Phil Goulding

Club Member Since 5/7/2008

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Phil Goulding - My first winter incline run
My first winter incline run

“If I'm not having fun, I'm doing something wrong.”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Saucony Size: 12.5

Age: 70.2 years old

Marital Status: Married

Family members:
My wife Ellen and my two daughters Brooke and Lauren. My granddogs Huck and Keeva, a cat and about 16 koi in my 4800 gallon pond.

What I do for work:
Retired Teacher-Librarian at Palmer High School

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Colorado Springs for 35+ years. Carmel, Los Angeles, Bowman ND. THE MOUNTAIN, trails, people, and fishing.

When I started running and what got me started:
I always ran. I ran to school, ran to friends, and finally ran track and cross country in high school. Started again in 2005 because I wanted to get back those endorphins I was missing.

What does running mean to me:
Seeing the world one step at a time is the simple answer and simply needing the exercise. The older I get the more I realize it's about living better because I'm healthier. To run well I have to eat well, train well, and live well. I like running well so I'm motivated to do all the other things to that end.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Finishing the 2008 Ascent starting from the second wave. Five marathons, two 25 mile mountain races, six half-marathons, 4 BTMR and many shorter races and one age-group record.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
No matter how far up you go, you get to come down. Burn of the quads aside, up is better. I've decided I'm like the energizer bunny. I just keep going. I'm not always fast but I make what I set out to do.

Favorite running trail and why:
Garden of the Gods has to be the best because of the scenery but any trail with a view is good. I'm getting to think Barr trail to the camp is a close second. Other favorites include Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
So far the Barr Trail Mountain Race. What more could you ask for? My first Ascent in 2008, though miserable, was a good experience. One of the few second-wavers to finish and it taught me a lot about being prepared--I wasn't.

Best running experience:
Running to Barr Camp on Super Bowl Sunday in 2009. I couldn't run with the club that morning because of a conference but I got home in time to leave the trailhead at 4:30. I ran up to the camp, only to find the door locked. Teresa came out, invited me in, and we had a visit while I got some food and water in me. They were alone with no one staying there that night. I had the trail to myself until about a mile from the bottom when I ran into a hiker who had injured himself and could barely walk. He had no flashlight and was hobbling down the trail so I helped him to the bottom. I had a great run with no others but the hiker on Barr trail, and started a tradition I plan to continue. If the weather is good, I plan on running to Barr Camp every SuperBowl Sunday because to sit on the couch and be a spectator is not nearly as much fun as being a participant in running. Care to join me?

Worst running experience:
Pulling a muscle on a long run and having to run home because to walk in 15 degree weather meant freezing. It was a slow, painful, and ultimately season ending injury requiring physical therapy.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Running a marathon with my 19 year old daughter. 26.2 miles side-by-side encouraging each other along. The smile on her face when we finished covered from horizon to horizon. I always knew she was strong-willed mentally and I found out she was equally strong-minded physically.

Running pet peeves:
Runners going to our local running stores getting tested, viewed, measured, and fitted and then buying the shoes online. Shop local.

Other hobbies and interests:
I love to climb 14ers, hunt, fish, and generally be outside as much as possible.

Other stuff:
If you are over 20, you ought to read "Younger Next Year" by Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge, M.D. If you are over 40, you should read it; and if you are over 50, you must read it.

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