It’s Boston Marathon weekend! Yesterday afternoon I couldn’t wait to get to the Hynes Convention Center to pick up my race number and to browse the expo.
I walked right down Boylston Street through Copley Square where the finish action happens. In the photo below you can see the blue scaffolding which will be covered in balloons on Marathon Monday.
Access to cross the street near the finish line was blocked off, but when a kind Boston police officer caught me trying to sneak on to the street, he gave me the go ahead to take a photo and wished me luck. Everyone in Boston has the marathon fevah!
When I got to the Hynes, the line was SUPER long, but when the doors opened at 2:00, it completely dispersed, and I had my bib number, fabulous Adidas long sleeved t-shirt and other goodies within minutes. The Boston Athletic Association knows how to run a show!
Once I had secured a coveted size small shirt, I went to browse the seemingly never ending marathon expo. I stopped by the PowerBar display.
And checked out the Gatorade booth where I tried their new Recover drink. It was pretty good, a little sweet but refreshing.
Then I got a sample of Vemma, a liquid antioxidant made from mangosteen, aloe vera, and green tea. It wasn’t too bad. The texture was a tiny bit chalky, but I would definitely drink it again.
I had a nice healthy sample of Fage Greek yogurt with honey which was the perfect late afternoon snack. I love how satisfying Fage is! I like other Greek yogurts, but Fage is the real deal.
Then there was Odwalla with their delicious smoothie drinks.
I unfortunately had to get back to the office, but I really enjoyed the time that I spent at the marathon expo and the samples that I tasted. It was a place full of great energy, and it definitely pumped me up for the marathon weekend!
Inspiration can be found everywhere in Boston this weekend, from the elite superhumans to the thousands of charity runners raising millions of dollars to the men and women in uniform who run with something like 60 pounds on their back in memory of fallen comrades.
It’s all about the promises. My promises? To run a happy and healthy Boston Marathon with The ALLY Foundation in my mind and heart the entire time.
Have you made any promises to yourself lately?