This past Friday a couple of friends and I escaped for a weekend trip to Martha’s Vineyard for the Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler. Since I’m not marathon training I wasn’t really up for putting my legs through a full 20 miles, so I took advantage of this being the first year that a 2 person relay was offered. My friend Ashlee and I decided to take on the relay together and my friend Nichole (training for her 11th Boston Marathon) was going to do the full race.
We took the ferry over to Martha’s Vineyard on Friday afternoon, where we learned just before boarding about the blizzard that was going to be coming in following day (aka race day). Usually the cape and islands get less snow than the rest of the state, but nope not the case for this storm! We were expected to get 8-12 inches of snow starting mid-day Saturday, making for quite an interesting race.
When we arrived on the island Friday night Ashlee, Nichole, and I met up with a group of runners from the Somerville Road Runners club for dinner at the Black Dog Tavern. A quintessential New England dinner was long overdue and the Black Dog Tavern did not disappoint. We all had amazing meals, most of us got seafood, I had the bruschetta for an appetizer and ordered the scallops for my meal. So delicious!
After dinner the three of us went from Vineyard Haven to Edgartown where we stayed at the Kelley House hotel. I honestly booked the Kelley House because it was the only place I could find a hotel room (the island gets packed with runners!) but the three of us agreed that we LOVED this hotel. First off, there are homemade chocolate chip cookies and cold milk served in the lobby each night, so that was a “must” when we checked in. Our hotel room was perfect, with a super comfy pullout couch in the living room, a kitchenette, full bathroom, big bedroom, plus a porch outside. Once we got settled in our room we all immediately passed out, we needed our rest for race day!
The next morning we went out in search of coffee and breakfast, the race had an 11:00am start time so we didn’t have to rush which was really really nice. We found this cute little coffee shop called Espresso Love where I ordered a piece of toast with peanut butter and a cup of coffee.
The weather was cloudy and cold around 35 degrees. Not nearly as cold as I expected so for the race I opted to wear my Old Navy Active compression capris, lululemon run swiftly tech long sleeve, lululemon what the fluff pullover, and my lululemon ear warmers.