Week 12 – The Big Week

Last Week – The group wandered around Melrose, through Swains Pond, over by Oak Grove, along the Fells and for the few long runners out and around Breakheart.

This Week – We bring the training to a crescendo for marathon runners with the “22 mile run” which is really 21.7 miles in the fall. Half marathon runners should look at their plans for their race. If its still a few weeks out, I would suggest you aim for a max distance 2 weeks before you half. If you haven’t run one before or have only a couple under your belts, look to do ~12 miles two to three weeks before. If you’re a more experienced half marathon I recommend running ~15 miles two weeks prior to the race. Those extra miles will make the 13.1 feel much more manageable.

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Start – We’ll start out from Brueggers at 8AM, heading north past Ell Pond. Turn left at Melrose Street and a quick left onto the LynnFells Parkway. Run past Melrose High School, straight along the LynnFells Parkway past Grimsby’s onto the Fellsway East. Run through the hills and down to the traffic circle at Highland Ave where you turn right. Follow Highland Ave until you get to the water stop on your left before the rotary at the end of Highland.

Section 2 – All runners will turn left at the rotary onto Elm Street and follow that to the end, turning right on to the Fellsway West. Run under I93, past the Sheepfold, and over I93. Half runners will turn right at the Straw Point Parking lot and find a water stop there before continuing this section on to Pond Street, past the Stone Zoo, straight onto Woodland Rd along Spot Pond before hitting the Highland Ave rotary again. You’ll finish this section off back at the water stop. Longer route runners will not turn into the Straw Point parking lot, instead they’ll continue to the intersection where Friendly’s is, turning left at the lights onto North Border Road and following that straight past the on-ramp to I-93 onto Park Street. At the next set of lights turn left onto Marble Street and cross over I-93 where the street name turns to Forest Street as you enter Winchester. There will be a water stop on your left at Eugene Dr.

Half Finish – The half route runners will continue on Highland Ave, turning left onto East Border Road. Climb this little street to a set of lights, turning left back on to the Fellsway East. A few more hills will take you to back to Grimsby’s where you turn right onto West Wyoming, and then left on Main to finish up at Brueggers with 12.6 miles. Yeah, I know the sidebar said 11 something… I lied šŸ™‚

Full 3 – The full route runners will run the same route through Winchester and Medford that they did for the 20 miler. This section will be down Forest Street with a left onto Highland, passing Winchester Hospital and continuing on Highland to the end. There will be a water stop at the end there.

Full 4- Take a left on Main Street and continue into Medford, crossing over to the right side of the road. Turn right on Playstead, follow that to the end at High Street. A Right on High brings you across the railroad tracks, past a Dunkin Donuts (might be the last time I type that as they’re becoming just plain Dunkin soon… not sure what you’ll be dunking though, it used to be a donut). As you continue on High Street, there will be a slight fork where you want to stay left to stay on High Street. This will take you to a little rotary at the Mystic River where you turn right onto the Mystic Valley Parkway. Follow that past the Mystic Lakes to what seems to be the end of the road and turn right onto Bacon Street. Cross to the left side and turn left back onto the Mystic Valley Parkway. This will bring you to another water stop on your right by the Middle School in Winchester.

Full 5 – Continue on the Mystic Valley Parkway and turn left onto Washington Street. Cross Mt Vernon Street and bear right to stay on Washington. Follow straight on Washington until you get to the Gingerbread Construction Company where you turn right and run up, up, and up Forest Street to Eugene for another water stop.

Full Finish – To finish up the run you’ll cross over I-93 to Marble, turning right at the lights at Park Street. Follow this back to Friendly’s and cross Main straight towards the Stone Zoo. After the zoo turn left on Pond Street and left again at Grimsby’s. Follow the LynnFells Parkway past Melrose High School to Melrose Street, where you turn right. A quick right onto Main will bring you back to Brueggers and the start of tapering!

Water Stops – It looks like we have Tom, Hank, Lois, and I waterstopping people up this week!

Roll Call! Who’s in?!

15 Responses to “Week 12 – The Big Week”

  1. Judi Chiavetta says:


  2. Diana says:

    In it for the half šŸ™‚

  3. Iā€™m out.. sprained ankle
    Hopefully it heals in a week..

  4. Cynthia Berger says:

    In for the half, please

  5. Regina Curran says:


    Julie, Thuy,Mary and I are in for 20. Starting early. Will see you at
    Water stops! Thank you Jim

  6. Donna Leggiero says:

    In for the half. Thanks

  7. Jose Viveiros says:

    I will aim for full 21.7
    Thank you

  8. Lynda Field says:

    In for 10ish. Paul Locke should be joining me! Thanks Lois,Jim, Hank, & Tom!

  9. Dave Bryson says:

    Thanks Jim.
    I am in for the half.

  10. Michael McLaughlin says:

    Iā€™m in until Eugene then will turn back will get my other miles before and after. Thanks

  11. Jessica Crispin says:

    Christina and I are in for the half. Thank you

  12. Valerie Smith says:

    In for the half thank you

  13. Oscar Dirks says:

    In for the full thank you

  14. Paul Locke says:

    Lynda Field & I are in for the half!

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