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.

Beginner’s Gear Guide: Best beginner hydration vest for trail running

You may be thinking to yourself, “but Laura, you can’t even run a 10k. Why would you need a hydration vest?” I already covered this. The short version is: because running is really hard and I like snacks. For reference, when I bought my first vest, I was run-hiking longer than a 5k in theContinue reading “Beginner’s Gear Guide: Best beginner hydration vest for trail running”

Beginner’s guide to running safely in the dark

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 mindlessly motoring around people have a much harder time seeing you. Fortunately, there are plenty of budget-friendly options for reflective gear toContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to running safely in the dark”

Gear Guide: The best reservoir to carry your water on the trail

Your first and most obvious option for hydration is a water bottle, but a reservoir lets you go hands-free and bring a lot more water with you, which is important if you’re going to be out on the trail for several hours. You do have to have a backpack to take advantage of the wonderfulContinue reading “Gear Guide: The best reservoir to carry your water on the trail”

The perfect beginner running shoes are probably waiting at Payless

My running shoes are starting to fall apart. There is a hole in the mesh over my pinky toe joint that is ever-increasing with each run I go on, stubbornly hanging on to my first pair of running shoes. They’ve been a great pair, carrying me to some of my most exciting running milestones –Continue reading “The perfect beginner running shoes are probably waiting at Payless”