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fun day in boston {with the in-laws}

11 Nov

Dan’s mom has been wanting to go to Boston for years and years. They live in New York, probably about 3 hours away from Boston. And she has never made it there. Her birthday was last week so Dan decided that he wanted to take his parents to Boston for a day.

So we planned it out and that day was yesterday.

They came up Friday night and we went out to dinner at Warren’s.

Then bright and early yesterday morning, we went and picked his parents up at their hotel and headed down to Boston.

The plan was to walk the Freedom Trail. We weren’t sure if we were going to do the whole thing but we were just going to get as far as we could.

So we started at Boston Common, right at the State House. The first church we saw was the Park Street Church, which wasn’t open to go into.

The next stop was the Granary Burying Ground, where there are many famous people from history buried.

Our next stop was at King’s Chapel and Burying Ground. All of the seats in the chapel were in boxes, which we learned were to keep the people warm back before central heating.

The Old South Meeting House was the next stop on the trail. It is beautiful inside and set up like a mini museum with tons of information.

The Old State House and the Boston Massacre site are both at the next stop on the trail. The Boston Massacre happened right in front of the Old State House. There is a big circle on the sidewalk marking the area of the massacre.

The next stop was Faneuil Hall. This area was super packed so we decided not to go into Faneuil Hall but we figured it was a good time to grab some lunch so we went into Quincy Market. We grabbed a table upstairs, under this beautiful dome, and then took turns going to grab something to eat. I had some delicious mac & cheese, that probably had about 2,000 calories, but it was totally worth it.

After lunch, we had a pretty long walk to the next stop, which was the Paul Revere House. We couldn’t take any pictures inside the house, but it was pretty cool seeing how it was set up and seeing what it would’ve been like back when he lived there. There was also one of his bells out in the courtyard.

The Old North Church was next, which is the famous church that is the start of Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride.

After that church, we had kind of a long walk across the Charlestown Bridge to get to the last 2 sites on the Freedom Trail. The first stop was the Bunker Hill Monument. It is a huge tower that looks like the Washington Monument.

Dan and I decided to make the climb to the top while his parents waited at the bottom. There were 279 steps to the top and it was hard. The steps got narrower the closer you got to the top and my quads were burning by the time we made it all the way up. Then the top was so full of people, we could barely see out the clouded, scratched up windows. But I was determined to take some pictures after climbing all those stairs.

Dan and I thought we’d grab a quick picture of the 2 of us before we left the monument. It didn’t come out great but I still think it is cute.

If I was going to live around Boston, I would definitely want to live in the Charlestown area. The houses and the whole area is just gorgeous. These were a few of my favorite houses, that were on the same street as the Bunker Hill Monument. That red one. Oh man. I love.

Our last stop was the USS Constitution. We got to walk around the top of the ship, which was pretty cool to see. Then we walked around the museum for a little bit to get the history of the ship.

Instead of walking all the way back to the car, we decided to take the inner harbor ferry that took us back to Long Wharf, which is much closer to the car. There was a beautiful sunset and it was perfect against the city skyline.

It was a gorgeous day in Boston and it was really nice spending the day with Dan’s parents. I’m glad we could take his mom to Boston and she really enjoyed walking around the city. A fabulous family day.

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5k {one week left to go}

9 Sep

 

I have one week from yesterday until the 5k. I cannot believe that I have been training since May and there is only 1 week left. I can’t believe it is so close.

I barely ran this past week. I ran on Sunday and I was able to run the full distance of a 5k in just over 30 minutes. I was so excited that I did that. On Monday I ran again and ran the full 5k distance with only stopping to walk for 1 minute in the middle. I was so proud of myself! Especially doing it 2 days in a row.
Then I didn’t run again until today. I was so exhausted all week from school that all I wanted to do when I got home was change into PJs and relax on the couch. I was fighting to say awake by 8 pm every night. Not good for keeping up with running.
Yesterday I was busy all day with my chorus so I didn’t have time.
I did go running this morning. It felt good to get out again. I ran the full 5k distance with only stopping for 1 minute to walk in the middle. I was surprised I did so well after not running for almost a whole week. I felt great!
I’m definitely going to try and run as much as I can this week so I can be ready for Saturday!

