Friday, April 29, 2022

Part 3: Touring Boston & A Pasta Dinner

We spent Easter Sunday in Boston (and thankfully, the Easter Bunny visited us back at home a few days before). Our morning began with a Team Citgo breakfast where we ate, introduced ourselves, and visited with our teammates. It was a really great way to start out the day!

After breakfast, we walked over to the finish line area for team photos!

Our Lake Charles team members!

Shortly thereafter, we said goodbye to our teammates and continued with our day. We attempted to visit the church located at the finish line for a blessing of the runners, but there were very few seats and we couldn't find a spot to sit together. 

Instead, we walked around the finish line area, taking photos and visiting various pop-up shops along the way. I just loved the atmosphere here. Everyone was truly excited and you could feel it!

We also made it a point to visit the Boston Marathon memorial where two individuals tragically lost their lives in 2013. 

The memorial itself is a beautiful tribute!

Around 10 a.m., we wandered back over to the Fan Fest area, just past the finish line, to have a patch made for my jacket. I'd heard that Addidas was doing this for free and it was true!

Look how neat!

I personalized my patch with my name and I love it! It's a great addition to the jacket!

Another highlight of our day was the Freedom Trail Tour. We'd purchased tickets ahead of time for the noon tour and I'm glad we did. It filled up pretty quickly!

Our tour guide was great and we loved seeing several of the historic parts of Boston along the way!

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long path through Boston, marked with a red brick line. We didn't walk the entire path on our tour, but we saw several really important things along the way!

Our tour included the Boston Commons, the graveyard where Samuel Adams and Paul Revere are buried, and the site of the Boston Massacre.

After the tour, we found lunch inside of the Boston Public Market. It was overcast outside and we were so cold, we just wanted to get inside and warm up a bit. I'm VERY glad I stuffed my North Face jacket inside my suitcase to travel. It barely fit and I almost left it at home - I would have been miserable!!

I found the warmest thing I could - clam chowder in a bread bowl. It was SO good!

After lunch, I began thinking about the race the following day and how under-prepared I was for cold weather. I was kicking myself because I didn't bring gloves with me (which is ridiculous because I always have gloves). So, I set out on an "adventure" to every CVS and Walgreens in a 2 mile radius to find gloves. I never found actual "weather" gloves, but I did find bath and shower gloves which definitely did the trick (although they were a little rough)! Instead of "hot hands", I found bodi heat patches which doubled as hot hands (if you don't take the sticky side off). And finally, after my finds, I felt much more prepared for the following day!

On the way back to our hotel, we found a carousel in the Boston Commons for Brayden to ride, which he thoroughly enjoyed! 

That evening, my friend Melissa (from Florida) was planning on arriving via train. Oddly enough, she was already on the East coast visiting a friend, so the timing worked out for her to meet up with us for the race! I was so excited to see her and catch up!!

For dinner that evening, I'd heard that there would be a pasta buffet dinner in our hotel and I was intrigued. At $30 per person, we decided the price of an uber/lyft, plus the cost of a restaurant and the time it would take us to to a different restaurant was worth the price of staying at our hotel and eating the pasta dinner, so that's what we did!

It was SO good, too!!

We ended our evening there, with Brayden even falling asleep at the table. It had been a long and adventurous day and I had a marathon to run the following morning!

Up next: The Boston Marathon!!

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