Douglas Smith

Club Member Since 3/24/2008

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City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: New Balance Size: 11.5

Age: 59.7 years old

Marital Status: Married

What I do for work:
Software Engineer for the Borg

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Frederick, MD, and Colorado Springs.

When I started running and what got me started:
When I was in High School, I played team sports, and always thought running was for those weird guys who hated basketball and baseball, plus it gave me a headache from my pea brain bouncing around in my skull so much. I started walking regularly 3 years ago to lose the extra 60 pounds that a lot of us middle age men tend to gain from inactivity. After I lost the weight, another IC member (who also works for the Borg) with the last name McDermett suggested over a few beers that I run the 2006 Rescue Run 5K (my first race ever), and then wouldn't let me back out when I tried to remind him that 'beer talk' negates any oral contract. Next thing you know he talks me into the Barr Trail Mountain Race, and now I'm hooked on trail running.

What does running mean to me:
Time to think, beautiful scenery, testing my physical limits, but mainly the endorphins.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Baltimore Marathon - 2006 (A fine urban running experience, complete with dead rats smashed into storm drains along the route)
Pikes Peak Ascent - 2006
Pikes Peak Marathon - 2007
PF Changs Phoenix Rock and Roll Half Marathon - 2007, 2008

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The uphill grind, scenery, chance encouters with wildlife.

Favorite running trail and why:
Actually, a few : Greenland Open Space (beautiful view, not alot of people, good mix of hills and flats for tempo runs), Palmer Lake Reservoir/Limbaugh Canyon (Steep uphill run, with an awesome canyon descent), and the old standard Barr Trail.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Probably the Barr Trail Mountain Race. Just a cool race, lots of swag for hardly any money, with lots of friendly runners.

Best running experience:
2008 PF Chang's Half, even though it was a road race. Beat my previous year's time by almost 7 minutes.

Worst running experience:
Bonking hard during a 20 mile PPM training run via Elk Park in 2007. Ran out of water, got very dehydrated and basically did the death walk back to the car from Barr Camp. Then had to drive to the summit to pick up my running buddy (made him drive home). Thought I was a human camel until that humbling experience. Must buy a camelback.

Neatest thing found on a run:
A large adolescent bear in my neighborhood. Was on a run with my wife, about a block from our house in the Black Forest, and ambled out about 30 yards in front of us. Stopped and looked at us, and then the calculations on how much faster I had to run than my wife began... Fortunately for one of us, it was disinterested and went on its bird feed ravaging ways.

Running related bathroom stop story:
Did the incline one morning after being forced to visit a few watering holes the previous night on the way home from an extra innings Rockies game. Found out there's no bathroom at the top of the incline. Things went downhill from there...

Running pet peeves:
Unleashed dogs - had a rat dog bite my ankle on the Barr Trail 3 years ago. The owner was puzzled why I kicked her dog after it bit me. Somehow it was my fault.
Loud Breathers - somehow they always screw up my own breathing cadence.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
My nickname is Bucky.

Other hobbies and interests:
Hiking 14ers.

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