You can feel it in the air. The buzz. The energy. The innumerable people walking around in running shoes. The throngs pouring into the Hynes convention centre. Without a doubt, the Boston Marathon Weekend is here. So even though I don't have the privilege of making the trek from Hopkinton to Copley this year, I was still very excited about the marathon.
The first highlight of this weekend was meeting up with Renee Saxman. C and I were so looking forward to catching up with her over dinner. We had a wonderful time hearing about the latest happenings back in our favourite city of Rochester MN and how everyone was doing :) I so miss joining in the RAC runs and all the other running adventures in Minnesota.
Mr and Mrd Imd flew into Boston today, after a grueling 30+ hour journey. I was impressed by how fresh they looked after such a long trip. It is great to have them in our little apartment, and to share in the anticipation of Imd's first Boston Marathon :) After a nice slow brunch at Panera Bread, we headed off to Hynes Convention Centre to check out the marathon expo. Similar to the NYC Marathon, the expo was huge and packed with hoards of runners and other fitness enthusiasts.
After weaving in and out of the different stores over 90 minutes, C and I managed to pick up a few bargains on running shoes, race belts, and shirts. There was an abundance of energy bars, smoothies, bars and other chewables to snack on throughout the expo. A highlight for me was getting an autographed book of 'Devoted', a story about Team Hoyt , and getting a picture with Mr Dick Hoyt! Their story is such an inspiration.
I knew it was time to call it a day when my credit card started to protest each time it was swiped. We left the Imds at the expo, who were still going strong, and made our way back to the apartment. Looking at all that we had purchased, it was definitely a fruitful day at the expo.
After soaking in all that expo energy, I am itching for a run. So even though rain clouds loom in the distance, we will probably head out the the Charles for another run before dinner :)