Week 13 – Legs on Saturday, Eggs on Sunday

This past week we took to the streets of Hopkinton, Ashland, Natick, Wellesley and Newton for our 22 miler along the Boston Marathon course. We saw some strong runs by our marathoners and half marathoners alike. The excitement that the Boston course brings will hopefully push you through these last few weeks of training and on to some stellar performances.

Now its time to let those legs recover a bit. We have a 15 miler on tap for the long runners, and a 7 miler for the half route. I may revamp the route since we ran a similar route just two weeks ago. Give me a few days to figure that out. The important note I want to make right away though is we’ll be running on Saturday this week. Sunday is Easter so we’ll encourage you to spend the morning with your family eating candy.

Ok peeps, its finally Springtime. Easter is here. Opening Day is around the corner. And the Boston Marathon is finally in sight. After your 22 miler we’ll be going for a run just short of 15 miles out to Horn Pond in Woburn. Yes, we’re getting you off of Main Street in Melrose!!!

The route will start out down Main Street to West Wyoming. A right on West Wyoming will bring you up to Spot Pond. Go right there, past the zoo, past Friendly’s, onto North Border Road. You’ll get to a set of lights where you take a left onto Marble Street. Run over I93 and find the water stop on Eugene Rd on your left.

After the water stop, if you’re running long, continue on what is now Forest Street down hill to a set of lights at Washington Street where you take a left. At the next set of lights you take a right onto Cross Street that will bring you over to Woburn. Turn right onto Main Street and cross to the opposite side of the road, you’ll take a left on Lake Ave in short time. Lake Ave will take you down to Horn Pond where you’ll find the next water stop in the parking lot at the pond.

After this water stop loop around Horn Pond clockwise. This will take you along a paved route through the woods up to a road on the other end of the pind. Follow that road to the right and up a big hill to Arlington Road. Turn right on Arlington and follow the road along the pond. If the snow has cleared you’ll find markers for the planets spaced out proportional to their actual distance apart. When you get to the end of Arlington, if you need another drink turn left and hit the water stop once more, if you don’t need a drink go left onto Lake Ave and head back the way you came. A right on Main St and a left on Cross St will take you back into Winchester. A left on Washington and a right on Forest will bring you back up to the first water stop at Eugene.

After that water stop go back over I93 on to Marble. Marble will bring you back to Main Street in Stoneham. Cross Main St to Summer Street and follow that to Franklin Street. A right on Franklin will bring you past Stoneham High School and into Melrose. Turn right on Perkins and let the hill carry you down to the LynnFells Parkway and turn right like you would on the MRC Winter Route. LynnFells will take you over to Grimsby’s, go left on West Wyoming, left on Main Street, and back to Brueggers. Second to last SLR done!

Running the Half Route? You can either come out to Eugene and start there so you get to run someplace new, or run to Water Stop 1 and then follow the end of the route. This will get you about 8 miles.

So now that you’ve made it past the Boston Course run, its time to taper, or as we at the SLR call it “Don’t do anything stupid time” We want to keep you healthy for race day, so take these runs at a good training pace, but don’t push past what is comfortable. At this point in time we want your muscles to recover in the next two weeks, maintain your fitness but don’t tax those muscle fibers. Have fun for the next two weeks!

Here’s a map to the route if you need one:  Week 13

Water Stops: I think Jannel, Paul and I have the stops covered. Thanks to others who have volunteered. Jannel and Paul, we’ll meet at Eugene at about 8:15 or so. Thanks again!

Also, we’ll have a guest for this week’s run. Welcome Toni Ann, a student from Boston University, who will be doing a video piece on us for her Journalism class project. You’ll see her along the course, at water stops, and at Brueggers covering our little group. She’ll be looking to interview a few runners about running, our program, and your marathoning experiences.

Roll Call, Who’s in for the Easter edition of the Sunday Saturday Long Run?

39 Responses to “Week 13 – Legs on Saturday, Eggs on Sunday”

  1. Mike Hartin says:

    JIm, I’m in for Saturday and look forward to a possible different route (although I have never run a step near Swain’s). E-Mail me if you would like me to bring any sort of supplies for Saturday’s run (shaneduke@hotmail.com). I would be glad to chip in. – Thank YOU. – Mikey H.

  2. Glen Josephson says:

    Thanks Jim.
    I’m in for the long run.

  3. Jackie says:

    I won’t be able to help out this week because I’m taking Christopher the water stop volunteer to an Easter egg hunt at Lynnfield Marketplace on Saturday morning. Best of luck this week and Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

  4. Jannel says:

    I can help with the water stops

  5. Dan Slattery says:

    I should be in for the half 🙂

  6. Katie Sinnott says:

    I’m in for the full…plus a few prior.

  7. Mike Sikkema says:

    I’m in for the half, maybe up to 10 miles. Thanks!

  8. Regina Curran says:

    In for the half please. Thank you

  9. Cynthia Berger says:

    I’m in for the half

  10. Paul Locke says:

    I have a box of supplies & can help with the water stops.

  11. Kerilyn says:

    IFTF, whatever it looks like.

  12. Rowena Hakkaoui says:

    I would be happy to help out with the water stop.

  13. Krissy N. says:

    I might be in for the full. Might run tomorrow instead. Will keep you posted.
    Also, Kenny is planning on the full for Saturday. Thank you!

  14. Tom Gorman says:

    I’m in for the full

  15. Dorota Bulik says:

    IFTF if it’s Hornpond :0)

  16. Courtney says:

    IFTF if it’s the lake x 16

  17. Andy Nagelin says:


  18. Matt Kerton says:

    In for the full.

  19. Kris van Herp says:

    IFTF for me!

  20. jeanne boisseau says:

    Did my 15 today so I can help with water stops.

  21. Dorota says:


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  23. Maryanne Martin says:

    In for the half-ish.

  24. Tracy Conneely says:

    In for the full

  25. Jeff Rushton says:

    IFTF…thanks Jim!

  26. Rob says:

    IFTF Thanks Jim

  27. Brian Walfield says:

    I’m for the full! Thanks Jim,Rowena and Paul.

  28. Brian Walfield says:

    Thanks Jannel!

  29. Don Keren says:

    In for the full

  30. Ashley DeAcetis says:

    IFTF!! Thank you everyone!!!

  31. Jannel says:

    See you at Eugene 🙂

  32. Heather Lane says:

    In for the full. Thanks, Jim!!

  33. Casey says:

    In for the half, thanks!

  34. Julie Galvin says:

    In for the half

  35. Krissy N. says:


  36. jeanne boisseau says:

    Jim, my mom is finally being discharged from the hospital in the morning, so I won’t be able to help with water stops afterall. Hope everyone has a great run and Happy Easter!

  37. Michele DeAngelo says:

    Going early, have a great run..
    Happy Easter…

  38. Casey Stratford says:

    I think I’m cutting it too close to take the kids to egg hunt at HS at 10 so going out now, perhaps I’ll see y’all out there! Enjoy the run everybody!

  39. Paul Locke says:

    Looks like the thunder & lightning are passed – See you all at water stop #1!

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