Boston was buzzing with excitement; the city and the people have an enthusiasm and energy for marathons unmatched by any other venue I’ve ever experienced . They welcome the marathon runners with open arms, generously allowing us to all feel like “Bostonians” for one day.
Here are a few more pictures about my third Boston Marathon and all the things to DO!
Do pack as much as you want, even if it means your backpack is the size of a 6th grader. Spring weather in Boston means you need a lot of options.
Do spend the extra money to NOT take the red eye. The sleep prior to a big race is critical.
Do use VRBO or AIRBNB as a travel option. We were lucky enough to stay in the Beacon Hill neighborhood which was only about a half of a mile from Boston Common (where the buses load on race morning). Plus, having access to a kitchen and being able to control your fuel while carb loading is crucial. Luckily our apartment was just around the corner from a Whole Foods. I spent a week’s worth of grocery money in 3 days, and it was worth every delicious bite.
Do walk down to the finish line and soak it in. This year also celebrated the 50th year of women running in the Boston Marathon. Those courageous women who broke barriers and finish lines are awe-inspiring. Without them, we’d still be limited to the distance of a half-mile run. Thank you Bobbi Gibbs, Kathrine Switzer, and Joan Benoit Samuelson you are pioneers.
Do make one big splurge at the expo. My friend bought the R8 from Roll Recovery, and this is best roller I’ve ever used. I’m hoping it might be a Mother’s Day surprise. Hint, hint!
Do buy your race photos, these are moments worth celebrating.
Do continue the celebration with a little Lulu. I bought the In Flux Crop Pant in black and I love them!
Do get moving after a marathon, even if it’s just a walk. Moving post-marathon helps my muscles recover faster. We ran/walked the Freedom Trail the day after the marathon and I’m so glad we got our blood moving before sitting on a long plane ride home. Plus it was a great way to take in some of the historical sights and bid a fond farewell to Boston.
Do celebrate that finish line, even if you fell short of your goal or a specific finish time. Finish lines are proof that when we’ve conquered that desire to quit and kept running, we truly have won our race.
What is your favorite post marathon celebration?
Have you ever tried VRBO or Airbnb? Are you a fan?