Anyway, I worked my 45 hours the week before Boston and definitely felt run down by the end of the week with a little bit of a sore throat. I thought maybe I was a little dehydrated, but by Friday morning I was achy and my throat was worse. My sinuses felt a little clogged and I was exhausted. I talked to e-speed about even getting on the plane (didn't want to spend 4 days away from home with full blown flu and take the chance of making my roomies sick too!), but she easily persuaded me to at least come out and see how I would feel.
Each day after, I felt about the same crappy, crappy and crappy. I was torn between exploring the expo and all the awesome places Boston had to offer or just crawling into bed and trying to save all my strength for Monday. I convinced myself this was such a great opportunity and I made it out for some wonderful Boston moments.
I haven't been on a plane for probably five or six years and there is a reason...I hate flying. I hate heights and I always think the plane is going down! I had 2 super cool guys from Canton on my flight who had run Boston before and were telling me their stories. I was the first girl to arrive from our group and when I got to baggage claim, this was my first sign it was really going to happen -- I was going to get my shot at the Boston Marathon!!
The first night we hit up the hotel restaurant Connexions and I got to try a lobster roll and an Oatmeal Stout beer
The next morning we had our traditional SERC photo:
The Expo (where the famous BB found the last freakin' Boston 2011 jacket for me)
We had an awesome brunch in Cambridge where we met another future Boston marathoner, also a nurse (YAY!!)
The night before the race we had a killer dinner at Pappa Razzi's and on the way home we walked backwards through the finish. I was able to get one last look at that big blue banner