This training season has had a similar story ever Sunday. There will be snow on the ground, the temperatures will be well below freezing, and the miles will fly by. This week we return to Spot Pond, taking a slightly different way to get there. From Brueggers we’ll head north on Main St up past Ell Pond and take a left on Melrose St and another left onto the LynnFells Parkway. This is where the start of the old Melrose Law Enforcement Half Marathon was located. That race evolved over the years intoÂ Boston’s Run to Remember over the years but if you never got a chance to run it, you will Sunday.
From the LynnFells you make a loop of Ell Pond, just keep taking lefts until you wind up back at the LynnFells, and then follow the LynnFells to Grimsby’s. Here we’ll give you a quick water stop if you need it. From there you’ll follow the week 2 route, out the Fellsway East to Highland Ave and the main water stop for the route, around Spot Pond back to the water stop, up East Border Rd back to the Fellsway East and continuing onto the LynnFells. Back at Melrose Middle School the old Melrose Half would have you do a loop of the track. We’ll skip that and head back the way we came, Melrose St to Main to finish up the 14.6 mile run.
If you’re running the HalfÂ route this week is the same distance as week 2 but you head out the LynnFells to the Fellsway Easy, Highland Ave to the front side of Spot Pond, and cut down Pond to Wyoming. This will be another 7.1 mile run, if you feel like stretching to 8 miles go back the LynnFells to Main instead.
Since another foot of snow has fallen in Melrose I again need to warn you to be very careful. Watch your step, be aware that cars can’t see you coming around a corner, and the roads are much more narrow since the snow plows seem to have given up trying to find where the side of the street actually is. This all means we need to share the road with others that don’t like to share the road. Remember all drivers are in a hurry and they assume they have the right of way.
Go out and enjoy your run, the last one in a very snowy January.
Who’s in?! Brueggers, 8AM!