The Picture Perfect Lunch Time Run

I’m fortunate enough to work in an office building that offers me one of the best views in the entire city of Boston. Some days it’s a total tease because quite frankly, I would much rather be outside reading a book on the beach, running, going for a walk, etc. Other days, I get to see crazy weather patterns, gigantic ships and planes come in, there really is never a dull moment from my seat. I know I’m lucky to have this awesome seat, and it gives me the chance to gauge the weather and plan my lunch time runs accordingly.

This past Wednesday was no exception. It’s been a busy week, I easily could have sat at my desk and plowed through work, all the while looking outside longingly, wishing I had just gone outside. Well, it was so picture perfect that I couldn’t resist a run, so I went for it. I completed my favorite lunch time run, my Financial District-North End-Charlestown loop. Since it was such a beautiful day, I decided to take my camera along. It’s one of my favorite runs in the city of Boston, and I figured it was time to share all of the historical landmarks and gorgeous views I soak in throughout my run. It really helps motivate me when I’m struggling through a tough run, I just take a break, look around and say to myself, “wow, I’m reallllly freaking lucky”

Lunch Time Charlestown Navy Yard Loop
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Heading out on the run down State St

Running through Christopher Columbus Park, absolutely gorgeous

Running through the North End/Waterfront Area, no suit for me! Just running clothes 🙂

Hellllo Zakim Bridge!

Running over the North Washington bridge into Charlestown

Running on the Freedom Trail!

Running past Old Iron Sides

Marine's displaying combat vehicles for Marine Week Boston

Ugly construction in Charlestown

What's around the corner...you'll just have to wait and see...

My favorite view of the city!!!

Running over a dock, NO BIG.

Pretty awkward extended arm pic while running, but I had to!

Dogs running around in the dog park, I think there were at LEAST 3 bulldogs there!

Back over North Washington Bridge, heading back into Bean town

Running along North Washington St, just steps away from the Garden. Go Celtics, GO BRUINS!

I hate this little narrow sidewalk, it's impossible when this area of the city is flooded with tourists

Hanover St, my old home!

The Greenway and the financial district

Heading back to the office...

The Old State House...Almost there!

Back to 53 State St, and back to my desk

45 degrees and Sunny, is it really February?!

On Monday February 2nd, a day most Americans try to fly under the radar after a night of over indulgence and revelry over Super Bowl 43, Kate and I decided-let’s get out there and run!

charlestown-bridge

We took to the streets of Boston in our traditional mid work day running route, this time with significantly less clothing than usual and larger smiles on our faces. It was 45, sunny and the mounds of snow that have been accumulating over the past few weeks was melting. It was amazing. We both struggled through the run, but opted to extend our route to 4.5 miles rather than cut it off for a 3-miler. I was sore from skiing for the first time in 12 years and Kate was hurting from a difficult spin class, it seemed our previous exercise endeavors were working against us. It wasn’t pretty, we ran pretty slow and jumped over about 55 puddles, but it felt AWESOME.

As we ran along, I drifted off and thought to myself “Wow I can’t wait to get back into a routine of running in this weather…” SIKE.  I then had to REMIND myself that it was indeed February and yes, we sadly were due for at least another 5-10 snow storms. Bummer. If anything, this day served as a great reminder to how great those surprise sunny/warm days are in the winter and how amazing running in the city of Boston is throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Mid Lunch Charlestown Navy Yard Loop