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Week 0 Recap – Get This Party Started

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

At 7AM I left a cardboard box filled with water and Gatorade on my door step, at 7:15 Walt had wisked it away towards Wakefield where he would set up our water stop for the day at Wakefield High School. From there he took the first steps of our winter training session making his way back to Melrose by foot to meet us at Brueggers at 8AM. Waiting for him there were 27 runners, each having mentally or physically marked a day on their new 2009 calendars that they were about to begin preparing for. Be it the Derry 16 Miler in a few weeks, or a half marathon at Hampton Beach,  Hyannis, New Bedford, Providence, or Boston, or a marathon in Boston, Providence, Maine, or Vermont, today we began the journey to achieving that goal.

Heading down Main St to the LynnFells 28 runners chattered about Christmas and New Years, the new wiis they’ve injured themselves using, their jobs or the lack of them, new babies, old injuries, and recoveries from marathons past (ask Andy Pate about his remus). Barry, Paul, Judi, and Jennifer led the way down Main St, greeted by Kelly who seemingly jumped from the bushes in front of her house right into the pack. As the leaders quickly disappearing into the bright sunshine along the LynnFells toward Saugus, Joe, Brian, Walt, and Ed tried to keep in close pursuit. As we turned left onto Main St in Saugus, Theresa and Joanne joined in our big pack from the J Pace parking lot as John, Beth, Kristen, Donna, and Jo-Ann turned off down Howard St to follow the 4.2 mile route. Nick, Ginny and I led the big pack as we cut through the cold wind in our faces through the hills to Farm St. Nick and I registered a 7mph on the school zone radar sign before heading into the water stop. There Liz was waiting for us to join in the second leg of the run. As we sipped some water and Gatorade runners streamed in to the stop, first Mike, Andy, and Carol , then in an instant Sue Worrall, Sue Clough, Nancy, Lois, Pam, Lauren and Barry Cossette, Joanne, and Kelly.  Theresa, not used to the Sunday morning 8AM schedule almost wandered by the stop in a half-sleepy daze but we caught her attention. Behind her Jose and Suzanne went by and turned onto Nahant St for a 7 mile run missing the water stop all together.

The second leg of the run felt warmer than the first, with the sun warming the air and the wind now at our backs we made our way along Water St to Main. I travelled along with Nick and Carol, as marathon experiences and lessons learned were discussed. We pushed our way towards Ed, and thanks to his short bathroom break we caught him as we made our way past Nahant St. Ed and I kept an ongoing conversation through the last miles as my legs tried ot interrupt to remind me we haven’t done this in a while. We past Walt coming from the opposite direction as we headed into Melrose and he returned to Wakefiled to end at his car. As downtown Melrose came into view so did Sue Clough as we ate into the lead she had gotten by taking Nahant St. We kept a steady pace in an attempt to catch her but couldn’t, finishing our run right behind her.

After the run we gathered on the sidewalk outside of Brueggers soaking in that familiar feeling of tired legs and worn out bodies. The first long run of 2009 was done and soon we were celebrating it with coffee, bagels, and lively conversation inside Brueggers. Congratulations to all 32 of you for taking the first steps to where ever you’re headed!

(Note: Due to the MRC Holiday Party on Januaury 10th, next week’s Sunday Long Run will actually be held Saturday Morning. Run hard in the morning, party hard that night, sleep in on Sunday!)  

Week 0 – A Cold Start

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

This is the official Roll Call post to begin the 2009 winter session of the Melrose Running Club Sunday Long Run program.

The runs will begin at 8AM at Brueggers. Bring a dollar to pitch in for water stops and if you’re new to the route I suggest you print out a copy of the map and carry it with you, some carry it in a plastic sandwich bag to keep it from getting wet and unreadable. That and the desire to run is all you need.

This week we have an 8.8 mile route which can be viewed by clicking on the distance for week 0 on the sidebar to the right. The route will take us out the LynnFells Pkwy to Main St in Saugus. Main St becomes Farm St in Wakefield, where we’ll stop at Wakefield HS for a water stop. With the short distance and the cold temps, this water stop will be stocked with just water and gatorade, as the runs become more challenging the water stops will provide more snacks and supplies. After the water stop we’ll be heading across Water St to Main St in Wakefield. We’ll head south on Main St to make our way back to Brueggers.

For those preparing for a half marathon or just joining us to stretch out the miles, there is a 4.2 mile Howard Street option also. This runs with the full route group but turns back along Howard St to Main St in Melrose. There will be no water stop along this route, but I will have water and gatorade at the finish if you need it.

The custom, for those of you who are new, is to linger at Brueggers and have a snack there. They have been very gracious over the years, allowing us to take over a corner of the place before our run and meeting up after the run, so thanking them with our business is encouraged. This also serves as a great opportunity to meet other runners and learn from experienced marathoners and half marathoners about things like what to wear, what to eat, and how to prepare for long runs and races.

One more thing, also on the sidebar to the right you will see the predicted weather for Sunday Morning from 8AM to 12 Noon. This should help you prepare for the run. Beyond that information we also fortunate to have a meteorologist in our midst, Walt the weatherman often chimes in with possible weather issues to deal with, an invaluable contribution to outdoor runners. Under the weather info is located a link to Runner’s World What to Wear applet which helps you plan your clothes for certain weather conditions. This week be prepared for cold, dress in layers, and protect exposed skin from the cold.

So far we have Barry, Walt, Joanne, Jennifer, Lois, and me planning on running. This is the official ROLL CALL! Who else is in?