Sean O'Day

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Sean O'Day - Atop San Luis Peak, July 2010.  I really had to squat down to fit in this picture, right?
Atop San Luis Peak, July 2010. I really had to squat down to fit in this picture, right?








“Eagles may soar, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines.”


City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Inov8 RocLite 295 Size: 9

Age: 41.9 years old

Marital Status: Single

Family members:
Cale - my son. His accomplishments include a trip to Barr Camp, the incline, and a summit of Handies Peak while carrying an angry bird.

Hixon and Forrest - my four-legged former running partners. The years have taken their toll on my Yellow Labs. I once had to carry Forrest over my shoulders from the top of the incline to the Barr Trail trailhead. That's 85 pounds of dog. Definitely one of the most grueling tasks I've ever accomplished. Hixon successfully summitted his 20th fourteener last summer.

What I do for work:
I'm a sixth grade teacher at an elementary school. I was a programmer for years before I realized staring at a computer screen for many hours a day was turning me into a vegetable. I've been teaching for two years now, and it has turned out to be the best decision I've ever made. Follow your dream. Do something you'd do for free...although with teaching you're pretty much doing that anyway. ;)

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Anchorage, AK. San Francisco, CA. Boise, ID. Westchester County, NY. Omaha, NE. Minneapolis, MN. La Crosse, WI. Milwaukee, WI, Monument, Downtown COS, and Manitou.

Where else can you enjoy all four seasons EVERY season? Nothing beats the trails here. I love road riding, mountain biking, hiking the big hills in this state, and doing anything outdoors as well. The abundant sunshine is awesome, too. I LOVE Colorado.

When I started running and what got me started:
As a high school freshman to get in shape for hockey. It took me about two years to see the light - I'm meant to be an endurance athlete. Not only do I love the lifestyle, most of the people closest to me are runners or former runners.

What does running mean to me:
Besides everything? Getting outdoors and just doin' it keeps me sane. I get addicted to stuff very easily (25-hour computer game marathons top the list) so I figure filling my life with positive addictions keeps me out of trouble.

While my reliance on running ebbed and flowed over the years, it never left me completely. Over the past few years, I've enjoyed a running 'renaissance'. It has helped remind me of who I am and who I aspire to be. It keeps me grounded.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I was fortunate enough to run on some pretty special teams in both high school and college. Since then, I have beaten Lance Armstrong, Oprah Winfrey, and P. Diddy.

And I've never lost to J.T.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Solace. Endorphins. Weeds out the sallys. Don't have to worry about mileage - you just go. I feel at home when I'm in the mountains.

Favorite running trail and why:
Palmer/Section 16 - I've had a few nirvanic experiences running it in the middle of the night with nothing but crunchy snow underfoot to break the silence.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I've enjoyed every one I've done, but the Pikes Peak Marathon is my favorite.

Best running experience:
Beating the guy dressed as a hot dog (barely) during the 2007 Ascent.

Worst running experience:
Thinking the hot dog would beat me during the 2007 Ascent.

A 43:00 minute last mile in the 2010 Ascent ranks right up there, as well.

Neatest thing found on a run:
My sanity, time and time again. If I can just figure out how I keep losing it...

Running pet peeves:
Treadmills. Mountain lions. Potholes. Stormtroopers. The usual...

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I weigh a full buck forty-five, but I LOVE lifting weights. It's different from the slow burn of running.

Other hobbies and interests:
Mountains. I finished the 14ers in September 2010 with an odd party atop Mt. Bierstadt. Most trail runners don't get excited about the prospect of crossing Capitol's knife-edge, and most mountaineers don't really find jogging the 7-mile approach to there to be much fun. I'm one of a few that loves both.

Cards. Can't play a note but I love music. I'm the guy that lives 24/7 with music - iPod, computer, radio, live stuff, whatever.

My job. I love teaching kids.

Other stuff:
2012 will be my first attempt at the Leadville 100. I hope for a good day.

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