Monday, August 20, 2012

#HLS12: Fun Run and Exploring Boston

by Meghann on August 20, 2012

In case you missed it:

The last day of Healthy Living Summit 2012 kicked off with a 5k fun run/walk with a hundred or so of my closest blogging running/walking friends.


I’m sad this was our only group shot of the weekend and it only includes about half of the attendees. Next year I’m considering hiring a professional photographer for the weekend to take photos – any takers? ๐Ÿ˜‰

The run/walk was super casual. We naturally split into varying pace groups and I led the running group down the river into Boston and then turned around and headed back to our hotel in Cambridge. Boston is so runner/walker friendly that it wasn’t hard to find a good path.


The weather was amazing. Nice and cool with little to no humidity, why can’t we get summer weather like this in Florida?


Also, our group was amazing. It was fun chatting with a few of the girls I had not had a chance to chat yet and to catch up with some old friends.


Plus, when there was a little confusion on where to go, the group just sort of went with the flow and acted like it was no biggie. I loved the laid back atmosphere of the run, everyone treated it like social hour and just ran it for fun, which is the way we planned it. ๐Ÿ™‚


When we returned, the group immediately headed to where breakfast was being served in the pavilion.


Again, the food was AMAZING. The perfect meal to end the conference with.

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It was at this point that I started to relax and just enjoy my last few hours surrounded by bloggers and friends. I stayed talking until the hotel staff kicked us out at 11:00 and was so thankful I had the chance to talk with a few of the bloggers I hadn’t had a chance to talk with the rest of the weekend. There was seriously a great group of girls (and guys!) this year and they all have me pumped for 2013! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I want to do a full “behind the scenes” look at HLS12 this year and really give credit where it’s due to all of the volunteers and planning partners who made this all possible. I’m working on a reflection post that I should have up in the next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Once we were kicked out of the pavilion, Mary and I headed to our room to cram as much as we could in our suitcases, so we could spend the rest of the day exploring Boston with Amanda before our late flight. We’d all been in town since Thursday, but none of us had had a chance to explore yet!

Our first stop was Flour, a place I’d been dying to try ever since I saw it featured on the Food Network years ago.


The place was adorbs, but filled to the capacity with people! I’ll take the inability to move inside as a good sign that the food would be worth the wait, but man, it was crowded!



I probably could have ordered anything from their menu and have been happy with my meal. ๐Ÿ™‚


I ordered the quinoa salad, which was amazing. It was coated with a ginger dressing, which is something I never would have thought of for a quinoa dish, but am now inspired to try for myself at home.


I also had the raspberry seltzer, which I was hoping would be more seltzer than raspberry. They went a little heavy the raspberry syrup for my taste.


We took the T and did a little exploring of Boston after lunch. We hit Boston common, then headed to the Southend for an open air market some twitter followers had recommended we check out.


The market was so much fun and full of fun treats and unique finds.

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I left with a baby shower gift for this coming weekend and some wedding themed goodies – it was a good market indeed.


Then we hopped back on the T


And made our way to Fenway Park.


I’m not a baseball fan by any means (shhhh…. don’t tell my baseball-obsessed fiance that!), but I can appreciate the history that is Fenway Park. What a cool site! I’m only sad we couldn’t get a tour due to a private event.

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We hitched a cab to Harvard Square and decided a snack and caffeine boost was needed. Diana (who lived in Boston once-upon-a-time) suggested we hit up Crema Cafe and I’m so glad she did – how adorable is this place?


Also, it’s a shame my sweet tooth had been sweet-ed out this weekend because the cupcakes looked delicious.


I ordered an iced coffee (was sad that the coffee wasn’t very impressive) and a thing of hummus and crostini to share with the group. The coffee might have sucked, but the hummus and crostini were top notch.


We also ordered sandwiches to go and saved them for the airport.


I had the pressed turkey and seasonal chutney, and even though it had been sitting in my carry-on for a couple of hours, it was still crispy and delicious. Such a great idea to grab the sandwiches to-go.


And to the surprise of no one…



Luckily the attendant was super nice and let me go through. She told me 2 lbs was no biggie and I gave her my card so she could see what HLS was all about. Network. Network. Network. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We landed in Tampa just after midnight and I promptly passed out. Sleeping never felt so good.

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