Anita Fromm

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Anita Fromm - Running 135 miles across a 130 degree desert is a great way to burn fat
Running 135 miles across a 130 degree desert is a great way to burn fat

“Go out like an idiot and pay for it later!”

Favorite Shoe: whatever fits Size: 10

Age: 50 years old

Marital Status: married

Family members:
Princess the 20 pound cat.

What I do for work:
freelance writer

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Death Valley, CA., North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, my car. I consider Manitou Springs my permanent home now.

When I started running and what got me started:
Wasn't allowed to run CC in high school, so I just ran on my own. Probably a blessing in disguise.

What does running mean to me:
Running is both humbling and empowering at the same time.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Dozens of marathons and 50kms, thirty two 100 milers, about 70 50 mile races,two 100kms, and completed the Badwater 135 mile race across Death Valley five times. I was also the race director/creator of the Goblin Valley 50km in Utah and the creator/director of the Ugly Christmas Sweater Fun Run here in COlorado Springs. I was the women's world record from Badwater(292 feet below sea level to the official summit of Mt Whitney, in other words the lowest point in the continental US to the highest) and was the woman's fastest Death Valley Double Crossing time:292 miles in 129 hours, 44 minutes, and 5 seconds)for several years.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
You can run the exactly same course day after day, yet it's never the same experience.

Favorite running trail and why:
I love the Elk Park Trail, and anything above tree-line, where you look around and take everything into perspective.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
The Leadville Trail 100, now that I have finished it. Pacing and crewing at both the Wasatch 100 and Leadville Trail 100 has also been a rewarding experience.

Best running experience:
Looking at the stars in the Death Valley sky while on a training run for Badwater with some of my best ultra-buddies at two in the morning going up Townes Pass. Nothing compares to the night sky of Death Valley. Seeing five young Great Horned owls perched on a barbed wire fence with a blazing Mojave Desert sunset in the background while on a run was pretty cool too.Setting the woman's Death Valley Double Crossing record in 2008, and the woman's Badwater to Mt. Whitney summit world record in 2008 as well. I ain't that talented, so I know someones gonna clobber my time soon, but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.

Worst running experience:
The blisters I experienced during the 2002 Badwater. My crew and I ended up fixing blisters for a total of about 7 hours. I had blisters on top of blisters, blisters that somehow got underneath my toenails and lifted my toenails partially off, and blisters on top of my toes.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Friendship, but it would be nice if I could find some money too.

Running related bathroom stop story:
I had to go really bad at a city race, and all the bathrooms in the park were still locked, so out of desperation, I went behind one of the few public toilets. Right in the "middle of everything" the automatic sprinklers for the whole park came on, and I happened to be right over one of the sprinkler heads, which I didn't see because it was still dark. Although I ended up getting soaking wet, I really didn't have much of a need for toilet paper. Give me single track trails in the mountains anyday!

Running pet peeves:
Dirt bikes and ATV's tearing up the desert and mountain trails. They should be crushed and melted. People who say runners are "running away from something." Also, when companies or individuals who direct races focus more on making money than on the runners who enter their race.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
All those crazy rumors aren't rumors.....

Other hobbies and interests:
Cartomacy,astrology, and our ever growing heirloom rose garden.

Other stuff:
My advice for anyone who has dreams or personal goals whether for running or anything else is this quote: "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain

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