Week 13 – Taper Time

Last Week – The half route runners made their way through 12.5 miles, except those that decided to follow the erroneous side bar distance instead and stuck to 9 miles. The few full route runners pushed through a hilly 22 mile run to complete their longest of their long runs (until their race). All seemed to make it through healthy and happy!

This Week – Bring on the taper! Over the next week or two we give our bodies a little recovery time as we head into our October races. I call period the “Don’t Do Anything Stupid” time. Your training is done and your legs got you this far. Human nature will be that you’re nervous you didn’t do enough, you’ll think about that one long run that didn’t go right or you cut a few miles off and you’ll feel the need to cram in one last hard training run. Don’t do that! Recover instead. Your taper runs should be at the same intensity as your training runs, but the miles will be less and the toll they take on your body should be minimal. With that in mind we’ll all head through Swains Pond and the long runners will continue out to Farm Street.

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Start – We’ll cross Main Street and head up East Foster to the Melrose Common where we’ll turn right at the Common onto 6th Street. This will turn into Swains Pond Ave and bring you up into a wooded section of Melrose. When you reach Swains Pond and Turners Pond there will be a stop sign, turn right here to stay on Swain’s Pond Ave. This will eventually bring you to Lebanon Street where you’ll take a sharp right. Lebanon will bring you to a set of lights where you’ll turn left on Forest Street which will lead you across to Main Street in Malden. Citizens Bank will be across Main Street with a water stop.

Section 2 – Leave the Citizens Bank parking lot onto Winter Street. Follow this past the Oak Grove T station to a five way intersection. Cross straight through the intersection on to Glenwood Street. Wind your way up to Highland Ave where you turn right with a very quick right onto the Fellsway East. Make your way through the hills down to Grimsby’s. If you’re running the half route you can turn right at Grimsby’s and head back to Brueggers for 7 miles along West Wyoming and left on Main Street. If you want a little longer of a run continue with the full route runners on to the LynnFells Parkway and keep going to you get to the knoll across from Melrose High School for a water stop. Half runners can then head up to a right on Melrose Street and a right on Main Street for an 8 mile run.

Full 3 – From the knoll, continue on the LynnFells Parkway until you reach the intersection with Main Street in Saugus. Turn left and follow Main Street, which will become Farm Street in Wakefield, and turn left onto Nahant Street. This will bring you across to Main Street in Wakefield where a water stop will be waiting for you at Nick’s Pizza… or maybe Dunkin Donuts.

Full Finish – Its taper time so we’re already heading back to the finish. Head south on Main Street from Wakefield to Melrose and finish up at Brueggers. That’s it, you’re done already.

Water Stops – Tom, Hank and I will man the water stops… unless I decide to join in on the run!

Roll Call – Who’s in?

12 Responses to “Week 13 – Taper Time”

  1. Dan Slattery says:

    In for more than half, maybe full. Thanks. 🙂

  2. Michael McLaughlin says:

    In for the full. Thanks

  3. Nicole jacob says:

    In for some- maybe 8

  4. Jessi says:

    Iftf thanks so much!!

  5. Joe Terranova says:

    In for the full. Thanks

  6. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for most of the 12miles! Thanks!

  7. Lynda Field says:

    running 12, Paul Locke too!

  8. Donna Leggiero says:

    Audrey and I are in for the half! Thank you!

  9. Jackie Ecker says:

    Tim and I are in for the half. Thanks!

  10. Rachel Bandi says:

    In for the half. Thanks!

  11. Linda Giesecke says:

    In for a few miles…

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