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Think Global, Run Local
City: Monument State: CO
Favorite Shoe: Asics Gel Size: 9
Age: 55.8 years old
Marital Status: Married
James Howald, husband
Jasper Dean Howald, growing, growing, growing son
What I do for work:
Partner Programs at Rocket Software
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Born in El Paso, TX, moved at 2 months, apparently needing a change
Lived in Tucson, AZ I'm told. Don't recall as I was only 2 months to 2 years old.
Lived the longest (so far) in California, all over the Los Angeles Basin. This is what I used to think of when I thought of "home."
Lived in Colorado (Woodmoor area up in Monument) since 1992. Moved here when my husband's job at HP was transferred to Atlanta. Didn't want to go there, found another job in Colorado which sounded nice because of all the nice Coloradoans I met who were living in California. I like the mountains, the open spaces (though they are filling quickly), the easier pace of life. I like where I live because of the pine trees all around. And, surprisingly for a California girl (you don't have to be born there to qualify), I kind of like the snow.
When I started running and what got me started:
I started running at 8.5yrs old and my Dad got me started. He had just read Ken Cooper's book Aerobics and decided to start running. He invited all 6 kids but eventually it dropped down to just him and me and then just me. I ran 9 miles on my 9th birthday. I've run one 50 miler but once I pass 50 years, my streak will end.
What does running mean to me:
Running is what I do--I love the feeling of a good run and even the feeling of accomplishment after a bad run. Running makes me feel strong and free.
What does running mean to me now that I cannot run like I used to due to bad knees? I'm still working that one out.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I have run ALL over L.A. getting to know it better in the last few years I lived there than in the previous 18 thanks to the L.A. Hash House Harriers. I have also run in Chile, Colombia and Japan with this, very welcoming, group.
I have run the L.A. Marathon twice, and one 50K race and one 50 miler (San Juan Trails 50 in the Cleveland National Forest in Southern California). I have crewed and paced on several 100 milers. I've run the Bay to Breakers 7.8 mile race so many times my T-shirt section of the closet has its own B2B area. And Jasper has been there every year of his existence--in 2006 he ran it himself for the first (but not the last) time.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
I *love* being on the trails and seeing, smelling and experiencing the great outdoors. In L.A. the contrast between the urban environs of my work and home and the nearby Santa Monica and Sierra Madre mountains was a real eye opener. People live their lives in an that area and NEVER know what is in their backyards. The first time I made it above tree-line on Pikes Peak I burst in to tears at the thought of kids in the inner city who might never see a sight like that. Maybe it was the altitude :-). I truly truly LOVE running as fast as I possibly can, downhill on a trail making split second decisions about the next footfall fully engaging mind and body. Uphill, not so much. Surprisingly when your knees go, uphill becomes more attractive than downhill. Well...that was surprising to me.
Favorite running trail and why:
In 2003, I had a truly transcendent run from Elk Park to Barr Camp. Wow. Then I had to run to the summit. Ow.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Marathon. It's about the only mountain race I do. Hate the uphill, love the downhill. A real feeling of accomplishment to do this. Well now Barr Trail Mountain race was a real nice thing in 2003. In 2006 I got a huge rush out of finishing my first ever Ascent in hail and lightning.
Best running experience:
A few years back, feeling very fit on a Pikes Peak training run, running downhill at full speed.
Worst running experience:
Training for SJT 50 a month or so before the race on a very hot day not long after I had been diagnosed with asthma. Running with friends, all of us had problems with the heat but I was near heat exhaustion. Overheated, unable to breathe well, I was stumbling down the trail with a friend having to grab the back of my shorts to prevent me stumbling off the edge. I stopped at each bush to get into the shade. It took 4 hours to get down a section of trail that should have taken 1 hour. Lucky I'd already turned in my race entry or I would have bailed.
Neatest thing found on a run:
Not sure this is what you meant but its a toss-up between seeing "American Cross-Bills" (on lower Barr) and seeing a whole herd of Bighorn sheep just off the trail just below A-frame. The latter by sheer luck as they were silently grazing and I happened to glance over. I stood there for over an hour to point them out to any passers by.
Running related bathroom stop story:
Took a sec, but I have a G rated one. One Incline club run up Rampart Range road on a very cold day last season. So cold the water froze in my Camelbak. And then...I had to pee. AND the disposable moist wipes I carry were frozen when I took them out. Nothin' left to say.
Okay and in 2003 there was the orange pee. Don't ask.
Running pet peeves:
People who throw their trash on the ground. Where I live I carry a grocery store plastic bag and wear glove to pick up the bottles, fast food bags, cigarettes and other fun stuff as I run. On the day of Pikes Peak Marathon where its OK to drop your cups ON the trail, a woman in front of me tossed her Gu package way off, into a bush. I objected and she didn't even acknowledge me.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I once rebuilt the engine on my 65 Ford Mustang.
Other hobbies and interests:
Birdwatching. Singing. Music in Spanish. Cooking.
Favorite person: Jasper. God I love that boy. I still love that boy. I will always love that boy. OK I admit I am also quite fond of his father.
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