Paul Low

Club Member Since 2/20/2003

Paul Low - .7km (and 4:22 to go!) At the 2002 World Mountain Running Trophy
.7km (and 4:22 to go!) At the 2002 World Mountain Running Trophy

“You should be running more.”

City: Amherst State: MA

Favorite Shoe: Whatever fits Size: 10.5

Age: 47.5 years old

Marital Status: Married to Kelli Lusk

Family members:
Wife: Kelli Lusk
Father: William Charles Low
Mother: Liisa Mariatta Low
Brother: Markus Aiden Low
Sister: Annalisa Low
Sister: Maijaleena Low
Kitty: Mao Mao Low-Lusk
Too many aunts, uncles and cousins to list

What I do for work:
Graduate studies in igneous petrology and geochemistry (I analyze and describe rocks)

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Princeton, New Jersey
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Leeds, England
Bend, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Amherst, Massachusetts (current residence)

Amherst is a fantastic place to live because of its great natural resources and the miles of varied running trails that can be used to experience this beauty. I also have a job that I really like there (I get paid to got to school and learn stuff) and the population tends to be very liberal and open-minded. An added plus is that the Amherst city board of health banned smoking in all public places (kind of like Cali) and so I can go to a bar or go out to eat without being exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke.

When I started running and what got me started:
I first started racing xc in junior high because our tiny school of 63 only had two sports and everyone participated. I started training seriously during the summer before my sophomore year of high school because there was a girl on the team that I liked. Although we never went out, by the end of the xc season, I was hooked on the sport.

What does running mean to me:
I just run because I’m trying to lose weight.

Running accomplishments:
-2002, 2003, 2004 USATF Mountain Runner of the Year
-5-time member of USA Mountain Running Team
-2002 New England Trail Performance of the Year
-12 varsity letters in college
-Winner of the 2002 Stu’s 30k after drinking 3 40's of OE during the 11 hours before the race

What I like about trail/mountain running:
-I love climbing
-I love descending
-soft, uneven surfaces allow my to run more without developing overuse injuries
-Trail/mountain running allows me to get out and enjoy places on a daily basis that most people only get to visit once a week or a few times a year

Favorite running trail and why:
My favorite is a trail that runs the faulted basalt ridge of the Holyoke Range in Amherst, MA. Running the 12-mile round-trip from the Rt 116 “notch” to the Connecticut River and back gives you 5100 feet of up and down. Not bad for the flatland, eh?

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Barr Trail Mountain Race:
-Good course
-Good competition
-Good organization
-Good prizes
-Good community involvement
-Most importantly, a good place to meet women!

Best running experience:
I was out running one evening along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath and the Leeds Symphony Orchestra was performing an outdoor concert at Kirkstall Abbey, about 200 meters from the canal. Everything was perfect; it was one of those cool, calm evenings when sound travels well and I started to hear the concert about three miles out. My pace increased with the crescendo of the music until, by the time that I was next to the abbey, I was flying.

Worst running experience:
I was so upset by my poor performance at the 2000 World Mountain Running Trophy that it took me over a month to stop moping.

Neatest thing found on a run:
One year, I was going to run the Ludington (MI) Lakestride Half Marathon but the race was cancelled because some of the trail portions of the race were under knee-deep water due to an amazing summer rainstorm that morning.. A few friends and I decided to do a long run in the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness just north of the race course and, with about 1.5 miles to go, we were running along the shore of Lake Michigan and we saw a tent that had been blown out about 50 meters into the lake by the storm. One of my friends needed a tent and so he swam out to retrieve it before it floated the rest of the way to Wisconsin. The three of us then took turns running down the beach carrying this big, wet dome tent for 1.5 miles back to the car.

Running related bathroom stop story:
One of my training partners when I lived in England told me that he always know that he is training hard when he goes to the bathroom more outside than he does inside.

Running pet peeves:
-Uncontrolled, dangerous dogs (I have been bitten by ten different dogs, one of which put me in the hospital)
-People who think that the way that they use the trail is the only way to use a trail
-Runners who do not wave back

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I have performed at Carnegie Hall (a long time ago).

Other hobbies and interests:
Geology, carpentry, and travel...

Other stuff:
Training: Lots of running on the biggest hills that I can find
Goals: Run faster (specifically sub 90 min at the BTMR (maybe some day), top ten at the World Mt. Running trophy, and top 5 at the Course du Sierra-Zinal)
Favorite Book: Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology by Anthony Philipots (if it’s not in there, you don’t really need to know it).
Movie: Does anyone remember the running movie, “Raw Courage”? It’s not my favorite movie but I just wanted to bring it up
Food: Yes.

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