I flew into Providence Friday morning. Uneventful and easy. I checked into the Renaissance Hotel (which I highly recommend for this race-1 block to the start and a great price) and then met up with one of my TNT friends Alison and some of her friends. We went to lunch at Local 121 which was amazing-their menu only included food that was grown/caught within 121 miles of Providence. Then it was Expo Time!
|Not like your normal RNR expos…|
|It pays to go early and beat the crowds!
Rest of the afternoon/night
|yes, I ate almost all of this|
Robert arrived and we went back to the expo. Much more crowded this time. I ended up buying an Auburn running shirt. Still hoping for the skirt…We left and tried to get on a trolley tour of Providence but it was sold out. So more neighborhood exploring. Honestly, I didn’t find much in any of the neighborhoods. If I were to ever come back (won’t happen but those of you interested in this race) I would take a day trip to Newport or even Martha’s Vineyard or possibly stay in Boston.
We ended the day with an amazing dinner at Al Forno. Some of the best Italian I have ever had. I rarely do dessert the night before a race but I couldn’t resist. (sad to admit most of my pics I am sharing are of food didn’t think yall would care to see pics of the oldest baptist church or signs explaining the history of the city)
|Gnocchi with Tomato & Basil|
|Peach and Blueberry Tart…heaven!|
Back to the hotel and time to relax before the 5:30 am wake up call. Next up, race day and recap part 2!