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’t…

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) dressing…

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 if…

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 was…

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 at…

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 with…

The fitness app that helped me get back on the wagon

In August, I hit a major personal milestone in running…and then promptly stopped running altogether. I helped a friend finish their first-ever Leadville 100 by pacing (running and hiking with) them for 12 miles of the race. It was hilly, it was dark, it was hard. I was in the worst shape of anyone after the…

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 a…