The Boston.com weather forecast calls for “not as hot” weather for Sunday, 7/21, Week 2 of the Fall 2013 Sunday Long Run. That’s ecouraging after a week that highlighted temperatures topping out at 99 degrees in Boston.
This week’s run will be about 12 1/2 miles for the long and 6 for the short. We’ll meet at Brueggers at 8AM when the temperature in Melrose will be about 71 with about 65% humidity. The run will start south down Main St and right on West Wyoming Ave. At Brueggers we’ll go left following the Fellsway East through a few hills, stay right when the street becomes divided and when you reach the rotary at Highland Ave where the newspaper boy sits (I just thought of this, isn’t it dangerous to sell newspapers in a rotary?!) turn right onto Highland, follow the road until you find me (yes me, Jim Carson) at the water stop. Have a sip of ice cold gatorade, powerade, and/or water and head on out for more. The temperature at this time should be in the mid 70s with the humidity dipping down under 60%.
If you’re running long you’ll loop the lake clockwise ( left on Elm St then rights on Main St, through Straw Point Parking Lot, along Pond St, onto Woodland back, and straight onto Highland). If someone would like to volunteer their car we can put some water and cups in it at the Straw Point parking lot on the Stonehame Friendly’s side of the Pond. Anyone? Grab a sip there and continue on around the pond and come back to me at Highland Ave.
If you’re running long you’ll split from the group from the water street going straight along the Melrose side of Spot Pond and turn right onto Pond St heading down to Grimsby’s. Take a left at Grimsby’s, follow the Lynn Fells Parkway out past Melrose High School and right onto Melrose St. This cuts you up to Main Street and right back to Brueggers.
When the longer runners get back to me you’ll refuel for another trip through hills. While the temperature will climb into the high 70s the humidity will be dropping to less than 50%. So you have that going for you. Take a left onto East Border Road, go up cursing hill (the one spot I allow people to verbally curse while questioning my motives for having you run so many hills) until you get back to the Fellsway East. Turn left there, turn off your cursing, and attack the hills back to
Brueggers Grimsby’s. When you get to BrueggersGrimsby’s resist the urge to take a shortcut and keep going straight onto the LynnFells Parkway, out to Melrose High School, right on Melrose St, and right on Main back to Brueggers.
It will still be in the 70s when you finish, and the humidity will continue to drop as you get yourself a treat at Brueggers and celebrate another week of training under your belt.
So who’s in? ROLL CALL!!!!