Roger Austin

Club Member Since 12/24/2009

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Roger Austin - BTMR 2009
BTMR 2009

“Running is real and relatively simple--but it ain't easy. --Mark Will-Weber”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Salomon Speedcross3 Size: 10.5

Age: 56.4 years old

What I do for work:
Fix things!, build things!

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
New Hampshire, California, Germany, Maryland, Turkey, New Mexico, Italy, Kansas, back to Germany and now Colorado--for good! Also spent time in Texas, Korea, Saudia Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar and Kyrgystan... though I wouldn't call those home, just places I stayed for awhile. Military career! Why I like it here??? that's easy... 14,115 ft. Mountain!

My sister boasts she's hiked all the 4,000 footers in New England. Heck I live at 6,000 feet--sorry "little" sister! #1 son. hehe

When I started running and what got me started:
In High School, becuase it gave me something to do and didn't cost any money.

What does running mean to me:
That I will be gasping for air until I stop, but I love it!
It's also a great stress relief and lets me eat as much as I want--though my diet leaves a lot to be desired. Knee surgery and sitting on my backside after the 2009 "Double" had me gain over 30 pounds. My 6-pack abs turned into a pony keg. Yikes!!!

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Nothing spectacular in the way of times but I was fortunate to run the Paris Marathon once and have done the "Infamous Pikes Peak Double" five times... and got the T-shirts to prove it!

What I like about trail/mountain running:
You don't have to deal with cars. Besides what better place can there possibly be to get a good workout than on a trail or mountain?

Favorite running trail and why:
Incline is my favorite workout by far! Did that 1-mile hill 719 times one year... why, our area code. Favorite trail run is Barr Trail, because it's long with some steep sections and some flats; and once you get above the top of the Incline, it's not very crowded.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
The Pikes Peak Marathon... because it goes up, up, up and will test everything you have, and more! Has less people going up than the Ascent, and the downhill is a blast, even on tired legs.

Best running experience:
The second half of the Pikes Peak Marathon on day two of the double. Even though you've run the Ascent the day prior (which is enough to test anyone), and go back up on day two for more punishment, once you make the turn at the top you feel great... even with another 13 miles to go.

Worst running experience:
It "was" the Pike Peak Ascent in 2008--blizzard on the mountain. To say I was cold would be a vast understatement... hypothermic is probably a much better word; uncontrollable shaking. My hands hurt for weeks after the race from the cold and to this day they can't take the slightest bit of cold. Now I'd have to say 2010 Ascent is my worst... when out too fast and had to literally crawl the last 1/4 mile. Thank you to fellow helpful runners who encouraged me to finish. Guess everyone should be humbled at least once...

Neatest thing found on a run:
The energy to run even further! I've done long runs on pavement and it's soo boring. On a trail run, I'm so busy watching my footing, the time and miles just seem to fly by... except of course when I let my mind wander and I end wiping out, which seems to happen a lot--day dreamer!

Running related bathroom stop story:
Dang I'd probalby be better off picking a long run that didn't have a bathroom component--I think there might have been one somewhere. Most interesting bathroom story I guess would be at the Paris Marathon. They had these outdoor urinals at the starting line and guys just line up to go, and yes I did--in the midst of probably 30,000 on-lookers. During the race through the city, with spectators everywhere, people would just stop and go--guys and gals, and yes I did. Gotta love runners, not real modest.

Running pet peeves:
Dogs on the trail that crap everythere and like to chase you... and of course headphones and bright headlamps!!! Once had to wait at Barr Camp to use the "facilities"--occupied. Heard the person inside talking. I thought strange, talking to the person in the other stall... NOPE! was on a cell phone. Really, in an outhouse in the middle of the woods?

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I spent a summer as a kid in a wheel chair after having severly cut the bottom of both feet while camping in a remote campground in the wilderness--long ride to the hospital with dad driving really really fast...lots of stitches.

Other hobbies and interests:
Hiking, camping, fishing. I also love wood working and have made a thing or two for close friends.

Other stuff:
Training: Get back to the level I was at before my knee injury and maybe someday try an ultra-marathon like the Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim at the Grand Canyon.
Goal: Be able to get up the Incline as fast as Ed and Fred Baxter. Wishful thinking I know!
Advice: I'm not really qualified to give any, but I wouldn't recommend trying to run through an injury. I tried and am still paying the price.

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