Next to the river last night

I ran seven miles. I ran from Central Square down to the Museum of Science and back. It was a chilly 30 degrees (or close to it according to the weatherman I was half-listening to before I left). My new gear kept me warm enough for me to actually enjoy the brisk air.

I’m a New Yorker–and I love the city (most of the time when I can avoid crowds and obscene heat or cold)–but last night I realized Boston is gorgeous. And, for the first time in about two years it really felt like home.

The skyline looked amazing and the tiniest-crescent moon sliver hovered above the Citgo sign. Crispy golden leaves crunched under my feet on the outlined, dirt bike path. The water reflected the buildings. As I ran toward the MOS, the silence was only interrupted by a few passing cars (it was very peaceful) and the thought of a stealthy criminal hiding under the bridge waiting to attack (it was a short-lived thought) .

As I ran along the Charles it hit me. I’m running the marathon. I’m running it for charity. I’m going to be doing this ALL winter. I was excited 🙂

I can’t wait to start doing longer runs. I was particularly excited because my Achilles tendinitis didn’t hurt at all!!!

❤ Jen

Starting my training this week

Yes, Jen is ahead of me in mileage but I’m starting my training this week.  Today is officially a “rest” day where I’m going to be doing some cross-training and stretching.  I’ll do my first official training run tomorrow.  So, it’s official!

We went to Marathon Sports on Boylston St. yesterday and geared up for the coming cold months.  We got some great help from a guy there…didn’t catch his name.  He outfitted me with a synthetic t-shirt and an outer layer, which he said should be enough to keep me warm.  I picked up a hat and also some thermal pants.  My outer layer is BRIGHT yellow, so it won’t be hard to spot me in the dark.  Jen picked up some winter gear and new sneakers too.  It wasn’t a cheap purchase, so please do your part by donating to our causes to make this all worth it!

Cheers,
Andy