Week 5 – Breakheart

If you’re a runner (which you are, because you’re reading this), you can’t complain about the weather we’re having. For August, to wake up to cool morning temperatures with relatively low humidity is a treat. We had a comfortable run out to Horn Pond and back last week and it sounds like another nice running morning to go to Breakheart this Sunday.

For those that trained in the winter for the first time with us, you didn’t get the full Breakheart experience. The snow kept us out of there most of the winter, and when we could get in you only made it through the flat (easy) section. Well there’s no snow in August! Bring on the hills!!!

We’ll start the run like we did in the first week of training. Head up Main Street to Melrose/Wakefield Hospital and bear right on to Green Street. Turn right onto the LynnFells Parkway to a set of lights at Main Street in Saugus. Turn left there and follow Main Street straight onto Farm Street in Wakefield where Wakefield High School is. This is where you’ll find the first water stop.

From the first stop you’ll run up to the Northeast Vocational School, throught their parking lot to the Wakefield entrance of Breakheart. Keep to the right and make a counterclockwise loop through the park. Hills first, easy side last. Note when you loop around the easy side you’ll come to a beach area, keep right there to bring you back to the Voc. Exit at the Voc and make your way back to the water stop.

After the water stop follow the week 1 route again by running right onto Farm Street, left at the end of Farm onto Water Street, Water into Wakefield Center where you take a left and bring it on home to Brueggers.

Shorter distance runners. This week you can run the designated route OR you can park at the LynnFells/Main St in Saugus intersection (in the bank parking lot) and join in the run a few miles in. This will give you about the right distance with the added benefit of Breakheart in the middle of the run. The mapped route will take you out with the long runners to Main Street in Saugus where you’ll turn back down Howard Street to Green Street (just like week 1). When you get to the LynnFells you turn right and follow it as if you’re running the MRC Summer route backwards, LynnFells to a left on West Wyoming at Grimsby’s, to a left on Main Street and back to Brueggers.

Ok, only one stop, I can handle that. I’ll stop at the Howard Street corner for the shorter route runners then race over to Wakefield High School. Of course if anyone wants to help I’ll always take it.

Roll Call, who’s in?

18 Responses to “Week 5 – Breakheart”

  1. Paul Locke says:

    Duncan and I are in for the short run – we may do the recommended Breakheart alternative.

  2. Donna says:

    Jo-Ann and I are in for the short run – we will start at Bruegger’s.

  3. Paul W says:

    Hi Jim,
    Mystic Paul here 🙂 – Would love to join you for the full. Weather has to be better than March 30th!

  4. Sue Clough says:

    Not running in Melrose tomorrow but I have a near empty water stop bin that I can hand off if you need it for tomorrow

  5. Sue w says:

    Think I’ll do the middle short—

  6. Lauren Cossette says:

    I can’t say I’ve missed the challenging section of Breakheart but I’m in for the full nonetheless.

  7. Bill Riley says:


  8. Emmett says:

    I’m from the Shammies and would like to join you guys tomorrow morning Would that be ok

  9. Michele DeAngelo says:

    Did my SLR today… Going to the beach…have a good run????????

  10. Michele DeAngelo says:

    Don’t know why those ? keep posting

  11. andy nagelin says:

    We always welcome runners from other clubs.
    Come on over.

  12. Lois says:

    i may skip the first 4 miles and start my run at the waterstop.

  13. Jessica Crispin says:

    In for the short run. Thanks

  14. Jackie Ecker says:

    My friend Elaine and I are both in for the half. See you tomorrow.

  15. Don Keren says:

    In for the full

  16. In for the full – see you then!!

  17. Matt Kerton says:

    In for the full

  18. Ashley DeAcetis says:

    IFTF Jim!

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