Running on the Charles

The first time I went running in Cambridge, I went through the neighborhoods to Harvard and back.  The next time, I ran down to the Charles River to run on the paths and trails that go for miles and miles along the river.  So far, I can’t imagine not going down to the river on every run.  It is so incredible down there.  There really is a running/biking path on both sides of the river for miles, and all of the bridges I’ve seen are pedestrian friendly.  No Bay Bridge here! 

My favorite part is the sense of community that I feel when I’m down there because I am surrounded by people walking, jogging, running, and biking… oh, and rowing!

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Kind of a stunning shot if I do say so myself!  I finally was motivated enough to carry my camera on my run through the humidity last night.  We got off work earlier, so I had time to chill out and cool off before heading back out for a quick 3.6.  

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Next time, I’ll have to run on the other side of the curve of the river, so I can take some pictures of the amazing city along the river.  I think it is really cool, though, that I can be so close to the city (just a couple miles) and not see it at all because the river curves right around Cambridge.  If I go down one street away from my house, I come out to the river straight toward downtown.  If I go the other way, I see this…

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When I went running the other day, I noticed that the bridges are super low to the water!! See above.  I wondered if people ever jump off of them, and whether the water is very deep… then I saw this happening…

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Just when I was coming across one of the bridges a bunch of guys were jumping off!  It looked so refreshing, but I would never… I’m way afraid of things like that.  If there isn’t a sign saying I should do it, I mostly don’t. 

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I also ran past this beautiful building!  That, my friends, is the Harvard Business School (HBS)!!!  So gorgeous.  So tempting… It also looks SUPER cool at night!  The business school is across the river from where Brendan goes to school, but I think we should take a peek some day…

I’m excited for long runs in my future because there is so much river to be explored! 


The grand tour!

Can you have a grand tour of a studio apartment?  I say yes, so here it is!

The kitchen…

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The living room!  We have already used this space so much.  Even though it is in the same room as our bed, it feels sooooo separate.  It is so nice to have a space to hang out and watch shows on the big screen!

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You can see our bed in the bottom right corner.  The kitchen is just behind the blue chair.  I LOVE that we have a corner unit with so many windows!

The bathroom… is not in the same room… lol

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Our bedroom…

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The middle door on the right is our front door.  The two other doors are closets.

The entryway…

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and… my closet!

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When I arrived in Boston, Brendan had already designated the closet as mine!  In return, he gets all the storage space that comes with the bed… not much… but it’s nice to have our own spaces. 

Come visit!!


Ice cream in Cambridge

Once again I realize that I have not written about a single run I’ve been on in Cambridge, but here I am writing about ice cream again.  Oops!  I did go on a few nice runs this week while the weather was temporarily Portland-like (not current Portland, but normal Portland); that is… nice and rainy!  It was really beautiful on the Charles River in the rain.  I went out around after school time, so there were a ton of cross country and crew teams out by the river.  Nothing makes you feel old and slow like a bunch of college and high school athletes running 7 minute miles in circles around you!  But really, the run was great.  I brought my camera, but I really regretted it when I got too hot to wear my rain jacket, so my camera was just bouncing away on my rear in the pocket tied around my waist.  So… I didn’t really take pictures on my run.  I did take a few, but the light was awful. 

I did take pictures of the TWO ice cream places we’ve been to in the past few days!!! 

For now I’ll just tell you about the one we went to today… J.P. Licks.

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We went for a walk through the Harvard campus, and just when we were walking off campus I spotted the cow…

It is super cute inside with grass on the wall, bright chalkboards for all the menus, LOTS of options…

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My picture sucks, ok!! Get over it… They have tons of coffee options, ice cream, cakes, yogurt, sundaes…

I got a swirl of the oatmeal and cinnamon latte frozen yogurts in a pretzel cone!

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The pretzel cone really was just a hard pretzel with salt shaped like a cone.  It was actually disappointing… I never say this, but it was just too salty for me.  And the pretzel option costs almost $2 more, so I’ll just get plain next time.  The yogurt was AWESOME!!

Brendan got a waffle cone dipped in white chocolate with oreo cake batter ice cream.  He also loved the ice cream, but will pass on the fancy expensive cone next time. 

