What a refreshing change to go for a run and not be drenched with sweat! I think Mike and I have gotten used to the heat and humidity in Raleigh. But running in Maine was a welcomed change!
Mike and I stayed in Boothbay Harbor, a small, picturesque town in Maine, over Labor Day weekend on the way to a wedding in Bar Harbor. We didn’t have much time to explore, so we decided to go for a short run on Friday morning to shake out our legs after Thursday’s long day of traveling and to see the town!
Pretty morning in Boothbay
Since the town itself seemed so small, we weren’t sure how we’d even rack up more than a mile or two on a run. After a little research, Mike found a 4-mile-ish route someone had shared on MapMyRun
, so we decided to follow that with some slight modifications.
Our run began on the landmark pedestrian bridge across the harbor. We ran from our hotel to the “downtown” area perched on the side of the bay, full of art galleries, coffee shops, and weathered pubs and seafood joints that looked like they’ve been in operation for ages.
Running across the Boothbay pedestrian bridge
We followed Commercial Street around the bay, stopping to watch the lobster boats. Once we turned right off Commercial to Sea Street, we lost the gorgeous water views and quickly found ourselves in a very residential area. There were a few turns around this part so we had to consult the route on my phone a few times. Boothbay is hilly! We hit a pretty steep hill around mile 1 that continued until about mile 1.75.
Mike running fast up the hill!
We looped back towards the downtown (and also downhill!) running along a scenic stretch of Route 27 before hitting the main road into/out of Boothbay. We ran on the wide shoulder of 27, past Walgreens, Hannaford and several commercial strip malls. Once we hit the YMCA, we turned around and reached mile 3 right before heading downtown. There was a short, steep hill on Montgomery Road, but then we were rewarded with a downhill into downtown. Pear Street turned into Union Street, lined with restaurants and shops along the harbor. We ran back onto the pedestrian bridge a short way to reach the 4 mile mark and get some more photos.
Post run on pedestrian bridge
Representing Raleigh in Boothbay
I was shocked to see our 7:52 average pace! I didn’t feel like I exerted myself that much since I wasn’t soaked with sweat. I’d recommend this run, or a portion of the run (maybe skip the Rte 27 to the YMCA and back), to get a good overview of the town of Boothbay, to see both the downtown district as well as hilltop neighborhoods.
We relaxed on a dock at our hotel for awhile before heading into town to explore a bit more.
Can every run end like this?
First up was getting some delicious lobster rolls from Shannon’s Unshelled!