Denver Trail Runners hit Elk Meadow

Last Sunday I finished off a solid week of training with a group run. I met the Denver Trail Runners group at the Elk Meadow park trailhead in Evergreen.

The snow was fresh and the sun was out! My legs were tired and my neck was still burnt from yesterday’s long run in Boulder. We started at 8am and I was the only one out of about 10 that wore shorts but, it warned up fast! We went up Bergen peak and did a solid 10 mile loop in the snow. It was a stunning bluebird day with excellent views from the top. We could see Pikes Peak all the way down by the springs perfectly.

I love meeting strangers on group runs who are just as into trail running as I am and at different stages of training or racing. The run groups in Colorado are always fun and relaxed as well as a great place to meet new friends.




Well, its been awhile. My last post was about moving back to NY from Colorado, family, a new job, and running.

I had an amazing time back home in Troy, spending time with family and getting to know my nephew,  catching up with old friends, working for Altra, being there for another nephew being born, and running some east coast trails as well as my first road marathon. I ended up almost embracing the roads and running a 3:30 marathon, the fast sea level running improved my speed on the trails in a big way.

While I enjoyed it very much, I knew right away that I needed to get back to Colorado and continue exploring and living the good life out west. So, around Christmas time, I moved back to Colorado, Lakewood to be exact. I am interviewing and looking for sales rep type  jobs in the running and outdoor industry. I loved working for Altra and talking about running and shoes all the time but, New England just wasn’t where I want to be. I have been exploring the front range trails while training for Collegiate Peaks 50 miler in May. I also just signed up for my first 100k which will be the Double Dirty Thirty in Silverton this September. So, its safe to say that I am in full on Ultra training mode and starting to soak up the miles.

I have been getting some great warm weather and dry trails around Denver, Morrison, Golden, and Boulder. I love Mt. Falcon, Matthews Winters, Mt Galbraith, North Table, the Flatirons. Last weekend I went down to Colorado Springs and ran from Manitou Sprungs up to Barr Camp, which is like halfway up Pikes Peak via the Incline, that was a solid long run, and the Barr trail downhill was EPIC.  I’ve been up into the mountains skiing and snowboarding a handful of times. I did my first uphill race on skis at Breck the other week and got a siccck powder day at Breck on my board on Wednesday. I have been having fun and feeling good, focusing on nutrition as well. I think I am getting my “mountain legs” back pretty quickly and hope to have an awesome second 50 miler come May.

Today was a long run day(pics above). My training plan called for 24miles but with the recent snow I knew I needed to just get out there for a couple hours and see how things went. I went up to Boulder and started from a ‘new to me’ trailhead, south boulder creek. Since I started around 11:30am, things were warming up and getting sloppy. I wore my Altra Lone Peak Polar Tech NeoShell, which normally do a good job of keeping my feet dry. I was out there for 4 hours and my feet were pretty dry for about the first hour. I made a big lollipop loop going up Shadow Canyon to Bear Peak then down Fern Canyon, using the Mesa Trail and some others to connect things. I absolutely love running around Boulder, the trails are so nice and you can just cruise around connecting things pretty easily.

I am very happy to be back in Colorado, still exploring new places and trails, as I follow my dreams and continue my career in the outdoor industry.



Life Update, Home, Mountains, Racing…


Its going on two months since I moved home to Troy, NY from Vail, CO. Most people will say, Why? Why would you ever move back to New York from Colorado? Well, Colorado will always be there and nothing is for good, my nephew will only be 2 years old for, well, a year! Whenever, someone says, “for good?” I say, “for now.” You never know where you will be a year from now, I never thought I would run like this and for 6 years of living in Colorado I never thought I would move home, but things change, and sometimes you need to take a break, or a step back to take a step forward. I do miss my girlfriend and brother who still live in Denver but, thats just a reason to work hard and plan a Colorado visit. I made it home just in time to see my baby sister graduate from Nursing school and couldn’t have been more proud and happy to see that. It has been nice for my dog Rooster, who has a yard and a friend to play with constantly. I have been eating well and doing things like going to the Movies with my mom and helping watch my nephew for my sister. I am really enjoying being home with Family and friends.


