David Steadman

Club Member Since 7/4/2002

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City: Lubbock State: TX

Favorite Shoe: Asics Kayano Size: 9.5

Age: 50.8 years old

Marital Status: married

Family members:
Natalie - wife 37 y/o
Daysie - beagle 7y/o
Kaycee - golden retreiver 5 y/o
Aspen - golden retreiver 6 months old

What I do for work:
Athletic Trainer

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Lubbock, TX
I like it here because there is no traffic, good weather and good jobs for my wife and I. I would love to live in the mountains, but because of work, jobs in my prifession are hard to find.

When I started running and what got me started:
My friend got me started, he had done ultra-marathons and encouraged me to do one.

What does running mean to me:
I cannot imagine not being able to run. I like running because every day you do not feel the same, one day good, one day bad, one day great.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Pikes Peak Marathon four times and every time I PR'ed
Marathon best 3:10 Motorola Marathon in Austin, TX
Boston Marathon 2002
I actually won a local club race, a half-marathon a few years ago
As of January 2005, completed 25 marathon since 1997.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The scenery and the challenging terrain. Where I live, it is flat, ugly, and brown.

Favorite running trail and why:
Barr Trail, because it is so challenging and it is the home training ground of my favorite all-time race, the PPM.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Marathon
This race is so unique in that it is two different races and for me to live in Texas, I am at a disadvantage because I have to train on the treadmill to simulate mountain running. I like it because I do fairly well for a flat-lander and I like to make a training trip up to Manitou about 4-5 weeks before the race to get to know the trail better.

Best running experience:
I have two:
1. Motorola Marathon where I qualified for Boston, I never thought that I could run a 3:10 because my first marathon was a 3:50.
2. Pikes Peak 2004, my best time ever, my uphill was 1 min. faster, but my downhill was 17 min. faster, still slow when compared with other people with equal uphill times. I guess that is what happens when you can't train on the course year round.

Worst running experience:
Ironman USA in Lake Placid NY, 2003, I could hardly run half a mile at a time without walking. I wanted to quit at mile 8 of the marathon, but didn't. It rained all day long on the bike and run and at times water was calf deep on the run.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Nothing ever found, believe it or not, but my buddy and I witnessed a great heron catch a fish at a local park. I also witnessed two people "getting after it" at a local park at 11:00 on a Sunday morning long run in November 2004.

Running related bathroom stop story:
It always amazes me when out on an early morning run on a Sunday and you have to void your bowels, that all of the bathrooms are either closed or locked up, so you have to find a nearby alley or a big bush (city runners).

Running pet peeves:
When people are supposed to meet you for an early morning run and they don't show up.

Other hobbies and interests:

Other stuff:
I would advise any person that has not done one of the Pikes Peak races that they need to get on the trail a few weeks or so beforehand because it is a real eye-opener if you have not been on the trail yet. The speed and pace are much slower.

Use the same food and supplements on race day that you train with.

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