Club Member Since 5/27/2003
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With this hat and sunglasses, I am going 'incognito'.
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: Whatever fits
Age: 71.7 years old
Marital Status: Married
My son John lives in Seattle with his wife Carol and my granddaughter Nora.
What I do for work:
I was an IBM assembler language programmer doing software development until I retired on July 1, 2011.
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Florida, and Colorado. The weather here is the best yet and the running trails are great.
When I started running and what got me started:
I started running when I married Darrell in 1975. We used to go to the track and run/walk around and around. We were a couple of the founding members of a running group in Springfield, Missouri when we lived there (Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners) around 1977.
What does running mean to me:
Running is the best way to get the most exercise in the least amount of time.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I ran the St. Louis Marathon in 1984 and 1989 and the Pikes Peak Ascent in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Weather prevented me from finishing the Ascent in 2004, 2005 and 2008, but I managed to make it back down from around A-Frame each time with no trouble. I trained for the Ascent in 2010, 2011 and 2012, but due to different circumstances, did not run or finish the race in those years. We will see how the training goes for 2013.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
Trail running is more interesting than running on the roads, so I find that I can run farther (or for a longer time) and still enjoy myself. Road running is harder on the body.
Favorite running trail and why:
I run in the Garden of the Gods most days, and I enjoy all the trails there.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Ascent, of course; there is no downhill to speak of. I am not fast on the downhill sections, so running the Pikes Peak Marathon or the Barr Trail Mountain Race can be difficult for me.
Best running experience:
Finishing my first marathon in St. Louis in 1984. I had a plan, stuck with the plan in training and stuck with the plan during the race.
Worst running experience:
Running the St. Louis Marathon in 1989. I went out too fast and suffered during the last part of the race.
Neatest thing found on a run:
Darrell's leather work glove - he had lost it the week before when we were doing volunteer work on Barr Trail.
Other hobbies and interests:
I am a weaver. I make rugs, towels, blankets, etc. as well as baskets.
It is great to run with the Incline Club members who encourage the old and slow as well as the not so old and not so slow.
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