Cami Benge

Club Member Since 3/19/2005

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“Live Life, Here, Now”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Asics Size: 9

Age: 59.7 years old

Marital Status: Long Term Relationship

Family members:
Mani - My dog and running buddy
Tonka = Who's now up to snuff and can run again.
Nelli - My little corgie mix who truly can keep up with the big dogs
Gloria - my boss - president
Comma - my cat and my other boss - vice president, always searching for hostile takeover strategy
Ricki - my cat who is in love with water
Jack - my cat (female) who is the adventurer
Sami - my daughter

What I do for work:
I'm a team manager at a Colorado Springs based call center.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Manitou Springs = my first love. I got in when it was cheap. I made the mistake of leaving (New York) for a couple of years, and when I got back, the secret was out and it was too expensive for me to afford to live there.
Now I'm in Old Colo City. It's ok, has it's own character. At least I can still walk out the front door each morning and see that beautiful friend of mine, Pikes Peak.

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running (for pleasure) in college. Some professors inspired me. They had a "peace" about them, and they credited running for that. I had to break out of a lot of "running sucks" perceptions that I'd had due to high school sports and "conditioning" being equated with punishment. I've stopped and re-started running a lot in my adult life. My last accomplishment was in the summer of 2003 when I was able to run the Garden of the Gods 10 mile run. Since then, I've let weight gain and a busy life get in the way. I want to get back to where I was, and then get better. I want to run without pain. I remember that "free as a bird" feeling I would sometimes get when running, where the breathing was easy and my legs would just take me whereever I wanted to go.

What does running mean to me:
Running means a lot of things. It's a "break". It's something that I don't always want to do, but have always been so glad I did it when I was done. It means a chance to improve my health. It means a chance to feel close to the earth, to nature, to my spiritual connections. It's a chance to catch up on life with friends that I run with. It's a way to get rid of my doggie guilt and keep those guys fit and healthy. They love it when I run with them. Dogs do smile, I've seen it.

Running accomplishments:
Garden of the Gods 10 mile 2003, 2005
Various 10Ks in college (80's)
Nothing special or spectacular

What I like about trail/mountain running:
No asphalt, nature, can let the dogs off leash.

Favorite running trail and why:
I've only run a short seciton of the Intemann. I like it, the loose gravel and incline shortly into the run are very challenging for me. I've only been able to make it up that part without stopping to walk once. I'm working on it. That trail is a friend to me, I'd hike it several times a week when I lived in Manitou.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I haven't participated in any

Best running experience:
Training run in the Garden of the Gods. The run in there the weekend before was hard, I hated it. I was trying to up my mileage. Pushing through paid off, the next weekend was so much easier. I actually enjoyed it. It was the first time I'd ever run more than 60 minutes without stopping.

Worst running experience:
The weekend before my best running experience.

Neatest thing found on a run:

Running related bathroom stop story:
None (yet)

Running pet peeves:
Fear, side stitches, wind, dogs pulling, traffic,

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
My uncle grew up with Ken Curtis (Festus on Gunsmoke).

Other hobbies and interests:
Woodworking, computer stuff

Other stuff:
Any guidance from others regarding running, training, nutrition -I'm all ears. I like to keep my mouth shut and listen, so please know your efforts wouldn't be wasted.

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