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…

Beginner’s guide to running safely after Daylight Savings strikes

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,…

16 things all beginner runners know to be true

After seeing this listicle on Women’s Health and understanding none of it, I thought I’d remix “16 Things You’ll Only Understand If You’re A Runner”….for beginners. 1. You are no longer fazed by getting lapped by everyone at the park, including elderly dogs and small children. 2. The only gadget you own is the free version…

Jog A Dog at Denver Animal Shelter

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility if you fall in irreversible, head over heels love with any of the dogs you jog with. They are all up for adoption and I’m not liable for any severe cases of puppy love. Do you live in the Denver area? Do you have a mild to moderate obsession with…

How to deal with your running injury

I’ve been dealing with tendonitis for four months, but admittedly haven’t been a very good patient for most of that time. Since January, I have buckled down, put on a boot, and took a break from any and all potentially cardiovascular exercise. This means no hiking, no running, no horseback riding, NOTHING. Staying positive hasn’t…

Surviving Winter: Gear Up For Cold Weather Running

I got the urge to begin 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. This is my beginner-friendly guide to not freezing your ass off (completely) as a winter runner. If you buy one thing, buy a good base…

The best socks to wear hiking and running

For a long time, I lived life completely unaware of the glorious world of sock options. I thought that white cotton ankle socks were as good as it got. But during my first-ever trip to REI, I was informed in no uncertain terms that cotton socks were not going to cut it. Cotton doesn’t wick…