10. Muddy shoes.
9. No shame in spittin’ raps out loud (white girl style) because there’s no one else around. Except for that one time…but they probably thought I was crazy anyway.
8. You may end up having deer or elk as running partners…or living, breathing, potentially aggressive road blocks.
7. It’s cheaper than therapy and instead of consuming calories, you’re burning them. Double win.
6. Because you’re trying to avoid spraining your knee or twisting your ankle, you’re working individual muscles in your legs more than usual. This means sexy legs. Who doesn’t like having (or looking at) sexy legs?
5. Fresh. Air.
4. It’s an ego boost to run past those lazy people who are just plain walking up the hill.
3. What goes up must come down, which means increasing momentum and pumping all sorts of adrenaline. Which feels bad ass with a side of Ironman. Which also means hearing your mother’s voice: “Slow down, Taylor. Right. Now. I mean it.”
2. No cars, no pavement, no unwanted noise, no people to impress but yourself.
1. Why not?
Get going! Try some of my favorites:
Mt. Sanitas, Boulder, CO. A small network of trails, so pick your poison.
Red Rock Trail, Boulder, CO. Great view of the Flatirons and Boulder; pretty easy.
Marshall Mesa, outside Boulder, CO. Longer distances to pick from. Less crowded than anywhere else in Boulder.
Elk Meadow, Evergreen, CO. Elk, elk, and elk. And views.
Tips for first timers:
-Wear running shoes and athletic socks, and take a jacket. You’ll be climbing in elevation, so take water if you’ll need it. Use your common sense, and be prepared for weather changes.
-Take your cell phone, just in case something happens to you. But put it on silent and don’t check it until you’re back in the car.
-It’s okay to stop and walk up a hill if you’re dying, just don’t make it a habit. Keep pushing yourself! The more you do, the better you’ll be and the more you’ll love it.
-When you do encounter wildlife, start walking so as not to alarm them, and don’t get too close.
-Dig your toes into the hill when you’re running up; it helps your momentum.
-Always announce your presence if you’re passing people, and be polite.
-Remember trail etiquette and pay attention when around other hikers.
-Have fun and try hard. That’s what it’s all about.