Here I am blogging live from what has been a fabulous start to family week 2011.
One of the hardest things we have to plan out this summer is missing our long Saturday marathon training runs with CARA. This week they are running 13. I knew I had to get it in at some point but also that I would have a really hard time getting it done by myself. My friend Adrienne is also training for a marathon in November and lives in Boston, so I randomly emailed her to see if she could run on Thursday. Somehow it worked out and she agreed to map out a route around Boston and run 13 miles with me.
My plane didn’t get in until 1 AM Wednesday night, so after 3 hours of sleep I wasn’t expecting great things from the run. I ate my standard pre-run breakfast at the Taft residence before heading over to Adrienne’s.
I strapped on my
fanny pack Spi Belt and we were off. We ran through Adrienne’s town about a mile or so until we reached the Charles River.
You know my love for running by water so this was perfect. It’s cool to see how different the workout scenes in big cities are. The path along the river was quite narrow, but there weren’t too many people out so it wasn’t an issue.
The scenery was beautiful. We ran 6 or so miles along the path, passing through different sections of the city. Boston really is a classy place.
On the way back we crossed over this massive bridge.
The bridge provided not only great views but a fabulous breeze.
Pretty ingenious. We messed around for a few minutes and then got back to business on the trail.
After we drank some water and ate some fruit Adrienne packed me a baggy of cereal and I drove to Beth’s parents house, family week headquarters. I basically put my bathing suit on, collapsed in a chair, and waited for my lunch to be delivered.
Surprisingly I enjoyed the beef slider more than the crab cake, though both were tasty.
The appetizers were really a meal in themselves, but I had to peruse the dinner buffet to make sure I wasn’t missing out on anything. Swordfish? Sign me up.
Did I mention there was desert?
Beth and I split the mini sampler above. I didn’t have anything from the gelato cart, but I was told it was good.
We’ve become regulars at this event every year and it never fails to disappoint.
After heading to a few more classy establishments we called it a night. My achy body was dying for bed, but I still managed to get a few more chapters of the Help in before falling asleep. I know, I know, I’m a few years late to the game. I tend to avoid the hype, but finally caved and bought it at the airport. Worth every overpriced page.
Now we’re heading back to Club Brigham for the weekend. Have a great Friday!