Club Member Since 1/9/2015
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: Saucony Peregrine Size: 12
Age: 43.5 years old
Marital Status: Not
Sophie Girl. Black and tan, border collie/Aussie mix and about the cutest, fluffiest damn puppy dog around.
What I do for work:
Sustainable energy financial and technical consulting. Economic research and analysis. Habit forming and goal attainment coaching. And I have a small moving company. My motto is, diversify your revenue streams!!
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Philly, Boston, Norfolk, Orlando, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Denver, Breckenridge.
After much searching, and a three month cross country road trip to find they place I would call home, I found the Springs, given my preferences and all the variables accounted for, to be the best place in the country for me. It's pretty spectacular.
When I started running and what got me started:
When I was about 18 I was in a stupid intense academic program in the Navy and I would run 30 minutes a day to burn off stress. It has been a love affair since. And somehow that 30 minutes has turned into up to 12 hours, at times. I am interested to see where it peaks out at.
What does running mean to me:
It means clarity. It means exploration. It means working on my conviction, discipline, and persistence. It means beating myself down to a point where everything becomes so clear, so simple, just bliss.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
New York Marathon (30th Birthday)
Pikes Peak Marathon
40-miler on my 40th birthday, running from my house to the top of pikes peak and back.
Four-pass Loop, Maroon Bells
Amazing trails all over the country which I never would have come across without having the need to find a place to run.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
That moment when I stop and the overwhelming silence and splendor of nature penetrates your soul. Man I love that!
Favorite running trail and why:
Laural Highlands Trail, Ohiopyle, PA. It is just a spectacular rolling trail. Techinical, but not too technical. Rolling, but good grades. Complete solitude.
Locally, I love the Palmer Loop. It amazes me everytime I stand on the ridge and look out upon nothing but trees that I am currently standing in a city of 450,000 people. Simply gorgeous.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Barr Trail Mountain Race. Great distance, great people, great scenery, great trail, great size.
Best running experience:
Tears streaming down my face above treeline on Pikes Peak as I did my 40th birthday run, completely overwhelmed with awe, humility, and gratitude.
Worst running experience:
Leadville Marathon. It just kind of sucked. Vastly preferred Pikes Peak.
Neatest thing found on a run:
A handkerchief I found in the Blood Mountain Wilderness area in Georgia that has become a valued companion on long runs since I found it.
Running related bathroom stop story:
The first time. Simple run through bear creek. I've had pressure before, but never anything that couldn't be held. It was hard realizing and accepting that there was no holding this.
Running pet peeves:
Mountain Bikers with no courtesy. Runners who are way too serious about themselves to acknowledge the existence of others.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I have a mad crush on Tori Amos.
Other hobbies and interests:
Kayaking, reading, learning, working on my never ending project of a house, anything involving nature, using my jeep as a mobile home on adventures with the Sophie.
Goal: I want to get a Ultra started in the Springs.
Favorite Books: East of Eden; Catch-22; Guns, Germs, and Steel; The Moral Animal; A Brave New World; Running and Being (I could go on for a while)
Movies: Amadeus; Hero; Fight Club; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Megamind (it's pretty awesome); just about any Leslie Nelson movie.
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