Nice job to all that ran the 20 last week, or any other distance for that matter. The weather was pleasant and you all looked strong from water stop to water stop. An amazing feat by an amazing group!
So… this week we’re supposed to take another trip to Breakheart. Well, we haven’t really been in Breakheart yet this year so it would be our first trip there. I haven’t been up there so I’m not sure if the paths are finally clear enough to take a trip through. I’ll check it out tomorrow, if its runnable we’ll keep the route the way it is, if its still too slippery we won’t risk injuries but instead add Pine Banks on the end of the run.
Update: I just walked Breakheart. As you go in from Wakefield your first impression will be “this is too icy”. You won’t be able to run to the right. It’s a mess leading up to, going up, and coming down the hills. The tops are clear though. If you go left you’ll have about 20 yards of iffy stepping, then you’ll hit pavement. There are patches of ice you’ll have to be careful on, and as always in the morning watch for black ice, but I think you’ll have a pleasant run through Breakheart. So the plan will be to head over there, go left when you enter the gate, run to the beach and bear right which will bring you to the Saugus side parking lot. Got through the lot (use the bathroom if you need) and then continue on to the flatter side of Breakheart. This will bring you back to the beach where you bear right to bring you back to Wakefield. If at anytime you feel uncomfortable with the footing turn back. If you need extra miles to make up for parts you skipped, or if you just like to run extra miles, when you get back to Melrose take a turn left onto the Summer Route after Whole Foods and add on extra miles there.
This week the run is 16 miles, a big jump back from your 20, or 8 after your 10 miles last week. . This is a recovery run, flat most of the way with a little challenge in Breakheart to keep you honest. The route: Head North on Main Street, stop at Nick’s Pizza parking lot for a drink. Continue on Main St, around Lake Quannapowitt and back Main St to Nick’s Pizza for a drink. Head across Nahant St into Breakheart and around the path counter-clockwise alllll the way around, back out and across Nahant back to Nick’s for a drink. Head back up and finish up at Brueggers.
If you’re running the shorter route come to Nick’s, have a drink, head to the lake, take a left when you get there, back along North Ave, grab another drink and head on back to Brueggers.
Who’s in? ROLL CALL!