Rave Runs – Seacoast of New Hampshire

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Welcome to another month of Run It!

In case you missed it, here’s what we covered so far this year:

Winter Running Tips and Essentials

How to Stay Sane on the Treadmill

The Best and Worst Racing Advice for Runners

Essential Exercises for Common Running Injuries

Hydration Tips and Tricks for Runners

Summer Running Tips

This month it’s all about Rave Runs.

One of my favorite things about Runner’s World magazine is their Rave Run feature.  Beautiful places from around the world that make you say, “I want to run there!”

Here in New Hampshire, rave run routes are all over the place.  I go in search of a rave run route when I feel like I need a little spark to my running game.  These routes are also the ones that I take friends from out of town on. It’s a guarantee to get a “oh wow this is beautiful!” comment.

In all honesty, I’m kind of hesitant in sharing all of my rave runs.  I’m being selfish because I don’t want too many people to know about the location for fear it will become over populated and not “special” anymore. That’s especially true for the local trails. Or maybe everyone does know about it and I’m living in a dream world.

Looking for a great run near the seacoast of New Hampshire Check out this local's rave runs! happyfitmama.com

Regardless, here are some of my favorites.

New Castle Loop

When I first started running, this became one of my favorite routes. Starting from downtown Portsmouth at Runner’s Alley and heading out of town on Route 1B, you cross over the causeway and onto the island of New Castle.  You will be treated to beautiful ocean views and houses that are unbelievably amazing. You’ll pass by Fort Stark, New Castle Common and Wentworth by the Sea.  You may even spot a massive yacht with a helicopter on the back of it.  Once you get to the fork in the road, take a right and you’ll head back into Portsmouth for a total of 6-8 miles. You can refuel at any of the awesome restaurants and coffee shops downtown. I recommend Breaking New Grounds for coffee and people watching in the square. And stop back at Runner’s Alley to stock up on all your running needs. 

Rave Run Seacoast New Hampshire | happyfitmama.com

I gave Katie a part of the tour when she was in town last summer.

Wallis Sands to North Beach

If you want pancake flat with nothing but sea views, this is for you. I love this route for days when I need a dose of Vitamin Sea. Local tip – try to run it early in the morning because it’s heavily traveled during the day during the summer months. If you ran an out and back on this section of Route 1A, it’s about 10 miles.

Seacoast running | HappyFitMama.com

York to the Nubble Lighthouse

Just over the border of New Hampshire is York, Maine. I know it’s not the seacoast of NH but it’s pretty darn close. This rave run is great if you want to run right along the coast.  As you run along Long Sands beach, you’ll spy the Nubble in the distance.  At the end of the beach, follow the signs to the most photographed lighthouse in America. Head back towards York to fuel up on bagels at the Bagel Basket. Julie and I did this as a 10 mile run last week.

Morning run along the Maine Coast. | happyfitmama.com

Sue got this tour last summer!

Stratham Hill Park

If trails are more your thing, the seacoast has got that too.  We lack in serious vert, but we’ve got dirt.  Located off Route 33, Stratham Hill is a great place to run trails. The outer trail is about 6 miles but there’s so many off shoots that it’s easy to go longer. There are a few hills that will get your heart rate up but overall it’s a great local option for dirt with a mixture of single track or dirt road.


I could go on and on with awesome rave runs in my area. I’m lucky to have the ocean and the mountains so close to give us a wide range of terrain. If you are ever in the area, let me know and I’ll give you a tour of the rave runs of the seacoast.

Ready for more rave runs?  Allie and Sarah are sitting this month out, but here are 3 more rave runs from urban to rural and all over the country.

Check it out and get you ready to say  – I want to run there!


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Linking up with Coaches Corner and Wild Workout Wednesday.

What makes a rave run for you?



Last Week’s Workouts

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What to say about last week’s workouts? Fun. Random. Normal.


Rest day.  When my alarm went off Monday morning, I was not feeling a workout.  My body was tired and achy.  I blew off my planned workout and instead Cooper for a nice, longer than normal, walk. He was happy.  And so was I.


Hill Repeats.  I met up with a new to me group for hill repeats.

1 mile warm up with 4 strides, long steady climbs x 3 (was supposed to be 4 but we cut it short so I could at least do 1 short hill), 1 short explosive climb with 100 yard sprints at the tip of the hill. It was a shorter than I’d hope workout because we started later and I had to leave early.  Fun though! And I got to catch up briefly with a former co-worker.  That is until we started huffing and puffing up the hills!

Morning Yoga Flow at Bending Bodhi Yoga

Egoscue exercises

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Usually I plan out my workouts but today, I totally winged it.  Maybe it was because of the crazy dense fog? It was random and all over the place but I think I hit everything that I needed.  And it was fun.  I call that a win!

