Thursday, April 21, 2011

Boston: Pre-race adventures

I am an infrequent flyer

Air travel is awesome, but seriously, who knew cottage cheese couldn't be brought carry-on?

 Lunch was eaten at PDX at 8 am. Second breakfast...
Looking pretty nerdy in my glasses and sporting my Eugene Marathon race shirt. I'll tell you that I was only dressed like a bum because I was going to be comfortable for the flight...but ..I love my yoga pants and they hide the coffee stains well. =D

Wearing the Eugene shirt was actually a good decision- not just a "geeky mom" thing; I met some other racers in the airports because of it.

Anyone know what city this is?? 

Layover #2 where I met Sarah, a runner who was headed to both Providence, RI, to run Gansett marathon (formerly Exeter) 4/16, and Boston 4/19. She finished both in the 3:20's. Incredible.  

In Boston 

Saturday morning, I ran a 3 mile shake-out run with a brand new Garmin 305.
 My husband bought it as a surprise for me right before the trip. It was exactly the one I had been wanting and was so overcome that he got it for me- even though we had discussed it earlier as an unnecessary expense. He also stayed back to take care of the boys, since it would have quadrupled the cost of the trip for us all to come. They were missed. More on that in another post, maybe.
Later that day, I headed from my friend's house (45 minutes from Boston) to the EXPO!

The expo was very organized and not too busy on Saturday. I picked up my packet, jacket and a few powerbar gels. 
The adidas Boston gear lined up the entry to the expo, but every other running shoe manufacturer you can image was there...and many other running related booths.

The adidas line for jacket/ official Boston gear purchases ^

I found an awesome sports bra (Brooks Glycerine), which turned out to be GREAT purchase.

Sunday, I headed back to Boston to see the 5k, the middle school 1k, and high school mile races.
What started off to be a wet morning (after thunder and rain the evening before), turned into perfect race but not COLD. Of course we were all still speculating how the weather would be for race Monday.

The first wheel chair racer finished 5k with no one else near!

The men's 5k winner- Ben True- finished in 14:07 (official)!!! Amazing!

And the first woman to cross, Lineth Chepkurui 15:52

The rest of the racers continued to come into the finish line over the next hour.  Many women finished under 18 minutes...

Women's winner of the 5k. ^

Men's 5K winner ^

Then it was time for the middle school 1K races. Two boys and two girls represent each of the towns on the Boston course. 
Middle school top 3 at the 1k...

And then there was the girls' high school mile...

And a boys' high school mile... 
(can't find the photo, but he finished in 4:30)

It appeared that adidas furnished the high school participants with new shoes, shorts and singlets.

The races were fun to watch and really helped get the mood charged for the next day!
Following the races, I went back into the expo to get a little information about the race day shuttles and drop off. I also got to see a race preview video that helped me visualize the course. And I had a celebrity moment.

He was a great sport about jabbing him in the ribs like that.

Nothing could really prepare me for what I was going to experience the next day, though!


  1. oh I love it!! What great pictures. You are too cute.
    And sarah is awesome! she is the marathon queen, thats for sure.

  2. I have been stalking you seeing when you'd post!!

    That's great that you could meet Sarah SR--she can run and to do 2 mary's in 48 hours in the 3:20's is LEGIT.

    You are adorable and could not look nerdy! I'll trade bodies with you any day!

    Looking forward to reading more Raina!

  3. Oh, man, what a cliffhanger!!! I'm really looking forward to reading more about your experience!
    And to answer your question... CLEVELAND! Fun airport. :)

  4. Wow, you met SRr and got to jab Ryan Hall in the ribs... what a trip! Can't wait to read the rest of your report. :)

  5. Can't wait to hear more!!

  6. Gee, leave us hanging Raina! Dirty Dog! :) So glad you got to have this experience and so proud of how you did even though you have not posted about this yet! What a sweet gift from your hubby. So awesome...both gifts...that he stayed with the boys and the Garmin is nice too! :)

  7. I got a big smile on my face when I saw you posted! Can't wait to read more!

  8. Nice score on the Garmin...I followed you and ghhrfy during the race. Had me glued to my computer even more than normal. I was getting nervous at one point, your 35K split hadn't posted yet and ghhrfy's had, and through 30K you were leading her. Now I can't wait to read the rest. Hopefully it won't be a week in preparing like mine was.

  9. Cool, I didn't realize there were so many races the day before. Thats so fun!

  10. Those are some super fast times!!! I can't wait to hear about your race!

  11. Jeez, you are an infrequent flyer. I had my almond butter confiscated on my last flight and you would have thought they were taking one of my children. $7-DANG!!!

    Glad you were able to go to those races!! I loved them last year!! I actually think maybe I could just be a spectator not a runner-ha!

    Jon-what a sweet guy! I think Ryan H. was OK with the ribs. Drop that hand about 8 inches and you might have a 90 pound miler on your back though-ha!!

    I am on the edge of my seat waiting for installment #2 of this whole experience:)

  12. everytime i fly i am introduced to something new i cannot fly onboard with. love the glasses and t.

    the weather for the race looked so much better than these photo's. looked like you took the PNW and western Oregon weather with ya!

    i was trying to follow you on the runner tracker online - yet silly runner tracker did not have any runner called small town runner? :)

  13. I'm so happy you're back! I've been obsessively checking Google Reader for any signs that you were back and reporting on your trip. I can't wait to hear about YOUR race. I was seriously stalking your every footstep - and that's a lot of steps you took in 26.2 miles, let me tell you! I'm just so thrilled for you and how awesome you were!

  14. Yippie! I have been thinking about you lately and prayed for you the day of your marathon :) I cannot wait to hear all about EVERYTHING AHHH :) I have totally been blog stalking ya! :) I love all the pictures!

  15. Love the race pics ... enjoy the Garmin, I'm addicted to mine!

  16. We missed the 5K, we should have gone down for that. I really wish I had been smart enough to sign up for it, at least I could have been part of the Boston marathon race weekend. Sounds like you had a great time!

  17. Looking forward to your RR. I followed your progress all race day.

  18. man! looks like you had some awesome seats for the races on sunday! i'm so jealous! i bet that just jazzed you up for race day :) especially being so close to the finish line and visualizing all the emotions that you'd be going through. can't wait to keep reading!


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