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…

How to beat treadmill dreadmill feelings

You may not like this. I don’t have a quick-fix or six things you can do to stop hating the treadmill. That’s because I’ve tried all of them. I don’t do my best thinking in motion, so “solving the day’s problems” was not going to happen while plodding away. No matter how riveting a podcast…

Five ways for beginners to survive winter running

Staying motivated to keep running in the winter is hard. Here’s my (semi-serious) advice from one beginner runner to another. 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…

Beginner’s guide to running alone when you’re a woman

Thanks to Daylight Savings Time, I spend most of my Tuesday morning in the dark. So I stopped going through the park. I changed my route to not go down an alley. I run a slightly different route each time I go out. Just to be safe. Just in case. It’s a feeling any woman…