Linda Ambard

Club Member Since 2/24/2004

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“Am I there yet?”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Age: 60 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
Yep, I am the one with lots of children--kind of like the old woman who lived in a shoe.

What I do for work:
Civil Servant at Peterson AFB

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
I have lived all over the world due to my husband being military, but this is the first place that we bought a home because we would like to call Colorado home.

When I started running and what got me started:
I started running at the age of 15 on a dare from someone at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise. I fell in love with it within a week of starting because it was my only quiet time.

What does running mean to me:
Running has defined who I am for so long, that I have no idea who I am without running. I look forward to that special time and the way I will feel afterwards.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Though I have paid my way through college (ISU) on a running scholarship and at one time I was an all-American, I am VERY slow now. Really. I struggle with major health issues and I am thankful for each mile I am able to accomplish. I did get to carry the Olympic torch in Utah.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
The quiet and the smells of the forest. I love the challenges of the climb!

Favorite running trail and why:
Landstuhl running trail in Germany. I loved this trail because I could see the distant villages and the Landstuhl castle.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
I am still discovering trail running and have never raced this before other than cross country in college and high school.

Best running experience:
My first cross country race was in Ontario Oregon. I had been running for 6 days. My coach told me to stay with a girl on my team who was known to be the last place runner at every meet. The same girl who dared me to go out for cross country told me to breathe through my mouth and my nose. What a novel idea. I placed tenth--high enough for a medal and I was hooked!

Okay, okay...and then there were the co-ed showers in Germany after races. Smile.

Worst running experience:
Frankfurt marathon in Germany. By the time I was finished, I couldn't unfold my arms, remember my last name, and my left eye was pernamently drooped until I had it surgically fixed.

Neatest thing found on a run:
A twenty dollar bill!

Running related bathroom stop story:
I am known to use the bathroom twenty times before a race. Having five children does't help any!

Running pet peeves:
Cars not paying attention to runners and runners hogging the road. While racing, I hate runners who won't let anyone pass.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I have two children at USAFA and one at West Point. No one ever thinks that my children are that old.

Other hobbies and interests:
Swimming, reading, travel, and spending time with my family.

Other stuff:
My training goals are simple. I just want to figure out a way to make the ascent possible. I have to work through my limits in the heat due to the medical issues. As far as food goes, I do so love to eat. Guess that is another reason to run!

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