I went to Old Greenwich, Connecticut for the first time in April, to cheer on my boyfriend Raj who was running the Greenwich Cup Half Marathon, something he’d been planning and dreaming about. The day started early at 4:00am, as we rushed out the door in our sneakers to catch the Metro North train on the New Haven line. We got to the Old Greenwich train station about 30 minutes later, and gazed nervously around us in the cold wondering how we’d manage the long walk to the starting line. As luck would have it, someone was getting a ride and invited us to jump in. That’s the camaraderie that is found so often among runners. We chatted with the driver who had run the half marathon before and gave Raj tips. We all got to the starting line just in time to register before the start of the race at 7am.
The race began and ended on the beach on 1 Tod’s Driftway, so I stood in the sand while the runners lined up at the starting line. Time ticked by as the sun rose, and then suddenly they were off!
I had about two hours to spend by myself, as my honey sweated and toiled up and down a winding path for twelve miles. I decided against walking back towards the train station; there had been a downtown area on the way to the beach but it seemed too far to walk. I was wearing a warm coat, but my sneakers unfortunately were not keeping my feet very warm. Should have worn my Uggs, but too late. I decided to make the best of things and enjoy the ocean view. A pair of Adirondack chairs perched nearby welcomed me, and I snuggled into one of them for a peaceful hour.
As the sun climbed the sky, I went for a leisurely stroll along the beach. Gradually, the runners started coming, their loved ones cheering them as they dashed past the finish line. I strained looking for Raj, and finally saw him! I got a great picture of him jumping over a puddle and giving me a thumbs up as he crossed the finish line. He got his medal and I joined him in devouring the free bagels and orange wedges the race volunteers had set up.
Then we walked together down Shore Road and Sound Beach avenue in the direction of the train station, looking for coffee and breakfast. We were happy to find a wonderful little bakery in the quaint downtown area called “Sweet Peas’s Baking Company”. We had a great brunch there, a veggie omelette and smoked salmon toast with capers. The best part was the take-away: we got a carrot cake muffin brimming with chopped nuts, bakery fresh donuts, and a crisp baguette to go.
A lovely morning in Old Greenwich. I would come back to Sweet Pea’s Baking Company just for the donuts!