Week 10 – Start Whenever You Want SLR

After the 22 Miler last week, long runners get a shorter, flatter (for most of it) route for their recovery run this week. For those training for a half, they also step back this week, from 10+ to 8. A well deserved relaxing week for all those that powered through their long runs last week.

So this week we will be contending with the Victorian Fair in downtown Melrose. Typically I suggest getting out of dodge early. It gets us our of the way of the fair setup and back in time to help with the Victorian Fair road race. This week the Vic Fair lines up with a one water stop location route, so that’s not as necessary. So here’s how we’ll do it this year: Start Whenever You Want… no earlier than 7AM though. I’ll be at the water stop location at Nick’s Pizza by 7:30 and we’ll man it until about 11:00, so plan your route to use the water stop between those times.

Here’s the route: Leave Brueggers and feel free to run down the middle of Main Street for a block or so towards Wakefield, the road is closed have fun with it… just get over to the sidewalk when you see traffic coming. Run Main Street all the way into Wakefield to Nick’s Pizza for water stop 1.

After the water stop continue north towards Lake Quannapowitt. Training for a half, your route brings you up to the lake, but turn left onto Church Street, follow that to North Ave where you’ll turn left. North Ave will bring you back to the water stop. For those who have run a few half marathons, if you’re looking to improve at your half I suggest you stretch your distance and loop the lake. Nothing makes a half feel easier than stretching your long run training out to 15 miles or so instead of the 11 prescribed for new half marathoners. After your water stop head back Main Street to Brueggers.

If you’re running long, don’t turn on Church Street, continue on Main Street along the right side of Lake Q. Loop the lake by turning left on Lowell Street, left into the Comverse parking lot, and left on North Ave. This week you’ll be following North Ave back to Nick’s Pizza for your water stop. From there you’ll follow Nahant across to Wakefield High School. Run up past the Voc into Breakheart. Run counterclockwise through Breakheart outer loop. Pop back out where you came in, past the Voc, past Wakefield HS, and across Nahant back to the water stop. If you get thirsty along the way there is a water fountain at Breakheart’s headquarters and I believe one by the tennis courts near the HS.

After this visit to the water stop its nothing but Main Street to finish up your run at Brueggers. After a cup of joe and a bagel head over to the Victorian Fair and see how you can help Brian Slater out.

Ok, Water Stops, I’ll be at Nick’s. Thuy will stop by and help out. Simple as that.

Roll call. Let me know what you’re running and when you’re starting. I’ll probably stop in at Brueggers around 7 and I’ll see you out there as you pass through. Who’s in?

18 Responses to “Week 10 – Start Whenever You Want SLR”

  1. Regina Curran says:

    Hi Jim. Julie and I will start at 7 from Bruggers and do the short but will add the lake in too! Thanks Jim

  2. Krissy says:

    In for something. Thank you!

  3. Denise Judware says:

    I am in for the full and will probably start from my house instead of Bruggers at 7.
    Thank you.

  4. Jessica Crispin says:

    Christina and I are in for the short run and will start at 7. Thank you

  5. Lauren Cossette says:

    In for the half + Lake Q at 7:00.

  6. Thuy Dang says:

    I’m in for 15, starting @ Nick’s at 6:20ish to meet you @ Bruegger’s and ending at Nick’s whenever. Thanks!

  7. Jackie Ecker says:

    I am in for the half, maybe with a loop around the lake added. Not sure. But definitely at least in for the half.

  8. Matt Kerton says:

    In for the full. Jim if I miss you at Brueggers I’ll be sure to have your $2 when I get to Nicks. I don’t want to have a “better of dead” morning.

  9. Sue Worrall says:

    I’m going to shoot for the half, leaving Brueggers about 7.

  10. Mary O'Connell says:

    In for half. I will start at 7:00. Thank you!!

  11. Audrey Paradis says:

    I’m in for 10.5, planning on starting at 7:30! 🙂

  12. Joanne Piper says:

    So far I think I’m leaving from Franklin st up to and around the lake ending at Franklin. I think that will be 9m starting around 7:30-8:00.

  13. Tom Gorman says:

    Also in for 10.5 starting at 7:30

  14. Jessi says:

    We are doing 22 tomorrow starting around 630ish. See you tomorrow!!

  15. Maryanne Martin says:

    Thanks Jim! I am in for the 8 starting at 7 from Brueggars.

  16. Ashley DeAcetis says:

    IFTF plus some! 22 tomorrow!! Thanks Jim!

  17. Donna says:

    I am in for the half and may add a little on – we’ll see. C u at 7.

  18. Glen Josephson says:

    In for the full starting at 7am.

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