Keeler North

Club Member Since 1/10/2010

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Keeler North - Weatherford Trail, San Francisco Peaks, AZ
Weatherford Trail, San Francisco Peaks, AZ

“Get out and get doin'! That's all I got to say.”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Salomon Speedcross 3 Size: 10

Age: 40 years old

Marital Status: single

What I do for work:
Manager-on-duty at Flying Horse

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio...
It's the mountains and countless trails that keep me here.

When I started running and what got me started:
2006, College, as a means to stop smoking. Wouldn't say I was addicted but I was quickly descending into that realm. One day I just decided to go on a run, six miles, and with a few days of doing it I found that if I pushed my body hard enough I could forget about those nicotine urges. Tacked on more miles with each passing week until it was a normal deal to run 14 miles a day through Flagstaff. I stayed with the it, ran first marathon in 2007, first 100 miler in 2012. I'm a finisher, a winner, a DNFer, DNSer, and haven't a regret in the world!

What does running mean to me:
It's the best way to find meaning in other things.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Sedona Marathon 2007 28th place, 3:50:36, 8:48 pace
Soulstice Mountain Trail Run 2007 1:40:10, 8:42
Vasque Golden Leaf Half Marathon 2008 70th place 1:57:55
Denver Marathon 2008 243rd place, 3:34:45
Denver Marathon 2009 182nd place, 3:31:01
Cleveland Marathon 2010 114th place, first BQ, 3:10:41
Classic 10k 2010 39:52.45
Heart and Sole 10k 2010 40:23
9/11 Remember the Brave Run for Remembrance 10k 2010
Fans on the Field 10k 2010 40:02
Rock and Roll Las Vegas Marathon 2010 3:09:41, BQ
Bolder Boulder 10k 2011
Colorado Marathon 2011 2:58:59, BQ
American Discovery Trail Marathon 2011. 2:59:00, BQ
Boston Marathon 2012 3:20:15
Pony Express 100-Miler 2012, 1st place! 21:05
Cheyenne Mountain Trail 50k 2013, DNF
Leadville Trail 100 2013, DNF
24 Hours of Boulder 50k, 2nd place, 4:38
Greenland Trail 50k, 23rd place, 4:54:53

Leadville Trail 100 2014 FINISH!, 153rd place (of 360), 27:51:45

Mohican Trail 100 2015 DNF...but also an accomplishment because of lessons learned.

Silverheels 100 2016 DNF...A hell of a battle throughout.

Random Outings:
First Marathon Distance from Medina, OH to Akron (2006)
50-miler to Divide and Back (2011)
42-miler to Blue Mountain Ranch in Florissant (2011)
50-miler to Castle Rock (2011)

58-miler from COS Downtown East to Falcon, North to Black Forest, West to Palmer Lake, South to Mining Museum

64-miler to Denver (2014)

Favorite running trail and why:
Section 16
Beautiful Views

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Ascent because it's right in my backyard!

Best running experience:
Winning a 100-miler

Worst running experience:
Getting kicked off the road by a statey during a training run. No running allowed on US 24!

Neatest thing found on a run:
A pocket knife on the side of US 24

Running pet peeves:
Rocks in shoes.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
When I was 4 I got lost at Plymouth Plantation and it took my parents all day to find me.

Other hobbies and interests:
Skiing, Acting, Writing, Fly Fishing, Working with Kids

Other stuff:
1) Do What Works for You
2) Keep Your Body Relaxed (still struggling with that)
3) Short Stride on Trails, Longer on Roads
4) Hydrate...and STAY HYDRATED
5) Learn the Fundamentals...(I recommend "Running", by James Fixx)
6) Carry a Cell Phone If You Go Solo
7) The Definition of "Slow Run" is Different Between You and an Olympian

8) Tell Someone Where You are Going and How Long You'll be Gone (especially when trail running)

9) Don't Forget the Clementines (or whatever your favorite food is)
10) Focus
11) Be attuned to Connection of Mind and Body
12) Light on Your Feet
13) Remember Uphill/Downhill Form

Stay off USAFA section of Santa Fe at 3am, or anytime before open hours. They will chase you out.

Western States!
Winning another ultramarathon

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