Last month Chris and I got back from a much need vacation to Boston. Boston is one of my favorite cities ever and a reason for that is because it is such an amazing place for running. Having worked there five times in the past couple years, I know the city pretty well. It gave me a chance to show Chris around the city that I love so much. It also allowed me to continue my training runs without getting lost.
On our first night there I decided to run with the Nike Run Club. If you have been following my blog then you know that I used to run with Nike when I worked in Boston. They didn’t have the long runs like I used to do, but they did have what they call a home run at 6:34 pm. The home run is either a 3 mile or 6 mile run. Our hotel was about a mile from the Nike store so I decided to do the 3 mile run along with running to and from there to make up five training miles.
When I got to the store, there was a tent outside. Apparently there are a lot more people that do this run then the long runs because the sidewalk was packed! I checked in at the tent and was directed to the side where they had water and Gatorade. I grabbed a Gatorade and drank it right away. Shortly after that we started. We were directed to a park a block away where we were led in a warm up. That took about 15 minutes and then we broke into groups for the 3 and 6 miles.
The course was an out and back along the Charles River Esplanade. On the way back I missed the turn so one of the pacers caught up with me and we ran back to the store together, chatting the whole way. I love these Nike runs because the running community there is so great and it gives me a chance to run with others rather than running by myself like I normally do.
The next morning I got up and did a short run around the river before sightseeing. The weather was 55 degrees and perfect! My pace wasn’t the greatest, but I was busy taking in all the sights. It felt like I never left. I remembered all the turns, landmarks, and street names. Boston was still as beautiful as ever.
I skipped a day of running and then got up at 6:45 am the following day to complete my long run for the week. I had about a month until the OUC Orlando Half so my long run was an hour and fifteen minutes with a ten minute cool-down (my Garmin plans are done by time, unlike using mileage with Nike +). That time allowed me to run almost nine miles at a 9:33 pace. Like the other morning the weather was nice and cold! Even with the cold weather I had to remove my arm warmers after only a couple of hours. I was surprised that after a year the same water fountains were not working! Come on Boston! I did have a very enjoyable run through the Common and around the river. Running around the Charles river as the sun rises above the Boston skyline has to be one of my favorite things to do.
Later that day I had the chance to show Chris around the river. It was extremely cold there on the edge of the water, but he enjoyed seeing the sights. It was my last time to visit my favorite running spot before we had to leave the next morning. I know I will be back someday and Boston will be waiting there for me when I return, hopefully as I am crossing the Boston marathon finish-line. Who knew this Yankee fan would end up loving Boston so much. Farewell, until next time, my beautiful city.