Club Member Since 12/24/2003
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Slickrock Trail - Moab, Utah
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: Anything I get for free Size: 11.5
Age: 42.9 years old
Marital Status: Ummmm...
Humorous daughter since 1999 - Alexandra
Future trail runner son since 2001 - Benjamin
What I do for work:
Financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, but my title is much longer and more complicated than that.
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
I relocated here from Orange County (Anaheim Hills), CA in November of 2003. My office lease was expiring at the end of the year and I was going to need to move to another location. I had backpacked in & around Colorado after college and fell in love with the area. So although my firm has about 10 offices in Orange County, I figured it was a good time to escape. And since I can do my business from anywhere in the country, I decided to come to a place where the mountains are tall, the air is clean, the people are friendly, and the beer is really, really cold.
When I started running and what got me started:
El Nino got me started with running (El Nino is a weather pattern that causes heavy rains on the West Coast). I've been an avid road and mountain cyclist since I was 14 years old. During the 1997-1998 winter in So Cal, El Nino wreaked havoc on the trail system, which made it difficult to plan bike rides. In order to stay in shape, I started sneaking out on short runs in between storms. These short runs, although tough at first, started getting longer and longer. Like an addict, I couldn't get enough. I ran my first marathon in Oct. of 98 (Silicon Valley) and now I run at least two to three each year just to stay in shape.
What does running mean to me:
I sit in an office all day, at a desk, in front of a computer, with relatively few breaks. On occasion, I get up to get a cup of coffee, refill my water bottle, or go to the restroom.
Running gives me freedom. It provides me with sanity. It clears my mind. It keeps me healthy and keeps the stress at bay. It provides me with a sense of accomplishment. It keeps me motivated. It keeps me balanced between work and family. It helps me solve difficult problems. It gives me a substance-free buzz. It's introduced me to life-long friends. It gives me the opportunity to meet up with old friends who have been separated by miles. It gives me an excuse to leave my office on a Wednesday afternoon. It gives me a reason to wake up early in the morning. It improves the odds that I will someday be around to meet my children's children and perhaps even my children's children's children. Running elevates me, yet humbles me at the same time. But most importantly, it makes me smile, and we can certainly use more smiles.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Going out on that first run in 1997 was my greatest accomplishment. It was probably only around 2 miles, but without that first run, there wouldn't have been a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
Let's see... How much space can I use here? Clean air, easy on the knees, no cars, lovely scenery, unpredictability, ups & downs, wildlife, cool people, trees, rocks, endless views, great workout, etc.
Favorite running trail and why:
There are too many to love. It wouldn't be fair for me to rank them.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
The Catalina Marathon. The race is a point to point trail run that goes across Catalina Island (off the coast of California). Between the beautiful ocean views, the wild buffalo, and the friendly crowd, this is a race I've committed to running every year until the day I die.
Best running experience:
Every subsequent run becomes the best running experience because that means I've lived another day to get back out there on the trail. With any luck, I'll be having my best running experience this afternoon.
Worst running experience:
Leadville 100. It took soooooo long!
Neatest thing found on a run:
A smile (my own) after a tough day.
Running related bathroom stop story:
I've never had a bathroom emergency like so many of my friends. I typically plan for such things.
Running pet peeves:
I have nothing to complain about when it comes to running.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I cut my own hair. Actually, by taking one look at me, you'd probably guess that.
Other hobbies and interests:
I love mountain biking as much as running (depending upon the time of year, I may even like it more). I also enjoy hiking with kids, cooking, reading, and volunteering.
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