Trail Running

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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In part one of my interview with Bryon Powell, the founder of the trail and ultra marathon running website iRunFar.com, we found out why the entrepreneur left a law firm to start a website, whether he sees a difference between “runners” and “trail runners,” and what he carries in his pack. Here in the final half of…

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A decade ago, Bryon Powell made the physical and figurative leap from a law firm in Washington, D.C., to blogging about trail and ultra running from the southwestern U.S. His site, iRunFar.com, has since grown into one of the major voices in a sport that has exploded in popularity over the same period. I knew Powell long before…

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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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“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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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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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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Are you ready to try fastpacking? For ultralight backpackers and trail runners, the answer might be a speedy: ‘YES!’ Kristina Folcik didn’t know she was about to have her world rocked. A 40-year-old ultrarunner from Tamworth, N.H., she has been zipping up and down trails in the White Mountains for nearly 20 years. In fact,…

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Trail running and uphill running are often synonymous. Big, iconic climbs can define a weekend long run or a race course. Vertical kilometer events have taken off in Europe (they’re exactly what they sound like—1,000 meters, straight up), and in New England, an entire trail race series is defined largely by its long ascents. But…

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