Trail Running

  I’m standing in the dining room at AMC’s Madison Spring Hut, and even though it’s late August, I can’t get warm. Two friends and I have just returned from Mount Madison’s 5,366-foot summit, where a sturdy gale-force wind battered our sweat-soaked bodies already weary from a climb that covered 3,500 feet of elevation in…

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With COVID-19 still at the forefront of our thoughts, there’s another health hazard to keep an eye out for this spring and summer—ticks. While it’s important to continue to follow CDC guidelines when heading outdoors, including wearing a face mask and maintaining at least six feet of physical distance between you and another person, its also important to…

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  If you’re like me, you want your training runs to build toward something—a test or competition that will show you what’s working, and what’s not. Racing accomplishes this for most of us, and back in January, I shared a model trail race calendar to keep us all competitive in 2020. Then, a pandemic hit….

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Humans replenish glycogen—which stores energy and builds endurance—by consuming carbohydrates, ideally from whole-food sources, according to registered dietitian Nicole Cormier. Cormier’s Super Cookies provide plenty of carbs, as well as protein and good fat, to keep you nourished on the trail. Plus, you can pronounce all of the ingredients. Ingredients: 2 cups oats 3 ripe…

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Mud season in the mountains of the Northeast begins as the snow melts and the landscape and trails turn soggy. Depending on the elevation, weather, snowpack, and region, it can stretch anywhere from March through June, with the greater heights of northern New England and New York experiencing the worst of it in May and…

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I’ve come to welcome the arrival of winter. Sure, winter means slightly fewer races (though there are some good ones!) and a few additional layers when you go out, but don’t believe anyone who says you need to hang up your trail shoes when the temperature drops. I now relish the opportunity to go for…

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Have you set your trail racing goals for the year? Among them, do you aim to run a long, mountainous trail, like I did in 2019? Do you want to experience a beautiful setting in a different way? Do you hit the trails mainly to stay in shape? Whatever your goals, make running a trail…

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If you started running on trails in the past 10 years, or registered for your first ultramarathon, or broken into a jog on a mountain hike, you have, to some extent, Nancy Hobbs to thank. In roles with the United States Olympic Committee, U.S.A. Track and Field, Road Runners of America, and as co-founder and…

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On July 25th, 2019, Katie Schide broke the women’s Hut Traverse speed record, completing the 50-mile hike in 12 hours, 23 minutes and 6 seconds. The Hut Traverse is a 50-mile route in the White Mountains of New Hampshire that links the Appalachian Mountain Club’s eight huts. Beginning at Carter Notch, hikers trek west along…

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Well, we did it. On Friday, August 23, two friends and I finished the adventure for which we’d been training for more than a year: we completed a single-day Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, running as much of it as we could. I’ll save the more harrowing tales for the magazine feature, scheduled for…

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