Progress is in the Eye of the Beholder

I was ridiculously nervous before going on my last trail run, to the point that I was making myself nauseous. I hadn’t run whatsoever in a few weeks, and the last time I’d hit a trail was over a month ago. I was worried about running “well,” or slowing Billy down, or having to hike…

Nobody Else Notices That Beginner Habit You’re Worried About

As I ran down the paved rec path in Breckenridge a few weeks ago, I found myself suddenly extremely self-conscious of the fact that I was wearing a hydration vest. For the uninitiated, long-distance trail runners typically wear a little backpack/vest that they can store water and snacks in when they go do things like…

Gear Guide: Smartwool NTS Micro 150

Spring is here, and a breathable long-sleeve shirt is a must-have for chilly mornings that turn into blazing hot afternoons. My better half found the Smartwool NTS Micro 150 crew on clearance at REI, and its insane un-stinkability (scientific term) has made it a staple in our household. The NTS Micro 150 comes in a long-sleeved…

The Beginner’s Case For Trail Running

If you’ve just started out hiking you may be thinking, “Why run when I can walk?” Admittedly, I was in your camp not long ago. Until I started to lose that loving feeling for road running. All the groups I joined left me in the dust or met at totally unacceptable hours (6:30 a.m. on…

Staying Safe When It Gets Dark At 5 P.M.

Ok, it’s not getting dark at five…yet. But it is starting to get dark earlier and earlier each week, and as fall turns into winter, you’re much more likely to be running in the dark. For about $40, you can make sure cars (and scooters, and hipsters on bikes, and skater bros) won’t miss you when…

Trail Guide: Buffalo Park Loop in Flagstaff

Earlier this summer, I hit the road for a conservation conference and visited Arizona for the first time. Phoenix left a lot to be desired, considering it was just below 100 degrees when I arrived at 8:30 p.m., but I completely fell in love with Flagstaff. The town is super cool, the weather is gorgeous, and…

16 Things All Beginner Runners Know To Be True

After seeing this listicle on Women’s Health and understanding none of it, I thought I’d remix “16 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re A Runner”….for beginners. 1. You are no longer fazed by getting lapped by everyone at the park, including elderly dogs and small children. 2. The only gadget you own is the free version…

Race Guide: Denver’s Bronco 7k

**UPDATE FROM 2016 RACE** My friend Melissa ran the 2016 Broncos 7k, and it looks like race management really took last year’s issues to heart! Melissa shared this picture of the newly revamped finish line, which they managed to widen without damaging the turf. I can’t speak to the new course, but it also looks…

Jog A Dog at Denver Animal Shelter

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility if you fall in irreversible, head over heels love with any of the dogs you jog with. They are all up for adoption and I’m not liable for any severe cases of puppy love. Do you live in the Denver area? Do you have a mild to moderate obsession with…

Back At It

Just like that, it’s been almost another month since I have gotten out to run…or really, walk/run. The first phase of my running recovery plan involves not so much running and more just walking, but I was eager to continue the road to recovery. My first walk/run didn’t go so well – walking 3 minutes…

Fitting In

An article in 5280 (magazine in Denver) caught my eye last week. Unfit: Being Overweight in America’s Slimmest State chronicled Rebecca Palcso’s struggle with being very unathletic in the sporty paradise that is Colorado. She moved to Colorado in an effort to motivate herself into being fit, which you may assume went like this: I moved…