John Riley

Club Member Since 3/23/2009

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City: colorado springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: new balance Size: 9

Age: 60.8 years old

Marital Status: single and celibate

Family members:
None here.

What I do for work:
Catholic Parish Priest

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Lockport, NY; Notre Dame, IN; Wuerzburg, FRG; El Paso, TX; Cascade, CO; South Bend, IN; Fort Portal, Uganda; Colorado Springs, CO, which I like for it's favorable weather, outdoor opportunities, fabulous scenery, variety of running trails, and supportive running community.

When I started running and what got me started:
As soon as I learned how to walk, I started to run as most children do. I wanted to see the world around me on foot, and was in somewhat of a hurry to do so. I ran cross country and track in high school and college, ran a lot in the Army, and continue doing so today.

What does running mean to me:
It is the most natural form of exercise I know, keeps me grounded physically, emotionally and spiritually. I can't always run while I'm praying or working, but I can always pray and work things out while I'm running. I hope to keep running until the day I pass on to the end of this life's race.

Running accomplishments:
I'm still doing it despite asthma, malaria, runner's knee, plantar faciitis, an athletic hernia requiring surgical repair, a broken toe, broken and susequent ankle sprains, and a variety of pulled muscles, tendons and other connective tissue trauma. I win an age group award every now and then.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Being outdoors in God's creation, the variety of terrain, the relative strengthening of the body instead of the repetitive breaking down of it on man made surfaces, interactions with sun, wind, rain, snow, and a variety of plants and animals as well as other runners.

Favorite running trail and why:
Currently, my favorite trails are in the Red Rock Canyon Open Space, which is close to my new home, and offers a variety of challenging workouts and grand scenery.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I don't have one favorite yet, having run a variety of them in New York, Indiana, Michigan, California and Colorado.

Best running experience:
Every running experience is better than the alternative, but among the best were my first marathon in Rochester, NY with less than a day's notice after the end of my senior year track season in college, and my first and to date only 50K on the Chicago Lakeshore, where I was advised by hospitable veterans of the distance to relax, enjoy and "graze my way through it."

Worst running experience:
Any running is better than not doing so, but trying to run through an overuse injury resulting in an athletic hernia was most painful, especially walking the last twenty miles of a 50K trail race in Ontario. Running with malaria in Western Uganda was not particularly enjoyable either, but was better than sitting around getting bit by more mosquitoes.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Me.

Running related bathroom stop story:
I'll pass, as did the experience.

Running pet peeves:
Headphones, slowsters on the front line of races, rudeness of any kind on the road, trail or in a race. Running should bring happiness and peace, not hypercompetitive nastiness.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I wish I could run with cats as well as with dogs. It might help my sprinting speed.

Other hobbies and interests:
Birding, fossils, gemstones, reptiles and amphibians, insects, wildflowers, other nature study, Batman, Spider Man to name a few.

Other stuff:
Currently, 20-25 miles a week with a long run, some shorter but faster efforts, cross-training with bodyweight cals and cables.
This year's main running goal is to finish the Pikes Peak Ascent.

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