Dan Smith

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Dan Smith - Me and Cathy on Pikes Peak 2002--when I decided to run the Ascent
Me and Cathy on Pikes Peak 2002--when I decided to run the Ascent

"It's not getting what you want; it's wanting what you've got."

City: Eagan State: MN

Favorite Shoe: Nike Pegasus Size: 9

Age: 70.9 years old

Marital Status: Divorced

Family members:
3 daughters Becca (1981) Maddy (1983) Nellie (1985)
1 cat Figaro (1988-2006) RIP
Fiancee Cathy (age not disclosed)

What I do for work:

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Connecticut (birthplace, California, Maine, Vermont, South Carolina, Virginia, Minnesota (where I'm at now). I like it because the people I'm closest to are here.

When I started running and what got me started:
I started in medical school because I was sitting around too much in classes and I always liked exercise. One of my professors was my running mentor in terms of getting me interested in road racing.

What does running mean to me:
I express myself by my running; it keeps me centered and reduces stress.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Marathon PR 2:28 in 1981 at Grandma's marathon.
Pike's Peak Ascent 3:54 in 2003;3:43 in 2005
Have run Boston and NYC Marathon
6th place (2:32) in first and only St Paul marathon (1981)

What I like about trail/mountain running:
I like the challenge of the changes in rhythm dictated by the terrain. No running while asleep is tolerated. The personalities of the other runners tend to be more interesting than your run of the mill 5 K racer.

Favorite running trail and why:
The ski trails at Hyland Park Reserve near my home. It's convenient but it never gets boring. I can ski there in the winter. But the deerflies in July are murderous!!

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Afton State Park 50 Km. OK, it's not Pikes Peak, but it is on the first weekend in July and has about 3000 feet of elevation change and very nasty footing at times.

Best running experience:
In July 1982 I had just taken and passed my Board exams in Family medicine. Drove back to St Paul from Kansas City, jumped out of the car, stretched and ran the best 20 mile training run of my life. MUCH faster than I race for 5K these days!

Worst running experience:
Boston Marathon 2004. Thought I was a good heat runner....sure was wrong about that! Also very undertrained for this race. My PW by a long shot!

Neatest thing found on a run:
I once saw a moose quietly eating leaves right next to the highway on which I was running; during that run I also found a perfectly useable life vest by the roadside.

Running related bathroom stop story:
Running in the NYC Marathon in 1988 I took extra care to use the famous 100 yard long urinal before moving to get a spot near the gate to the bridge. What about the 500+ people who were in front of me? Well, just before the gun was fired, they all pulled down their shorts and let go with a yellow river in the road. Very bad manners!

Running pet peeves:
None. I don't let anything bother me when I'm running---not wild dogs, crazy drivers, etc

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I used to own and ride a motorcycle.

Other hobbies and interests:
Photography, writing, music, old movies, mountain bike riding, cross country skiing/racing

Other stuff:
My goal is to still be doing stuff like this when I'm in my eighties. That means being smarter about training than I was in my thirties in order to minimize injuries and down time from exercise. I'd like to come back and run the Ascent at least once more before I try to tackle the Pikes Peak Marathon.

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