Week 15 – Fall is Here

October 13th, 2017

With Chicago, Tufts, and the BAA half in the rearview mirror, Fall is officially here. Congrats to those that went out on the road and reached out for their goals. I hear Chicago was a hot one, just another challenge along the way.

For those still training, this is the last week of the fall edition of the 2017 Sunday Long Run. A good year of strong training and great companionship on the roads. Let’s go one more week and finish this off.


We’ll start up Main Street, turning left on Melrose Street and left again onto the LynnFells. Follow that up past Grimsby’s, through the Fellsway East hills and turn right on Highland Ave. There you will find water stop 1.

After that, surprise! You’re running counterclockwise around Spot Pond. Go straight through the rotary past the hockey rink. If you’re running short you’ll peel off at Pond Street, down to Grimsby’s, straight onto West Wyoming, and left on Main to finish your season off. If you’re running long continue straight past the Stone Zoo, turning left into the Straw Point parking lot, and left when you leave the parking lot. Follow this over I93 (don’t go down the off ramp or you’ll be on I93!) and past the sheepfold, under I93 up to a left on Elm Street. Run up Elm back to the rotary and turn right onto Highland Ave for water stop 2.

After this water stop continue a little on Highland and turn left on East Border Road. Run up that stretch and turn left at the lights back on to the Fellsway East. Through those hills to Grimsby’s, turn right on West Wyoming, left on Main and then the Sunday Long Run is over for this year.

Lois will usher you around the route with fantastic water stops and shut out the lights on this year’s SLR when you’re done. Thanks again to Lois for her efforts to bring this season to a close. I appreciate it very much.

Good luck on all your races yet to happen. You’ve all trained hard, here’s to great runs in your future.

Roll Call! Who’s in?

Week 14 – If You’re Not Tapering, You’re Probably in Chicago

October 4th, 2017

If your mouth is full of pasta as you read this, there’s a good chance you’re in Chicago getting ready for your big day. It was a pleasure working with you to get to the starting line, now its up to you to get to the finish line. Go get there! If you’re not eating pasta yet, you’re likely starting your taper for Baystate or one of the many half marathons coming up in the next few weeks. To  you I say step carefully, don’t do anything stupid, your big day is coming up soon. If you’re doing New York or Philly, well keep on running, you have a ways to go still.

Last week I’m sure was awesome as Lois, Pam, and Dan got you through your miles. Once again you’re in the capable hands of Lois to get you through another week. The route will take you to Swain’s Pond and out to Farm Street if you’re running long. If you need more detail than that, look at the map.

Water Stops. I’m sure there will be some, right Lois?

Roll Call. Who’s in?

Week 13 – Last Big Run Before Baystate

September 29th, 2017

this week the Baystate runners will do their 22, the Chicago runners will finish up their training, and a slew of you will put some finishing touches on your fall half training.

The route will start going North on Maine Street where you can share another moment with Clarence DeMar. Turn left at Melrose Steet onto the Lynfells Parkway, to the Fellsway East, turning right on Highland Ave and getting to water stop 1.

Go around the backside of Spot Pond and turn left at Friendly’s making your way to the water stop at Eugene Drive. Then head down Forest turning left on the other Highland and run all the way to the end for another water stop.

After that stop go left on RT38/Main Street, right on Playstead, right on Mystic Valley Parkway, right on Bacon, left back on Mystic Valley Parkway. Look for water along the right side of the road.

After that continue to the second set of lights, turn left on Washington, continue to the Ginger Bread Construction Company where you turn right to head back up Forest to Eugene. Stop for water again.

Next head back to Friendly’s, continue straight, past the Stone Zoo, left on Pond down to Grimsby’s where you turn left. Follow he LynnFells Parkway past Melrose High, turning right on Melrose Street and right on Main Street. Finish up at Brueggers and start your taper with a bagel.

If you’re running Chicago run the 12 in the short route map. After the first water stop you’ll loop Spot Pond back to the first stop and the finish up by turning on to East Border Road and left on the Fellsway East. Turn right on West Wyoming and left on Main to finish up your training. Good luck in Chicago!

Half trainers, if you want to do 9, after the first water stop head around Spot Pond with everyone else but turn left on Pond and head down West Wyoming turning left on Main to finish up.

Water Stops. Lois has an army of volunteers ready to assist you. Thanks to all that donate your time to make this club and this training as special as it is. Thanks Lo!

Roll call! Who’s in?

Week 12 – Someone’s running 22!

September 23rd, 2017

Lois will be helping you out this week. Run long, run hard, taper is coming! Who’s in?

Week 11 – 16 for Baystate, 22 for Chicago

September 16th, 2017

As we make our way through September, there are a lot of miles flying by as we make our way to Baystate and Chicago, and also for all the great halfs coming up over the next month. The plan for this week is that I’ll be at Nick’s Pizza for the whole morning. Whatever distance  you’re running, swing by there every 4 or 5 miles and grab a snack. Write your name on a cup when you pass through the first time. When you aren’t coming back anymore throw your cup away. When all the cups are gone I’ll head home.

The planned route is as follows: Run up Main Street, past Ell Pond where you say hi to Clarence DeMar. Continue north on Main Street into Wakefield to the intersection of Main, North Ave, and Nahant. Nick’s Pizza is on the right, after Dunkin Donuts. Grab a drink.

Continue running up Main Street until you get to southern end of Lake Quannapowitt. If you’re running short you’ll turn left there on Church Street, following to North Ave where you turn left to bring you back to Nick’s Pizza. Follow Main Street back to Melrose to finish up your 8 mile run. If you want more like 10.7 miles you can loop the lake with the long runners. They’ll stay on Main Street running the east side of Lake Q and run almost a complete loop of the lake counterclockwise: left on Lowell Street, left on Quannapowitt Way, left on North Ave. Follow North Ave straight back to Nick’s Pizza.

After that water stop the plan is to run Nahant over to Wakefield High School. Cross Farm Street and run up by the Voc on Hemlock Road and through the parking lot straight through to the entrance of Breakheart Reservation. Run a counterclockwise loop of Breakheart by staying to the right as you enter, running the hills first, use the bathroom or water fountain at the headquarters as needed, continue around to the left and then bearing right as you come to the beach area. Watch for the Voc on your right and pop back out into the parking lot, down Hemlock, over to Nahant and back to Nick’s Pizza.

To finish a 16 mile run take Main Street back to Melrose to finish. To do a 22, find yourself a nice 6 mile loop that brings you back to Nick’s. One option using streets we’ve trained on before is to head up Main Street to Wakefield Center, turn right onto Water Street (Rte 129), follow to a left on Montrose which will bring you to Lowell Street. Turn left on Lowell, follow it up to Lake Quannapowitt bearing right at a fork of Salem and Lowell streets along the way. Once at the lake turn left and follow Main Street back to Nick’s. That’s just one option. However you go I’ll wait for you at Nick’s Pizza.

As far as water stops go, I’ve got this. There is one water stop and I’ll take care of it. This will be my last week of water stopping you this season though. After this week your trusted Lois will take you through to the finish of the season.

Roll Call. Who’s in?