South Shore Running Trails

Good morning!

How’s the week going so far? I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday. Gotta love those Monday holidays!

My Tuesday started bright and early like it usually does with a “baba,” cuddles, and an iced coffee on the couch with my favorite boy while watching “Mutt and Stuff.” Quinn loves this show. He gets such a kick out of the dogs!

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THAT HAIR. I know it’s just about time to cut it, but it’s so darn cute, I’m waiting as long as possible.

After I dropped off Quinn at daycare, I went for a 5-mile run, which wasn’t pretty, but I’m glad I got out there. (I’m still waiting to hear back from my doctor about the platelet stuff. Blah.)

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Speaking of running, I received a great question from a reader that I am curious about too, so I wanted to share it on CNC with the hopes of other local runners weighing in:

I am training for a fall marathon and live in the South Shore of MA.  I must live close to you because you frequent some of my favorite spots 🙂 I’m wondering if you have some suggestions for good long run spots, I saw you posted something about running at Southfield a few weeks ago.  Currently I just run around my neighborhood, I would love any suggestions you may have.

I’m looking for nearby running trails too, but here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Southfield (Weymouth/Rockland) – I did almost all of my long runs for the Boston Marathon here. The main access road from Weymouth to Rockland is just about 3.5 miles and then there are another few miles around the condos and commuter rail station. You could easily run 10 (or 20!) miles there.
  • Bare Cove Park (Hingham) – I love Bare Cove Park. It’s a wonderful place to run (ocean views!) and it’s also a dog park. I did a 10-miler there right after the marathon.
  • Pond Meadow Park (Weymouth/Braintree) – I’ve never done a long run here, but it’s a great place to run. It’s pretty with lots of hills! And you might see a KFIT bootcamp there!
  • Route 228 (Hingham) – I haven’t run here yet, but Mal did his long run here the other day and really enjoyed it. He ran from Scarlet Oak Tavern to Wompatuck State Park, which is also a nice place to run, but I would definitely run with a friend there. It’s pretty desolate in certain places!
  • Forge Pond Park (Hanover) –  I haven’t run here yet either, but I found this park when Googling for nearby running trails. It’s intended for athletic events (i.e. soccer games), but there are miles of walking trails that surround the property, so I think you could run there too?

And here are some photos from my Tuesday!

Breakfast: Oatmeal with mango, banana, chia seeds, and shredded coconut + iced coffee.

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I worked for awhile and then picked up Quinn for a doctor’s appointment, which was both fun and frustrating. Quinn was in a great mood and we laughed a lot, but we waited for 2 hours and some of you guys know how hard it is to entertain a toddler for that long. Thank goodness for snacks, toys, and silly games!

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After our appointment, we battled rush hour traffic for nearly an hour, so I was more than ready for some wine! And pita chips!

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Mal made dinner, which was pork stuffed with cranberries and stuffing and marinated Brussels sprouts (both from Trader Joe’s). Yum!

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The end.

Question of the Day

Local runners: Where do you run?

25 Comments

  1. What is your workout routine after the marathon? I just ran my first half-marathon and don’t have another race planned. I want to keep in running shape but also know I should work other workouts into my routine.

    1. I usually run twice per week (aiming for 3 though) and do CrossFit-style workouts (at KFIT or home) two times per week. It’s a good mix of running and strength!

  2. A two hour wait?! Wine was definitely in order. I don’t live in the area but I just found a great trail in Michigan that’s perfect for running and biking!

  3. Yikes, what a long day, especially in the doctors office! Glad you finally got home to some wine!

    In Marlborough I run the rail trail,its about 5.8 miles of pavement one way. It starts in Marlborough, goes through Hudson and eventually will go through Maynard, Stow and Acton. I know parts of it are complete in the other three towns but they are still working on it.

  4. I live in Hanover and love using Forge Pond Park off King St. I will usually run there from my house. The park has the wooded trails but also has paved path around the fields. The outer loop I think is about a mile. So more fit for shorter runs or incorporated into longer ones! I will also use the high school track off Cedar Street. I haven’t explored many other places on the south shore. I would love to try Southfield.

  5. It depends on the day for me. During the week I alternate between outside (near my neighborhood) and the treadmill because I run before the sun comes up. On the weekends I try to go to various trails and try new places if I can for longer runs!

  6. Waiting too long, especially for a kid’s doctor appointment, is one of my hugest pet peeves! I normally come fully prepared. I bring coloring, and some toy that they haven’t played with for a while in my purse. But, you can’t keep kids quiet and still for too long. And if the wait extends to an hour PAST my appointment time, I stop trying to keep them quiet or still. I did my job, now you do yours. I understand WHY there is a wait, but it seriously is unacceptable to keep a kid waiting that long. So there needs to be some communication that indicates if the wait is going to go past your appointment time.

  7. I’m not in Boston, but in Pittsburgh we have so many running trails! They line all three rivers and we also have 4 large parks in the city with miles of trails and bike paths. Outside of the city there’s a big lake with a 5 mile road that surrounds it where all the runners go on the weekend to train. I definitely feel fortunate to have so many great places to run!

  8. I’ve lived in the south shore my whole life (grew up in Braintree, lived in Quincy and now reside in Hanson) other than the few you make mention of above, I can’t think of any other real “trails” around here 🙁 It’s a total bummer. I barely run outside anymore, because I am kind of on a main st with no real neighborhoods close by. If there were more trails to go to it would be so much easier to run outside!

  9. I live a little further south than you (Plymouth) so I make the 20 minute drive to the canal in Sagamore. The whole thing is 14 miles and there are a couple places to park along the way. It’s safe, pretty flat and has gorgeous views the entire time!

  10. totally off topic but TOMS are on sale at Zulily, i think u mentioned u were waiting for that.. or it coulda been one of the other 50 bloggers i follow lol

  11. I usually just leave from my front door and run my neighborhood.

    When I was training for my 2nd half which was in NH and really hilly, we trained on the streets of The Blue Hills. Just parked at Houghton’s Pond and ran toward Quincy/Braintree and back. Its about 10 mile to-from. Loved it -really kicked your butt and great hill training. Just go early in the morning on weekends before traffic (7am)

  12. Great post! I live in Westwood and was wishing I had some good running routes. I did a rather painful 10-miler last weekend just going through nearby towns. Southfield sounds nice, but it would be a bit of a drive for me.

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