You missed the point of this blog.

When people have talked to me lately about Outdoor Beginner, I’ve noticed more and more often they say some variation of “I love your blog, but I could never do that.” Or, “I’ll never be at your level” or, “what you do is so far beyond me.” And if you think that, you’ve missed theContinue reading “You missed the point of this blog.”

What it’s like to volunteer on a trail building project (and why it’s important)

One summer, my previous day job took me on a trip to build some trail. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) helps fund a ton of trail projects, but this was the first time many of us had gone out to actually build one ourselves. We were paired up with a crew from Mile High Youth Corps, andContinue reading “What it’s like to volunteer on a trail building project (and why it’s important)”

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 hikeContinue reading “Progress is in the eye of the beholder (or your running app)”

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 milesContinue reading “Nobody else notices that beginner habit you’re worried about”