Five things that will help you survive winter running

1. A headlamp. Running in the dark is significantly more enjoyable if you can see where you’re going. Headlamps are a hell of a light brighter than your cell phone light, and let you be hands-free. There are running-specific headlamps, but I’m a big believer in using what you have, and I have a normal…

How to go running by yourself

Despite my best efforts, I’ve been struggling to get up to run on my self-assigned Tuesday mornings. I’m super over running in the dark, particularly after Daylight Savings Time took away the last shred of light I got to run in. Since then, I spend most of my run in the dark. I stopped going…

Best of 2017: Your most-read OB posts

2017 was a big year for the OB. I hit my 100th post after a year of being much more intentional about writing regularly, redesigning OB’s layout, and making things “official” with a logo (thanks, Lindsay!) and a Facebook page. This year has been full of learning about what I like to write about, what…

Beginner’s guide to skiing Copper Mountain

The US Ski Team trains at Copper, but suffice it to say I enjoy a substantially lower caliber of skiing there. It’s a great mountain for beginners and is where I learned to ski. I’ve kept coming back thanks to their affordable four-pack (a great quantity for beginner skiers), but not without some trials and…

Trail Guide: Hiking the Byzantine Road on the Greek Islands

Maybe it’s the fact that winter has yet to make its way to Colorado, or that Billy and I went through allll of our honeymoon pictures last night, but I’m reminiscing about all of our adventures in Greece. Besides the Caldera Path in Santorini, our other big hike was the Byzantine Road on a different…

Getting traction to survive winter running and hiking

Getting outside year-round is tough. It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s icy. I can’t fix daylight savings time or the thermometer, but I can help you with traction. First, my usual disclaimer about any expensive piece of outdoor gear. You don’t actually need pricey gear to be outdoorsy or enjoy the outdoors. In Denver, you can stick…

Race Guide: NORAD Trail Race by Mad Moose Events

For my fellow beginner runners looking for a spring running goal, the NORAD four-mile trail race in Colorado Springs is a great one to aim for. I ran the four-mile race this past May to keep me motivated to stick with trail running after a lot of stops and starts. I toe a very fine…

Campground Guide: Aspen Meadows in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

But Laura, it’s November, why are you posting about camping? Well, because I only went one time this entire year and it was in my backyard, so I’m having some camping FOMO and am already getting excited for next year. Also, if you live in Denver and want to go camping close to home, it’s never…