Road to Trails Project

I’m not sure when exactly it happened, but at some point in the last few years, I started being labeled as a “runner.” To be clear, I didn’t run competitively growing up, and I didn’t compete in college. In fact, for longer than I can remember, the idea of paying money to run - something I could do for free - seemed asinine.

But, a few years after graduating from college, I was on a work trip in San Francisco, and I had a couple hours to explore the city. The most efficient way to see San Francisco, I decided, was to run it. For whatever reason, I downloaded the Nike+ app before I left my hotel room, and when I got back from my run, I remember looking at my phone, surprised to see that I’d run 6 or 7 miles. I remember thinking to myself:

I wonder how fast I can go.

I wonder how far I can go.

In the years since that first run, I’ve experienced more than my fair share of highs and lows while wearing a pair of running shoes: from breaking my foot during my first marathon to completing a 50-mile trail race with my girlfriend; from hiding in a port-o-potty during a race to avoid hypothermia to qualifying and running in the Boston Marathon.

The goal of The Road to Trails project is to share a little bit about what I’ve learned along the way: from figuring out how to run your first 5k to building a training plan for your first 100km trail race, my goal is to put together a series of bite-sized posts that help you avoid some of the simple mishaps that I’ve run into (pun intended).

To see more on the Road to Trails Project, check out the content below: