Apr
20

Boston Birds

I have had a blast in Boston!!! To everyone running…
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Saturday:
I met up with my Fleet Feet Racing Teammate Heather to run the BAA 5k.  We used it as a shakeout run and had a blast.  You get to run the last mile of the Boston Marathon and cross over the finish line.  It gave me goosebumps and made me even more excited for the marathon.
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We went over to the Nike Store where we may or may not have stalked Shalane Flanagan to get a picture….totally worth it!
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Boston has beautiful daffodils placed all over the city to lift the spirits of the community and support the marathon and Boston Strong.  They’re lovely! :)
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I also got to meet Lauren (@LOFLO77).  We’ve been Instagram friends and I love her blog (The Foodie Runner), so it was awesome to meet in person!
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For dinner, Heather invited us to dine with the QCC (Quarter Century Club).  It’s members have run 25+ Boston Marathon…INCREDIBLE!!  I loved their stories and it made this trip even more special.
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Afterwards we went to Bova’s Bakery for dessert…heaven!
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We took ours back to the hotel and they lasted about 30 seconds.
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Sunday:
I was so excited to meet up with the Oiselle Flock for a shakeout run!!  I know so many of the Birds online, and loved the chance to run together.
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Andrea Duke is an Elite Oiselle runner and one of the kindest ladies!
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Obviously, I love her style!
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The run was led by Sarah (Mac) Robinson aka Oiselle Mac, the marketing director and runner at Oiselle.
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I stopped by my favorite Boston juice shop.  How yummy does this look?!! Cocobeet made a special race recovery juice for the marathon.  It will be a perfect post-race treat!
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I met up with some more of my Fleet Feet Race Team Members for lunch.  It means so much to have friends in town for the race!
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Jason and I had an early Italian dinner, so I could get back to the room to prep for the race morning.
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This mushroom risotto rocked my socks!
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The race forecast: Temps in the 40’s (perfect), Light rain to start getting heavier (blah), and a headwind out of the east at 20mph (crap!).
It’s definitely not ideal, but I’m going to show up and run the best race that I can run.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your encouraging words and well wishes!!!  I read them all and they mean the world to me.
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#CHOOSEJOY

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  • http://www.facebook.com/685653032 Gillian Power

    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend and are all set for a great race! Hope you have an amazing experience! Our clubs motto is Run with endurance (“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” – Hebrews 12:1-2) so go do that! Have fun! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That’s one of my favorites!!!! Thank you:)

  • http://motherhoodandmarathons.wordpress.com Molly@MotherhoodandMarathons

    What a fun weekend! Enjoy the race and good luck!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!!

  • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

    Best wishes out there today Jen!

  • Ruth C

    What an amazing weekend! Thanks so much for being so generous in sharing it with us. I’m rooting for you today. Savor each moment, even if the weather sucks. You’re in Boston and even in the rain, you’re doing something amazing. You are amazing! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you so much for your encouragement!!!!

  • Diane

    Enjoy the race today! I will be cheering you on from Idaho!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • http://Paleorunningmomma.com Michele @ PaleoRunningMomma

    Have a great race today! Looks like the best weekend :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!!

  • http://gretchruns.com Gretchen | Gretchruns

    GOOD LUCK GIRL!!! You’re probably heading over now, so I’ll be thinking of you in the next few hours when you’re running! I was in Boston last year the week before the marathon, and the city is AMAZING! I got to see the finish line going up and that gave me chills too! Have an amazing time and soak it all in (while you’re getting soaked!!)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m sitting on my bus doing my best to rest and stay relaxed. Thank you so much for your encouragement!!!!

  • Meghan Smith

    It sounds like you are having a wonderful time and I wish you all the best during your race!! You are going to do fantastic! Hope you don’t mind if I “stalk” you online during the race?! I look forward to hearing your race recap!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you so much for your encouragement!!!

  • http://gravatar.com/amahoney81 AmandaM

    Random thought – you look so graceful in all of your run pictures with your toes kind of pointed :) I wish I looked like that when I ran. Ha! Imagine yourself running swiftly and crossing that finish line. My best wishes are with you!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I wish I actually felt graceful!!! Thank you so much for your well wishes!!

  • http://www.sarahruns26.com Sarah @ SarahRuns26

    Good luck! I’ll be tracking online! Run Strong!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Woo hoo!!! Thank you!!!

  • http://milesandblessings.com/ milesandblessings

    Just so awesome I can hardly stand it!!!! I am so excited for you all!!! I am tracking you and cheering for you!!!! That recovery drink looks AMAZING!!!!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you so much for your encouragement!!! It means the world!

  • http://shesgoingthedistance.com she’s going the distance

    shalane is so cute! i would have stalked her as well. Good luck this morning! And remember–hard runs are followed by great food and treats! Run your race & enjoy the After!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!! I’m so excited to celebrate at the finish!!

  • http://sweat1xdaily.com Meghan

    Good Luck!! Have fun! Can’t wait to read all about it!! So jealous you got to meet Shalane Flanagan! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!! I’ll post my race recap in the morning!

  • paria@momontherunsanity.com

    I get goosebumps looking at these pics….and the “We Run In Mass” t-shirt on Shalene is everything!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I got a We Run in Mass tank and I can’t wait to wear it!!

  • http://movinitwithmichelle.wordpress.com Movin’ it with Michelle

    You are running as I type this, so I’ll just say GOOOOOOOOOO JENNNNNNNNNNNN!!! I hope you have a wonderful race!!! xoxoxoxo

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks for sending good mojo my way!!!

  • http://acupcakeformythoughts.weebly.com/ Jasmine

    Good luck!! I hope it goes really well and you achieve your goal :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!! It was a rough but rewarding race day!!

  • Angie

    Thinking of you today! You’re going to rock it! Enjoy every moment :-)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you so much!!!

  • http://www.thesimplepeach.com/ thesimplepeach

    Can’t wait to hear the race recap! I know you rocked it!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks and I’ll post my recap in the morning!!!

  • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

    I’m so glad that you have had such a memorable time in Boston, Jen; so cool that you met so many awesome Oiselle birds and had friends there to enjoy it all with! Woo hoo!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      It has been an incredible weekend!!!

  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com cupcakesandmiles

    oh gosh! This is just so exciting! It looks like you had a great time in Boston prepping for the race. I’m sure you’re resting now, but I can’t wait to hear ALL about it! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you and I’ll post my race recap in the morning!!!