Week 9 – Would You Like That in 10s or 20s?

Last Week – Cool weather swept in to help the group get through a 9 miler or 18 miler last week. Everyone ran over to Breakheart for a loop and while the half runners headed back to Melrose, the full runners wound their way through Wakefield over to Lake Q before coming home. Big thanks to Matt, Andrea, Diána, and Julie for the water stop support all morning!

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 wear marathon or half day, 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 – Looks like we missed the rain as Hurricane Dorian passes by out in the Atlantic. The winds are pretty light too. By morning it should be sunny and in the 60s, perfect for a looooong run. We’ll also have the Victorian Fair to contend with this week. That means the streets around Melrose Center will be closed. We can usually get in to the parking lot fine, but there may be less parking spaces to choose from. Besides this stuff, we have a long run to go do. 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.

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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 at the half way point of your run.

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 Lois, Tom, and myself out there helping you move along, but anyone else interested in helping would be appreciated.

Roll Call! Who’s in?

23 Responses to “Week 9 – Would You Like That in 10s or 20s?”

  1. Chelsey Pousland says:

    First time running with the Melrose Running Club – I’m in for the half!

  2. Liz says:

    Depending on how my knee hold out IFTH

  3. Regina Curran says:


    Usual suspects in for the full! Starting early but will catch up to the water-stops! Thanks Jim

  4. Gorka Morka says:

    In for the whole gosh darn thing

  5. Nicole Jacob says:

    In for the half

  6. Dan says:

    In for the half, thanks 🙂

  7. Haecha says:

    In for the full! Starting early but will definitely need the water stops! Thanks!

  8. Michele DeAngelo says:

    May leave from my house and meet on Eugene OR… I just may start with the group.
    Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers!!!!????

  9. Marlene Morris says:

    In for the half

  10. Jackie Ecker says:

    Slightly freaking out but in for the full 20!

  11. Bobby Taylor says:

    Kristi and I will both be running the half this week

  12. Joe Terranova says:

    In for the half. Thanks!

  13. Diana says:

    In it for the half.

  14. Judy Dolan says:

    In for the half. Thanks!

  15. Andrew Nagelin says:

    Out of the blue my hip starting acting up this afternoon.
    No running for me.
    Do you need help at a water stop?

  16. Jessica Crispin says:

    In for the full. Thank you

  17. Aine Lunney says:

    David and I are in for the half, thank you!

  18. Jessi says:

    Ifth thanks!!!!

  19. Steph Lawson says:

    I’m running the half early with Regina and crew. Thx

  20. Oscar Dirks says:

    Inftf thx

  21. Collins says:

    Inftf thx

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