Last week we had a good recovery run, with an easy flat start, a few hills thrown in to give you that Heartbreak Hill feel, and then a flat finish. Everyone looked like they had a good strong run a week after their 20.
This week we have almost 18 miles, a bit more hilly though. This is a good opportunity to start testing out your clothes you plan to run in for your marathon. If you haven’t gotten new running shoes recently, check them, you’ve probably been running a lot more than you normally do so they may be starting to break down. You want to break them in for the 22 next week to know they feel right, and then have them in prime condition for your marathon. Also start making a habit of eating the same thing on Saturday night and Sunday Morning so you know your stomach can handle the food before a big run.
The run will take you up to Melrose Common on East Foster, over to Swain’s Pond along Swains Pond Ave, right onto Lebanon, left onto Forest, Â and over towards Oak Grove. If you don’t know where those places are check the map. This run has gotten a few people lost in the past. when you come up to the ponds, Swains Pond Ave turns right, don’t go straight up the big hill. When Swains Pond Ave comes out to Lebanon. GO RIGHT. A few people have veered off to the left and headed into Malden. Eventually they come back, but its best not to add unnecessary miles on. When you come out of Forest St in Malden there will be a Citizen’s Bank across the street. Water Stop 1 will be in the lot.
The second leg of this run is past Oak Grove Station on Winter St. Run directly across to Glenwood St. Follow this curvy hilly road out to Highland Ave. You’ll recognize the paper boy at the rotary, go right onto the Fellsway East. Take those hills all the way to the LynnFells Parkway, past Grimsby’s, Dunkin Donuts, the hill into Melrose, to the knoll across from the Melrose Middle School. That’s where you’ll find water stop 2.
After that stop take the LynnFells all the way to the SaugusÂ entranceÂ to Breakheart. You’ll find another water stop there.
Loop Breakheart back to the water stop.
Follow the LynnFells back to the knoll for another stop.
Go back over the LynnFells hill to Grimsby’s, turn left onto West Wyoming, and another left onto Main St and bring it on home to Brueggers!
If you’re running the short route, take a look at the map, since we’re looping Melrose Center for the first 7 miles you can make this one a few different distances to fit your training.
Water Stops: I’ll take one of them, probably the first one. Then I’ll move along the course and join in on the run. I’ll need a car for water stop 2 and another for 3… and maybe someone to pick someone up. I have most of the supplies, so I could distribute them in the morning. Let me know who else can help.
So who’s in? ROLL CALL!!!