Week 8 – First of the Long Long Runs

Now we’re getting into the longer of the long runs. This week the half runners will stretch their miles to 9 while the longer runners go for 18!

Some business first: After next week I’ll be heading off on a business trip that’ll take me away for the rest of the Sundays of this long run period. I need someone to step up and be the main organizer of the rest of the runs. I need the rest of you to step in and help that person with water stops. Let me know if you can help out. This is a group effort, lets everyone help each other get to the starting line!

This week we’ll be running a longer, challenging run. The shorter distance is up Main to Green to the LynnFells Parkway out to the Saugus entrance to Breakheart. There will be a water stop there before you go into the park and circle Breakheart. Go in to the right and go counterclockwise. When you get to the beach stay to the right to bring you around the long way. Pound through those hills (keep your back upright and your legs turning over) till you get back to the water stop. After the second trip to the stop you head back the way you came to finish up the run.

Longer distance runners, start out the same way… out the LynnFells to Breakheart. Stop. Run around Breakheart. Stop. Back out the LynnFells. When you get to Main Street in Saugus turn right and head up to Wakefield High School for another water stop. Now it gets tricky. Take Farm Street up to water and turn RIGHT. (you usually turn left here, this run you go right). After that right take your first left onto Montrose Ave. Take this road until it ends at Salem Street. Go LEFT onto Salem Street and run until you see this:

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Or at least this is what it looked like when Google took its last picture. Here you want to bear right onto Lowell Street, the road to the far right here. Lowell Street will take you up to Lake Quannapowitt. When you get to the lake take a right past the Gingerbread Construction Company and your first left into the Converse Parking lot at the top of the lake. In that lot will be a water stop.

After that stop continue over to North Ave where you turn left. Run to Church Street where you go left. Then when you get to the church take a right on Common and merge onto Main Street. Main Street will get you to the next water stop at Nick’s Pizza.

Not done yet. The next segment will be your last though. Straight down Main to Brueggers and you’re done!!!

Water stops. Oh, I need lots o’ help this weekend. If I get a dedicated volunteer to help with all the stops we can handle it with two people. Otherwise: If I can get a car to park at Breakheart I’d appreciate it. Perhaps a pair of half distance runners can team up and drop a car there. I’ll bring supplies and leave it there and then after your run ends you can come pick it up. That’ll let me scoot over to Wakefield High when I need to. The next stop I need help at is at Lake Q. Again if two long distance runners pair up and leave a car there I can swing by and drop some supplies there as well during my travels. I’ll cover water stops at Wakefield High and  Nick’s Pizza.

Let me know who can help with stops and who’s in for the run!

24 Responses to “Week 8 – First of the Long Long Runs”

  1. Tom Gorman says:

    Jim I can be the dedicated volunteer that helps you with the water stops tomorrow.

  2. Donna says:

    Jo-Ann and I are in for the short run. Thanks!

  3. Bill Riley says:


  4. Michele DeAngelo says:

    Did my SLR today… Montrose St. is very long and lonely @ 7:30 am.
    Group long runs are so much better.
    But, off to Foxwoods…. Have a great run!!

  5. Jim says:

    Thanks Tom! I think the two of us can move round fast enough to handle the whole run. See you in the morning.

  6. Brian Walfield says:

    I can’t help but I’ll try to drop off the few supplies I have. Hope to see you at B.H.

  7. Sue Clough says:

    I’m in for something, might start at BH.

  8. Haecha Donnelly says:

    I’m in for 12-14! Thanks Jim!
    But I will be starting earlier!

  9. jeanne boisseau says:

    In for the half and a little more this week

  10. Audrey H says:

    In for the full but I will be starting a little earlier w. Haecha and Maryanne

  11. Stacia says:

    I’m in for the half. Thank you!

  12. Thuy says:

    18…yikes! In for the full . At the end of Montrose, I think we need to go left on Salem? In the picture, the flower shop is still there on the left. A gas station and Slice pizza is in the middle where the construction work was. Be sure Slice is on your left.

    Jim, I’m car sharing with my daughter so she can get to work. I will run from my house to Brueggers to meet u all. So Nick’s water stop will be the end of my run. I can walk or maybe crawl home from Nick’s.

  13. Matt Kerton says:

    In for the full. thanks!

  14. Maryanne Martin says:

    In for the full and starting early! Thanks Jim and Tom.

  15. Donny cranley says:

    Trying to make it. Just got in from work so 50/50 for the half

  16. Jackie Ecker says:

    In for about 12 this week. Thanks!

  17. Sue W says:


  18. Ashley DeAcetis says:

    Awww Jim I won’t be there today but I’m sad to learn you won’t be there for the rest of the long runs! Good luck on your business trip though! 🙂

  19. Jennifer Rapaport says:

    I am going to go big- IFTF. It will be my longest run by 6 miles so far so hoping to have some company. See you soon.

  20. Joe Winslow says:


  21. Judi Chiavetta says:

    Lee and I are IFTF

  22. Jennifer Rapaport says:

    Thanks Jim and Tom for the support today! Those water stops were very much appreciated.

  23. Dorota Bulik says:

    Ditto to what Jen said. It was long, steaming hot, exhausting and strangely fullfilling, and I’m still talking about the run ????

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