Heather Wagner

Club Member Since 4/22/2010

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City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Age: 47.2 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Husband, Son (5), Daughter (2), Two Labs (Brothers - 10years)

What I do for work:
Part Time System Engineer, Full-Time Mom

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Houston, TX, Lawrence, KS, Fort Worth TX, Colorado Springs. My Husband and I made the move to CO because we seemed to be taking all our vacations to the Mountains for Hiking trips. I love it here because I can venture into nature quickly whether, hiking, fly-fishing, skiing, etc.

When I started running and what got me started:
I ran cross country really young and then gave up because my competitive swimming got in the way. I started running again just a few years ago for fitness and because I didn't care how slow I was which was an issue for me mentally with swimming. I just recently started a few races here and there for fun.

What does running mean to me:
I love just getting away to clear my head and reduce stress. Running/hiking on trails seems to be one of the best remedies for that.

Running accomplishments:
I wouldn't exactly call it running... but I did complete Imogene Pass in 2008 and 2009. Finished my first 1/2 marathon this march simply so I could do the Ascent this year.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
I just love the mountains and really love running trails. There is some kind of peace I just seem to get from it and since the terrain is constantly varied, I don't get bored...just tired. The same trail is different every time you go out.

Favorite running trail and why:
Any trail in Crested Butte! It is just so beautiful there. The Lower/Upper Loop Trail in the morning just as fog is lifting. Nice rolling hills. I also love to go out to Spruce Mountain for a quick getaway close to home.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I haven't done very many, but I would have to say Imogene Pass because of the scenery and the people I met along the race (runners and volunteers).

Best running experience:
Last year I bonked Big Time on Imogene with Vertigo and had to stop for 20/30 minutes at Upper camp Bird. I was so ticked that all my training was for NOT. I started looking around at the scenery and had an epiphany about why I was doing this, regrouped and finished. I realized my training wasn't for NOT and this was WAY better than when I was swimming and we trained crazy for 9 months and some seasons messing up a 200 Free.. which is under a two minute race.

Worst running experience:
Puking at the finish of the Boulder Spring Half and realizing if I just would have let myself do that at around mile 7/8 I would have done a lot better and felt a lot better.

Neatest thing found on a run:
My Stride... which is rare

Running related bathroom stop story:
Stopping to Pee in one of the few bushes along The Greenland Trail Run last year and coming around the corner to realize I went right above where the photographers were

Running pet peeves:
Being Prone to Injury

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I have a brother who was a professional baseball player

Other hobbies and interests:
Hiking, Swimming, Playing with my kiddos

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