Beginner’s Trail Guide: Easy Trails in Leadville, Colorado

Leadville, Colorado is an awesome escape from the summer heat. But 10,000 feet of elevation makes hiking and trail running a LOT more difficult, particularly if you’re trudging up the side of a mountain. I used to think the only beginner-friendly options were simply running around town (which is honestly still quite hilly). That is,Continue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Easy Trails in Leadville, Colorado”

What to bring trail running when you’re just starting out

I had a complex for a long time that I wasn’t running far enough to justify packing a backpack when I went trail running. Eventually, I realized I was getting really thirsty and hungry and I just stopped caring. If you find yourself wanting to bring a hydration vest or pack along with you, don’tContinue reading “What to bring trail running when you’re just starting out”

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”

Surviving Winter: Gear Up For Cold Weather Running

I got the urge to start running in mid-October, which was a pretty poor choice on my part. 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 around Thanksgiving. Needless to say, I’ve been over (and under) dressingContinue reading “Surviving Winter: Gear Up For Cold Weather Running”

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 Race Guide: Desert RATS Trail Half Marathon

So. How’d my first half marathon go? Let me back up a little bit. The second half of my training had a lot of ups and downs. Three weeks before the half marathon, I was working toward “peak week” with my highest mileage run and feeling really strong. But then I found out I wasContinue reading “Beginner Race Guide: Desert RATS Trail Half Marathon”

How I trained for my first half marathon: The Halfway Report

For a long time, I’ve said that “one day” I might run a half marathon. This year, I decided that “one day” needed to get scheduled. I signed up for a half marathon on April 15, giving myself a full 20 weeks to train (most plans are between 10 and 16 weeks). I’m officially atContinue reading “How I trained for my first half marathon: The Halfway Report”

Gift guide for the injured runners in your life

It can be difficult to find a gift that strikes the balance between, “This will be helpful to you in your athletic endeavors” and, “Remember how you can’t run right now? Because I’ve just given you a gift for running? Which you can’t do right now. Because you’re injured.” But rest and recovery come withContinue reading “Gift guide for the injured runners in your life”

Beginner’s Race Guide: Colfax Marathon Relay Race

So your coworkers have peer-pressured you into running the Colfax Marathon Relay. Don’t worry! I was in your shoes. You’ll have a great time, I promise. Between my aversion to paying a bunch of money to run somewhere I already go all the time and the fact that the Colfax Marathon Relay didn’t have aContinue reading “Beginner’s Race Guide: Colfax Marathon Relay Race”