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Week 14 – This is it!

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

No foolin’, this is the last run of the winter season of the Sunday Long Run. This week the S in SLR should stand for spring, because its finally here! While we had a relatively mild yet stubbornly long winter to train in this year, Sunday has been cold every week until this one. We should be running in temps in the 50s and 60s. Even though this is a short taper, you may want to test out the clothes you plan to wear on race day on this run.

The plan for this run is the same roads for the same distance we ran in Week 2 back in January, but in reverse. Just to be clear you run forward through the roads in reverse order than we did in Week 2. Don’t do anything stupid like run 12.5 miles backwards. Again, this is a taper run so keep your pace while I decrease your miles. We’ll start up
Main Street towards Ell Pond. Give Clarence DeMar a good luck tap as you pass by. You won’t win Boston like Mr Marathon did seven times but know you trained on the same roads as him, so you couldn’t be any readier. When you get to Melrose Street, turn left, and take another left on to the LynnFells Parkway. Continue on the LynnFells past Grimsby’s as it becomes the Fellsway East. Through the hills and down to the Highland Ave traffic circle, turn right onto Highland and make your way to the first water stop.

After the stop both short and long runners will run the “front side” of Spot Pond, straight through the Highland Ave rotary onto Woodland Rd, past the hockey rink. Short route runners will turn right at Pond Street, past Grimsby’s to West Wyoming Ave, turning left on Main Street and finishing at Brueggers. Long runners will circle the pond by running past the Stone Zoo, cutting through the Straw Point water stop on the left, turning left on Main Street in Stoneham and following that over I93, past the Sheepfold entrance to the Fells, under I93, to Elm Street where you turn left. Elm Street will bring you up to the Highland Rotary where you turn right to find the water stop again.

After this water stop, turn left on to East Border Road, and left again at the lights on to the Fellsway East. Through the hills, and down to Grimsby’s, turn right on West Wyoming Ave and make your way to the left on Main to finish up your 2017 Long Run training for the Boston Marathon at Brueggers.

Water Stops. I’ll be taking care of Highland Ave. Anyone that wants to help is welcome. If I get a helper I’ll send them over to Straw Point for an extra stop.

After this. Well, some of you will have a great Boston, others will continue training for marathons later in the spring. Typically unofficial runs continue into May, with unmanned water stops sprinkled about. Facebook or the MRC forum is where those runs are communicated.

After that. We typically have an MRC Long Run Brunch after the races have been run. I likely will be out of town when we do that. If someone wants to host, let me know. They are typically pot luck brunches where everyone brings a dish or a drink and we chat about our experiences on the race courses.

See you in the morning. Roll Call, who’s in?!

Week 13 – Taper Time for Boston

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

After a perfectly executed Hopkinton to Boston College run (thanks to all the volunteers for being where they needed to be when they needed to in order to make this such a great day, and for all the runners for making it a joy to keep you running strong along the course!) it’s time to taper. For those in this for the first time, Taper Time is that time where you let your legs recover from all the training runs, making them as ready as possible for Boston. To do this we do shorter runs at normal training pace. Back in the first week in January you probably didn’t think of a 15 mile run as taking it easy, but this Sunday you’ll see that it is.

This week’s run if 5 laps of Breakheart. April Fools! Actually the run is very similar to what we did two weeks ago. The weather seems to have spared us, there is snow on the ground but the sidewalks of Melrose are visible but wet.

We’ll start out East Foster up to Melrose Common, turning right on 6th Street and continuing straight as it becomes Swain’s Pond Ave. When you get to the pond, turn right at the stop sign to continue on Swains Pond Ave. Follow this to an intersection with a closed convenience store on the right and a very wide turn of Lebanon Street. As some of you know, if you don’t turn right here you’ll end up in Malden. Nothing against Malden but TURN RIGHT. When you get to a set of lights on Lebanon turn left, this is Forest Street which will take you past Oak Grove Cemetery and over to Main Street in Malden. Across Main you’ll find water stop 1.

