With Marathon Monday behind us and better weather approaching, you may be feeling particularly inspired (perhaps by Boston College marathoners) to lace up your sneakers and hit the ground running. The outdoors can be disorienting though. Not to fear, we are here to help.
1. The Weekday Lake Street Jog
The hardest thing about running is starting. Once you get out of your room, throw on some music, and get jogging, the rest is just willpower. This route is great for beginners because it keeps you close to home. Not to mention you'll be able to pick up some Dunks on the way back. Aimee DeArias, MCAS '18, co-president of WeRunBC advises, "Those who want to start running regularly should start out small. I feel like a lot of people want to jump right into running long distances or periods of time, but it takes a little while to build up to that."
2. Ol’ Faithful
You're probably wondering why a list of running routes has your go-to. The reason? It's objectively an amazing route. Clocking in at just above two miles, it's great for morning, afternoon, or evening runs. It begins and ends at the Plex, so you can lift weights before or after. The sights along this route are breathtaking as well.
3. The Trader Joe’s Run
The best way to kill two birds with one stone: run to get groceries! Clocking in at 5K, this isn't a short run. But you can then reward yourself with a crepe or some Cat's Cookies. The C line is also a good choice to get back! This one is great for those sunny Sunday mornings where you really want to get stuff done. If you're daunted by the distance, don't be. To increase stamina, DeArias recommends "incorporating at least one long run a week [to] help build confidence and [the] ability to run farther."
4. The J.P Lick’s
The hardest part about running is just starting. But what if you had a clear goal in mind? And what if that goal was ice cream? Specifically, J.P Lick's? Need I say more? This is a 5k you can split into two parts, the to and the fro. Take as long as a break as you want. You've earned it.
5. The Esplanade
The Charles River Esplanade is home to some of the most gorgeous views of the city, and is a popular destination for Boston’s runners. Yes, it is far from BC, but if you make a trip of it, it’ll be one of the most picturesque runs you can get in the area. You can start it at either T stop pictured below, but I prefer to start at Boylston and end at the BU Central stop. The beautiful sights of the city might even make you forget about the pain in your legs.
Now go out and run, no matter where or how long. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you put one foot in front of the other. Happy trails!