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…

Beginner’s guide to microspikes for snowy hiking and running

Getting outside year-round is tough. It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s icy. I can’t fix daylight savings time or the thermometer, but I can help you with traction.

How I started waking up at 6 a.m. to run before work

A few years ago, I went on a health kick. I decided I was going to be “one of those people” who worked out every day before work. That was also the year I realized I may not be as much of a morning person as I once thought. For the sake of my relationship…

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…

Beginner’s guide to running safely after Daylight Savings ends

If you work a nine to five, chances are you’re running in the dark November through February thanks to the end of Daylights Savings Time. That means cars, scooters, skater bros, and other potentially mindlessly motoring around people have a much harder time seeing you in your dark winter clothes. Fortunately, there are plenty of…

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…