After this stop, just like before, leave through the other end of the parking lot onto Winter Street, run past Oak Grove T Stop and straight through a 5-way intersection on to Glenwood. This street will wind its way to Highland Ave where you take a right and another quick right on to the Fellsway East at a traffic circle. Run through the hills, past Grimsby’s on to the LynnFells Parkway… unless you’re running short where the route turns onto West Wyoming which brings you to a left on to Main Street to finish up 7 miles. Long runners will follow the LynnFells Parkway to Melrose High School where they’ll find water stop 2.

After this stop continue up LynnFells Parkway to Saugus, turning left onto Main Street in Saugus. Follow Main as it turns into Farm Street in Wakefield, turning left on Nahant across from Wakefield High School, and running to Main Street in Wakefield coming out at Nick’s Pizza where you’ll have water stop 3.

After Nick’s Pizza follow Main Street back to Melrose and back to Brueggers.

Water stops. I only need one volunteer to help me. Who will it be? I believe Hank is taking a well deserved vacation. Tom?

Who’s in? Roll Call?!

The Boston Route Training Run Plan

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Attached is the SLR Boston Route Training Plan. THE PLAN

Runners, please review and acknowledge here that what I have you listed for matches what you think you’re doing.

Drivers, please post here that you’re still in and you understand what I’m asking from you.

Also, drivers, the Mass Pike is an electronic toll only road, please confirm you have an EZ-Pass (or whatever they call it these days). If not we’ll have some thinking to do.

Week 12 – Hopkinton to Boston (College)

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Let the planning for the 2017 Hopkinton to Boston College Training Run begin!

The run is this Sunday, March 26th, meeting at Brueggers at 6:45AM, leaving promptly at 7AM, arriving in Hopkinton around 8AM, finishing in Boston between 11AM and 1PM.

We have 41 people in for the trip, 31 of them running!  There are 8 dedicated drivers and 3 pairs of half distance runners.

Tonight I will create and post the plan for the run. Any changes after this will be highly frowned upon. If you know anyone that thinks they’re running/coming and you don’t see their name below, please reach out to them and tell them this is the last call.

Tomorrow look here for the SLR Road Trip Plan.

The general concept is several cars drive all the runners to Hopkinton. We stop at gas stations right off the highway before starting to run. We meet at the start line, take a quick picture, and start the run. One volunteer will support the lead pack, one supports the trail pack, the others leap frog from stop to stop to support the entire run. One car will collect all the post-run parents and head to the finish ahead of all the runners. Runners can walk over to Dunkin Donuts, to change. I also hear that some people have used the BC gym to change, but I’m not sure how that works. In the past there was a finish picture at Boston College but lately the runs have been cold and the lead runners will not be asked to wait for the trail runners.

We will be heading to the Melrose KofC upstairs bar at about 1PM for a Taper Time Pasta Party with food from Comella’s . I’ll collect $10 per person to cover the cost of food. Beverages will be available at the bar. I count 25 people interested. If you are interested in attending and don’t see an * next to your name, let me know.

(1) Ashley DeAcetis [5 seats]
(2) Courtney Koschei[4 seats]
(3) Erin [4 seats]
(4) Hank Murphy [4 seats] *
(5) Jim Carson [4 seats] *
(6) Matt Sazama [4 seats] *
(7) Tom Gorman [4 seats] *
(8) Ray and Stan’s friend [3 seats]

Full Runners:
(9) Ali Hawes *
(10) Bethany Mayo *
(11) Brendan Ring [6 seats]
(12) Brian Walfield
(13) Carly Rose
(14) Chris Hancock
(15) Dan Slattery *
(16) Gail Severt *
(17) Heather Lane
(18) Johan
(19) Judi Chiavetta*
(20) Katie Sinnott*
(21) Marianne Chmielewski *
(22) Mary O’Connell
(23) Matt Kerton *
(24) Paul Whitelam
(25) Ray Brady
(26) Sheree Wheeler *
(27) Stan LeFave

