This past week we took to the streets of Hopkinton, Ashland, Natick, Wellesley and Newton for our 22 miler along the Boston Marathon course. We saw some strong runs by our marathoners and half marathoners alike. The excitement that the Boston course brings will hopefully push you through these last few weeks of training and on to some stellar performances.
Now its time to let those legs recover a bit. We have a 15 miler on tap for the long runners, and a 7 miler for the half route. I may revamp the route since we ran a similar route just two weeks ago. Give me a few days to figure that out. The important note I want to make right away though is we’ll be running on Saturday this week. Sunday is Easter so we’ll encourage you to spend the morning with your family eating candy.
Ok peeps, its finally Springtime. Easter is here. Opening Day is around the corner. And the Boston Marathon is finally in sight. After your 22 miler we’ll be going for a run just short of 15 miles out to Horn Pond in Woburn. Yes, we’re getting you off of Main Street in Melrose!!!
The route will start out down Main Street to West Wyoming. A right on West Wyoming will bring you up to Spot Pond. Go right there, past the zoo, past Friendly’s, onto North Border Road. You’ll get to a set of lights where you take a left onto Marble Street. Run over I93 and find the water stop on Eugene Rd on your left.
After the water stop, if you’re running long, continue on what is now Forest Street down hill to a set of lights at Washington Street where you take a left. At the next set of lights you take a right onto Cross Street that will bring you over to Woburn. Turn right onto Main Street and cross to the opposite side of the road, you’ll take a left on Lake Ave in short time. Lake Ave will take you down to Horn Pond where you’ll find the next water stop in the parking lot at the pond.
After this water stop loop around Horn Pond clockwise. This will take you along a paved route through the woods up to a road on the other end of the pind. Follow that road to the right and up a big hill to Arlington Road. Turn right on Arlington and follow the road along the pond. If the snow has cleared you’ll find markers for the planets spaced out proportional to their actual distance apart. When you get to the end of Arlington, if you need another drink turn left and hit the water stop once more, if you don’t need a drink go left onto Lake Ave and head back the way you came. A right on Main St and a left on Cross St will take you back into Winchester. A left on Washington and a right on Forest will bring you back up to the first water stop at Eugene.
After that water stop go back over I93 on to Marble. Marble will bring you back to Main Street in Stoneham. Cross Main St to Summer Street and follow that to Franklin Street. A right on Franklin will bring you past Stoneham High School and into Melrose. Turn right on Perkins and let the hill carry you down to the LynnFells Parkway and turn right like you would on the MRC Winter Route. LynnFells will take you over to Grimsby’s, go left on West Wyoming, left on Main Street, and back to Brueggers. Second to last SLR done!
Running the Half Route? You can either come out to Eugene and start there so you get to run someplace new, or run to Water Stop 1 and then follow the end of the route. This will get you about 8 miles.
So now that you’ve made it past the Boston Course run, its time to taper, or as we at the SLR call it “Don’t do anything stupid time” We want to keep you healthy for race day, so take these runs at a good training pace, but don’t push past what is comfortable. At this point in time we want your muscles to recover in the next two weeks, maintain your fitness but don’t tax those muscle fibers. Have fun for the next two weeks!
Here’s a map to the route if you need one: Week 13
Water Stops: I think Jannel, Paul and I have the stops covered. Thanks to others who have volunteered. Jannel and Paul, we’ll meet at Eugene at about 8:15 or so. Thanks again!
Also, we’ll have a guest for this week’s run. Welcome Toni Ann, a student from Boston University, who will be doing a video piece on us for her Journalism class project. You’ll see her along the course, at water stops, and at Brueggers covering our little group. She’ll be looking to interview a few runners about running, our program, and your marathoning experiences.
Roll Call, Who’s in for the Easter edition of the Sunday Saturday Long Run?