2015 Boston Marathon Week Events

Ahhh… I filed my taxes and it’s not the end of my tax season tunnel time where I can return to the more fun things in life… like more running and more thinking about running.

Speaking of which… my favorite week of the year is about to start!

That’s right, we’re in the weather checking zone of the Boston Marathon!

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One day, I would love to run a PR at Boston, and do something impressive, but until then Boston is about fun for me. Always been and always should be. The spirit of running just takes over Boston and I absolutely love it! Suddenly everything is all about Boston Pride and running pride and all the fun stuff. I’m not into a lot of other sports so I miss out on the spirit of that during most seasons (Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, yea meh not my thing, except Hockey, go Bruins!).  It’s a great time to be a runner the week before and after Boston and it”s an even better time to be partaking in it all surrounded by friends and family since I’m local to the area.

The week before Boston, all the running related legends come into town and I want to put together a little weekly recap of what’s out there. If I missed anything, let me know!! If you’re planning on attending any of these, let me know!

I tried to keep most event with free stuff and free food because you know where my priorities are at. I did include a few paid events in town as well.

Tuesday, April 14

6:00-9:00 p.m. – Adidas Event: City Sports Back Bay (480 Boylston Street). Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Director, will speak followed by a 2-3 mile shake out run. After the run, join us for a FREE pasta party courtesy of Adidas. Limited details and other events here

6:30 PM – She Runs Boston 1st Run of 2015 and shopping event hosted by Athleta (92 Newbury Street). Facebook event deets here. I hope to stop by this one.

Thursday, April 16

6:00-9:00 p.m. – Brooks Lobster Event: City Sports Back Bay (480 Boylston Street). Stop by City Sports to celebrate the launch of the new Brooks lobster shoe. Enjoy a 2-3 mile fun run followed by FREE lobster rolls, a live DJ, and raffle prizes. All attendees will receive a special gift from Brooks. Limited details and other events here

Friday, April 17

2:00 PM – Boston Marathon expo opens! http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/expo-and-number-pick-up.aspx 

5:00 p.mAsics Store (328 Newbury St.) Bring your friends for an evening shake-out run hosted by Olympic medalist Deena Kastor and Runner’s World Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso. Evening will include:

· Fun run offered to runners of all levels
· Post –run refreshments
· Race day tips from Bart + Deena
· Chance to check out the latest Asics apparel and running shoes
· Secure bag check during run

FREE ASICS Gift Bag for the first 50 runners who attend.

Going to try to attend this too! Facebook details

6:00-9:00 p.m. – Converse Event: City Sports Back Bay (480 Boylston Street). . Join City Sports for an awesome event sponsored by Converse. Enjoy free giveaways, a live DJ, and refreshments. Limited details and other events here

7:00 p.m.Harvard Book Store and Runner’s World welcome Skechers Performance elite athlete MEB KEFLEZIGHI, winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, 2009 New York City Marathon, Olympic Silver Medalist, and founder of the MEB Foundation, for a discussion of his book Meb for Mortals: How to Run, Think and Eat like a Champion Marathoner. The evening will be hosted by Runner’s World Editor-in-Chief DAVID WILLEY, who will be joined on the panel by 1968 Boston Marathon champion and long-time Runner’s World editor AMBY BURFOOT, TCS New York City Marathon Race Director MARY WITTENBERG, and Meb for Mortals co-author SCOTT DOUGLAS.

Lots of cool people will be there but the event is not free. $25 will get you in and a copy of Meb’s new book that I think is presigned.

Tickets can purchased online only.

Saturday, April 18

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Boston Marathon expo opens! http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/expo-and-number-pick-up.aspx 

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Janji Shakeout Run: City Sports Back Bay (480 Boylston Street). Prepare for 26.2 with Janji and City Sports! Join us for a short shake out run followed by refreshments and a Coach Greg McMillan meet and greet. Limited details and other events here

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Join Meb Keflezighi and coach Greg McMillan and learn the secrets to Boston Marathon success! Meet and greet from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lenox Hotel, 61 Exeter St. at Boylston, Dome Room, 2nd floor. All attendees receive a free UCAN sample pack and autographed photo of Meb! Please register at: generationucan.com/bostonmeb  I’m hoping to stop by this!

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.City Sports Back Bay (480 Boylston Street). Customize all of your official Adidas BAA apparel at City Sports! Limited details and other events here

12:00 p.m. – Best-selling author Christopher McDougall (“Born to Run”) will be in town on marathon weekend promoting his new book, “Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance.” There’s a free run involved but then a 2PM & 7PM event that require tickets. More info on Facebook event!

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Lululemon (337 Newbury street) Marathon Mantra Henna – Running The Boston Marathon this year? Come join us in store and have your favorite running mantra (henna) tattooed on your arm! There is no better reminder to stay focused and motivated as you cruise over heartbreak hill than glancing down to see your favorite words of inspiration. No appointment necessary and tattoos will be given on a first come, first serve basis. See you there!Facebook details

2:00-5:00 p.m. – New Balance Fresh Foam Event City Sports Back Bay (480 Boylston Street). Celebrate the New Balance Fresh Foam Limited Edition Boston shoe with City Sports! Stop by our back Bay location and try on a New Balance Fresh Foam and receive a free grilled cheese from Roxy’s Grilled Cheese!

4:00 p.m. – Tracksmith: Please join us on Saturday to celebrate the release of METER Magazine Issue #01.

