Colleen MacDonald

Colleen is an ultra runner, rock climber, a Mill City Race Team Ambassador and Huma-Being (AKA Huma Gel Ambassador). After living abroad for 7 years she is now chasing the fully mobile and location independent lifestyle and hopes to eventually land somewhere in Central Asia to run trails and have rad adventures.

  • Great post! To expand on 13: if you’re used running on the roads, don’t go all in on (super technical) trails right away. Ease into trails with one or two runs a week to let your body recover, you will be sore in new areas!

    I recently ran a long run on the trails, hopping back and forth over obstacles, taking sharp turns, sudden stops, and all that fun stuff made for a great run, but I was definitely more sore around my hips for a few days! Start with an easy paced, low to mid distance run and realize your pace per mile will likely drop but your effort will increase to make up for it! Enjoy and have fun!

  • Love this! I’ve been living in Denver for a year (today, exactly) and am starting to venture into those mountain trails, so I appreciate all this well-written, relate-able advice.

  • Cari

    one more to add: take out the headphones! When you’re on the trail, you need to be able to hear what’s going on around you, especially in the case of #12 🙂

    • frenat

      Yes! Personally I never run with headphones. It’s such a great time to be with your own thoughts.