Angie Runs Boston

My Quest to Run the Boston Marathon

Month: December, 2012

Running to a…Photo Shoot?

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Sometimes running is a perfectly valid mode of transportation to get somewhere. Sometimes it is not. Running to a friend’s sporting event to cheer them on as they make the winning goal? Valid. Running to a wedding? Not so valid.

This was one of those runs that may be a little fuzzy on the valid/not-so-valid spectrum seeing as we were running to a … photo shoot. It was an early Sunday morning, and one of the organizations I am involved in at school was having a photo shoot at Mount Auburn Cemetery, which may sound strange but is actually one of the most gorgeous places in the Boston area. So, as if the idea of over 100 girls in black dresses with perfect hair in a cemetery on a Sunday morning was not absurd enough, my friend Jeanie (mentioned in the previous post for dragging me to Chinatown) wanted to run there.

One of the most beautiful places in the Boston area (it’s not as creepy as it sounds).

I was hesitant at first, but she pitched it as a slow jog along the river for a little over one mile each way with fairly light bags on our backs.

“How much can a little black dress weigh anyway?”

She had a point, and I had never run to a photo shoot before, so I agreed.

About three quarters of our way there, I started to feel…a little bit sweaty.

“It’ll give us a glow,” said Jeanie, brushing it off.

Nonetheless, I slowed my pace to a near walk just to make sure I wouldn’t look completely drenched with the remnants of our athletic accomplishment for all of posterity to see. We made it to the cemetery in time – it was gorgeous, with orange, yellow, and red hues all around us. And a winding path that took us to a location close to the water.

We got a few looks of confusion from other girls, already in their black dresses (without the “glisten” that we had though). We got a few bursts of incredulous laughter. And we also got a few pats on the back and words of encouragement.

After a 30-second change in the cemetery bathroom, we deemed ourselves halfway decent and got into place for our close-ups. That’s right – nobody had told us we’d be doing close-ups. All in all though, the pictures didn’t turn out that bad. Although, to be honest with you, I probably won’t be doing that again anytime soon.

What did we do after our photo shoot? Changed back into our running clothes for the trip back of course.

As always, let’s hope I can keep it up for 26.2 miles!

 

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A Run Through Boston to Find Winnie the Pooh

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Running can be as spontaneous or as stick-to-the-plan as you or your running buddies choose to make it.

A couple weekends ago, my friend (and life-photographer) Jeanie set out to run to Chinatown because she had heard of an event called the Oak Street Fair that would be going on.

“Free stuff!” she had exclaimed to me.

And that was all that I needed to hear.

Here’s something about Boston that I would tell newcomers. Look at a subway map of the city and you’ll think everything is incredibly far away. Run from one stop to another and you’ll realize how close everything is.

Taking the subway from Harvard to Chinatown means a 20 to 30 minute trip. Running from Harvard to Chinatown means about a 30-minute jog. See what I mean?

So, on that Saturday morning, Jeanie and I set out to find this Oak Street Fair. The plan was to run to Chinatown and soak up the childhood feeling of a fair – from photo booths to cotton candy to, of course, free stuff.  Then the spontaneity hit. After learning that Jeanie had never been inside the Boston Public Library (which is one of my Top 5 favorite places in Boston), I decided we were going to have to take a little detour to see what Jeanie later deemed a “mini-Versailles in Boston”.

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The BPL courtyard is one of my favorite places…so of course we had to take a detour on our run and go there.

There are so many reasons I love the BPL. It’s pretty. It’s the first public library that let patrons borrow books and take them home. It has a courtyard that transports you out of the city and into a Renaissance palace in Rome (which the architect was reportedly inspired by). So, of course, I forced Jeanie to spend five minutes in the courtyard before we continued on our way to the fair.

After getting slightly lost (or as I like to call it, “extending the adventure”), we made our way to the fair only to be greeted by none other than Winnie the Pooh at the entrance. He even convinced us to do a kick line together!

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Running sometimes leads to kick-lines with Winnie the Pooh. More incentive to run?

Despite being a little sweaty from our run, we became fast friends with Pooh and then made our way inside, where we planted flowers, made a nostalgic layered sand jar (bet you haven’t done that since 3rd grade), and cheesed it up for the photo booth.

All in all, I would call that a successful run. Sometimes, a run can be spontaneous while sticking to the plan all at the same time.

As always, let’s hope I can keep that spontaneity/plan-following up for a whole 26.2 miles!