new feeling. I was feeling trashed. Luckily I ran into a fellow blogger SkinnyRunner! We chatted for awhile. She is an amazing runner and was so sweet in person. She made the comment that this was the first time she ate candy on a race course (cinnabears and licorice for her) and I said it was the same for me. She was looking strong and made the hills look like any other day for her. Meanwhile after the hills I faded. My legs felt toasted. All my muscles were burning, similar feeling of a first marathon. By mile 22 I hit the wall. I’ve never hit the wall in the marathon, not like that. I was out of gas and my muscles were screaming. The rest of the 4 miles was a mental race to move forward. I looked around and soaked in the crowds screaming and cheering, knowing this was almost over. I wanted to remember this feeling of all of the cheering. I burst into tears of joy and cried for at least a mile while running. The last miles it was so great to be back in Boston and experiencing the large crowds. I only wish that I wasn’t feeling that awful so I could race as fast as my heart wanted to.

While all of this was going on Rob was race commentator to all of our friends, keeping them up to date with texts and posts on facebook. He did an amazing job! He tried to find me in the race, but we just missed each other. He was on the corner of Boylston and Dalton.

I finished in 3:32:25. Not a personal best in time, but the most rewarding feeling!! I felt like I really worked through the last half. The course is such an experience all it’s own and lives up to the legend! I feel like I’ve become a part of something, just like becoming  a Marathoner, I’m now a Boston Marathoner. 🙂

2011 Boston Marathon Medal


Twas the Night Before Boston


Friday (4/15):


Saturday (4/16):

1.49 Miles Easy (Boston Common Area, 19:26, 13:03 Pace)

Sunday (4/17):

3.42 Miles Easy (Gym Treadmill, 30:00, 8:47 Pace)

What a trip Boston has been! Let me try to catch up everything that we have been up to. We got into Boston Friday night and got a very late dinner at 5 Napkin Burger. I had the the Ahi Tuna Burger and it was A-MAZ-ING! We got up early Saturday and walked to the Expo that was super close to our hotel. First a picture in front of the oldest Firestation in the USA.

We got to the Expo at 9:15am, it opened at 9am. It was a very short line at this time and we were quickly inside getting my packet. 🙂

I chatted up the girl in front of me in the line. Her boyfriend (now fiance) proposed to her at the Startline the day before! How cool! He was also running in the marathon, they were both very nice. I congratulated them, wished them well on their race and was off to the take a picture of my bib and get my marathon shirt.


After the Boston Marathon shirt, was the adidas portion of the Expo. We loved the murals so we got a couple of shots. I then loaded up on more Boston gear. 🙂

One more bib number shot before we head out.

The rest of the morning we walked around and took pictures of the amazing buildings. Then it was off to our first Red Sox game!

Our seats were in the bleachers, front row, staring down home plate, Section 36. Great seats if you are looking to check out a game.

The green monster.

It was freezing out. Rob and I were turning into popcicles out there. We were loving the game, but were sniffling and shivering the entire time. Just after the third inning we gave up and left. We got souveniers and enjoyed seeing them hit a home run and they were in the lead. We gave a our tickets to a family that was separated from their kids so they could all sit together for the remainder of the game. Turns out that after we left absolutely no other runs were made, nothing else happend so we didn’t miss any awesome plays. Red Sox Win!!!

Before we left we got a few more pictures.

After warming up in the hotel hot tub we dressed warm for an easy run around the Boston area. We didn’t venture far and it wasn’t much of a run because the area was quite crowded. However we did get pictures at the finish line!

That evening it was time for dinner and I was ready for seafood. We went with our friend Abby’s recommendation to go to Union Oyster House.

So a little bit about this place. First, best Chowda we’ve ever had. Ridiculous good. Same for the oysters, amazing! So fresh, earthly, but crisp tasting. Tip for those planning to check it out, we didn’t make a reservation so it was going to be a 2 hour wait. We didn’t care, we were fine just hanging out at the bar, but this place is packed. We realized that the oyster bar that seats about 10 is a first come first served situation. Make eye contact with the oyster bartender to get “on next” when someone gets up. Then you can either enjoy oysters or chowda while you wait for your table, or do like we did and just eat your whole meal right there. While we sat, drank and ate, we chatted up the people sitting at the bar. There was John, Peggy and their daughter Sarah. With a little encouragement we had John and Peggy slurping oysters. Another nice couple on the other side (sorry I forget their names) and after them a couple sit down and the guy is from our hometown! Not only that his dad works for our company as a lawyer, small world! It was a great experience and the food was outstanding. It’s the oldest restaurant in USA on record. It’s a MUST visit. The area around here is great, the Cheers bar and Mike’s Pastry are also in the vicinity, but it was rainy out so we called it a night after dinner.

Blurry picture of the oyster shucking at the bar.

Rob and I each got fresh lobsters.

Sunday we met up with blogger Alaina for lunch at Parish Cafe. Rob and I split Vegetarian Corn Cakes that were phenominal! Then I had part of a hummus  veggie wrap and red skin potato salad.

Alaina is a local and works at a beautiful and historic Fairmont Hotel. We toured the hotel and Alberto Salazar walked by! We were able to shake his hand and he said “good luck tomorrow in the race”, very cool!

Alaina was so sweet and share with us restaurants and locations to check out when in Boston.

Me and Alaina in front of the Fairmont Hotel.

Later we had our first Pinkberry!! For those of you that have Pinkberry near you, you have no idea how monumental this was for me! It is a tart tasting yogurt with fresh fruit toppings, as many as you can get to fit into the cup. So delicious!

Then we spent time at Niketown. The store was top to bottom in Boston decor, complete with DJ and staff ringing cowbells.


Snuggie and My Puggie


Wednesday (4/13):

1.49 Miles Warm Up (RTW Group Run, 16:41, 11:18 Pace)

4.04 Miles Track Workout w/Cool Down (RTW Group Run, 2 x 800s, 2 x 400s, 2 x 200s, 43:15, 10:43 Pace)

Thursday (4/14):

5 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 44;25, 8:53 Pace)

We took the RTWers out on Wednesday for their first speed work on a track. They are all progressing well and their strength is improving. We did 2 x800s, 2 x 400s, 2 x 200s to have them get a feel for the track. Afterward I headed home to pack. A part of the Boston Marathon experience is waiting a couple hours for the start of the race in Hopkinton. Weather conditions will likely be cold so it’s important to stay warm and dress in throw away gear. Hence my need for a Snuggie, sporty version of course. Well, that’s all they had.

I felt like the grim reaper in this thing.

Apparently Coco doesn’t like the grim reaper look cause she immediately went into fight mode.

This snuggie is actually very itchy so I hope that washing it will help me from breaking out into hives from wearing it. Plus I plan to have on more throw away clothes and use this overtop everything.

Thursday I got to leave work early which meant I could get in an easy run around the neighborhood and finish packing so we could get this show on the road! Before we left I received a package from my Mom. She sent me 4lb hand weights (2lbs for each hand), thanks Mom! Wearing them makes me feel like a prize fighter.

Let’s get ready to rumble!!!!