No commands, rules, or directives here. Just a gentle nudge towards something truly lovely.
Maybe you should start writing a little something about your run, too
Sure, maybe you get a leg cramp. But you could also get struck by an asteroid.
An argument in favor of catching sunrises, running errands, and talking with your friends face-to-face
We let dogs out to run. We should do the same for ourselves.
Meditations on radical incrementalism for the adventurer
Is it insomnia, or is it a tireless love for being awake?
If not now, when?
Surely you’ve tried champagne flutes before?
From easy cheese to mountain metaphors
Or: what to do when arguing with strangers
“I have shin splints,” “All of my running socks are dirty,” “I just ate a full rack of ribs and drank six Budweisers”
How much could you get done in a day if you were also trying to cram in a one mile run every hour on the hour?
A life lesson I learned on a river trip
The loss of a big toenail sent Outside columnist Brendan Leonard into an existential crisis—but maybe not for the reason you think
For 38 months, Rowlf brought love, slow meandering walks, and dog ice cream cones into writer Brendan Leonard's life. And now Rowlf is gone.
Ice cream? Before a run? Yes, please.
Anyone can show symptoms of Male Answer Syndrome, but let’s face it—it’s an affliction commonly found in dudes
A squeeze of honey, a squirt of ketchup, and other non-solids you can toss down your gullet if you so choose
I am pretty sure no runner who has consistently won races approaches their training in this way
Missoula, Montana’s M Trail is many things. But mostly it’s just steep.
Reflections on getting just a little bit older
Outside columnist Brendan Leonard investigates his relationship to nostalgia, happiness, and type-two fun
Time to shred
If not now, when?
38 quotes that we interpret for our own needs
A comprehensive guide, in chart form
Getting heckled by construction workers and definitely not crying: a New York City Marathon retrospective
Why do I feel so, I don’t know, not that great after I spend a few minutes scrolling through social media?
An overexplained “recipe” for my favorite endurance fuel
In the words of Brendan Leonard: “I did perhaps underestimate it a tiny bit”
Doesn’t your dog deserve the best?
Narrator: The summit was not just ahead
“Is it your interpretation that I am taking you for your walk, or would you say that you are taking me for my walk?”
Can I cut switchbacks? What about smoking on the trail? And what do I do with all those rocks?
A far-from-comprehensive list
An exceedingly unuseful guide
There you are, at the bottom of a hill, on foot, or on your bike, or on skis, ready to start up. But are you really ready? Here are a few strategies you might consider. 1. Choosing More Pain for Less Time by Going Faster over Less Pain for More…
Do you jog around the block at the end of a run so your mileage equals a nice round number?
The weather is perfect. You get to do everything on your list. No one gets food poisoning or giardia or blisters.
And some other ideas
A nonexhaustive list
Seven reasons from Brendan Leonard’s new book ‘I Hate Running and You Can Too’
Totally normal ways to keep the conversation moving
An ode to doing what you love
You have some options beyond that perfectly formulated post-workout beverage
A poem to remind you to stay safe out there
If not now, when?
Because it's make-a-year-end-list season
An illustrated guide that no one ever asked for
Every mountaineer knows that getting to the summit isn't a requirement, but it sure is sweet if you do
Paddling across a lake where a river used to be
The majority of my favorite days have been on trails that wouldn't make anyone's list
You can tell a lot about a person by the bike they ride
A tale about two-wheeled island hopping in the midnight sun
The new American Alpine Club CEO talks about his background, living the #vanlife before it was cool, and his goals for the organization
Should all your training be hard? Do you need to stretch? We've got answers.
An off-trail adventure through perhaps the prettiest chunk of the lower 48
The knife edge of Switzerland's Hardergrat is 16 miles long with more than 10,000 feet of vertical gain
From pizza to ultramarathons, what's the best way to chill out?
In praise of sand in your eyeballs, no cell service, and pooping in a box
"The time is always right to do what is right"
Zion was either going to relight my fire or be my last big rock adventure for a while. I didn’t know which.
If you've been thinking about adopting a pet, you've probably asked yourself: Would I like having a dog around the house, or would I rather have a grizzly bear? Here's a handy chart to help you decide.
The joy of being a masochistic oddball
My DIY exposure therapy didn't work
A handful of classic reads whose titles might capture some of your feelings of these past few weeks
It's a ways down the list, obviously, compared to people doing actual lifesaving stuff
A lesson in perspective
With 43,000 feet of elevation gain, 91 miles above 10,000 feet, and 63 summits, the route is not to be taken lightly. Brendan Leonard recounts one of his favorite adventures from the past decade.
What I learned from a bicycle crash when I was seven years old
Because you always need hot sauce
No one can stop you from skiing in jeans. And really, doing lots of other things in jeans.
An ode to traveling slow on two wheels and burning just enough calories each day to eat a large pizza each evening
I mean, friends are great, but are they better than things like nachos or not getting mauled by a wild animal? That's up to you.
I was an irresponsible person who was good at getting in trouble. I asked Dave for help, and he made a bet on me: his car. In order for him to keep his car, I had to change.
Sixty percent of the time, the forecast is right every time
Helpful advice, like "break your fall with your elbows, tailbone, kneecaps, or face"