Spice Up Your Winter Running Routine!

By Jenn LaVardera

Just because the temperatures are starting to drop, doesn’t mean you need to drop your running routine as well. In a city with such an active culture, there are plenty of fun opportunities to stay fit throughout the winter season.

If running isn’t your favorite sport, try making it more interesting by joining the Freedom Trail Run every Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 am. The group meets on the Boston Common and runs a relaxed (9-10 min/mile) 5k (3.1 mile) course throughout historic Boston. Runners stop at more than 16 landmarks; you’ll not only get a great workout, you will also learn interesting facts about the city! The cost is $35 including a water bottle, t-shirt, and ferry ride. Register to run!

What could be a better way to spend your Thursday night than running, fighting cancer, and drinking beer? Join the DetermiNation Boston Pub Run on Thursday, November 3rd and you can do all three! DeterminNation- New England of the American Cancer Society (a group that participates in endurance events to fight cancer) is meeting at The Point in Faneuil Hall (147 Hanover St) at 6:30 pm and heading out for a 5 mile run around Boston. All paces are welcome to run and stay for a post-run beer!

Get in the Christmas spirit early this year by signing up for the Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run on Sunday, December 11th. The race begins at 5:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Crossing. Truly a “fun run”, the untimed event is only 2.3 miles. The $37 registration fee buys you a spot in the race, a long sleeved commemorative t-shirt, a voucher for two Boston Blazers lacrosse tickets, complimentary food and drink at the post-race party courtesy of Boston Chowda Company.

Looking to go for a jog but hate the cold weather? Stop by one of Boston’s indoor running tracks. The indoor track at the Gantcher Center on the Tufts Medford campus is likely to be convenient for many Tufts students. Facilities are open Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Friday 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm. You can also come by the track Tuesdays at 8 am for an interval training session with the Tufts marathon team!

If you’re looking to run in a more fun, social atmosphere, you may want to consider joining one of Boston’s community running clubs. Community Running meets for indoor workouts at the MIT track Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 pm. Workouts are speed interval and tempo, totaling about 3 miles. The team also goes out for long runs along the Charles River throughout the winter. Membership for a half year is $75 and the full year is $120.

If committing to a club is too time consuming or expensive but you still want to run with a group, check out this site to find fun, often themed runs going on in the Boston area. Runs are posted according to pace, location, distance, and theme (such as a pub run or even singles hangout).

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Jenn is a first year Nutrition Communication student and an avid runner; she completed her first marathon last year. When she is not running she can be found at Dave Matthews Band concerts, in her kitchen cooking, or watching “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.”

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