Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Staying on the Boston Marathon Course

I'm back in Boston again. My hotel is on Beacon street at about mile 24 of the Boston Marathon course. So of course I was going to run as much as I could of the course when I woke up this morning! After my 5 a.m. wake-up, I ran five miles west of my hotel along Beacon Street, covering miles 19 through 24 of the course. It was dark when I started at about 5:45 a.m., but surprisingly, I wasn't the only runner out on the "course" at that time. Once I reached "Heartbreak Hill" I saw runners with headlamps trucking up the hill for an awe-inspiring training run!

Looking down Heartbreak Hill (I  probably didn't need so much sunscreen at that hour!)
I turned around in the town of Newton Centre and headed back up Heartbreak Hill for my return trip. During the Boston Marathon 2013, I walked up part of HH before running the last five miles. This time, I ran up the whole thing, so I did not stop for pictures until I got to the top which is the entrance to Boston College:
Taking a post Heartbreak Hill run break at Boston College 
A little further east n Beacon Street (still on the Boston Marathon course) there is a nice little reservoir "Chestnut Hill Reservoir" that had lots of runners going around its very own "reservoir front trail":

Runner with Boston skyline in background.
Reservoir with Boston College in the background
So it was a nice relaxing 10 miler despite the hills, which I hardly noticed, probably due to the adrenaline rush I got because I was on the Boston Marathon course.

Also, last night I went to a Red Sox game for my first baseball game at Fenway Park. We walked up to the ticket booth in the sixth inning and the Red Sox box office gave us two free seats. Gotta love the Boston Hospitality!
Sitting in my free seat at Fenway near the "Green Monster"

7 comments:

  1. Boston looks like such a beautiful place to run!

    That is so schweet you got to sit in the box!!!! Awesome!

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    1. Thanks, yes Boston is nice place to run. Besides the scenery, its got lots of fellow runners and historic/classic architecture as well. Yes, I was very lucky to get the free ticket!

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  2. Haha the picture at Boston College looks like you photoshopped it. Did you actually go there, Pete? Tell the truth! LOL :)

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    1. You are correct. I am trying to impress the Internet with fake evidence that I stood in front of the Boston College sign, when in fact I was in my hotel room down the road eating Lucky Charms watching reruns of Three's Company.

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  3. Fun! Have you ever run the Boston marathon?

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    1. Thanks. Yes, in 2013. See link above for my race report.

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