Andy Cullan

Club Member Since 12/1/2003

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“Its hypoxia - really!!”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Asics Size: 9.0

Age: 49.8 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Aengus the Dog

What I do for work:
I break things professionally - I am a civilian firefighter/EMT for Ft. Carson Fire Department.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
I grew up in western Nebraska, went to college in Lincoln, spent a year in Gunnison working in a lab. The best part of the living in the Springs is its not too far to go for some excellent hiking and camping.

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running consistently after we got our dog (1998). It keeps me in shape and him out of trouble.

What does running mean to me:
Running helps me to find balance in my life. I think I am a better husband when I am running consistently.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I have gone from running really slow to running really slow for long distances. This year, I perfected it by running really slow for 1 marathon, 1 50k and 1 50 miler. San Juan was an incredibly challenging and beautiful course.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The best part of running trails is you can't just tune out, you have to pay attention to what you are doing. Plus, no cars.

Favorite running trail and why:
I like the Intemann the best, it has a nice balance of up and down, plus it leads to some cool places and I don't have to leash my dog.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
So far, for a trail race, I like the Breckenridge Crest Marathon. Of course, I only attempted it once and had to bail at the half-marathon mark, due to not being able to see the runners in front of me due to the horizontal snow storm.

Best running experience:
Dublin Marathon, the race was pretty, but Guiness on the River Liffey - hard to beat.

Worst running experience:
Went running after a long night at the bar. It was miserable and 10 miles is just too far after a night like that.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Running early one morning in a light snow, I saw a coyote following my tracks on my return loop.

Running related bathroom stop story:
Okay - Back in December, I helped my father in-law tile his guest bathroom. After we finished he asked if I was up for a snack. His idea of a snack is potato chips and maybe some velvetta with chiles or picante sauce melted in. I happened to be really hungry and ate a bunch of it. The next morning, about a mile into my run (at a local park), my lower GI tract started to gurgle, quite loud and alas, I had no more gas to pass and having not had that problem running before, I had no T.P. Soon, I spotted an appropriate tree, did my business and continued my run, minus my gloves.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I used to teach middle school science.

Other hobbies and interests:
Fly fishing, camping and hiking.

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