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…

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 (or your running app)

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. Long-distance trail runners typically wear a little backpack/vest that they can store water and snacks in when they go do things like run 20 miles…

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.

If you work a nine to five, chances are you’re running in the dark November through February (at least). For about $40, you can make sure cars (and scooters, and hipsters on bikes, and skater bros) won’t miss you when you’re out crushing it. You’ll get the most bang for your buck with a reflective vest,…