Half Runners:
(28) Christina DiCalogero *
(29) Donna [5 seats] *
(30) Freddi Pare
(31) Jen Bresnahan *
(32) Jen Dodge [5 seats] *
(33) Jessi [7 seats]
(34) Jessica Crispin *
(35) Julie Galvin [5 seats] *
(36) Lee Romprey *
(37) Michelle DeAngelo *
(38) Mike McLaughlin
(39) Regina Curran *
(40) Tracy Hamlin *

(41) Kenny

People: 41 (there are a few people that voiced their desire but haven’t posted here. It only counts if its in print here!)
Seats: 42+ (I’ll figure out how many and which cars are coming later in the week)
* Pasta Party: 25 (Make sure you let me know if you want to come, I’m guessing on some responses)

Thanks to the volunteers!

Week 11 – Parading Through Melrose

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

We had an easy winter, until we got close to spring. With freezing temperatures, frozen packed snow, and cold winds, the past few weeks have been a test of your fortitude, toughening you up for the challenges coming on race day. Keep you chin up and keep marching forward. Thanks to Lois, Hank and Kenny for getting you through last week.

This week, while the St Patrick’s Day Parade marches through Southie, we’ll be parading around Swains Pond and then the long run will take you to Wakefield. Due to snow and ice I’ve altered the long route slightly to avoid Breakheart. Here is an updated map.

The Route: We’ll start out together running up East Foster to Melrose Common, turning right on 6th Street. This will turn into Swain’s Pond Ave, bringing you to a quiet wooded section of Melrose. When you reach the ponds you’ll come to a stop sign, turn right here to continue on Swain’s Pond Ave. Swain’s Pond Ave will bring you to Lebanon Street where you’ll turn right. Head to a set of lights and turn left on Forest Street, bringing you past Oak Grove Cemetery and over to Main Street in Malden. Water Stop 1 will be in the parking lot of the Citizens Bank when you get to Main Street.

Leaving this water stop through the other end of this parking lot will put you on (the aptly named) Winter Street. Take Winter past the Oak Grove T Stop to a 5 way intersection. Go straight through the intersection on to Glenwood St. Follow this windy hilly road to Highland Ave where you’ll take a right into the traffic circle at the Fellsway East. Take a quick right here to get on to the Fellsway East and follow it past Grimsby’s to the LynnFells Parkway. Look for a water stop at the knoll across from Melrose High School.

After this stop, continue on the LynnFells Parkway to Saugus. Turn left at Main Street in Saugus. If you’re running short you’ll take the familiar left turn on Howard, run down to a left on Green Street which will merge with Main Street in Melrose to finish you’re 11 mile run. The long runners will not turn on Howard, they’ll continue on Main Street as it turns into Farm Street in Wakefield. There will be a water stop waiting for you at Wakefield Middle School.

After the Middle School water stop you’ll continue on Farm to Water Street where you’ll turn left. This will bring you to Main Street in Wakefield at Wakefield Center. Turn left on Main and follow it back to Melrose. You’ll take a turn onto LynnFells Parkway to pass back past Melrose High School where you’ll again find the water stop at the knoll.

After this water stop scoot along the LynnFells Parkway to Grimsby’s where you’ll turn left on West Wyoming. Make your way to Main Street and turn left to get back to Brueggers.

Water Stops: A combo of me, Tom and Hank will take care of you this week.

Roll Call: Who’s in?!

Next Week: I need volunteers to drive to Hopkinton and support water stops next week. If you or someone you know is willing to spend their morning driving and supporting, is good at following directions (both map wise and command wise) I need their help. Usually we need 6-8 cars. This year I’m expecting a huge turnout as the SLR has been quite popular this season. Please let me know if you can support next week and how many passengers your car can fit. If you want to run the short route next week, consider volunteering to drive half the route. I’ll pair you up with another short route runner and one will run the first half of the run while the other supports water stops and in the middle you’ll switch. It’s a fun day. I’ll be posting info about daily over the next week, so keep your eye on the blog!