Mary Jo Campbell
Club Member Since 3/12/2005
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Sweat is the champagne of your endorphins
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: Saucony Ride 7 Size: 6.5W
Age: 61 years old
Marital Status: Married
Golden Retriever, Moxie
What I do for work:
Family Help Specialist. Independent rep for breakthrough science products used by elite and Olympic athletes. Feel better, Look Better, and Perform Better.
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Devils Lake, ND; Grand Canyon, AZ; Gunnison, CO
Colorado Springs has the best summers and no bugs!
When I started running and what got me started:
In college - wanted to do a 5K.
What does running mean to me:
Quickest way to burn calories with a busy schedule; perfect opportunity to explore area trails, meet new people and accomplish training goals.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
3rd place in age group in 2004 Triple Crown of Running. Finished my first Pikes Peak Marathon in under 8 hours.
Continued to hike the Incline and run/walk down Barr Trail during summer of 2006, despite going through cancer treatments and having a bald head under my Incline Club baseball hat. =)
What I like about trail/mountain running:
Nice on the knees, great views, something new around every corner and no cars.
Favorite running trail and why:
Garden of the Gods perimeter and valley trails. The hills are steep but short, easy access year round and you can do a different combination of trails every time.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Barr Trail Mountain Race. Always challenging, get to see lead runners on the way down, nice to breathe easy on the final miles.
Best running experience:
Morning Garden of the Gods training run over to Glen Eyrie and up Queen's Canyon. Seeing a waterfall before having to go to work is a sweet way to start the day.
Worst running experience:
Doing my second leg of the Colorado Relay in 2002 (?)...9 miles of downhill on mostly paved paths and roads - at night on Vail Pass. Couldn't find the trail markers, no other runners were around, the lights from 18-Wheelers were blinding when the trail was next to I-70 and my quads got trashed due to the hard surface. Could barely walk and still had another leg to run in a few hours. Ugh.
Neatest thing found on a run:
Running related bathroom stop story:
Let's just say I've answered nature's call in some of the most scenic places on earth, at all altitudes.
Running pet peeves:
Hydration systems that bounce around or chafe the skin; wearing wrong clothes for the conditions. My propensity to sprain my ankles and ruin a good running base.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I'm one of 10 kids and used to fly airplanes.
Other hobbies and interests:
Cycling, hiking 14-ers, baking healthy cookies and muffins, and drinking great wine with a home cooked meal.
Just because you are healthy, fit, don't smoke, eat organic, take good care of yourself and have no weird symptoms does NOT mean you'll never get cancer. Get a regular exam and agree to those stupid tests your doctor recommends so you'll catch tumors, lumps, etc. early. Cancer is no respecter of athletes.
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