Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

If you are into history and hiking Valley Forge is a great spot to stop.

A brief history:

During the Revolutionary War, Valley Forge was commanded by General George Washington and functioned as a military encampment for the Continental Army’s main body.

In the winter of 1777, General George Washington led his 12,000-man army into Valley Forge.  They remained there from December 1777 to June 1778. For six months, Valley Forge was one of the largest cities in the colonies. Washington’s men created crude huts to serve as temporary barracks. George Washington set up his headquarters in a small stone building considered to be the “Pentagon.” General Washington and his men worked there.

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

During the winter, roughly 2,000 soldiers and about 1500 horses died due to disease or malnutrition.

Today, Valley Forge National Historical Park preserves 3,500 acres of the original encampment site.  Since it’s such a historic area, along with most of Philadelphia, I highly recommend taking a trip if you’re around.

I’ve been to Valley Forge multiple times, but it wasn’t until recently I knew there were trails. My good friend and writer, Jen and I headed up on a cool Thursday afternoon.  There are a few trails that you can hike at Valley Forge and Washington’s Headquarters. Jen actually trained for her trail race in the park. From Washington’s Headquarters, you have the choice to hike Mount Misery and Mount Joy. We chose Mount Misery, but I want to come back to Mount Joy soon.

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

You can park at Washington’s Headquarters in Valley Forge. At Washington’s Headquarters, there are bathrooms as well as a still in use train station.  There are also guided tours too. Walk down the Train Station platform and down the steps.  As you continue along the gravel path at Valley Forge, you’ll see Washington’s Headquarters.  Continue straight until you get to the road. At the fork, you can start with alley Creek Trail or Horse-Shoe Trail. It depends if you want to start with the easy (alley Creek Trail) and finish with the harder (Horse-Shoe Trail) or the opposite. Horse Shoe Trail is what takes you to the peak.

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

We started with Valley Creek Trail which is an easy, flat, trail. Horse-Shoe Trail takes you up Mount Misery and the Valley Creek Trail takes you back. You can see an old Covered Bridge as well. Hiking up trails on Mount Misery in Valley Forge is roughly a 4 miles from the parking lot at Washingtons Headquarters.

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

In all, it was a fun hike and I’m glad Jen and I did the Mount Misery Trail. I’m looking forward to hiking the Mount Hope Trail soon.

Hiking Mount Misery at Valley Forge

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Questions for you:

What is the last historical spot you went to?

Have you hiked Mount Misery at Valley Forge?



Training: Plugging along and 5ks

Training: Plugging along and 5ks

Last week’s training went moderately well. I’m slowly trying to get back into shorter distance shape. While the exact same time of 5ks might not seem like I’m making any progress, I know this weeks 5k was significantly harder than the previous week.

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Coros Pod Review

Coros Pod Review

Coros Pod Review

Recently, I got to try the Coros Pod. After running New York and taking time off, I didn’t explore all of the features the Coros Pod has. It didn’t make sense to review the Coros Pod before diving in and trying out various features.

I learned more about my running with the Coros Pod in a few weeks than the last several years combined.

Coros performance pod

First and most importantly, what is the Coros Pod?

The Coros Pod provides advanced metrics, including power and form data.  This data can help turn you into a smarter and more efficient runner.

How does the Coros Performance Pod Work?

The Coros Pod uses a ratio of speed to power-to-weight measures how much energy is involved in propelling your body forward. For those who don’t know (I didn’t before using the Coros Pod), when your speed increases and power decreases, you improve your efficiency. By becoming more efficient, running becomes easier. Is it ever “easy”? No, but it does become easier.

What kind of data do you get with the Coros Pod?

  • Cadence
  • Stride Length
  • Left/Right Balance
  • Stride Height (Vertical Oscillation)
  • Stride Ratio
  • Running Power
  • Run Efficiency – derived from running power

So Here is a More In-depth Look at Some of Those Features:

The Coros Performance Pod Calculates Cadence and Stride Length:

Most watches these days will calculate your cadence and stride length, including the watch I already use: The Coros Apex. However, no watch is perfect, not even Coros.

Coros performance pod

So why use the Coros Pod if your GPS  Watch already calculates that? The Coros Pod also calculates Stride Height, Ground Contact Time and Left/Right Balance.

I also learned, when running and by staying closer to the ground, and having a faster cadence running becomes “easier.” I think the left/right balance is one of my favorite features of the Coros Pod.

Using the information from the left/right balance, I learned what I need to work on to run healthier. I never realized my left side was stronger. However, it does make sense since my right side has had more of the injuries lately.  While .4 doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s a fairly substantial amount.

Coros performance pod

The Coros Performance Pod Calculates Power:

The Coros takes into account weight, speed and several other inputs to calculate your Running Power.  Not only will the Coros Pod calculate your power horizontally, but it will also do so laterally, vertically.

