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If Only All the Stones in My Shoes were Gold Nuggets...
It's not the destination that matters, it is the journey.
City: Monument State: CO
Favorite Shoe: New Balance Trail Shoes Size: 9.5
Age: 59 years old
Marital Status: Yup.
Neal, my "other" half! Good, better or indifferent, depends on the day but they must be mostly good as we've over 24 years together.
What I do for work:
It is hard to call best job in the world work! Neal and I are currently the caretakers at Barr Camp. Living in such a historic icon on Pikes Peak is such an experience. Sharing the mountain with people from all over the world is so incredible. Whether it be feeding overnight guests, sharing rocks, plants, birds and wildlife, or just enjoying a cup of coffee on the deck while looking at the summit, we get to be a part of the experience. Is that cool or what?
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Michigan, Germany, San Antonio.
Love the blue sky, mountains and open spaces of Colorado.
When I started running and what got me started:
Seems like I've always run, from being a kid on a Michigan farm, to now. I was a sprinter on the high school track team. Then when I was a junior my brother talked me into going out for the boys cross country team (this was before Title 9 and options for girls sports). I fell in love! With the trails and a then freshman named Neal Taylor! What can I say?
What does running mean to me:
Mental and physical well being. Peacefulness in our crazy world. Something I can do for me. And it has always brought like-minded crazy but wonderful people into my life!
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Some good road races in my 20's (sub 40 10kms, 3:07 marathon). But more important to me than time is the endurance - both because I am still running, and because I have transitioned to the ultra world where you use your mind as well as your body to go further than you ever thought you could
What I like about trail/mountain running:
The scenery, the challenges, the crazy people!
I love to run on mountain trails that are new to me -all by myself- just to experience the beauty and peace, and to find my way. Then I can't wait to share that trail and watch someone enjoy it too!
Favorite running trail and why:
The trails behind Monument and Palmer Lake, because they are were out my back door for 16 years, and they have great climbs, scenery, and hardly any people! Living at Barr Camp, my favorites are Elk Park, Bottomless Pit, and the old Cree Historic Trail to 4 mile.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Leadville - even though I've yet to succeed at it after 6 tries, it is a beautiful course, great people, and most motivating to watch. Big Horn 50 mile in Wyoming is a close second for the beauty and challenging footing!
Best running experience:
Leadville, even though it kicks my butt...see below.
Getting lost for 8 hours on the trails and finding my way home. Finishing my first ultra with both feet blistered the last 20 miles and toughing it out. It drove home how well you can use mind over matter!
But most of all, having running friends to share the trails, the joys, the pains.
Worst running experience:
Leadville Trail 100. Six starts, getting in 50+ miles, and all hell setting in. Getting so sick but trying to go on. Ralphing more of myself out than there is, and finally giving in. Ending up in the ER was the best thing ever, I recovered quicker, and realized I have to overcome the way altitude affects me if I am to finish the monster I love the most!
Neatest thing found on a run:
Besides Neal? Lots of friends, Amazonite, tools, airplane crashes, my sanity!
John Mills and I will one day find the Momma Amazonite stone, and being the fine gentleman he is, ha, he will carry it down the mountain!
Running related bathroom stop story:
While living in Europe and running the Swiss Alpine Marathon - a 42 mile mountain run, I found myself dying for a potty stop before we were out of town. I jumped through the crowd on the street (yes, people in Europe turn out to watch runners) cleared a hedge which I dropped behind to drop my shorts and go. Quickly returning to the race, I was greatly cheered and bravoed by all the spectators!
Now having run more Ultras, I have learned to stand and go....
Running pet peeves:
Runners who are unfriendly and don't say "Hi" to other runners or hikers on the trail. Folks assume they have the right of way when they are running. Try stepping out of the way quickly with 30 or 40 pounds on your back!
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I ride a motorcycle, and I love celtic music. And I love to Polka!
Other hobbies and interests:
I love to cook, read, cruise Colorado on my motorcycle, camp in my van, backpack. Eat good food and drink good beer with friends!
The most valuable thing in life is a sense of humor. It can get you through anything.
Page last modified: 12/4/2005