I also have this awesome new Job I am stoked about! I just started as the Altra Running New England Tech Rep. It has been a dream so far, working for my favorite running company talking about doing things things I am already very passionate about. I have been wearing Altra for over two years now and it has really helped with my running. I wore the Lone Peak 1.5 in the Vail Winter Uphill race then the Olympus in my first 50 Miler at Run Rabbit Run. It has been an amazing experience so far and I know the experience I am going to gain will be invaluable in my career. So far, I had the chance to spend a week in Utah, learning about shoes, fly fishing, and running around mountains with the founders and some other amazing like minded people. I will be traveling the Northeast educating retail shops and customers on the benefits of Altra along with hosting group demo runs and working races and events. 




I have run in three races and spent a few weekends and days running around the Adirondacks and Berkshires. My Dad and I ran an awesome 15 mile ‘lollypop’ loop around Mt. Greylock, Williams, Fitch, and Prospect with some cool sections of the AT trail the first weekend I was home. While living in Colorado and hiking 14ers I always said how different the landscapes were and how in some ways the Adirondacks were nicer because your actually hiking through forest with trees and water rather then being on a big pile of rocks above tree line sucking wind the whole time. I love the Adirondacks, i grew up hiking there and have a special connection with them. My grandparents had a house in North Creek and we spent a lot of time there with family, skiing in the winter and hanging out at the beach in summer. In the past few weeks I have hiked/run Whiteface with my friend from high school Vince and ran Marcy with my dad. I had such a great time on both. The ‘Dacks’ are a special place and its nice getting some quality time with my dad up there. Rooster my furry running buddy has been with me as usual. Its funny the looks and reactions you get from people while running in the high peaks. People worry about my dog but don’t realize he’s a mountain running beast coming from Colorado.

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Racing wise, when i first got home my dad and I did a Memorial day 15k in Lenox, MA which was a lot of fun. Lenox is a cool New England town, the trail scene was a little different at first but, I enjoyed a good lobster roll after the race.  My dad and I did the Great Adirondack Trail Run in Keene which sells out in 30 minutes. It was an incredible experience, running through muddy bogs up and over a mountain. Then this past weekend I ran in the Whiteface Sky Marathon which was indescribable. It was a true ‘Euro Style’ Mountain race. Tons of Vert and racing in the clouds. It was the type of race where after 5 miles in, you tell yourself “ok just finish this race and you will be able to look back and laugh at how crazy this was.” I thought about all the things I usually thing about when the going gets rough, people that have it way harder than me, and just putting one foot in front of the other.  I am having fun and doing pretty well with racing coming from living at Altitude for 6 years. At Whiteface i came in 29th overall in a competitive field. It took me 5:15 and was the most challenging race of my life, with 9,000ft+ of climbing in 20 miles with pouring rain and wind. It was the first race my Mom, sister, and nephew came to cheer me on and there was no way I was letting them down. I felt strong and inspired the entire race.




In October I will be running my first road Marathon at the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon, with my dad. I look forward to the challenge of running fast on a flat course. I am starting a  training plan tomorrow which is always fun for me. I have been working in some track workouts for the first time ever past few weeks. I see road racing as a way to get faster in Ultras and mountain races. It feels good to push myself on the roads at sea level too. I have a make shift cross-fit gym going in my garage but, don’t tell anyone.


So, its great to be home, for now. I am excited to hit the road for this new job with Altra! Keep running in the mountains, training hard and see where life takes me!

5/3/2015-Hiking Brush Creek/run in the rain

Last Sunday my girlfriend and I tried to check out the Fulford cave by Eagle, CO. We made it way out Brush Creek Road in the Sylvan Lake area too Yeoman campground where the road was closed. We ended up hiking around a little pond with the dog. It was a little snowy as its early season and that made for a little adventure with some post holing on the way back. It’s always fun checking out new places. It’s a beutiful campground outside of Eagle, CO. We had some Benderz Burgers after which is always awesome. 

       I have been trying to get back into steady training weeks running wise so to cap off the week I woke up from a nap to go run in the rain. It was storming out pretty good but I wore my Northface rain jacket and love running in the rain anyway. I was comfortable and mostly dry, listening to some good tunes as I ran around the empty streets and bike paths of Vail. It was peaceful and a nice end to the weekend. 

