Sunday, April 24, 2011

"The Time" - TBEP

12- # of marathon races now completed.

11 - # of above mentioned marathons which have been completed in the last 15.5 months.

4/18/11- date of my favorite marathon.
1- number of street signs I kinda took home.

7:47 - average pace in Boston
4,444 -approx how many high fives were given.

205-dollar amount spent at expo

185-dollar amount spent eating in just the first day in Boston. The Pita is a big dude.

85-the cost of "the" not really optional jacket. ;)

1 - game watched at Fenway.

2- tickets purchased to baseball game

1 -# of happy kids I had who didn't want to go anyway.

1-# of kids I have who I know will regret this in a few years time.
2- number of Boston hats purchased for myself.

1- day devoted entirely to shopping.

1 - number of "sweet" cupcakes eaten.

0-# of cupcakes they sell at "Johnny cupcakes" -- lucky for me they sell awesome shirts!!

19- cost of my favorite non-BAA purchase.

11- approx # of bloggers I met.

FINALLY, met Petra!

and the famous


1- # of bloggers we got to have dinner with.  Yep, Mr. The Road himself [Patrick] .
I'm soooooooooo calling that a "smile".

3- visits to niketown [mostly to add to the wall]

40 - cost of a taxi from airport.

4 - cost of train back to airport.

5-nights spent in Boston

2-nights spent in Portland, Maine.
1:4-cost ratio of staying in Boston per night vs Portland.
3-times we had sushi

2- times I ordered chicken while the pita got his lobster on.

Not a lobster fan but chicken from a lobster joint, I've found, is guaranteed to taste like butt....which I'm guessing is worse than lobster.

3-times I fell of the gluten bandwagon for pizzeria Regina. I do it for you Regina!!

1-visit to Mike's pastry.
10-minutes we had to wait in line [not bad]

4-pastries I bought.

1- number eaten on behalf of Jill. I'm such an awesome friend.

1- number of pastries shared.

4- number the pita had in his own box.

17-number of BAA jackets I counted in Mike's pastry.

.70-distance to the starting line from bag drop off.

1- times I fell. First mile felt like three. Soooo tightly packed.
18- times I cursed the water stations. They.  Suck.

18- times I realized how awesome bouncing empty water cups sound as they blow in the wind.

14- mile marker pita & peanut met me at.
1- number of times I stopped to kiss them.

1- number of bloggers I saw while running. Yay SR!!

0- number of times I was called by name or number.

50-ish- number of times I was called something abs related. "6 pack", "2,4,6 pack", "holy abs", "holy 6 pack", "go girl w/abs", "go girl w/abs & boobs"

48 - number out of above 50 who were 94.4% drunk.

15ish- number of times I was called something hair color related. "go blondie", "blonde bullet"-[ya they obviously didn't have a timer on them]

90-percent chance you can get drunk solely off fumes from cheerers outside Fenway park.

50-percentage easier heart break hill was than I thought it would be. I had made it out to be Kilimanjaro in my mind.

23-favorite mile.

4- age of the girl in pigtails holding one of my favorite signs. "run bi*ch run". Sorry, the contrast killed me. Hilarious.

1- number of men-boys I saw trip & fall trying to kiss a Wellesley college girl at 13.

7- number of times I heard him trying to convince himself & others "dude it was soooo worth it". Uhhh ya, nice limp.

2- gu's I ate/slurped/enjoyed

0- SPF # of the sunscreen I didn't use.

2-# of awesome signs peanut made

2-people I saw that I knew after the race. Jim & Michael. Completely. Awesome. You killed it Jim!!

5- number of phone calls made to the pita after the race. How can you not find a 6'9" man with a 10 year old on his shoulders [wearing Usain Bolt arms]?

1- mile back to hotel to wait for above mentioned lost family.

60+-# of times I was told "congratulations" on the walk back to the hotel. Simply. Awesome.

14.44- tears I cried when I saw peanut & pita exit the elevators on the 16th floor.
0- % chance I could have done any of this without their support.

5-# of ice bucket runs peanut made.

18- minutes I lasted in the ice bath.
5.75- miles we walked after the marathon [get dinner, touristy crap, etc]

481- yes. I. Counted. # of steps climbed the day after the race.

8 -# of steps I may have complained about.

100-% chance this was my favorite marathon ever.


ltlindian said...

awesome, awesome!! yay for you!! I love that you loved Boston! I also love that you came to Maine! It's funny that while you were in Maine, I was in AZ.... lol Love this post!

