Massachusetts

Nobody is as brutally honest about your fitness as a hill. No loved one, no teammate, no coach can give you the sort of devastating appraisal that even a modest incline provides. So maybe I should’ve reconsidered when I decided that what I needed, after a leisurely run-free two-week vacation, was a trail run at…

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What’s better than protecting not one Massachusetts forest, but two? Protecting them and the 20-mile corridor in between. That’s the case in central Massachusetts as of fall 2018, thanks to the Quabbin to Wachusett (Q2W) Forest Legacy Initiative, which conserves the crucial greenway between Quabbin Reservoir and Wachusett Mountain. Situated in close proximity to 7…

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“Plogging.” It isn’t an attractive word. Did someone feel the need to mash “plodding” with “jogging” because neither, alone, adequately described their pace? That was my first thought when a friend mentioned it in a recent conversation. I googled the word a few days later and was surprised to learn it’s a Scandinavian trend that…

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I don’t know about the “runner’s high.” It sounds too definitive, too… good. Don’t get me wrong—I’ve had amazing training runs, workouts, and races where everything felt easier and nothing hurt quite as much as usual. But these exist on a spectrum, not an on/off dichotomy of “high” and “not high.” With that said: The…

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Aesthetic, functional, or just plain fun, bridges give hikers better access to beautiful places, with an extra dose of history thrown in. And the bridge views? Those aren’t so bad, either. From footbridges to cantilevered trellises, abandoned infrastructures to geologic wonders, here are some of our favorite bridge hikes in the Northeast. 1. CUTTS ISLAND…

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“Mount Misery” sounds like the site of an ultramarathon. Who wouldn’t want a “100 Miles of Misery” race T-shirt? But if such an event exists, it’s not in Lincoln, Mass., where Mount Misery is merely a hill: only about 100 feet high from base to summit on my GPS. And the trails around it? Not…

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Update: On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Central Maine Power announced they will bury the proposed transmission line under Kennebec Gorge. While this satisfies one of AMC’s concerns regarding the project, it fails to address others and AMC remains opposed to the project. Read the updated statement here. The Appalachian Mountain Club has officially been designated…

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Blue Hills Reservation, about 12 miles south of downtown Boston, spans 7,000 acres in parts of six towns: Braintree, Canton, Dedham, Milton, Quincy, and Randolph. It’s one of the few trail running destinations in Greater Boston that couldn’t possibly be covered in one blog post. With 125 miles of trails, a runner can return again…

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Good news, leaf peepers of New England: 2018 could be a banner year for foliage hikes. According to the University of New Hampshire, historical trends show that tree leaves are especially colorful in years when the spring has been mild and wet, the summer has been rainy, and the early fall has been warm and…

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Look up from behind the steering wheel on northbound I-95, between exits 18 and 19 in Needham, Mass., and you might catch a glimpse of a trail runner or a mountain biker traversing a thin ribbon of single-track atop s grassy embankment. It’s the only visible hint from the interstate of what’s hiding behind the…

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