The Northeast has been flirting with the idea of having a Spring for a while, and this past weekend was another piece of tempting bait to believe this winter may soon be coming to an end. While the sun wasn’t shining, the air smelled like spring as buckets of rain fell on Boston. It’s coming; warm weather is right around the corner.

Last weekend, in preparation for my active Spring and Summer, I went bike shopping. I have been talking about buying a bike for the majority of the six years that I’ve lived in Boston, but have never done it for various reasons. The number one reason is I’ve been simply terrified of riding such a vulnuerable vehicle down the unpredictable roads of the city. So, while fear has held me back for a while, I decided it was time to step up and put action to something I’ve wanted to do. I bought a bike.

I bought a really nice bike that I was insanely excited about riding and then for a week the temperature didn’t get above 40 degrees. Last week we had frigid temperatures and high winds, so my bike patiently sat in my apartment.

This past Saturday, although we knew rain was coming, Jeff and I took advantage of the 50 degree morning. I went for my first-ever bike ride in Boston (well, Cambridge if we’re being really specific) and it was great! We rode about 7 miles, to Harvard Square and back. We took the long way along the bike path that hugs the Charles River.

The bike path offers beautiful views of the Boston skyline, and is a popular spot for joggers, bikers, walkers, rollerbladers, and I think I saw some scooters. As it was one of the first nice Saturday mornings, seemingly everyone was out exercising. I love Spring because all of a sudden the city seems alive. It felt great to be a part of the Saturday morning exercise crew, and it was a wonderful way to get in a little activity to start the weekend.

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We biked home on the city streets, experience I had been craving. With my helmet secure, and my senses hightened, I made it home in one piece and now have a new preferred mode of transporation. I’m excited not to have to live based on the bus schedule or cram into crowded subway cars this summer. And the best part about all of this is I have a new form of cross-training to supplement my race training.

B.A.A. 5k: 3 weeks
B.A.A. 10k: 12 weeks

I have some serious work to do, but I’m excited and ready for the challenge! Happy Monday everyone!