Club Member Since 1/14/2006
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Meeting Deena Kastor and Scott Jurek at a NY party. WOW!
"Act as if it's impossible to fail"
City: Colorado Springs State: Co
Favorite Shoe: Brooks Adrenaline Size: 7
Age: 52.8 years old
Marital Status: single and love it ;0)
Oliver, 4 lbs, 4 legs and a tail. All chihuahua. And watch out, he does the incline like the big dogs.
My sister, 3 kids, and 2 more dogs live with me too- it's just one big happy chaotically noisy family.
What I do for work:
I work at Whole Foods Market as a trainer and it feeds me well. I also work part time at Boulder Running Company and it feeds my running habit. I have the best jobs in the world.
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
I was born in Tucson, but have lived in Omaha, Germany, Montana, Seattle, Denver, and Colorado Springs. I like Colorado Springs because of my family and friends and the great outdoors.
When I started running and what got me started:
Started in 2002, just wanted to do a marathon by the time I turned 35. Then I did another, and another, and another, and got addicted. Started "mountain" running a couple years later AFTER signing up for the Barr Trail Mountain race. I had no idea what I was in for. (What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.)Finally got enough courage to try the Ascent in 2006, but missed the sign ups so I did it in 2007 and again in 2008.
What does running mean to me:
It is my escape from having to clean my house or pay bills. It is my only social life sometimes, or sometimes it's the only time I have to myself. It means I eat well, and stay hydrated. And it means I have an excuse to buy many pairs of shoes and travel a lot.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
12 marathons so far, and multiple mountain races. I'm in the October 2006 issue of Runners World. Way in the back under the Steamboat Springs race report, but hey I made it in Runners World!!!!
What I like about trail/mountain running:
Besides the scenery and solitude, I like the fact that it makes you humble. You can feel like you're on top of the world one minute and the next instant you are flat on your face with a boo boo. Never a dull moment.
Favorite running trail and why:
We are so lucky to have so many great trails out here, but Barr Trail will forever be my favorite because I still remember the very first time I attempted to "run" it and how hard it was. I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I don't have to stop to catch my breath every 4 feet now.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Why, Barr Trail of course! I like the fact that the money goes back to the trail and to the local high school track teams to support our future runners. And the shirts rocked in 2006!!!
Best running experience:
Best running experience is every time I'm out there, otherwise I would be a hermit in a cave.
My best race was San Antonio Marathon 2004-one and only negative split, PR of 3:24, and I didn't pass out at the end!
Best placement was Steamboat Springs Marathon in 2006, 2nd overall female- wow, I never expected that in a million years but it was cool!
Worst running experience:
Falling down a mountain in Arizona, and nearly losing my kneecap. I can show you my scar!
And being charged by a buck out in Village 7 on Homestead trail-but I have no physical scars from that.
Neatest thing found on a run:
Most of my friends, most are runners and they are all the neatest people!
Running related bathroom stop story:
I get stage fright so I have no good stories to tell.
Running pet peeves:
Little tiny rocks in my shoe that feel like huge boulders.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I still have a huge crush on Rick Springfield since high school.
Other hobbies and interests:
I love to travel to far away places and I love to talk vitamins.
My advice is to have a lot of gratitude, even for the bad stuff, as it makes you grow in places you never thought you had or could.
And to take fish oil and MSM, and quit eating food with crappy ingredients, be good to your body and cherish it.
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