Gina Harcrow

Club Member Since 1/13/2003

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Gina Harcrow - Danskin Triathlon 2002
Danskin Triathlon 2002

“Gina Harcrow”

City: Monument State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Hoka One One Size: 8

Age: 49.4 years old

Marital Status: married

Family members:
Husband Harry and 4 amazing kids!

What I do for work:
Web-based telecom trainer for Verizon

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins, Woodland Park, Larkspur, and now Monument. It doesn't get any better than Colorado.

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running in 2000 when a co-worker convinced me to do the Race for the Cure. I worked out at the gym quite a bit after losing 20 lbs in 1999, but never really ran much. After that race, I discovered trail running and it changed my life.

What does running mean to me:
Running helped me become a more disciplined and committed person. It has made me show up and work harder, even when I had no desire to do so. It has taught me about setting goals and working towards them. It also continues to give me a way to connect with others, especially on the long, painful runs.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I know someday this will change, but to date I have never DNF'd a race.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The challenge and the beauty it provides. The friendship and the solitude.

Favorite running trail and why:
I love running through the garden of the gods because it is amazingly beautiful. My favorite northern loop is Spruce Mountain. I cannot step foot on that trail without appreciating my life just a little more.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
My favorite trail race is the Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs. It is well run, amazing aid stations and volunteers, and has all the camaraderie that caused me to fall in love with trail running all those years ago. The proceeds are also donated to charity. What is not to love about all that!

Best running experience:
Leadville 100 2004. Training for and running my first 100 introduced me to the best of the running world. The people, the trails, the knowledge, and the bonds I formed are still part of my life today.

Worst running experience:
Right now it seems like the 2008 running season was my worst running experience. All of my long runs and races seemed to end in vomiting or passing out or going to the hospital. I could just not get it together that year. It scared me off of 100s for a few years.

Neatest thing found on a run:
When you head out on a long run or race, and get to know a complete stranger who's out there running too.

Running related bathroom stop story:
I have bad eating habits, so we won't go there. I tend to have a bathroom story about once a month.

Running pet peeves:
People in the gym who run on the back rollers of the treadmill so the whole time you hear a loud squeaking.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I am a recovering alcoholic.

Other hobbies and interests:
Raising 4 kids, having a full time career, and an obsessive running habit about sums up my interests.

Other stuff:
Don't quit on the training runs. If you quit during those, you are giving yourself permission to DNF the race you are training for. Fight through, that is how you build the mental toughness.

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