Who : You people.
What : This week Baystate Marathon trainers will be doing their 22 miler (officially 21.7) while half marathon trainers will go 11 miles (officially 11.2).
Where : Brueggers
When : 8AM
How (Much): $1 for short, $2 for a long. If you want more than one Gu add another $1 per.
How (Preparation) : Today you should practice your prerace meal, your prerace sleep. Tomorrow consider wearing your race clothing and eat your race breakfast. This is your practice race day, not just a training run. But also remember this is not a race. This is a training run. Don’t try to win this, there are no medals. This is just six short runs to get you ready. Go water stop to water stop at your training pace and finish healthy.
How (Start) : Start out running up Main Street past Ell Pond. Give that monument at the pond honoring Melrose marathoning legend Clarence DeMar a tap as you by for good luck. Go left on Melrose Street and another left to get on the LynnFells Parkway. Follow the parkway past Grimsby’s onto the Fellsway East to the Highland traffic circle. Turn right on Highland and head up to the water stop on Highland Ave.
After that go to the Highland Ave rotary and go left onto Elm Street. Take that to the end and turn right onto the Fellsway West. Continue all the way to Straw Point. Here is where the path’s diverge.
How (Short) : Half marathon trainers go right through the Straw Point parking lot and continue your loop around Spot Pond, past the Stone Zoo back to Flynn Rink. Cut through the Highland Ave rotary and make your way back to the Highland Ave water stop.
Take your first left on to East Border Road followed by a left at the lights back on to the Fellsway East. Run the hills and take a right onto Ravine Road, cutting over to West Wyoming. A right there followed by a left at the lights on to Main Street gets you back to Brueggers for 11.2 miles.
How (Long) : At Friendly’s take a left on North Border Road which turns into Park Street. Take a left on to Marble and find water stop 2 as you cross over I93, on your left on Eugene.
Continue on what is now called Forest Street in Winchester, left on Highland Ave, run all the way to the end to Water Stop 3.
After that go left on Main Street (Rte 38) and head to a left on Playstead Road in Medford. At the end of that road go right at the train tracks by the conveniently located Dunkin Donuts. Now you’re on High Street which you follow to Mystic Valley Parkway. You’ll see a little rotary before a bridge that goes into Arlington. Do not go into Arlington, you go right and run along the road keeping the Mystic Lakes to your left. Follow to the end and turn right on Bacon, then a quick left back onto Mystic Valley Parkway. You’ll find a water stop along this road by the track on your right.
After this stop continue on Mystic Valley Parkway to your second set of lights, turn left there onto Washington Street. Washington will take you through a 5 way intersection where you cross Mt Vernon Street and bear right to stay on Washington. Follow that to an intersection across from the Gingerbread Construction Company. Turn right at this intersection onto Forest and back up to the Eugene water stop.
Next cross over I93 and take a right at the lights onto Park Street, back past Friendly’s, past the Stone Zoo, turning left on Pond Street. This will take you down to Grimsby’s where you’ll turn left and follow the LynnFells Parkway past Melrose High School, turning right on Melrose Street and right on Main Street. Thank Clarence for the help as you pass Ell Pond and finish up at Brueggers. Longest Long Run Done!
Who: is going to help me with water stops. I need Highland in Medford, Eugene, Highland in Winchester, and Mystic Valley Parkway. I can do Highland in Medford and move to Mystic Valley Parkway after if I only have two helpers.
Who: is in? Roll Call.