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Week 14 – Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu

Friday, October 8th, 2010

You have made it this far… One more long run and then its time for all this training to pay off!!!

And good luck to everyone running the BAA Half this Sunday!!!

There will be one water stop at Highland Ave, which I’ve got covered.

I’m planning on biking the Bay State course during the race on the 17th for some picture taking and some support. If you have anything you would like me to carry for you (Gu, Snacks, etc), please get it to me on Sunday or Tuesday.

See you Sunday morning!!


Week 14 – Next Stop Boston (Saturday Run)

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Fourteen weeks ago we headed out on a sunny Sunday Morning and ran a tough 8.8 miles to start our training. We’ve seen very few sunny Sundays since that morning, but have pushed our way through snow, ice, rain, and cold to get to here… our last Long Run before Boston. To throw just one more obstacle in our way Easter falls on this Sunday which means, although Sunday will be warm and sunny, we’ll be running on Saturday in (wait for it…) THE RAIN! The good news is that its just 12.5 miles which these days feels as easy to you as the 8.8 felt hard back in January.

The run will be up Main to the LynnFells, then along the old Melrose Half Marathon route, cutting back along Wyoming to finish up. For those desiring a longer route you can add on the MRC Summer route for extra miles. I should be able to handle the water stops myself this week I think, although anyone running longer might want to add an additional stop along the summer route for the extra miles. Post here and we can figure something out.

Roll call: SATURDAY, Brueggers, 8AM, Who’s in?

Week 14 – “Well I’m running down the road tryin’ to loosen my load”

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

It’s week 14, the final Winter Sunday Long Run for our Boston runners and the final loooong training run before taper for my fellow Providence runners, a momentous occasion for both groups. We had four Boston Marathoners run their 12 mile taper: Barry, Judi, Ed, and Brian. There were six Providence Marathon runners doing 20 miles: Mike York, Nancy, Lois, Pam, myself, and a cameo appearance by Ron. Training for other upcoming races or just out there to keep us company were Nick, Linda, Ginny, Evan, Sue, Joanne, JoAnn, Denyce, Donna, Ed Morris… hmmm, I’m forgetting a few. We all headed out of Breuggers into bright sunshine and 45 degree temperatures. There were shorts being worn, it felt like spring! Off we headed down Main St.

One last pass by the Clarence DeMar monument by Ell Pond for our Boston Marathon crew, a few taps for good luck and we rounded the corner onto the LynnFells. With a gentle push from the wind we made our way through the first stretch of hills along the old Melrose Half Marathon route. Despite getting fitter through our training these hills are always humbling. The order of the runners kept shuffling until we were all in our correct position heading into water stop 1. Here Gloria served as hostess, gatorade and water lined on her trunk meeting the needs of some thirsty runners.

Heading out for the next section of the run some followed the mapped route running counter clockwise around the pond, others kept to the traditional half marathon route running clockwise, and others (Ron) just seemed to be running around and around. We all crossed paths on the far end of the pond for another quick water stop served up by Margaret and Mike Quigley. Gummi Worms were on the menu and Ginny chewed and chewed and chewed. Not making any progress she polled the pack to see if anyone could save her if she choked. Wrong pack for that I guess and she swiftly spit out the remains of her worm.

Circling back to Gloria’s water stop we passed some virtual roadkill, a pink cat doll soaked and wet along the side of the road in a pose similar to the one seen in movies when a guy falls several floors to his demise onto a city sidewalk. Further up we sighted several extremely large birds circling overhead. They were either waiting for roadkill on the adjacent highway or waiting for one of us runners to drop, or perhaps trying to figure out if the dead cat doll was something they could eat. Joanne tried to tempt them with her baggy of candy but none of them took the bait. We left the big birds high above the Fellsway West as we climbed up Elm street to water stop 3 where our whole pack partook in the delights of a  midrun Snickers, even Mike York indulged despite this not being part of his Iron Man Mike diet.

Over the hill of East Border Road and back to the Fellsway West Brian and I pushed on with Mike trailing slightly behind. Brian turned down Wyoming and back to Brueggers, as did all the Boston runners, to top of the 12 mile taper run and complete their Boston Marathon Training. Ginny headed off home from there too while Mike and I hopped on the MRC summer route for the Providence Marathon training run. Mike slowed a bit as his body tried to digest its unexpected contents: that Snickers bar! They work wonders once you get used to eating candy mid-run. Pulling into the next stop where Quigley awaited with more fuel for our bodies, we spotted Ron ahead. Somehow he found the 4th water stop without running our route.

We followed the summer route up the LynnFells, over to Porter Street and down Upham St to Lebanon. The day had grown darker, windier, and colder but still comfortable for a really long run. Heading up Lebanon we ran into Gloria who had run over to the spot to meet up with us for the next section of the run. Only one problem, a slight communication issue left us without a water stop. She thought one of the runners who was done was hosting this stop. They thought she was hosting this stop. That left us without water. Gloria graciously ran back to her car and returned with water for the next pack of runners and for those circling around to this stop again.

Leaving there we continued up Lebanon passing Nick, who had made up his own route for the day and seemed to be wandering aimlessly around Melrose at a substantial clip. As he headed towards the water stop that wasn’t there Mike and I headed to Swains Pond Ave tracing the Melrose Run for Women route back to Lebanon via Beech Ave. As I pulled ahead Mike York turned back, never recovering from his Snicker’s bar he cut his run short. Along the way I passed Jean Terranova, an MRC of years past, the second week in a row I’ve had a chance run in with a Terranova. Maybe instead of the roadkill sighting of the week I’ll start the Terranova sighting of the week. Heading down Beech Ave we passed the Slater residence where the front door was adorned with a “Welcome Finnegan” sign. “Who’s Finnegan?” I wondered aloud (yeah I sometimes talk to myself out loud when running alone this late in a looooong run). I passed by without an answer. Upon reaching the bottom of Beech Ave I saw Lois and Pam running by along Lebanon. One benefit of a looping course is the opportunity to run into some people you don’t see often during the run, this was quite a treat as now I had someone to talk to while we made out way to the next water stop.

We left Gloria at the water stop where she was doing hill repeats up Park St to pass the time. Further up Lebanon Lois and Pam followed the loop around Swain’s Pond as I turned right on Forest to finish up the summer route and my run. As I made my way down Main St Lois and Pam got the pleasure of meeting Finnigan on their way past Brian’s house, he’s the family’s new adorable little puppy.

We all gathered back at Bruegger’s one by one and settled into a quick cup of coffee before heading out to our busy Sundays. Another training session complete. A bit more tapering and our respective marathons and then its time to take it easy!

Week 14 – “Think of seasons that must end”

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Well nobody’s been jumping on the Bruce Springsteen lyrics so I’ll go back to Bob Seger. For our Boston Marathon trainers this is your “Famous Final Scene”, a nice easy run around Spot Pond. You may remember this as a gruelingly hilly run during week 2 of training but now it’s an easy taper run to finish out your training. Enjoy it for all its worth!

Another group of us will be heading out for a 20 mile training run to round out our Providence Marathon training. Here is a map to see where we’re going. Its a mix of the old Melrose Half, the MRC Summer route, and the Melrose Run For Women all rolled up into a bunch of 3 mile runs (give or take)

If neither of those runs fit your needs take a look at the map and make your own route starting from Brueggers or jumping in at a water stop along the way.

This is officially the last run of the Winter Sunday Long Run Program. The season is coming to an end. With Providence still a few weeks out we’ll continue meeting at Brueggers at 8AM but things will become less formal. More about that later though…

See you all at Brueggers at 8AM (If I can get rid of this nasty cold!)