20 April 2009

Boston

We arrived here in Boston just after 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. Of course our first stop in BeanTown was b.good!

Mmmm... some el guapos along with fries and a coke!

Following our meal we met up with cousin Shelly who is nice enough to allow us to crash at her place during our time here.

Oh look... more food. I don't think we go more than a couple of hours without finding something to eat. And what can be more authentic than a Dunkin' Donuts in Boston?

Waiting for the commuter train at the West Bedford stop.

After picking up our race packets, we had a bit of time before the Red Sox game began. We made our way to b.good for another succulent burger!

This was a magical moment! Having just arrived at Fenway, we walked out of the portal to see the Green Monster along with the plush, verdant grass. What a beautiful sight!

After finding our seats, both Trent and I found ourselves paying the price for a late night on Saturday. Neither of us could stay awake, despite the fact that we were watching a baseball game in one of the most storied ballparks in America. Some time in the second inning we both dozed off for a bit. We both comment on how funny we must have looked with our heads slumped over and completely oblivious as to what was happening on the field. After a brief power-nap, I ordered myself a Coke so I could more fully enjoy the game. Trent, on the other hand, declined any caffeine. He still wanted to catch up on his sleep a bit - he dozed off a few more times before the game's intensity picked up a bit in the later innings.


Race day! We arrived in Hopkinton at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning. The race began at 10:00. This gave us plenty of time to wait around in the cold - just what I like to do before a leisurly 26.2 mile run.

Just before the starting gun was fired, we were treated to a fly-over of two F-15 fighter jets - they couldn't have been more than a couple hundred feet up. They flew right overtop of the starting corals - it was awesome.

It amazes me how many people are involved in this race - participants, spectators, and volunteers. Over 26,000 runners joined the field this year. We were all cheered on and encouraged by fans lining literally the entire 26 mile course. It is unbelievable! Especially as we get nearer and even into the actual city of Boston. Both sides of the course are packed with spectators - sometimes up to 6 people deep.

Trent smoked the course - clocking in at an impressive 3:03:25! That is a sweet time for a tough Boston course. As for myself... I thought it prudent to honor my performance from 2007 here in Boston by logging nearly the exact same time. This year I crossed the line in 3:37:26; my 2007 time was 3:37:57.

Following the race, we made our way to b.good for our 3rd visit in as many days. Unfortunately I neglected to document our visit. Honestly, I was so tired that I did not want to exert myself any more than I had too - and let's face it, opening the zipper of my camera case is asking a bit much!

Exhausted as we wait for the train back to Medford.

Note: hopefully I will have some pictures to post from the race. Cousin Shelly said her friend who joined her to watch the race captured some good pics of both Trent and me. Stay tuned...

19 comments:

Amy said...

Thanks for all the updates Jake! Love the pics and I love that you guys ate at b. good so many times. I hope you have a good ending of you vacation and a good work week there in Boston! Good work on the time!

Amy said...

Nice addition to the game briefing. I can't believe Trent paid however much money to take a nap at Fenway!

Jamie N said...

I LOVE that you have material again!!! Honestly, thanks for all the updates and the pics - especially this run down of your races. I am so proud of you two! Really, it makes me emotional to see you guys running and accomplishing such an amazing feat. I am blessed with great brothers! I hope you adequately recuperate. I'm sure you're completely beat. Much love to you both!

hbentley said...

That it so awesome you guys ran the race. What an accomplishment. It was fun this morning to track your progress on the internet. I can't believe how well you both did. I think it is amazing that you got about the same time. Has anyone ever done that? I am glad to see that you have hit b. good three times. HOLY COW!!! I guess it is a good thing that you both do a little exercise on the side. I have to laugh about the naps at Fenway...that is so funny. I would love to see the two of you napping during the game. I can't believe you guys did...well done.

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Maga said...

Nice reporting!!!
Nice finishing for you both!!!
Nice to have so many
b-good hamburgers!!
Nice memories!!!
Nice to have brothers!

Sam said...

great post - loved all the pictures and the documenting of Boston! congrats on beating your 07 marathon time. a very worthy cause.

Papa Morris said...

Papa is trying to remember his password.
Hope this is it.

akdoxey said...

Congrats on the marathon. Some of Doug's friends were volunteers and the marathon in Boston and they said it was amazing how well every aspect was run. You probably didn't even think about it but, Doug could have totally helped out Trent with his ingrown toenail. Oh well. Glad it got taken care of. I think I need to make a trip back to Boston to try B Good- I can't believe you went so much.

Andrea Jolene said...

Jake - you're awesome. Seriously. That's all I got - you're awesome. And go Sox!

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