Week 9 – Tens and Twentys

Last Week – We endured our harshest Sunday Run yet. Despite constant rain fall and temperatures hovering in the mid-30s, over 25 runners took to the streets of Melrose, Malden, Medford, and Wakefield to get a 9 mile or 18 mile run in. Big thanks to Hank, Lois, and Tom for taking care of the food and drink that fueled a very tought, character building, run. Each season there is a run in which more than the miles challenge you, those are the most memorable runs.

Running Shoes – Its time to look at the bottom of those running shoes you’re wearing. You’ll likely see all these miles you’ve been running have started to wear this pair out. This is a good time to hit up the running shoe store and get yourself another pair. You’ll either be breaking in the pair you will toe the starting line with, or you’ll save the tread on this pair by only using it for long runs here on out. Either way, plan ahead so you have a good pair of racing shoes for the big race.

This Week – We take on one of the long ones. For the marathon trainers its a 20 mile jaunt to the cusp of Arlington, and for the half marathon trainers there’s 10 miles that bring you into the Winchester Highlands.

Start – This week everyone starts down Main Street to West Wyoming where they’ll take a right and run up past Grimsby’s to Spot Pond. Turn right at the pond, past the Stone Zoo, past Friendly’s, straight onto North Border Rd. Continue to a set of lights where you’ll turn left on Marble Street. Marble will become Forest Street as you enter Winchester, where you’ll find a water stop tucked in on Eugene Drive.

Half 2 – The half runners will continue with the long runners, heading down Forest Street and turning left on Highland Ave where the Winchester Hospital direction sign is. Continue on Highland until you find a little park on the right side at the corner of Eaton Street. Turning right on Eaton will bring you down to Washington Street where you’ll turn right. Continue on Washington to the Gingerbread Construction Company and turn right on to Forest Street. Run up, up, and up Forest Street until you find the water stop at Eugene again.

Half Finish – The final leg of the half run will take you back to Melrose the way you came. Go over I-93 on Forest Street as it becomes Marble Street. At the set of lights turn right on Park Street which becomes North Border Road, taking you back past Friendly’s. Continue straight as you go past the Stone Zoo to where Pond Street turns left to head towards Melrose. Run straight past Grimsby’s onto West Wyoming, then turn left on Main Street and get back to Brueggers to finish your 10 Mile run!

Long 2 – The long runners will head down Forest and turn left on Highland with the half runners. Continue straight on Highland, past Winchester Hospital, past where the half runners turn, straight through a 5-way intersection staying on Highland, all the way to the end of Highland where you’ll find a water stop.

Long 3 – You’ll venture into new terrain for this section. Turn left on Main Street/Rt38 and head to Medford. Cross to the right side of the road and as you run along the wall of the Oak Grove Cemetery, turn right at Playstead Road. This will continue along the cemetery, past a soccer field, along the commuter rail to High Street in Medford. You’ll turn right on High, cross the train tracks, and if you must the Dunkin Donuts has been a convenient rest stop for many years. Continue on High Street, making sure to keep left to stay on High where Grove Street forks off. DO NOT GO ONTO GROVE STREET. High will bring you to the source of the Mystic River. Do not cross the Mystic or you’ll be in Arlington and we don’t go to Arlington. Instead turn right on the Mystic Valley Parkway at the little rotary. Follow this past the Mystic Lakes, which feed the Mystic River, until you get to what seems to be the end of the Mystic Valley Parkway where you’ll turn right on Bacon Street. Follow Bacon under the commuter rail and then take your first left onto Mystic Valley Parkway (told you it wasn’t the end). This part of the Mystic Valley Parkway runs along the Aberjona River, which feed the Mystic Lakes. Along this stretch will be a water stop which feeds you.

Long 4 – Continue along the Mystic Valley Parkway, going through a set of traffic lights and then turning left at the next set of lights on to Washington Street. Washington will take you through a five way intersection where you cross Mt Vernon Street and keep right to stay on Washington. If you run past Winchester High School, well you didn’t learn from your mistakes the last time we ran through here and are likely to be lost for a while. Washington will cross Winchester taking you over to the Gingerbread Construction Company where you could buy a muffin but won’t, you’ll instead turn right onto Forest Street and head back up, up, up to the water stop at Eugene Drive.

Long 5 – After this water stop you’ll continue on Forest over I-93 as the road becomes Marble Street. You’ll turn right at the lights onto Park Street and continue as that becomes North Border Road. At Friendly’s you’ll turn right onto Main Street and continue as that becomes the Fellsway West. Turn left on Elm Street, which will stay Elm Street all the way up to the rotary at the other Highland Ave. Turn right onto Highland and look for a stop right after you turn.

Long Finish – The final leg of this journey will take you down Highland all the way to the traffic circle at the Fellsway East. Turn left and follow the Fellsway East through our version of Heartbreak Hill as you make your way to Grimsby’s. Here you will happily remember that you can take a right on West Wyoming and a left on Main to finish your 20 Mile run at Brueggers!

Water Stops – There are quite a few stops this week. We should have Hank, Lois, Tom, Audrey, and myself out there helping you move along.

Roll Call! Who’s in?

27 Responses to “Week 9 – Tens and Twentys”

  1. Dorota says:

    Half-ish for me please

  2. Regina Curran says:

    Hi Jim

    We are in for most of the full, starting early. See you at the stops!

    Thank you Jim

  3. Marty says:

    In for the half.

  4. Courtney Carson says:

    In for the full please.

    (So, to confirm, are you saying there will not be GU on GROVE STREET?)

  5. Matt K says:

    In for the full. Thanks JC!

  6. Valerie Smith says:

    In for the half thank you!

  7. Joe Terranova says:

    In for the half or so. Thanks Jim

  8. Allison Cunningham says:

    In for the half! 🙂 ABC

  9. Marianne Chmielewski says:

    In for the full and will be starting a little early, thanks

  10. Judith Dolan says:

    At least to Eugene and back for me. Thanks Jim!

  11. Sarah Pilcher says:

    Count me in for the half. Thanks!

  12. Peter Feldersnatch says:

    Rhymes with wool

  13. Mike Sikkema says:

    In for half, or maybe a little more. Thanks!

  14. Diana Mirabello says:

    In for the half

  15. Mike McLaughlin says:

    In for the full. Thanks

  16. Jenny Boshco says:

    Last week I wimped out and ran on the dreadmill…this week I am in for something in between the half and the full. See you tomorrow. Thanks!!!

  17. Donna Leggiero says:

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

  18. Christina DiCalogero says:

    Jess and I are in for the half. Thanks.

  19. Marian says:

    Fighting a cold – goal is to try to run the full without getting lost! May start a little early. Thank you!

  20. Jose L Viveiros says:

    in for most of it specially the Mystic lakes but may cut it short when returning to Eugine. i.e. skipping Spot pond loop.

  21. Jessi says:

    In for most!! Thanks so much Jim & friends ????!

  22. Heather says:

    Going to attempt the full. Thank you!

  23. Audie Bridges says:

    In for the half

  24. Sheree Wheeler says:


  25. Ladonna says:

    I th?e efforts you h?ve put in this, regards for all
    the great blog posts.

    Have a lokok ?t my sige … Mark Curry (Ladonna)

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