The City By Foot

by jenna on August 16, 2009

Well I can’t believe Sunday has already arrived and the Summit is now OVER! Don’t worry though….we have already been talking about next year in an equally cool (or even better??!) top secret location. ;)

Last night was so much fun. We left the hotel in a huuuuge group around 7 and began the little over a mile walk to North End.

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Even though I was sooo tired, the walk was GORGEOUS! We walked through Boston Common and I decided I could definitely live here if it wasn’t so cold in the winter! hehe
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I got to hang out with the coolest kid ever again, Sammie’s son Declan! Thanks Sammie, for sharing your son with me! :)
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The cutest four year old ever. Hands down.
The Italian festival was CRAZY. I was so tired and so hungry (and the crowds were INSANE), so when Tina and I heard rumor of a deserted wine tasting around the corner we made a mad dash like none other.
Barefoot Victory!!!!
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Healthy Living Summit REPRESENT! haha
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This.was.hilarious. And the guys who were working the Tasting probably thought we were totally crazy. When the rest of the group heard wind of where we were, the little tent was flooded with 40 girls! We bring the party. Obviously. I had three tiny shot glasses full of wine, which probably accumulated to one regular sized glass. Their Sauvignon Blanc was definitely my favorite of the bunch but I was careful NOT to overdo it since I had a hot 6 mile run this morning! ;)
However, it was then 9:30 and I STILL had not had dinner. After a texting battle with Anne P, I got directions and met her and a large group of girls at a delicious Italian restaurant. Their food had just been arrived and Anne graciously shared her seafood pasta with me!
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And then we got dared to eat squid tentacles (?) so naturally we took up the offer….Sad times because Anne is moving to DC and that was the last time we got to hang out!! :(
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Look its Chandra!!!!! This girl is awesome and came all the way from IOWA! :)
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After dinner I piled myself into a cab back to the hotel with a few other lovely ladies and promptly fell asleep around 11:30. Thank goodness for finally a full nights sleep!!!!!
I didn’t even need an alarm this morning…..jumped right out of bed at 6:30 ready to go! For some (odd) reason I had a crazy amount of energy, which was a good thing actually, because we had a six mile run in front of us! I ate half of this Pro Bar before meeting all the girls downstairs—
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(I love my polka dot pajama pants!)
I was a little worried because I had never tried a Pro Bar before and didn’t know how my tummy would react to it miles later. Turns out it was a great choice and I felt really good and satisfied the entire way!
I also brought my secret weapon:
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And then we were off! Half of us ran three miles and the other half ran six. I was in the six mile group but paced a little slower so broke off with about five girls who were also pacing ten minute miles. The run was GORGEOUS. We ran all down the Charles River, chatting the entire way, and even though it was a bit on the hot side I loved seeing the city! However, I feel like I have an 80 year old’s body because today not only did my shins bother me but my IT band also was super tight! I need some major yoga this week to stretch everything out.
The run took us about an hour and then we showered, got ready and hit up Finagle Bagle for a bagel brunch. First though, we had to make a pit stop at Dunkin Donuts for a true Boston iced coffee—
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I got a hummus sandwich on a whole wheat bagel. It was exactly what I needed….tons of hummus and veggies. SO good and I ate it in about 2 minutes flat.
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After brunch we set out for a long day of more exploring. I FINALLY made it to Trader Joes!!!
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And then got more JP licks frozen yogurt for a hefty snack. This was peanut butter with heath bar. Soooo good
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Operation Beautiful note in the H&M dressing room!!!! :)
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And then a light salad with goat cheese and shrimp at a cute little cafe called Scoozie
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Wheeeww! What a jam packed yet AWESOME weekend!!!! I’m so sad that is over ;( However, lots of cool things on the horizon, including a spontaneous trip to BlogHer Food in San Francisco next month! I ended up getting a sold out ticket from someone who is not going and I’m totally stoked. BethT is going to be our sweet tour guide and Kath, Tina and I are going to take on the wine country as well. Muhahahaha ;)
I’m about to take the T to the airport. Vlog is processing right now and should be up a little later….stay tuned!
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Angela (Run Study Eat) August 16, 2009 at 4:14 pm

OMG! Come to California next year! haha San Francisco is a very healthy city. Any who looks like such a great time and I hope that I get the chance to attend next year’s HLS!!

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Andee (Runtolive) August 16, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Fun trips! I love SF and Napa is the best for wine tasting tours! Hope the next HLS is closer to California!

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Jocelyn August 16, 2009 at 4:15 pm

ahhhh sounds like you had a GREAT TIME! The summit looked amazing… I enjoyed watching on livestream all of the little talks :) Very very interesting! I’m glad you got to visit trader joes! So sad we don’t have those in Canada :) I wonder where the summit will be next year??? Could it be….florida!? lol Just guessing.

anyhoo hope you have a safe trip back!

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Julie August 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm

What a fun weekend! I hope you loaded up on some goodies at TJ’s! Was the dunks coffee everything you imagined and more?

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BethT August 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm

I’m probably the SALTIEST tour guide you’ll ever meet, hehe….but I do know the city! :D I hope to do my darndest to convince the power bloggers that a west coast summit needs to come to fruition for 2010!

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Elizabeth S. August 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Dunkin Donuts iced coffee is a Boston must! Glad you all had a great time.

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Anne P August 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I miss you already!!!! DC trip asap??? Looks like the run was nice – I’m sad I missed it, but my shins are hurting too – too much walking in flip flops this weekend!! I was back in Tampa bright and early at 9:30 a.m…. ridiculous! xoxo have a safe flight!

