5 Must-Do Hikes in New Hampshire

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One of the reasons we moved to New Hampshire over 12 years ago was because of the accessibility of the outdoors.  There’s so many things to do outside no matter what the season.  Hiking is one of our favorite things.  Before kids, Ron and I would load up the car with dog and backpacks and head to the mountains to explore different trails every weekend.

But then the kids came along and all the weekend activities that they bring interrupted our weekend adventures.  We still got out to hike but not as often and definitely not any lengthy trips.

Now that the kids are getting older, I’m hoping that will change. They can hike for longer times but we still need to bring ALL THE SNACKS to help power through the miles.

There are a ton of hiking options in New Hampshire from pancake flat to mountain summits.  There are so many hikes that we still need to do but these 5 are some of our family favorites. On a side note, I really thought hard about sharing these hikes.  On one hand, I’d like to see more people getting outside to hike.  On the other hand, I don’t want to see more people on the trails.  One of the reasons I like to hike is to get away from people. However, the more I thought about it, I realized that you can find these hikes listed in any guide book.  There’s no secret about it.

Franconia Ridge (Little Haystack, Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Lincoln)

I had to start with the best.  Mount Washington is great but this is hands down my favorite hike in New Hampshire.  The 8 mile loop is challenging but hitting 3 peaks above tree line is well worth it.  Be sure to bring hiking poles to help scramble up and down all the rocks.  Your knees will thank you!  If you wanted to break the hike up into two days, the Greenleaf Hut is available with bunks reserved in advance. You can also stop to refill your water bottles and enjoy whatever deliciousness the AMC volunteers are cooking up.  Our kids haven’t done this hike but we saw quite a few kids around age 10 when Ron and I did this hike a couple of weeks ago.

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Mount Major

This “little” mountain holds a special place in my heart.  It was one of our first hikes as NH residents and it was the first official hikes my kids did on their own at age 3.  At about 3.5 miles round trip, it’s a relatively easy hike with easily one of the best views in the Lakes Region. But it’s not so easy that it can be done in flip flops.  I’ve seen MANY people try to do it…DON’T!  It’s also one of my favorites for getting some vert in trail running. If you want more mileage, you can easily add on for more of the Belknap Trail Ridge (BRT) but you will need to decide if you are doing a point to point or out and back.

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Mt. Roberts

If you’ve seen the view from Mount Major, check out Mt. Roberts to see the view from the other side of Lake Winnepausakee.  There’s numerous open ledges for sweeping views of the Lake and the Sandwich Mountain Range.  We did this hike for the first time on a beautiful fall day last year. The colors were amazing!

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Mount Willard

For only being 3.2 miles round trip, Mount Willard offers a stunning view from the summit of Crawford Notch.  We’ve only done this hike in the summer but I bet it would be equally fantastic in the fall.

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Champney Falls

There are two options with this hike.  You can hike to the falls, which would be about 3 miles round trip, or you could continue to the Piper Trail which leads to Mt. Chocorua. Chocorua has a gorgeous summit so I highly suggest continuing on past the falls. The hike to Champney Falls is relatively easy for almost any age except for a few steep sections that can be slippery and difficult to navigate for younger kids.

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The falls are on the other side of the rock that I’m perched on. 🙂

Happy Trails!

Do you like to hike?

What’s your favorite snack on a hike? For me, trail mix for sure!

Last Week’s Workouts

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I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and last week’s workouts show it.

My parents were visiting for 2 weeks.  During a lot of that time, we played tourist a lot.  I ate weird to me foods, my routine was messed up and everything was off.  We had a great time but even though it wasn’t a full vacation it still felt a little vacation like.  During that time, my plantar fasciitis reared it’s ugly head again.  Even when it’s not noticeable, I’m still in fear of pushing it and making it worse.  So I’ve reduced my mileage A LOT.  When I do run, it’s easy pace.   It’s really weird but I don’t miss the higher mileage that much. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years of running, is that when I don’t feel the urge to run, it means I need a break.  So that’s what I did for the majority of the week.  I’m the queen of cross training so I took advantage of the gym, cycling outdoors and I even made an appearance in a Power Yoga class.

Monday

3.5 mile run, 9:17 avg pace

I woke up Monday wanting to run despite a long hike on Sunday.  I kept it short and easy to shake out the achy feeling that comes from the descent of hiking a 5000 footer that is nothing but rocks and more rocks.

Tuesday

40 minutes Arc Trainer

Strength training:

Bench press

TRX push ups

TRX tricep extension

TRX bicep curls

Eccentric pull ups

Pull up shrugs

Split squats w/ DB

Lunge matrix

Single leg sit to stand to box jump

TRX mountain climbers

TRX oblique crunch

Wednesday

5.2  mile run, 9:02 avg pace

Another 1000%  humidity run where I was sweating even before I started my dynamic warm up.  Thankfully, Kyle and I talked the whole time on this run because it takes away the thoughts of “THIS SUCKS!”  It’s better to have company when drowning in sweat.

