Prospect Mountain – 5.21.17

Prospect Mountain is one of the more popular hikes in the Lake George area. With a toll road leading to the summit, it’s an an accessible mountain with pretty views of Lake George.  It has a reputation of being one of the easier hikes in the Lake George area, however it is steep and might be a bit challenging for an out-of-shape hiker. With water and rest breaks it’s definitely doable for anyone.

The trailhead is right in the heart of the Village of Lake George off of Montcalm Street.

It took Jenna and I about an hour and 30 minutes to get to the top. From the trailhead to the summit is about 2 miles. At the top there is a picnic area and a parking lot.

We stopped for about 30 minutes on top to have a snack and walk around. The descent was fast! There was a lot of open rock to walk down which may be tricky in wet conditions.

Prospect Mountain
Distance 4.0 mi RT
Elevation gain 1,625′
Summit elevation 2,021′
Total time 2 hrs, 30 minutes (including stops)

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2017 Senenca 7 Relay

Every year since 2015 I’ve run the Seneca 7 Relay! It is a 77.7 relay race around Seneca Lake starting and ending in Geneva, NY. I love it because of the gorgeous scenery and the fact that our team can spend the previous day wine tasting great Finger Lakes wine!

We rented the same house in Geneva we had last year, which is perfect because it is only a few minutes from the starting line of the race! On Sunday April 30, we got up super early for our 6:30am start time.

It was a lot colder than we wanted, but at least it wasn’t raining! We all ordered matching team hats, which were awesome. However, I won’t get into our team name since it is an inside joke and will take too long (and it’s too weird) to explain.

My favorite part about the race is the view of farms, vineyards and Seneca Lake.

This year I was runner # 7.

Leg 1 – 4.0 miles
Average pace: 10:09/mile

Leg 2 – 3.0 miles
Average pace: 10:26/mile

Leg 3 – the final leg of the race – 3.5 mi
Average pace: 10:01/mile

Being the final runner was awesome. I’ve run this race twice and I’ve also run three Ragnar Relays and I’ve never been the final runner. It was great to get reunited with my team for the last bit of the race!

Overall our team’s average pace was 9:07 per mile. We finished the race in 11 hours, 47 minutes! We had a blast yet again. We’ve also committed to this race as a team for the next five years so each of us can run each leg once, completing the entire course around Seneca Lake!

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Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower – 5.13.17

This past weekend, I was up in Lake Placid for a conference (my first conference in the nutrition profession!) and was reunited with my old loves.

Iconic view of the high peaks from the Plains of Abraham

Mirror Lake

Heart Lake

Since I didn’t get to do any hiking while I was up for the conference, Skyler and I drove up to hike Hurricane on Saturday. There was rain in the forecast for the afternoon, so we met at Exit 20 at 7am, arriving at the Route 9N trailhead at about 8:30.

It is Mud Season in the high peaks, so DEC issues warnings to stay off of the trails above 2500 feet in elevation. One of the trails listed under recommended alternative hikes is Hurricane Mountain, one of my favorites. Hurricane is also a great warm-up hike for the season, with nearly 2,000 feet of elevation gain in the 3.2 miles to the summit.

The trails were dry (mostly) and in great shape.

The last time I hiked Hurricane, the fire tower was closed. They have recently restored it so this time I climbed to the top.

Hurricane has some of the best views, in my opinion!

Whiteface from afar.

We also beat the rain! I was a little concerned that we’d be socked in, but thankfully the weather held off.

Hurricane Mountain, via Route 9N
Distance: 6.4 mi RT
Ascent: ~2,000′
Total time: 3 hrs, 30 minutes (not including break on the summit)

Gear used: old navy running tights, tasc performance long sleeve merino base layer, Northface rain shell, Osprey Sirrus daypack, Kelty trekking poles, Keen Durand hiking boots, Smartwool hiking socks, 2L h20

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

With the popularity of protein bars and the new protein “cookie” on the rise, I figured I’d try my hand at baking my own protein cookies.

These little cookies pack a powerful nutritional punch! One of the main ingredients, coconut flour, is gluten-free, and high in fiber and iron. I also included oats because they are also a great source of fiber and iron! Replace the eggs with your favorite egg-replacer and they can also be vegan. I added date paste to sweeten them without adding sugar. And of course, they wouldn’t be cookies without chocolate chips. Here I used Chatfield’s 70% cacao double dark semi-sweet chocolate chips (nut, dairy and soy free) because we can’t forget the important antioxidants and flavanols found in dark chocolate! Keep a cookie in your gym bag as a post-workout snack or  take a few along to share on your next hike.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Dry Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 scoop Designer Whey Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats*
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp iodized sea salt**
  • 1/4 cup PBFit peanut butter powder
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients

  • 6 pitted medjool dates, chopped roughly
  • 1 tsp warm water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Add dates and warm water to food processor and process until it becomes a paste
  3. Combine date paste, eggs, and vanilla in medium bowl and whisk until combined
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk all dry ingredients together except chocolate chips
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until a soft dough forms
  6. Fold in chocolate chips
  7. Roll dough into balls and press into a flat shape onto non-stick cookie sheet
  8. Bake for 9-11 minutes

Yield: 8 cookies

* use gluten-free oats if making gluten-free cookies. Oats are naturally gluten-free, however most are processed in facilities that process wheat products.

** make sure if you buy sea salt, to buy iodized se sea salt. Most sea salt in stores is not iodized. Iodine is an important nutrient found in regular table salt that you might be missing if you use strictly sea salt.

Nutrition Information

Note: You can double the recipe and make larger cookies at ~300 kcal, 10 g fiber, 8 g fat and 14 g of protein if you are looking for a “meal replacement” cookie

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Hiking Indian Head in the Catskills

A few weeks ago it was super cold out. My hiking friend Skyler and I decided to go hiking (go figure!) It was before the huge snow storm so we were excited to not have to use snowshoes. However, there were a few inches of snow on the ground up in the mountains, so we just wore our microspikes. The trailhead to Indian Head and Twin Mountains is about 1.5 hours south of Albany. We were planning on hiking both since it was around a 7 mile hike total. With the windchill it was -13 degrees. With the appropriate clothing and gear, we were warm!

We got to the junction after about 90 minutes of hiking. We went left to Indian Head since it was only a half mile to the summit. It was cold so we were undecided if we were going to hike Twin. Neither of us particularly care about hiking all of the Catskill 35 peaks so it was an easy decision to leave Twin for another  (warmer) day.

Right before the summit there was a very icy section. We stopped for about 15 minutes to put on our crampons. So glad we had them with us. Skyler also had his ice ax which made it a little bit easier to carve steps into the ice. We got to the wooded summit and immediately turned around and headed back down. There were very few views on this hike. It was actually kind of disappointing because I had read this hike had some of the best views in the Catskills! But maybe the views are over on Twin. I’m not as familiar with the Catskills as I am with the Adirondacks and I have to admit that the ADK are my first love.

This trail was not difficult, but the ice made for some sketchy spots. I believe this trail is part of the Devil’s Path. We left our crampons on for the hike down, which went a lot faster than going up.

Indian Head Mountain 
Distance 5.3 mi RT from Prediger Road trailhead
Ascent 1,503′
Time 4 hrs, 15 min including stops

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