20 minute warm up walk with Cooper

Form drills – line jumps, rock hoppers, Carioca, high knees, butt kickers

Single leg hops, jumps, walking single leg lunges forward and back, lateral cross over lunges

1 mile run

Each exercise 1 min each – single leg squats, calf raises, tricep dip off the step, plank jacks

1 mile run

Repeat strength exercises

Egoscue exercises

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This is a screen shot of a video I did while doing drills.  Just look at Cooper’s face!


The sunrise was amazing but this run sucked big time. 6 miles of crazy humidity and dead legs that did not want to run.  Nothing else to say about that other than I’m glad it’s over.

Morning Flow Yoga at Bending Bodhi

Egoscue exercises

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com


My gym is open again!  I was so excited to get in and get back to all the equipment and weights I’ve been missing.  My excitement was evident in that I wanted to do ALL the exercises for ALL the body parts.  Another random workout!

30 minutes upright bike

Squat w/ overhead press with 25 pound plate

TRX plank pike

TRX push up

DB chest press

Bench jumps

Single leg balance with Y-T-L shoulder exercises

Pull up prep – bar hangs 60 sec x 3, mini pull up 5 x 3

Egoscue exercises

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55 minute trail run

I took my time before getting ready for my run.  I really, really didn’t want to run on the roads.  Instead, I hit the dirt for 55 minutes of happiness.  I just love the trails so much.  However, I do not love the pesky deer flies.  Those suckers bit me through my compression sleeves even!

Later in the afternoon we hit up the Discover Adventure at Gunstock. Is it sad that I was so cramped up after riding the Mountain Coaster over and over and over again? I was hobbling across the field when we were done!  Or is it more sad that I was so nauseous from riding the Mountain Coaster over and over and over again?  I can’t hang with the big kids anymore!

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com

A sign of a good workout?  A sweaty chin and cheeks.  I was dripping sweat everywhere.


10 mile run with Julie

I felt ready to bump up my long run mileage so I was thrilled to have company along for the ride.  And what better way to enjoy a gorgeous morning than along the coast of Maine with a pit stop at the Nubble and ending at bagel shop.  And then on my way home I also stopped at a new mini donut place.  So much goodness after a super sweaty run!

Egoscue exercises

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com

I’m feeling pretty good about where I’m at with my fitness.  I’m not rushing it and I’m kind of just going with the flow. After Sunday’s run, my left plantar faschia felt tight and a little sore.  I’ve been icing and rolling my calf like crazy with hopes it goes away as quickly as it arrived. I’ve been slacking on my rolling and it shows.

Linking up with Hoho for the weekly workout wrap up.

How was your week in workouts?

High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

It’s time to slap some skin for good things from the week.

5 From Instagram – I share more pics on Insta and Insta Stories.  Are you following me?  Please do!

1 ) That morning glow.  I can’t get enough of it! I’m soaking it as much as I can.

2 ) When you get a new book from Target and you need to start reading it before you even leave the store.

3 ) Red eye.

4 ) Sometimes you need full on, ooey gooey brownies. Hit.the.spot.

5 ) Finding balance in an alley.

5 Good Reads

1 ) Motherhood: Rediscovering My Wild – I think it’s something every mother has felt.  We have a child, we lose a part of ourselves because it becomes much bigger than us.

2 ) 101 Year Old Breaks World Running Record – I’m sure there was some stiff competition in this age bracket.  Lol!  But seriously, how cute is she? Life goals for sure.

3 ) Cats, Goats, and Downward Facing Dog. The Options are Endless for Yoga with a Twist – I’m all for trying new things but come on.  Baby cats and goats are cute but I don’t want them crawling all over me while I’m doing yoga.  Can’t we just play the them after class?

4 ) Why a Runner’s Identity Crisis Can Be a Good Thing – This post from Laura hit home with me.  I’m back to running now but when I was injured for 8+ weeks, I yearned to run but I also found the bright side to things.  I missed lifting heavy at the gym.  I found the pool.  Even now that I’m back to running, I have zero desire to train for or run a road marathon.  It’s funny how we get tunnel vision of what we are “supposed” to be doing.  There’s so many options out there!

5 ) The Trail Grit in My Shoe – On the same day that I read this article, a discussion among friends who had run VT100 last weekend was brought up on the very same topic. For the VT100, there’s acknowledgements for Top 10 Men and Top 5 Women. Wait? What? Why are less woman acknowledged?  It should be the same regardless of gender.  Do Top 10 or Top 5 across the board. Let’s get with the times!

What would you like to High 5 today?