That was Unexpected! – Running the Pemi Loop… Again!

Here we go again! Lately I’ve been ramping up my mileage and training intensity in anticipation for the Kilkenny Ridge 50 Mile Race that I foolishly registered for this coming September. I needed some epic days of mileage, mountains,  and elevation gain to prepare my body for the impending doom that is coming. What better training run is there in the North East for a big race other than a good old fashioned Pemigewasset Loop?!I came into this effort with somewhat low expectations. I’ve been training hard this month and getting very little rest days in. Last year I had…

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Review – A GPS Fitness Watch That Does It All!

I’ve been a Garmin junky for a while. Wearing a Garmin Fenix watch since 2014 with the original Fenix 1 and more recently with the Fenix 5x. I got pretty excited when I heard that Garmin has released their newest flagship multi-sport watch in the form of the Fenix 5 Plus. This is a successor to the original Fenix 5 that was hugely popular among the trail running and hiking fanatics when it released back in 2017. The Fenix 5 Plus builds upon the original device by adding some new key features and modern touches that bring it up to 2018 standards….

Race Recap: First Annual Chocorua Mountain 25K!

I’ve been so busy training, working, and dadding that I haven’t gotten around to writing about recent events! On June 16th, 2018 history was made in the mountains of New Hampshire. The Chocorua Mountain 25K Race would make this day special by being the first sanctioned organized race to be granted a permit to operate on Mount Chocorua in the White Mountain National Forest. Rockhopper Races managed to weed through the red tape and get a special permit to throw this event! Once I saw registration was available, I knew I had to sign up! Overview Mount Chocorua is one…

Trip Report: Running the Presidential Traverse

Today my friend Nate (@hiker_nate) his dog Piper would be joining me for a “quick presi”. The Presidential Traverse! Located in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire this rugged point to point run or hike is considered to be one of the crown jewels of the North East and also one of the most strenuous. The “Standard Presi Traverse” as its aptly named Scales over seven of New Hampshire’s tallest peaks named after past presidents of the United States: Mount Madison – 5,367′ Mount Adams – 5,794′ Mount Jefferson – 5,712 Mount Washington – 6,289′ Mount Monroe –…

Amazfit Stratos Review – Full Featured GPS Running Watch on a Budget!

So you’re looking for a GPS tracking watch that can play music and has a built in compass, altimeter, and an optical heart rate monitor all enclosed in a rugged waterproof, stylish enclosure? That sounds like it might cost a fortune! You’re not wrong. Usually it does! That is until the Amazfit Stratos hit the US Market. The Amazfit Stratos made its debut originally in China last year. It was branded by parent company Xiaomi. Recently the company has launched the device here in the US and it has become a compelling option for the fitness crowd for a number…