We’re mid-Taper Time for the Boston Runners and the Spring Half Marathon season is upon us. This week is should feel like a short run, slightly slower than race pace, to work the kinks out of those muscles that are still healing up from all that training so they’re at their peak next week. Don’t Do Anything Stupid Time is in effect so run carefully and live carefully, you’re almost to the starting line.
This week we’ll be running the route that everyone complained about 13 weeks ago… most of the Melrose Half. We’ll start up Main St and head past Ell Pond where last spring a memorial was held to remember those impacted by the events at the Boston finish line and honor all those that ran that Boston who were from Melrose. The location was chosen because of a monument we pass every time we run up Main St. One we traditionally give a tap on as we train for our marathons, The Clarence DeMar monument. While living in Melrose Clarence won Boston in 1911, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, and 30. The monument also notes another Melrose resident who won Boston, Bill Rodgers ran our streets to train for his wins in 1975, 78, 79, and 80 (the monument is a little inaccurate in that respect). A runner from Virginia, Jack Fultz won Boston in 1976. If you ask him he’ll tell you he spent his weeks prior to Boston in Melrose running our streets to get ready. So give the monument a tap then turn the corner onto Melrose St and the Lynn Fells and continue up through those hills on the Fellsway East. Be assured there are 3 guys that accumulated 12 Boston Marathon wins from running those same hills. After the hills turn right on Highland Ave and meet me at the water stop.
Once you’ve rehydrated go straight to the front side of Spot Pond. Yes we’re running it in the reverse direction than we typically do. Some say this is easier, some say its harder. If you’re running short, turn right on Pond St down to Grimsby’s. Continue straight onto West Wyoming and left on Main St to finish up. Longer runners keep going past the Zoo and turn left into the Straw Point parking lot for a little more water (I assume Jeff is helping me out this week?). After this stop keep going around the pond and up Elm Street back to the Highland Ave stop.
From here you turn onto East Boarder Road and back over to the Fellsway East. Roll the hills and turn right at Grimsby’s. Enjoy the last flat mile of your run on West Wyoming and Main Street where you finish your long run training for Boston.
Running longer then long today? Let me know your plan and I’ll see if we can support with an extra water stop.
So who’s in for the final training run before Boston? ROLL CALL!