I can be a creature of habit and can often get stuck in old routines. My running routes are often familiar enough that I know, within strides, when my GPS will alert me that I completed my next mile. This week I had a chance to mix things up a bit when I ran with the Social Boston Sports Community Running group.
Every week, the group meets at a different location with a plan for a 3 and 5 mile run. This week, the run began in Copley Square. The 5-mile route ran through Back Bay, up Beacon Hill, past Government Center to South Station, through Downtown Crossing before finishing up down Boylston Street and back at Copley Square. Being distracted by landmarks like the Christian Science Monitor, events like the large group aerobics class taking place on City Hall Plaza and scenes like the fountains along the Rose Kennedy Greenway at sunset made the miles go by much more quickly than 5 miles usually feels.
The company helped with that as well. About 10 runners showed up this week, a bit smaller than average turnout. Most runners were veterans of the group and knew one another, and a few were familiar faces, if not names. I was the only newbie this week, which was quickly pointed out and followed by a round of smiley introductions.
Most of the runners fell within a pretty similar pace and everyone generally had someone to run with at all times. If they could run faster, they didn’t for the most part. As the name suggests, this is a very social group, running for fun and not for time. In fact, I may have been the only one wearing a GPS watch. What impressed me most however, was when the route took a turn, or when a traffic light slowed down part of the group, the others would wait, making sure no one got left behind.
Much of the group learned about the running group through involvement with Social Boston Sports in some way. The community running group does not require any registration or fee, like some of the other activities offered by Social Boston Sports. And you do not have to be involved with Social Boston Sports at all to participate. The group is just simply about running, with others.
Following each week’s run, the group decides on a local bar to grab some food and drinks. Afterall, they are social folks.
If you organize or participate in a running club in the area, let me know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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