I am getting ready to move back home to NY next week. I am looking forward to being around family and starting a new career. I have had an amazing almost 6 years living in Colorado and it’s been life changing. I am looking forward to more running back east and seeing what the future holds.

5/2/2015-Denver Trails(watch out for Rattlers!!!)

Last weekend I went down to Denver on Saturday and scoped out some trails by Red Rocks for a few hours. I had my girlfriend drop Rooster and I off at the Matthews/Winters park trail head just before noon and it was pretty packed. I wasn’t used the Denver crowds but the trail was nice enough so I was complaining! We found a nice loop around the Red Rocks park with some nice hilly technical trails and great views of Red Rocks. I was trying out the new  Ultraspire Titan 2.0 and carrying my Sony a6000 camera. I did manage to fall pretty good once cutting up my knee and hip. My was a little dirty and my sunscreen exploded inside my bag but, it was all good and we kept on running. We went across the street attempting to check out the Dakota Ridge trail. This was also busy but had awesome views on both sides turned out to be some more amazing trail, right down in Denver! I was getting ready to come out another trailhead and maybe loop through red rocks but we came across a Rattle snake and turned around! We made it back to the trail head and hung out in the stream until our ride came. We got about 8 miles in and my Altra Paradigm felt awesome! I was using Vfuel gels and some Justin’s Almond Butter. 



Fun weekend of running. Shamrock Shuffle Snowshoe/Warm Berry Creek Scouting

Saturday I ran my second snowshoe race of the winter at the Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle 10k put on by the Vail Recreation District, sponsored by Icebreaker Vail and some other great brands and businesses. There was a fantastic dinner and open bar after with lots of great prizes. I took third overall and had fun. It was a though flat race with lots of post holing. I went out first chasing a kid in the 5k then was first to post hole and break trail on the only climb. My northern lites with neoprene booties worked great! 


Sunday I slept in then drove west till it was dry and 60 degrees. I checked out berry creek over in edwards with rooster. I love that climb and love my Altra lone peaks on some dirt! 

February 28, 2015 North Trail snowy loop to moose

Had a sick snowy run with the rooster the other day. I planned on just going out and back a section I usually only come down but ended end poopin the section for about 5 miles in 2 hours. There was a lot of knee and waist deep wallowing and post holing. I was wearing my Altra lone peak 2.0 with Darn Tough socks, Altra gaiters and run yak Traks. The gaiters and yaks failed, collecting snow underneath the gaiters and the yaks Velcro wouldn’t stay closed then I lost the left one while post holing around a moose. Oh yeah, we saw a moose. Coming to the top of the sandstone section behind where I live there was a big bill standing in the way munching on branches. He seemed like he didn’t want to move for us so we went around finding the trail downhill. It was a solid snowy adventure run in my backyard. I was using my sweet new Mio Alpha 2 trying to push it even though the snow was a little deep and I probably should of had snowshoes on. I had a Epic Liver bar along with some green tea and coconut oil for recovery after. 

March 2, 2015-short one out red sandstone road

Yesterday I was working at Peak Performance Footwear a running store in Edwards, CO. I got in a short run before as  I like to always get a run in before working at the running shop. I took rooster out red sandstone road just to the gate and sign on the way back to piney road. Even though I was only out for about 35 minutes and 4 miles it was such a nice run with great snow and views of Vail. Perfect way to clear my head before work. I also got some great pics. 

Splitboarding Meadow Mountian with Rooster

I took Rooster to Meadow Mountain to Splitboard today. He goes crazy as soon as he’s off the leash running around looking for sticks. When he finds a good one he drops it at my feet for me to throw. It was a snowy morning out there and we had a few inches of fresh pow. We were out there for almost 2 hours just taking in the beauty and enjoying the silence. I love how splitboarding is a great slow motion upper leg workout on the skin up. It feels good to get out there and move slowly on my days off from running. After I made a pile of eggs, sweet potato, zucchini, and avocado. 

It’s been dumping out all day in Vail and tomorrow is employee “first tracks” so I get on the lifts an hour before the public, should be good!