On Tuesday morning, I headed over the Harvard Bridge (my hotel was in Cambridge) with the goal of a run/walk to the Boston Marathon finish line. However, getting swept up in the moment, I decided to run all the way there - about 1.5 miles. Once I got over the bridge I ran the last block or two on Commonwealth Ave, took a right on Hereford St, then a left on Boylston. Okay, it was actually on the sidewalk, but I didn't want to get hit by a car! Needless to say, running on a cold winter morning with hardly anyone out and about, running down Boylston felt surreal. The last time I ran down Boylston Street there were hundreds of runners alongside me, hundreds of flags waving in the sun and thousands of screaming spectators. This time, just a handful of people walking to work. The painted finish line was faded and dirty had snow on it and there were construction trucks parked on and around it.
|At the Boston Marathon finish line on Tuesday|
|Faded finish line|
|The street signs at the most famous corner in marathoning|
|Harvard Bridge Runner|
|Runner on the Ramp over the Charles River|
Anyway, I snapped some pictures (yes, I did wear the same running jacket/hat every day, but at least I changed my shirts).
|On the Boston side of the river|
|Mandatory chin-up pic|
I got this shot of "Marathon Sports" which is right in front of the finish line:
I am cautiously optimistic on my recovery. I know that I still have an ankle issue as it is still slightly janky. The key will be to see if I can strengthen it further and not over-stress it by running too much, too soon. Maybe it's an issue I will always have to deal with and it will always be my body's way of telling me to slow down sometimes. Anyway, I may return to Boston next month, in which case I may be further along in my "comeback". Who knows, if I am feeling strong, I may even try running Heartbreak Hill. In any case, the excitement I felt during my casual runs around town has helped inspire me to return for the Boston Marathon next year!