This weekend (Sunday, June 10th at 9 a.m.) I am going to be running at the First Annual “Sufferfest.”  Sufferfest is a mountain adventure race put on by Littleton Bike and Fitness and sponsored by our family farm Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.

Host of the first ever “Sufferfest”
Refuel with Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs

The race begins in Franconia, NH at the Franconia Inn and ends at the top of Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch.  You can pick your “poison” for the race, run it or ride it (mountain bike).  The race will be a grueling 6 mile climb with an elevation gain of 3,150 feet.  For trail enthusiasts and mountain runners this will be an exciting challenge and may even be referred to as “fun.”  I’ll let you know how much “fun” I had post-race if I am still able to stand on my own two legs which are still in recovery mode post Vermont City Marathon.  I am hoping some of the other Pete & Gerry’s Organic Chicks will join me on the mountain!

This race definitely has some cool features not to be missed:

  • It is primarily a trail race (albeit a trail race that only goes up!?!?)
  • If you are running perhaps one of the mountain bikers might let you hitch a ride?
  • When you EVENTUALLY arrive at the finish you will be rewarded with sweeping views of Franconia Notch and beyond.
  • It will NOT be snowing! (and if it is I think I may need to move somewhere tropical)
  • If you actually make it to the summit you can officially call yourself a bada$$ for rocking this awesome challenge.
  • You might win some egg-cellent raffle prizes that include some EXTREME PROTEIN to refuel your body post race!

    EXTREME Protein

You do not have to run or ride back down! The Trams often referred to by locals as “ketchup & mustard” will be there to bring you back to earth the base of the mountain.


***DISCLAIMER: If you do not like condiments then you are all out of luck and will have to run or ride back down.

SO who’s in? Are you up for the challenge? If so please register here on and I’ll see you at the top!

Are you ready to “suffer?”

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Remedy for the winter blues

Class VI Road

Today was a tough 11 mile workout but well worth the adventure. Sometimes the best training run is one that is unplanned. This run was going to be long and easy however add in a little seasonal affective disorder, a week at home with the kids (one who is sick) while Dad is across the country for work, and then bring along another total running addict and amazing friend (Bridget you inspire me!) and the easy run quickly turns into a long, hard hill run (and by hills I actually mean small mountains). This run was exactly the right thing to refresh me today. It is funny how something that is so tough physically can be so energizing mentally.

The run began in Franconia, NH on this frosty 20 degree glowing morning sky day.  However today instead of choosing the long rolling run we opted to go left out of the parking lot, under the interstate and up the monster hill (Joanna, this run was for you!).  If you are looking for scenic views this is the run for you. All along the way we had glimpses of Cannon, The Presidential Range and also into Bethlehem. The amazing views were the reward for the taxing hill climbs.   The terrain for the run was mixture of pavement and a class VI road, uphills, downhills, snow and ice and beautifully frosted trees which led the way to more uphills and downhills (yes, as you can imagine my quads and hamstrings are now screaming)

Long runs never seem long with a good friend by your side. The talk and sometimes silence as we run together (although when running with Bridget it is more like non-stop talk and often bouts of hysteria) acts as therapy and motivation. We push each other during the tough parts of the run often without having to say anything.

This was the perfect remedy for the winter blues and the extra benefit is always the giggles that always seem to accompany my endorphin highs.

Nanook and Bridget