Here we go, getting into the mileage that most of us just have to think of as running â€œfrom water stop to water stop.â€ In other words, donâ€™t overwhelm yourself thinking about the total miles we ARE going to conquer. Just set the GPS in your mind to head to the water stop that is ahead of you. Once there, take in a couple sips and/or a bite of something, reset your mindâ€™s GPS to the next water stop, and move forward. Keep repeating that until you find yourself back at Brueggerâ€™s.
Please acquaint yourself with the route youâ€™ll be running â€“ maps are just a click away on the right hand side of this post. Iâ€™ll go over the route, roughly, before we head out, but it is way better to show up on Sunday morning knowing where youâ€™ll be running. This week, as all our waterstops might be unattended; you wonâ€™t have the luxury of showing up and asking where to go next. KNOW YOUR ROUTE. It will save you worry and possibly unnecessary miles that you donâ€™t need to run as a lost sheep from the herd.
This week we all take in the beauty of Breakheart Reservation. All runners, going the half distance or the full, head straight to the Saugus entrance of Breakheart for a clockwise outer loopâ€¦ because we love the hills going in that direction. Â After the loop of Breakheart, those taking the half route will run back to Brueggerâ€™s the very same way you came. Those running the longer distance will head out in the same way, but take a right onto Farm St., keep running until you get to Wakefield High â€“ pause for hydration â€“ get back on the route and make your way to Lake Q via Montrose Ave, Salem St. and Lowell St. Once you see the Lake head in a counter-clockwise direction around the lakeâ€¦ because going in this direction will get you to the water stop quicker. Keep running with the Lake on your left until you get to Main St. in Wakefield. Turn right on Main Street and start heading back to Melrose, making one last pause for water, Gatorade, GU,Â what have you at Nickâ€™s Pizza. Then all you have left is one last push to the finish. Easy peasy (says the one who will probably complain the most).
Waterstops â€“ I think I have Betty Cooper for waterstops #1&2 at the Saugus entrance to Breakheart, Â Sue Worrall for waterstop #4 in the corner of the Comverse parking lot, Iâ€™ll probably take waterstop #5 at Nickâ€™s Pizza unless anyone else wants itâ€¦ Â I just need one more for Wakefield High. Erin, was this the week you said you could help? Once I know weâ€™re all covered, we will make a plan for picking people up and getting them (myself included) to the start of the run.
Okay, who is in? ROLL CALL!