Brenda Cowell

Club Member Since 8/17/1999

Brenda Cowell -
"Forest fires and ice storms can't stop an IC run ..."

“Think Positive”

City: Woodland Park State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Asics Size: 8-8.5

Age: 65.8 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Joe Cowell-husband pets: Lady, Lester, and Gizmo
Danielle C.-daughter
Tony C.-son

What I do for work:
Dental Hygienist-part-time in Woodland Park and own a small store in Manitou

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Maine, Michigan, California (Yosemite), Death Valley

I love Colorado because of the mountains.

When I started running and what got me started:
I actually was a volunteer on the top of the peak for the Ascent in '96. Joe was running the race and another volunteer and I decided to run down at the end of the day. It was great!

What does running mean to me:
Running helps a lot with stress. I think it also keeps you very healthy both mentally and physically.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
3rd place in my age division in the winter series 99-00, and 03.
I've made it to all the IC club runs for the past five years even during ice storms and forest fires.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Much easier than pavement running and there is a lot of wildlife where we live. A black bear once ran between Joe and I on a run!

Favorite running trail and why:
Barr trail-on Pikes Peak and the trail at Mueller State Park where all the elk hang out.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
The Winter Series-it's fun to run in the cold and to try to figure out who is in my age division.

Best running experience:
Coming through the finish line in Paris, France 1997-my first marathon.

Worst running experience:
Imogene Pass 98? -almost froze to death.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Peace and quiet

Running related bathroom stop story:
Can't think of one-yet

Running pet peeves:
Dogs that bite.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I like to play a Didgeridoo (Australian wind instrument)-it makes your lungs stronger which probably helps with running.

Other hobbies and interests:
Downhill and cross-country skiing

Other stuff:
I think it's important to never give up in spite of health problems and/or adversity. No matter what you always feel better after a run.

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