I wrote my first post on my Boston Marathon experience here, and now I am moving on to the events that occurred on Saturday (Day 2)
Day 2 started early…earlier than we needed it to be actually! I had signed Dan and I up for the B.A.A. 5 km event that morning. The B.A.A. 5km is the first event of the year for the B.A.A. Distance Medley (5km, 10km, and half marathon). If you register for the medley (which I heard from a local sold out in 20 minutes) you get a special medal upon completion. Since we aren’t local, we just chose to sign up for the 5 km, which filled up in 24 hours!
We had to take transit to Boston Common that morning, and since there would be 10,000 runners in the event, I really had no clue how busy it would be. Turns out we left a bit earlier than we needed to, and I didn’t really think ahead in terms of preparing us weather wise. My one gripe is that international runners had to pick up their race packages morning of. This is hwy I had us leave so early, since I wasn’t sure what it would be like. It was seamless and easy, however, if we had been able to have our stuff mailed to us ahead (like those in the US had) it would have been one less thing to worry about.
That being said, I should have thought about a drop bag. We just showed up to the race ready to go, and it was a little cold. Dan even had to borrow my throw-away shirt I had brought for Marathon morning to wear and race in. I wish we had worn sweats and layers prior to the 5 km, and then gear checked them, but I didn’t even think of that. Since we didn’t have our race package when we left the hotel the thought didn’t cross my mind. Instead, we just found a spot in the sun and blocked from the wind and waited it out.
We did end up getting a bag to check, however, as we were allowed to pick up our race shirts before running the event. I liked being able to do this, as the shirts were unisex sizing, and I wanted to make sure to get an extra small. The shirts are a nice Adidas short-sleeve tech shirt. They had the price tags attached still ($35).
The race itself was not going to be a ‘race’ but a nice shakeout for myself and a fun experience for us as a couple. We made our way to the front 20% of people in the mass corral…there were A LOT of people! I tried getting a photo of those behind us. They seemed to start the race in spurts of groups, so when we did cross the start line it actually did spread out nicely within about half a mile. At around mile 1.5 we even ran by Dick & Rick Hoyt, the famed father and son of Team Hoyt! That was awesome!
We finished in under 30 minutes, and had a lot of fun. I would definitely consider doing this event again, especially if it was with another person I was travelling with. The $75 is steep for a 5 km, especially since when I registered for it the Canadian Dollar was at rock bottom. However, the organization, swag, course and experience make up for it. Comparing it to a $65 Disney 5 km….this was a better value in my opinion. The course was less congested, even though there was more people. The shirt is of higher quality (tech vs. cotton) and the medal was a real medal (at Disney 5km races its a rubber medal).
We made it back to the hotel and then had a full day of touring ahead. After cleaning up, we headed back on transit but this time all the way down to the Fanueil Hall area. We went through the Holocaust Memorial, toured through the marketplace, and then ventured to a pub so Dan could watch the Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers. I had my 2nd cup of clam chowder for the trip here (delicious!) We stayed here until halftime of the game, and then ventured down to Fenway Park area so Dan could watch the rest of the game at a pub closer to the ball park. We had tickets to the 4:05 pm game, so I wanted to make sure we weren’t late!
Dan saw the rest of his game (which they lost) and we got to Fenway on time. We had awesome seats and the vibe was fantastic. I unknowingly bought us tickets in an area that was already in the shade, so it was quite cold. Brr! It was The Red Sox vs the Blue Jays, so we were cheering on our national team. They started off strong, even with a Donaldson triple! But they fizzled later on, making it the second Toronto pro sports team to lose that day. Sigh!
Instead of going back to the hotel like normal people, we wandered around to see where we could go after the game (It was still ‘early’). We eventually made it back to Brookline near our hotel and went to a sports bar in Coolidge Corner, where I had my third cup of clam chowder for the trip and my second in that day. We ended up back to the hotel and in bed still by 10 pm, but man, it was a full day! Neither of us want to miss a moment while we are here!