New York, Boston and Mt. Washington (420,5K to go):

Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Soon after leaving Greenland and perhaps the best running experience of the year, I was back on the gravel paths in Copenhagen.

An intense 1 hour session with my running coach had been planned. Sounds weird that 3K can be tough, but when you have your coach eyeing every step you take and constantly forcing minute corrections on your technique, it will very fast become a very focused session.

Time Square

Time Square

Next morning, 36 hours after my arrival in Copenhagen, I was on the next flight – destination the US. New York, Boston and North Conway in the White Mountains were on the menu.

The first two days in New York was great. It was the first trip to New York for my Girlfriend and as a frequent visitor to New York it was great to be able to experience a “first time” visit again, Immersing myself in her curious and energized attitude.

Paved parks of Boston

Paved parks of Boston

Next up was Boston, a total road runners paradise, better yet Boston is barefoot running friendly in a way I have seen nowhere else.

I enjoyed two gorgeous runs, a 6K barefooter taking me around the parks in central Boston and sucking in the relaxed atmosphere  present there, having just run in fresh deep snow it was great to be truly barefoot and run fully connected to the surface again.

Being completely barefoot was great while trying to drill in the latest minute style changes.

Amazing how much of a difference the direct feedback makes.

Pleasure Bay - Boston, MA

Pleasure Bay – Boston, MA

The second run an 8,5K barefooter, took me out and around pleasure bay, again a barefoot paradise, a multitude of varied textures and surfaces to run, while taking in the surroundings.

The completely clean sidewalks, boardwalks and roads made it easy to maintain a complete mental focus on feeling my run and the style. I easily reached that almost Zen-like state where running seams to flow without conscious effort and with the mind empty of all conscious thoughts.

From here we drove northwest and soon hit North Conway, the gateway to the White Mountains and the famous Mt. Washington.

Just below Lion head - Mt. Washington

Just below Lion head – Mt. Washington

We spend 3 days hiking here, exploring some of the best trails I have seen in the US, not the ruined almost paved walkways, but real trails with real terrain, some parts a little more sculpted by human hand than I prefer, but particularly the Lionhead trail and other trails towards the upper Mt. Washington provided a very “real” hiking experience, with a few exposed sections that felt like home. To  be able to return and run some of these trails would be a dream come true.

We even managed to sneak in some barefoot breaks here and there 🙂

Barefoot break at Lowe's Bald Spot.

Barefoot break at Lowe’s Bald Spot.

The peak itself is quite a let-down and tourist nightmare I think, souvenir stores, big paved road and even a train going up, such a shame I think. Especially given the fine hiking area just below it.

I used a pair of Sketchers gobionic trail for the hiking, a surprisingly good shoe once you get rid of the insole. I do not know why make such a great shoe and then include an insole with a 4mm drop.

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