Aimee said...

This post was so fun and so awesome! I loved reading all about your Boston experience!! Woohoo!

Rene' said...

Yay Emz! Don't you love the Johnny Cupcakes store? and of course Mikes Pastries yum, yum! Congrats on a great race.

Neil Zee said...

Nice recap! Loved it. I would have ran past the wellesly chicks. You know how many people those things have touched? Gaaa


Love this post. This is the first and only Boston post that actually made me want to run Boston. Congrats on your race!

Will Cooper said...

wow! what an experience...nice post and pics!

Lindsey said...


ajh said...

Love this post. You totally soaked Boston up!

ShutUpandRun said...

Such a wonderful and creative recap. I would say nice abs, but I think it was stated about 50 times, but I'm not drunk so my compliment counts more.

Unknown said...

love this race report!!! Seriously you choked me up a couple of times :)

Amy said...

You make me want to try to qualify one day! Sounds like so much fun!

Michael said...

Absolutely loved this post! What a fun way to share your experience. It was awesome too meet you too! And we made it to Mike's Pastry 1 more time than you....yep - we went 2 nights in a row :)

Pam @ said...

By far the best race report I've ever read.

And that reverse farmer's tan is SEXY.

Jamie said...

It looked like it rocked!!! Awesome! Great job!! :)

Melissa Cunningham said...

YAY! love the recap in numbers!!!!!!!
so proud of you girl!!!!!
and glad i finally have my abs back so i can be semi-comparable to you!
now if i could just get your speed over the long distances......

Unknown said...

Great recap Em! Felt like I was there with you!!

Can't believe you were in Maine and got Chix? WTH? You need to go back and get some Lobster!!

Michelle said...

Great post! Best recap!

Jill@Run for the Hills said...

My most favorite recap. You make this country-lovin' girl crave the Boston experience. Thanks for sharing!
PS. I emailed Sole and have heard nothing. I think they thought I was joking. :( Have you found treadmills yet?

Anonymous said...

I loved your recap. I'm glad you enjoyed Boston and had a great race.

Erika said...

fricken love this!
congrats on kicking some serious ass and enjoying Boston!

Jill said...

YAY - you had a cupcake for me! Hope it was Red Velvet! You. Are. An. Awesome. Friend!!!

Unknown said...

I love that you loved this city! Maybe not the cold, but at least the marathon! You are my hero!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

What a perfect way to celebrate and enjoy a prestigious marathon!! I loved how your laid this post out EMZ!

SO so so so glad you and the family had a fab trip and you freaking ROCKED Beantown!

Julie said...

What a great post. Has anyone told you yet today that you are amazing?

Char said...

Here I was thinking you'd had a great weekend in Boston but after reading this I know you had THE BEST WEEKEND EVER.

Anonymous said...

All I can say is. Awesome. Oh..and CONGRATS!

Kevin and Kim Partridge said...

You forgot this one: 27-Number of times Kim asked when I was coming home. And 1-Number of times she said I could stay in Boston, but the Peanut HAD to come home. You can never have too much Peanut.

bobbi said...

You write the BEST recaps! I think my favorite Boston recap to date...

Samantha said...

6 - # of times I almost cried b/c I was laughing so hard at this post.

"how can you not find a 6'9 man with a 10 year old on his shoulder wearing Usain bolt arms?" hahaha

The Green Girl said...

1 - The # of Green Girls who loved this.

Those Usain bolt arms seriously rock. Like seriously.

XLMIC said...

Go, girl with abs and boobs... lol

You go!

This is the PERFECT recap. I love this post.

As my husband says...

It doesn't get any better than this!


Julie D. said...

this is most definitely my favorite Boston post of the blogger pack, yet! favorites... 4 year old holding run b*tch run???? Hilarious! ....chicken that tastes like butt? what a memorable meal! ... And if even ONE person yelled anything about my abs or boobs in a positive manner in a race it would most definitely be my favorite marathon. If that is ever to happen, I've got an appt. to make with a plastic surgeon and 3 trillion sit ups to do... remember the old commercial, "If I could be like mike"...."If I could be like EMZ!" you are amazing! Congratulations on a great race! glad you had a great trip!

DRog said...

what a report! totally awesome
great run! Congrats on 12:)


Caroline said...

One of a kind race recap from a one of kind gal!
I love it. I am so happy for YOU that Boston was a positive and happy experience. Now we need you to come race in southern California asap! Long Beach? Surf City? Both?! :)

Stacie said...


