One of my Fall Bucket List items was to walk to work at least once. It was a really basic fitness goal and I wanted to do it because the walk would take me through some of my favorite sights in Boston.
The walk is about 5 miles door to door which Google Maps told me would take about and hour and 40 minutes. I’m a slow walker and knew I’d be stopping along the way to take pictures/stretch so I figured two hours would be a better estimate.
I left at 5:40am and cranked my favorite song to start the day: Saves The Day’s Daybreak.
It was really dark when I left the house but the sun started to rise at 6:30am (I should mention that I did this walk pre-daylight savings time).
Once the sun began to rise the sky became the most vivid blue. So pretty as I walked through Kendall Square.
It was full daylight by the time I reached the Mass Ave Bridge. The most notable thing about this bridge is that it is measured in Smoots – the exact length of an MIT student who was the butt of a fraternity prank. The Smoot story is definitely worth a read if you aren’t familiar (just click on that link above).
I was really excited to walk across this bridge on my journey; the views from here are my absolute favorite of Boston.
Looking East towards Science Park:
Looking West towards Fenway Park:
Just before my final destination I crossed the Mass Pike (I-90) overpass. Such a good view from here too!
The last notable sight on my walk was the very pretty Back Bay Fens. It used to be mostly a swamp but is now community gardens and an urban park/greenspace.
I arrived at 7:30am, almost exactly two hours later so my plan worked out pretty well. I actually walked to my gym, which is two blocks from my office, showered there, and headed to work. I felt pretty good for the rest of the day. My feet hurt a little bit but overall I’m so glad I took on this challenge and I look forward to doing it again!
Wow, great job on walking to work!! I live 4 miles from my job. I could walk there in the morning but then I wouldn’t have anywhere to shower and I will NEED to shower after a walk like that. Plus there one road I take to work isn’t very condusive to walking on. I’m not sure I would chance that unless I know my life insurance premium was increase. ~Gina
Thank you! Yeah, a shower is a must – walking that distance is a lot sweatier a job than I thought it would be. Is there somewhere else you could walk 4 miles that is safer?
Oh yes. We have lots of state parks and lakes to walk around. a few weekends ago I did 7 miles in one day between two different walks. the dog and I were bored so we went to the state park behind my apartment and took a hike which was about four and a half miles by the time we were done. Then we went to another part to meet a friend and her dogs and walked around there. I really enjoy walking in the fall and bundling up instead of walking around in the middle of July when it’s 90 degrees out