Sergio de Lourenco

Club Member Since 3/22/2006

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Sergio de Lourenco - Representing the 200 club proudly
Representing the 200 club proudly

“If you think I look like a dork now, you should see me once I start running!”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Mizuno Wave Size: 12.5

Age: 44.8 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Wife - Amy
Daughters - Veronica and Aviana
Son - Daniel

What I do for work:
Middle School Teacher

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Alexandria, VA
Albuquerque, NM
Omaha, NE
Colorado Springs - close to family, but not too close

When I started running and what got me started:
Started running in August of '05 for the first time in my life to get back into that awesome (OK, that might be an exaggeration) shape I had once been in. Why August of '05? Hiked my first 14er (PP) and fell in love, set a goal (PPA), and started running.

What does running mean to me:
According to my wife, it means I'm less of a pain. To my son, it means long trips in the jogging stroller. To my oldest daughter, it means no Disney Channel on Sundays because dad's claiming the sofa and tv after his long run. For me it's a time to let my mind wander and think about random, irrelevant things.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
My first PPA - beat my goal by 25 minutes
My first BTMR - beat my goal by 31 minutes
My first 26.2 - beat my goal by 16 minutes
(note I didn't mention my 2nd PPA, BTMR or 26.2)
I'm past the "just trying to finish" stage running!

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The plain boredom of running around a track is what kept me from ever wanting to run before (or at least that's the excuse I'm sticking to). Having to pay attention to the trail makes the pain and tiredness less noticeable. Besides, you get the chance to randomly jump over things like rocks, trees, and streams for no reason.

Favorite running trail and why:
Used to be Barr trail, but after I finished my workouts (usually the up portion) I still had to get back down, which seemed more like a chore than a workout. As a result I've turned into a Red Rocks junkie. Great scenery, fun trails I can actually run, neither the ups or downs are too extreme, and I can almost always beat the crowds. The Santa Fe Trail on AFA game day is fun: parachuters, gliders, and flyovers.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
PPA - it's what I started running for. BTMR is quickly closing in though. I can push the up without worrying about a treeline bonk (see below) and still have enough left to enjoy the down.

Best running experience:
National Mall in Wash. DC. Starting at the Iwo Jima Memorial, crossing the Potomac, going around Lincoln, Vietnam, WWII, Wash Monument, US Capitol, and Jefferson Mem. Way too much history not to be impressed by this run. Ran along Copacabana Beach in Rio, lots of nice "scenary" and a coconut to drink afterwards.

Worst running experience:
2006 PPA. Our lovely little girl was born less than a week before the race and needless to say, I wasn't very prepared (mentally or physically) for this. I should've been smarter about my pace, but insisted on pushing on with my early summer pace, despite no 3-2-1's or long runs in the month prior (darn doctor said she'd be coming early). It's a bummer when you feel the bonk coming, are approaching tree line and know that three long and brutal miles lay ahead of you and there's nothing you can do about it.

Running pet peeves:
I'm not good enough to navigate rocks, roots, AND dog poop.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I'm a Brazilian citizen (and American). Refereed soccer for 16 years - life is currently putting that on hold.

Other hobbies and interests:
Well I've apparently become fond of this marathon thing (despite my suckiness at it) perhaps because it's a great excuse for my wife and I to go on a trip without the kids...hey if that's what it takes!
Football (Redskins & Huskers), hockey (Capitals), and soccer (Brasil and daughter's team). Still trying to get good at the fishing thing.
Currently planning for Rio 2014 World Cup trip!

Other stuff:
Still waiting for the PPA and BTMR weight classes - I'm sure I could place in mine.
The good thing about being slow is that there is lots of room for improvement. Goals:
Wave 1 of PPA. Most improved in BTMR. Sub 4:30 marathon (regular, not PP)
We've got a little condo in Keystone that we rent out pretty cheap (during non-ski season).

Page last modified: 12/11/2008

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