Beginner’s Trail Guide: Easy Trails in Leadville, Colorado

Leadville, Colorado is an awesome escape from the summer heat. But 10,000 feet of elevation makes hiking and trail running a LOT more difficult, particularly if you’re trudging up the side of a mountain. I used to think the only beginner-friendly options were simply running around town (which is honestly still quite hilly). That is,Continue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Easy Trails in Leadville, Colorado”

What to bring trail running when you’re just starting out

I had a complex for a long time that I wasn’t running far enough to justify packing a backpack when I went trail running. Eventually, I realized I was getting really thirsty and hungry and I just stopped caring. If you find yourself wanting to bring a hydration vest or pack along with you, don’tContinue reading “What to bring trail running when you’re just starting out”

Beginner Trail Guide: The Manitou Incline

The Manitou Incline, or just “The Incline” as it’s more commonly known, is one of the more famous (infamous?) trails in Colorado. But it’s really hard to find any information about it, and all the folklore about how steep and challenging it is can make it seem totally out of your league as a beginner.Continue reading “Beginner Trail Guide: The Manitou Incline”

Beginner’s guide to staying warm on winter runs

I got the urge to start running in mid-October. Within weeks of starting Project Become A Runner, winter arrived in Colorado. More recently, I decided to run my first half marathon in April…and start training right as the temperatures were dropping in November. Needless to say, I’ve been over (and under) dressing for winter runningContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to staying warm on winter runs”

How to beat treadmill dreadmill feelings

You may not like this. I don’t have a quick-fix or six things you can do to stop hating the treadmill. That’s because I’ve tried all of them. I don’t do my best thinking in motion, so “solving the day’s problems” was not going to happen while plodding away. No matter how riveting a podcastContinue reading “How to beat treadmill dreadmill feelings”

Five ways for beginners to survive winter running

I got the bright idea to run my first 5k right as winter was arriving in Denver. A few years later, I signed up for my first half marathon in April and realized I had to start training at the beginning of December. Needless to say, I’ve had a little experience with how to stayContinue reading “Five ways for beginners to survive winter running”

Beginner’s 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.

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 sayContinue reading “Is there space for beginner runners in Leadville?”

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”