In honor of Marathon Monday, I thought I would finally post some images from a few weeks ago. I’ve been training for my second Boston Marathon this winter (only somewhat successfully with the demands of Core II) and one weekend in March, I decided to document some of the buildings along the course as I ran from mile 8 to the finish on a long training run.
The Boston Marathon isn’t a loop course, instead starting 26 miles west in Hopkinton and ending in Copley Square, so it’s an interesting marathon architecturally and ubranistically as it moves from a relatively rural area, through suburbs, to increasingly dense ouskirts of Boston proper, to downtown.
My running buddy Ariel and I started in Natick at mile 8, where we had an on-the-run history lesson:
The houses out here are few and far between, some of them tucked away from the road (the photo of the red house was taken through a hole in a fence).
Moving closer to Natick center at mile 10, the houses get a little more Victorian and classical (with an odd vestibule addition in the front):
A church in Natick center:
A fortress-looking community center around mile 11:
Right before Wellesley College at mile 12, this house sits alone, just feet from a major road:
Running with a Wesllesley alumna means a pit stop at Wellesley’s new student center:
With a view toward a Gothic building more typical of the campus architecture:
Some Richardsonian Romanesque coming out of Wellesley center around mile 14:
The houses start to get bigger:
Church around mile 15:
Entering Newton is always exciting for me since I grew up there, but also because the course runs along Commonwealth Ave, a beautiful tree-lined, winding road with four of the toughest hills of the course, between miles 17 and 21. The houses are enormous and vary in style:
At mile 21, runners have crested the last major hill, Heartbreak Hill, and enter the Boston College area:
And here the finish line all of a sudden seems much closer, as the single-family homes transition to townhouses in Brookline around mile 22:
The Citgo sign becomes visible shortly after mile 24.
And then the course meets back up with Comm Ave for the final stretch. In Newton the street has a carriage path on one side, but in Boston’s Back Bay it becomes a wide boulevard with a central green strip, lined with tightly packed townhouses.
The course takes a right on Hereford, left on Boylston, and then the last .2 miles bring you to the finish line in front of the Boston Public Library.
With a view of the Hancock tower:
Good luck to all the runners tomorrow!