Club Member Since 4/28/2003
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Lay On McDuff, and damn'd be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough!'
City: Mason City State: IA
Favorite Shoe: Pearl Izumi Trail N2 Size: 11.5
Age: 68.8 years old
Marital Status: harried
wife - Cathy; son - Cory; daughter - Calynn
What I do for work:
Retired - Environmental Specialist for Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources I have really enjoyed helping others improve their running as an assistant cross country coach at the local community college since 2011 and continue to contract as an environmental consultant specializing in water and wastewater operations.
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Mason City, Waterloo, Dubuque, Marshalltown, Maquoketa, all in Iowa. Guess I'm a born and raised Midwesterner!!
When I started running and what got me started:
I ran in high school then stopped for the most part during college. Began again in 1978, partly to fight a poor family history of heart disease, stroke and diabetes! Have enjoyed using competition as motivation to continue training hard.
What does running mean to me:
Running has become a relief as well as a stressor. I find few things as energizing as a peaceful run in the woods with no phones or traffic noise and only wildlife and scenic views. I also gain satisfaction and pride from accomplishing certain time and distance goals.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Have been fortunate to do well in road racing age group and overall competitions. Best marathon was 2:40:01 at Twin Cities in 1984 (really wish there had been chip-timing in the 80's so this would have been a sub-2:40).
Have consistently logged good annual mileage (when healthy) and have expanded my experience through the years to include year-round activity, such as snowshoeing and trail running.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
As mentioned above, the peacefulness and views. The challenge of changing, difficult terrain has also become appealing.
Favorite running trail and why:
So far, has been Waldo Canyon while vacationing in Woodland Park. Enjoy the change in geology and type of view while making the circuit.
On a nearly daily basis it's Lime Creek Nature Center's trail system in Mason City.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pike's Peak Ascent because of it's challenge and scenic beauty. I also enjoy the "atmosphere" surrounding the event!
Best running experience:
Have one almost once a week but the 2003 PPA rates up there pretty high.
Worst running experience:
Not being able to run due to illness or injury.
Neatest thing found on a run:
18" pipe wrench: I picked it up and ran 5 miles with it to get it home! Talk about resistance training. But, the occasional $20 bill has always seemed pretty neat!
Running related bathroom stop story:
Nothing that's as uncomfortable as having to stop in an Iowa cornfield, on a late summer day, with heat, humidity, and thousands of mosquitoes.
Running pet peeves:
Inconsiderate drivers when I'm running along the parking of streets. Dog and/or horse droppings and trash or litter when running the trails.
Recent knee issues due to arthritis instigated by high school wrestling and downhill sking injuries.
Other hobbies and interests:
Birdwatching; Collecting rocks, esp. fossils; Biking, road and off-road; more recently has been learning about and brewing craft beers.
Couple of my favorite movies from awhile back are: "Jeremiah Johnson" with Robert Redford and "The Reivers" with Steve McQueen.
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