Laura Mitchell

Club Member Since 8/10/2000

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Laura Mitchell - It's all downhill now!
It's all downhill now!

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Adidas Adistar Size: 8

Age: 58.9 years old

Marital Status: very happily married

Family members:
Stephen (husband), Matthew (son), Miranda (daughter),Buttercup (hamster), Magic (rabbit)

What I do for work:
I am a 4th grade teacher at Corpus Christi Elementary School.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Glasco, MT, Franklin, PA, State College, PA, Dayton, OH, Wichita Falls, TX, Moore, OK, Stillwater, OK, Lubbock, TX, Alamogordo, NM, Satellite Beach, FL, and Springfield, VA. I love the mountains and all the fantastic running trails in CO!

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running when I was 11 years old. My dad is a runner, and was running at that time too. I wanted to be a sprinter on our Jr. High track team, but was not a "top" sprinter. The next year, in 7th grade, the mile run was a new event for jr. high girls. My coach said that only 8th grade girls could try out for the mile. I wanted to try it, and my coach laughed at me and told me that I was too small to be a miler. I convinced him to let me try, and from that day forward I found my niche in distance running!

What does running mean to me:
Running is a way of life for me. It is my solace, peace, prayer, rejuvenation, inspiration, serenity, planning time, release, fun, get the idea!

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Three races stand out in my mind. When I was a 9th grader, I won the mile run in my hometown, Stillwater OK, at the OSU Jamboree High School Track meet. Also running and finishing 2nd place in the 2002 Pikes Peak Marathon with a time of 5:04 was a huge accomplishment for me. I hoped to run 5:30, but didn't think I would get close to 5:00 hours. Fianlly, My husband and I finished together at the Leadville Trail 100 in 2004.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
I enjoy trail/mountain running more than any other running. I think it is more challenging than road running. I love the fresh air, scenery, and change of pace. I also think it is much easier on my joints.

Favorite running trail and why:
I like Waldo Canyon, it is a little bit of everything, and not too much of anything!

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
The Barr Trail mountain Race is the best race. It is well supported and well run. The level of competition is high. I think the prizes are really great too!

Best running experience:
Finishing the Pikes Peak Marathon 20 minutes faster than I expected was the best running experience for me.

Worst running experience:
I ran the Gage Marathon in Gage, OK over 20 years ago. It was a double out and back, through the Oklahoma panhandle. There was one aid station at the double turn around point. The aid station only had water. There was no toilet (see bathroom story below). I lost all of my toenails at this hot, dry, race.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Time to think, reflect, and pray (sometimes hours on the Long's Ranch Road runs!).

Running related bathroom stop story:
No toilet at the Gage Marathon. The Oklahoma panhandle has no trees, bushes, tall grass or anything. I tried to run the whole race without needing a toilet. Emphasis on the word tried.

Running pet peeves:
Dogs, dogs, and dogs. I've been bitten three times by dogs "who never bite people".

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I like to sing and play guitar.

Other hobbies and interests:
I like to bake, cook, play the guitar, draw pictures, and read.

Other stuff:
I want to run marathons and ultras in places I want to visit - in essence I want to "run around the world." I want to enjoy running for as long as I can.
Here's how I get through extremely long difficult training runs: I think seriously about something else. I try to mentally repeat favorite quotes, poems, or songs. Sometimes I meditate on a problem I need to solve. I pray. If a hill is particularly tough, I sometimes simply count to 100 as many times as I can until I get to the top. It seems to help me, but then again maybe that's how I got lost in Waldo Canyon! I also have an Ipod shuffle that plays hours of music. It's great.
I have learned that if someone asks me, "Was that a 3 mile marathon?" the best answer is,"Yes."

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