Week 0 – Welcome to the 2016 Winter Training Season

So, here we go again. With 10 years of training seasons under our belt, its time to start the next 10 years.

Unfortunately we won’t be starting as we normally do. First, I won’t be here for the first 4 weeks ago. My good friends Lois, Alicia, and Courtney have volunteered to keep things on track while I’m away. The second thing making things difficult is that Brueggers, our host for the past 10 years, is closing for renovations in January into February. This poses quite an issue with our planning. The solution… still working on that. I’ve been working with Mike Quigley to get us access to the Knights of Columbus on Sunday mornings at 8AM so we can start the run from there. After the run, the only sizable coffee shop in the neighborhood to meet up for a coffee is Dunkin Donuts down the street. So that’s the plan for the month of January, unless you hear otherwise.

As for the run, we’ll start with Week 0, the pre-run of the official 15 week training program. Week 0 exists because the number of weeks between New Years and Patriots Day is not the same every year. The run is about 8.8 miles for the long runners and 4.2 for the shorter route. We’ll head up Main Street, go right onto Green Street by the Melrose/Wakefield Hospital, and turn right on the LynnFells Parkway. After about a mile you’ll come to the first set of lights on the LynnFells and turn left onto Main Street in Saugus. If you’re running short, turn left on Howard and follow it back to a left at Green Street. Green will take you back to Main to Melrose Center. If you’re going long you’ll continue along Main Street, which will become Farm Street in Wakefield. Watch for a water stop at Wakefield High School. After the stop continue to the end of Farm Street and turn left at the lights onto Water Street. Run along Water Street until you get to Main Street in Wakefield Center. Turn left onto Main and follow that all the way back to Melrose Center.

For those that haven’t run with us before, the run takes of sharply at 8AM. Cost for the run is $1 for the short run, $2 for the long run. This fee is used to build up the water stop supplies throughout the season.

Lois, Alicia, and Courtney will help coordinate water stops. We’ll need volunteers each week to set up water stops. Keep your eyes on this blog to see the plans, the maps (click the distance in the plan on the right side of this page for a map), and any weather or party related schedule changes. Also, I ask you to reply to the roll call each week so we know how many runners to plan on for water stops. If you don’t answer, we may not have enough supplies to get you through all the miles.

Any questions? If so, just ask! Otherwise, its time for the Roll Call: who’s in?!

46 Responses to “Week 0 – Welcome to the 2016 Winter Training Season”

  1. Kristen says:

    I am in for the Half!

  2. Dan Slattery says:

    In for the full 🙂

  3. Denise Judware says:

    I am not in, but I am available to help with water stops this training season- time to give back. Please do not hesitate to ask. Good luck runners with the training.

  4. Lisa Tulipani says:

    Full please – thank you Alicia!

  5. Alicia says:

    Awesome Lisa. Hope you and some other Mystics can join!

    Jim, I passed this info along to our Mystic friends too letting them know about the location change and sign-ups. Will miss you. We have some big shoes to fill! 🙂

  6. Regina says:

    Missing the first two as I’m in Ireland.

  7. Kristen D says:

    I’m in for the full!

  8. Krissy says:

    IFTF. Thanks so much!!

  9. Megan says:

    In for the full. Thanks!

  10. Tom Gorman says:

    In for the full

  11. Lauren Cossette says:

    In for the full!

  12. Joe Winslow says:


  13. Dorota says:

    In for the full!

    Happy New Year! And here is to the year full of the new achievements?
    Thanks Jim for coordinating and we’ll carry your torch. Safe travels.

  14. Greg Carson says:

    In for the half…I expect there will be a few new Mystic faces this year getting ready for Boston.

  15. Casey Stratford says:

    In, likely half but maybe the full depending on how my hamstring feels after taking 3 weeks off to heal. Thanks!

  16. Michele DeAngelo says:

    Gonna try for the half…
    At the Knights???

  17. Courtney Koschei says:

    Hey guys! Brueggers doesn’t close til Tuesday so we are meeting there as usual this week. We will post future locations.

  18. Freddi Pare says:

    I’m in for long run on Sunday. See you there. Looking forward to it although I have no sense of direction. I’m sure I can find someone to run with though.

  19. Don Keren says:

    In for the water stop

  20. Matt Kerton says:

    In for the full

  21. Paul Locke says:

    In for something.. could be 4, 6, 8…
    might meet you at Brueggers or pick you up on Lynn Fells…
    Possible will along Lynda Field…
    Such possibilities for a New Year!!

  22. Marian Sales says:

    I’m from Mystics and in for the full! Thanks so much

  23. Audrey Paradis says:

    In for the full!! Happy New Year!!

  24. Ashley DeAcetis says:

    I’m away this week and next week, but plan to run on my own using this schedule and I’ll be back after that! Will miss you all! See you soon! 🙂

  25. Lisa H says:

    I’m in for the half… Derek is hurt, he. Will be with me if you need him for
    Water stop. Brian S is doing the full

  26. Jackie Ecker says:

    In for the Half!

  27. Lois says:

    Tomorrow is the start of something GREAT!

    We will meet at Bruegger’s at 8am and get started. Look at the route (there are links to it on the mail SLR Blog page on your right hand side – click on the mileage and a map shall appear).

    Like you heard, the mastermind of SLR, Jim Carson, will be away for all of January. But no worries – Alicia, Courtney and I will keep things organized (aka messy) and on track (aka crazy) while he is away. Just kiddin’.

    Any questions, ask away. We will see you in the morning, wearing some layers and ready to start the season with a ‘we are going to crush this’ attitude.

  28. Lois says:

    and Don – thank you for being our waterstop this week!! I’ll hand over supplies before the run if that is okay by you. i have plenty of water, gatorade and snacks.

  29. Audrey H says:

    In for the half. Thank you!

  30. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for the 1/2! Thanks Alicia, Courtney & Lois!

  31. Christina DiCalogero says:

    Jess and I are in for the half!

  32. Mike McLaughlin says:

    In for full. New to this group just registered

  33. Courtney Koschei says:


  34. Gail Severt says:

    Looks like the water stops are covered, so I am in for the full.

  35. Matt Sazama says:

    In for the full or close to it.

  36. Thuy Dang says:

    In for the full please. Ty!

  37. Amanda says:

    Let the fun begin!!!!!

    I’m in for the full!!!! Feels good knowing I’ll be seeing all if you guys during another winter!!!

    Thank you

  38. Donny Cranley says:

    In for the full. Thank You!

  39. Sheree says:

    I am in for the full run.

  40. Jessi Marquardt says:

    So excited for SLRs to start up again!! Iftf- see you guys in the morning!!!

  41. Mary O'Connell says:

    In for the full. Thank you.

  42. Julie Galvin says:

    In for something between half and full. Ready to go!

  43. Julie Mirek says:

    In for half, thanks!

  44. Maryanne Martin says:

    In for the half. Thank you!

  45. Netant Misra says:

    I’m in for the half. Thank you!

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