Denver Beginner Running Guide: Wash Park, Cheesman Park, and City Park loops

Denver has no shortage of amazing running routes, mostly thanks to the ginormous parks around the city. Washington Park (Wash Park to locals), Cheesman Park, and City Park are three of the most popular running destinations in Denver. Each has a crushed gravel path that’s great for running in addition to paved paths and loopsContinue reading “Denver Beginner Running Guide: Wash Park, Cheesman Park, and City Park loops”

How to snowshoe with a baby

When getting out of the house to walk around the block feels complicated, getting back to (or starting) outdoor adventures with a new baby can feel downright impossible. After having my first kid, I was determined to rip off the Band-Aid and figure out outdoorsy adventures with a newborn baby in tow. Our Saturday snowshoeContinue reading “How to snowshoe with a baby”

Beginner Trail Guide: The Manitou Incline

The Manitou Incline, or just “The Incline” as it’s more commonly known, is one of the more famous (infamous?) trails in Colorado. But it’s really hard to find any information about it, and all the folklore about how steep and challenging it is can make it seem totally out of your league as a beginner.Continue reading “Beginner Trail Guide: The Manitou Incline”

Beginner’s guide to Yellowstone National Park

I can’t overstate just how enormous Yellowstone National Park is, which can make planning a trip a little intimidating. Things are so spread out that the park itself has full-service gas stations and grocery stores. There’s just SO much to see at this national icon. So how did we pick? I read American Wolf aContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to Yellowstone National Park”

Beginner’s guide to staying warm on winter runs

I got the urge to start running in mid-October. Within weeks of starting Project Become A Runner, winter arrived in Colorado. More recently, I decided to run my first half marathon in April…and start training right as the temperatures were dropping in November. Needless to say, I’ve been over (and under) dressing for winter runningContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to staying warm on winter runs”

Beginner’s Leaf Peeping Guide in Golden Gate Canyon

As an East Coast native, I wasn’t sure leaf peeping in Colorado could live up to the hype – after all, instead of an explosion of a billion different colors, you have “just” one color. Gold. But there’s something about the contrast of the golden aspens against the evergreens that is just stunning. And there’sContinue reading “Beginner’s Leaf Peeping Guide in Golden Gate Canyon”

What’s it like to pace or crew the Leadville 100 Ultramarathon?

Ultramarathon and beginner are two things that you may not think go together. While beginner runners certainly can’t stick with someone for 50 miles (the maximum length you can be a pacer runner at Leadville), there is absolutely a place for us at one of the most iconic trail races in the world. Even ifContinue reading “What’s it like to pace or crew the Leadville 100 Ultramarathon?”

Beginner’s Travel Guide: Three-Day Weekend in Moab, Utah

Moab is a popular destination for Denverites, Coloradans, and plenty of my other neighbors out west. If you haven’t made a road trip to this desert destination, put it on your list! The only challenge is deciding what sights to see (and resigning yourself to the fact that the town is way less cool thanContinue reading “Beginner’s Travel Guide: Three-Day Weekend in Moab, Utah”