Brianne Pierson

Club Member Since 5/10/2010

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Brianne Pierson - Winter Series I Roadrash Cheyenne  Mt. State Park
Winter Series I Roadrash Cheyenne Mt. State Park

“One more mile”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Asics Cumulus Size: 9

Age: 42.7 years old

Marital Status: Single

What I do for work:

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
I'm originally from Iowa, spent three years in Arizona/Nevada, then moved to Colorado Springs. I love the Springs because I have a 14'er in my backyard and there is always an excuse to play outside.

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running about 3 years ago. I signed up for Bolder Boulder and began training to just "survive" a 10k. I struggled to maintain a 10 minute mile pace. I kept running for weight-loss (I used to be a chunk) and got hooked. I started signing up for more races, ended up getting faster and became a part of Colorado Spring's amazing running community.

What does running mean to me:
Running keeps me sane and has become my moving "meditation". Considering I was previously a running "hater", running has provided me with a completely new lifestyle, great friends, and accomplishments I never thought I could achieve.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I completed my first Pikes Peak Ascent last year, as well as my first marathon a few weeks after that. I've accumulated a mantle-full of trophies/hardware. I ended up qualifying for the AB wave of Bolder Boulder this year via the 6 Tunnels to Hoover Dam race on Turkey Day in Vegas in which I got 3rd overall female (a few years ago I was in the "jogging" wave).

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Trail running is the way to go. Pavement sucks, although I do some road races on occasion. I'd much rather breathe fresh mountain air than suck exhaust.

Favorite running trail and why:
Barr Trail. Each workout is a challenge and accomplishment. I love seeing the shocked look on peoples faces and the encouragement of strangers as I run up Barr Trail.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Ascent. It's one of the hardest things I've ever done in my entire life and the satisfaction of crossing the finish line at 14,110 feet knowing I've run "up" a mountain gives me the confidence that anything can be done.

Best running experience:
My best running experience so far has been completing the Pikes Peak Ascent.

Worst running experience:
The American Discovery Trail Marathon last year. I was doing great the first 8 miles, then got tripped at the mile 8 water station. I dropped my GU in the dirt, was bleeding and a little irritated. I ended up finishing the race but bonked at mile 20 and my time wasn't what I wanted it to be.

Neatest thing found on a run:
A gnome.

Running related bathroom stop story:
At the Greenland 8 mile 2 years ago, all of the porta-potties were in use right before the race. The Greenland Open Space is not known for it's trees. I didn't want to miss the start so I started running on a full bladder. By mile 3, I couldn't stand it and had to duck under a TINY bridge/drainage ditch where people were running directly over me.

Running pet peeves:
People who don't get out of the way after saying "on your left" when I'm cruising down Barr Trail and unleashed dogs stopping in front of me on the trail causing me to trip.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I am a certified SCUBA diver. I played golf in college

Other hobbies and interests:
Cycling, swimming, reading, cooking.

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