We are already pumped to go back, and pumped to take all of our out of town guests when they come! 

Finally, we walked home and decided we needed some more nutrients for dinner, so we went to the store to get stuff for an Italian chopped salad.  Quick and easy.

In the mix:

Romaine lettuce

Chopped tomato

Chopped bell pepper

Chopped salami

Shredded mozzarella

Garbanzo beans

Chicken

Italian dressing

We also had some wheat dinner rolls that were left over in the fridge from dinner this week.  It was an easy dinner that we will definitely be repeating soon since we have all of the extra salami in the fridge now!


Our new apartment: the kitchen!

No, you are not the only one who has asked to see pics of our new apartment… and no, I am not going to give them to you all at once!!

I will give you a look at my favorite part of our new apartment… the kitchen!  Such an upgrade from our last place:

1. It has a dishwasher!!

2. Garbage disposal!!!!!!

3. Awesome powerful gas stove

4. Stainless steel appliances

5. Gorgeous countertops

6. More workspace

7. Deep sink

8. Microwave

Ok, so I think I just listed all of the things that normally go in a kitchen, so we must have been cooking caveman-style before?!

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That’s oatmeal, olive oil, and quinoa in the left-hand corner… and our new electric kettle by the fridge (thanks, Maryanne!)

Please comment and tell me how much you love it, or else I won’t post more pictures of the rest of the apartment… Kthanks!


Running is so simple

Running doesn’t need to be complicated.  I love reading about running, talking about running, writing about running… and running!  But sometimes getting so involved with the details of running makes me go a little coo coo for running strategies, tips, and extra accessories.  Here are a few things that I find helpful sometimes…

1. Compression socks.  I love my compression socks because they are a super awesome excuse for wearing warm big socks when Brendan says I look like a tool.  Sorry, I have to wear these right now!  They also make me feel like I am doing the right thing for my body after a hard long run.

2. Garmin 305…(aka Mr. Garmie)  I have a love/hate relationship with my Garmin.  Sometimes I love that I can monitor my progress or make sure that my runs pace is on track for an easy or quick run.  Sometimes I hate that I can’t get my legs to go any faster, and Garmie doesn’t lie to me.  I love that I feel like I can go for a run with or without my Garmin depending on what I want to get out of a run.  I’ll be using the Garmin for a while here in Cambridge so that I can get comfortable with various routes. 

3. Snacks.  I think Gus and chews are part physical part mental.  I’m not sure I really need them if I am also drinking a sugary electrolyte drink, but they are like the compression socks because they make me feel like I am following all of the right steps for a healthy training plan.

4. Shoes and clothes for every occasion.  When I ran cross country in high school I was fitted at Portland Running Company with Brooks.  I loved my Brooks because they were real running shoes… not for kids, not for play, not for blonde women with curled hair at the gym.  And for a while I thought that anyone wearing bright Nike shoes or old shoes couldn’t possibly be a real runner.  I feel really differently now.  Who cares?  I don’t have any pain wearing my Nike Lunarglides… they work for me.  To be honest, Nike has invested a lot in running shoe development in the past few years, so they really are better shoes than they used to be. 

This all leads me back to my thoughts today as I headed out the door for my first run in Cambridge.  I had spent quite a while looking up good routes on mapmyrun.com, I had my Garmin fully charged, I was wearing my favorite Lululemon top and Nike shorts, I had a running rain jacket, and I was wearing a non-favorite pair or running shoes in preparation for the rainy run.  I had thought out so many details for a simple 3 mile run.  Necessary? No.  Useful? I don’t know!!!  I know I’m glad I changed my shoes because lots of rain really does stretch out running shoes and make them less awesome, but the other stuff?  Would it have been so bad wearing a plain cotton t-shirt? 

I am so glad that all of these details reminded me that running doesn’t have to be complicated.  I am so glad that I was able to get over that.  I went out for a run, put my hood on, and listened to the simple noises of a good run: my feet splashing through the puddles, the rain drops on my hood, and the sweet steady rhythm of my calm breath.  I explored about 3.6 miles of Cambridge.  More than 3, not quite 4… precision doesn’t really matter, does it?  I just stopped when I got back home.