My last day in Boston was a beautiful day and I was eager to get in a long run before heading back home to NYC. I discovered this bike path/running route when I got lost driving back to my hotel in Newtown.
The Charles River Bike Path is a 14-mile mixed-used path between Watertown and Boston. It surrounds both sides of the river. Roads and bridges provide several different points at which you can cross the river. A map of the path made by a user can be viewed here.
I really loved running by the river. I didn’t always stick to the bike path. Occasionally there were footpaths and I used those instead. The footpaths were closer to the river and at times when I was running through a thicket of trees or rushes, I felt completely lost from the city. And once I found this surprise!
At times the path is quite narrow, particularly when I was going through this thick patch of rushes. Suddenly the path opened up to a trampled open spot with these two plastic chaises. Apparently I stumbled upon someone’s secret relaxation spot.
I had a lovely long 7’ish mile long. What I love about running is getting to see a different side to a city. When I run, often I run in places that aren’t tourist locations. They’re lower key and visited by locals. I like thinking that I get a feel of what an every day ordinary sort of day would be like in that city.
Total time: 1:15
You can tell when I was on the footpaths; I was running slower.