Week 11 – That Escalated Quickly

Last Week – Runners ran their 20 milers and 10 milers in prep for upcoming races. We started taking Coronavirus precautions at our waterstops by limiting the number of people that handle bottles and cups to the volunteer and the individual runner. We thought we were being careful.

This Week – Each day the Coronavirus impacted everybody’s lives more and more as each day passed. Many things have been cancelled or delayed, just about every race in the next month including the Boston Marathon. Schools are cancelled for weeks or months. The Knights of Columbus is not hosting large groups until mid-April, including the Melrose Running Club. The good news is, as far as I know, none of have contracted the virus and we have a healthy lifestyle on our sides. So how do we move forward? There are still May races scheduled for the time being so training will continue. To help promote social distancing, if there are more than 10 of us, instead of cramming into the corner of Brueggers we’ll meet in the parking lot behind Brueggers before starting the run on Main Street. We will be skipping the 22 mile run from Hopkinton to Boston and replace it with a local long run lined up with a May marathon if those continue to be scheduled. If attendance drops off to just a few runners we’ll end the season and pick it up to train for Boston in the summer.

The Route – This week we’ll be running Lake Q and Breakheart with all waterstops at Nick’s Pizza.

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The Start – This is simple, run up Main Street to Nick’s Pizza in Wakefield.

The Second Section – Run up Main Street towards Lake Quannapowitt. Going short? Turn left at the lake on Church Street, run to the set of lights at North Ave, turn left onto North Ave and return to the water stop. Going long? When you get to the lake keep on Main Street along the lake. Keep turning left onto Lowell St, Quannapowitt Parkway, and North Ave. Continue on North Ave back to the waterstop.

The Short Finish – Run back Main Street to Brueggers for 8 miles. Wash your hands and buy a bagel and eat it 6ft away from anyone else.

The Long Third Section – Leave the water stop on Nahant St. At the end of Nahant, cross Farm Street to Hemlock Rd up to the Voc. Enter Breakheart and, speaking of escalating quickly, run counterclockwise around Breakheart through the hills first. On the flatter side remember to stay right at the pond to gat back to the Voc. Pop out to Hemlock Rd and back to the water stop via Nahant.

The Long Finish – Main Street back to Melrose and Brueggers for 16 miles. Wash your hands and buy a bagel and eat it 6ft away from anyone else.

Water Stop – One Stop multiple times hosted by me.

Roll Call – Who’s in? Anyone?

25 Responses to “Week 11 – That Escalated Quickly”

  1. Audrey H says:

    In for the half. Thank you????

  2. Audrey H says:

    In for the half. Thank you????

  3. Liz h says:

    In for less than the half.

  4. Dan S says:

    In for the full, thanks 🙂

  5. Regina Curran says:


    We are in for half but have to start a little early. May see you at Nicks. Thanks for keeping the runs going.

  6. Nicole says:

    In for some- I will have my son

  7. Michael McLaughlin says:

    In for fullish. May skip breakheart. Thanks for continuing the SLR.

  8. Kris Rodolico says:

    Daughter Maizie (age 12) trained for her first half which was supposed to be tomorrow. We’d love to join you if we can! We will cover most of it but tear off in Breakheart to come out by the Lynn Fells and head home from there. She really wants to get past 13.1!

  9. Yvonne LC says:

    In for as-long-as-I-feel-like, now that BAA training is on pause. 🙂

  10. Paul Locke says:

    In for 8 miles, but starting from home and going around Lake Q – meet you all on Main Street.

  11. Valerie Smith says:

    In for the half thank you!

  12. Alastair (AJ) says:

    IFTF, as we say! ????????

  13. AJ says:

    IFTF, as we say! ????????

  14. Andrea Twomey says:


  15. Jessi says:

    In for most!! Thanks so much!!

  16. Linda Giesecke says:

    In for the half

  17. Maryanne Martin says:

    In for the half…thx!

  18. Judy Dolan says:

    In for 6-8

  19. Jeff Rushton says:


  20. Donna Leggiero says:

    In for the half; leaving from my house. C u at the water stop. Thanks!

  21. Jessica Crispin says:

    In for most of the full. Christina is in for the half. Thank you.

  22. Joe Terranova says:

    Will run around lake but leaving fro my house. Will see you out there.

  23. Kris Rodolico says:

    update: Mai and I will leave from home and catch you on Main Street.

  24. Oscar Dirks says:


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