We woke to a sunny day, 40 degrees, and perfect for a shake out run the day before the race. From our hotel, we went through Boston Commons
To the Charles River
It was about a 3 mile easy jog, just enough to see how everything was feeling.
On the way back, we took in some historic views
After an overly priced breakfast at the hotel, we made tracks to the expo, taking photos along the way.
A small memorial where the first bomb blast happened in 2013
The finish line
At the expo, it was too crowded to meander for too long. We picked up my bib and shirt then went in just long enough to take a photo of Dean Karnazes, Kara Goucher, buy too much stuff (2014 jacket, running tights, Newton running shoes, socks, gels, chomps, and grabbed some freebies).
Would have asked for a photo but just as I was moving in to ask, I heard him say to someone asking for an autograph, “I really have to get going”, so I to stole a shot from afar.
Kara Goucher on the right. The line was too long so again, a photo from afar.
Next up was lunch. Delicious!
Ted had a giant Rueben sub. I had a salad and a vegetable rice dish.
We relaxed then strolled down to Quincy Market to watch street performers. On the way back we were grateful for not opting in on the pre race dinner. The line was SO LONG.
We opted instead for Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
Then we had fun with some friends.
Ted and Benjamin Franklin
… sitting on that donkey was pretty darned cold!
So now it’s get comfy, read over the my reminders, get some sleep and face a record crowd (at least a record number since the 100th running of Boston when they had 38,000 registered runners) running the route from Hopkinton to Boston.
Here’s to a good race.