Club Member Since 10/11/2003
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2007 Pikes Peak Marathon finish. (Thank God it's over!)
When you feel like you're going to die, run to the finish line. There's always medical staff there.
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: New Balance MT 101 Size: 12
Age: 53 years old
Marital Status: Married
Daughters: Margaret & Kathryn
Brothers: Tom, Kevin, Andrew, Shawn, Pat. Sisters: Eileen, Maureen, Kathleen.
Sisters/Brothers in Law: Mark, Wendy, Jim, Diane, Theresa, Rick, Annette, Daniel, and Patrick.
13 Nieces, 13 Nephews
6 Great Nephews, 2 Great Nieces
You get the point, it's a huge family!
What I do for work:
Insurance Broker: Car, Homeowners, Life and Business Insurance.
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Colorado Springs. I've lived in Colorado Springs since 1966. I love the scenery, the community, and the outdoor activities that exist in the city and state. I can't imagine living anywhere else.
When I started running and what got me started:
I started running in 1998. I began running after a knee injury pretty much ended my basketball playing days in 1997. My first real "run" was The Incline. The reason: my brother is a physical therapist and he suggested I get a stair stepper to recouperate from knee surgery. A friend of mine told me he knew where a stair stepper was that was free. It took forever to complete, but I was hooked. The first organized race I ever ran was the Ascent in 2000.
What does running mean to me:
I enjoy the solitude of running. It keeps me fit and energized. As I get older, I get faster on Pikes Peak. After 2000 PPA, I made it a goal of mine to finish PPA or PPM every year for 20 in a row. That string is still in tact despite a horrible PPM in 2015.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Finished Ascent in 3:17:14 in 2013--A new PR-- and finished PPM: 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015 with a PR in 2012 of 5:38:22. Doubled for first time in 2009, my tenth year in a row of running Ascent or Marathon. PRd both races doing the Double (those PRs have since been surpassed).
What I like about trail/mountain running:
I like running in the snow in the winter. You rarely run in to other people on the trail. It's also quite peaceful and the scenery is beautiful.
Favorite running trail and why:
INCLINE!!! It has got to be the toughest mile on the planet. I admire anyone who can climb it regarless of their time. My goal is to eventually get a sub 25:00 on the uphill portion.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I like the BTMR. As a sponsor in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (race was cancelled due to wildfire in 2012) and a participant in 8 of them, I gotta go with this race. It is an excellent tune up race for the PPA/M, the support is awseome, and the splits are a great way to measure one year to the next.
PPA is a close second.
Best running experience:
2008 Ascent will have to be the most memorable run ever. I don't think this run can be topped as the weather was as bad as ever but I finished just 57 seconds short of a PR. Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor 25 MPH winds above tree line with gropple pelting my exposed legs nor SAR telling me that I should turn back shall keep me from my appointed summit.
Worst running experience:
2008 Ascent. After finishing the race, I was so damn cold that I shook like I had Parkinson's. I can't thank the CSFD and Medical Volunteers and staff at the top enough for their help. They saved my butt. I was frozen, hypothermic, and dehydrated. They Shoved IVs in my arms, gave me blankets and helped me change my clothes. I don't think I've ever felt this helpless.
Neatest thing found on a run:
Medical Attention. If you don't need an IV at the end of the PPM or PPA, you didn't run hard enough.
Running related bathroom stop story:
No matter which one I pick, it always has to do with needing to crap and not having anywhere to go.
Running pet peeves:
I can't stand it when people on trails don't control their dogs. I have been bitten, knocked over and humped more times than I care to count by dogs whose owners won't use a leash. "My dog is friendly, he/she won't hurt you." Bullshit! I'm running and I don't want to play with your dog.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I have 5 brothers and 3 sisters, no twins, same parents!!
Other hobbies and interests:
Snow boarding, music, church, golf. I really love skiing with my kids.
Favorite Book: Life and Death in Shanghi. Favorite Food: Pizza. Favorite quote: "Pretend to be what you want to be and you will become what you pretended to be."
Favorite Movie: Blazing Saddles
Goal: Run Pikes Peak Ascent or Marathon 20 years in a row. Streak began in 2000: Ascent 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014; Marathon 2004, 2007, 2012, 2015; Double 2009.
Advice: No matter how you compete in the race, always run across the finish line!!
Training: I do the I/cline 2-3 times per week, run up the Barr Trail at least once a week. The workouts I get with IC really help me improve. Having the Baxters, Roger Austin and Erchinger call me names and push me hard every week is also a big motivator.
I'm also trying to get as many of my family members as possible to join the IC and to run at least the Ascent. My goal is to have the most family members to run the Ascent. In 09 we were up to 3. In 2010 we had 5. In 2011 we had 6!
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