...and other misconceptions I made 06-10-27
2006 Oct 27
November 2nd 2010
Running in Boston

Posted by D under running

with apologies to all Bostonians…

So I’ve done three runs here in Boston (well, technically, in Cambridge) so far. Here’s what I learned:

People are fast. I am definitely the slowest runner out there – even when doing tempo work

People are much tougher than me. It was 26F (-2°C) yesterday morning. Still about half of the runners had no gloves, no hat, short sleeves and short pants. On Sunday afternoon (it had warmed up to about 50F / 10°C) I saw a runner in just running shoes and running shorts, nothing else.

Traffic lights seem to have a different meaning:

  • WALK: proceed with extreme caution, cars might try to hit you
  • Blinking red DON’T WALK: proceed with extreme caution, cars will try to hit you
  • Red DON’T WALK: proceed with extreme caution, cars will definitely try to hit you

As a consequence of this I have not been able to detect any different in behavior in most runners when crossing roads, regardless of traffic lights. And I am pretty sure that there are monthly prices for the driver who hits the most runners. At least all indications seem to point that way.


3 Responses to “Running in Boston”

  1. Christina on 02 Nov 2010 at 7:50 am #

    yikes! I’ll keep that in mind in case I am in Boston and wanting to run. Was supposed to go this week for work, but it got cancelled. Perhaps that will add a few more months to my life! Or at least prevent me getting hit by a car far from home :)
    Be careful out there!

  2. Angela on 02 Nov 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    I was in Boston several times when I was in college, and that is about what I remember about the traffic lights from back then. Nice to know some things never change…

  3. Spacemom on 04 Nov 2010 at 9:09 am #

    The runners here are crazy! I didn’t know you were in town! I have to read more often!
    People here will run in the Nor’easters, that’s how crazy they are!

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