The Boston Marathon

August 23, 2008

I did it!! I’ve covered at least 26.2 miles of Boston on foot , assuming we walked a 2 mph pace.

7 miles on Thursday

9+ miles on Friday (including a 5.5 mi. run)

10 miles today (including 4 mile run)

7 + 9 + 10 = 26!!

My legs and feet are exhausted – and we still have more to do tonight!

Back to this morning…..

I got my Dunkin Donuts coffee : hazelnut with a touch of skim. I split it with Matt so I had about 1/3 of this guy.


It was good, but not something I’d go nuts over. But maybe you have to form an addiction first 😉


Matt and Larbs had a coupon for a free donut with a coffee and got a vanilla creme filled one. They shared a bite with me. I thought the donut was just OK, but the icing – buttercream – was awesome.

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We walked all through Quincy Market and along the waterfront – gorgeous!! I really love this city. I had a bite of a cookie Matt’s mom got at the market 😉

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Matt’s parents treated us to lunch – thank you to the Allens! Matt’s mom is an R.D. so it was fun to talk nutrition talk :) Everyone was craving Clam Chowdah for lunch, so we settled into the nearby Joe’s for a bread bowl.


We ordered a round of Harpoon beers since we decided to skip the brewery tour for another viist. Larbs and I shared the UFO (I probably drank a third?)


OH MY GOSH THE BREADDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Boston bread > San Francisco bread.


I was thrilled to get more bread with my soup. The chowder was fantastic – but very rich and filling (and definitely not the healthiest choice!). I ate about 75% of my chowder cup and probably 50% of the bowl (including the top). Scraping the inner sides are the best part of a bread bowl!


I also ordered a Side Salad to have for some filling green crunch (raspberry-walnut dressing on the side)


We’re putting our feet up now before we head back out to dinner to La Galleria 33 in the North End, followed by a trip to the famous Mike’s Pastry .

My flight tomorrow is at 8am, and I have to get up at 5 to get to the airport via public transportation. Since I think we’ll probably be back late tonight, which will put me pressed to get to bed ASAP, and I’ll have time to kill at the airport, I’m going to save my evening post to do tomorrow morning at the airport. Given it’s a Saturday night and you’re probably all out having fun yourselves, I’m sure it’s not a big deal to be a few hours late :)

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1 VeggieGirl August 23, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Hooray for covering Boston’s territory!! :-)

Have a safe flight in the morning!!


2 elizabeth August 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm

look around Mike’s…but then go to Modern Pastry (right down the street) – way yummier and way less touristy – and try the pine-nut cookies! so good!


3 Hil August 23, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Congrats on your 26 miles! I think that all the walking is one of the best parts of vacation. You get to see everything, and it lets you work up an appetite for all of the good food. :-)


4 [email protected] August 23, 2008 at 4:19 pm

That is one great thing about cities, it’s very hard not to get in your 10,000 steps–at least in nice weather. I don’t think you would like NE winters after NC spoils you with nice weather pretty much year round!


5 Jen August 23, 2008 at 4:30 pm

The North End is great . . . so many good gelato and italian places. I definitely recommend the riccota pie or tiramisu @ Mike’s (really good) =)


6 sarah August 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm

OH I LOVE MIKE’S PASTRY’s! the last time i was there, i had an absolutely to-die-for cannoli. i still remember, it had mini chocolate chips on it. oh, yum! i made the bad mistake of eating it right before going on a whale-watching trip though and felt really sea-sick, but it was still worth it.

your soup looks delicious, too. now i want to go to boston!


7 KrisT August 23, 2008 at 5:22 pm

This question is open to anyone.

What are your views on the Alli dietary supplement? Does it work? Is it healthy? Is it worth the money?

… Because diet and exercise alone is not working for me. And even my doctor is puzzled because I eat balanced meals and exercise everyday. Nothing is working, and I do NOT want to resort to any fad diets or any diets for that matter.


8 JD August 23, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Not to nitpick but it’s “you’re.”

That bread does indeed look amazing. Yum!


9 liz August 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm

I second modern pastry.. and then go to cafe vittoria for a coffee drink!


10 Twinks August 23, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Boston looks fab! I am adding you to my blogroll. Don’t you loooove running in new cities?!


11 emmy August 23, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Kris T – I’m sure your doctor checked this, but have you been screened for thyroid problems/ovarian polysistic syndrome/other problems that effect weight gain?


12 smilesara August 23, 2008 at 7:41 pm

i’m not personally thinking of trying ALLI, but after all the media hype about it, i would be interested in hearing more — I hope you get some responses…


13 HangryPants August 23, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Lots of walking – yay.

I agree, the donuts at Dunkin Donuts are not anything special.


14 Kelly L. August 23, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Kath- Do you not consider all the walking you did exercise? I’m just curious why you go running on a vacation that is 75% walking?


15 Julie August 23, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Not to get too graphic, but unless you enjoy carrying around a spare pair of undies to change into when you leak from your rear, I would avoid Alli. I would recommend a food diary with strict calorie control and increased cardio/strength training first.


16 Andrea August 23, 2008 at 11:33 pm

mike’s pastry is my FAVORITE PLACE EVER in the North End. the chocolate Covered canolis are to dieeeeeeeee for. can’t wait to see what you got!!!


17 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 23, 2008 at 11:38 pm

I love clam chowder! It’s one of my favorite soups!


18 Christie August 24, 2008 at 5:16 am

Kath T

Basically Alli limits your body from absorbing the fat, but there ar some nasty side effects so I suggest you read up on them to make sure this is something you still want to do. I think it is only recomend for poeple who have over 100 lbs to lose. I would def seek a specialist for your sistuation, get a second opinion and have your thyriod checked


19 Sammie August 24, 2008 at 8:14 am

I can’t wait to hear about your night in the North End. Me & Charlie go there quite often, he is in love with Modern’s Cannolis. The food options down there are endless, it can be kind of mind boggling when you are trying to decide where to eat. Enjoy!!


20 Fig August 24, 2008 at 8:19 am

Kath I just wanted to tell you I bought the same dress you wore to the KERF dinner from Ann Taylor Loft! lol

PS> Before you leave Boston try a SF Blueberry iced coffee with skim from Dunkin.


21 Ryane August 24, 2008 at 10:49 am

Yessss, because Joe’s definitely has the best bread ever! I never actually crave bread except from there.

Next time you’re in Boston, you’re going to Harpoon and I’m coming!!


22 ttfn300 August 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm

that’s alot of walking!!

Can’t wait to explore Boston myself when I get there in October :)

and i’ll give a shout-out to philly, as I’ve never been a city-girl either, and have really loved the last 5 years I’ve been here. And MUCH cheaper than Boston, nyc, or san diego!


23 Kath August 24, 2008 at 9:15 pm

KrisT ,
You probably already know what I would say about Alli. Has your doctor does some metabolic tests like thyroid? If so, had he/she also looked at a complete food diary and exercise schedule to evaluate?

Kelly L.,
I do consider it exercise. But I run because I love running, especially when I have new scenery in a beautiful city for a chance of landscape. Those are my favorite times to run.

Ryane ,
What is the secret to Joe’s bread!?!?! It was sooooo floury or something.

And I’m on for Harpoon! Matt (my Matt) will love it too.



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