Colorado Mountain Running & Living

Sarah Lavender Smith
training tips & midlife musings from trail-running coach Sarah Lavender Smith
Created 28 Sep 2021
  • Hardrock's Draw
    08 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 2 15
    Subscribe now I did not get into the Hardrock 100 for 2022, but I’m not surprised. I had 16 tickets in the lottery pool, accumulated from four years of not gaining entrance, and given the demand of 1,...
  • Time to Play
    01 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 3 3
    Subscribe now Last Friday, I flew home from vacation after five days of relaxing and playing with my family on the island of Hawaii. As we drove home from the Montrose airport, I pondered the contrast...
  • November Subscriber Meetup Recap
    29 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hello subscribers, I hope you had a Thanksgiving full of gratitude and good times, perhaps a Turkey Trot or solo fun run, and that you enjoyed some pie. I spent the final hours of a five-day Hawaii va...
  • Please, Enjoy Some Pie
    24 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 2
    As a coach, I broach the controversial topic of nutrition with my clients to guide them on fueling to support their training. I’m raising that topic here because Thanksgiving and other holidays are ti...
  • A Day Well Spent
    17 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 2
    Subscribe now What makes running fun? Friends often say, “have fun” when you go to race, as I did last weekend. “Fun” is different than satisfying. Generally, running brings satisfaction—the feeling o...
  • Bonus Content and November Zoom
    12 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 2
    Hello paid subscribers, I’d like to welcome a new paid subscriber, Jennifer Mann, and spotlight something she did recently: She logged 80 miles in a 24-hour endurance event (the Madness in Moab over H...
  • Then and Now
    10 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 5
    I met a friend for a trail run last weekend whom I hadn’t seen since she had her first baby six months ago. I drove to the Thunder Trails near Norwood, on the west end of San Miguel County, and ran an...
  • 7 Questions for Maggie Guterl
    03 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    In addition to sharing my stories, I’ll periodically use this space to spotlight some favorite Colorado runners who are doing interesting and inspiring things. Today, it’s Maggie Guterl. When I crosse...
  • Recap of October meetup
    01 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hello friends, We had our first Zoom last Thursday, and I’m writing to share some of the points covered. Thanks to Cristal, Dave, Amy, Claudia & Chris for joining the call. Several others couldn’t mak...
  • Colorado vs. California Running
    27 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 2
    Last weekend, family commitments prompted me to return to California. I ran three times along the beach path between Venice and Santa Monica, and the experience reinvigorated my running and made my ra...
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