Heidi Vagts

Club Member Since 3/17/2014

“Liquid Awesomeness”

City: Woodland Park State: co

Favorite Shoe: Comfortable ones Size: 9ish

Age: 43.8 years old

Marital Status: Single

Family members:
Daughter and I live with my parents

What I do for work:
I am an RN, BSN, I am a stroke coordinator. I take care of stroke patients from admit to discharge and beyond and also do program development.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Little River, KS, Wichita, KS, North Newton, KS, Woodland Park, CO. Love where I am now and all of the amazing outdoor activities there are to partake in!

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running 8 months ago. I got started ask a request from my CEO to promote health and fitness at our hospital. I got hooked from doing the Pikes Peak Challange, then a 5K, then in February did my first half marathon in San Fransisco! Loved it!!! I have a couple more halfs scheduled, Pikes Peak Challenge and several fun races in between.

What does running mean to me:
It means that I am showing my daughter that even though something may be hard and you do and overcome it! I also want her to know that physical fitness is a natural part of life. Running is also my time to feel good about myself and what i am doing and the small accomplishments that I have made in just under a year! She loves to see my medals and show them off to her friends!

Running accomplishments:
"Girls on the run 5K", "San Fransisco 1/2 marathon", Pikes Peak challenge. My "numbers", cholestoral numbers, bmi... have improved by drastic proportions!!

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Beautiful scenery and the feeling of accomplishing personal goals each and every time I go!

Favorite running trail and why:
I have been in Colorado for a little over a year. I really don't have a favorite running trail.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Challenge for the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. Why I loved it...... I finished!!!!

Best running experience:
San Fransisco half marathon, ran 8 miles without stopping!!

Worst running experience:
Frozen Frost 5 and 10mile. I finished last. BUT...I finished!!!

Neatest thing found on a run:
Support and encouraging words from other runners!

Running related bathroom stop story:
During the half marathon in San Fransisco I had to stop 3 times during the race because I had the "nervous runs"! Totally not a great time to have that issue!!!

Running pet peeves:
People who look down on me because I am slow. I have reasons, but... I'M Out there DOING IT!!!

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I have benign brain tumors and Addison's disease. I am on two different steroids to maintain my hormones. Thyroid doesn't work either. I am a nurse and I truly love my job and have a very caring heart for my patients and want to be able to provide the best care possible to them. To sum it up... I am very passionate about whatever it is that I do.

Other hobbies and interests:
Hiking, swimming, shooting, rodeos and spending time with my 6 year old daughter!

Other stuff:
I train 1 to two times a week with a trainer at the hospital. I go to the gym at 5 am Monday through Friday. Hiking on the weekends. Need to social aspect of exercising to help keep me motivated. My goal is to run my next half marathon in less than 3 hours and to hike to the top of Pikes Peak in less than 12 hours this year!

Page last modified: 3/17/2014

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