 

summer fun {marginal way date}

25 Aug

 

Dan and I got a gift certificate for a restaurant in Ogunquit a couple years ago from my mom. We knew we wanted to use it when it was warm enough to walk around the area. But then we never got a chance to go. So, a couple weeks ago, I decided we needed a date night and we were going to use our gift certificate.
It happened to be super busy on the night that we went so we had to park kind of far away and walk to the restaurant. The restaurant was kind of fancy but it was a cute little restaurant. We enjoyed our meal and were really full.
After we ate, we went for a walk on Marginal Way, which is a walkway that runs along the ocean.

It was a little cloudy and we were afraid it might start raining, but it ended up being a really nice walk.

I love doing things like this with Dan. I love just spending time with him, strolling along the ocean. It is one of my favorite things to do with him.
P.S. I know I just posted a ton of things. I’m trying to catch up on my summer posts before schools starts this week. Hopefully I can catch up to my life.

 

5k {five weeks to go}

14 Aug
So this past week wasn’t that great when it came to running. Most of the week I was still taking off for my leg. A week off brought me to Thursday but I didn’t have time to run on Thursday so I ran on Friday. It was definitely hard after not running for a whole week. The good news is that my leg did not hurt! Yay! I ran 13 minutes, walked 1 minute, ran 3 minutes, and walked back to my car.
I didn’t run over the weekend because Saturday we had a wedding and Sunday we went hiking. Yesterday my calves hurt so bad from hiking that I decided to take the day off. I did go running today though and I ran 20 minutes! I ran about 2 miles in 20 minutes and I felt so good about that! My legs still hurt today from hiking but once I got going they felt fine. Then when I got out of the car, they hurt really bad walking up to my apartment. At least they felt good while I was running.
I’m really hoping to get back into running a lot more starting this week so I will feel better while I’m running. And so I can feel a lot better leading up to the 5k.
Hope everyone is having a good week so far.

couch to 5k {nine weeks down, one to go}

6 Jul
First of all, I just realized that I haven’t posted since last Friday. Things have been so crazy around here for the past week. Now things are getting back to normal and I should be able to post more and actually do some more things that I want to post about.
Now to the running. I completed my 9th week of the couch to 5k yesterday. I am so proud of myself about this week!
The first day was walk 3 minutes, run 20 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 4 minutes, walk 3 minutes.
I made it the whole 20 minutes which I was so proud about. I walked 4 minutes instead of 3 but then ran 6 minutes instead of 4. I was so excited.
The second day was walk 3 minutes, run 22 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 4 minutes, walk 3 minutes.
I was very proud of myself again for running for 22 minutes. I walked 4 minutes instead of 3 again and then ran 4 minutes.
The third day was walk 3 minutes, run 24 minutes, walk 2 minutes, run 6 minutes, walk 3 minutes.
I ran the whole 24 minutes, I walked 4 minutes instead of 2, and then ran 6 minutes. I ran over 2 miles in the 24 minutes.
I was very proud of myself this week for running such long amounts of time. Especially because a couple months ago I could barely run 3 minutes. This makes me feel so good about doing the 5k. At first my goal was to run more than I walk but now I feel like I might actually be able to run the entire thing. And I feel great about that.
Next week is even longer distances: 30 mins, 34 mins, and 40 mins. We will see how it goes.

 

couch to 5k {seven weeks down, three to go}

19 Jun
I finished the next week of Dan’s 5k plan today. I felt pretty good today. I was able to run in the morning because I am on summer vacation now.
The first day was walk 3 minutes, run 6 minutes, walk 2 minutes, run 8 minutes, walk 2 minutes, run 10 minutes, walk 3 minutes.
The second day was the same as the first.
The third day was walk 3 minutes, run 8 minutes, walk 2 minutes, run 8 minutes, walk 2 minutes, run 10 minutes, walk 3 minutes.
I felt pretty good for all of these runs. And today the whole workout was about 3.1 miles, which is a 5k! That made me feel really good. I did a 5k in 35 minutes. I was proud about that and it made me feel like I really will be able to do the 5k when the time comes! 🙂
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