Week 2 – Around Spot Pond

Last Week – We got off to a good start. Over 20 people started their training with us on a misty to be a perfect weather day for a Sunday Long Run (on Saturday). The temps were moderate, the rain held off from the last mile of the long run, and the hills set the tone for the next 14 weeks. Later that night it was good to see so many runners at the MRC Winter Party looking no worse for the wear.

This Week – We’ll be back at Brueggers at 8AM to step up the distance and take on Spot Pond. It’ll be pretty cold at the start of the run so layer up. The half run is about 7 miles, the full about 12.5. Generally every other week of the long run will step up 4 miles and then the next will drop down 2 miles as we walk to 22 miles. Meanwhile the short run will step up 2 and then step back 1 headed towards an 11 max before the race.

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Start – Leaving Brueggers we will head south on Main Street (in the direction of Malden), past Dunkin Donuts, and turning right on West Wyoming, like the start of the MRC Summer Route. West Wyoming will take you out to Grimsby’s where you’ll turn left onto the Fellsway East. Two hills will great you on the Fellsway East which you’ll hate, but maybe someday you’ll grow to love. Ignore the incline and enjoy the feel of running through the Melrose section of the Middlesex Fells. Eventually you’ll go through an intersection with a set of lights and come down to a traffic circle in Medford where you’ll turn right on to Highland Ave. Follow Highland up towards Spot Pond, finding a water stop on the left right before a rotary by the Flynn Rink.

Half Finish – After the water stop, the short runners will continue straight through the rotary on to Woodland Road, running past the Flynn Rink. Follow this to Pond Street where you’ll turn right and head down a steep hill to Grimsby’s. Turn left there and follow the Lynn Fells Parkway past Melrose High School, after which you’ll turn right on Melrose Street and then take a quick right onto Main Street to finish up at Brueggers.

Full Route 3 – The long runners will leave the water stop and turn left at the rotary on to Elm Street. Run to the end of Elm Street and turn right onto the Fellsway West. This will bring you through another portion of the Middlesex Fells, up what we’ve named Slackers Hill after that urge you get to walk instead of run up the hill, keep running. You’ll then cross under I-93, past the Sheepfold, and over I-93. Watch on your right as you cross an off ramp from I-93, cars come down there very quickly! After that you’ll want to turn right into the Straw Point parking lot. There will be a water stop there, so grab some water and keep going through the parking lot to Pond Street. Continue right to keep circling Spot Pond, pass the Zoo, continue straight as Pond Street becomes Woodland Rd, up to Flynn Rink, through the rotary and back to the water stop at Highland Ave.

Full Finish – After the final water stop you’ll cross Highland and take your first left on East Border Road. This will bring you up to a set of lights where you turn left to get back on the Fellsway East. Ride those two hills back past Grimsby’s and onto the Lynn Fells Parkway. Run past Melrose High School, turn right on Melrose Street, and right on Main Street which will take you back to Brueggers.

Water Stops – I’ll handle the Highland Ave stop, Hank will be at Straw Point, and Lois may stop by. I may chose to run around Spot Pond. If I do, remember where my car is because you may have to help yourself.

Roll Call! Those are the plans, who’s in?

32 Responses to “Week 2 – Around Spot Pond”

  1. Michael McLaughlin says:

    In for the full. Thanks

  2. Regina Curran says:

    Hi Jim

    Julie, Thuy and I are in for full. Need to start early so will see you
    at stops. Thank you

  3. Dave Bryson says:

    I am in for the half.

  4. Dan Slattery says:

    In for the full, thanks. 🙂

  5. Matt Kerton says:

    IFTF. Thanks!

  6. Joe Terranova says:

    In for the full. Thanks Jim!

  7. Marianne Chmielewski says:


  8. Nicole j says:

    In for the half—

  9. Allen Dean says:

    I’m in for the half 🙂

  10. Mike Sikkema says:

    IFTF plus extra loop around pond.

  11. Matt Sazama says:

    IFTH. Thanks, Jim!

  12. Jessica says:

    Christina and I are in for the half. Thanks

  13. Valerie says:

    In for the half thank you

  14. Cynthia says:

    In for something between full and half

  15. Tara Beardsley says:


  16. David Register says:


  17. Pam says:

    Ifth, most likely or the full.

  18. Rachel Bandi says:

    In for trying most of the full. Thanks Jim.

  19. Donna Leggiero says:

    In for the half! Thank you.

  20. Andy says:

    IFTF. Thanks Jim.

  21. Jackie Ecker says:

    In for the half. Thanks Jim.

  22. Katie Sinnott says:

    I’ll take a half order please

  23. Marty Hergert says:

    Halfsies for me.

  24. Jessi says:

    Iftf! Thanks Jim!!!!

  25. Linda Giesecke says:

    In for the half. Thanks!

  26. Jeff Rushton says:

    In for the full…thanks JC!

  27. Heather says:

    I’m hoping to not wimp out and do the full. Thank you, Jim.

  28. Audrey Recupero says:

    IFTF, thanks Jim!

  29. Judi Chiavetta says:

    Lee and I are in for the half …….or a combined full 🙂

  30. Zelia Magliozzi says:

    In for full

  31. Roy Mounier says:

    Iftf. Thanks Jim

  32. Rachel says:


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