Club Member Since 1/22/2008
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"If the bone ain't showin'...."
City: colorado springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: Montrail Rogue Racer Size: 8.5
Age: 55.6 years old
Marital Status: married
2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, untold dust bunnies
What I do for work:
I am a jewelry artist and some-time freelance writer. My jewelry and rock ware can be seen here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/mettlemama
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Geeeeeez, as an army brat, home is where you are. Wyoming has always been home to me. Chicago was for many years...but we handpicked Colorado Springs and moved here July '07. It has everything I love--mountains and trails all over the place, all the amenities of a bigger city plus wonderful people who like being outside as much as I do.
When I started running and what got me started:
I remember that feeling as a kid where if didn't just take off running, I might actually explode. I had so much energy, my mother would tell me to go run around the block, and I would. I ran in spurts until I moved here. I find road running to be just short of torture, so I never could keep it up. I haven't stopped since I found trail running though. As long as there are trails, I'll keep running.
What does running mean to me:
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I find every run to be an accomplishment. Sometimes I learn what to do. Sometimes I learn what not to do, but every one means something, for instance, don't look at your watch on that "clean section" coming down past the Bottomless Pit. Also, don't overload the pockets on the Race Ready shorts. They WILL come down.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
I love technical trails. I have the attention span of a gnat, so all the twists, turns, changes in scenery, smells, critters and vistas really make me happy.
Favorite running trail and why:
A-frame to the summit of the Barr Trail. Popping out of the trees into that big sky and the lunar rocky landscape is such a kick. Physically, I love the personal challenge of it.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Barr Trail. The 6 mile downhill reward after busting it up to camp is so much fun. I wish there was a race called The Descent--start at the summit house and end at Memorial Park.
Best running experience:
The first time I made it to Barr Camp was a big deal for me. Then the first time I made it to A-frame...the first time I did the double...they just keep coming.
Worst running experience:
There's no such thing as a bad running experience.
Neatest thing found on a run:
The plastic head of a screaming PeeWee Herman doll.
Running pet peeves:
It drives me nuts to see people yacking on their cell phones on the Barr Trail.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I reallyreallyreally hate bad grammar.
Other hobbies and interests:
Skiing, hiking, running, metal work, rock hounding and word games.
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