Category Archives: Boston

Artesani Park 5K

The Artesani Park 5K is a flat road race that takes full advantage of scenic bike paths that border the blue, peaceful Charles River.

It starts and ends at a park with loads of free parking. and the course treats runners to views of the river from both Boston and Cambridge.

Come! Run with me now…

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)








That was just a few snapshots, to give a you a taste. Now, come experience the entire race!

There are two ways to do this:

1) you can peruse a photo gallery on Facebook (tagging yourself and your friends)…

or…

2) you can immerse yourself in a full-screen HD video!

Photo Gallery on Facebook

You can view the entire race in a photo gallery on Facebook. (To tag yourself or your friends in these photos, first press “LIKE” on the the Run with Ken Facebook page. Then, as a fan of “Run with Ken,” you can tag yourself or your friends in these photos!)

Click on the image below to see the photo gallery:

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HD video

Want to experience this race at its best, in full-screen high-def?

Go ahead!  Watch the HD video on Youtube.  (Note: it looks best if you watch it in full-screen mode.)

Were you at this race–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the race…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

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Freedom Trail Run

The Freedom Trail Run is not a race. It’s an easy jog that takes you through Boston’s early history, along the famous Freedom Trail.

Tour Guide Ed O’Connor is a runner and history buff, and he leads a group of runners along the trail each Saturday morning. We jog from point to point, and Ed tells us a story about what happened at each site. I can’t thinkof a better way to see Boston.

Today I’ve got my camera, of course, and as I run I take photos of the other runners and the sights. Come! Join me now on the Freedom Trail Run…



We run through Boston Common...

(I took this photo, and the others below, while running.)



...to the State House...



...through historic cemeteries...



...to the Old North Church... ("One if by land, two if by sea")



...to the Bunker Hill Monument.

All right! Let’s get to the good stuff–an HD video that puts you right in the middle of this run. Go ahead! Click the ‘Play’ button below. (And be sure to view the video in Full-Screen, so you’ll see the Freedom Trail Run in panoramic, high-resolution.)

Were you at this run–and if so, what did you like best about it? What could be improved?

(If you weren’t there, I hope these photos and HD video gave you a taste of the experience…and I hope I’ll see you at a race next week.)

210_x_10_transparent.gif © 2010 by Ken Skier. All rights reserved.

Boston Marathon

I never thought I’d be standing here:

Hopkinton?  That didn’t seem possible.

I started training for Boston in late December…and felt good all through January as I improved my speed, endurance, and ability to run hills.  But in mid-February I injured my back and couldn’t walk.  Even three s-l-o-w steps were painful.  More than three were impossible.

Friends asked, “How’s your training going?” and I’d shake my head.  “Training?  I can’t even walk!”

I tried massage.  Heat.  Cold.  Rest.  Nothing helped.  Instead of getting better, my back got worse.

Finally, after weeks of being unable to walk, I got lucky.  A gifted physical therapist identified the problem.  (My SI joint.  Who knew I had an SI joint?)  He yanked on my leg and straightened the SI joint, then showed me what I had to do to keep it in proper alignment.

He got me walking again.

But by then Boston was just five weeks away.

No one can train for Boston in five weeks. I knew that. But I went for a run anyway.

Just an easy jog on a nicely-cushioned dirt trail.  My back didn’t complain.

So I did it again the next day.  Still no complaints from the back.

Hmmmm…
…maybe I could run.

My physical therapist told me I could train, if I was willing to quit at the first sign of pain.  You bet! I said.  But I’d lost six weeks.  So…at a time when other Boston-bound runners were tapering, I had to start running, building up from a base of zero. 

I went from nothing to 5K in a week…then to a half-marathon 2 weeks later…and decided I’d give Boston a shot.

So here I am at the start line:

As you can see, I’ve got a camera in my hand.  I don’t want to miss a thing!  So for the next 26.2 miles I’ll be taking pictures as I run.  (Yes, I take photos as I run.  I don’t stop or slow down.  After all, I;m in a race!) 

The following link will give you a first-person experience of my 2009 Boston Marathon: