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I've got a lot more grey hair these days ..... ;-)
pleasant surprises running on Barr Trail are few, and well-earned
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: fast ones Size: 10
Age: 51.8 years old
Marital Status: married
Emerson "Sonny" - Sept. 2000
Juliette Rae - Sept. 2003
Babette Monet - April 2006
Yvette Claire - December 2008
Woody Rubey(woof!) RIP 1997 - 2009
What I do for work:
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Illinois, Rhode Island, Virginia, Florida, Idaho, Washington (courtesy USN), and, of course, Colorado -
Best livin' in the whole USA!, can take comfortable walks in the middle of January, majestic scenery
When I started running and what got me started:
Started in 1976 in high school track, very casual running until I moved to COSP in 1997, when I started running mountain trails and train for the '98 PPA
What does running mean to me:
... an opportunity to drop the anxieties and stresses of life and enjoy the outdoors, get some vigorous exercise, its become very important to me
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
PPA 98 - 3:52
PPM 2000 - 6:32
3rd in my age group for PPRR Fall 2002 Series (54% finisher - but hey!, I'll throw it in, a runner like me doesn't get too many "shows" :-D )
finished all of the BTMR's so far
What I like about trail/mountain running:
I immediately was hooked on mountain trail running as soon as I tried it in 98. Since 2000, I have not been able to be too active in the club ( I miss it ) because of being a new father and school, but my enthusiasm has not diminished, and I'm looking forward to being able to be more consistent in my running. I feel like my best runs are still ahead of me! I also like the competitiveness ( with myself ) to always try and do better on runs.
Favorite running trail and why:
I'd have to say Barr Trail, then Waldo. I've run both of them many times, and like the familiarity of knowing the milestones, etc. Both of them are very scenic.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I like the BTMR, because its on my favorite trail, and is the best organized.
Best running experience:
I've had a few runs that didn't start out anything special, but when I finished, I was thinking, "wow! that was a great run!" - everything came together for that run on that day. I haven't felt that way at any races, but I still like doing the races.
Worst running experience:
Training for the 98 PPA, being unfamiliar with the Peak & the environment, I drove to the peak and planned to run down to Barr Camp and then back up. Poor rest, wrong clothes, no water, no food, alone - I was the classic fool! I could have died. I dragged myself to my truck, finally, in the peak parking lot, passed out, woke up, vomited, etc, etc. I was too stupid to go inside to the aid station - duh!!! - somehow I pulled it together and made it home about 6PM - after leaving my house at 7AM. This is not a pretty story. I similarly choked on the 99 PPA, but this time I hobbled back to the aid station one mile from the finish. Went hypothermic, which is not fun, but I made it home okay. This was not as bad as the previous incident. I crossed the finish line in the 99 PPA, but should not be considered a finisher, because I took oxygen.
Running pet peeves:
When you're out there, there's nothing to get upset about! ;-)
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
At age 15, I was involved in an accident and risked having my left leg amputated, the doctor said I would limp the rest of my life. He was either better than he thought he was, or staying active has helped the ol' wheel keep turnin'! Maybe a little of both. I've got some really neat scars, for anyone interested!
Other hobbies and interests:
playing with kids, cooking, computers, woodworking, home renovation projects (my house was built in 1884 - there are lots! of projects)
I missed my only BTMR this past summer, 2009, I was a 'streaker' having finished all previous BTMR's. Mid-2007 I started to develop pudendal nerve myalgia which affects the muscles of the pelvic floor, and in turn affects everything else in that part of the body, its been very painful but rehabilitation is possible. Getting back out on Barr trail and maybe running another BTMR is a goal that keeps me going. Its been a long haul.
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