So excited and happy for you.

Kerrie said...

Hahaha! Love that race sign, too. Very creative. Congratulations! Sounds like you had a blast!

Unknown said...

Did you know Portland is just 15 mins from me??
how the heck did we not meet up???

awesome job blonde bullet 6 pack

Carrie said...

This post is amazing! Even my husband was reading it over my shoulder. I'm glad you made the most out of your trip to Boston. It's the only way to do it. I was happy to see you also got to Mike's Pastries. I LOVE that place!

Laura said...

As usual, I just loved all of this.
bolt arms....these are the gear!!!

C2Iowa said...

I mean this with all respect - you are a marathon animal I wish I could be If I never grown up!!! Great race--congrats. Peace and Godspeed.

fancy nancy said...

Talk about taking Boston by storm!!! You rocked it and had a blast!....only one trip to Mike's???

adena said...

Love this post.. :-) But hey I did cheer for you, did you not hear me from Toronto? lol

KovasP said...

Wow, I got tired just reading that!

Christi said...

Absolutely awesome girl!

Marlene said...

I'm sitting here stunned at the pic of you in jeans and NOT high heels!!!

The numbers recap is fantastic!

What a day!!!

Laurie said...

Love every word. Simply awesome. You are amazing.

I especially love Peanut's "Go Random Person" sign.

Jennifer Spadafora said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!!! But then again, I love all you posts. Great job rockin' Boston!

racing dawn said...

That's way too much fun for one week!!! So great... It makes us all want to work harder so we can get there too! U and those abs are amazing!!! :) I'm off to go do my insanity DVDs... Oh and I'll wear my Johnny cupcakes tee when I come!!!

ihaverun said...

LOVE your numbers posts!!

Sounds like an amazing marathon experience, an awesome family trip, and millions of memories.

And sounds like falling off the gluten bandwagon was SO worth it. I don't know how you do it!

You already know I envy those abs. Now about the boobs...

Alicia said...

Loved this post! I couldn't stop reading. Sounds like you made some great memories.

Running Girl said...

I loved this post. Congratulations!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats again!!

Were you totally bummed when you first walked into Johnny Cupcakes and they didnt have cupcakes? I would have been

I havent seen Pita middle finger lately in pictures, I hope he isnt sick?

Unknown said...

This wins as the best post I've read today! :)

Petraruns said...

EMz - you are a superstar and I'm thrilled I met you - the Pita looked a bit freaked out by everyone, as did Peanut - sorry!

Girl you ran an awesome race and - as always - the boobs and the abs ARE incredible!

XXXX Love yA!

Matty O said...

This is honestly my favorite post of yours... ever.

Just love it. Love everything about it.

You guys are an awesome family and I love the support amongst all of you.

Glad you ran smart!!! and not PR CRAZY!

Heal up, bigger running events on the horizon ;)

Holley @ Lunges and Lashes said...

Rightly so about those abs... they are AMAZING! So glad you had a great time and just enjoyed the race and didn't stress! Great post, so fun to read!

TRI714 said...

creative !!



Lady, you are fast. congrats.

Kate said...

wow!!! what a race and what a fantastic post! so inspiring!! congratulations on making it to boston and finishing strong!!! what great pics and recap!

Annie said...

Awesome post! One day devoted to shopping!!! Yay!

Jason said...

Classic EMZ. And that one pic looks like something I would most certainly eat....bean sprouts, cucumber, pita (not him) sandwich.

Love the Usain Bolt amrs. Need me a pair.

EricaH said...

Great breakdown of your Boston experience, Congratulations!!!!

and I have to say the mental picture of a 4 yr old holding said sign was enough to make me laugh out loud. :)

jymmebe said...

Glad that you had such a great experience there! So proud of you!


Anonymous said...

Freakin' love this post! Great, succinct recap of all the good stuff. Awesomeness.

ConcreteNCoffee said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so behind on everyone, everywhere. Congrats on an AWESOME race. Sub-8 pace average pace??? Awe-inspiring.

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

I've got three of those Boston signs hanging in my room right now!

Ulyana said...

FREAKING AWESOME! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

Steel Springs said...

Congratulations! Wonderful recap. I love those Bolt arms.

Molly said...


Yeah, chicken in a seafood place is like sushi in a diner. : )

Cograts chickie!

Caratunk Girl said...

This is so awesome!! Way to get Patrick to smile. Where did you stay in Portland? Holy crap.

Lobster is gross. I am 100% with you on that.