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Monday, Jan. 30 - WORKOUTS!

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<p>Good morning, TEAM LIT!</p>
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<p>Dawg: Nicely done in moving on up the fitness chain!</p>
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<p>TASM: Nicely done to you too for being and staying so consistent... and now with spinning!</p>
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<p>Yoshi: Great job on the 20 miler.</p>
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<p>Don: You'll come back around. This "down time" will probably prove good for you, since you've been hitting it hard for a long time now. So you'll probably get the mental break needed before hammering onward!</p>
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<p>Weekend Recap...</p>
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<p>Saturday: 15 mile run with a large group. Got away with wearing shorts. Loved it. Fun run. Social. Total time including stops for water was 2:01.</p>
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<p>Sunday: 7+ mile trail run with three others in my favorite place to run trails. Some good climbs but otherwise conversational pace. At the end I tagged on 8 repeats of a very steep grassy hill that climbed, maybe, 200 or more feet at roughly 20% grade.</p>
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<p>Monday: 4 mile tempo run in a slippery snow.</p>
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<p>Great day, Friends!</p>
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<p>Thor:  Favorite trail location?  Looking for locations for our Saturday social trail run group.  We've been to Maudsley, Winnikinni and looking at Pipestave.  Other options would be great.</p>
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My favorite set of trails are at Ward Reservation in Andover/North Andover. Ward is just off of Rt. 125. There are maps at the trail head, and the trails are actually fairly easy to get to know, unlike those at Harold Parker. These trails have some climbing to them, which is why I like them, but you are rewarded with a skyline view of Boston if the conditions are clear. We had that this weekend. Trails are mildly technical but less so than Harold Parker. I enjoy them for the elevation (not too much but enough to satisfy me) and for the fact that they are entirely runnable. You'll fall in love with the park after a few runs there. I promise.</p>
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<p>Harold Parker has great trails, but these are technical, and you are bound to get lost. Not sure if there are maps at trail heads. But you can find maps online. I have run HP quite a bit and still get lost. I tend to stay away from HP during late fall into winter mainly because the folks I run with would rather keep the running less technical, and in fall and winter, HP trails can be a little too much.</p>
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<p>Bradley Palmer is another awesome spot. I haven't run it enough to know the trails, but they can't be too hard to figure out, and I'm sure you can find a map at trail head. The entrance to BP is very near the Trifury bike route as it snakes through Topsfield. Trails here are fun and less technical.</p>
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<p>The Merrimack River Trail is another good spot that is perhaps the least technical of all. Easy to learn since it is an out and back along the river.</p>
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