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Mile 97 at the 2010 Western States 100 with Jenn Shelton pacing me. Photo: Luis Escobar
City: Boulder State: CO
Favorite Shoe: New Balance MT110 Size: 10.5
Age: 34 years old
What I do for work:
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
I grew up on my family's farm outside of Niobrara, NE. Since then I have lived in Colorado Springs (for ~7 years, part of which was spent attending Colorado College); Bozeman, MT; Ashland, OR; Leadville, CO; and have been living in Boulder, CO since 2009.
Every place I've lived has had (not coincidentally) outstanding access to trails and mountains, but Boulder is maybe the closest place I've found with the total lifestyle package for me: it has instant access to significant vertical and world-class scrambling, cragging, and multi-pitch climbing right out my back door; the town itself is a nice size of not too small, not too large and has innumerable cultural offerings from music shows to lectures to book stores and coffee shops, etc.; the Indian Peaks and Rocky Mt Nat'l Park both offer world-class technical alpine terrain and are <1hr drive away; it is a very bike-friendly place to get around.
When I started running and what got me started:
I started in the 6th grade when I was 11. I had competed in the Presidential Fitness Test where we had to run a timed mile and I decided to train for it that year by running a mile every day. I've just never stopped.
What does running mean to me:
A means of moving quickly and efficiently in the mountains.
Various trail/ultra wins and a few course records along the way.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
Daily opportunity to tap into a primal connectedness and feel integrated with the world.
Favorite running trail and why:
Hmmmm. I think I have two favorite "runs", not trails per se, both in the greater Boulder area.
1) Flatiron Quinfecta+Green Mt. Scramble all five numbered Flatirons, then charge to the summit of Green before running back down to Chautauqua. Perfect 2h30 outing with nearly 6k' vert and close to a vertical mile of low-5th Class scrambling.
2) Kieners Route on Longs Peak in the summer. This run has a bit of everything: trail down below treeline, talus and boulder-hopping around Chasm Lake, a couple thousand feet of scrambling, radical exposure, a permanent snowfield, and a 14er summit. It doesn't get much better.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I don't really have just one, but both times that I've run the White River 50 near Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park in Washington I have been impressed by the quality of the course: two big ~3500' climbs, buttery soft singletrack, and astounding views from high ridges.
Best running experience:
Any day that I can get out in the mountains injury-free.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I have Bachelor degrees in Physics, Philosophy and Geology.
Other hobbies and interests:
Writing. Ideas. Mountaineering, climbing.
Training: Don't worry too much about a plan--keep it simple and minimize anything that distracts from the actual doing. Investigate what it is you love about running and then do it--A LOT.
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