Week 11 – Working the Miles Back Up

Last Week – We visited Wakefield with a run up to Lake Quannapowitt. Some runners training for a half made their way up to the lake and looped around to get their miles in. Others tacked on some extra by looping the lake before heading back to Melrose. The marathon training runners looped the lake and then headed over to Breakheart for a run around the outer loop before heading back to Main Street in Wakefield to finish up. The water stop stood at Nick’s for the whole run, with Hank, Tom, and Audrey providing top notch service the whole morning… which allowed me to joined in on the Sunday Long Run for the first time in a long time. I joined Jen Elise, Lois, and Yvonne for a loop around the Lake and then set off solo to make the loop of Breakheart. It was good seeing Mike Sikkema and Dave Corbett effortless speed by. I found Andy Nagelin going rogue, looping the outerloop the opposite way around. I had forgotten how tough the Breakheart hills are, but I didn’t walk, and I hear neither did Regina! And I was reminded of how long a mile Nahant is when it gets hot. It was good to be back on the roads with the SLR, even for only 9+ miles of it.

This Week – We keep increasing the mileage as we work up to the peak next week. Changing the routes up a tiny bit, we’ll head over to the peaceful Swain’s Pond area of Melrose before cutting over to the Fells and around to Breakheart again. Sort of the Emerald Necklace of Melrose.

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Start – Crossing Main Street, we’ll start from outside of the Melrose YMCA. Head up East Foster for a hill right away, turning right onto 6th Street at the Melrose Common. 6th will become Swain’s Pond Ave, taking you up to Turners Pond and Swain’s Pond. Take a right at the stop sign at the ponds to stay on Swain’s Pond Ave. You’ll come to Lebanon St where you have to turn right. Over the years there have been many that have zoned out and continued on Lebanon Street the wrong way… they’re still wandering Malden somewhere. But you’ll turn right there and come to a set of lights where you turn left off Lebanon on to Forest Street. Run past the Forest Dale Cemetery to the end of Forest where you’ll cross Main and find a water stop in the parking lot of the Citizens Bank.

Half/Full 2 – All runners will leave the parking lot onto Winter Street, running over the Oak Grove stop on the Orange Line to a 5 way intersection. Go straight across onto Glenwood Street. Follow this windy hilly road to Highland Ave, take a right and an immediate right to get onto the Fellsway East. Run over those familiar hills up past Grimsby’s and onto the LynnFells Parkway. Some more familiar hills will take you to Melrose High School, where there will be a water stop at the Knoll on your right.

Half Finish – Everyone will continue on the LynnFells Parkway into Saugus. The half runners will turn left onto Main Street in Saugus and turn left again on to Howard Street. Howard will bring you down to Green Street where you’ll go left, cross the LynnFells Parkway and merge onto Main Street. Pass Ell Pond and make your way into Melrose Center to finish up 11 miles. If you’re looking to stretch your half training miles you can turn onto the LynnFells Parkway past the high school, grab a little more water and make your way to Grimsby’s to Wyoming to Main for an extra mile.

Full 3 – Long runners will keep straight on the LynnFells until they get to the Saugus entrance to Breakheart where you’ll head up to the headquarters parking lot for a water stop.

Full 4 – Run the outer loop and come back to the water stop. If you don’t know how to do that correctly by now… you’re Judi.

Full 5 – Run back to the Knoll by leaving the parking lot, turning right on the LynnFells Parkway and keeping straight to Melrose High School. The Knoll water stop will be on your left.

Full Finish – Finish up by running the last few hills along the LynnFells Parkway as you get yourself to Grimsby’s. Turn left on West Wyoming, then left on Main and stroll in to Brueggers.

Sneakers! – You’re marathon or half in coming up. Check the soles of your shoes, they’re probably worn, you’ve been running a lot. This is a good time to buy a new pair of running shoes. This will either let you break in your race day shoes in time for the big day, or extend the life of those shoes you’ve grown to love over the past few months so they’re still usable on race day. Don’t wait until taper time to realize you need new shoes!

Water Stops – I’m in, although I’ll want to run some of the run. Hank is in. Tom is in I believe. That should get us through the day.

Roll Call! Who’s in?

28 Responses to “Week 11 – Working the Miles Back Up”

  1. Judith Dolan says:

    In for 8 of the half

  2. Dave Bryson says:

    I am in for the half.

  3. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for half and maybe a little over! Thanks!!

  4. Audrey Recupero says:

    In for all or part of the half- thank you!

  5. Valerie Smith says:

    In for the half thank you!

  6. Rachel Bandi says:

    In for some of the half

  7. JEP says:

    IFTH (part of – I need around 8)

  8. Donna Leggiero says:

    I am in for the half. Thanks!

  9. Megin Hemmerling says:

    IFTH. Thank you!

  10. Julie says:

    Can help with water if you need it

  11. Caitlin Schlesinger says:

    Hello! I recently moved to Melrose and am not currently a MRC member, but would love to become one as I’m looking for a local group to run with. Would it be alright if I joined you all for the 11m tomorrow?

    Thank you!

  12. Jessica says:

    Christina and I are in for the half. Maybe a little more. Thank you

  13. Jim Carson says:

    Caitlin, Yes, please join us tomorrow at Brueggers at 8AM. Bring $1 for the short run.

  14. Allen Dean says:

    In for the half!

  15. Anna says:

    In for the half (and probably that extra mile)!

  16. Bobby Taylor says:

    Kristi and I are in for the half plus a little extra. Thanks Jim!!

  17. Matt K says:


  18. Allison (ABC) says:

    In for the half! 🙂

  19. Amanda says:

    Full please!!!! Thank you ????

  20. Amanda says:

    Full please!!!! Thank you ????

  21. Matt Sazama says:

    IFTH-or a little less. Thanks!

  22. Amy says:

    In for 8 ish… thank you!

  23. Joe Terranova says:

    In for the half or so. Thanks Jim

  24. Maryanne Martin says:

    IFTH. Thanks Jim, Hank, and Tom.

  25. Jose Viveiros says:

    IFTFull. Thank you

  26. Brendan says:

    IFTF minus Breakheart. Monique is IFTH. Thanks!

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