Most of you know that I was in Boston this past weekend. I was supposed to run the Boston Marathon but due to injury and the heat, I deferred until next year.
We started our Sunday morning with breakfast at the hotel like we did on Saturday.
I had a packet of instant oatmeal with banana, granola, and blueberry yogurt. I mixed about half of the yogurt container into the oats to make yoatgurt and had the other half on the side with granola. I also had some coffee.
After breakfast we took the T downtown and checked out the marathon finish line. At this point I was still planning on racing and wanted to time how long it would take to get to the shuttle buses (to the start line) from the hotel. The finish line area was crazy busy so we quickly made our way over to Newbury street to do a little window shopping and avoid the crowds.
We also looped back over to Beacon Street and finally checked out the original Cheers!
Sunday was absolutely gorgeous in Boston so we spent a lot of time just sitting and relaxing in the Commons. Let me tell you, if I lived in Boston, I’d spend so much time just reading and unwinding in the Boston Commons. I LOVED it!
Eventually we started to get hungry for lunch and walked over to North End looking for Il Panino Express. Unfortunately our directions misled us and after searching for the restaurant we decided to give up and check out Hot Tomatoes instead.
Honestly, I’m not too upset. I ordered the green monster sandwich and fell in love with the amount of veggies and high quality cheese in the sandwich. It was AH-mazing!
We also wandered into a little gelato shop looking for something sweet. I had a small cup of pistachio and hazlenut. It was really good and fresh and I figured the splurge was fine because I was running a marathon in the morning!
We wandered around the city some more while making our way to the Museum of Science to catch our scheduled duck tour.
I have to say that as cheesy as the duck tour was, I absolutely loved the experience. It was great to have a tour of the city and we could all sit down and rest our legs. Plus, we got to go out on the Charles River, how cool is that?
At the end of the duck tour I checked my phone and saw the marathon deferment option. I totally missed it at the expo (no surprise due to the crowds) and I became obsessed with calling and texting friends/family trying to figure out what I should do. It was a really confusing couple of hours!
We had planned on checking out Harvard Square and grabbing a pre-race dinner there so even though I was debating not running the race at all, we headed over to the campus to check it out.
The campus was pretty but I hardly noticed, I was way too obsessed with making my decision about the marathon.
We ended up wandering into Cafe Sushi for a late dinner (yelp recommendation) and I started my dinner with a green salad with ginger dressing.
And then Ian and I split 3 rolls (can’t remember now what was in them). My mom’s in the back with her veggie roll, she’s not the biggest fan of raw fish.
On our walk back to the T, we stumbled across J.P. Licks, an ice cream shop that I’ve read about many times in blogland. Not wanting to miss out on an opportunity for good ice cream, we decided to check it out.
I was way too bummed at this point to take my camera out but I enjoyed a small scoop of peanut lace ice cream made with hemp milk. It was really good (and only slightly green) and not too sweet. It literally tasted like natural peanut butter. Yum!
When we got back to the hotel, I made the final call on the race (not running) and we all crashed into bed after a long day.
How do you handle indulgences on vacation? Do you let yourself indulge a little bit?