Shannon Gaffney

Club Member Since 8/19/2003

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City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Reebok cross-trainers Size: 8.5

Age: 42.2 years old

Marital Status: single and too busy to be interested!

Family members:
Many many members in my family...I live with my turtle-team family now, though!

What I do for work:
I serve people--at a coffee shop during the day, and at a restaurant in the evenings.

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Grew up in upstate New York, lived for a few years in the Philippines, went to college in California, and now I call Colorado home! I love the mountains, the weather, and the laid-back attitude of mid-westerners.

When I started running and what got me started:
My college roommates got me started, running on trails by my college. By the time one of them left school and the other one started having knee problems, I was hooked. I mainly do it to relieve stress, get outside, and stay active.

What does running mean to me:
It means time spent outside in God's beautiful creation, as well as self-discipline and testing my limits.

Running accomplishments:
2003 Chicago Marathon!! Ran it with my roommates; we call ourselves the Herd of Turtles. Our goal time was 4:30, and we just made it with the actual time of 4:30:58!!

What I like about trail/mountain running:
I like how the scenery is always beautiful, always changing. Every little bump in the trail or rock that I step around is distance I can see I've covered. Trail running gives me something to pay attention to other than how I'm feeling or what I'm worried about that day. And Colorado is a great place for beautiful trails!

Favorite running trail and why:
I love Waldo Canyon. It has varied terrain, varied views, and varied levels of difficulty throughout the entire loop. That's another thing about it: I like loops, rather than having to turn around and go back the way I came.

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Dunno yet--I'll have to do one first!

Best running experience:
Training with my fellow turtles is always an adventure--we have a good time wherever we go--but I really had the most fun with them so far running the 2003 Bolder Boulder. It was my first "race," although we weren't aiming for anything in particular. For the first time, I experienced the faster "race-pace" as compared to our training pace, and saw how easy it was to shift into that, with the excitement of the race in general.

Worst running experience:
Running with one of my friends in California once, I started having trouble breathing, and was almost hyperventilating, trying to get air. I still don't know what was wrong, but I had to walk the rest of the way back to my school, because I doubled over in pain whenever I tried to jog after that. The next day, I was fine.

Neatest thing found on a run:
Animals--black bears, up where my parents live in Cascade, CO; I ran behind a few deer in California one day, until they finally veered off the trail into the brush. And of course, I love coming up on those amazing views. One of the neatest ones was at the upper part of Waldo Canyon, when I saw a huge thunder and lightning storm moving in, and the clouds in the sky by the setting sun were dark red.

Running related bathroom stop story:
Much of the pain of second half of the 2003 Chicago Marathon was not being able to see any porta-potties once we were past mile 16.... Forget legs and stamina, I had to GO! But I kept running, and waited until the end.

Running pet peeves:
Trash on the trail. HATE THAT!!
Also, don't like it when my Camelbak's water tube is twisted or squished, so I can't suck a satisfying amount of water out of it.

Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I'm really gullible.

Other hobbies and interests:
Playing guitar, reading, roller-blading, swing-dancing, corresponding with good friends I've made in my life so far.

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