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Thursday

40 minutes Arc Trainer

Strength Training:

Cable flys

Rope row with reverse lunge

Rope tricep ext

Rope bicep curl with squat

Single leg bench step ups  with KB shoulder press

Single leg squat off bench

Single leg quick step ups with hop

Single leg deadlift

Hip thrusters

Decline push ups off bench

Renegade rows

Eccentric pull ups

Pull up shrugs

Plank/plank ups/side plank

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Friday

Rest day at the beach!

Saturday

20 mile bike ride

I woke up undecided what I wanted to do for a workout.  I was debating between a trail run or a bike ride.  The usually very neutral Ron told me to take a bike ride.  It’s very rare for him to give an answer other than, “Do what you want to do” so I took his advice.  I took the back roads to the Bay and enjoyed the quiet.

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Sunday

75 minute Power Yoga Class @ Bending Bodhi

Power yoga is what made me fall in love with yoga more than 12 years ago.  I love the faster pace and the sweat factor. But it’s been a couple of years since I regularly did Power just because of my studios schedule.  Sunday morning it was raining and I wasn’t running so I popped into the studio for the morning Power class.  I did poses that I hadn’t done in years.  It felt amazing!  I walked out of the studio promising myself that I’d fit more Power Yoga in my life.

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly workout wrap up.

Mango Turmeric Recovery Smoothie

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of MegaFood®. As a MegaBlogger, I receive compensation and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

You hit your paces. Your splits are negative. You’re out there daily, sweating it out, doing the hard work to become a better, faster runner. After your workout, you hit the showers and dream of all the records you’ll smash.

But wait! The hard work isn’t over yet.

Recovery is just as important as the actual workout. Muscles grow bigger and stronger when they are subjected to forces that cause tiny tears in the muscle fibers. The body repairs these fibers during recovery and builds new blood vessels to the stressed area.

Here are 5 post-run/workout recovery tips to help reduce soreness, enhance fitness and to keep you healthy all year long

Fuel up – One of the first steps post-workout should be to eat. For runs over 1-hour, there is about a 30-minute window to refuel to avoid insufficient glycogen stores for the next workout. I try to get the recommended 4-to-1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein via a smoothie or a yogurt bowl with nuts and fruit.

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One of the easiest and quickest ways to recover is with a souped-up smoothie. I usually don’t have much of an appetite after a hard workout or race but a smoothie is easy to get down. It also helps with re-hydrating and replenishing the body.

I recently started using turmeric more in my daily food consumption because of its role in recovery. Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant. The curcumin helps to decrease healthy inflammation—something runner’s produce a lot of with the stress of hard workouts*. After hearing some runner friends rave about MegaFood® Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder as a post-workout recovery aid, I wanted to give it a try*. Not only is it a simple way to get in a dose of turmeric, a full scoop of the booster powder enhances the taste of my post-run smoothies. See the recipe for my Mango Turmeric Recovery Smoothie below!

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This product is specifically designed to help you bounce back from your daily workout*. Protective and restorative turmeric blends with wholesome FoodState® Vitamin C, tart cherry and a colorful Fruit Phenolic Blend assist in your body’s recovery*. Besides taking a role in physically recovery, MegaFood® Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster PowderTM has another special ingredient, holy basil leaf, which supports mental performance and response time for when you’re hitting the gym or running the distance*.

Epsom Salt Soaks – Over the years, I’ve learned that my body does not particularly like post-run ice baths. But then again, does anyone enjoy that? Instead, I’ve started to do an Epsom Salt soak, which provides the same benefits minus the freezing temperatures.

Foam Roll/Stretch – My foam roller has become a part of my daily routine. I’ll roll for 10-15 minutes targeting my quads, hamstrings and calves. I also kindly ask Ron every night to do a calf smash on the foam roller for me. My calves are chronically tight so this helps a ton. Stretching regularly has helped too. And of course, yoga. I try to attend at least two classes a week and will pop out some poses every so often to combat the stiffness that accumulates throughout the day.

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Mountain top yoga is optional but highly encouraged. 🙂

Sleep – I try to get at least 7-hours of sleep a night or more before a long run or hard workout. Sleep is when the body fully recovers from all of your hard work. If you skimp on sleep, you skimp on recovery.

Rest Days – Taking at least one rest day a week is vital for recovery. The same stress that builds up your running performance can also break it. Rest days allow the body to recover from the high impact of running.  If your rest day involves laying low and not moving much, that’s fine.  You may want to opt for an active recovery of gentle yoga, mobility work or a walk. Just remember that it’s an easy effort.

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Mango Turmeric Recovery Smoothie

Makes one large smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen cubed mango
  • 1 frozen banana, cut up
  • 1 cup milk of your choice (dairy or non-dairy, I used unsweetened coconut milk)
  • 1 scoop MegaFood® Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder™
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder – optional

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Add more milk or non-dairy milk as needed for desired consistency
  4. Pour into a glass and serve

How do you recover from hard workouts?

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.