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Sorry in advance for the less-than-stellar quality of these photos. They were taken with my phone in the (mostly) dark. But I thought this was too cool not to share.

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Last year, Denver’s Botanic Gardens were invaded by the whimsical glass sculptures of artist Dale Chihuly. Exploring botanic gardens is one of my favorite things to begin with, but I love when two of my passions (art + the outdoors) can co-habitate so well together. I still have vivid memories of a summer at the Chicago Botanic Gardens when a sculpture artist installed these giant insect sculptures in different areas of the park. Chihuly’s exhibition far exceeded that one (for a few reasons, including the fact that except for maybe a ladybug, giant insects can be a little intimidating). It seemed like his sculptures sprung up organically amidst the ponds + plants, almost as if they were alive as well.

Nature is one of my biggest sources of artistic inspiration; the patterns + lines + colors are practically endless in their diversity. Seeing an artist actually bring that inspiration to fruition in such a dreamlike way was tremendously motivating for me, and it only became dreamier as the last beams of daylight disappeared behind the horizon. Never mind that I could hardly see the trails or that I was in heels from a dinner event I attended in the garden’s  (and heels on gravel are a nightmare). The risk was definitely worth the reward.

Have you discovered any new artists recently? Or visited your city’s botanic gardens? I’d love to hear about them – and then I may need to come visit!

My latest video project for Matador Network really stretched me creatively as well as strategically, but I’m so happy with the results.

If you ever get a project put in front of you that gives you butterflies as well as kind of freaks you out because you’re not sure you can pull it off…say yes.

This is one of my favorite projects to date + I have learned so many things working on it, that I can’t imagine having not pushed myself to do it. Here’s to saying yes to big awesome things!

P.S. Tomorrow I’m sending out another Postcard from Evergreen Lane, where I’ll be sharing some behind-the-scenes details from the making of this video – so get on the list below!

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Colorado never ceases to amaze me (at least it hasn’t yet in the almost seven years I’ve been here). For example, you can drive 30 minutes from the city and swap cycling commuters for bighorn sheep as your trail companions. This is a fantastic swap, like getting someone in third grade to give you their Cheetos for your carrot sticks.

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So what do you do if you have a super short visit to Denver + you can’t make it up I-70 all the way into the mountains? You should MAKE time, but that’s another argument for another day. In the meantime, go on this hike. Get your nature on without sacrificing being able to make it back to civilization for happy hour. This is how you win at life (you’re welcome).

And if you don’t care about making it back for happy hour (or anything else for that matter), you can actually hike 500 miles all the way to Durango on the Colorado Trail, which starts here at Waterton Canyon. I hiked another portion of the Colorado trail when I summited Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest fourteener.

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I’m getting so excited for this new hiking season – there is still a lot of snow up in the high country at this point, but my mind is on all those summer adventures. Afternoons in the sun with the mountain breeze at your back + views for days. Evenings making s’mores, staring up at the stars + waking up smelling like campfire. Time seems to move more slowly in these warm months, + seeing as the year is almost halfway over already, I’m ready for that. You blink on New Year’s + suddenly it’s Memorial Day!

I like to make a seasonal bucket list so that I get as much into these long days as possible, and it seems like it’s about that time. Do you have big plans for the summer?

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Heyyy throwback Thursday! While I’m head over heels for spring at the moment (if you follow me on Instagram, you know this) but today we’re going to talk about fall. More specifically, the half marathon I ran last October, arguably the best time of year to be in Colorado. It had been a while since I’d trained for a race + I got the itch hardcore last summer, so I talked my super awesome + equally crazy friend into running one half of the Durango Double with me.

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I ran the road half marathon segment of the Durango Double, which features a trail half on Saturday followed by a Sunday road half.

This course was perfection. I can’t even put into words how perfect it was (though these photos do a pretty good job), except to say that my final time was a personal record by 15 minutes. FIFTEEN MINUTES. And my last official half marathon was in St. Louis at 465 ft above sea level. Compared to Durango’s 6512 ft. This, ladies + gentlemen, is nothing short of a miracle. If you run at all, you know.

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Plus, they give you a pint glass + free beer at the finish line, so who can complain about that? And to continue the miracle that was the Durango Double for me, I now give you the best official race photo of all time:

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(Photo cred to Brashear Photo)

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No one looks that put together while running a half marathon. I swear I didn’t in real life – and yet there I am looking all cool + collected while I casually PR by fifteen minutes. Oh, Durango Double, how I love thee. You make a girl look good.

 A few tips if you’re traveling to a race this season:

1. Compression socks are your best friend – wear them under your travel clothes when you’re on the way home from your race + they will do wonders. We had a 6+ hour drive after our race and I don’t think I could have walked the next day without my compression socks.

2. As tempting as it will be when you’re in a new city, be very careful what you eat the night before your race! I was lured by a delicious pasta + felt super unhappy about my life choice two miles into my race. TMI? I’m just trying to save you all my pain, people. I know you love traveling as much as I do + exploring new places to eat is one of my favorite parts, but for the love of your digestive system, wait until after your race.

3. Bring layers for running! You never know what the weather will do – our race was beautifully sunny with a random patch of snow smack-dab in the middle. Yes, it’s annoying. Yes, you won’t be packing light (and I am usually a big advocate for that). But spring + fall are both fickle seasons, so don’t take chances. Unless you like to live on the edge, you risk-taker, you.

Are you a runnerd like me using a destination race as an excuse to get in a little travel? No spring races are in the calendar for me, but I’ve already decided that I’ll be running the road section of the Durango Double again this fall + I already can’t wait.

In March I had the great honor of working on a very different kind of project – capturing a few of my great friends DJing at the South Beach House Sessions, an event during the annual Winter Music Conference in Miami. It was an absolute blast (and so hard to keep from dancing while I was filming!) + I’m stoked to be able to share it with you today. I am so inspired by the passion, energy + integrity of these guys + it’s awesome to be able to support them.

Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s get our dance on.