Isaac Lopez

Club Member Since 5/18/2004

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City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: New Balance/ Nike Size: 10

Age: 53.8 years old

Marital Status: Single

Family members:
Tina M. Doherty, girlfriend 3 years running

What I do for work:
US Air Force Reserve, Security Forces

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Raised in San Antonio, TX, love and miss the food but that can't hold a candle to the mountains and the town of Colorado Springs.

When I started running and what got me started:
I really don't know why but I started young,around 11 or 12yrs old, I'd run to the store for my mom just to see her reaction because I'd do it so fast. I'd run early to school, play football before class, I'd run to lunch eat fast and play more football and I'd stay late and play more football and then run home. In the summer time I'd run five miles because I'd be bored at home. I just wanted to go faster.

What does running mean to me:
Challenge, dicsipline, good self-esteem, stress managment and fun.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
High School track- 2:01 1/2 mile, 4:36 mile, 28 min. 5 mile
Military- 10:11 2 mile and various obstacle course records.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
Ever changing environment, when you are worried about tripping you tend not to notice your heart is about to explode.

Favorite running trail and why:
I've been running the trails of Palmer Park because I can change my routes to suite my needs and still be close to where I started.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
The incline is my favorite, two years ago I would do it every Sunday fanatically. But because of work I've fallen off my routine this whole year.

Best running experience:
I was about 12 or 13 and had been running to do everything, one day my best friend decided he wanted to race me on his bicycle. I just remember hitting a stride and having an elated feeling of floating where my toes seemed just every so lightly caress the ground. Try as I might I've never been able to duplicate that feeling again.

Worst running experience:
On a few occasions, for my Air Force PT tests, I let my ego get a hold of me and over exerted myself doing push-ups and sit-ups and needless to say my back muscles got very tense and I could not get them stretched before my run. It made for a very hard and painful 2 miles.

Neatest thing found on a run:
While stationed in Michigan I used to run all kinds of trails in the National Forest lands, one day I came across beautiful fawn that just stumbled into the path. As much as I would have like to touch it I knew had to move away quickly so it could rejoin it's mother. I watche from a distance until it's mother came to retrieve it's baby. Awesome experience!

Running pet peeves:
Being on a trail or running path and to have someone who is littering or throwing their cigarette butts away in the undergrowth. Also people who hog the trail and will not give the right of way.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I love cartoons and comic books.

Other hobbies and interests:
Reading, movies, sci-fi, weightlifting, animals and just about anything outdoors.

Other stuff:
I was a distance runner in Jr. High and High school, I've run thoughout my military career, but age seemed to have caught up to me and I'd like to seriously get back my former performance level or close to without causing death.

Page last modified: 6/4/2004

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