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Solo Hiking + 6 Signs That Say “Call It”

Yesterday I set out for a solo 12 mile hike/run in the Sandwich Wilderness of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The foliage was at its peak, the temperature was crisp and cool, and the sky was a brilliant blue. We haven’t had many beautiful days this autumn, so I was eager to get on the trails. I set out on Bear Brook River Trail towards Mt. Doublehead, Mt. Squam, and Mt. Percival, but I didn’t make it too far. When I’m…

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Performance Review: Hoka One One Clifton 5

A Search For Cushion After racing in the Vermont 50K, I was craving a cushiony shoe for easy runs. I’ve owned Speedgoats in the past, but didn’t fall in love with them. I found the toe box to be too narrow, and the heel stack to be too high. The level of cushion was great, but I couldn’t get on board with the feeling of running in platform dance shoes. So, determined to find my Hoka soul mate, I purchased…

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Hiking With A Beginner: Choosing The Right Trail, Gear, Fuel, And Pace.

Choosing A Trail I tried to pin-point which item on this list is most important, but I’m not sure I can. There are so many crucial pieces to planning and executing a successful hike with a beginner. Needless to say, having a flexible itinerary is definitely towards the top of the list. Choose an area with many trails and trail junctures, with the easiest option being VERY easy. You want your beginner to feel accomplished at the end the day.…

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Frappuccino Recipe: Sugar-free + Protein-packed

Hey there! I’m just throwing up a quick post today because I came up with a bomb new breakfast (anytime?) drink, and I’m too excited to not post immediately. Have you heard of a frappuccino? HA! Everyone has heard of a frappuccino. Except maybe my boyfriend. He was born yesterday. ANYWAYS. If frappuccinos were healthy, I’d be slurping them down on the daily. Caffeine. Cold. Thick. Sweet. Sign me up. The problem with frappuccinos is that they’re full of sugar.…

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My Clichéd Summer Bucket List

Unfortunately (for me and anyone that comes into contact with me) I’m two different people in the winter and summer. Or should I say winter and spring/summer/fall… Basically, I just struggle with winter. I’m totally down for a nice month of blizzards, slippers, snowshoes, and tea. But after that month…I’m OUT. In southern New Hampshire we get some epic storms, but a sizable portion of the winter is comprised of blustery, bleak, below zero, no snow, no hope days. Anyone…

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Travel Hygiene + How To Feel Like You’re Staying At A 5 Star Hotel (When You’re Not)

Now I know low budget travel isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Why sleep on the ground if you don’t have to? But, those of us who don’t have a choice, or even just prefer it, know the importance of maintaining good hygiene when traveling. Once again, this is just my opinion (I sense others would agree), but if you can manage to feel “fresh” each day, your mood will match. So how do you do it? Start with these basics…

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The Key To Ragnar Races

It’s almost that time of year again. Time to squish into a van with six sweaty teammates and run for two days straight. Whether you’re a first-timer soaking up as many Ragnar tips as possible, or a seasoned veteran looking for a refresher, this list provides the less obvious keys to Ragnar Race success. Ziploc bags This is huge. It is perhaps the large, solid gold key of Ragnar racing. For you and your vanmates. When you’re packing for the weekend,…

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3 Easy Ways To Eat The Rainbow

Photo by Laney & Lu. (If you’re in the seacoast NH area you’ve got to go!) What do I mean by “eat the rainbow”? Not Skittles, no. By “eat the rainbow” I mean eat a variety of produce that’s red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple, and every color in between. Why? Because you’ll feel fan-flippin’-tastic. Have you ever felt sluggish during the day when your meals looked something like this: Breakfast: egg sandwich Lunch: deli sandwich or caesar salad Dinner:…

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Are You Ready For A Dog [You Millennial, You]?

Are you ready for a dog? Everyone is going to say no. I’m not saying no. I adopted a dog four years ago as a doe-eyed, fresh out of college millennial and have zero regrets. However, before you jet over to the nearest shelter, I urge you to read through the following questions and answer honestly. You’ll be oh-so-happy to prove your family wrong when you find your furry soul mate. BUT, first we need to make sure that you…

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