Coros Performance Pod

Do you Need a Coros Watch to use the Coros Performance Pod?

No, but as someone who uses the Coros Apex, I do recommend any of the Coros GPS watches from the Coros Apex Pro to the coros vertix.  If you already use a Coros GPS watch, existing Coros users just put the watch in run mode and go.

In fact, you can use the Coros Pod alone if you prefer. To pair the Coros Pod, you just download the Coros App and start running. Running with just the pod will tell you all of the information like heart rate, stride cadence, and running efficiency without feeling tied to a watch. For some people who prefer to run naked and not know the pace, they can tell their information without a watch. I do appreciate that I can know the information without ever using a watch. When you’re done with your run, the Coros pod will sync with the app and track your run.

You can also sync the Coros Pod with third party social media sites like Straa and Training Peaks.

Will I feel the Coros Performance Pod While Running?

No. I’ve run just over 100 miles with the Coros Pod and it’s neer inhibited my run. I even raced with it once and it didn’t fall off or bop around. I highly recommend it for someone who wants the features of a GPS watch but doesn’t necessarily want a watch on their wrist.

If you’re interested in the Coros Pod, it’s available here.

You can read more gear reviews here.

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Saucony Triumph 17 Shoe Review

Saucony Triumph 17 Shoe Review

Saucony Triumph 17 Shoe Review

Let me cut to the chase here. The Saucony Triumph 17 has gone through a massive update. Usually, when people come to the store and ask: “has the updated version of my shoe changed much,” the answer is no. The Saucony Triumph 17 is completely redesigned (along with many Saucony shoes coming out). It’s not changed in a bad way, but it’s very different than the last five years of ISO and everun models.

What’s new with the Saucony Triumph 17?

Big things. The cushioning has changed from “everun midsole” to “PWRRUN+ midsole.” What is “PWRRUN”? According to Saucony, it’s lighter and softer.

Saucony Triumph 17 Quick Facts:

Weight: 9.2 oz

Heel to Toe Drop: 8 mm

Saucony Triumph 17 Fit:

Like many running shoes, the Saucony Triumph 17 engineered mesh upper is soft, seamless, and flexible. If you have bunions or a wider forefront, your feet don’t rub. The Saucony Triumph has had a more freeing upper compared to other brands. This hasn’t changed and there isn’t a lot of structure in the Saucony Triumph 17 upper.

The massive change is that the Saucony Triumph 17 no longer uses the ISO fit. It’s gone back to regular shoelaces. I’ve worn the Saucony Triumph since the original model of the ISO. (The Saucony Triumph ISO was the best version of this shoe and I still stand by that). The formfit acts like a luxurious bucket seat to holds the foot into place. I’ve worn anywhere between a 10-10.5 wide and the 10.5 wide seems to fit the best this version.

Saucony Triumph 17 Shoe Review

Saucony Triumph 17 Ride:

Since the Saucony Triumph 17 no longer uses everun, the ride will feel different. The new PWRRUN+ midsole makes the Saucony Triumph 25% lighter and much softer. It feels like a higher cushioned shoe. With the everun, the Saucony Ride and the Saucony Triumph began feeling too similar. Why pay for the Saucony Triumph when the $120 felt basically the same? Now, there is a separation and you can feel that soft cushion in the Saucony Triumph.

The PWRRUN+ has a springy and responsive underfoot feel but also allows you to finish a run strong and feeling fresh. With the amount of cushion in the Saucony Triumph, you don’t feel beat up.

The traction of the Saucony Triumph 17 is great. There is plenty of crystalized rubber and with the rubber outsole hard to lose traction in an inclement weather day.

I’ve run easy runs, long runs, and a workout. I feel (for me), the Saucony Triumph 17 works best as an easy run shoe.

Saucony Triumph 17 Shoe Review

Saucony Triumph 17 Conclusion:

The Saucony Triumph 17 has changed a lot. It’s lighter and softer than everun. It’s a good shoe, but it is very different than previous models. I like it and I’m glad Saucony has updated it.

Current Rotation:

Easy/Daily Runs: Diadora Mythos Elite TRX, Hoka Bondi 6, Saucony Triumph 17

Speed Work: New Balance FuelCell RebelReebok Float Ride Run fast ProHoka RinconNike Pegasus Turbo 2

Long Runs: New Balance FuelCell RebelMizuno R2Hoka Cavu 2

Races: New Balance Fuelcell 5280Nike Next%,  Reebok Run fast Pro 

You Can See All Current Shoe Reviews Here.

Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport. 

Questions for you:

Hae you tried the Saucony Triumph 17? 

What is your favorite shoe? 


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