Club Member Since 10/27/2000
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MY KINGDOM FOR A ***STAR***
THERE IS STILL ABSOLUTE JOY IN BEING A 'VINTAGE' RUNNER
City: Woodland Park State: CO
Favorite Shoe: I'm an 'Asics Girl' Size: 8.5
Age: 81 years old
Marital Status: Married
1 - HUSBAND
5 - WONDERFUL Sons - Ron,51 - Mike,49 - Dave,46 - Dan,38 -
18 - grandkiddies - '3 greats' (YIKES!!!!!)
What I do for work:
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Phila., Pa., Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Texas Newfoundland, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, California.
I came out to CO. in '89 to run PPM and fell in love with this gorgeous state, and just made it happen to move here. There would be a HUGE hole in my heart if I ever left Colorado.
When I started running and what got me started:
I was a late bloomer! Started running at age 47. It was the beginning of dreams, challenges and incredible fulfillment.
What does running mean to me:
Freedom, fitness and fun. It fills my heart and soul.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Couple dozen marathons, halfs, etc. and several 50 mile runs. Pacing at Western States and Leadville. Climbing Mt. Fuji at night, to arrive at summit in time for beautiful sunrise with my youngest son, Andy.
10 miles - 1:17
1/2 marathon 1:42
50 miles 9:16
Leadville - (Twin Lakes 40) DNF
What I like about trail/mountain running:
Trails are incredible. Beautiful, challenging. They just keep pulling you in to the next turn and the next, and the next. Very seductive!
Favorite running trail and why:
I'm so fickle when it comes to trails. So many wonderful ones in this area. Mueller State Park is my second home. Each trail that I am on I say "YES, this is the one"!!!!!
Best running experience:
I think perhaps still reigning #1 may possibly be my very first marathon in San Francisco. When I crossed the finish line I felt as though there was nothing in the world I could not take on. Each race and distance special in its' own way though.
New York and Boston also rerun themselves so joyfully my heart.
Worst running experience:
The first time I ran a 50 miler. The temperature was 105 degrees in Ukiah, Ca. in Oct. I suffered severe heat exhaustion by 40 miles. It was awful. Has a good ending though. I staggered into the aid station at 40 miles, where they poured buckets of water on me. I came back from the dead. Passed sooo many people that were still staggering and tried to encourage them. My time was 11:10 that year, but I was feeling good at the finish because I was still alive. :-) The next year I took two hours off the same course when temp. was a bit cooler.
Neatest thing found on a run:
I found out that I'm one of the world's greatest philosophers. (Still a secret to the rest of the world though.)
Running related bathroom stop story:
After all these years ~ I just find a tree, put my head down and figure that if I can't see anyone ~ well, they can't see me either.:-):-)
Running pet peeves:
People that don't respond in any way to a friendly "hi".
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I let my grandkids have ice cream for breakfast when they spend the night.
Other hobbies and interests:
Snowshoeing and anything out of doors. I am passionate about counted cross stitching. It has allowed me to 'veg out' (guilt free), after a challenging workout.
Encouraging others - I'm a very good cheerleader for other runners.
I'm NEVER bored - NEVER EVER!
I've run a few marathons these past few years, while in my 70's. I run like the wind ~ but there is usually a shadow right beside me, who appears to just be slogging along. Wonder who that could be?
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