Club Member Since 4/16/2014
Great moments come from great opportunity
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: New Balance 1010v2 Size: 9.5
Age: 36 years old
Marital Status: Married
Happily married for over 10 years. Three children. One boy and two little girls. 8, 4 and 2 years old.
What I do for work:
I have been activated in the Air Force Reserve. I serve with Air Force Space Command
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Colorado Springs has and always will be my home. I was born and raised in Colorado Springs. I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. No matter where I live in the future, I know that I will always end up in Colorado.
When I started running and what got me started:
I started running in 2008. My wife actually got me started. She signed up for a couple of 5ks and then finally signed up for something that perked my interest, the Mt. Evans Ascent. Up until this point I had disliked running, but loved hiking 14ers. Needless to say, I signed up with her and ended up falling in love with running.
What does running mean to me:
This is a pretty deep question. Running is everything to me. I find myself in a state of meditation, being able to access my subconscious. I find absolute peace being in nature and making myself one with my natural surroundings. I truly believe that if everyone ran, the world would be a better place all around. As long as my physical body can keep up, I will always find running to be the answer.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I have completed the Pikes Peak Ascent three times and have signed up for the Marathon for the first time this year. I have completed 6 marathons. I have a sub 4 marathon time. This year I feel like I'm hitting my stride. I have signed up for two ultras, the first of which is the Greenland 50k. The most difficult race will be the Leadville 50 mile this July. I am also currently competing to be on the Air Force Marathon team. I will know the results in a couple months.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
Trail running is more and more becoming my bread and butter. The part of me that loves running and the part of me that loves being in the natural outdoors comes together in perfect harmony. Being out in the middle of nowhere is therapeutic to me. There's nothing like it.
Favorite running trail and why:
I really enjoy the Falcon trail on the Air Force Academy. 14 miles of single track trail starting in the thick trees, going up the mountain behind the cadet dorms, crossing creeks, overlooking the football stadiumÖwhatís not to love about this run? It's so beautiful and the trail is very well maintained.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
To this day my favorite mountain race is the Pikes Peak Ascent. Starting in the town of Manitou (my favorite little town) and immediately climbing the first three miles of the Barr trail.....thereís nothing I'd rather do that early in the morning. I like how you can hear the announcements at the top even when you only just popped out of timberline. It keeps me motivated for the last 3 miles. Finally when I get to the top...looking over the city I love so much and being around people who enjoy the same things....No better feeling in the world.
Best running experience:
My best running experience was the 2012 ADT marathon. Not only did I set a new PR, but I just felt on my game that day. I was running with one of my friends who is not a stranger to distance running at all. At about mile 18 he wanted to slow the pace. I politely said "no". He fell back and I kept my pace until the very end. I was not feeling the normal "wall" that I usually feel at mile 22. It was just a great race.
Worst running experience:
My worst running experience was the Boulder BOLDER 2008. I was talked into signing up for the race by some friends. Once I found out that we would need to get a hotel in the local area just so we wouldnít have to park so far away, I realized that it wasnít for me. A lot of people see me as kind of an introvert, I really donít like being around masses of people that I donít know. We walked up to the starting point and I immediately started feeling like I just wasted $65 on a 10k. Sure enough, after the first 3 minutes of walking due to all the waves, my feelings came to fruition. Most of the race was trying to weave in a and out of people in the crowds, dealing with people cutting in front of you so they can grab that Jello shot or take a ride on that slip and slide. I understand why people enjoy that particular race.....I just did not.
Running related bathroom stop story:
I was running in the Route 66 half marathon in Tulsa, OK. I signed up with my friend who lives out there. I convinced him to do it with me. He is not a runner at all. After I finally convinced him to run (the day prior), we stopped at Ross to pick him up some running shoes. I was trying to prep him the night before, informing him all about mental and physical challenges that he might endure in the race. I highlighted the fact that he should try and use the bathroom before the race begins. Well, after paying so much attention to him and not to myself, I found myself having to pee really bad at about mile 3. Mile 3 directs you through a parking lot of a major park. I had to go so bad that I ran ahead, pick the closest/thickest tree, and started peeing. No doubt that everybody could see what I was doing. Some even started clapping and cheering. Needless to say, my friend was pretty embarrassed when the "pee guy" caught up with him and starting running with him again. We had a good laugh though.
Running pet peeves:
Trail etiquette. Mt. Bikers! Guess what??! You need to yield to runners and horses! You do not own the trail! Enough said.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
Most of my closest friends know me to be kind of a "hippy" in spirit. I live on a plant based diet, believe in Naturopathic Medicine, and speak profoundly on simplicity in all things. What most people donít know about me is that I am a huge supporter of the 2nd amendment, a Libertarian and have two expert marksmanship decorations in the military. I guess I donít really fall into any major category of person.
Other hobbies and interests:
As stated before, I love being out in nature. I love trying to understand how things in nature function and work together. One of my favorite hobbies is gardening. I really enjoy the constant attention required by nature in order to produce good/wholesome foods. I think it is very telling of how if we want things from the Earth, we must tend it and pay attention to it. I could go pretty deep in the topic, but will save it for later conversations.
My favorite quick meal is a sweet potato wrap. Take spelt tortilla, arugula, raw unpasteurized blue cheese, and slightly cooked sweet potato slices. Throw the slices on a sauce pan with coconut oil and cinnamon. Let the slices sizzle until there are barely soft on the outside. Wrap it all up in the spelt.......man, itís the perfect post run snack for me.
I think right now my favorite book is "Eat and Run" by Scott Jurek. Have to get the hardcopy if you want to take advantage of all the great food recommendations he has at the end of each chapter.
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