Getting traction to survive winter running and hiking

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. First, my usual disclaimer about any expensive piece of outdoor gear. You don’t actually¬†need pricey gear to be outdoorsy or enjoy the outdoors. In Denver, you can stick…

Race Guide: NORAD Trail Race by Mad Moose Events

For my fellow beginner runners looking for a spring running goal, the NORAD four-mile trail race in Colorado Springs is a great one to aim for. I ran the four-mile race this past May to keep me motivated to stick with trail running after a lot of stops and starts. I toe a very fine…

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…

Gear Guide: Best beginner hydration pack for trail runners

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…