Now we’re getting into the longer of the long runs. This week the half runners will stretch their miles to 9 while the longer runners go for 18!
Some business first: After next week I’ll be heading off on a business trip that’ll take me away for the rest of the Sundays of this long run period. I need someone to step up and be the main organizer of the rest of the runs. I need the rest of you to step in and help that person with water stops. Let me know if you can help out. This is a group effort, lets everyone help each other get to the starting line!
This week we’ll be running a longer, challenging run. The shorter distance is up Main to Green to the LynnFells Parkway out to the Saugus entrance to Breakheart. There will be a water stop there before you go into the park and circle Breakheart. Go in to the right and go counterclockwise. When you get to the beach stay to the right to bring you around the long way. Pound through those hills (keep your back upright and your legs turning over) till you get back to the water stop. After the second trip to the stop you head back the way you came to finish up the run.
Longer distance runners, start out the same way… out the LynnFells to Breakheart. Stop. Run around Breakheart. Stop. Back out the LynnFells. When you get to Main Street in Saugus turn right and head up to Wakefield High School for another water stop. Now it gets tricky. Take Farm Street up to water and turn RIGHT. (you usually turn left here, this run you go right). After that right take your first left onto Montrose Ave. Take this road until it ends at Salem Street. Go LEFT onto Salem Street and run until you see this:
Or at least this is what it looked like when Google took its last picture. Here you want to bear right onto Lowell Street, the road to the far right here. Lowell Street will take you up to Lake Quannapowitt. When you get to the lake take a right past the Gingerbread Construction Company and your first left into the Converse Parking lot at the top of the lake. In that lot will be a water stop.
After that stop continue over to North Ave where you turn left. Run to Church Street where you go left. Then when you get to the church take a right on Common and merge onto Main Street. Main Street will get you to the next water stop at Nick’s Pizza.
Not done yet. The next segment will be your last though. Straight down Main to Brueggers and you’re done!!!
Water stops. Oh, I need lots o’ help this weekend. If I get a dedicated volunteer to help with all the stops we can handle it with two people. Otherwise: If I can get a car to park at Breakheart I’d appreciate it. Perhaps a pair of half distance runners can team up and drop a car there. I’ll bring supplies and leave it there and then after your run ends you can come pick it up. That’ll let me scoot over to Wakefield High when I need to. The next stop I need help at is at Lake Q. Again if two long distance runners pair up and leave a car there I can swing by and drop some supplies there as well during my travels. I’ll cover water stops at Wakefield High and Nick’s Pizza.
Let me know who can help with stops and who’s in for the run!