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Fall Trip To Boston

Posted Oct 23 2013 5:43pm
This past weekend I visited my oldest friend in the world to celebrate her birthday in Boston!
She's my "oldest" friend and we have been friends since 6th grade.  We even had an epic 15th birthday party in her garage and we wore matching dresses from 5-7-9.

Technically my oldest friend is my Grandmother (Kyle's Grandma) and coincidentally she's 81 today.  Happy birthday!
Okay, back to Boston...Bree is a reporter who has been in Boston for about a year.  I love that city, so my other Florida friend Megan and I picked this weekend for a girls weekend trip.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous and I wanted to bottle it up and take it home.  Have I mentioned that I love that city?

We arrived on Friday night and I said a quick hello to Fenway Park before sitting on the floor laughing at our high school yearbooks.
Saturday morning, Megan and I dragged Bree out of bed at 6am (on her birthday!) to drive us to go run.  Yes, runners are crazy.
Megan and I are both training for December marathon.  She's doing the Brooks marathon method and I'm just trying to hang on and get my miles in.  We decided that 12 miles would be a good number. Megan and I run a very similar pace, which is nice.  She is going to run her first sub-2 half marathon at the Savannah Rock 'n Roll in November.
Bree dropped us off at the trail next to the Charles River and we set out.  It was a cool morning and there were lots of other runners out.  We planned to stay on the trail, go out 6 miles, and turn around.  Better to not get lost!
As we neared mile 4 we got close to the finish of the Head of the Charles Regatta.  The trail got a little crowded, but it was interesting jogging through all the boats, crews, and vendor booths.
And the "chowda" stand.  Can't forget that.
I needed to feel good about a run after my tough half marathon.  I started out achy and nervous, but warmed up around mile 4.  We were aiming for negative splits and finished with an 8:50 and 8:40 mile. It's amazing what a drop in temperature can do for a runner.  A big thumbs down to Florida.
We spent Saturday afternoon sightseeing and made a trek to Bolyston St. to see the finish of the Boston Marathon, which is still on the street.
We went out to a delicious, fancy Italian dinner to celebrate Bree's birthday officially.  For dessert we traveled to the 52nd floor of the Prudential Building to "Top of the Hub".  The views were great, but do you know what was better?
Megan & I
Getting lost on the way to the bathroom and watching the Red Sox beat the Tigers to head to the World Series from the 52nd floor.  As a Red Sox fan it was epic.
Megan left on Sunday, but not before we drove about 35 minutes outside of Boston for some spooky fall fun in Salem, Massachusetts.
We didn't spy any witches, but enjoyed another day wonderful fall weather and some spooks in the streets.
In the name of further education we toured the Witch History Museum and I brushed up on my Salem knowledge.  For about $8 I think it was worth the time especially if you forgot what Salem was all about...I mean I had US History many years ago!
The weekend flew by (not on a broomstick) and I miss Bree and the city already.
What's your favorite city?
Red Sox or Cardinals in the series?

Love the lobstah,
Carissa & Kyle
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