We run BOS

28 May

To celebrate our third anniversary, Alex and I stole away to Boston over Memorial Day weekend (to read my post on Memorial Day check out: MainlySocialWork: Memorial Day). As I had never been to Boston I had no idea what I would want to do when we got there… other than run. I did know for sure that I wanted to run in Boston.

We stayed at The Fairmont Copley Plaza. As we got ready for our trip we researched the hotel. Neither of us had ever stayed at a Fairmont, but we figured there would be some plush amenities since Fairmont owns The Plaza in NYC. We were correct! In addition to the view of Copley Square, the hotel boasts a rooftop health club, a Canine Ambassador named Catie who you can take for walks or runs, and a fitness apparel program called Fairmont Fit.

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I was super excited to try out the Fairmont Fit program, which allows you to borrow running shoes, workout clothes, a yoga mat and resistance band, and an MP3 player for use while staying at the hotel. I emailed the concierge ahead of our arrival to reserve running shoes, apparel and an MP3 player for Alex and I. After a few false starts (they only brought Alex’s the first time, couldn’t deliver mine the second time because we accidentally left the Do Not Disturb sign on the door when we went out, and then once again only brought Alex’s the third time), we both headed out for a run in our borrowed apparel. Here is a quick review of the amenity: Alex did not like his shoes, or more aptly, Alex’s calf did not like his shoes, and they didn’t have shoes in my size. We both liked our shirts, but neither of us liked our shorts, and my socks gave me a blister. And we never did get that MP3 player. In short, if you’re at a Fairmont, just bring your own gear. The baskets they delivered it in were cute though; I’ll give them that.

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Though the Fairmont Fit program turned out to be a bit of a flop, the hotel definitely supports runners. Between the plush gym, the apparel loan system, the pup you can make an appointment to run with, being located directly adjacent to the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Copley Square, and the pocket size running map with 2 highlighted suggested routes available at the front desk, they have runners covered.

Sunday we took our Fit apparel on the road using the 2.5-mile run on our running map. The run took us along Constitution Avenue over to the Boston Public garden, around the park, and back to the hotel. We lengthened our run beyond 2.5-miles by running through the park. After checking out the wedding parties having their photos taken in the Commons, and looking at the Swan Boats we went to find the statue based on the book “Make Way for Ducklings.”

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Monday was our last day in town, so we capped off our trip with a 5-mile running tour (compliments of our running map). We ran along the Esplanade, Boston’s version of Philly’s Schuylkill River trail, which hugs the Charles River. We crossed the Harvard Bridge and ran along the Cambridge side of the river, crossed back at the Museum of Science Bridge and looped back around the public gardens. As luck would have it, we (literally, ha!) ran into fellow running friends from Philly who were also out for a run in Boston on the Esplanade. Seriously, what are the chances?

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We had a great time in Boston, we hung out with my best friend from elementary school and Alex’s best friend from college, went to a museum, did the touristy things like having a beer at the Cheers bar and having New England Clam Chowdah at Faneuil Hall. We ate Pinkberry frozen yogurt, which we wish would open a location PHL, walked past Fenway Park, and watched the Bruins win against the New York Rangers. But on the whole, it was a weekend of running. We walked through the Boston Marathon memorial setup in Copley Square, we tried a fitness apparel program, I bought a running t-shirt at City Sports (we have one in PHL, but it was started in BOS!) and we ran everyday. My goal for this trip was to run BOS, and we did.

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One Response to “We run BOS”

  1. Gsun May 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    I loved running on the Charles when I lived in Boston! Haha when I moved here I called running along the Schuylkill “Philly’s version of running along the Charles”. Got your text, sorry for the delay… Honduras was great! Thanks! 🙂 I’m leaving for another 1.5 week trip tomorrow but when I get back let’s get together and catch up.

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