Gear Guide: North Face Women’s Etip 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…

Gear Guide: Camelbak Hydration Pack

You may be thinking to yourself, “but Laura, you can’t even run a 10k. Why would you need a hydration pack?” I already covered this last week. The short version is: because running is really hard and I like snacks. I see a lot of runners, including my fiance, rocking Ultimate Direction packs. I tried…

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: Smartwool NTS Micro 150

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…

Trail Guide: Winter Hiking at Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Winter means most Coloradans are headed to the mountains to strap on skis. If you’re still in the mood for outdoor recreation but don’t want the 4 a.m. wake-up call that comes with a mountain trip, head east instead of west to Paint Mines Interpretive Park. How Do I Get There? Paint Mines is a…

Trail Guide: Matthews Winters Park

Less than an hour from Denver? Check. Beginner-friendly trails with a view? Double check. Like many of the parks in the Jeffco (Jefferson County) Open Space system, Matthews Winters makes it wonderfully beginner-friendly to get outdoors. It’s great to hike, bike, or run (why you should consider trail running) without sacrificing views or an entire…