Gear Guide: Best lightweight gloves

Winter is coming, and I may not watch Game of Thrones but I do know that chilly mornings are already in full-swing here in Colorado. The hunt for gloves is on. I bought the North Face Women’s Etip gloves about three years ago (on sale). They’ve been a great lightweight, all-purpose glove that I can…

Is there space for beginner runners in Leadville?

Like many other runners, I heard about Leadville from the classic running book Born to Run, with its tales of elite athletes and insane conditions and 100-mile races in the mountains. So when we showed up in town to pace a new friend at the Leadville Trail 100 in 2016, I was nervous (to say…

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: Best lightweight layer for spring and fall hiking

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…