PJ: “Marathon Monday is the most American day of the year.”
Me: “Even more so than Fourth of July?”
After this year, I can actually believe him. Marathon Monday, aka Patriot’s Day (technically, vice versa) was yesterday, and it was as awe-inspiring, patriotic, and fun as ever!
I’m sure many of you know that the Boston Marathon is a pretty huge deal, and we students at Boston University have the privilege of
getting the day off classes watching the participants charge right through our campus.
LOTS of police security
If you missed coverage of it, here are 12 must-see things moments from the marathon. My friends and I got to see Jose Luis Sanchez (a marine who lost his leg and ran the race with a prosthetic leg while holding a LARGE American flag) run to the finish. It was incredible. Everyone who participated is incredible.
Marathon Monday is also a notorious drinking day for the young, 21+ adults of Boston, but that’s much less important.
Then I headed to my friend Lauren’s place to watch them celebrate Marathon Monday the way young adults do 🙂
applause for those leggings, please
After a couple hours of hangin’ out, I headed back to my apartment to study for an hour and nap, because I have been the worst at letting myself sleep at night lately.
I woke up feeling refreshed and then scarfed down a quick lunch before meeting back up with the crew on their way to see our friend/Rachel’s boyfriend, Austin, at the finish line!
As always, we had a grand ol’ time cheering on all the runners/cyclists. It’s not a Marathon Monday without losing your voice a little bit. But we were truly the loudest kids on the block when we saw Austin coming!
Congrats, Austin!! He got pretty badly dehydrated but still finished in 3:45:15. What a champ.
The rest of us were just like, “Our feet hurt from standing. Let’s go eat.”
Afterwards, I went back home to study a little bit more and do a quick workout in the apartment:
4 rounds for time:
- 10 pushup burpees
- 20 jump lunges
- 15 pushups
- 30 mountain climbers each leg
- 40 air squat to side leg lifts
It took just under 19 minutes to complete. That’s about the extent of my stamina right there.
Then I rushed out to meet PJ for dinner at Saloniki Greek in Fenway!
It’s kinda like a Greek version of Chipotle or Subway, except a little more gourmet. I got “The George”, which had spicy Colorado lamb meatballs, charred eggplant spread, zesty garlic yogurt, secret sauce, greens, tomato, cucumber, Greek fries, and I added some broken olive tapenade, all in a homemade pita.
It was giant and so delicious. I [slowly but surely, and very messily] finished every last bite. Thank you again for treating, PJ!
Of course, we had to end with dessert, so we went to Cafe 472 for frozen yogurt. I got the apple pie flavor with granola on top. This isn’t like other froyo, guys. This is more like a massive soft-serve-blizzard-type deal.
I also finished every last bite of that. Look at this sunset we got to witness while we ate!
Goodness gracious, I love you, Boston.
Hope you all have a great Tuesday!
So tell me:
Did you follow the marathon at all? What were your favorite parts if you did?
Best thing you ate yesterday! That pita for sure.