Club Member Since 9/3/2005
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Barr Trail Mountain Race, 2005
Hope in the Lord...soar on wings like eagles...run and not grow weary
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: New Balance 833 Size: 9 1/2
Age: 59 years old
Marital Status: Married to the best guy!
John (The best husband ever!)
Leah (The best daughter ever!)
What I do for work:
Director of Information Systems, Memorial Health System
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Idaho Falls, Idaho; Houston, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Colorado Springs, CO (currently). Colorado is not only a beautiful place to live, but I have found a wonderful husband, great friends, unbelievable running trails, a really good job, and myself all right here in Colorado.
When I started running and what got me started:
I kind of started in my freshman year of college to get rid of the "Freshman 15 pounds", but wasn't consistent. Then I really started running in 1986 at the age of 24. I was going through a divorce at that time and needed something to do with myself. So I said to myself, "self, train for a marathon". I have been hooked ever since.
What does running mean to me:
It is something I do for me (and we all need that). It's my hobby. And what a great hobby. It keeps me fit and healthy (both physically and mentally), it has brought me great friends, and it provides a means to set goals and compete.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
27 Marathons and counting; my very first marathon (Houston Tenneco in 1987, 3:57); The first time I qualified for Boston (Dallas Whiterock in 1989, 3:24); nine Pikes Peak Marathon finishes; and so far one ultra (Greenland 50K this year).
What I like about trail/mountain running:
No motor traffic. The scenary is great. It's much easier on the body. During an easy run on trails, you can walk sometimes and not feel guilty. During a hard run on mountain trails, you may need to walk sometimes, but you still do not feel guilty.
Favorite running trail and why:
The Barr Trail!
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Marathon! This is a race that challenges you both physically and mentally. It's a race that takes me someplace deep inside that I can't really explain to others. And it's a race that truly brings camaraderie between runners from all different walks of life.
Best running experience:
So far...Pikes Peak Marathon, 1997. I had done the race three times before with ascent times of four hours or more and descent times over two hours. I really focused on the 1997 race and had an excellent running coach at the time (Rich Hornish) and a wonderful running partner (Bonnie Moeder). With the training I had done, I thought I could ascend in around 3:45.
On race morning, I was so nervous I couldn't even stomach my Power Bar. The start gun went off, but then after about 2 minutes, I was feeling great and running faster than I had expected. I remember being at No Name Creek and seeing Bonnie just ahead of me. "Bonnie", I said, "I've gone out too fast, I'm scared". She gave me a glance and said I was just fine. And I must have been, my ascent was 3:31:45. (By the way, Bonnie ascended in 3:17:56 with a total time of 5:08:25!) At the top I saw my running mentor, Margie Alison, cheering us runners on. I said to Margie "I can't believe I'm up here so fast!". She advised me to calm down, don't hyperventilate, get turned around, and run back down! I could always count on Margie to get me back on the right track. Also, my brother Bill from Dallas, TX was at the top. He had done the Ascent the day before. His time was 5:40 (not too bad for a "flat lander"). My family has always been competitive (monopoly, chess, scrabble, you name it). When Bill saw my time at the top, he knew I was thinking I wanted to beat his ascent time. Well he was exactly right. Motivation to run down fast. Back at No Name Creek, I looked at my watch and saw my time at 5:02. I said to myself, "self you've got 28 minutes to do a 5:30". So after 22 miles, I knew I had to "pick it up". I did and my round trip time was 5:30:14. Running to the finish I couldn't wait to hear Roger Alison announce my name.
My dear friend Traci Winterbottom says both my feet were off the ground as I ran in. I truly felt like a mountain runner that day.
Worst running experience:
There are a few to chose from. Although the first to come to mind is Houston Tenneco Marathon, 1991 in which I did not train enough and wore the wrong shoes. The only thing that got me through it was my parents being at the half way point and at the finish. I think my time was 4:15 or 4:20.
And my good, dear friend Traci W reminded me of our first ascent training run up Barr Trail back in the summer of 1993. It was Traci, Margi Alison, and me. This was before the days of gels, so Traci and I took honey sticks instead. By the time I got to A Frame, I was getting pretty dehydrated and was full of honey. By the time we got to the top, I was totally spent. But the worst was yet to come.
Margie's husband Roger met us at the top to drive us back down the mountain. Traci and I got in the back seat and we started down the curvy mountain road. Just a few miles down, Traci took one look at my pale, green face and announced "she's gonna hurl". Roger quickly pulled over and I was out just in time. Too many honey sticks and not enough water. Roger had to stop at least two more times. Once off the mountain and driving back home, came the "dry heaves".
I was able to pick myself back up and get back on the mountain the very next weekend. But I tell ya, I have not had a honey stick since.
Neatest thing found on a run:
Running pet peeves:
Trash on the trail!
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I love to cook. I am a Food Network groupie.
Other hobbies and interests:
Cycling (but I don't do it enough), reading (but I don't do it enough), Internet surfing on any subject I happen to be currently obsessing about (I do this too much), and watching rerun after rerun of Friends (I do this too much too).
A bit of advice...Beating the competition or doing really well in a race doesn't make you a better person. You were a great person before you ever stepped on the starting line. And you will still be a great person no matter what the results of the race were.
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