MPF Athlete Harry Hamilton's NJ Ultra Festival 50K Race Report "Mother Nature's Last Winter Laugh"

The New Jersey Ultra Festival 50K is part of the NJ Trail Series. The race took place on Saturday March 21st, 2015. The Course is a trail behind the County Fairgrounds in Sussex County, New Jersey. During the week leading up to the race day of the NJ Ultra Festival a lot of the snowfall in the area had melted. By Thursday conditions were looking like a fast run.

Ben Nephew's 2015 Mount Tammany Race Report

Ben Nephew's 2015 Mount Tammany Race Report

It is fitting that I ended up doing a loop course race following the recent discussion of whether or not loop courses are defined as trail races.  I can tell now that the Mt. Tammany 10 is definitely a trail race, and despite the 10 loops, you could not even call it monotonous.  I was wishing for a little more monotony towards the end of the day (day, for a 40 mile race?).

Exercise Highlight - Foam Rolling your Quadriceps

Exercise Highlight - Foam Rolling your Quadriceps

The thigh muscles or quadriceps which are made up of 4 primary muscles (rectus femoris, vastus intermedius, medialis, lateralis) commonly have a lot of tension and adhesions (trigger points or knots) within them, especially in the large population of people who sit much of the day. This leads to short and weakened hip flexors, poor static and dynamic posture, trouble hinging from the hips correctly, squatting from the knees instead of sitting back with the hips and disengaged glutes. This can be seen all the way up to elite athletes or someone just looking for general fitness and strength.

Adventure Report: MPF RNR Team Traverse of the Franconia Ridge & Mt Osceola in New Hampshire

Adventure Report: MPF RNR Team Traverse of the Franconia Ridge & Mt Osceola in New Hampshire

When Ryan Welts from New Hampshire joined the MPF RNR trail running team I immediately thought it would be great if he led the next team adventure. I messaged him and he graciously accepted the task!  We came up with a date, gear requirements, etc. and soon the trip became a reality and we were off to adventure on the 16 mile traverse of the Franconia Ridge.

Breakneck Ridge Survival Team Run/Hike by Ben Nephew

Breakneck Ridge Survival Team Run/Hike by Ben Nephew

Earlier in the winter, or should I say the extended fall, I was thinking that this run on the Breakneck Point race course might be relatively snow free, or at least have somewhat fast conditions. How things change!  I can easily say that that was my slowest, uh, attempt at forward motion, ever!

 

A Trip to Patagonia by Jim Jansen "Another check on the bucket list"

A Trip to Patagonia by Jim Jansen "Another check on the bucket list"

Everyone has their bucket list and it's an ever changing list. It changes with age and what’s going on in your life and yet some places or events never change. About five years ago when I really started getting into the outdoors and trail running, I learned of all these amazing places: New Zealand, Patagonia, the dolomites, the PCT, AT, etc. How long would it take for me to travel to all these places while still trying to race, work and spend time with friends or even find friends who would want to go with you!? 

Breakneck Ridge, East Hudson Trail Conditions in New York

Breakneck Ridge, East Hudson Trail Conditions in New York

Today we scouted out the Breakneck Point Trail Marathon and 25k course in the Hudson Highlands State Park, NY.  Julian and I wanted to see if it would be feasible for the MPF RNR Trail Team to do the marathon course this weekend but we knew that the conditions were going to be tough and slow going.

MPF 4th Annual Catskills Slide Mountain Wilderness Adventure “Same Trail, Different Day”

MPF 4th Annual Catskills Slide Mountain Wilderness Adventure “Same Trail, Different Day”

As we embarked on our 4th annual winter adventure in the Catskills of New York, the trail conditions were relatively unknown. Each year the Slide Mountain Wilderness area has offered us something different, some years the trails have been covered in thick sheets of ice, other years snow but never deep enough to warrant snowshoes 100% of the time. This year was a whole different story…. 

2/4/15 Snowshoe & Hiking in Harriman State Park, NY (20 photos & video)

2/4/15 Snowshoe & Hiking in Harriman State Park, NY (20 photos & video)

Today, conditions were good for snowshoeing in the Harriman State Park area of New York. Some of us opted for the no snowshoe approach, but had to raise the effort quite a bit just to keep pace. Hiking poles & microspikes definitely helped but still were no match for the efficiency of proper snowshoeing.

2/1/15 Hike in Schunemunk Mountain State Park, NY (19 photos & video)

2/1/15 Hike in Schunemunk Mountain State Park, NY (19 photos & video)

We finally made our way back to Schunemunk Mountain State Park in New York! This is a very visible mountain from around the region. Its summit reaches close to 1,700 feet above sea level.  For roughly three miles of the 25+ miles of trails in the park, there are two ridges running parallel to each other, separated by the valley of Baby Brook. It's a great training ground to work on your climbing and technical running.

Meet the 2015 Mountain Peak Fitness / Red Newt Racing Team!

Meet the 2015 Mountain Peak Fitness / Red Newt Racing Team!

We would like to welcome Red Newt Racing, Run On Hudson Valley Running Store and the Finger Lakes Running Company as sponsors for our 2015 Trail Running Team! We are looking forward to showcasing the epic races organized by Red Newt Racing and the great gear sold by the Run On Hudson Valley Running Store and Finger Lakes Running Company.

Ben Nephew’s Pachaug Trail FKT Report “A Tough New England Trail”

On 1/19/15 Ben Nephew set a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pachaug Trail which is a 24 mile U shaped trail through Eastern Connecticut from Green Fall Pond, to route 138 in the town of Griswold, with a short visit to Rhode Island. Like the Nehantic and Narragansett trails, it is mostly rolling single track interspersed with sections of jeep roads and few road crossings.

1/28/15 Hike in Harriman State Park (21 photos & video)

1/28/15 Hike in Harriman State Park (21 photos & video)

We had a great hike in Harriman State Park (NY-NJ Trail Map 118) after a little more snow fall hit our area! We covered about 9 miles and broke trail for about 8 of those. Couldn't have asked for better working conditions!  We finished the hike with a little water crossing over Stony Brook where the bridge is out (orange to white trail). 

A Beginners Gear Guide, Being Prepared for Winter Adventures

A Beginners Gear Guide, Being Prepared for Winter Adventures

Winter can be a hard season to navigate through when it comes to adventuring outdoors, especially for some who get the winter blues or are hesitant to embrace the cold, icy conditions. The goal of this article is for you to step out of your comfort zone and embrace the winter feeling prepared and ready for the challenges ahead. I will discuss tips and offer gear advice based on what we use during our winter adventures that last can last 2 hours to all day.

1/25/2015 Palisades Interstate Park Trail Run in New Jersey (8 photos)

1/25/2015 Palisades Interstate Park Trail Run in New Jersey (8 photos)

We enjoyed a great trail run on the snow in the Palisades Interstate Park, using microspikes the entire way. We covered about 12 miles running along the western shores of the Hudson River. It was great running with my MPF / RNR teammates, Jen & James!

1/18/15 MPF Adventure Club Run in Sterling Forest of NY (23 photos)

1/18/15 MPF Adventure Club Run in Sterling Forest of NY (23 photos)

We covered just over 8 miles of trails in Sterling Forest, most of it was covered in ice. The rocks and trees were even wrapped with a thick layer of ice. With the weather we had today, it is especially important to be prepared and carry some emergency gear.