Run “Boston” For Boston


On the anniversary of 4.15.13, I was largely silent about what it meant to me and the feelings I was experiencing as a result.  Tributes abounded and there were many others who could more eloquently state how we, as a city, as a community, as runners felt.  Every time I’ve tried to put “pen to paper” I end up rambling as a million emotions flood out and I try to corral them all into something coherent and meaningful.  What I would like to share though is how I, and my wife, Rebecca, started the day, which was, of course, by running.

A friend who runs for Somerville Road Runners and is a wicked good triathlete for Zoom Multisport, Greg, organized an early morning run with the goal of spelling out “boston” using GPS tracking on the streets of Boston.  I initially hadn’t planned on making the early trek into the city, but Rebecca encouraged us to do so, and I’m incredibly happy she did.  After getting up at 4:30 a.m., we arrived at the meet-up spot just in time to get the run started, joining our friends Alett and Jocelyn along with about 30 or so other runners, many of which were sporting yellow and blue attire (often festooned with November Project on it as well).

With a short introductory speech from Greg, we were off into the humid, misting morning, taking the pace easy to try to keep the group largely together.  We traveled up and down the streets of the Back Bay neighborhood, sometimes running down half a block before turning back around in order to create the letters.  Along the way I chatted with whomever happened to be alongside me at the time, as I’m wont to do.  Much the same way people develop beach friendships that may last a summer, I make run friends.  We may only have a few miles together, but that’s plenty of time to learn about a person and it’s an aspect about group running that I love.

Before I knew it, we were pulling up on Boylston St., our run complete.  Thank goodness Greg was there leading as, even though he gave us directions, I am lousy at that kind of thing.  I tried planning a similar run this past winter, hoping to spell out HRC for Hub Running Club on the same streets and this was the result.

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I don’t know about you, but of all the things I see in that picture, “HRC” is not one of them.  With Greg at the helm though, this is what we ended up with (tracked using my brand new Garmin Forerunner 220):

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Because I didn’t have satellites in time to capture the “b,” I decided I should doctor up the picture a little.

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There now, that’s better.

Afterwards, we gathered for a group shot.

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I think the picture says more than I could with words.  I can’t imagine a better show of strength, resilience, and love of city than this run demonstrated.  It’ll be a memory I always keep with me.

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8 Responses to “Run “Boston” For Boston”

  1. Greg (@gsoutiea) Says:

    I’m glad you and Rebecca could join us! Nice write up as well!

  2. Rebecca Says:

    Have a GREAT race tomorrow, Michael! I’ll be thinking of you, sending you some Run Happy vibes!

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