METER is a quarterly journal of reportage and gorgeous photography that re-establishes a connection between the sporting heritage of running and its current group of participants and fans. Meet some of the contributors and enter a raffle to win limited-edition prints of some of the featured photography.

Sunday, April 19

8:00 p.m.  – Land’s End & Runners world – Come run with the Editors of Runner’s World, including Bart Yasso and Elizabeth Comeau, and check out the new activewear line from Lands’ End! Light refreshments will be served after the run. Location:  Sheraton Boston, Backback Ballroom A, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA!Facebook details

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Boston Marathon expo opens! http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/expo-and-number-pick-up.aspx 

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Janji Shakeout Run: City Sports Back Bay (480 Boylston Street). Prepare for 26.2 with Janji and City Sports! Join us for a short shake out run followed by refreshments and a Coach Greg McMillan meet and greet. Limited details and other events here

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.City Sports Back Bay (480 Boylston Street). Customize all of your official Adidas BAA apparel at City Sports! Limited details and other events here

Monday, April 20

It’s race day, come cheer me on! Outfit of the day will be posted to Instagram! I am starting around 10:30 and hoping for a 4 hour glory finish if all goes well. Simply text my Bib Number 11887  to 234567 using your US mobile phone for all the details as I slow down mile by mile in my usually glory.

Tuesday, April 21

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.City Sports Back Bay (480 Boylston Street). Medal engraving at City Sports! Limited details and other events here

A Workbar party with Popchips & KitchenSurfing

Last week I had an great opportunity to check out another Boston Blog and Tweet event. This time I crossed the bridge (with a very beautiful sunset I might add) into Cambridge for a friendly cooking competition with KitchenSurfing, Popchips at Workbar.

KitchenSurfing needs no great introduction on my blog since I did a review with them a few months ago, but in case you missed that here’s the deal. Its an online service where you pick a chef who will come to your home and cook, or teach you to cook a meal. Aside from the amazing food I’ve experienced, my second favorite part is that they do all the cleaning. Think of it as another option to those $$$$ restaurants, or a great way to cater an event. Every cuisine you can think of is available at various price options.

Popchips are a chip that’s “popped” versus the standard fried options. I think the process is similar to rice cakes (but don’t quote me on it). Regardless of how it’s made, it has lower calories then your standard chip and is so amazing. Little tip, Costco has great pricing on the family size bag!

Workbar offers communal workspaces where freelancers, start-ups, and remote employees of larger enterprises can enjoy high quality office amenities at an affordable price.  The provide an extraordinary workplace for their members; meeting rooms to meet with clients and give presentations; event space; and a wide variety of social and educational programming including happy hours, lunch seminars, workshops, and networking events.

Now that you know all the key players, let’s get to the competition, because you know at the end of the day, I’m there for some food, and maybe some chatting, One of my talents is talking and eating at the same time (even if my mother disapproved).

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First up are the boys of Aprons off Catering,  Mark O’Leary and Justin Hackett serving up loads of delicious Vietnamese Bahn Mi Sandwich with Popchips cured pork, salt & vinegar Popchip mayo, Katy Perry’s Popchip pate, and a Vietnamese style baguette made with pulverized Popchips! I have to say that my favorite part of it all were their bread rolls! I even shamelessly came back for seconds! Check them out on KitchenSurfing and order up some tasty meals!

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Next up for my stomach was Jitti Chaithiraphant of Food Is Love! He prepared a corn and cheddar Popchips soup. I have the recipe and it was so good, that I might have to try it out myself with it’s rich cheddar flavor with Popchips as a base and a crunchy Popchips garnish. Maybe not the most healthiest soup, but absolutely satisfying!

KitchenSurfingComp3And finally last but not least, chef Jen Rogers of Perfect Bite who is absolutely hilarious, was serving up a party! She created a Popchips Chicken and Waffle app using Katy’s Kettle Corn Popchips for the “waffle” and Popchips breaded chicken, with a delicious Honey-Hot BBQ sauce. But wait, to make this chicken and waffle combo complete, she added in a Bloody Mary shooter!

As you can see from the description of the chefs, we were absolutely spoiled rotten! Add in a wonderful bartender mixing up some cranberry infused vodka with seltzer drinks and I got nothing to complain about.

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We were asked to pick a favorite and it’s a tough choice but I guess we can’t always all be winners besides my stomach. I would have to pick Jitti Chaithiraphant of Food Is Love and his cheddar Popchips soup. The ingredients just went so naturally together. Now if I could grab one of Mark and Justin’s rolls to have with it, I think it would have been a killer combo!

After the awesome event we all got to walk away with some Popchips for a chance to compete in a Popchips competition of our own to win a KitchenSurfing giftcard. So you bet that I’ll be entering and I’ll post the recipe later tomorrow! Stay tuned, because you’ll love it! (I hope so you can vote for me!)

In the mean time if you want to learn more about all the parties involved in organizing this awesome event, here are some links.

Popchips – Facebook – @Popchips
Workbar – Facebook – @WorkBar
KitchenSurfing – Facebook – @Kitchensurfing & @KS_Boston
BlogAndTweetBoston – Facebook– @BlogAndTweetBos

QOTD

Have you ever tried Popchips? As I mentioned before, I go through Costco sized bags!

Have you ever cooked anything with chips? No, but it was fun playing around!