Elizabeth Shelton

Club Member Since 1/27/2008

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"Run, run: they like to run. They run for fun in the hot, hot sun. Oh me oh my, oh me oh my: what a lot of funny things go by!" Dr. Seuss

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: New Balance 766 Size: 12AA!

Age: 47.6 years old

Marital Status: happily married

Family members:
Husband Dave, daughters Jessica (4.5), Anna (2.5) and Madeline (10 mo.)

What I do for work:
Chase 3 kids under the age of 5; part time freelance violinist.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Columbus, Ohio (Go Bucks!); Toledo, Ohio; Ypsilanti, Michigan; Colorado Springs. It's amazing to be in the mountains, on a trail only minutes after leaving my house!

When I started running and what got me started:
My dad was a runner, and I started running because I admired him. I started in high school to get in shape.

What does running mean to me:
Sanity! All my problems fade within minutes of starting a run. I come back ready to take care of my kids and better able to deal with life in general. I'm a much happier person when I get to run.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Ascent in under 4 hours in 2006 as a rookie. First Place in age group for Triple Crown Series in 2006.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Being on a trail rather than a road just makes me happy. I really like going up hills, too. I like that it's ok to be slow and even ok to walk on the big hills.

Favorite running trail and why:
Trails in Garden of the Gods: requires a lot of concentration; none of the hills are too long; great scenery.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Ascent: I like going up hill and I like things that are really difficult.

Best running experience:
2006 Ascent: the weather was great, cool and overcast. For most of the race I was in a cloud and couldn't see much beyond where I was. It forced me to just focus on each switchback rather than looking ahead. I loved catching and passing a bunch of Wave 1 people, too!

Worst running experience:
Tried to run at 5:30 am on an empty stomach once, and felt sick the rest of the day.

Neatest thing found on a run:

Running pet peeves:
Dogs that jump on me.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I can out-eat almost anyone, especially after a long run. I look like a lightweight, so people are shocked!

Other hobbies and interests:
"Set" game; books; entertainment gossip; documentaries; classical music.

Other stuff:
Everyone calls me Liz. Current favorite author: Anne Lamott. Favorite movies: Almost Famous, The Matrix, The Spanish Prisoner.

Page last modified: 3/26/2008

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