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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Boston Marathon Fenway Post Party




"Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever."-Lance Armstrong

I don't know if Lance made that quote before or after he ran the New York marathon. Anyone who's run a marathon knows the legs can feel it for a few days.  No matter I finished and it was time to hit the marathon post party at Fenway Park.  My friend Cheryl had never been there so we had to go.

There were 27,000 runners in town for the marathon and right in the entrance to Fenway was my ex. Of all the places in Boston he happens to be there right in the only open gate.  He was wearing his finisher medal and I thought what a geek. His race was over hours ago. His fiance was not there so just who was he trying to impress.  No matter we ignored him and took a look at the field. Totally missed getting our picture taken of the World Series trophies. 

It was still in the 80's even after dark. The only hot weather clothes I had was a Boston Marathon tee shirt and a running skirt I bought at the expo.  It seemed ok since everyone at Fenway were runners.
I had not eaten much all day and was really getting hungry. Since all they had was ball park food at Fenway we needed to be on our way.  Stopped for a few photos Teammates statue outside of Fenway. Some guy wanted his photo taken with me. We actually match. Guess we're a couple.

House of Blues also had a party, but I needed food, not booze. I had been drinking water for hours after the race and was not putting anything out. I was a bit worried and didn't think alcohol was a good idea.  We instead headed to an Italian area for pizza and pasta. Home by 10 pm for some well deserved rest.  Can't wait to come back and run again next year and spend a little more time at the post party and hopefully I won't run into any former friends.

Chris Wodke
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