Kelly McKenna

Club Member Since 7/25/2003

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Kelly McKenna - If I run I feel spiritual.  It also puts things in my life back into perspective.
If I run I feel spiritual. It also puts things in my life back into perspective.








“Running is something that always makes me right inside. ”


City: Loveland State: CO

Favorite Shoe: 5 Toes Size: 8

Age: 60.2 years old

Marital Status: Married (Salli)

Family members:
Collin, Grant, Maren, Samantha, & Brendan. Oh yea, let's not forget my grandson Braiden and granddaughter Olivia.

What I do for work:
Enjoy it.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Ogden, Utah; Jackson, Wyoming; Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greeley, Colorado, Las Vegas, NV now we are living in Loveland, Colorado.

When I started running and what got me started:
I was 22 years old. I was on vacation in Newport Beach, CA and an Air Force Captain (Donald) asked me to go on an a.m. run with him and I have kept it up ever since.

What does running mean to me:
Feeling clean, alive, free, energetic, and spiritual.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
2003 Boulder Backroads Marathon. 2004 Pikes Peak Marathon. 2007 San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. Numerous 1/2's, 5k's and 10k's.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The challenge and then the accomplishment of saying "I can do that". It is also a great place to get away from hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Favorite running trail and why:
Palmer Park. It is always a good workout.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Palmer Lake or Ute Valley. They are the only true trail races I have ever done. Everything else has been 5, 10, and 12 K's over flat courses.
With this update, I can now claim that I have done the Pikes Peak Marathon (2004). I would not say that I broke any records but I did finish the race thanks to my training with the Incline Club. I would highly recommend Matt Carpenter's training manual for those who are planning to do the ascent or the marathon.

Best running experience:
Running at night time while it is snowing with my headlamp on, my lungs wide open, and you get that feeling that you can run faster (and you do) and never stop (and you don’t).

Worst running experience:
I have epilepsy and they changed my medication during the year of 2001. I entered the Sailing Shoe 10K. The medication had adverse affects on how well my body did when exposed to physical exercise. I thought the race would never end. The only thing I could do was put one foot in front of the other until I crossed the finish line.

Neatest thing found on a run:
That second wind.

Running related bathroom stop story:
Too many to tell.

Running pet peeves:
People not giving you enough room to each other to allow for passing on single path trails.
Runners that when greeted or smiled at do not gesture in return.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
Because I am ”Irish", I drank and smoked like an "Irish Fool". When I got serious about running, I had to give up the drink, the smoke and begin running like an "Irish Fool".

Other hobbies and interests:
My job, weight lifting and more running. Awesome news, June 3, 2017 blessed with our 2nd grandchild, Olivia.

Other stuff:
Life is a pretty cool experience.

Page last modified: 6/26/2017


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