Marathon Monday is without a doubt the best day of the year to be in Boston. I literally don’t have a voice today from screaming for HOURS, but it was totally worth it. Yesterday could not have been more beautiful, weather wise. We set out early to get a prime spot at the corner of Hereford and Newbury Streets, and except for a quick lunch at Sonsie, we spent the entire day there.
Being a marathon spectator is tiring! I did all sorts of jumping up and down and screaming as the inspiring wheelchair racers came flying through.
I followed the Boston Marathon stream on Twitter and quickly became the source of news for everyone around us. As Americans Desiree Davila and Ryan Hall took the lead in their respective races, we just got more and more excited. Davila came up Hereford Street strong on the heels of the eventual winner, Kenyan Caroline Kilel. The crowd was electric as these two came through!
Not far after the elite women were the first elite men. You could feel the tension in the air as Geoffrey Mutai and Moses Musop came up Hereford Street. They were there and gone in seconds.
We waited for Ryan Hall to come running through. He finished an impressive fourth with the fastest marathon time of any American in any conditions.
Watching the elite runners was fascinating; they are in serious shape! But my favorite parts of the day were definitely when the regular runners came through. I loved yelling out people’s names or charities and seeing their faces light up with recognition. It was fun to help runners with that final push up and around the corner until they saw the finish line. I know from experience just how difficult that moment can be and how far away the finish line can seem.
Lunch at Sonsie followed our marathon spectating. I love Sonsie for its laid back, European feel and the doors that open on to Newbury Street.
I had my first Sam Adams Summer Ale of the season. . . and then decided I don’t really like it!
Lunch was fantastic. We shared the asparagus and beet salad with flower blossom chevre. The chevre was so rich and creamy that we ended up scraping every last bit from the plate. The asparagus was grilled, a definite nod to summer.
We also shared one of Sonsie’s pizzas, mushroom with caramelized onion, mozzarella and brie. I adore the pizzas at Sonsie, and this was a great combination of flavors.
We finished the day with a 3.5 mile walk home and some sushi. Spectating is exhausting work! I am inspired to start running again, once I figure out a time I can be away from my computer.
Ever since I started working from home, and especially since I have gotten more work, it is easier and easier to sit at my laptop for just another hour. . . and then the day is gone. I think everyone assumes that once you have a flexible work schedule you can just do whatever you want and have plenty of time to exercise. I am actually finding the structure of a full time job made me work out more. My days now are unpredictable and always changing, so it’s been really tough fitting workouts in, and I really want to figure it out. I am also a really bad sleeper which in turn makes me exhausted most days thus repeating the cycle of not working out.
How do you find/make time to work out?