When Will You Become Outdoor Intermediate?

I get this question a lot. I started this blog three years ago, and to some, it might make sense for me to want to move on from the beginner stage. To climb a 14er, or ski some blues, or to at least stop calling myself a beginner now that I know how to pitch…

Tone It Up Didn’t Work For Me

Let me begin with a quick disclaimer — I am in no way denouncing all the hot new fitness communities/tribes/etc. If they work for you and make you feel good, great! They didn’t do that for me. And I felt like I was the only one in the world that felt like shit about myself while…

What I Learned On A Weeklong Road Trip Around Colorado

As you may recall in this previous blog post, my boyfriend (spoiler alert: now fiancé) and I set out for a seven-day road trip this June. We were originally going to venture into eastern Utah, but once the forecast started at 102 and continued to climb to 111 degrees, we opted out and headed up…

All The Things I Never Knew I Needed

In an effort to de-stress and simplify my life,my knee-jerk reaction was to unfollow all the brands and magazines I was following on social. I wanted to get rid of the constant barrage of tweets and posts telling me to do X epic adventure instead of whatever lame one I may have planned (how my brain works), or…

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…

Back At It

Just like that, it’s been almost another month since I have gotten out to run…or really, walk/run. The first phase of my running recovery plan involves not so much running and more just walking, but I was eager to continue the road to recovery. My first walk/run didn’t go so well – walking 3 minutes…

The View From The Couch

I’ve realized it’s kind of challenging to blog about fun outdoorsy adventures when I’m currently working with this: 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…

Fitting In

An article in 5280 (magazine in Denver) caught my eye last week. Unfit: Being Overweight in America’s Slimmest State chronicled Rebecca Palcso’s struggle with being very unathletic in the sporty paradise that is Colorado. She moved to Colorado in an effort to motivate herself into being fit, which you may assume went like this: I moved…

Who Am I?

I’m a beginner, just like you. Until a few years ago, I never even owned a pair of hiking boots. I grew up in Maryland running around in the woods like a wild child, either on foot with my dog or on the back of a pony that I’m sure was wondering why the @#$* it…