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Allie Katie August 16, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Awww Boston is a fave city of mine–def on my top five of places I’d go when school is done!! I’m glad you had a great time, and thanks for the vlogging. And I def have pinot envy :)

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Angharad August 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Ahhh this whole weekend looked so much fun. All that JP Licks action has got me craving ice cream HARD! Ha ha. Boston is such a cool city! Glad the Summit was such a success! Congrats lady!

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Erica August 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Awesome, girlie! So glad you had a fun time, you totally deserve it! Have a safe flight home!

PS- My polka dot pj-pants are my fave, too;-)

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Emily August 16, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Looks like you girls had an amazing time! Wish I could have been there, but I just started my dietetic internship. Maybe if you need a dietitian to speak on complementary and alternative medicine next year, you can hit me up! :-)

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MarathonVal August 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Maybe Chicago next year??? :)

Also, I know you are a runner – I’m giving away a SpiBelt (running belt with pouch) on my blog (just moved from blogger to http://www.ChicagoMarathonVal.com), in case you are interested! :)

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Megan August 16, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I definitely hope to make it to next years Summit!!! This one looked amazing…y’all did an awesome job!
Frozen peanut butter yogurt with heath is my favorite combo…good choice! hehe
I hope you have a safe trip home :)

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Marisa August 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Where did you eat in the North End?

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VeggieGirl August 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Yeah you know what city you want to hit up ;)

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Suzanne de Cornelia August 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

FaBUlous! You BET Boston is freezing in winter. I was there one unusually cold Thanksgiving weekend when everyone screamed the entire way from car into venue each time we got out. But it is always super, no matter the weather. Thanks for the vicarious trip! Super fun.

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Michelle August 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Wow, it looks like a great weekend in Boston. I love this city, and I feel so lucky to live here! I’m glad you got to the Trader Joe’s. It’s tiny, but it does the trick every time. The Charles is so scenic for runs, and the breeze is definitely needed. I can’t believe you guys ran so far in this heat! I’m dying with no AC!

Have a safe trip home!

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Lizzy August 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm

So glad you girlies had fun Jenna! the weekend looked like it was such a success! so happy for you! :) have a safe flight home

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Alyssa August 16, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Minneapolis? Very artsy and lots of good food :)

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Alyssa August 16, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Very tasty-looking ice cream by the way :P

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Pam (Highway to Health) August 16, 2009 at 7:49 pm

I’m so happy you are already planning one for next year! I hope I can attend then!! I wish I could have made it for brunch today. Have a safe trip home!

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Sarah August 16, 2009 at 7:56 pm

That bagel looks wonderful. Totally looking forward to next year already! Thanks for all of your hard work this year :) Safe travels.

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katey August 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Lucky! I haven’t been to trader joes yet!! I hope to go soon! All of your food looks good!

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Errign August 16, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Sounds like a totally awesome time! Your ice cream looks yum!

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chandra August 16, 2009 at 9:37 pm

It was so great to get the time to hang out a bit!! The weekend was a blast for sure. And I will be in touch with you about our little discussion! ;)

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Lele August 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm

“I could definitely live here if it wasn’t so cold in the winter!”

*sigh* Hahaha I do live there in the winter, and I kind of think that myself from time to time. But I’m glad you got Dunkies coffee, because it is Mass-tastic and basically required dining in Boston! I’m glad you had such a great time in my college city!

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Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) August 16, 2009 at 9:46 pm

JP Licks’ peanut butter froyo is my favorite! :) Yumyumyum!

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Deva@Vorilee August 16, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Wow, looks like an awesome day and some awesome eats! That bagel looks SO fabulous!

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Charlie August 16, 2009 at 11:16 pm

It was very nice meeting you. Declan misses you already ;)

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Jess August 16, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Congrats on the success of the Summit! I watched live and loved your presentation on yoga. I’m so glad you decided to speak. You’re a great public speaker… don’t think otherwise! Safe travels home!

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Jil August 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm

JP Licks is sooo amazing! Yum! I love the post it in the H&M dressing room (and not just ’cause I work at an H&M haha). That’s such a wonderful thing!!

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Caroline August 17, 2009 at 12:25 am

Wow, that hummus bagel looks phenom!
Wish I could have joined you all this morning–if only my flight hadn’t been so early!

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Jessica August 17, 2009 at 12:27 am

pro bars are just great! i love them!
great pics :)
Off topic, and I may have missed it, but did you ever hear about the job with Murphy-Goode?
-muffy

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Susie August 17, 2009 at 4:00 am

You guys should come to Portland, Oregon! Think of all the outdoor activities you could do (we have ‘em alllllll).. we’re green and friendly here! :D

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Whitney August 17, 2009 at 9:05 am

Hi Jenna! It was great meeting you this weekend. I must say, I was glad to see that we ran at the same pace. :) I was intimidated by the Meg(h)an(n)s, Kellys and Kaths!

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meg August 17, 2009 at 9:16 am

What an amazing weekend you all had! I HAVE to go next year! You girls rock!

Lucky you getting a BlogHer ticket…maybe I will get lucky too! Crossing fingers!

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Denise (the apple hill adventurer) August 17, 2009 at 10:20 am

glad the summit was such a success!

that bagel sandwich looks AMAZING

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Marcia August 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Ooh, San Fran. Love it. I live in Santa Barbara, and I’ve been wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma. Both are great. I’m a big bubbly fan, so Mumm is the place to go if you are interested.

Is there anything better than Hummus on a bagel?

That whole trip looked like so much run. If I weren’t working 45-50 hrs per week right now, I would have totally been all over the Healthy Living Summit. Although, I probably would have felt a bit…old. Well-seasoned. Mature. Ahem.

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Amelia August 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Jenna-
I’m just catching up on everyone’s Summit posts, but I wanted to let you know how nice it was to meet you! You ladies did a terrific job with the Summit! :)

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