HELLO! Still rehashing the GLORY of the Boston Marathon!
Saturday before the Boston Marathon was two big things: One Boston Day and the Marathon expo! The morning started with the One Boston Day "BOSTON" run with Zoom Multisport, an amazing annual event that produced the cool map below:
We do this run every year to commemorate One Boston Day which both memorializes the 2013 Marathon bombing and celebrates our city coming together. It's open to the public and it was nice to see a lot of other people joining in.
After brunch at Trinity Booksellers, we made our way down to the Boston (freakin) Marathon expo! Almost a month later I'm STILL excited about the expo, It was like going to FAO Schwarz as a little kid and see all the real life gigantic toys (Side note: I never did get that life size giraffe you could sit on, despite how many years in a row it appeared on my Christmas list.)
We picked up our numbers after waiting in a bit of a line but got to watch the B.A.A. 5k from a great vantage point and talk to some other runners, including one from Texas who was way more excited about the heat than we were. Everything ran SO smoothly, the line moved quick and everything was clearly labeled about where to pick up our bib, bags, tech shirts, etc. It was quite the operation.
We walked into the expo, luckily I had some Zoom friends with me who were JUST AS EXCITED to be there as I was, so we spent about 3.5 hours trying to see as much as possible! Here are some new products I'm excited about!
Nuun hydration vitamin drinks
I've been drinking the Nuun hydration products for a while, specifically their lemon-lime Nuun active tablets. If I'm getting crampy between workouts or if I have a sweatier workout than normal, I drink a Nuun and it usually solves all my problems! I've tried a couple of flavors and I don't love fruity tastes, but the lemon-lime is delicious and not sweet at all, especially compared to something like a Gatorade. I was intrigued by their vitamin products they had for sampling at the expo, which focus on "common daily vitamin deficiencies" and also contain CAFFEINE. I ended up drinking the ginger lemonade flavor for the rest of the expo and it definitely perked me up! They also contain vitamins a, c, e, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and some other good for you stuff.
New Balance Run Boston Gear
A lot of companies come to the expo and try to capitalize on the running culture/obsession in Boston by bringing a lot of Run Boston gear made specifically for the marathon (not that I'm complaining). Although I wanted to buy all of it and thought North Face (honorable mention) also did a great job, New Balance bring a little extra authenticity to the mix since they're a Boston based company. I actually was so excited by their ads that I went to the store a week before and bought my pullover then "just in case they ran out" even though all the employees said there was no chance of that BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE CHANCES with your Run Boston gear.
Z-clear glasses/goggle cleaner
Some other cool things from the Marathon Expo:
Were you at the expo? Did you get any cool stuff? Have you found any new running gear recently that has changed your life? Let me know!
The race of my dreams has come and gone. Well...maybe that's a little dramatic but it was an AMAZING DAY!! The weather was way warmer than what I had trained for. The day before the race (Easter Sunday) was in the 80s. I did a shakeout run in the late afternoon and felt "woozy" from the heat but was hoping the temperatures wouldn't carry into the next day.
I got up at my normal work time (6:30 AM) which really helped my sleep (I'm a terrible pre-race sleeper.) I had my normal breakfast of eggs and coffee...probably should have had a banana here for the extra potassium but didn't. I made my way over to my friend's house and we uber'ed with some other friends over to the bus pickup/bag drop off.
From there we took the bus to Hopkinton to wait around until our waves. I had about 3 hours to wait until my wave/corral got called up. In that time I ate my apple sauce, drank a ton of Base Hydro and water, peed about ten times, and hung out with the people on the left. After they all took off (I have speedy friends!) I found another girl from my charity, so I never had to wait alone and get nervous.
Overall I'm happy with my time of 3:40:19 even though I was foiled in my (secret) BQ attempt. To anyone running the Boston Marathon in the future, I suggest practicing a lot of downhill running.
Any suggestions for which race I should run to find that BQ?
Some more great/terrible/entertaining pictures for your viewing pleasure: